Current Speakers

Ashley Ausland

  • Principal Interior Designer and Owner
  • Ausland Interiors

Ausland Interiors is a boutique Interior design firm, specializing in ground up construction and major remodels. We are committed to enhancing the day to day lives of our clients and their families through our collaborative process. We care about the fiber of our community, and aim to leave a lasting impression for the future generations. We approach every project in a holistic way, thinking beyond the material applications…

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Dr. Amy Childress

  • Professor of Environmental Engineering
  • USC

Amy Childress is a professor of environmental engineering at USC and director of the ReWater Center. Her research interests include potable water reuse and desalination. She holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UCLA. Her research team investigates innovative solutions to contaminant and energy challenges; conceptual analyses of innovative configurations of shared/integrated…

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Samira Davallou

  • Senior Recruiter
  • WPromote

Samira Davallou joined Wpromote in 2022 as a Senior Recruiter, recently celebrating her one year anniversary. She excels at identifying top talent, overseeing freelancer onboarding, and contributing to employer branding projects. Samira’s diverse upbringing in the Bay Area, coupled with her biracial background, ignited her passion for making new connections and fostering cross-cultural understanding. This unique perspective has greatly influenced her approach to talent acquisition, where she thrives…

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Seth Davis

  • Senior Writer for Basketball
  • The Messenger

Seth Davis is an award-winning sports writer and broadcaster who covers college basketball. Since 2004, Davis has been a mainstay of CBS Sports’ studio coverage of college basketball and the NCAA Tournament. He wrote for Sports Illustrated for 22 years and is currently the Senior Writer for Basketball at The Messenger. Davis is the author of five books, including the New York Times best sellers Wooden: A Coach’s…

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James R. Meyer, AIA

  • Principal Architect and Founder
  • JRM / A

J R M / A: The Studio For Architecture was established in 2021 by James R. Meyer, AIA.  Prior to the establishment of this new office, James founded and acted as the Principal Architect of Lean Arch, Inc. the award-winning Los Angeles based Architecture, Design and Construction Services firm formally located at 530 S. Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles, California. For twenty-five years, James R. Meyer, Architect…

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Spuds Powell, CPWA

  • Managing Director
  • Kayne Anderson Rudnick Wealth Advisors

Spuds Powell is a Managing Director of Kayne Anderson Rudnick Wealth Advisors and also serves on the firm’s Wealth Advisory Investment Committee. He began his career in the wealth management industry in 1993. Before joining Kayne Anderson Rudnick in 2004, he worked as the National Mid-Plan Sales Manager for Financial Engines, a firm founded by Nobel Laureate, Dr. William Sharpe. Before working at Financial Engines, Spuds was a…

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Kristin Sistos

  • Founder and CEO
  • Percheron Consulting

Kristin is a 15-year resident of Manhattan Beach, entrepreneur and mother of three. She is a Gallup certified Strengths Coach and a passionate champion for maximizing talent. Kristin’s love for teaching, coaching and consulting led her to establish her consulting firm, Percheron Consulting. In addition to her consulting work, she is also a Planning Commissioner for the City of Manhattan Beach. She is actively involved in her children’s…

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Shannon Ward

  • Fixed Income Portfolio Manager
  • Capital Group

Shannon Ward is a fixed income portfolio manager at Capital Group.  She also serves on the Fixed Income Management Committee and the Target Date Solutions Committee.  She has 31 years of investment industry experience and has been with Capital Group for seven years.  Prior to joining Capital, Shannon worked as a portfolio manager at Oaktree Capital Management.  She holds an MBA From the University of Southern California and…

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