Orange County Leaders to Speak at Young Professionals Leadership Summit

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Young Professionals Confirm Leadership Summit Speakers

The second annual Young Professionals Leadership Summit is a half-day event featuring dynamic leaders in Orange County who will speak about leadership in life, business and community. Topics covered at the October 4th event will vary based on the expertise and passion of the speaker, but will include discussions about climbing the corporate ladder, starting a business and corporate philanthropy.

The newly refreshed website highlights the world-class professionals that are scheduled to speak on their business and community experiences. Speakers include:

  •     Tina Aldatz- Founder, Foot Petals
  •     Nina Robinson- VP Marketing & Corp Communications, Hoag Hospital
  •     Dr. Chip Espinoza – Professor, Concordia University
  •     Brie Griset Smith – VP Development, O.C. United Way
  •     Stephanie Rudat- Board of Advisor, Team Rubicon
  •     Scott Duffy- Founder, Smart Charter
  •     Robert Nibeel- President, McNib Corp.
  •     John McGrath- VP, Edwards Lifesciences
  •     Donny Pearl- VP, Allergan
  •     Penelope Agosta- Director of Development, Susan G Komen OC
  •     Michael Davison- CEO, Gen Next

Concordia University Irvine is confirmed as the presenting sponsor for the second year in a row. Other sponsors include:

  •     Microsoft
  •     Hoag Hospital
  •     Irvine Valley College
  •     d2 Business Solutions
  •     Soltec EPC
  •     The CEO University

Community Partners include:

  •     Irvine Chamber of Commerce/Emerging Professionals
  •     The Elite OC
  •     FLOC
  •     Newport Beach Jaycees
  •     Big Brothers Big Sisters
  •     Orange County United Way
  •     Raise Foundation
  •     OCTANe
  •     Orange Chamber of Commerce
  •     Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce
  •     Arts Orange County
  •     Rotary Club of Irvine

“The Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce is a proud community partner for this year’s Young Professionals Summit,” said David L. Elliott, President and CEO of the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce. “It is extremely important to engage our young professionals with our local business leaders as well as draw upon their own expertise that we can all learn and be aligned with.”
Young professionals from all career stages are welcome. The attendees will range from recent college graduates to those well established in their careers. Speakers will include specific examples of leadership successes and failures that have been influential in their business and personal lives. The Summit will be hosted by leadership training experts Eric and Mary McGrath from Driven For Life.

“The Summit is a unique, annual event that provides individuals with the rare opportunity to network with Orange County leaders and community partners,” said Ed Linck, Founder, Young Professionals Leadership Summit. “Many young professionals do not feel they are receiving the necessary training needed to become Orange County’s next business leaders. The Summit helps to fill this void.”

The Young Professionals Leadership Summit will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 4, 2013 at the Irvine Marriott (1800 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, CA 92612). To view the Young Professionals Leadership Summit website, please visit,

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Irvine Chamber of Commerce

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