Speakers

WILLIE CLAIBORNE BROWN
Professor Emeritus of Biology at the University of California, San Diego

Professor Brown received his Bachelor’s Degree from Virginia State University. Later, he received a Master of Science degree and a Ph.D. Degree in Microbiology from Oregon State University. His research career included training at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, La Jolla, California with Dr. Frank Young, and Oxford University, United Kingdom with Professor Joel Mandelstam. Prior to retiring from research in 1994, Brown published widely in scientific journals and presented his work at meetings in the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan. He was an ad hoc reviewer for several journals, and served on private and public scientific review panels, including those of the National Science Foundation and the Bacteriology and Mycology Study Section of the National Institutes of Health.

Professor Brown has received many teaching awards including the Academic Senate Career Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of California, San Diego in 1998, and the UCSD Alumni 2002 Distinguished Teaching Award. Although several faculty receive distinguished teaching awards each year, only two other faculty at UCSD have received the Career Distinguished Teaching Award.

In addition to teaching classes in microbiology, Brown initiated and directed several student success and research programs including the Minority Access to Research Careers Program; the Minority Biomedical Research Program-both funded by the National Institutes of Health; and, the Honors Achievement Workshop. He has also worked extensively with students in groups as well as on an individual basis. Dr. Brown developed a broad interest in educational issues while he was an American Council of Education Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley with Dr. Roderick Park from 1982 to 1983.

During his tenure at UCSD, Professor Brown noticed that many students have a variety of self-defeating attitudes and behaviors, which prevent them from reaching their full potential. By working closely with many of these students and helping them overcome these deficits, he observed a vast improvement in their academic success and personal well-being.

In 1990, Dr. Brown introduced a course on thinking and learning strategies, to his campus. This highly successful two-unit course was the first of its kind at the University of California, San Diego. To date, thousands of students have benefited from this initiative.

Dr. Brown’s book, Reaching Your Full Potential: Success in College and Life is an outgrowth of his combined experiences of over three decades of academic and community service. He appeared at publisher sponsored workshops in several U.S. cities during 1998-99 to promote his book among teachers and students.
Dr. Brown is a longstanding member of the American Society for Microbiology, a member of the National Speaker’s Association, and a trustee of The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation,

Maria Anguiano

Maria Anguiano currently serves as CFO for the Minerva Project. Prior to her work at Minerva Project, she served as Vice Chancellor, Planning & Budget at UC Riverside. There she managed an $800 million budget and oversaw campus-wide strategic planning, financial planning and analysis, institutional research and capital asset strategies.During her three years at UCR she most notably led the redesign of the campus budget model, successfully negotiated the campus’ first design-build contract for a major research facility, guided a Physical Master Plan Study, and contributed to their organizational excellence efforts.Prior to this, she worked at UC Office of the President on financial and strategic system-wide initiatives to improve operational efficiency.Ms. Anguiano has also served as a senior advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Postsecondary Success Team. Prior to this work, Ms. Anguiano worked at Barclays Capital in public finance investment banking and at Deloitte & Touche in corporate and nonprofit auditing and financial statement analysis.She currently serves on the James Irvine Foundation. Ms. Anguiano holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA in Economics-Accounting and Spanish from Claremont McKenna College. She is a first generation college graduate.Ms. Anguiano was appointed as a Regent in June 2017 by Governor Brown to a term expiring in 2029.

Shola Richards

Shola Richards’ life’s mission is an ambitious one: To end generations of professional suffering, simply by changing how we treat each other at work. Whether it is helping people to deal with soul-destroying bully bosses, passive-aggressive coworkers, or toxic work cultures that value competition and profit more than they value teamwork and their people—Shola is committed to leading the worldwide movement that will change all of it. Shola is an award-winning Director of Training for UCLA Health, best-selling author, a workplace positivity expert, and a positivity bloggerwith a passionate worldwide following. His articles have been read by readers in over 160 countries, and his work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Forbes, Black Enterprise, Complete Wellbeing India, Business Insider Australia, and in numerous other publications all over the world who recognize him as an authority on workplace happiness and engagement. As a speaker, Shola has sharedhis transformative message with top universities, Silicon Valley, leading healthcare organizations, the motion picture industry, and in his greatest honor to date, as a keynote speaker for the Department of Homeland Security three days before the 15th Anniversary of 9/11, under the Obama Administration.Last, but certainly not least, Shola is a father, husband, identical twin, and a self-professed “kindness extremist” who will not rest until bullying and incivility is extinct from the American workplace.

Julienne DeGeyter
Assistant Administrative Director, Student Health and Counseling Services
University of California, Davis

Julienne DeGeyter is a proud member of Generation X but she isn’t a slacker. DeGeyter has been in education accounting since 2004 and medical accounting and supervising staff since 1992. DeGeyter earned her chief business official certification from the California Association of School Business Officials in 2007 and served as the first Chief Business Official for West Sac Prep Charter School. Since transitioning to higher education, DeGeyter managed over 15 million annually in extramural contracts and grants as the finance manager for Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine. She currently serves as the Assistant Administrative Director of UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services, which was recently ranked #1 in student health services by the Princeton Review. While managing an annual budget of $24 million from over 20 different funding sources, DeGeyter is working on her Masters of Education with an emphasis on Gender Equity at California State University, Sacramento in her spare time.

Jessica Rodriguez
Business and Finance Officer, Advanced Highway Maintenance and Construction Technology Research Center Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University of California, Davis

Jessica Rodriguez loves her phone and being a member of Generation Y.  Rodriguez was first hired at University of California, Davis, as a student assistant in the Medical Microbiology Department.  After obtaining her bachelor’s degree from UC Davis, she was hired as an administrative assistant in Biochemistry and Molecular