C5LA: Creating Tomorrow's Leaders
Nov. 8, 2019
Warner Center Marriott, Woodland Hills (Google Maps)
- Joseph Collins - Executive Director, C5LA
A veteran in the fields of education, arts and youth development, Joseph has spent most of his career creating opportunities for communities to express themselves and improve their lives by building safe and nurturing arts-rich environments in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.
Most recently as the President and CEO of Inner-City Arts where he was responsible
for laying the foundation for the organization’s next chapter; developing its strategic
vision, refreshing the social media presence, designing and implementing new and innovative
program delivery models, creating a staff development and training program and introducing
the organization to a new audience of partners, funders and supporters. A native New
Yorker, Joseph relocated to LA with his family to lead the Kanye
West Foundation after the untimely death of his mother and its founder, Dr. Donda West. As CEO he led the implementation of Loop Dreams™, a year-round music and education program that exposed youth from the inner city to the arts. Alongside Mr. West, he executive produced the nationally televised stay in school concert series S.H.O.W (Students Helping Our World) bringing national awareness to the staggering drop out rate among High School students in the United States.
Joseph spent his early career working for two of the premiere non-profit agencies in New York City, The Door – A Center of Alternatives and University Settlement House. Serving over 12,000 youth annually, The Door grew under Joseph’s leadership – he built the visual and performing arts programs, launched a national career awareness model for out of school youth, and let the partnerships of several NYC school initiatives. He also created and produced Roots! An intergenerational hip hop culture celebration, a yearlong arts and education initiative; he formed a rigorous college prep program and managed a multi-year summer residential community service project. Joseph holds a BS and an MA from New York University and a Non-Profit Executive Management certificate from Columbia School of Business. He is a young benefactor with VH1 Save the Music, on the nominating committee for the NAACP Image awards, a board member with My Future Matters, an advisor to MusicianCorps, H2ED the Hip Hop Education Summit and B-Healthy (Building Healthy Eating and Lifestyles to Help Youth).
Cannabis: A Growth Industry
Jan. 30, 2020
Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort (Google Maps)
- Amy Steinfeld - Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Amy Steinfeld serves as office managing partner of the Santa Barbara office. Her unique practice focuses on the intersection of land use and water law. Amy has more than a decade of experience in the permitting and development of controversial projects throughout the state.
She regularly advises water districts, regulated utilities, cities, developers, and agricultural interests, including nut and cannabis growers, in all aspects of water law. Her matters include water rights permitting and due diligence, complex groundwater adjudications, water transfers, urban water management planning, water supply/demand evaluations, infrastructure development, and all other matters associated with the use, conveyance, development and management of surface water and groundwater supplies.
Amy is also skilled in all facets of land development, from the preparation of environmental documents to the defense and settlement of complicated multi-party CEQA lawsuits, and ultimately to the implementation of fully permitted projects. Amy is recognized for her specialized experience in Colorado River Issues, Endangered Species Act compliance, and cannabis law. Amy’s broad understanding of environmental issues, her practical approach to the law, and her ability to work closely with local governments allow her to efficiently move projects forward and reduce permitting delays. Amy writes and speaks regularly on water and land use issues.
Amy is co-founder and co-chair of the California H2O Women Conference, which provides a formal opportunity for top women in the water industry to collaborate, coordinate, educate and support each other with the goal of empowering women to change the way we manage California’s and the world’s most important resource.
Before going into law, Amy served as the environmental director and an environmental consultant and analyst for the California Safety Compliance Corporation. She traveled to 37 countries to conduct social and environmental audits of factories for large manufacturing companies, and developed an environmental audit tool. When not at the office, Amy enjoys spending time with her son and taking photographs.
Limoneira: Cultivating Communities
March 6, 2020
Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel (Google Maps)
- Harold Edwards - President and Chief Executive Officer, Limoneira
President & CEO
Mr. Edwards has served as a director of the company since 2009. Mr. Edwards has been the president and chief executive officer of the company since November 2004. Previously, Mr. Edwards was the president of Puritan Medical Products, a division of Airgas Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Edwards held management positions with Fisher Scientific International, Inc., Cargill, Inc., Agribrands International and the Ralston Purina Company. Mr. Edwards is currently a member of the board of directors of Compass Group Diversified Holdings LLC, a NASDAQ listed company and Calavo Growers, Inc., also a NASDAQ listed company. Mr. Edwards is a graduate of Lewis and Clark College and The American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) where he earned a Masters of Business Administration.
The Trade Desk: Managing Hypergrowth
May 5, 2020
Lundring Events Center, Cal Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks (Google Maps)
- Drew West - General Manager of Global Services, The Trade Desk
Drew West is the General Manager of Global Services, overseeing Global Support, Business Intelligence, and Data Capture for The Trade Desk.
Since joining The Trade Desk in 2014, Drew has built The Trade Desk’s Global Support and Business Intelligence delivery capability to include follow-the-sun coverage from offices in New York, London, Sydney and our headquarters in Ventura, California. Most recently, Drew has taken on The Trade Desk's Data Capture team to expand The Trade Desk’s capabilities in providing quality, actionable data that enhances the success of our clients.
Drew lives in Ojai, California and is an avid supporter of community service initiatives related to education, shelter and housing, food and nutrition, and at-risk senior and child assistance programs.