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Paths to Professionalism

Wednesday, March 11, 2020Paths

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Lundring Events Center

Join a distinguished panel of professionals to learn about what defines you as a professional, challenges of the business environment, and first impressions.

If you are approaching graduation, this is a must-attend event, but all students are welcome. Get involved, interact with our panelists and engage with one another! Find your path to career success.

The March 11th event runs from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. 

Continental Breakfast will be available. 
Business casual attire is required.

Registration Opens and Panelist's Announced in February 2020
Discussions on topics such as:
  • What defines you as a professional?
  • Challenges in the business environment
  • First impressions - What makes a candidate appear suitable or not?

7:30 a.m. - Continental Breakfast
7:45 a.m. - Convocation
7:50 a.m. - Welcome
8:00 a.m. - Introduction to Panel Speakers
8:20 a.m. - Panel Question and Answer
8:55 a.m. - Conclusion and Adjournment 

2019 Panelists Included:
Karen Boublis Portrait

Karen Boublis, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Founder and Principal Consultant, HR Business Solutionz


Karen Boublis is a human resource expert known for her honest and trusted appraisal of workplace situations and personalization of the human resource services experience for each of her clients.

Karen served as Executive VP Human Re­sources for Datasat Digital Entertainment where she directed all aspects of Human Resources including leadership develop­ment, creation of policies and payroll man­agement. Karen was the Director of Human Resources for DTS, Inc. where she led the human resource efforts in business strategy acquisitions and mergers. In addition, Karen has held Human Resources development and executive management positions with prestigious national organizations including: Intel, Xircom, Price Pfister, and Valley Pres­byterian Hospital.

Karen is a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), a SHRM Senior Certified Professional, she is a Board Member of the Southern California Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA), and a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). She volunteers for PIHRA and SHRM supporting students studying the field of human resources. Karen is also a volunteer speaker and consultant for Women’s Economic Ventures of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Karen serves on the Board for Habitat for Humanity Ventura County.

Mark Davis

Daren Dickerson

Chief Financial Officer, Shield Healthcare


Daren Dickerson is the Chief Financial Officer at Shield Healthcare where he has extensive experience with inventory management, process redesign, internal controls, enterprise planning, acquisitions and divestitures. Daren has also served as Vice President at Harmon International, where he stayed with the company for over 16 years; Daren started off as a Senior Accountant in 1996. Prior to Harmon, Daren was an Auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers for 2 years. Daren has proven his ability to lead relationships with auditors, banks, Board of Directors and other stakeholders. He currently volunteers on the Board of Directors of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) – Los Angeles Chapter. Daren has an MBA from the University Of Virginia Darden School Of Business and has a BA in English and a BS in Accounting, both from West Virginia University.

Warren Spieker

Warren Spieker

Managing Partner, Continuing Life


Warren E. Spieker is Managing Partner of Continuing Life LLC.  Continuing Life provides business services and support for Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) in California including, Morningside of Fullerton, La Costa Glen Carlsbad, University Village Thousand Oaks, and Stoneridge Creek Pleasanton.  All four communities are over 95% occupied with high resident satisfaction ratings.  The company is assisting in the 2019 opening of Reata Glen San Juan Capistrano and The Glen at Scripps Ranch and will provide support for those communities.  Continuing Life is ranked #19 in Fortune Magazine’s 50 Best Places to Work in Aging Services.

Mr. Spieker joined Continuing Life Communities in 2001 and previously held Sales & Marketing, community start-up, and Vice President roles before becoming Managing Partner of Continuing Life in 2013.  Prior to transitioning to senior housing Mr. Spieker worked for the investment bank Alex. Brown & Sons in the San Francisco office.

Mr. Spieker serves on the board of the YPO Coastal San Diego chapter and has served on the Board of Trustees for Francis Parker School and The Friends of Del Mar Parks.  He lives in Del Mar with his wife, Meghan, and their four sons.

He received a masters degree in business administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University where he coached the women’s rugby team to the national championship.  He has a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley where he played rugby.


2018 Panelists included:
  • Grace Martinez, MBA Deputy of Operations for Advanced Electronic Warfare Technologies, Naval Air Warfare Center, Pt. Mugu
  • Alan Cohen, MBA - Chief Marketing Officer, Consultant
  • Payal Kamdar, GISP, PMP, OCP, Six Sigma Green Belt, CSM -  CEO and Founder, VSolvit, LLC


Watch 2016 and 2017 Paths to Professionalism events

2017 Panelists
  • Primo Custodio -  Vice President, Human Resources, Operations and Technical Services (rt. 2016), NBCUniversal
  • Cynthia Kiefer -  President and founder,
  • Jim Howard -  Managing partner and founder, Progression REI


2016 Panelists
  • Susan Smuck, Human Resources Professional and Chair of Cal Lutheran Board of Regents
  • Sabina Shaikh, V.P. Worldwide Strategic Alliances, Salesforce
  • Sue Coakley, Marketing Leader, Acquisition & Retention, Symantec Corp.