All New Speaker Series!
SkillsUSA CA - Got Skills Presents
Tuesday's at 2:00 pm
May 12, 2020
Kimberly Pease - Cyber Security Careers
Kimberly Pease is co-founder and Vice President of Citadel Information Group, Inc., a California Information Security/Cyber Security Management firm. Ms. Pease has been awarded Cybersecurity Professional of the Year by the Los Angeles Business Journal CTO Awards 2017. She has an extensive background in the applications of technology and security solutions. During her career she has implemented computer systems for a wide-range of organizations in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Additionally, she has led installation projects at the Pentagon, the Government Printing Office and many state government offices. She is a CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) and a vCISO-for-hire (virtual Chief Information Security Officer) for her clients. Ms. Pease has been a member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association since 2002, and has served on the Board of Directors as Treasurer (2008 – 2011) and Education Director (2006 - 2007). She also served as Chair of the annual conference, ISSA LA Information Security Summit, for over 7 years. She has been a member of Infragard since 2002, which is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the private sector. She is a former CIO (Chief Information Officer) for a privately held company. Ms. Pease was previously a member of ASQ (American Society of Quality) and has held a Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB) certification. She speaks frequently on information security, has published several articles and has been interviewed numerous times on ABC News Good Morning America and NBC News.
May 19, 2020
Matthew Blancher - Software Development Careers
Matthew Blancher is a Programmer Analyst III at the Systems Division of The Los Angeles City Clerk and has earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the California State University of Northridge. Mr. Blancher has developed many of the City Clerk’s high-profile systems such as the Council Public Speaker Card Kiosks and is currently tasked with replacing the Elections Division’s legacy applications with a new in-house end to end solution. Mr. Blancher serves as the department’s representative in Mayor Garcetti’s Open Data initiative, an executive directive to make raw data collected by the city available to the public in the spirit of transparency and accountability. Outside of his day job Mr. Blancher enjoys Video Game Development, software/hardware projects, and runs a small YouTube Channel.
May 26, 2020
Student State Officer Speakers
Join your 2019-2020 State Officers. Parliamentarian Jenifer Barajas and Reporter Ayush Pareek will discuss Empowering Student Leadership, the connection between our mission and the SkillsUSA Framework. These officers have displayed the skills to advocate that everyone has a voice and to become a leader in many different ways
Region Vice President, Micah Mekhitarian and Vice President, Jennifer Lopez will talk about their experience and the importance of implementing Career Essentials into the classroom. As all State Officers are required to complete the Fundamental Course they can inform the teacher and students the ease of use of this program to help measure their career-readiness skills
Jenifer Barajas plans on studying Global Studies, Ayush Pareek will attend the University of Southern California and major in Business Management, Jennifer Lopez will attend the University of California, Santa Cruz and major in Electrical Engineering while Micah Mekhitarian will return for his senior year of high school at South Pasadena High.
June 2, 2020
Maylan Newton - Automotive Industry and Technology Careers
With over 40 years of automotive and general business industry experience, Maylan Newton has literally been there and done that. From shop owner, technician, service advisor to one of the most renown industry trainers and speakers in the country. Maylan combines his real-world experience with profit building take-a-ways in a humorous and engaging manner that only Maylan can deliver. As the president and CEO of Educational Seminars Institute for the past 20 years, Maylan travels the country, sharing with his audiences, the keys to being successful in the automotive repair industry today. Maylan lives in beautiful Simi Valley California.