Highlighted Speaker BiosBoard of Trustees: Steve Veres, President (Seat No. 3), Tina Park, First Vice President (Seat No. 2), Nancy Pearlman, Second Vice President (Seat No. 6), Kelly Candaele (Seat No. 4), Mona Field (Seat No. 1), Miguel Santiago (Seat No. 7), Scott J. Svonkin (Seat No. 5), Daniel Campos, Student Trustee
This session/workshop covers best practices for business incubation. In education, specifically programs that are deemed CTE, graduates of such programs could seamlessly transition into becoming entrepreneurs. The presenters will provide insight on how to foster regional economic development and support to entrepreneurs and small businesses.
Moderator: Dr. Chito Cajayon USC Ed Network

Robert Carpenter
Cal State University Los Angeles, Executive Director of the Global Center for Innovation & Etreprenueurship
Rob Carpenter, the new Executive Director of the Global Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Cal State Los Angeles, is a serial "hybrid" entrepreneur, thought leader, and cutting edge change agent who has successfully founded numerous ventures in the public, private, and civic sectors. Most recently, he started and sold an investor-backed social and mobile commerce startup that was called "one of the best websites on the internet" by PC Magazine, named an Emerging Technology Company of the Year by TechAmerica, and that partnered with companies ranging from Amazon.com to MasterCard Marketplace. Prior to that, he founded a nonprofit that built a diverse multi-industry coalition of more than 75 organizations that helped secure $40 billion in new transportation revenues for Los Angeles, including monies to build the much-anticipated "Subway to the Sea."

Rob has served in the White House Office of Political Affairs, as the Special Assistant to the CEO of Teach For America, and as an innovation advisor to numerous international, national, state, and local private and public sector leaders and organizations. His writings and ventures have been featured in numerous media outlets like the New York Times, CNN/Fortune, ABC, NBC, and Fox News, amongst others. Rob's vision at the Global Center is to help advance the "Entrepreneurial Society" locally and globally.


Steve Samuelian

California Consulting, LLC, Owner
California Consulting, LLC Owner Steve Samuelian has held various leadership posts during a career spanning over 25 years. He began as a volunteer for a political campaign and founded a political foundation where he served as president in high school and college. Steve graduated from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona with a degree in Political Science. In January 1995, he was appointed as Field Director for U.S. Congressman George Radonovich. He was later promoted to District Director overseeing the 19th Congressional District Office staff and District operations for the Congressman, where he served in this capacity for 8 years.

A tireless worker for Armenian-American issues nationwide, Steve has traveled twice to Armenia. He traveled as an international election observer as part of the Office Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) delegation to observe the adoption of Armenia’s first Constitution. His election observation report was later filed in the US Congress Congressional Record.

In 2002, Steve was elected to the California State Assembly representing the 29th Assembly District. He was appointed to the Assembly Appropriations Committee by the Speaker and served as the Vice-Chairman of the Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee.

Steve Samuelian founded California Consulting, LLC in 2004. California Consulting quickly established a reputation for hard work and a commitment to success for its clients. Through that special hard work ethic, California Consulting, LLC is the largest grant writing company in California. With over 75 clients statewide California Consulting, LLC has secured over $117,000,000 for its clients through Federal, State and foundation grant funds.

Steve has been the keynote speaker, a panelist and has participated in many forums, conferences and events throughout California. He has been interviewed by local, State and National Television, Radio and Newspaper outlets on a variety of issues related to local government and education.

Steve is happily married with two children and resides in Southern California.

Patrick Rodriguez

U.S. Small Business Administration Los Angeles,Public Information Officer and an Economic Development Specialist
Patrick Rodriguez is currently the Public Information Officer and an Economic Development Specialist with the U.S. Small Business Administration Los Angeles District Office where he assists aspiring and existing business owners to access SBA programs and services. Previously, he worked for Congresswoman Linda Sanchez for five years as her Senior Congressional Aide in the Cerritos District Office - he covered business, transportation, and veteran issues in addition to event planning and speech writing.

Patrick has extensive political campaign experience and has worked as a consultant for firms seeking contracts with state and federal government agencies in addition to working in the Public Affairs/Government Relations Division of Time Warner Cable. Patrick was also in the Army Reserve where he worked as a Journalist and Military Historian, serving in Kosovo in '02 and in Iraq in '05 and '06. He was honorably discharged after eight years.
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