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MARCH 28 - Post-Election and its Economic Implications (Santa Barbara)

March 28, 2017
Santa Barbara, CA

Member Price: $50
Non-Member Price: $60



This program includes a twenty-minute presentation on the state of the global economic markets and the implications of the recent U.S. presidential election.  The presentation will be followed by a corporate governance panel of seasoned corporate directors discussing board deliberations during times of economic uncertainty and the impacts of the changes being implemented by the Trump Administration and conservative movement across the nation.

Location and Time


The Fess Parker
633 E. Cabrillo Boulevard
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

11:30 a.m.   Registration / Neworking
12:00 p.m.   Lunch and Program
 2:00 p.m   Program Ends

Speaker Spotlight


Ray Link

Ray served as executive vice president and CFO of FEI Company from 2005 to 2015. FEI is a leading supplier of instruments for the semiconductor and oil and gas industries and scientific applications. Before joining FEI, Ray was the CFO of TriQuint Semiconductor from 2001 to 2005 and the CFO of Sawtek Inc. from 1995 to 2001 when Sawtek merged with TriQuint. Ray is a licensed certified public accountant and has an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is on the board of directors of Form Factor, Inc. (NASDAQ: FORM), Electro Scientific Industries (NASDAQ: ESIO) and nLight Inc. He is also a Fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors. He and his wife Jill Taylor moved to Santa Barbara from Portland in 2015.

Dr. Karen Bogart

Karen is the President of Smith Bogart Consulting, an advisement firm on business growth and turn-around. She has led start-up firms and has taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara since 2007. Previously, she was Senior Vice President of Eastman Kodak Company. She was Chairman and President of Greater Asia, located in Shanghai, China, responsible for Kodak’s businesses and operations across Asia. She also managed many of Kodak’s largest global businesses in the consumer, professional and health markets. She has extensive experience in global business management, marketing, operations, innovation, and human resources. Karen has Board of Directors experience with ten U.S., Canadian and Asian companies. She currently is a director of Mohawk Industries (MHK); a NYSE listed floor covering firm; Michelman, Inc., a private specialty chemicals company; and ZBE Inc., a private digital printer firm. Last July, she completed her service as a director of Monolithic Power Systems (MPWR), a NASDAQ listed semiconductor firm. She has served as a director for not-for-profit organizations dedicated to women’s economic self-sufficiency and education. She is currently a Trustee of Fielding Graduate University. She also has authored articles regarding board influence in sustainability and social responsibility. Karen holds a PhD and Masters of Arts in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University, a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Rochester, Masters in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University, and a BA, Political Science from the State University of New York at Geneseo. She was recognized by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) in the 2016 “Directorship 100”. This award highlights directors who significantly impact boardroom practices and performance.

Dr. Sung Won Sohn

Dr. Sohn is Vice Chairman of the multinational retailer Forever 21. He is also Smith Professor of Economics at California State University CI and serves on boards including Forever 21, Western Alliance Bancorporation and Claremont Graduate University. He was a commissioner at the Port of Los Angeles, the nation’s largest port. Dr. Sohn was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hanmi Financial Corporation, a commercial bank in Los Angeles, California. Before joining Hanmi in 2005, Dr. Sohn was an Executive Vice President and Chief Economic Officer of Wells Fargo Banks. Dr. Sohn was educated at the University of Pittsburgh and Harvard Business School. Prior to his tenure at Wells Fargo, Dr. Sohn was a senior economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisors in The White House. He was responsible for economic and legislative matters pertaining to The Federal Reserve and financial markets. Dr. Sohn has also been a tenured college professor in Pennsylvania State University System. He is the author of two books, Global Financial Crisis and Exit Strategy and The New Economy In 2006, The Wall Street Journal featured a story naming Dr. Sohn as the most accurate economist in the United States. In 2010, the Journal named him as one of the five best forecasters in the country. In 2012, he ranked third. This is one of the most prestigious honors in economics profession. In 2002, he was named to the Time Magazine's Board of Economists. In 2001, Bloomberg News selected Dr. Sohn as one of the five most accurate forecasters in the United States. In 2002, Blue Chip Publications picked him as the most accurate forecaster for the Western States He was chosen as one of the 100 most influential Minnesotans of the 20th century by the state’s largest daily newspaper, The Star Tribune. Others on the list included Charles Lindberg, Sinclair Lewis, Hubert Humphrey, Walter Mondale and Charles Schultz of the Peanuts Cartoon. He currently serves on the boards of Forever 21, Western Alliance Bancorporation and Claremont Graduate University. He served on the boards of Port of Los Angeles, First California Bancorporation, Ministers Mutual Life Insurance Company, L.A. Music Center (Performing Arts), Children’s Bureau of Los Angeles, Foreign Affairs Council of LA, Park Nicollet Health Services, The Blake School, Minnesota Community College System, North Memorial Medical Center, etc. Harvard Business School Association of Minnesota, Crystal Evangelical Free Church, Children's Theater Company and School, and the American Heart Association of Minnesota.

Dr. Larry Taylor

Larry Taylor is a seasoned independent professional corporate director having served on publicly traded corporate boards, private company boards, non-profit boards and corporate advisory boards. Currently is an executive committee member on the board of directors for the National Association of Corporate Directors (SoCal); chairman of the board for The Creighton Group, an international corporate governance advisory firm and a member of the board of directors for the African American Board Leadership Institute. In addition, he has served as the Honorary Director General for the Institute of Directors (India) and was a member of the International Corporate Directors Network (ICGN) whose members oversee $26 trillion of corporate investments. Previously, Larry was the co-founder and chief financial officer (CFO) of OBN Holdings, a publicly traded entertainment corporation; chief executive officer (CEO) of TCG, an international environmental management consulting firm; a manufacturing consulting manager for Ernst & Young; and the Principal-in-Charge of the Productivity Improvement Consulting practice for Deloitte & Touche. Larry was a manufacturing executive with General Motors (automotive) and Norris Industries (aerospace) prior to entering the consulting, auditing and corporate governance industries. As a management consultant, he conducted hundreds of management audits and consulting engagements for commercial, government and not-for-profit organizations in numerous countries. As a lead environmental auditor, he served on the Technical Advisory Group committee that wrote the ISO 14001 international environmental management standard and authored an IEMA-accredited lead auditor environmental management training program for India and the Asian markets. As an educator and speaker, Larry was an adjunct professor of management at California State University and the Asian Institute of Technology. Further, he was a guest lecturer or featured speaker at several universities, corporate retreats and international conferences. Larry holds a PhD. in Executive Management from the Peter Drucker School of Management at Claremont University, a master’s degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Administration from General Motors Institute. He is a Board Leadership fellow with the U.S. National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). He was a lead EMS auditor (ISO). He has held “fellow” status with Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) and the International Environment Management Association (IEMA). Finally, he earned certificates from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), and the University of Southern California Certified Public Accountant (CPA) program. He is the author of “The New Breed of Independent Corporate Directors” (2014), “Private Sector Praises” (2015) and “Enhancing the Tone-at-the-Bottom” (2016).

Susan Stevens

Susan Stevens is a senior executive who retired from J.P. Morgan in 2011 with over 35+ years in the banking industry. She has experience in building businesses, client management, capital markets, and credit & risk management. Susan successfully built Corporate Banking for the Americas at J.P. Morgan and the Capital Markets division of Wells Fargo Bank where she was an Executive Vice President. She has extensive financing expertise including capital markets transactions, restructurings, leverage, M&A and IPO financings. Susan is on the board of Umpqua Holding Inc.; a $25B publicly held bank headquartered in Oregon. Susan is Chair of the Enterprise Risk & Credit Committee, a member of the Audit & Compliance, Governance and Executive committees. She is on the Board of Trustees of the University of Oregon Foundation and is a member of the Governance Committee. She was, also, a Trustee of the Thunderbird School of Global Management from 2012 until it merged with Arizona State University in December 2014 and was Chair of the Finance Committee and Vice Chair of the Executive Committee. Susan is, also, on the board of the Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter, an organization that provides housing and other services to the homeless (NY, NY). She is active in Golden Seeds, a New York based angel investment group, focused on women entrepreneurs in the technology and life science sectors. In addition, Susan advises Boards of Trustees of colleges and universities on board governance. Susan has a MS in Global Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BS in Psychology from the University of Oregon.



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