CSUSM Leadership Center Honors Holly Green

December 20, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Margaret Lutz | mlutz@csusm.edu

The Center for Leadership Innovation and Mentorship Building (CLIMB) at California State University San Marcos has selected Holly Green, managing director and CEO of The Human Factor, Inc., as the Outstanding Business Leader for 2010. The annual award, which recognizes exceptional business leaders who demonstrate outstanding community leadership, economic innovation, and philanthropic involvement, was presented at the College of Business Administration Senior Experience Trade Show at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, on Thursday, Dec. 16.

"Holly Green has been a frequent and popular guest in our In the Executive's Chair course, speaker at a CLIMB Leadership Seminar, and a highly sought after mentor in the Center's Executive Mentoring Program," said Dr. Rajnandini Pillai, executive director of CLIMB and professor of management and organizational behavior at CSUSM. "She has truly transformed students' lives through her successful mentoring."

With more than 20 years of executive level and operations experience, Green has worked with Fortune 100, entrepreneurial, and management consulting organizations. As the former President of The Ken Blanchard Companies, a global consulting and training organization as well as LumMed, Inc. a biotech start up, she has a broad background in strategic planning, organization design and development, process improvement, leadership assessment and development, and the integration and alignment of business strategies. Green's prestigious line-up of clients including The Coca-Cola Company, AT&T, Dell Computer, Bass Hotels & Resorts, QUALCOMM, Expedia, Inc., RealNetworks, Inc., Microsoft and Google. Known in the business industry as someone who gets things done, Green has a proven track record of value-added delivery and is a highly acclaimed speaker and consultant. Annually, she conducts more than 50 workshops for Vistage, the worlds' largest CEO membership organization. She is also the author of More Than a Minute: How to Be an Effective Leader & Manager in Today's Changing World. In addition to her corporate experience, she also has extensive experience in political strategy at the local, state and Presidential levels.

"This is an incredible honor and I am grateful to the faculty, students and leaders of CSUSM for affording me the opportunity to be part of CLIMB," said Green. "Leaders need encouragement, development and certainly mentoring throughout their lives. CLIMB is a phenomenal program giving students the head-start they need through the mentoring and other programs to develop critical skills to lead in today's world. I believe I get more from each student than I can possibly provide and I am proud to be associated with such a powerful program!"

About CLIMB
The Center for Leadership Innovation and Mentorship Building (CLIMB) was established in the College of Business Administration at California State University San Marcos in August 2004. CLIMB's goal is to serve the leadership development needs of the surrounding community through innovative research and collaboration with various internal and external constituencies, including students, faculty in other colleges, business and community organizations. CLIMB focuses on path-breaking leadership research and teaching innovations. The Center also serves as a catalyst for local businesses to collaborate with the expertise of the College of Business Administration and the University.

About California State University San Marcos
California State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself in many areas. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that values teaching and scholarship, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a fulfilling and successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. 85 percent of CSUSM's alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is 15 miles east of the ocean; just 30 miles north of downtown San Diego.