The Center for Leadership Innovation and Mentorship Building (CLIMB) at California
State University San Marcos College of Business Administration is sponsoring a breakfast
seminar called "Women: Changing the Face of Business Leadership" in late March.
Held in conjunction with the Cal State San Marcos Department of Women's Studies, the seminar is part of Women's History Month on the campus and is set to feature two successful female business leaders: Marina Kotsianas and Patricia Sueltz. Kotsianas is currently founder and CEO of Artia Inc. -- a new media organization -- and also founder of Agribuys Inc. -- a supply-chain technology company for the global food industry.
As chairman and CEO of Agribuys, Kotsianas grew the company into a premier business-to-business solution for the global food industry. She also has experience in strategy consulting at McKinsey & Co. She is multi-lingual and multi-cultural, having lived and worked around the world and actively supporting women in business. She was named "Entrepreneur of the Year" by the Software Council of Southern California.
Sueltz is president of global operations for salesforce.com, a company that provides customer relationship management services. Sueltz is responsible for all corporate strategy, marketing programs and initiatives, product design, services and support, and internal operations.
Prior to joining salesforce.com in 2004, Sueltz worked for Sun Microsystems as executive vice president for Sun Services. She oversaw a $3.6 billion business of delivering consulting, educational and support services to customers worldwide.
Before Sun, Sueltz worked for 20 years in various executive roles for IBM. She was recognized in 2000 by Fortune Magazine for being one of the "50 Most Powerful Women in Business".