Business Series at CSUSM Offers Insight from Executive Leaders


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Leading by example is the core principle of In the Executive’s Chair, a signature business course and seminar series offered at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), which invites senior executives from area businesses to campus each semester to share their insight with students and members of the community, as well as discuss their strategies and challenges of managing a business.

This fall 13 CEOs will take a seat in the executive’s chair at CSUSM on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. in the university’s Markstein Hall, room 125. The guest lectures are open and free for community patrons to attend.

In the Executive’s Chair was first introduced nine years ago at CSUSM and during its tenure on campus, more than 140 executives have shared their business philosophies, successes and challenges. The concept for the course was inspired by the Bravo television series, Inside the Actor’s Studio, which premiered on the cable network in 1994. The show’s host, James Lipton, interviews highly-regarded actors in a seminar-style lecture hall, giving his audience, which is comprised of students from a New York-based actors’ college, access to learn from the best in their profession. At its very core, the guest of honor shifts from celebrity to teacher imparting successes, failures, and words of wisdom to the next generation of actors, or in the case of CSUSM’s course, future business leaders.

Sept. 6: Larry Anderson, CEO of Tri-City Medical Center
Sept. 13: John Sarkasian, CEO of SKLZ
Sept. 20: Linda Strand, CEO of Independent Energy Solutions
Sept. 27: Michael Harth, Founder & President of Sunset Parking
Oct. 4: Malin Burnham, Founder of Burnham Institute
Oct. 11: Ken Markstein, CEO of Markstein Beverage Co.
Oct. 25: Helen Adams, Partner (retired) of Deloitte
Nov. 1: Holly G. Green, CEO & Managing Director of The Human Factor
Nov. 8: Bill Strauss, CEO of Pro-Commerce
Nov. 15: Ian Woodall, Inspirational Speaker: The Tao of Everest
Nov. 22: Andy Laats and Chad Di Nenna, Co-Founders of Nixon, Inc.
Nov. 29: Julie Wright, CEO of WrightOn Communications

Directions and Parking
CSUSM is located at 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road in San Marcos. For more information or directions to the campus, visit On-campus parking is available and rates range from $3 to $9 depending upon length of stay.

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. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a 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 fifteen miles east of the ocean; just thirty miles north of downtown San Diego.