Dr. Karen Haynes’s commitment to women’s issues began during her undergraduate years at Goucher, an all-women’s college in Maryland. Since then, she has demonstrated a sustained and continuing dedication to developing women leaders that has informed her more than four decades of work as an educator and university president. As the current president of California State University San Marcos, Dr. Haynes has transformed the campus into a model environment for women, promoting and hiring women to prominent leadership positions, including VP for finance and administrative services, VP for student affairs, and VP for community engagement.
Her own career is an inspiration to many, as she has repeatedly blazed numerous paths. As the first woman dean at the University of Houston, Dr. Haynes challenged the traditional beliefs of leadership, bringing a more compassionate approach to her position while retaining the respect and authority of the role. She continues to lead with an openness and honesty not often found in university presidents.
Dr. Haynes takes every opportunity that she can to speak and work with women’s groups and to share her experiences as a woman leader. She mentors promising women professionals on campus, reaches out to student women’s organizations, and wholeheartedly believes that making these connections is key to developing a pipeline of talented women educators.
A trained social worker, Dr. Haynes has written several articles and books on social justice and leadership, including A Dream and A Plan: A Woman’s Path to Leadership in Human Services and Women Managers in Human Services, and the landmark text, Affecting Change: Social Workers in the Political Arena, now in its seventh edition. Dr. Haynes truly believes in the importance of women leaders, education, and social justice, a fact demonstrated by her writings, work, and involvement in numerous organizations.
President Haynes has a longstanding history with the American Council on Education’s Network of Women in Higher Education. She served on the ACE Commission on Women and currently serves on the ACE Commission on Inclusion. She helped renew and reinvigorate the Texas network of ACE OWHE, and did the same for the Southern California Network for which she has been the presidential sponsor for seven years.
In all that Dr. Haynes does, she advocates tirelessly on behalf of women, as evidenced, in part, by her several awards and honors, including being the 2013 recipient of the American Council on Education’s Donna Shavlik Award for her commitment to advancing women through career and leadership development and for mentoring women on the state and national levels. She was also the 2010 recipient of the San Diego Business Journal’s 2010 Most Admired CEO Award, and was honored in 2007 with the San Diego YWCA’s Top Women in Industry Award and the San Diego Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business” Award.
Along with a degree from Goucher, President Haynes holds a doctorate in social work from the University of Texas in Austin and a MSW from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Jenni Prisk, Communications Coach, Prisk CommunicationJenni Prisk founded Prisk Communication in 1990 to provide exemplary public speaking and communication skills. She has coached hundreds of individuals and corporate teams in the United States and internationally. Jenni is a dynamic motivational speaker. She is the author of Communication Skills Training, a publication of the American Society of Trainers and Developers (ASTD). For six years she was a faculty professor at the University of San Diego in the Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program. In collaboration with PRIDE Inc. San Diego, she developed and led a recurring course in public speaking for developmentally disabled adults.
Jenni was born and raised in New Zealand, where she gained a Diploma in Adult Teaching and qualified as a Human Relations and Communications Instructor for the New Zealand Marriage Guidance Council. She has a Diploma in Speech & Drama from Trinity College of London, England. Jenni is a member of San Diego Rotary Club 33 where she serves on the following committees: Rotary International Foundation/Grants; Interact-Hoover (high school program that educates disadvantaged youth for university); Grotarian (events for new Rotarians); Rotaract (college students into Rotary); Small Clubs Initiative. Jenni is the Peace Chair for Club 33.
Jenni was a speaker at TEDx SDSU; additionally she emcees TEDx programs. She is the emcee for the National Conflict Resolution Center’s Peacemaker Awards. For almost a decade she anchored (live) KPBS-TV San Diego fundraisers and has interviewed numerous guests: Dr. Ken Blanchard, Sarah Brightman, Paul Anka, JohnTesh, Patti LuPone, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Andrew Weil (and more.) Jenni is a Commissioner on the Status of Women, San Diego. In 2001, she founded Voices of Women (VOW), a nonprofit organization with the Mission to support and promote local and global programs that uplift and empower women and children. VOW has presented 70+ educational events, and raised significant funds for global nonprofit organizations. The organization supports the Daraja Academy for Girls in Kenya, and in San Diego collaborates with refugee women from East Africa to provide professional development workshops.
Barbara L. Kaufman, Ph.D., President, ROI Consulting Group, Inc.
For over 25 years, Dr. Barbara Kaufman, President of ROI Consulting Group, Inc., has worked as an executive educator and executive coach to help individuals and teams increase their leadership effectiveness and organizational capacity. As a trusted advisor to leaders in higher education and the non-profit sector, Dr. Kaufman combines executive experience with researched-based, pragmatic guidance in the area of leadership effectiveness. Areas of focus include: executive coaching, leadership assessment, onboarding for senior administrators, performance management and board development.
Her clients include a wide range of organizations, including colleges and universities in seven systems of higher education across the country. A partial list of clients includes the American Council on Education (ACE), California State University System, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, University of California System, University of North Carolina System, University of Nebraska System, Northwestern University, Pacific Oaks College, Scripps Women’s College, College of Staten Island (CUNY System), Claremont University Consortium and RTI International. Areas of expertise include: leadership effectiveness at the individual and team levels, executive coaching, high performing teams, performance assessment for senior administrators, executive onboarding, shared governance, succession planning, board development and related topics.
Barbara is a committed volunteer who contributes time and resources to professional development organizations. She is a member of the Executive Advisory Board, faculty member and past president of Leadership California, a non-profit organization devoted to educational programs and furthering the advancement of women leaders in business, government, education and other public and private arenas. She is the 1998 recipient of the prestigious Leadership California Leader award for her program design and board development efforts. Barbara is a member of the Chief Learning Officer Business Intelligence Network board.
CONSTANCE M. CARROLL, Ph.D., Chancellor, San Diego Community College District
Dr. Constance M. Carroll has served as chancellor of the San Diego Community College District since 2004. The total enrollment at the SDCCD’s City, Mesa, and Miramar Colleges, and Continuing Education division is 130,000 students. An additional 145,000 service personnel are enrolled in educational programs provided by the district at military bases in 24 states. Prior to becoming chancellor, Dr. Carroll served as president of three community colleges in California: San Diego Mesa College, Saddleback College, and Indian Valley Colleges. She also served as Director of Freshman Academic Advising at the University of Pittsburgh and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern Maine.
Constance Carroll earned a B.A. (Humanities) from Duquesne University; an M.A. and Ph.D. (Classics) from the University of Pittsburgh; and a Certificate in Hellenic Studies from Knubly University in Greece. She also attended the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management.
In 2011, Constance Carroll was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate to serve a six-year term on the National Council on the Humanities. Dr. Carroll’s current board service also includes the University of San Diego, the San Diego Foundation, and the San Diego Museum of Man, as well as the League for Innovation, the Community College Humanities Association, and San Diego Youth Services.
She also served on the boards of the American Council on Education, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the California Council for the Humanities (as Chair), the WASC Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (as Chair), and the San Diego Opera. She has numerous publications and presentations to her credit. Among many honors, Dr. Carroll received the national Association of Community College Trustees’ “Marie Y. Martin CEO Award,” the Harry Buttimer Award, which is the top honor for a California Community College CEO, and a “Remarkable Leader in Education Award” from the University of San Diego. In 2013, Dr. Carroll was inducted into the San Diego Women’s Hall of Fame as recipient of the Trailblazer Award.
Lori P. Adrian, Ph.D., President, Coastline Community College
Dr. Adrian joined the Coast Community College District as the sixth president of Coastline Community College on July 1, 2010. Coastline is one of the three colleges in the Coast District. Founded originally as a “college without walls,” Coastline is one of the nation’s most innovative colleges and is deeply committed to a “students first” philosophy. Coastline currently has three campuses in Orange County. A beautiful and sustainable new campus located in Newport Beach opened its doors to students in January 2013, replacing the Costa Mesa campus. Coastline brings on-site and hybrid classes to students close to their homes locally, and through Distance Learning locally, nationally and internationally.
Dr. Adrian has been as an educational leader for over twenty years. In collaboration with Coastline’s faculty, staff, students, and external stakeholders, some of Dr. Adrian’s outstanding accomplishments as president include the completion of a strategic planning process for the College, the enhancement of the College’s integrated planning process, and the practice of evidence-based decision-making. She has promoted leadership development and led the college through financially challenging times in an atmosphere of inclusiveness, mutual respect, open and transparent communication. She is sharply focused on student success and the practice of a “students first” philosophy. Prior to joining Coastline, she served as the vice president of student services at Skyline College in the Bay Area from 2005-2010. As the chief student services officer, Dr. Adrian provided leadership for a comprehensive array of student service programs aimed at facilitating student success and fostering a strong connection to diverse students. She led Skyline’s First Year Experience initiative. From November 1992-August 2005, Dr. Adrian worked as dean of student affairs, interim dean of student development and matriculation, and acting vice president of student services at San Diego Mesa College. Dr. Adrian spent ten years of her career working with international students from around the world, both at the University of the Pacific (a private four-year university) and at San Joaquin Delta College (a community college), in Northern California. Her experiences at both the university and two-year community colleges give her a well-rounded perspective in higher education and a deep understanding of the experiences of students.
In addition to her United States higher education background, Dr. Adrian worked as an intercultural trainer/project director for the U. S. Peace Corps for six years.
Dr. Lori Adrian holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education from Claremont Graduate University. She has a master’s degree in Communication Theory from the University of the Pacific and a bachelor’s degree in Philippine Studies from the University of the Philippines, with a minor in linguistics.
Dr. Adrian is active in local and national professional organizations. She is on the Board of Directors of the OC Workforce Investment Board, Coastline Foundation Board of Directors and chairs the Le-Jao Advisory Council. She is the President of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) National Asian Pacific Islander Council and serves on AACC’s Research/Technology/Emerging Trends Commission and Council of Affiliated Councils. She is also active on Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education, Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund and supports the leadership development of educators from diverse backgrounds as a mentor, speaker and leadership coach.
Lorena Mesa, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs, California State University San Marcos
Dr. Lorena Meza was born in Uruapan, Michoacán Mexico; she immigrated to the United States at the age of 8 and became first in her family to attain a college degree.
Dr. Meza currently works at California State University San Marcos as Vice President for Student Affairs. She provides leadership and oversight for the campus division that houses student life functions, as well as academic support and enrollment management. This includes responsibility for all academic and non-academic student service programs. She directs and evaluates the work of all Associate Vice Presidents within Student Affairs, the Executive Director of the University Corporation, and Executive Director of Associated Students, Inc., Resource Analyst and administrative staff.
At CSUSM, Dr. Meza has served in various committees and task forces including leading the Hispanic Serving Institution Task Force Phase II, WASC Theme III, and Improving First-Year Retention at California State University San Marcos. Her current assignment is serving on the Graduation Initiative Steering Committee.
Dr. Meza has been successful in garnering federal grants in support of low income first generation college student and students with disabilities, and has also garnered external funding sources in support of special programs.
Dr. Meza holds B.A., Literature and Writing Studies, California State University San Marcos; M.A., Education/Multicultural Counseling, San Diego State University M.B.A., California State University San Marcos; and a Ph.D. Leadership Studies; Higher Education Administration at the University of San Diego.