Our Mentors

As a student, you will be paired with a mentor who is fully invested in your success as a leader. Your relationship with your mentor is one of the most valuable resources that the program has to offer. This will be the first step in creating a meaningful, professional connection with someone who has years of experience to share. Whether you need someone to bounce ideas off of or provide hindsight from their own failures and successes, your mentor will become an invaluable asset.

Current Mentors Include:

Company Title
360 AV Design Group LLC Sr. Account Manager
Anaheim Convention Center Deputy Director
Arrow Electronics Director, Arrow Events
Associated Luxury Hotels International Associated Luxury Hotels International
B.C. Pavilion Corporation (PavCo) President & CEO
Bondurant Consulting President
Bowman Meetings & Events Freelance Planner
Cadence Travel Founder & CEO
Cetera Financial Group VP Head of Conferences
Clearwater Marine Aquarium VP Sales & Marketing
Covenant Living VP Dining Services
DeBrosse Consulting, LLC Principal
Entrepreneur (Founder and former CEO of Access DMC) Entrepreneur
Experience VP Business Development
Experient VP Strategic Account Management
Extraordinary Events President
Face2Face Meetings CEO & Managing Partner
GES Sr. VP Exhibition Sales
HeadSail Founder
HelmsBriscoe Executive Vice President
Hilton Sr. Director New Openings & Acquisitions America
HPN Global Meeting Planner/Consultant
Hunger at Home CEO/Founder
Inspire Hospitality Founder & CEO
Instant Financial Customer Success Director
International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) VP Learning Experiences
Irvine Company President, Resort Properties Division
Jenks Consulting Services Founder & Managing Director
Karl Strauss District Manager of Brewery Restaurants
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club President
Magellan Marketing President
Marriott International General Manager
Melissa Majors Consulting CEO
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort Director of Rooms
Rotary International Meetings & Events Director
San Francisco Giants President
Scorpion Bay Hotel (Baja CA Sur, MX) Owner
SDSU Associate Dean
SDSU Director of Global Programs
SoFi Stadium & Hollywood Park Director of Team Member Experience
The Brigantine, Inc Regional General Manager
The Link Event Professionals, Inc. Creative Executive Officer, Event Professional, Facilitator & Trainer
Unbridled Solutions Sr. Project & Account Manager
United States Tennis Association (USTA) Director, Tennis Engagement
Universal Orlando Lisa Jacobson
University of California, Santa Cruz University of California, Santa Cruz
University of San Diego VP Operations/COO

The program provides all the tools and resources you need to foster a working relationship with your mentor, but you will be encouraged to take the lead on interaction. Mentors are strategically paired with students to foster the most productive working relationship possible. Your mentor will be your figurative (or literal) shoulder to cry on, and will cheer you on every step of the way.

Having a program mentor who’s devoted to helping you reach your career goals is just one reason why students have found such huge success upon program completion. 





Anthony Bollotta
Partner, TEAMNet & President, Bollotta Entertainment
Wendy Burk
CEO, Candence Travel
Clara Carter, CDMP
President/Owner, Multi-Cultural Convention Services Network


Stephanie Dathe
Director of the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union, SDSU
Janet Devaney
Director of Rooms, Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club and Spa
Adam Edelman
Director of Operations, Hyatt Regency Orange County


Kristen Elgo
Sales, Marketing at The Allstar Group
Maggie Espinosa
Travel Journalist and Author
Brad Gessner
Contract Consultant, North American Convention Centers at Official ASM Global


Annette Gregg, CMM, MBA
Sr. Vice President of Experience, Meeting Professionals International (MPI)
Lindsay Grosz, CMP
Director of Meetings & Events, Dynamic Events Worldwide
Victoria Johnson, CMP, CMM
Global Manager, Meeting Services & Sourcing, Underwriters Laboratories


Tracy Judge, MS, CMP
Founder & Chief Connector, Soundings Connect
Ann Marie Kimble
Portfolio Revenue Manager, IHG
Mary King, CMP
Sr. Director of Operations, Meetings and Incentives, Cadence


Christy Lamagna, CMP, CMM, CTSM
Master Life Strategist, Life Lived Strategically with Christy Lamagna
Vince LaRuffa
Sr. Vice President of Resort Marketing, Universal Orlando Resort
Victoria Rice
Tasting Room Manager, Wilson Creek Winery


Erin Scholes, CMP, CESEP, CMM
President, SD Meetings & Events
Rob Spooner
Chief Human Resources Officer, Strategic Operational & Organization Leadership Experience
Brenda Silva
Community Services Director, City of Poway


Linda Wells
Program Development Manager, National University
Carl Winston
Director, L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality



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