November 02, 2017
Speakers and Panelists
DR. ALFRED E. OSBORNE JR. Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Global Economics, management and Entrepreneurship at the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management and Faculty Director of the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Dr. Osborne currently serves as a director of Kaiser Aluminum, Inc., Wedbush, Inc., and the First Pacific Advisors (FPA) Family of mutual funds. His non-profit affiliations include serving as Chair and Trustee of Fidelity Charitable, a trustee of Harvard-Westlake School and a director or the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation.
He has served many years on the corporate boards of Times Mirror Company, US Filter Corporation, Greyhound Lines, Inc., First Interstate Bank of California, Nordstrom, Inc. and K2, Inc., among others. He has served as an economic fellow at the Brookings Institution and directed studies at the SEC that contributed to changes in Rule 144, Regulation D, and other exemptive requirements to the securities laws designed to lower costs and improve liquidity and capital market access to venture capitalists and emerging growth firms alike.
Osborne was educated at Stanford University where he earned a BS in Electrical Engineering, and MBA in Finance, and MS in Economics and aPh.D in Business Economics.
SHARON GARRETT has served in executive positions for both large, established firms and for startup and privately-held companies. Currently, she provides management advisory services, primarily to private equity companies, on acquisitions, divestitures, and process improvements. Ms. Garrett has served as EVP of American Medical Response, the nation’s largest ambulance company and as EVP of PacifiCare Health Systems. Ms. Garrett has provided executive management expertise to companies in various industries, including technology, insurance, real estate, healthcare and online education.
Ms. Garrett served as CIO of Disney from 1989 to 2000, where she was responsible for domestic and international information technology operations. Prior to Disney, she served as Deputy Director of the UCLA Medical Center and as Chief Operating Officer of a $600 million multinational biotechnology company. She has held positions as a software designer and business process engineer.
Ms.GarrettholdsaPhD, Masters, and Bachelor’s degree, all from UCLA. She serves on the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of Ross Stores.
LISA HARRINGTON is a senior-level legal and business executive with experience within Fortune 100 and start-up companies in technology, media, commerce, aviation, hospitality, fashion, apparel, and entertainment, both domestically and internationally. Ms. Harrington is the former General Counsel of ASICS America, Surf Air and Big Air Studios and the Associate General Counsel for NBCUniversal-Digital.
Lisa is recognized by business partners and direct reports for her collaborative work style, high caliber work quality, and dynamic leadership skills. Lisa has received recognition and many awards for her outstanding performance and leadership in the legal community. Lisa has been featured in multiple publications and is a frequent speaker and panelist.
DAWN HAGHIGHI, is General Counsel, Privacy and Compliance Officer for PCV Murcor Real Estate Services. Her career encompasses senior management positions with responsibility for matters at several multi-national corporations, including Assistant General Counsel and Privacy Officer for Princess Cruises, General Counsel for the Illinois Division of Charter One Bank (RBS), and Employment Counsel for Nordstrom, Inc.
She is a frequent lecturer before corporate boards, foundations and professional organizations around the world and is active in a number of international, public policy, and not for profit organizations. In recent years, she was selected as a participant to the U.S./China Economic & Trade Cooperation Forum welcoming then PRC Vice President Xi Jinping to Los Angeles, as a delegate to the Salzburg Global Seminar in Salzburg, Austria, as a member of the United States delegation to the Enhancing the Middle East’s Economic Future IV Forum Doha, Qatar, as a speaker at the First Sino- American Women’s Conference Beijing, China, as an invited participant to the RAND China Reform Forum Beijing, China, a participant at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing, China, a presenter to the Supreme People’s Court Mediation and Arbitration Congress in Beijing and Shanghai, China and as a delegate to several HKTDC Business Forums in Honk Kong, SAR.
Ms. Haghighi also attended the White House Welcome Ceremony for the PRC Premier Wen Jibao. Ms. Haghighi has received many professional awards including ACC Committee Member of the Year, ACC Advocacy Award, the Los Angeles Business Journal In-House Counsel Awards (Finalist), the Alston & Bird Women of Distinction Award, the ACC Member of the Year Award and the Association of Media and Entertainment Honoree.
DR. MARINA MESIN-ZAGAR is the Associate Director and a Global Sector Lead at USC Marshall’s Graduate Programs were she mostly focuses on corporate relations in the finance industry. Dr. Mesin-Zagar joined USC Marshall as a Visiting Scholar and subsequently was the Director of the USC Corporate Governance Summit. Prior to joining USC, she was the Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Economics & Business, University of Zagreb, where she taught classes in strategic management, corporate governance and business strategy at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Dr. Mesin-Zagar is a corporate governance scholar with expertise in corporate governance of EU and transitional economies. Her research and professional interests lie at the intersection between corporate governance, organizational behavior and finance. She is the founding member of the Croatian Institute of Directors, where she served as the first female president, and is currently a member of the Institute’s Board of Directors. Dr. Mesin-Zagar is also a member of the Education Committee of the European Confederation of Directors’ Associations.