Distribution Channel Advisors
Peggy Harper Lee, Empowerment Expert Advisor. Lee’s expertise includes helping parents gain the skills needed to raise children to become responsible and successful adults. With her guidance, parents and youth are empowered by learning cause and effect and fiscal responsibility. Lee is a financial advisor and author of, Spoiled: Fresh Ideas for Parenting Your Entitled Child-‐-‐at Any Age.
Melissa Washington, LinkedIn Advisor. As GSO Global Corporate Events Manager for LinkedIn, Melissa creates once in a lifetime experiences! Her commitment to quality starts with involvement in site selection, hotel negotiations, contracting, budgeting, vendor selection, registration, food and beverage selection, program implementation, onsite management and post event analysis. Big believer in sustainability and cost savings. As Owner of SmartNet Strategies, Melissa teaches LinkedIn (how to use this platform for job seeking, recruiting, selling, researching, and collaborating) and Networking (experience with building online and offline relationships).
Kristen Beck, PhD Candidate UC Davis Genome Center Instructor and advocate, Girls Who Code. Kristen is a third-‐year doctoral student at the UC Davis Genome Center where she uses bioinformatics to understand the complexities of human milk. Kristen developed a passion for science at an early age, but learned to code only once joining the Korf lab in 2011. Since then, her curiosity for all things technical has truly exploded. After teaching herself R and Perl, she accepted a position at Girls Who Code, a nationwide non-‐profit aiming to decrease the gender gap in the tech industry. She was the instructor for the 2013 Summer Immersion Program where she taught robotics, web and mobile app development, and physical computing to high school junior and senior girls. She is now helping expand Girls Who Code Clubs nationwide. Kristen has served in several teaching positions and brings a passion and excitement to her instruction.
Michele Nash-Hoff, Manufacturing Advisor. Michele is president of ElectroFab Sales, a manufacturers rep agency, and author of Can American Manufacturing Be Saved—Why We Should and How We Can (www.savingusmanufacturing.com). She is Past President of the San Diego Chapter of the Electronics Representatives Association and the High Technology Foundation. She is currently a director on the national board of the American Jobs Alliance and Chair of the California chapter of the Coalition for a Prosperous America. She is a columnist for Industry Week magazine's e news, and she is also an authorized speaker on behalf of the Re-shoring Initiative to return manufacturing to America.
Linda Lim PhD, Technical Advisor / Consultant. Linda is an Explorer, Scientist, Researcher, Developer, Evangelist, Motivator, Listener, and Encourager, backed by her 16 years of professional computing experience in the manufacturing industry, private education industry, hospital and health care industry, public sector industry, and higher education industry, and 10 years of experience in HCI research with accomplishments in a wide variety of computing research areas, while in professional computing roles. She wears many hats, from IT training, research, support, guiding, and inspiring of individuals at the Bachelors, Masters, PhD, and professional levels, to user experience interviews, heuristic evaluation, scenario-based evaluation, usability testing, wireframing, prototyping, front-end and back-end development, server administration, project management, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and technology evangelism. Most of all, she loves to participate in life-changing projects and lives by this motto “Everyday is a learning experience! Make the most of it! Smile!”.
Her goal with InVINCIble Enterprises is to empower smart, talented teens to become future business owners & leaders in STE@M™ industries; and to help solve STEM talent pool problems for Fortune 1000 companies.
Tyler Orion, Technology Business Advisor.During Orion's career in technology business development, defense conversion, manufacturing process improvement, public policy and business incubation, she has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs define and launch their companies. She has enabled major educational organizations, including CONNECT in San Diego, to produce critical program content allowing them to serve thousands of new and emerging enterprises. Orion currently serves on the Boards of the CONNECT Foundation and Association, the MIT Enterprise Forum Executive Committee and the CDC Small Business Finance Board and Executive Committee.
Gordon Fowler, Marketing/PR/APP Development. Gordon Fowler is a PR/Marketing Guru responsible for messaging. He is a Technology Expert in Generational motivations & communications. Gordon launched 3fold in 2004 with a crystal clear vision: to lead a team of talented and hardworking individuals to help clients connect with their audience, build brand equity, and become leaders in their industries and markets – all while contributing to and building vibrant communities. When it comes to market positioning, partnership strategy and regional trends, Gordon is the go-to expert – not just for our team, but anywhere. He has worked with big name brands and firms across the country, and brings the same expertise and enthusiasm to each 3fold client and project.
Gordon currently sits on the board of the Los Rios Community College Foundation, is an active board member at City Year, and also serves on several other nonprofit boards and advisory committees. We won’t tell you how many years he has under his belt, but it’s impressive, especially for one so young and handsome.
Neal Bloom, Education Technology Expert. Neal Bloom, has experience in business development & strategy, marketing; content, social, & product launch, revenue & sales generation, account & product management, investor relations & fundraising, talent acquisition, public relations.
Neal is the San Diego lead for Hired, Inc., a career marketplace connecting the best tech talent with San Diego's finest and fastest growing companies. Neal was co- founder of Portfolium, a digital resume application that was sold to Cengage Learning.
Content Development Advisors
Carleen MacKay Futurist, Workforce Expert, Advisor. Frequently described as the voice of the emergent workforce, Carleen MacKay is an established author, national keynoter, demographer, and multi-‐ generational, multi-‐sector subject matter expert on the subject of the 21st century US workforce. MacKay has written 4 books on the workforce. A fifth book -‐ WORK – a multigenerational guide to working in the U.S. in the 21st century, is scheduled for release by Kelly Services/Career Partners in 2015. She is co-‐author of PLAYBOOK for Teens.
Carol Ritberger PhD, Personality and Behavioral Advisor. Carol Ritberger is an author, radio host and an innovative leader in the fields of personality behavioral psychology and behavioral medicine. Her books include What Color Is Your Personality? Love…What’s Personality Got to Do with It? Managing People…What’s Personality Got to Do with It? and Healing Happens with Your Help..Understanding the Hidden Meaning behind Illness. All of her books have received international acclaim and are published in numerous languages. Her books, What Color Is Your Personality? and Managing People…What’s Personality Got to Do With It? are used as educational text books throughout the world both at high school and university levels.
She is the co-‐founder of the Ritberger Media Group and the creator of the Ritberger Personality Method™ and the Personality Color Indicator PCI™, an assessment that has over 30 years of research behind it. Carol’s work began with the commitment to help people better understand themselves and those they interact with at work and home, to improve their professional performance, to determine career opportunities, and to succeed in their relationships. Over the years, this commitment evolved into a passion for teaching people how to reduce stress, improve their health and sustain an overall sense of well-‐being using the understanding of personality as the foundation.