American Red Cross

June 18th, 2015

The American Red Cross helps people affected by disasters big and small providing relief, comfort and hope.  Whether they are providing life saving blood, health and safety services, disaster relief or support to American military families, they are there for us when we need them.

I have the privilege of working with the leadership team for Region serving Orange County, San Bernardino, Riverside and the Coachella Valley as they prioritize and plan for the coming year.  Clarifying priorities, identifying ways to collaborate and create even greater impact in the communities they serve is part of our work together. It is easy to love my work when I partner with organizations like Red Cross.

Their network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world.  See the difference the have made in this video. If you’d like to help simply text the word redcross to 90999 to donate $10 to Disaster Relief through your mobile carrier. Charges will apply to your mobile phone bill next month.*




The Alumni Advantage

June 18th, 2015

At campuses across the country caps are flying in the air to the joyful cries of college graduates.  I remember the feelings of  exhilaration and terror mixed together as I struggled with what to do next.  Will I get a job? Will I like it?

I decided to make my new start in Orange County some 500 miles away from my hometown. I had a friend with a room, so with a roof over my head I jumped into the labor pool.  Landing a job seemed easy enough, but it proved to be a lesson in all the things to avoid in a new job.  I certainly learned to be more discerning about my next employer which led me to a long and prosperous career.

As I was contemplating how the 2015 graduates might be feeling, I want to encourage them to reach out, seek advice, support and referrals for jobs and contacts from their fellow alumni and if they want to continue to develop their leadership skills then consider volunteering with the alumni association or other nonprofit board.  Serving on various Board of Directors throughout my career has contributed to my growth as a leader in the community.

I currently serve as the President of the Brandman University Alumni Association and I am excited to welcome our newest graduates.  We emphasis staying connected, building relationships and expanding opportunities for our alumni. It’s free to join and we have many ways to get involved. The talents and energy of new alumni are always welcome.

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Women Unlimited, Inc.

June 11th, 2015

I had the pleasure of speaking with women leaders about Aligning Business and Life Priorities.  Women in the Women Unlimited, Inc. LEAD Program are in a critical career transition from management to leadership in their organizations.  There are many bumps along the road to the executive suite and this program offers a place to learn how to overcome these obstacles and thrive.

Women Unlimited, Inc. have been partnering with Fortune 1000 companies to develop and retain a diverse pool of talented women leaders who can confidently usher their organizations to new levels of growth and profitability.

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Their programs are based on a three-pronged approach of mentoring, education and networking to help participants put into action their new understanding of leadership and how to exert it.

LEAD is a 12 month women leadership development program which include 12 workshops, on-the-job assignments, one-on-one and team mentoring by leading corporate executives, an individual development planning process, and networking and team-building exercises. The program:

  • Prepares mid-level managers for the shift to higher levels of leadership
  • Allows them to transition from tactical managers to strategic leaders through self assessment and self change
  • Provides the opportunity to build powerful connections with the brightest and the best from other leading organizations
  • Fosters the creation of strategies to effectively manage ambiguity
  • Develops the ability to build strategic alliances…think globally…and manage change, key components in leadership development

To learn more visit Women Unlimited, Inc.

Spirit of Volunteerism Recognizes Shining Stars

April 16th, 2015

OneOC was pleased to host he 39th Annual Spirit of Volunteerism Awards honoring 382 individuals, families, groups and corporate teams for their exceptional volunteer service to communities in Orange County.  More than 1,100 guests packed the Disneyland Hotel to salute these shining stars in our community.

photo (2)    Special guest, Mickey Mouse, joined OneOC CEO, Dan McQuaid, on stage to present the 2015 Giving is Living Award to Bolsa Chica Conservancy and Boeing for the exemplary nonprofit/company partnership that extends over 25 years.  Boeing employees devote time, energy and skills to support the Conservancy’s mission to provide environmental services and promote sustainability through community restoration, leadership and education.

This special day recognizes the selfless and dedicated effort of volunteers to build a stronger more vibrant Orange County in the areas of Arts, Law Enforcement, Human & Community Services, Education, Health, Animal and Environmental.  The Orange County Register and Union Bank were the Co-Presenting Sponsors for the event.

OneOC is dedicated to accelerating nonprofit success through volunteer, training, consulting and fiscal sponsorship services.  OneOC recently launched the Center for Business and Community Partnerships, a one stop shop that provides smart, easy and impactful giving and employee volunteer solutions to companies to maximize their charitable activities in the community.