Will O’Neill, former Mayor Newport Beach

Will O’Neill is the former Mayor of Newport Beach. He continues to serve on the City Council and Finance Committees, driving policies for its 85k constituents while helping to manage a $260M annual budget.

Damien Hobgood – ex Pro Surfer

Damien Hobgood is a surfing legend and has touched many lives through his example in and out of the water. He surfed professionally right out of high school when pro surfing was in its earliest days. He competed for 20 years before realizing he wasn’t loving it anymore. After deep introspection and lots of prayer, Damien has reconnected with his love of surfing and shares his journey here.

Jeff Stotland, EVP Hudson Pacific

Jeff and I have known each other since our Wharton days. He was one of the few others who also hailed from the entertainment world prior to business school. I’ve always found him to be such a brilliant thinker who’s willing to take risks, and explore seemingly unsexy verticals.

Pete Fader – Wharton Marketing Professor

Pete is my favorite Wharton professor. There I’ve said it! His deep interest in data, passion for teaching, and drawing out curiosities from his students changed my career. He shares his journey as a young professor all the way through selling an analytics company focused on customer lifetime value to Nike. Using the same concepts, Pete and his partners applied them to corporate valuation, which has been extremely appealing to investment banks, private equity companies and venture funds.

Whitney Gomez

Whitney Gomez is an exceptional leader in the world of finance. Her long tenures at Morgan Stanley and PAAMCO demonstrate her acumen for marketing and leading teams. Whitney’s direct and honest approach make her stand out. I love her east coast, no nonsense approach and I’ve learned much from the way she managed through extraordinarily challenging times as Board Chair at a private school in Newport Beach.

Braxton Woodham, Founder & President, Unfinished Labs

Of all the tech people with whom I’ve had the great fortune to work, Braxton is a standout. A boy from the deep south with aspirations to attend a college within driving distance of home, this former aerospace engineer is unrivaled in global geo-political and business acumen, tech prowess and leadership skills. Braxton defies any generalization of tech executive and I’m so proud of the work he’s doing at Unfinished Labs.

Alli Warner – CMO, Beacon Pointe Advisors

Alli started as an intern for Beacon Pointe a few years after my husband joined the firm. I knew from those early days that she’d have an incredible career and just 10 years later, she’s Chief Marketing Officer of the 230+ person Registered Investment Advisor. I love her competitive nature and appreciate the camaraderie she brings to her work and team.

Dan Beldy, Venture Capitalist

Dan Beldy and I went to business together after he served as a Navy fighter pilot for 8 years. No big deal. We both had a sense that something big was about to happen with the internet and found our way into the early tech scene after graduation. He remains a trusted friend as we discuss potential investments and deals.