Professional Development Events
Professional Development Events (PDE) are a platform for undergraduates and graduates from all academic programs to gather insight, knowledge, and firsthand experience from business leaders throughout San Diego. Our students and guests gather to listen to a panel of business professionals discuss issues or mutual interest on a pre-selected topic. The evening concludes with a time of networking over coffee and dessert.
Spring Professional Development Event
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Time: 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Fermanian Conference Center
Chuck Waterfield, CEO of Microfinance Transparency Team
Chuck Waterfield has 25 years experience in microfinance, with a mixture of practical field experience (six years starting MFIs in both Haiti and Bolivia) and experience leading network strategy development (serving as microenterprise director for both MEDA and for CARE International). He developed Microfin, the most popular financial planning software in the microfinance industry and teaches business planning courses around the world, with more than 3,000 microfinance professionals having been trained in his courses. Currently on faculty of Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, he was formerly on the faculty of the Boulder Microfinance Training Program for ten years and Southern New Hampshire University’s Microenterprise Development Institute for eight years. In 2008, he founded MicroFinance Transparency and works as the CEO.
Tiffany Keesey, HR/Recruiting Director for Invisible Children
As the Human Resources & Recruiting Director at Invisible Children (IC), Tiffany is responsible for interviewing and hiring the exceptional people that make Invisible Children something to talk about. On average, she and her team hire over 250 staff, interns, and volunteers each year. She also oversees Employee Success, which includes everything from risk management to performance management to creating an awesome company culture. Tiffany graduated from UCLA in 2005 as a Regents Scholar - an honor putting her in the top 1% of her class. After graduation, she found she had a sixth sense for identifying that rare breed that complements the wonderful chaos of IC, and has overseen the HR Department ever since.
Michelle Grajeda, Senior Manager at CapinCrouse
As a senior manager, Michelle is responsible for providing supervision and guidance to the professional staff accountants during the attestation and audit engagement process. She also provides consulting services to clients in a variety of areas, including financial management and advisory, decision support, outsourcing solutions, and accounting. Michelle joined CapinCrouse in 2004, following four years prior experience in public accounting. She has more than 12 years of combined experience providing assurance services, including audit, review, and compilation work in various business sectors such as colleges and universities, foundations, missions, churches, government agencies, and closely-held corporations. Michelle is licensed as a California CPA.
Ryan Sisson, Account Director at Fifty & Fifty
Ryan Sisson is the Account Director at Fifty & Fifty – a global humanitarian creative studio based in San Diego, California. With a blend of common sense, passion, a nd intuition, Ryan serves as the nuts and bolts of Fifty & Fifty. He oversees several aspects of the organization, and has stre amlined how Fifty does business. Ryan consistently raises the bar on what it means to partner with and creatively serve nonprofit organizations. Prior to coming to Fifty, Ryan worked for The Corky McMillin Companies in land development and then transitioned over to the nonprofit world, where he spent a significant amount of time in the Thailand-Burma area doing humanitarian work. When he finally got back on American soil, Ryan became an account strategist for a digital marketing firm, and then made the jump over to Fifty & Fifty where he daily integrates his passion for humanitarian work and business growth for the greater good.