Orange County iRelaunch Return to Work Conference Speakers - March 2010

Relauncher Panel

Sherry Bower, Moderator
Business Coach - CB Richard Ellis

Sherry Bower is a professional coach, facilitator, and trainer in the area of human performance. She specializes in coaching groups and individuals in performance improvement, with a focus on the development of strategic business plans and communication skills. She is experienced in working with all levels of professionals, from young talent to seasoned senior professionals, both in sales and in leadership positions.

She transitioned into the coaching profession in 2008 after a career in the corporate arena. She is a 25-year veteran of the Southern California commercial real estate industry where she was a Senior Managing Director with CB Richard Ellis. She was the firm's market leader for Orange County, overseeing a staff of more than 200 professionals, and responsible for a business which generated nearly $75 million in management, sales, and transaction revenue. 

Sherry received her credentials in Executive Coaching from the University of Texas and is member in good standing of the International Coaching Federation. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication.

Sherry is on the Advisory Board for Cancer Genetics Research and Prevention at the University of California - Irvine. She holds a Certified Property Management designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management and received a prestigious President's Award for her contribution to this professional organization. She has been recognized on multiple occasions by both the Orange County Business Journal and Real Estate Southern California magazine as one of the most influential business women in Southern California. 

Sherry lives in Corona del Mar, California, with her husband of 25 years. She is an avid boater, scuba diver, and traveler.

Marsha Besley
Founder and President - Marina Medical

As Founder and President of Marina since 1981, Marsha is one of the most respected individuals in the medical billing industry. She has been a member of the American College of Emergency Physician's (ACEP) Committee for Coding and Nomenclature, has served on the Medi-Cal Managed Care Task Force, and has been instrumental in forging legislation favoring reimbursement. Marsha has spoken at industry meetings and is an authority on documentation guidelines for emergency medicine.

In 2006, Marsha was recognized by Ernst & Young and the Orange Co. Business Journal as the "Entrepreneur of the Year" for her contributions and success in founding Marina Medical; she was also the first woman to ever win this nationally recognized annual award.

Marsha received her undergraduate degree from California State University, Long Beach and completed the executive program at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. The mother of two sons, she's actively involved and on the Board of Directors of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, skis, plays tennis, and enjoys gardening. Marsha, originally a school teacher, took an 11-year career break before founding Marina Medical.

Marsha's relaunch success story is here.

Judy Fox Brandt
Founder - Fox & Company

With more than 20 years' experience in human resources management, Judy's work with FORTUNE 500 companies and others has earned her a unique reputation as an authority in assisting organizations hire and lead top talent. Her expertise for staffing has extended to scientific, technical, sales, marketing, finance, medical, legal, and senior executive positions.

As Head of Staffing for Allergan, a $4+ billion pharmaceutical company, Judy played a key role in recruiting the most skilled employees in all areas. She developed management training programs for the Interviewing and Selection Process, as well as developing and implementing successful talent acquisition systems.

She has proven to be an engaging and forceful speaker at local and national events, is active in several professional and community organizations, and has served on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for 10 years. Judy is active in NAWBO Orange County. She is Past President of the Orange County Chapter of the National Human Resources Association (NHRA), and has served on both the local and national boards of directors. Judy is also active in the Women's Philanthropy Fund, Orange County (United Way).

After earning a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado, Judy spent several years in Mexico City teaching English and managing a private language school. She is fluent in Spanish. Judy took a 16-year career break before returning to work and building a career in Human Resources.

In 2002, following 10 successful years at Allergan, Judy launched her own consulting practice, Fox & Company. She consults with organizations, large and small, in establishing successful processes and management training programs for hiring, thus getting great people in the "right seats."* Judy has also created a menu of Leadership Development programs through a strategic partnership with the Penumbra Group. Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is a major component of their programs, since research has shown that EQ is twice as important for success on the job as IQ or technical skills. Fox & Company helps organizations assure great hires and talent development at all levels, creating productive teams and avoiding costly mistakes. Judy can be reached at

Judy's relaunch success story is featured here.

Johanna Dalton
Project Engineer - Jacobsen Construction Company

Jody Dalton is currently a Project Engineer on one of Utah's largest construction projects, City Creek Center, in downtown Salt Lake City.

Jody earned a BA in Psychology from UCLA in 1981 and began her career in commercial banking.  She began work on a Masters in Counseling Psychology, but halted her studies to care for her son who was born prematurely. After two more children and a three-year stint in France, where her husband was relocated by his employer, Jody decided to relaunch her career. A career counselor helped Jody to find her strengths in the design and building fields. After 12 years at home, Jody went back to school to study Landscape Architecture at UCLA where she was recognized as as Student of the Year in 1997 and received the James Smith Design Award in 1998. While attending school Jody worked at California Outdoor Concepts, a landscape design and build company.

In 1999, prior to the completion of her degree program, Jody's husband accepted a job in Utah. There she utilized her Landscape Architecture skills to secure a position with the Salt Lake Olympic Committee's construction arm: Venue Development. Starting out as a Construction Coordinator, Jody rose to Assistant Site Manger at Park City Mountain Resorts, the scene of snowboarding half pipe, slalom, and skiing slalom. Jody fell in love with construction and following the Olympics was hired by Jacobsen Construction to work on the Utah State Capitol Restoration and Retrofitting Project. On a subsequent project that she oversaw, an elite ski in/ski out condominium in Deer Valley, her team was awarded the X2 Award for completing the project early and under budget. Jody is currently overseeing development of the downtown City Creek Mall, a $1.5B development that will be completed in 2012. She is the proud mother of three children all of whom are happy, healthy, and doing well.

See Jody's relaunch success story here.

Judybeth Tropp
Director of Externships and Pro Bono Programs - Thomas Jefferson School of Law

For the last six years, Judybeth has been the Director of Externships and Pro Bono Programs at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. In this capacity she oversees approximately 300 students a year during their clinical externship experiences. She teaches lawyering skills classes as well as a judicial seminar three times a year.

Upon graduation from Fordham Unversity Law School in 1992, Judybeth became an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County (Brooklyn), New York. After getting married she moved to Los Angeles, California where she joined the Los Angeles Public Defender's Office as a Deputy Public Defender. She then followed her husband for his career to Cincinnati, Ohio where she joined Beech Acres (the largest child welfare non profit in Southern Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and South East Indiana) as a development officer and strategic planner. It was in Cincinnati that Judybeth had her first daughter and stopped working. Her family moved to San Diego where she had her second child. When her second daughter was 18 months old, she started her relaunch effort and ended up in her current position. She was a stay-at-home mom for four years. She is a graduate of Smith College.

See Judybeth's relaunch success story here.

Employer Panel

Judy B. Rosener, PhD, Moderator
Professor Emerita - UC Irvine Merage School of Business

Dr. Judy B. Rosener has taught and done research in the areas of men and women at work, cultural diversity, and business and government for 30 years. She has authored two books and published numerous articles in academic journals and the mass media. She is a sought-after speaker in both the public and private sector.

Dr. Rosener is the author of the path-breaking article, "Ways Women Lead" (Harvard Business Review, November-December, 1990), co-author of Workforce America! Managing Employee Diversity as a Vital Resource (Business One Irwin, 1991), and author of America's Competitive Secret, Woman Managers (Oxford University Press, Paperback, Fall 1997). She is currently working on a book under contract to Stanford University Press about sex-based brain, hormonal, and socialization differences, and their implications for decision making in the workplace.

Professor Rosener was a regular columnist for the Los Angeles Times for five years, a commentator on the PBS TV show "Life and Times," and currently is a columnist for the Orange County Business Journal. She has written extensively for the academic and popular press.

Dr. Rosener is currently a member of the IWF (International Women's Forum), The Belizean Grove, Girls, Inc., and the LWV (League of Women Voters). She is a board member of the Women's Empowerment Portfolio Council, OC United Way. She is on the Board of Advisors, School of Politics and Economics, Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Rosener was on Board of Directors of KCET, the public television station for Southern California for ten years, and a Commissioner on the California Coastal Commission, a major regulatory agency in California.

Jane Caddell
Vice President, Human Resources - The Capital Group Companies

Jane Caddell joined The Capital Group Companies in 2004 and has served in several Human Resources roles, including her current position leading HR for American Funds Service Company (AFS).  AFS is the organization's customer-service arm, with nearly 3,000 associates in five locations across the United States. Jane leads a team of professionals who see their role not only as providing HR counsel to AFS, but also preserving the unique culture of the Capital Group and continually working to enhance the associate experience.

Prior to joining the Capital Group, Jane was the president of her own consulting firm, where she delivered training, consulting, and coaching services covering all aspects of employee-performance management and leadership development. She's also held positions with the Employers Group and the former Atlantic Richfield Company.

Jane received her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and her MBA from the University of California at Los Angeles.  She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and The Human Resource Planning Society, and is active in the Orange County chapter of the National Human Resources Association.  She resides in Seal Beach with her husband and two teenage children.

Roya Cole
Wealth Advisor, First Vice President - Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Roya Cole joined the Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Newport Beach office in 1993 and became a Financial Advisor with the firm in 1999. She helps clients develop strategies to manage their personal and business finances. Before joining the firm, she was a movie Production Accountant in Paris, France. She is an active member of the Laguna Beach Community Clinic and OC AIDS Walk. She also works with other charitable organizations such as Laguna Shanti and Olive Crest. Roya lives in Newport Beach and has two daughters.

In 2009, Roya was honored by Orange Coast Magazine and recognized as the Five Star Best in Client Satisfaction Wealth Manager in Orange County.

Evelyn Nazario
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Management - California State University

Evelyn Nazario is Assistant Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Management at the 23-campus California State University system, the largest university system in the country, with 450,000 students and 47,000 employees. As Assistant Vice Chancellor, Evelyn supports the Vice Chancellor in the strategic leadership of the CSU human resources department, provides campuses direction and support regarding policy interpretation, legal updates, administration of compensation and benefits plans, etc. She oversees benefits, compensation, data research and analysis, payroll, policy development, and technology.

Prior to joining the CSU, Evelyn was Director of Compensation, Human Resources at the University of California, Irvine for almost two years. Most of her professional career has been spent in the private sector, in a variety of industries, with over 25 years of human resources experience. Evelyn holds a B.A. in Psychology and is currently on her way to obtaining her MBA. She has attended the HR Executive Leadership Program at Centers for Creative Leadership, Executive Management Leadership Institute at Stanford University and is a Corporate Coach. She is a member of CUPA, SHRM, PIHRA, NHRA, OCCABA, and PSCA.




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