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Graziadio School of Business and Management Hosts "From Vesting to Bridging: an Outlook on Entrepreneurship and Organizational Development"

A panel of experts will discuss entrepreneurship, digital media, website design, organizational development, and consulting Wednesday, Jun. 18, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Encino Graduate Campus, Suite 200. This event is free to attend.

Register to attend on the Graziadio School of Business and Management website.

Experts include Adam Weiss, president and CEO of Great Matter, a full-service web development firm; Jeanne Hartley, learning and development consultant at Amgen; and John H. Silver, an employment and career transitioning consultant at J. Howard and Associates.

Adam Weiss

Adam Weiss is the president, CEO, and lead web developer at Great Matter, where he leads the team in designing, developing, hosting, and supporting web sites, marketing campaigns, and technical support for virtually any kind of company, from accounting to personal training.

Prior to Great Matter, Weiss was a programmer at Dreambox, the restaurant industry's premier digital agency, as well as a go-to partner for major universities and e-commerce brands looking to reach their target audiences in the most innovative, stable and secure ways possible.

He earned his bachelor of science degree in urban planning from the University of Southern California, while developing web site for small companies and, in 2002, returned to USC for his master of planning degree. 


Jeanne Hartley

Jeanne Hartley has been an organization development practitioner for over 20 years. She has worked in service and manufacturing environments helping line managers improve individual, team, and organizational performance.

Hartley's organizational experience includes conducting climate assessments, and recommending and implementing solutions to discovered problems. She has lead design and delivery teams for management development programs, management assessment, team building, and group facilitation. In her work, she also serves as a management coach for individual managers. She has facilitated team development, change management, and performance improvement efforts.

Hartley is also an experienced and talented training and development specialist. Her work includes assessing organizational and individual training needs designing, developing and delivering performance based training programs. She teaches and coaches other trainers through her train-the-trainer course.

In her consulting practice Hartley works with organizations such as American Medical Response, the Orange County Rapid Transit Authority, Irwin Industries, Amgen, Triad Financial Services, Kinko's, Los Angeles Unified School District, and Disneyland. Her practice includes nonprofit organizations, such as the Children's Bureau of Southern California, The Girl Scouts, Community Partners, Project Angel Food, and other community-based organizations.

Hartley headed the training and organization development functions for the Los Angeles Times, Centinela Hospital and The Daily News of Los Angeles.

Hartley received her master in science in organizational development from Pepperdine University. She is a part-time instructor at California State University, Northridge, and Antioch University, where she teaches team-building/group dynamics to graduate and undergraduate students.

John H. Silver

An authority on career transitioning, job hunting, interview preparation and personal branding, John H. Silver possesses 20 years of professional expertise assisting executives, managers, college students, and people with disabilities transition from one employment environment to another.

Educated in England, Silver boasts an advanced degree in career guidance. He trained and lectured on the comprehensive interconnecting practicalities and methodologies of career and job transitioning throughout the United States during his tenure as a senior executive at Bernard Haldane Associates. Furthermore, John has held the positions of career services coordinator for the Braille Institute of America and director of career services at ITT Technical Institute. Silver has also been mentioned and documented in two national studies of "Best Practices in the United States" for assisting people secure employment opportunities.

As an employment consultant, John contributed to establishing hiring practices which incorporate occupational assessments as well as developing job-related norms for companies such as Baskin Robbins, Dunkin' Donuts, Countrywide Funding, and Rita's Water Ice.

For more information, contact Jessica Cheng.

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