Timothy M. Teagle is Global Client Services Partner, Business Development Leader at Ernst & Young, LLP. Tim is a principal at EY and serves as the Global Client Services Partner for clients in the manufacturing, distribution, and media & entertainment industries. He is also the Business Development Leader overseeing the sales and marketing team for the Western region. Tim is responsible for all service lines, including Advisory, Assurance, Tax, and Transaction Advisory Services. Throughout his career, Tim has focused on leading sales force and customer management initiatives. He has led or served as a key team member for several sales and service transformation initiatives which have included customer segmentation, organizational design, compensation, sales force effectiveness, change management and systems transformation. Tim brings more than 20 years of sales and sales management experience in a consultative solutions environment. Before joining EY, he was the Regional Vice President of Account Management for Per-Se Technologies where he provided consulting and outsourcing in the health care field.
Rory Wilfork is a Private Wealth Advisor at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Prior to that he spent 4 years as a Portfolio Manager at a $30 billion New York based hedge fund, Millennium Partners, where he managed Commodities assets. Prior to Millennium he worked as an energy trader at Goldman Sachs for 12 years in their Commodities Division where he was named Managing Director in 2007. Prior to joining the firm in 1997, Rory played professional football for the Arizona Cardinals NFL franchise. Rory is committed to higher education. He serves on the Columbia University Board of Visitors and is a member of Student Sponsor Partners, which pairs low income students with sponsors who provide financial support and one on one mentoring. He received his B.A. in Economics and Operations Research from Columbia University.
Kari Van Gundy is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Zenith National Insurance Corp. (Zenith), a wholly owned subsidiary of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (FFH.TO). Zenith specializes in workers’ compensation insurance nationally, as well as property and casualty insurance for California agricultural businesses. Kari began her career as an auditor, working for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (formerly Coopers & Lybrand) before joining CalFarm Insurance Company (a former subsidiary of Zenith), where she was Chief Financial Officer. Nationwide Insurance Company ultimately purchased CalFarm and she then led Zenith’s efforts to build an eCommerce small business workers’ compensation capability. She served as Zenith’s Chief Financial Officer for the past 9 years and became Zenith’s CEO in January 2015. Kari has served on several non-profit school boards and is currently a Director of South Central Scholars, a non-profit organization which assists and mentors disadvantaged inner-city students during high school and college.
Dave Wirtschafter is a board member at WME. As the president of the former William Morris Agency, he was instrumental in shaping its June 2009 merger with the Endeavor agency. Wirtschafter joined WMA in September 1999 after twelve years at International Creative Management. There he was Executive Vice President and agent, first in television and then in the motion picture department. He began his career at Creative Artists Agency in their business affairs division. Wirtschafter represents clients in every area of the entertainment industry, including writers and directors such as the Wachowskis (“Matrix”), Ridley Scott (“Prometheus,” “Gladiator,” “Robin Hood”), Bryan Singer (“X-Men”), Bill Condon (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 & 2,” “Chicago”), Gus Van Sant (“Good Will Hunting”), Carlos Saldanha (“Ice Age,” “Rio”), Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders (“How to Train Your Dragon,” “Lilo & Stitch”) and award- winning documentarian Ken Burns (“The War”); musicians such as Grammy Award-winners Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Jack White, Lady Gaga, Frank Ocean, Drake, Tyler the Creator, Janelle Monae, and Usher; author Malcolm Gladwell and British economist Noreena Hertz; fashion house Rodarte, and corporations like Starbucks. Wirtschafter is a graduate of the University of Southern California Law School. He is married to Dominique Lett Wirtschafter, a screenwriter/director.
Jason Rednour is a partner in the corporate practice of Paul Hastings and a member of the firm’s private equity practice group. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and corporate and securities law matters. Mr. Rednour previously served as an intelligence analyst and German linguist in the United States Army Military Intelligence Corps.
Dr. Michael Quick was appointed Provost at the University of Southern California on April 1, 2015. He also serves as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, and as Professor of Biological Sciences in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Emory University and studied as a post-doctoral research fellow at the California Institute of Technology. Before coming to USC in 2002, he was on the faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Quick’s scholarship focuses on how therapeutic drugs and drugs of abuse such alter the signaling properties of nerve cells. As the university’s second-ranking administrator, he oversees the USC Dornsife College as well as the Keck School of Medicine of USC and 17 other professional schools, in addition to the divisions of student affairs, libraries, information technology services, research, student religious life and enrollment services. Dr. Quick previously served as Director of the Neuroscience Graduate Program, Vice Dean for Research and Executive Vice Dean of USC Dornsife, and Executive Vice Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Phyllis Monroe, MD is a Retired Physician, Internal Medicine. Phyllis grew up in Palos Verdes and attended Stanford and Stanford University School of Medicine. After six years at Yale, she and her husband returned to Southern California where Phyllis initially taught at Martin Luther King Hospital. In 1978 she helped found and taught in the San Pedro Hospital Family Practice Residency Training Program. After leaving the residency program, she practiced internal medicine in San Pedro for another 25 years, retiring in 2012. She is married to David Cannom, Director of Cardiology at the Hospital of the Good Samaritan. They have three grown daughters and five grandchildren. In addition to a passion for education, her other interests include tennis, piano, gardening, cooking, travel, and reading. Phyllis is honored to serve South Central Scholars and its mission aiding the education and career development of under resourced students. She and her husband have supported South Central Scholars since its inception.
Masai Minters is the Director of University of California Los Angeles’ (UCLA) Academic Advancement Program (AAP). Masai has a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the UCLA, and received his Bachelor’s in Psychology/Pan African Studies from CSU Northridge. Prior to his work at UCLA, Masai had over 10 years of entrepreneurial experience as an independent businessman in Los Angeles. His academic interests involved research in stress and depression in the African-American community.He has been active in various civil and human rights organizations and has numerous professional associations with groups and individuals involved with educationally and economically disadvantaged individuals.
Ramsey Jay Jr. (ramseyjayjr.com) is a widely recognized leading expert on leadership development and motivational speaking. He is Wall Street trained and Ivy League educated, an advisor to prominent business leaders, a sought-after international keynote speaker, and author of Weekly Life Lessons in Leadership. In April 2015 he was the recipient of UCLA’s Riordan’s Program inaugural “Excellence in Civil Engagement & Leadership Award”. His simple yet inherently powerful 3P’s methodology, (Possible, Probable, Predictable) has provided the functional platform that has enabled him to inspire others to achieve academic, professional and civic centered success. Of his own life story, Ramsey says “My journey has been blessed and afforded me the opportunity to be a blessing to others”. Ramsey earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance from the Craig School of Business at California State University, Fresno, where he was a five-time all-conference track and field athlete. He also earned a Masters in Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where he was voted speaker of the 105th graduating class.
Brian DePersia is Motion Picture and Television Talent Agent at William Morris Endeavor. DePersia began his career at the William Morris Agency in June 2000 and represents clients across the spectrum of the film and television landscape with actors and actresses including Rooney Mara (“Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”), Michael B. Jordan (“The Fantastic Four”), Dylan O’Brien (“The Maze Runner”), Taylor Lautner (“The Twilight Saga”), Elijah Wood (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy), Kevin Bacon (“The Following”), Dev Patel (“Slumdog Millionaire”), Hayden Panettiere (“Nashville”), Rob Lowe (“The West Wing”), Ted Danson (“Cheers”, “CSI”) and William H. Macy (“Fargo”, “Shameless”), in addition to multi-hyphenate entertainers such as NBA icon Shaquille O’Neal and singer Josh Groban. DePersia graduated from Skidmore College in 2000 with a B.A. in English Literary Studies. He resides in Manhattan Beach, CA with his wife and their two sons.