Santa Rosa YPN Professional Development Day

May 4, 2018 1:00 PM

The Santa Rosa Young Professionals Network Professional Development Day is a half-day conference designed to provide inspiring and relevant content to young professionals on the topic of leadership. 

The purpose of YPN is to develop the next generation of community and business leaders in Sonoma County - to reflect that, our speakers are local leaders with insight into what makes this area unique, and how young professionals in our community can hone their leadership skills to achieve results.
Friday, May 4th, 2018

1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club
333 Country Club Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95401


Featured Speaker:

John Stayton
Executive Director, Graduate & Executive Programs at Sonoma State University 

Dr. Stayton creates, builds and grows innovative educational programs and initiatives. He currently serves as Executive Director of Graduate and Executive Programs in Sonoma State's School of Business and Economics, where he is responsible for the Sonoma MBA, Sonoma Executive MBA, Sonoma MBA in Wine Business, and Sonoma Executive MBA in Wine Business programs. 

In the late 1990s, John desired to leverage his backgrounds in high-tech industrial business development and organic farming by developing a profession that would serve the environment and society. In 2000, he co-founded the world's first graduate program in sustainable business that, in 2002, became known as the Green MBA. John directed the Green MBA at Dominican University of California until 2009 and grew enrollment to 130 students. 

In 2010, John co-founded the Venture Greenhouse at Dominican and served as its Director until 2013, when he joined Sonoma State. The Venture Greenhouse provided facilities and services to innovative, scalable, sustainable ventures from diverse industries. 

In addition to his work at Sonoma State University, John was a Visiting Professor teaching about Sustainable Business for the International MBA program at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand, from 2011 until 2016. In 2017, he consulted with Holy Angel University in The Philippines, assisting them in developing the first Green MBA program in the ASEAN region. 

John received his doctorate in Innovation and Technology from Grenoble Ecole de Management in Grenoble, France. John and his wife Ana own and reside at Golden Nectar Farm, an organic fruit farm near Windsor, CA.

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