Guest Speaker: Gary L. Polk, Sr., MS

On Monday, March 4, 2019, at 10:00 am, Gary L. Polk, Sr., will join SBPA to speak on Why Entrepreneurs Fail (To Win): An Insider’s Perspective.

SBPA meetings are free and open to the public. Seating is limited to the first 45 people, so arrive early to secure your spot.

About Gary L. Polk, Sr., MS

Gary L. Polk, Sr. is currently serving as the Interim Executive Director of the brand new Innovation Incubator at CSUDH. Also, since 2001, Gary has served as an Adjunct Professor of Business Management, Ethics, and Entrepreneurship at CSUDH. Gary began his teaching career at CSUN in 1991.

Gary earned his BA in Marketing from Loyola Marymount University and his Master’s degree at CSUDH. The quote that most personifies Gary comes from Gandhi, “Live as if you were going to die tomorrow, Learn as if you were going to live forever.”


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ALISON is a free, online platform for individual learners to learn skills at a certified, standards based level. They offer over 300 courses to choose from, ranging from IT to Business Management to English Language Skills to Personal Development courses. The courses they offer are free to all individual learners.

Gale Courses

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Guest Speaker: Shenae Johnson-Allen

On Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at 10:00 am, Shenae Johnson-Allen will join SBPA to speak on Resume Writing and Interviewing with Ease.

SBPA meetings are free and open to the public. Seating is limited to the first 45 people, so arrive early to secure your spot.

About Shenae Johnson-Allen

At the helm of The Allen Project is Shenae Johnson-Allen, known for her innate ability to build noteworthy business portfolios, fluently articulate written proposals and administrate order.

She is Educated in Organizational Management and Career Planning, with over 20+ years in the field of Education, Administration, and Job Development. Under her bi-vocational umbrella as Educator/Trainer and Proposal Writer, Shenae thrives in small and large forms, workshops, and panel discussions. She speaks to INSPIRE audiences towards personal development, professional advancement and excellence in presentation to become their own #PHENOMENAL best!

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South Bay Professional Association Elects New Leadership for 2019

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South Bay Professional Association (SBPA) is proud to announce that the membership for this association elected three new leaders for the offices of President, Vice President, and Secretary on the Executive Committee (EC) last week. Our Treasurer, Tiffany Vakharia is staying in her role.

We note deep appreciation to the esteemed outgoing officers — Chantalle Graham (President), Beatrice Dawson (Vice President), and Diane Naval (Secretary) — for their major accomplishments over the past 12-18 months and their ongoing work to assure a smooth transition.

(Photo above, left to right: President Murphy Witherspoon, Vice President Chris Tritschler, and Secretary Marie Margol)

About Murphy Witherspoon

Murphy Witherspoon, President, is known for his manufacturing, process and leadership/management experience, including being a Black Belt in Lean and SMED (Shingo Methodologies). He also brings his ToastMasters Leadership experience to the organization as well.

About Chris Tritschler

Chris Tritschler, Vice President, is an American Veteran who has proven the ability to be an entrepreneur in various businesses. Especially focused on Facility, Project, Production, and Inventory Management, he is now back in the classroom to pursue his next endeavor, perhaps family counseling.

About Marie Margol

Marie Margol, Secretary, has a Master’s degree in Project Management and extensive experience in corporate contracts and procurement. As an advocate for healthy living, she recently earned her Certificate of Completion in Nutrition and is making a career transition as a Healthy Lifestyle Consultant, educating others on nutrition and healthy choices.

About South Bay Professional Association

The South Bay Professional Association (SBPA) is the Torrance Chapter of Experience Unlimited (EU) sponsored by Employment Development Department (EDD). SBPA is a peer support and networking organization comprised of professional, managerial, and technical people with industry expertise who find themselves back in the job market. Working together, members support each other to identify employment opportunities.





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