California State University, East Bay ASI President Christopher Prado has been chosen to serve as a one of 100 national leaders from 44 states and the District of Columbia for Opportunity Nation. Opportunity Nation is a bipartisan coalition of non-profits, foundations, educators, business and political leaders working together to promote opportunity and social mobility on national, state and local community agendas. Their kick-off summit on November 4 is cosponsored by AARP, AARP Foundation, Ford Foundation, TIME magazine, and United Way Worldwide.
Prado is a Stockton native and current Cal State East Bay senior double majoring in political science international relations. This is his second year on the ASI board of directors. He will serve as a community mobilizer galvanizing support across the country and making a tangible difference in their communities in 2012.
Cal State East Bay alumnus Ted Gerber studied political science and public administration but his passion was wine making. He put his education and hobby to good use when he co-founded Foris Winery and Vineyards soon after graduation.
After studying Oregon’s climate, he purchased land in southern Oregon’s remote Illinois Valley with the intent of growing grapes. For many years Gerber provided fruit to several vintners but, by the 80s, he started producing his own wines under the Foris label. Foris is now recognized for their Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Pinot noir and Merlot. Gerber had his 2006 Pinot Blanc voted “Best of Show” at the World of Wine Festival.
Gerber’s wines have been featured in a variety of newspapers, including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the San Francisco Chronicle. Eric Asimov of the New York Times wrote, “Foris pinot gris from the Rogue Valley in Oregon, often an excellent category for value, particularly if you want American wines for Thanksgiving. Its touch of sweetness was balanced by acidity so that it came off as refreshing.” Read article.
Gerber’s goal for the business is to keep everyone involved with the business happy. Foris has a low employee turnover and high customer satisfaction.
Cynthia De Castro profiled Cal State East Bay alumna Evelyn Sanciangco Dilsaver for the Asian Journal article, “Multi-awarded Filipina of the Boards of Leading American Companies.” Read the article. With her ability to adapt, to change, take risk, and stand out in her chosen field, Dilsaver is an outstanding role model to young Pioneers who hope to excel in business.
After graduating from CSUEB with an accounting degree, Dilsaver admitted that she…” didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do.” She accepted an internship with Ernst & Whinney, (now Ernst and Young) one of the big six public accounting firm. While at Ernst, she became a Certified Public Accountant and learned valuable leadership skills. After rising to the position of Senior VP and Controller at First Nationwide Bank and CEO of Charles Schwab Investment Management, Dilsaver now spends her time serving as a member of Board of Directors for several organizations, including: the Board of Tempur-Pedic, Blue Shield of California, Cal State East Bay, The Commonwealth Club of California, High Mark Funds, Aeropostale, Bishop O’Dowd High School, Women’s Initiative, and the Tamalpais Bankcorp.
Dilsaver was recognized as California State University, East Bay Alumnae of the Year in 2008. When asked by Asian Journal what has been the biggest challenge she has had in her career, Evelyn said that balancing her personal life with her career has been the greatest. “How are you supposed to make time for yourself when the only hour you have free each week is spent grocery shopping?” she asked. Nevertheless, her commitment to her family has always taken the number one priority. “My children are my greatest accomplishment. I have raised three amazing, well-rounded boys who treat others with respect and that gives me so much pride. Being a role model for them as they grow up has brought me incomparable joy.”