Speaker Series

June 5th, 2018

Dale Parker, Ph.D. in Latin and Greek

What has Athens to do with Los Angeles? Enrolling in the original Old School

Dale Parker is obtaining his Ph.D. in Classics (Latin and Greek) this summer from UCLA. His dissertation treats Plato’s and Aristotle’s strategies for debating. He earned an MA in Classics from UCLA in 2015 with a focus on historical linguistics, and a BA in Classics from Notre Dame in 2013. In the fall, Dale will be moving to Rome to study theology at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.

May 8th, 2018

Bryan Perez, CEO of AXS

Show Me the Money in Sports & Entertainment!

Bryan Perez is currently the President and CEO of AXS, a leading live event ticketing company with operations throughout the US, UK and EU with 2017 sales of over $2.6B. Prior to this, he was the President of Digital, Ticketing, and Media at Anchutz Entertainment Group (AEG), a global sports, concerts and facilities company. Bryan was formerly the Senior Vice President and General Manager for NBA Digital responsible for the day-to-day operations of the NBA Digital portfolio, including NBA.com, NBA TV and League Pass.

Mr. Perez’s professional background includes serving as CEO of Live Nation’s Global Digital division. In this position, he established and built the new division and was responsible for the company’s worldwide internet, wireless, ticketing, and IT strategy and operations. While at Live Nation, Mr. Perez also served as President of the Global Digital division for a year and president of the Digital Distribution division. From 2004-2005, Mr. Perez worked as Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Clear Channel Entertainment, and before joining Clear Channel, he was Executive Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the National Hockey League’s Dallas Stars and was previously a business development executive at Madison Square Garden. Bryan holds a JD/MBA from Stanford University and a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin – The Red McCombs School of Business.

April 3rd, 2018

Dr. Jorge J. Nieva, MD

Finding Ethical Dilemmas Where You Least Expect Them

Jorge Nieva MD is Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, member of the USC/Norris Cancer Center, and serves on the Board of Directors at St. Monica Academy.  He is an active research scientist who works in developing cancer biomarkers and other predictors of outcomes for cancer patients.  Prior to joining USC, Dr. Nieva was chairman of hematology/oncology at the Billings Clinic, and prior to that was on the faculty of the Scripps Clinic and Scripps Research Institute.  He completed his undergraduate and medical education at UC Irvine and trained in Internal Medicine at UC San Diego, and fellowship training in Hematology and Oncology at the Scripps Clinic.  He is the author of 50 peer reviewed scientific publications and serves as a consultant in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

March 6th, 2018

Lou Karlin

Thomas More, a Model Professional for Our Times

Lou Karlin has spoken and published widely on Thomas More, including numerous articles and a book, Thomas More’s Trial by Jury, coauthored by Professors Gerard Wegemer and H.A. Kelly. His next book will be published in February by Scepter: Inside the Mind of Thomas More: the Witness of His Writings, coauthored by David Oakley.

Lou is a Deputy Attorney General at the California Department of Justice. He received his B.A. in English Literature at Columbia University and his J.D. from UCLA. He successfully represented the State of California before the United States Supreme Court in the criminal appeal Fernandez v. California (2014). He has twice received the Attorney General’s award for excellence.

February 6th, 2018

Dr. Randall R. Friedl

Faith and Science from a Rocket Scientist Perspective

Dr. Friedl is the Manager of the Earth Science Research and Mission Formulation Office at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  He is also the Associate Director of a joint institute (JIFRESSE) between JPL and UCLA on regional Earth system science and engineering and serves as an Adjunct Professor within the UCLA Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

Dr. Friedl began his career at JPL after receiving a Ph.D. and A.M in Chemistry from Harvard University and a B.S. in Chemistry from UCLA.  He has authored or co-authored over 50 scientific publications on chemistry of the Earth’s atmosphere and participated in a number of international assessments.

As part of his deep commitment to education, Dr. Friedl has mentored a number of graduate and postdoctoral students, given numerous guest graduate class lectures, judged contestants at the Los Angeles County Science Fair, and served as a subject matter expert on the California Department of Education’s Content Review Panel on Science Framework for California Public Schools.

January 2nd , 2018

Kenneth Hensley

The Beauty of the Catholic Faith from a former Non-Catholic, Protestant, Pastor Perspective

Ken Hensley is a nationally known Catholic teacher and apologist who, since converting to the Catholic faith in 1997, has taught extensively in the field of Catholic apologetics and biblical studies. He has been interviewed numerous times on Catholic radio and television and for years was a regular speaker at the National Catholic Family Conference in Anaheim, CA. He has been invited to speak at Catholic conferences and parishes throughout the U.S.

Ken came to faith in Christ at the age of 22 in a non-denominational Protestant environment. He eventually earned a B.A. degree in Scripture and theology and an M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He was ordained in the American Baptist denomination where he served as associate pastor of the First Baptist Church of Riverside, California for three years and then another eight years as senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Montrose, California.

Ken now works with the Coming Home Network and teaches in the biblical studies department at St John’s Seminary for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Ken and Tina have been married for 38 years. They have two children and eight grandchildren. They live in Fillmore, California.

December 5th, 2017

Alejandro Monteverde

The Bella Vida; directing a feature film in Hollywood.

Alejandro is a Mexican writer/director. He studied film at the University of Texas at Austin, where he won over a dozen film festivals with his short films.

His first feature film, BELLA, took the People’s Choice Award, the top prize at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Alejandro’s next film, LITTLE BOY, was one of the highest grossing films in Mexico in 2016, and garnered him “Best Director” at the Cana-cine Awards.

Alejandro is currently working on a slate of films to go into production in 2018.

November 7th, 2017

Timothy Reckart

From Film Student to Feature Film Director: My Career in Animation
"The Star"
The Story of the First Christmas

Timothy Reckart is an Oscar-nominated director specializing in stop-motion animation. His debut animated short, Head Over Heels was nominated for the Academy Award and won over 30 other awards at festivals around the world. He is currently working at Sony Pictures Animation directing his debut feature film, THE STAR, an animated retelling of the story of the first Christmas, to be released in cinemas November 17th,  2017.

October 3rd, 2017

Kevin Evans

Creating Intellectual Property Through Talent & Creativity

Kevin is a Senior Design Manager at Hasbro Inc.  He has worked managing and developing IP Brands for the children’s toy and entertainment industry for the past twelve years.  Having transitioned from a career in animation to product development, Kevin now works as an in-house toy and consumer products consultant and visual development lead for Hasbro Studios.  Kevin, his wife and three children recently relocated to the Los Angeles area from New England.

September 5th, 2017

Roberto Girault

Searching for the Holy Grail… a passionate story of a film and the filmmaker

Roberto Girault is a Mexican film writer/director/producer who recently relocated to Los Angeles. Roberto studied production, film, screenwriting and law at Vancouver Film School, Canada, graduating in 2003. He’s directed several Spanish-language feature films and is currently expanding his profile in the United States. He is responsible for the following productions:

  1. iLusiones S. A. (2015) In March 2016, nominated for 13 Diosas de Plata (Silver Goddesses, or ‘Mexican Golden Globes’) including Best Movie and Best Director.
  2. El Estudiante (2009) It was the second highest grossing Mexican film at the Mexican box office in 2009 (following Otra Pelicula de Huevos y un Pollo). It grossed in excess of $3 million U.S., a huge sum for a Mexican film of its type, and remained in theaters for 24 consecutive weeks. It was released theatrically in Central America, Brasil, and Spain, and Televisa handled National TV rights in Mexico.

August 1st, 2017

James Holt

Working for the Mouse: Reflections on Work at Disney

For the past three years, James worked at the Walt Disney Company as a Senior Analyst for Corporate Strategy and Business Development. He advised the company’s executives on long term growth strategies and on investments in the digital media and technology space, including Disney’s minority investments in Vice Media.

James received his AB magna cum laude in Government from Harvard University. In September, he will return to his native San Francisco Bay Area to begin an MBA program at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

June 6th, 2017


The Intersection of Entertainment and Technology

Teo is a leader in the global entertainment industry and provides strategic and operational finance support for his company. He holds a master’s degree, is an inactive Certified Public Accountant and serves on the boards of two private schools. Tim lives in Los Angeles County with his wife of 26 years and has 4 children plus a rescue dog, who he enjoys camping with.

May 2nd, 2017

Colin Brady

The “World of Animation” and the Chinese Influence

Colin Brady is a director, creative producer, story and animation supervisor who has worked at Pixar, Industrial Light and Magic, Imagi Studios, Rhythm and Hues, Pixomondo and Light Chaser. Colin graduated from California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in Character Animation. He has directed animation for Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ang Lee, John Lasseter and Martin Scorsese. With a keen understanding of both creative and technical production pipelines, Colin has successfully led creative teams, supervised all aspects of animation production and enjoys directing crews from all over the world. Colin directed on such films as Toy Story 2, Astro Boy, TMNT, and Everyone’s Hero. He supervised scenes for VFX films such as the Hunger Games, Hugo, Green Lantern, Game of Thrones and Spiderman. Colin pioneered many motion capture puppeteering techniques and holds a patent on the ClickStep input device. Bringing global studio experience to Pixomondo’s LA office, Colin’s passion is creating world class animation with heart, beauty and humor that have lasting appeal on audiences around the world.

April 4th, 2017

Dr. Michael Kellleher

Exploring the Unity of Science, Philosophy and Faith

Michael Kelleher is an “Amero-African” who, after 24 years in the United States spent 23 years in Nigeria teaching and doing research in various universities. In 1998 he returned to the U.S. where he now distributes his time between teaching chemistry for UC Berkeley; exploring medicinal herbs; studying the philosophers; giving intellectual and character formation to the youth; writing poetry; and playing basketball and soccer. His intellectual passion is the unification of the truths of science philosophy and faith.

March 7th, 2017

Pete Peterson

Dean of School of Public Policy

Pete Peterson is a leading national speaker and writer on issues related to civic participation, and the use of technology to make government more responsive and transparent. He was the first executive director of the bi-partisan organization, Common Sense California, which in 2010 joined with the Davenport Institute at the School of Public Policy to become the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership.

February 7th, 2017

Kraig St. Pierre

A Deputy District Attorney at Los Angeles District Attorney Perspective

What parents can learn from successes and failures of parents, from a DA’s perspective.

January 3rd, 2017

Christian McGuigan

Specialties: Motivating audience mobilization and social impact through creative storytelling and transmedia entertainment content, film/tv/web creative and production, mobile SMS/email marketing development & execution, unconventional online/offline marketing, branding, creative consulting, corporate/non-profit partnerships, sponsorships, grassroots marketing, social media.

December 6th, 2016

Laurice E. Elehwany

Making a Career in Hollywood

Will draw from her writing career to talk about:

  • How to connect with your audience to share a good story
  • Her path in entertainment and how to chart your own

She has authored or contributed to these notable works, among many more:

  • The Ether Series, (2014-present)
  • The Brady Bunch Movie (1995)
  • The Amazing Panda Adventure (1995)
  • Anastasia (1997)
  • My Girl (1991)

October 4th, 2016

Martin Boles

Balancing a Demanding Career with being the Father of a Large Family

The main themes of his talk will include:

  • Balancing a demanding career with being the father of a large family.
  • His role in defending BP in the trials following the 2010 oil spill.
  • His path toward becoming a partner at one of the world’s most respected law firms, Kirkland & Ellis

September 6th, 2016

Dr. Christopher Kaczor

Is Lifelong Marriage Possible?

Dr. Kaczor will lead a discussion on the challenges and opportunities of marriage in the modern era.

  • What are the essential characteristics of a happy marriage?
  • How can we navigate the inevitable challenges that arise over the years?
  • In what ways can courtship help prepare for a happy marriage?