Career Coaches

Career Coaches

Linda Amaro
Jordan Goldrich
Sharon Griggs

Linda Amaro, BA

No stranger to guiding others to career success, Linda Amaro has held leadership roles in prominent organizations in the Information Systems and Technology Leadership industry for more than twenty years. Currently serving as a CIO with CUSTOMatrix, Inc., Linda focuses on strategic and tactical planning, financial planning and management, staff development, organizational development, talent management, vendor management, process improvements and much more.

Linda’s educational background includes a major in Industrial Arts and Applied Sciences with a minor in Graphic Communications. She is a certified facilitator for the High Performance Teams of Wilson Learning, a certified trainer for the forum Influence, a trainer for Benchmark’s Feedback from the Center of Creative Leadership, and is trained in the Landmark Education Leadership Series, including the Landmark Forum, Advanced Course and Self Expression Leadership Program. Linda has also completed First Things First, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and the Principled Center Leadership from Franklin/Covey.

In her spare time, Linda lends her strategic thinking to organizations that include the National Association for Female Executives, ExecuNet’s Executive Network, Greater San Diego Retirement Group; Sweetwater Union High School District ROP (Office Automation and the Workforce of Tomorrow; Athena Technology Interest Group, Women in Technology International and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization. Linda has also been acknowledged by a number of organizations for her outstanding abilities, including an “Excellence At Work: Six Keys for Inspiring Passion in the Workplace” by WorldAtWork, Excellence in Leadership by U-Excel, MVP Award by Mitchell International and CEO Award by Mitchell International.

Jordan Goldrich, BA, MA

Heading up the Human Resources/Organization Development Practice for CUSTOMatrix, Jordan draws on his background as a chief operations officer, executive coach, licensed therapist and Certified Employee Assistance Professional to help both seasoned and emerging business executives succeed.

Jordan provides consultation and coaching as well as assuming direct responsibility for managing projects. He helps senior leadership teams develop and implement strategy, improve individual and organizational performance and prepare the next generation of leaders. A specialist in resolving workplace conflict, Jordan helps organizations stop the drain of money, people and productivity caused by valuable executives who do not collaborate effectively with customers, peers and direct reports.

As Chief Operating Officer of a Behavioral Healthcare Company, Jordan was instrumental in creating an 800% increase in revenue over seven years, attaining an HMO license and executing an acquisition by Wellpoint Health Networks. He did this by creating a customer driven culture and utilizing cross-functional team problem solving methods rooted in the work of W. Edwards Deming and Kepner and Tregoe. Jordan wrote the strategic plan and executed the strategy that resulted in the successful sale of the company. He facilitated the integration of the firm after the sale, meeting all goals and time tables.

Jordan is adjunct faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership and is certified in the Center’s suite of multi-rater assessment tools. He co-designed and is Faculty Advisor for the San Diego State University Professional Certificate Program in “Coaching for Organizational Excellence.” He received the “Outstanding Instructor” award in 2005 for his work in the program. He is certified in DISC, Meyers-Briggs, FIRO-B, California Personality Inventory, Workplace Big Five Profile and others.

Jordan’s clients include PacifiCare, San Diego Gas and Electric Company, The San Diego Superior Court, The San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego State University, the Navy, the Marines, the San Diego Health and Human Services Agency and several city governments. He has worked with General Dynamics, Costco and the San Diego Padres.

Jordan is Past President of the San Diego Chapter of the Professional Coaches and Mentors Association (PCMA). His article, “Coaching: A Map of The Territory” is featured in PCMA’s publication: Coaching For The New Century. He received his Master of Social Work and Master of Arts in Education from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Employee Assistance Professional.

Sharon Griggs, MA, MBA

Sharon Griggs works with diverse business leaders and teams to transform their awareness, increase their impact, and fine-tune their team relationships to get results more quickly, with increased employee engagement and greater all-round satisfaction. The lasting connection Sharon forges with her clients is evident in their success and their continuous referral of colleagues to her. In addition to her private practice, she works as an adjunct coach for Right Management.

Sharon’s coaching clients have included senior leaders in various industries from companies such as Verizon Wireless, HSBC, IBM, Lennar Corporation, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Nova Med Group, ON Networks, Open Energy, International Lottery & Totalizor Systems, SkinRx, Telewest(UK), Dawn Capital(UK), and Active Health Partners(UK). Sharon has led teams and mentored individual managers to success throughout her 25-year career in general management, international business development, strategic planning and marketing with Verizon Wireless and its predecessors, as well as in the banking and publishing industries. She engineered the successful turnarounds of two major Verizon Wireless business units for which she had full P&L responsibility.

Sharon is currently an officer of the National Board of Directors of the Professional Coaches and Mentors Association. In addition, she co-chairs the new member committee of the San Diego Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth, and is active in the Society for Human Resources Management, the American Society for Training and Development, and the North County Personnel Association. Her community service includes board membership with the National Charity League, San Diego del Norte Chapter. She has been quoted extensively in publications including the Wall Street Journal.

Sharon earned her MBA from Harvard University. In addition she was granted an MA in Sociology from the University of California and she attended Mount Holyoke College.

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Alexis S. Gutierrez, JD. BSc

Mr. Gutierrez joined Higgs Fletcher & Mack in 1996, and is a member of the Firm’s Intellectual Property, Business, and Employment Practice Groups. His practice emphasizes business counseling and complex commercial litigation, including intellectual property.

Mr. Gutierrez has extensive experience advising and representing public, private and closely held companies and partnerships, non-profit organizations, boards, and executive management in business disputes; creation, revision, and implementation of best management practices; and internal investigations. Mr. Gutierrez has litigated numerous business disputes to verdict, including those brought by individual, representative, and class plaintiffs in state and federal courts throughout the country.

Mr. Gutierrez also possesses substantial knowledge of employment law, and provides strategic, preventive, and compliance advice and counsel for employers on all aspects of the employer-employee relationship. As part of his counseling practice, Mr. Gutierrez performs management training for employers, and renders advice on hiring practices, personnel policies, compensation issues, government-agency investigations, layoffs and terminations, workplace investigations, discrimination, harassment, protection of trade secrets, employee raiding, leaves of absence, reductions in force, mergers and acquisitions, and compliance with wage and hour laws. In this regard, Mr. Gutierrez represents employers in state and federal courts, arbitration, and mediation before numerous state and federal agencies.

Mr Gutierrez has served on numerous charitable boards and commissions, and is currently the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross, San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter, the in-coming Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the San Diego Convention Center Corporation, and a member of the Board of Directors for the San Diego Theaters.

Daniel M. Bradbury, BPharm, Dipl. Management Studies

Dan has been Amylin Chief Executive Officer since March 2007, serving as President since June 2006 and as Chief Operating Officer since June 2003. He has served as a director since June 2006. He previously served as Executive Vice President from June 2000 until his promotion in June 2003. He joined Amylin in 1994 and has held officer-level positions in Corporate Development and Marketing during that time. Prior to joining Amylin, Mr. Bradbury spent ten years at SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals, where he held a number of sales and marketing positions.

Dan is a member of the Board of Directors of Illumina, Inc., Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), BIOCOM, the Keck Graduate Institute’s Board of Trustees and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation. Mr. Bradbury is a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain and serves on the UCSD Rady School of Management’s Advisory Council, RAND Health Board of Advisors and University of Miami’s Innovation Corporate Advisory Council. He received a Bachelor of Pharmacy from Nottingham University and a Diploma in Management Studies from Harrow and Ealing Colleges of Higher Education.

Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Steve Fouskarinis Strategy
Isaac Mehl Social Media
Cyrus Emadi Finance
Jill Jablonowski Pharma & Biotech Outreach
Priti Deka Academic Outreach
Mary Boris Sponsorship
Brendan Borin Website
Dalia Kalabat Library
Andrew Dennis Innovation Challenges
Rita Lim-Wilby Founder

Advisors

Advisors

We have been fortunate to have the benefit of counsel and creative conversations with these individuals in their respective areas of expertise:

Judy Michell
Dwight O’Neill
James Seetoo
Daniel Wolf

Judy Michell, BS

Judy is a human resources business consultant with a lifelong commitment to coaching and developing employees and managers in achieving career success in a mid-sized fast-paced biotechnology environment. Judy is a Certified Associate for Lee Hecht Harrison a global career transition company leading two-day Career Transition Workshops including coaching and engaging departing individuals to effectively utilize job search assessment tools and encourage successful re-employment. She also provides Human Resources coaching and consulting in the areas of career transition, change management, learning programs, recruiting strategies and new company start-up compliance recommendations. Judy was the Human Resources Director for Neurocrine Biosciences, a publicly traded entrepreneurial biopharmaceutical company in San Diego. For 10 years she held progressively responsible positions and was integral in creating a culture capable of attracting, retaining and developing talented scientists in a high performing environment.

Judy earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with an emphasis in Human Resources from San Diego State University. She was a Board Member for San Diego Biotech Employment Development Coalition (BEDC) for over five years and is currently a member of SD Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and San Diego Recruiters Roundtable (SDRR).

Dwight O’Neill

As a highly effective communicator, facilitator, and change agent, Dwight O’Neill’s background includes 27 years of entrepreneurial and small business experience, extensive study, implementation, and teaching of human performance technologies, as well as designing innovative approaches to fostering innovation and creativity. His teaching and consulting has enabled him to test and refine his approaches to managing change, and helping organizations improve their productivity, quality and long-term profitability. The aim is to help management optimize their entire system over time.

For over 27 years, Dwight has incorporated experiential activities and Superlearning Technologies™ (for maximum memory retention) developed by Dr. Georgi Lazanov into his work with governments, corporate executives, small business owners, educators, inner city youth, school districts, health care facilities, law enforcement, and non-profit agencies. Dwight’s teaching is known for being powerfully effective, fun, memorable and leading edge.

As a member of the Burklyn Business Group, an international management-training group, he has influenced the learning of more than 70,000 graduates throughout 30 countries. It was designed to teach both the global principles of cooperation he learned from Dr. R. Buckminster Fuller and the contextual principles of the human potential movement. Dwight’s academic experience includes teaching at the University of Hawaii, the University of California at San Diego and Stanford University. Dwight has coached, mentored and partnered with Marshall Thurber, Bobbie DePorter, Anthony Robbins, T. Harv Eker, David Neenan and Robert Kiyosaki.

In 1995, O’Neill discovered and developed a practice that revolutionizes the way companies and organizations navigate through the acceleration and complexity of the 21st century. A technology built on several tools and working models that capture and constantly grow the corporate body of knowledge, connecting and integrating this knowledge into the strategic and tactical action planning processes. In 1998, Ernst & Young’s consulting division discovered that same technology. They were the first to license the GroupGenius™ processes of MGTaylor Corp. Since then they have conducted over 1,500 events with 500 global companies. O’Neill has worked in many of these engagements. Ernst & Young now deploy GroupGenius™ technologies worldwide in 24 of their Accelerated Solutions Environments.

Presently, 73 of the top 100 global companies have participated in these events. Past users include Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Compaq Computers, NASA, Cisco Systems and many more. In February of 2000, O’Neill was granted the second license. There are only three licensees of this technology worldwide., the third being the Vanderbilt Medical Research Center.

Presently, Dwight is founder of the Shepherd Consulting Group, a Deming-consistent organization that provides unique methods for strategic forecasting, predictable creativity, and change management (how businesses can optimize resources and make change their ally). He is also an affiliate with CUSTOMatrix™. Their advisory services help executives in realigning their organization, its objectives and execution abilities to maximize profit, increase shareholder equity and achieve meaningful organizational success.

Dwight has consulted with organizations of all sizes including Warner Communications, Cincinnati Bell, Presley Homes, USC Medical School, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Guam Dept. of Education, Pacific America Fund, the San Diego County Office of Education, Hawaii Dept. of Education, National University, the Dwyer Group of Companies, the Neenan Construction Company, Caltrans. California Space Institute, the Sony Corporation, and Ernst & Young/Cap Gemini.

James Seetoo, BA

James Seetoo was responsible for Executive Search and Sourcing for Life Technologies from 2005 through June 2009. During this time he specialized in recruiting senior leadership at the Vice President and Director levels across all functions to Life Technologies. Additionally James has led search projects for niche and international roles for that company.

Prior to joining Life Technologies (then Invitrogen Corporation) in 2005, James was Dir. Of Research for Boyden Global Executive Search, a major international retained search organization. In this role he concentrated on the Specialty Chemical, Medical Device, Food Ingredients, Consumer Packaged Goods and Manufacturing industries.

James is currently an independent search consultant and author of The Recruitment Underground Blog.

Daniel Wolf, JD

Dan is Chairman of Advanced Earth Technologies, a developer of counter-bomb robots for the Defense Department, President of Terra Segura International, a nonprofit technology company pioneering market-oriented solutions for landmine removal. Dan has been a principal in several environmental and public health-oriented companies and organizations, and was the founding Director of the TransBorder Institute at the University of San Diego, where he also taught political science. He is undefeated in his pro-bono legal work, was consultant to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California, and practiced as an architect in Oregon, where he was recognized for engineering quality and innovation in passive solar architecture.

Dan’s Harvard Law studies emphasized international law, international contracts, and negotiation; at the University of California San Diego, he won fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the Tinker Foundation, and the University of California MEXUS Consortium; his undergraduate work at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, included heavy doses of Economics and Physics, and he won a fellowship from the Thomas J. Watson, Jr. Foundation for research in India. His background has given him great depth of experience and numerous business and government contacts around the world.

Founder

Founder

Marguerita (Rita) Lim-Wilby, BPharm, PhD

Rita has 10 years of pharmaceutical drug discovery research experience in multiple roles, including Principal Investigator, Senior Scientist, Project Leader, and Lab Manager. During Rita’s research career, she initiated multiple projects, including that in the hepatitis C NS2-4a protease which resulted in a successful partnership with Schering-Plough and the discovery and development of bocepravir, a Phase III drug for the treatment of hepatitis C. Following her research career, Rita transitioned in the last 9 years to the business of science at several start-ups and at Accelrys, a large scientific modeling and informatics enterprise.

Rita has been successful in obtaining an SBIR grant for inhibitors of falcipain as antimalarials, co-authored 21 papers and is a co-inventor on 11 patents and two book chapters.

Rita brings the ability to understand and empathize with scientists, business managers, and engineers of diverse cultures and background. She combines her strong verbal and non-verbal communication skills with a practical approach to connecting people and clarifying the issues necessary to forward the conversations to solutions that work for all.

Rita’s strong suits are in strategic planning, partnerships, marketing, outreach, and team-building. She has had the privilege of being inspired and mentored by her scientist and business manager colleagues and competitors.

Rita’s mission is to be able to anticipate and approach with passion the challenges and opportunities ahead for today’s skilled workforce. Her personal goal for PGC200 is to grow the organization to the point that it will function successfully without her involvement.

Mission

About PGC200

PGC200 is a non-profit organization whose core strategies are to partner with the existing ecosystem of organizational development professionals, governmental departments, industry and trade associations, and education institutions. In these partnerships, our activities are guided by these goals:

  • To provide individuals with the framework, tools, and resources they need to develop the career of their choosing
  • To bring insights from and conversations with thought leaders, industry leaders, and leaders of local institutions to enable individuals to make better informed decisions for their careers
  • To partner with providers of services and products to customize and develop the training and experiences for the skilled professional
  • To form the community that creates the collegiate environment for networking, mentorship, collaboration, and support to advance the careers of its individuals
  • To foster communication within the community that collectively stays relevant to the changing needs of the industries they support

Mission

Welcome to PGC200, a community organization for skilled professionals who are taking charge of their careers in a rapidly-transforming world. Our vision is that every skilled professional can be meaningfully engaged and sustainably successful.

The mission of PGC200 is to be the preferred partner for transformational training of skilled professionals to adapt and stay relevant in a rapidly changing global landscape.

The three core strategies in fulfillment of our mission are

  1. To provide online resources and federated information sources specific to the community of skilled scientific and technical professionals
  2. To leverage the online network for higher impact, higher value in-person transformational training
  3. To focus on professional development to enable the individual to adapt to the changing needs of industry

We extend a warm welcome to members of research organizations in academia, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and renewable energy companies, contract research organizations, and to the affiliated professionals who contribute so richly to these communities.