4/15/15 PPD Distinguished Fellows Colloquium Series: Shaheen Sadeghi

Time: 5 - 7pm
Location: SBSG 1517 (map)

Shaheen Sadeghi is a PPD Distinguished Fellow and leader in innovative commercial development in Orange County. He is currently president and CEO of LAB Holding, LLC. Sadeghi holds a B.A. degree from Pratt Institute’s School of Design, Fashion and Architec­ture and has completed the Executive Finance Program at Harvard Business School. After a successful career in the global retail and action sports industry, Sadeghi has taken his international marketing and cultural forecasting experience to an unconventional place. As founder of LAB Holding, LLC, a community development company based in Costa Mesa, CA, Sadeghi envisioned and built the LAB Anti-Mall in 1992. In 2002 the LAB team opened its doors to The CAMP project for environmentalists and outdoor sports enthusiasts as the first “green” shopping campus of its kind. In 2013 the LAB renovated the historic 1919 Packing District in downtown Anaheim, featuring a unique food hall with live entertainment and adjoining Farmers Park with seasonal community-based events.

Please RSVP by April 8th.

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4/1/15 Katy Leakey Reception & Evening Lecture

Lecture: 7:00-8:30pm 100 Engineering Lecture Hall (ELH)
 
Please fill out the reception RSVP form here.
 
Katy Leakey is an artist and designer of The Leakey Collection and has been living and working alongside the Maasai women in the Rift Valley of Kenya for over a decade. Through her work building a sustainable, environmentally-friendly Zulugrass jewelry line, Katy has witnessed the women earn money for the first time, build and refine their skills, and invest deeply into their families and community all while preserving the traditional culture of the Maasai. Katy will offer her perspective on the power of promoting women's entrepreneurship to create flourishing communities and wide-ranging stability. To learn more about Katy Leakey, go to: http://www.leakeycollection.com/about-us.
 
The Blum Center for Global Engagement was launched in early 2015 at UC Irvine, as part of a larger consortium of Blum Centers (beginning with the Blum Center for Developing Economies at UC Berkeley, established in 2006), across the University of California campuses. The Blum Centers operate on the idea that a world-class university must be a force for tackling the world’s most daunting challenge – poverty.
 
The Center’s mission is to enable a new generation of students and researchers to ask and address critical questions about economic development that are key prerequisites to devising effective and innovative approaches to alleviating contemporary poverty both locally, in Orange County, and abroad.

3/3/15 Sustainable Infrastructure with Tim Psomas

Date:  Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Time:  12 - 1:30pm
Location:  112 SE1 (map)
 
Timothy Psomas, chairman of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure and former chairman of the board of Psomas, will be discussing the new national organization he is helping to lead: the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI). ISI has developed and is promoting a groundbreaking infrastructure sustainability rating system. Fashioned after LEED, the Envision™ Sustainable Infrastructure Rating System focuses on non-habitable infrastructure such as bridges, highways and water treatment plants, which constitute one-third of all new construction in the U.S.
 
Link to PowerPoint presention here.
 
Free and open to the public. Lunch provided. RSVP (optional) khartsho@uci.edu by February 25th.

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