Fairgrounds Foundation Speaker Series

If you are a high school student and exhibited at this year’s Fair, you’re invited to attend the Fairgrounds Foundation Speaker Series beginning October 11. The series, which brings business education to high school students through access to business leaders and real-life leadership experiences, is held once a month. Each session lasts about an hour. Those who attend five of the six sessions can apply for one of two Foundation scholarships at the end of the school year.  For more information, email moc.r1516109043iaFyt1516109043nuoCa1516109043daveN1516109043@Oydn1516109043eW1516109043.
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Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series Features Anita Oberbauer

Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 23, 2017

Contact: Jim Hawkeswood, President, Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation
        (530) 273-6217, ext. 219; moc.r1516109043iaFyt1516109043nuoCa1516109043daveN1516109043@noit1516109043adnuo1516109043F1516109043

        Rea Callender, CEO, Nevada County Fairgrounds
        (530) 273-6217; moc.r1516109043iaFyt1516109043nuoCa1516109043daveN1516109043@aeR1516109043

Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series Features Anita Oberbauer

Anita Oberbauer, Professor and Chair of the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis, spent Wednesday evening with local students from Bear River and Nevada Union high schools as a guest speaker of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series.  The series, now in its second season, brings business education – through access to business leaders and real-life leadership experiences – to local high school students.

Oberbauer shared stories from her “long and winding road” that led to her career path. Words of advice included to stretch yourself and be daring (but be safe and wear protective armor); always seek balance and goals (don’t be afraid to ask for things, but also be willing to give); and never be afraid to recalculate (a career path isn’t always straight, so recalculate as necessary).  She also shared a quote from Louis Pasteur – “Chance favors the prepared mind; and opportunity favors the bold” – and encouraged students to be bold in their choices.

Oberbauer joined the UC Davis faculty in 1989, and was appointed as the Chair of the Department of Animal Science in 2009.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of California, Davis, and her Ph.D. in Animal Physiology at Cornell University. She also completed post-doctoral fellowships in Perinatal Biology at Loma Linda University and Biological Chemistry at University of California, Los Angeles. She was honored in 2002 with a prestigious UC Davis Distinguished Teaching Award, as well as the American Society of Animal Science Corbin Award in Companion Animal Biology (2004), the Distinguished Teacher Award for the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science (2006), and the Outstanding Mentor Award from the UC Davis Consortium for Women & Research (2011).  

The second season of the Speaker Series features six speakers, one each month, and will run through April.  Upcoming speakers include Caroline Beteta, CEO of Visit California; and Julie Baker, Executive Director of Center for the Arts.  

About the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation: The Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s mission is to support and improve the community’s Fairgrounds, and to support youth in agriculture. For information, visit here.

Speaker Series - Anita Oberbauer (February 2016)

Anita Oberbauer, Professor and Chair of the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis, spent Wednesday evening sharing her experience and words of advice with students from Nevada Union and Bear River. Anita served as a guest speaker at the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series, which brings business education to local high school students.

Speaker Series - Anita Oberbauer

Get Your Tickets to the All-You-Can-Eat Cioppino and Pasta Feed

Tickets are on sale now for the Fairgrounds Foundation’s all-you-can-eat Cioppino and Pasta Feed, March 4, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Get your tickets at the Fairgrounds office, or here. This has been a sold-out event each year, and features chef Arnie Romanello’s secret 100-year-old-recipe, so get your tickets early. Did we mention it’s all you can eat?!

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Fairgrounds Foundation Speaker Series Features Stephanie Ortiz

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 27, 2017

Contact: Jim Hawkeswood, President, Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation
(530) 273-6217, ext. 209; moc.r1516109043iaFyt1516109043nuoCa1516109043daveN1516109043@noit1516109043adnuo1516109043F1516109043

Rea Callender, CEO, Nevada County Fairgrounds
(530) 273-6217; moc.r1516109043iaFyt1516109043nuoCa1516109043daveN1516109043@aeR1516109043

Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series Features Stephanie Ortiz

“When finding a career path, be open to having a meandering path, but don’t blindly wander,” said Stephanie Ortiz, Executive Dean of the Nevada County’s Sierra College Campus, to a group of local high school students on Wednesday night. “Finding a career path is not always a straight line; it’s more of a meandering path with mistakes and learning opportunities along the way, and a path that allows you to look back with perspective.”

Ortiz addressed 20 students from Bear River and Nevada Union high schools as the guest speaker in the second season of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series. The series brings business education – through access to business leaders and real-life leadership experiences and advice – to local high school students.

Ortiz has been in education for more than 30 years at the community college and university levels.  She has served as the Executive Dean of Sierra College’s Nevada County Campus since 2009. Prior to that, she was the Dean of the Business and Technology Instructional Division.  She’s also taught in business at Sierra College, Mt. San Antonio Community College and California State University, Fresno.  Before beginning her career in education, she worked in human resources management for The Fresno Bee newspaper and General Dynamics, Pomona Division.

Ortiz discussed the opportunities available at Sierra College, the benefits of attending a community college, and the importance of exploring careers.  She also shared the “soft” skills – adaptability, analysis and solution mindset, collaboration, communication, digital fluency, entrepreneurial thinking, empathy, resilience, self-awareness, and social diversity awareness – necessary for today’s work force.   

The second season of the Speaker Series features six speakers, one each month, and will run through April.  Upcoming speakers include Anita Oberbauer, Professor and Chair of the Department of Animal Science, University of California Davis; and Caroline Beteta, CEO of Visit California.

About the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation: The Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s mission is to support and improve the community’s Fairgrounds, and to support youth in agriculture. For information, visit  here.

Speaker Series - Stephanie Ortiz

Stephanie Ortiz, Executive Dean of Nevada County’s Sierra College Campus, served as a guest speaker this week at the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series, which brings business education to local high school students.

Cioppino and Pasta Feed: Get Your Tickets Now

Tickets are on sale now for the annual all-you-can-eat Cioppino and Pasta Feed, March 4, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Get your tickets at the Fairgrounds office, or by visiting  here. This has been a sold-out event for six years in a row, and features chef Arnie Romanello’s secret 100-year-old-recipe, so get your tickets early. Yum!
 
Cioppino 2 (2016)
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Leadership Speaker Series For Youth Launches

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 28, 2016

Contact:
Jim Hawkeswood, President, Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation
(530) 273-6217, ext. 209; moc.r1516109043iaFyt1516109043nuoCa1516109043daveN1516109043@noit1516109043adnuo1516109043F1516109043

Rea Callender, CEO, Nevada County Fairgrounds
(530) 273-6217; moc.r1516109043iaFyt1516109043nuoCa1516109043daveN1516109043@aeR1516109043

Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation Launches Second Season Of Leadership Speaker Series For Youth
Jon Gregory, Executive Director of the Economic Resource Council, serves as guest speaker

“Remember to keep calm and professional in the storm,” said Jon Gregory, Executive Director of the Nevada County Economic Resource Council, to a group of local high school students on Wednesday night. “Because if you want to do anything innovative or start something that requires change, you will have nay sayers and it may upset people. However, if you believe in what you are doing and believe it will make a difference – stay calm and move forward.”

Gregory recently addressed students from Bear River and Nevada Union high schools as the first speaker in the second season of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series. The series brings business education – through access to business leaders and real-life leadership experiences and advice – to local high school students.

“Jon did an amazing job talking to the students about business success,” said Rea Callender, Fairgrounds CEO. “I was also impressed with the students for their level of participation and questions. It is exciting to see these kids with their whole lives in front of them, and it’s encouraging to be able to provide them with tools to help them along the business path.”

In addition to serving as Executive Director, Gregory is a General Partner of the Green Screen Institute’s Virtual Reality Accelerator Investment Fund. He has spent 25 years in innovation, entrepreneurship, venture capital and angel investment, and economic development – with unique knowledge of what it takes for communities and regions to grow an economy.

In addition to sharing his own life experiences, Gregory outlined things to consider when beginning a career, including lifestyle, geography, wages, housing, flexibility, benefits, upward mobility, and stability. He also emphasized the various types of business opportunities from big corporations to small businesses to government work to nonprofits to entrepreneurs.

In sharing his advice with the students, he offered several keys to success – taking initiative, looking proactively for win-win situations, perceiving employment through the lens of the employer, knowing the importance of networking, not giving up, understanding our own strengths and weaknesses, being professional and courteous, and having a daily plan.

The second season of the Speaker Series will feature six speakers, one each month, and will run through April. Upcoming speakers include Mike Naggiar, owner of Naggiar Vineyards and Winery; and Caroline Beteta, CEO of Visit California.

New this year, in addition to opening up the series to all high school Fair exhibitors, the Fairgrounds Foundation is offering two scholarships to individuals who meet the scholarship criteria, including attending five of the six speaker series dates.

About the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation: The Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s mission is to support and improve the community’s Fairgrounds, and to support youth in agriculture.

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Jon Gregory, Executive Director of the Nevada County Economic Resource Council, spent an evening sharing his business experience and words of advice with high school students from Nevada Union and Bear River. Jon was the “kick off” speaker for the second season of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speakers Series, which brings business education to local high school students.

Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series For Youth Continues

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 21, 2016

Contact: Jim Hawkeswood, President, Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation
(530) 273-6217, ext. 209; moc.r1516109043iaFyt1516109043nuoCa1516109043daveN1516109043@noit1516109043adnuo1516109043F1516109043

Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series For Youth Continues
Rea Callender, CEO of Nevada County Fairgrounds, addresses local youth and provides business advice

“Life is a series of choices, and every decision you make now will impact your future,” said Rea Callender, CEO of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. “Your greatest potential is now – so choose wisely.”

Last night, Callender addressed more than 20 FFA and 4H students from Bear River, Nevada Union and Placer high schools, and served as the third speaker in the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s ongoing Speaker Series.

The series, hosted by the Fairgrounds Foundation and sponsored by Sandy Ballou and California Outdoor Properties, brings business education – through access to business leaders and real-life leadership experiences – to local high school students.

Rea has an entrepreneurial and philanthropic background with corporate, start-up and non-profit experience. He has served as CEO and Founder of several businesses – including Schoolpop, Inc., an online loyalty marketing company and fundraising tool for K-12 schools which raised $250 million since 1999 for schools nationwide.

Rea, who spent part of his youth in Nevada County and participated in the Junior Livestock Auction at the Nevada County Fair in his youth, talked about the impact his participation in agriculture had in his path as an entrepreneur.

As Rea encouraged students to follow their passions, he outlined a series of steps to follow, including “making good choices, doing research before making decisions, setting goals and writing them down, working hard, planning with intention, travelling when given the opportunity, getting a mentor, and maintaining connections.”

Quoting from his favorite book, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, Rea ended the evening with four key points – “be impeccable with your word, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions, and always do your best.”

The Fairgrounds Foundation’s speaker series, which began in October, features six speakers and will run through April.  Students have an opportunity to hear about the speaker’s career path, how they achieved their goals, insight regarding their area of expertise, and plenty of opportunities for questions. Upcoming speakers include Fiona Ma, California State Assembly; and John Paye, former NFL player for the San Francisco 49ers.

About the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation: The Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s mission is to support and improve the community’s Fairgrounds, and to support youth in agriculture. For more information about the Fairgrounds Foundation, or to become a member, visit NevadaCountyFair.com/foundation/.

Speaker series (Rea - group photo)

All-You-Can-Eat Cioppino Feed

Did you get your tickets to the Fairgrounds Foundation’s All-You-Can-Eat Cioppino Feed? Tickets are on sale now! The Cioppino Feed is Saturday, March 5 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Dinner includes antipasto, all-you-can-eat Cioppino, salad and garlic bread. Ticket information is available here.

Cioppino photo 2

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Speaker Series for Youth Continues (Rea Callender Serves as Guest Speaker)

“Life is a series of choices, and every decision you make now will impact your future,” said Rea Callender, CEO of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. “Your greatest potential is now – so choose wisely.”

Last night, Callender addressed more than 20 FFA and 4H students from Bear River, Nevada Union and Placer high schools, and served as the third speaker in the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s ongoing Speaker Series.

The series, hosted by the Fairgrounds Foundation and sponsored by Sandy Ballou and California Outdoor Properties, brings business education – through access to business leaders and real-life leadership experiences – to local high school students.

Rea has an entrepreneurial and philanthropic background with corporate, start-up and non-profit experience. He has served as CEO and Founder of several businesses – including Schoolpop, Inc., an online loyalty marketing company and fundraising tool for K-12 schools which raised $250 million since 1999 for schools nationwide.

Rea, who spent part of his youth in Nevada County and participated in the Junior Livestock Auction at the Nevada County Fair in his youth, talked about the impact his participation in agriculture had in his path as an entrepreneur.

As Rea encouraged students to follow their passions, he outlined a series of steps to follow, including “making good choices, doing research before making decisions, setting goals and writing them down, working hard, planning with intention, travelling when given the opportunity, getting a mentor, and maintaining connections.”

Quoting from his favorite book, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, Rea ended the evening with four key points – “be impeccable with your word, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions, and always do your best.”

The Fairgrounds Foundation’s speaker series, which began in October, features six speakers and will run through April.  Students have an opportunity to hear about the speaker’s career path, how they achieved their goals, insight regarding their area of expertise, and plenty of opportunities for questions. Upcoming speakers include Fiona Ma, California State Assembly; and John Paye, former NFL player for the San Francisco 49ers.

About the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation: The Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s mission is to support and improve the community’s Fairgrounds, and to support youth in agriculture. For more information about the Fairgrounds Foundation, or to become a member, visit NevadaCountyFair.com/foundation/.

Speaker series (Rea - group photo)

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