OC Fellows

Our Program

OC Fellows is a two-year program for diverse young professionals that offers quarterly Learning and Social Events. We also offer Community engagement with high school and university students, and unique opportunities to attend other career centered events

OC Fellows Learning Events:

Our Learning Events are focused on leadership development, career growth and skill building. Our program offers a CEO Spotlight to learn from other business leaders in OC.

It is also an opportunity to network and create connections.

LEARNING EVENT

March 2024

  • CEO Spotlight: Mike Marriner, Co-Founder & President, Roadtrip Nation
  • Workshop: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with Kris De Pedro, Ph.D, Senior Vice President, Education Research and Strategy, City Year
LEARNING EVENT

November 2023

  • CEO Spotlight: Kavitta Ghai, Co-Founder and CEO, Nectir
  • Workshop: Finding the Fun in Public Speaking with Dayna Gowan, Speaker and Facilitator of Fun, Improvly Speaking
LEARNING EVENT

September 2023

  • Nitya Kirat, YOSD Consulting – Workshop on Being Interesting AND Interested
  • Scharrell Jackson, Business Consultant – High Performance Leadership: Journey to the Top
LEARNING EVENT

May 2023

  • CEO Spotlight: Justin Chen Li, CEO, Helio Genomics 
  • Workshop: Superpowers – Why They Matter and How to Find Yours ⚡️with Mallory Maske, Chief People Officer, Operate
LEARNING EVENT

February 2023

  • CEO Spotlight: Nancy Soni, CEO/Founder PathMatch
  • Workshop: Building your own personal brand in a hybrid world with Lauren Kelly, Chief Commercial Officer, ThoughtExchange
BONUS OPPORTUNITY - PARTNER EVENT

February 2023

  • Joined UCI LEADS students from Paul Merage School of Business
  • Guest Speaker event with Scharrell Jackson, Keynote Speaker and Leadership Coach 
LEARNING EVENT

November 2022

  • Discussion of Clifton Strengths Assessment results with Susan Chang, Talent & Human Resources Leader, Certified Strengths Coach, Adjunct Leadership Faculty, Chapman University
  • Hosted by Irvine Company at UCI Research Park
LEARNING EVENT

Bonus Opportunity October 2022

Operate Studio Panel

  • Carey Ransom & Kyle Kamrooz discuss their venture capital studio and the startup and entrepreneur community of Orange County
  • Partner event with UCI LEADS students from Paul Merage School of Business, Chapman University Students, Youth Hispanic Chamber of Santa Ana
LEARNING EVENT

August 2022

  • Welcome Class of 2022.
  • Nitya Kirat, YOSD Consulting on Memory Blocking, Elevator Pitch, and introductions
  • Kris De Pedro, Ph.D. on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion  
  • Hosted by Irvine Company at UCI Research Park
LEARNING EVENT

June 2022

  • CEO Spotlight – Juliana Elstad, CEO and President, Vibrato Medical, Inc. 
  • Emotional Intelligence workshop with Manisha Dhawan, MPath Coaching
  • Device Alliance Young Professionals were invited for a partner event 
LEARNING EVENT

February 2022

  • CEO Spotlight – Ike Kavas, CEO and Founder, Ephesoft, Inc.
  • Developing public speaking skills and using improvisation with Dayna Gowan, Content and Community Manager, Speakers Alliance  
  • Discussion on expanding our high school mentor program 
  • Hosted by Irvine Company at UCI Research Park/Conference Center
LEARNING EVENT

December 2021

  • Case Assignment on how to retain Millennials and Gen Z talent 
  • TeamSight Assessment – with Chris Gordon, Identifying strengths and understanding how we work in teams, using behavioral diversity to build high-performing teams
  • Hosted by Leatherby Entrepreneurial Center, Chapman University
LEARNING EVENT

November 2021

  • Lorenzo Santos, Entrepreneur, Advisor, Growth/GTM
  • Isabella Zelinger, Commercial Real Estate Advisor, Cresa
  • Skill development and CEO Spotlight – Nancy Soni, CEO/Co-Founder, PathMatch
  • Hosted by Leatherby Entrepreneurial Center, Chapman University
LEARNING EVENT

September 2021

  • Virtual event
  • CEO Spotlight with Annette Walker, CEO, City of Hope
  • The Orange Fellows learned about the career story of Annette Walker. She shared her path and the difficulties she encountered. She provided career advice as well as engage in Q and A with the fellows
LEARNING EVENT

August 2021

  • CEO Spotlight with Libby Duane Adams, Chief Advocacy Officer, Co-Founder, Alteryx
  • TeamSight Assessment – with Bob Bernatz and Doug Wilson, Identifying strengths and understanding how we work in teams, using behavioral diversity to build high-performing teams
  • Discussion of High School Mentor program and launching our pilot 
  • Hosted by Irvine Company at 620 Newport Center Drive
LEARNING EVENT

August 2021

  • Introductory Learning Event for new cohort
  • The creation of CEO Leadership Alliance Introduction with Doug Wilson, Chairman, CLA
  • Being Interested and Interesting with Nitya Kirat
  • Orange Fellows introduction to each other 
  • Carey Ransom and Peggy Wolff introducing the Orange Fellowship program; our two years ahead and expectations
  • Hosted by Irvine Company at 620 Newport Center Drive
LEARNING EVENT

June 2021 – Special Event

  • Virtual event 
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)Mentor Training for all fellows 
  • To prepare for our Community/Service Learning pilot we offered all Orange Fellows the opportunity to learn from Western Youth Services the Adverse Childhood Experiences training
LEARNING EVENT

May 2021

  • Case Assignment on Entrepreneurial Ecosystem of Orange County
  • Breakout Groups generated ideas and shared results
  • Being Interested and Interesting with Nitya Kirat
  • Hosted by Irvine Company at The Commons
LEARNING EVENT

February 2021

  • Virtual Event 
  • CEO Spotlight with Julie Hill, Member Board of Directors, Anthem, Board of Trustees, UCI
  • CEO Spotlight with Shomi Nachman, Company Group Chairman, Cardiovascular Specialty Solutions and Johnson and Johnson Vision 
  • The Orange Fellows learned about the career story of each of these CEO’s. The CEOs share their path and the difficulties they have encountered. The CEOs provide career advice as well as engage in Q and A with the fellows
  • Developing your own personal brand, presented by Lauren Kelly, Chief Marketing Officer, ThoughtExchange 
LEARNING EVENT

November 2020

  • How CEO Leadership Alliance was created and Finding your Purpose with Doug Wilson, Chairman CLA
  • Launched: Start Your Career Right after College, Even During a Pandemic, Rob Feinstein spoke to our fellows about career growth
  • Carey Ransom and Peggy Wolff introducing the Orange Fellowship program; our two years ahead and expectations 
  • Hosted by The Met in Costa Mesa

OC Fellows Social Events

OC Fellows engage in quarterly social events, hosted at different locations around Orange County. This includes restaurants and activities.

SOCIAL EVENT

April 2024 – Coffee Dose

SOCIAL EVENT

January 2024 – Nova Kitchen

SOCIAL EVENT

October 2023 – Twenty Eight Restaurant

SOCIAL EVENT

August 2023 – Hangar 24

Summer Launch for Cohort #4, Class of 2023

SOCIAL EVENT

June 2023 – Graduation Luncheon Class of 2021, Cohort #2

SOCIAL EVENT

April 2023 – Bosscat Kitchen

SOCIAL EVENT

February 2023 – Solstice Seasonal Kitchen and Bar

SOCIAL EVENT

October 2022 – SteelCraft, Garden Grove Cohort 2, 3 & Alumni

SOCIAL EVENT

September 2022 – Graduation Luncheon Class of 2020, Cohort #1

SOCIAL EVENT

July 2022 – Chapman Crafted Beer, Launch of Class of 2022

SOCIAL EVENT

April 2022 – Bowling at Bowlero, Tustin

SOCIAL EVENT

January 2022 – Saturday Brunch at Social, Costa Mesa

SOCIAL EVENT

October 2021 – BossCat Kitchen and Libations in Newport Beach

SOCIAL EVENT

July 2021 – SteelCraft Garden Grove

SOCIAL EVENT

April 2021 – Twenty Eight Restaurant Newport Beach

SOCIAL EVENT

Winter 2020 – Virtual events

  • Happy Hours to connect and get to know each other (due to covid)
SOCIAL EVENT

October 2020- Dinner and Drinks event at The Commons

  • Herb and Ranch Restaurant 
  • Hosted by Irvine Company

OC Fellows – Community Partners

OC Fellows partners with high school and university programs to provide career connections and mentoring. We offer unique opportunities to give back to our community. 

Partner Event with UCI SAGE Scholars

April 2024

Networking Event

Partner Event with UCI SAGE Scholars

October 2023

Entrepreneur Panel

Partner Event with UCI SAGE Scholars

May 2023

Special Guest: Ozzie Martinez, Chief Administration Officer, Kaiser Permanente, South Bay Medical Center

Networking with SAGE Scholars and OC Fellow

Anaheim Union High School District Mentor program

November 2022

  • College and Career Speed Networking event 
  • Hosted at Anaheim District Headquarters
  • Evening Event

Small Group Mentor event, Savanna High School

April & May 2022

OC Fellows met with AVID students at Savanna High School to talk about future plans, college majors, and summer experiences.

Large Group mentor event

April 2022

OC Fellows will offer two events, one for Magnolia students and one for Savanna High School students to create connections at a luncheon, and then share skills and experiences as mentors. OC Fellows engaged in Mock Interviews with the students for the April Mentor Events.

Large Group mentor event

February 2022

OC Fellows will offer two events, one for Magnolia students and one for Savanna High School students to create connections at a luncheon, and then share skills and experiences as mentors

Large Group mentor event

October 2021

  • 50 Magnolia High School sophomores and juniors join 20 OC Fellows for lunch and skill building. 
  • 50 Savanna High School sophomores and juniors joined our OC Fellows for lunch and skill building 
  • OC Fellows presented on interview skills; what to wear and how to engage, and what to do after an interview