May 14, 2021 – College Startup Explodes Dan Soviero, Becoming Wiser Dr. Dilip V. Jeste and Goodwill CEO Steve Preston

May 14, 2021 – College Startup Explodes Dan Soviero, Becoming Wiser Dr. Dilip V. Jeste and Goodwill CEO Steve Preston

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Dan Soviero – CEO of Signature Athletics  

Customer acquisition cost is such an important piece
in building a brand or company. 

Dan Soviero started in his college dorm room, building a team of former NCAA teammates, who were as passionate about giving back to lacrosse as he is. They created the “Signature Premium Ball,” which quickly became the most trusted ball in the NCAA, the Official Ball of Professional Lacrosse, and the Official Ball of Federation of International Lacrosse. Today, Signature has sold over 10 million lacrosse balls and is taking the same “Problem-solving” approach; to build innovative products, distribute them in disruptive ways, to progress the experience of the sport, and make the sport more accessible. Signature is now a direct to player sports brand changing how players get gear and custom uniforms. Dan was selected for Forbes 30 Under 30 and has been featured in NBC News, Thrive Global, Big Time Daily NBC News.

Dr. Dilip V. Jeste – Super Doctor and Author of job title 

There has been a pandemic of loneliness, suicides, and opioid
related deaths in the past twenty years before Covid. The average
life span in the US fell before Covid hit us in 2016 and 2017,
because of suicides, opioid deaths and loneliness. 

Dilip V. Jeste, M.D. is a public speaker and the Senior Associate Dean for Healthy Aging and Senior Care, Estelle and Edgar Levi Memorial Chair in Aging, Director of the Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at University of California San Diego, and Co-Director of the UC San Diego-IBM Center on Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living. He obtained his medical education in Pune, and psychiatry training in Mumbai, India. In the US, he completed psychiatry residency at Cornell, and Neurology residency at George Washington University. He was a research fellow, and later, Chief of the Units on Movement Disorders and Dementias at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) before joining UC San Diego. He started a Geriatric Psychiatry program from scratch at UC San Diego; today it is one of the largest Geriatric Psychiatry Divisions in the world. Dr. Jeste has been Principal Investigator on a number of research and training grants. His main areas of research include schizophrenia, neuropsychiatric interventions, and successful aging. He has published 13 books, 725+ articles in peer-reviewed journals and 160+ invited book chapters. He is Past President of the American Psychiatric Association, American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, the West Coast College of Biological Psychiatry, and Founding President of International College of Geriatric Psychoneuropharmacology. Dr. Jeste is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, and was a member of the NIMH Advisory Council and NIH Council of Councils. He is Past Editor-in-Chief of The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the International Psychogeriatrics. He was listed in “The Best Doctors in America” and in the Institute of Scientific Information list of the “world’s most cited authors” comprising fewer than 0.5% percent of all publishing researchers of the previous two decades. Dr. Jeste has received many awards including NIMH’s MERIT Award; Commendation for Dedicated Service from the Veterans Affairs; Asian Heritage Award for Excellence in Science, Technology, and Research; and awards from Society of Biological Psychiatry; APA; Institute of Living; American College of International Physicians; National Alliance on Mental Illness; National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders; American College of Psychiatrists; International Psychogeriatric Association; Universities of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Maryland, and Cornell. He has also received Honorary Fellowship, the highest honor it bestows, from UK’s Royal College of Psychiatrists; and Honorary Professorship from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru. He has been a TEDMED speaker. His work has been cited in Time, The Atlantic, New York Times, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The London Times, Public Radio International, NPR, and various other national and international media outlets.

Steve Preston – President and CEO of Goodwill Industries International

Rising Together is a coalition between Goodwill and a number of
really strong corporate partners who are coming together to
drive job opportunities in an equitable recovery.

Steve C. Preston is the President and CEO of Goodwill Industries International, a non-profit social enterprise whose mission is to help people reach their full potential through learning and the power of work. Steven has led major transformations of two private equity-owned companies as their CEO, headed two major federal agencies during times of national crisis as a member of the President’s cabinet, and served as a CFO for two Fortune 500 companies during times of significant change and restructuring. In his role at Goodwill, Preston leverages his management experience to further advance the network of autonomous local Goodwill® organizations as they work in their communities to help individuals achieve greater independence through employment. Currently, Preston also serves on the Wheaton College Board of Trustees, the Partnership for Public Service Board of Directors, and the Northwestern University Weinberg College Board of Visitors.