E. Ted Fujimoto
Ted Fujimoto is an entrepreneur and expert in leadership development and organizational redesign. At age 18, Ted founded his first company that designed and implemented logistics and customer relationship management and financial systems for his clients that included AirTouch Communications (now part of Verizon), LVMH, California Chamber of Commerce, General Motors and Remy Martin.
At the time in 1992, Ted’s biggest challenge was finding qualified people to hire to help grow the company. This ignited the co-development and co-creation of Napa New Technology High School, which opened in 1996. The school conducted all learning through project-based learning, modeled after the project management protocols used by his company, combined with a focus on creating a culture and team agreement of trust, respect and responsibility.
Shortly thereafter, Ted sold his first company and became an equity partner in a consulting firm that had a 35+ year track record of redesigning the customer retail network experience for 11 automotive and hospitality brands worldwide. The magic in the firm’s methodology was how organizations can systematically create, replicate and sustain a completely different culture by changing the mindset of team members and the motivational drivers from extrinsic to intrinsic. This experience helped him provide guidance for the launch and expansion of the organization that evolved into the New Tech Network and the growth of Big Picture Learning that currently have over 400 schools using their whole-school designs between them.
Ted then oversaw the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Carnegie Foundation grants for a Sacramento region education and workforce development intermediary organization working to redesign schools. He describes this experience as one of the most challenging in his career with the obstacle of implementing and sustaining innovative proven practices within systems not fully aligned to support them. Ted later advised and helped design programs for over a dozen state charter school associations to provide better support to improve charter school quality and played a key role in launching the California Charter Schools Association.
For the past 12 years, Ted Fujimoto has been president of Landmark Consulting Group that helps clients redesign their organization and scale innovations, and develop strategic alliances. The firm works with and at times holds equity in game-changing clients spanning across education, entertainment, music, technology and real estate. He serves on the board of the California Credit Union, a $3 billion credit union which recently completed the largest merger of equals in credit union history.
Ted is the co-founder and co-chair of the Right to Succeed Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming at least 6,000 public schools into “American Dream Schools” within the next 10 years using replicable deeper learning whole-school designs like New Tech Network and Big Picture Learning.
Leigh Rachel Faith
John C. Guerra, Jr.
Recognized by Hispanic business magazine as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the United States, John has long been active in the community. Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, John attended schools in San Antonio, Texas and received his degree and certification in Special Education from Texas A&I Kingsville. He then spent the next few years teaching and working with mentally and physically challenged children and adults.
John began his AT&T career in telecommunications and information management in San Antonio, Texas. During his tenure with AT&T, he worked throughout the United States, Latin America and Asia. His 29 years of experience included product development, product management, sales, marketing, training and development, back office operations, systems management, public relations, public policy and international market development. While with AT&T, he received his executive MBA training from NSEAD in France. He also played a key role in AT&T’s philanthropic activity serving as a trustee on the AT&T Foundation.
He is the co-chairman of the Right to Succeed Foundation, a non-profit focused on transforming public education worldwide and through the creation of at least 6,000 American Dream Schools within the next 10 years.
John has served on numerous boards including the YMCA, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, Texas Association of Mexican American Chamber of Commerce (TAMACC), World Affairs Council, Univ. of Tex. Pan Am Foundation and the Texas Business Hall of Fame.
He received the first Lifetime Achievement Award from HISPA (the AT&T Hispanic employees’ assoc.) and the Chairman’s Leadership Award from TAMACC. In addition to his professional and civic achievements, John has been particularly recognized for his presentations on success and leadership, featured in both TV and radio commercials, lectured at various school systems and major universities; served as a practitioner-lecturer on international marketing at the University of Georgia and a featured speaker at domestic and international forums such as the Summit of the Americas, the Wall Street Journal’s conference on Latin America, Hispanic Business CEO roundtable, the Hispanic Police Commanders Association Conference and the Association of College and University Business Officers.
Passionate about building safe communities for children, Faith has served as Champions Against Bullying’s Youth Coordinator and Spokesperson since it’s inception in 2003. Taking the reigns as Director of Operations, she spearheaded the organization’s expansion into the US and assisted the organization’s process in gaining nonprofit status in 2008.
Faith’s extensive background in psychology, her work as an actress and dancer in film, television and theatre, in addition to her years in tutoring, has earned her a strong following as a mentor for young children. She brings a variety of talent and experience to the table and is an invaluable asset to the development of new programs and initiatives for Champions Against Bullying.
While continuing her career as a film and television actress, every day is an opportunity for Faith to make a difference in the world. She is dedicated to the empowerment of all children around the globe. In her workshops and presentations, Faith informs and inspires her audience – kids, educators and parents - to take action and join her in protecting children and enhancing their lives.