SOURCE: Harvard Business School Association of Orange County

March 02, 2009 10:00 ET

Former eBay President and CEO Meg Whitman and Corinthian College CEO Jack Massimino to Deliver Keynote Addresses at Southern California Business Growth Conference 2009

Harvard Business School Association of Orange County, Los Angeles Venture Association Join Forces to Unite Local Entrepreneurs and Venture Capitalists

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - March 2, 2009) - The Harvard Business School Association of Orange County (HBSAOC) and Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA) today announced its keynote speaker line-up including Meg Whitman, former President and CEO of eBay, and Jack Massimino, CEO of Corinthian Colleges Inc., at the upcoming Southern California Business Growth Conference. The annual conference unites business and industry influencers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and economic visionaries to match talent and business concepts with money and other resources. The event takes place April 20, 2009 at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel in Anaheim, Calif.

"The insights from industry powerhouses -- Meg Whitman and Jack Massimino -- will be among the highlights for attendees of the Southern California Business Growth Conference," said Gregory Soukup, conference chair of LAVA. "We have created a value-added program that helps guide businesses in spurring continued economic growth in today's challenging market."

Meg Whitman, a Harvard Business School graduate, will serve as the keynote speaker during the conference's noon luncheon. Whitman served as eBay's president and CEO for ten years, growing the company from 30 employees and $4.7 million in revenue to more than 15,000 employees, almost $8 billion in revenue and 300 million registered users (12 million in California). With her consumer marketing acumen and managerial expertise, she not only catapulted the online marketplace to unprecedented heights, but also established a creative business environment that has empowered millions of people to fulfill their entrepreneurial ambitions through buying and selling on the Web.

Jack Massimino will address the forum as the morning keynote speaker beginning at 8:30 a.m. Massimino serves as the chairman and CEO of Corinthian Colleges Inc., which has more than 100 schools in the U.S. and Canada and offers degrees and certificates in healthcare, automotive technology, criminal justice, technology and other areas. The $1 billion Orange County-based higher education institution is thriving with its 10,000 full- and part-time employees, and its growing student base of individuals seeking post-secondary education and training to remain competitive in today's business market.

Tap into the Conference's Resources and Meet the Money

The conference will also feature panels of experts on issues such as money, management and idea development, as well as The Capital Zone®, a forum where attendees will have the opportunity to 'meet the money,' as leading venture capitalists, private equity investors, and lenders representing billions of dollars in available capital seek their next high-potential investments.

The Capital Zone will run concurrently to the panel discussions and networking sessions in the late afternoon and provide interested attendees an opportunity to meet those in the venture capital and investment community to share ideas, discuss opportunities and forge potential new relationships.

Unprecedented Pre-Event Networking Opportunities

Leveraging the conference's social media site, pre-registered attendees will have the advantage and option of networking with fellow attendees, panel speakers and moderators to maximize their participation in the conference.

Early registration is $299 and $149 for students by April 1, 2009. To register or for more information regarding the Southern California Business Growth Conference, go to:

The Harvard Business School Association of Orange County (HBSAOC)

The Harvard Business School Association of Orange County (HBSAOC) is one of 116 alumni clubs of the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration (HBS). Its membership includes graduates of the school's MBA, doctoral and executive education programs. The Association serves more than 500 alumni in the greater Orange County, Calif. area. Additional information is online at

The Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA)

Founded in 1985, the Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA) is the most successful and longest running organization of its kind in Southern California dedicated to the development and growth of entrepreneurial ventures from start-up to middle market. Through its educational programs and annual conferences, LAVA provides a forum where entrepreneurs meet and learn from fellow executives, investors, bankers, financial advisors and other professional advisors. For more information, visit

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