The event honors business, technology and faculty leaders, with scholarship awards to students achieving academic excellence.

When: April 20, 2017 | 6:00 PM Reception | 7:00 PM Dinner & Program
Where: Westlake Village Inn
Tickets: $150 per person, $75 for CI Faculty and Alumni


  • Lon Morton

    Lon Morton

    Business Leader of the Year
    CEO & Co-Chief Investment Officer | Morton Capital Management

    Lon Morton’s career began at the age of 17 as a professional baseball player with the California Angels and Cleveland Indians. In 1978, he founded The Morton Company, a pension consulting firm. In 1981, Lon formed Morton Capital Management, a registered investment advisory firm recognized by Barron’s as one of America’s top Registered Investment firms. Immediate past president of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Conejo Valley, serves on the International Board of Governors and past Southwest Chairman of the American Committee of the Weizmann Institute, The Dr. Richard Grossman Community Foundation and member of the CSU Channel Islands Foundation Board in addition to many other philanthropic activities.

  • Jeff Green

    Jeff Green

    Founder & CEO of The Trade Desk, Inc.
    Technology Leader of the Year

    Jeff Green is founder and CEO of The TradeDesk, Inc., a technology company that empowers buyers of advertising with a self-service platform to manage data-driven digital advertising campaigns across various advertising formats and channels. In 2016, The TradeDesk was listed on the NASDAQ (TTD) in the most successful ad tech IPO to date. Prior to The TradeDesk, Jeff Green founded AdECN, the world’s first online advertising exchange. AdECN was acquired by the Microsoft Corporation in 2007, within three years of launch.

  • Nitika Parmar

    Nitika Parmar

    Associate Professor, Biology
    Faculty Leader of the Year

    Nitika Parmar received her doctorate in Molecular Biology and a Post-Doctoral fellowship at UCLA after which she was appointed as an Assistant Project Scientist. She received her prior education in India where she earned her Bachelor of Science with honors in Biophysics followed by a Master's degree in Biotechnology and Master of Technology in Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. Nitika's fields of interest include molecular biology, genetic engineering, and technology that can create artificial DNA. Her research focuses on understanding signal transduction pathways controlling cellular growth (healthy and cancerous cells) as well as studying protein damage in response to aging.