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

Thursday, April 26, 2018 
Hyatt Regency Westlake
6:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Dinner & Program

Interested in sponsoring or attending this event? Please contact Carrick DeHart via email at or phone at 805-437-8919. 



Blaise Simqu
President & CEO, SAGE Publishing
Business Leader of the Year

Blaise Simqu is the President and Chief Executive Officer of SAGE Publishing, a leading international provider of innovative, high-quality course material, scientific research, and reference products. SAGE has principal offices in Thousand Oaks, Washington DC, London, New Delhi, Singapore, and Melbourne and includes Corwin Press, CQ Press, Adam Matthew, and Learning Matters.

Blaise has been part of SAGE for 25+ years and was appointed CEO in 2004. As a SAGE Executive, he has overseen the launch of the SAGE reference program, a suite of innovative digital products for students, researchers and instructors, and the growth of the SAGE journals program from 100 to 1,000+.

Blaise has also worked with the Hampton-Brown Company, Jossey-Bass Publishers, and the Kinko’s Corporation. He serves on the Foundation Board of Directors at CSUCI and is an emeritus member of the Board of Trustees for The Buckley School.

Award Accepted by Ali Bauerlein,
Executive Vice President, Finance & Chief Financial Officer
Technology Leader of the Year

Inogen was founded in 2001 to improve the quality of life of supplemental oxygen users when Mae, a beloved Grandmother, was prescribed oxygen therapy. Inogen is now a medical technology company offering innovative respiratory products for use in the homecare setting. Inogen is publicly traded (NASDAQ: INGN) with a market capitalization of over $2.5B and serve patients in 46 countries worldwide with 770 employees located throughout the United States and Europe.

Cynthia Flores
Assistant Professor of Mathematics,CSU Channel Islands
Faculty Leader of the Year

Cynthia Flores received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from California State University, Northridge and in 2014, she completed a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California, Santa Barbara in dispersive partial differential equations. She then joined the faculty at CSUCI where she enjoys teaching ordinary and partial differential equations, introducing new technologies to the classroom, supervising undergraduate research, and works with community partners on data science projects. She has been inspired by several mentors and advisors and aims to continue their shared work and legacy in creating opportunities within the mathematics community. 

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