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

When: April 16, 2015 6:00 PM
Where: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach
Tickets: $150 per person, $75 for CI Faculty and Alumni

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Christopher Meissner
CEO, Meissner Filtration Products Inc.
Business & Community Leader of the Year

Chris Meissner is founder and President of Meissner Filtration Products, Inc., a company that he has developed as the leader in microfiltration providing high performance products and technical support services for critical application. Established in 1989 and located in Camarillo, Meissner Filtration Products, Inc. develops, manufactures, supplies and services advanced microfiltration and single-use systems worldwide. Chris dedicates his time to his local community by serving on these Boards: Economic Development Collaborative, Ventura County, St. John’s Seminary and the CSU Channel Islands Foundation.

Lynda Weinman
Executive Chair of the Board & Co-founder,
Technologist Leader of the Year

Lynda Weinman is a self-taught computer expert, author, educator and entrepreneur. In 1995 she wrote the first industry book on web design and web graphics. is one of the most successful companies in online education that teaches technology, design and business skills. Lynda and her husband and co-founder, Bruce Heavin, have helped to evolve from its original concept as a free web resource for her students, to an award-winning online learning company.

Priscilla Liang
CI Associate Professor, MVS School of Business & Economics
Faculty Leader of the Year

Priscilla Liang received her bachelor’s degree in China and her MBA and Ph.D. in Financial Economics in the United States. Before pursuing her academic career, she worked extensively in real estate development, emerging markets investments, and international business management in both countries. She teaches a variety of classes at CI (since 2006) which includes Business Finance, Behavioral Finance and Business in China.

Five Scholarships will be awarded to CI Students

Special thank you to our generous sponsors!

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    CSU Channel Islands (CI) will recognize three outstanding business, technology and community leaders and award five student scholarships at its 11th Annual Business & Technology Partnership (B&TP) Leadership Dinner. The event will be held Thursday, April 16, 2015. Additional details will be published in the near future.

    The annual event serves as a fundraiser for student scholarships and honors the contributions of three local leaders whose work helps advance business, technology, educational collaboration and the local economy. Students who are pursuing degrees in business, science and technology will also receive scholarship awards this evening.

    Housed in the Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics, the B&TP is a collaborative effort between CI and community leaders, business and technology executives and professionals. The Partnership works to foster the collaboration of technology and related service-based companies with CI and promote technological excellence among CI students, faculty and staff for the benefit of the region's economy.

    For more information and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Carrick Dehart, Director of Major Gifts at 805-437-8919 or email