Antioch’s Got Talent: Next MBA Workshop Focuses on Student Projects

MBA Class of 2015
MBA Class of 2015

The next workshop presented by Antioch University Santa Barbara’s Master in Business Administration (MBA) program focuses on the student projects of the first cohort.

Entitled “Antioch’s Got Talent: Business Ideas on Doing Well and Doing Good,” the workshop will be on Friday, December 4 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Community Hall on campus at 602 Anacapa Street. The workshop is free and open to the public. There will be an information session for potential students of the program preceding the workshop at 5:00 p.m. Please RSVP by November 30 to Lindsay Crissman at lcrissman[at]

During this workshop, members of the graduating class of 2015 will deliver a 6 to 8 minute “pitch” of the business idea they have hatched and refined over the course of their MBA studies. In keeping with “not your average MBA” concept, these ideas run the gamut – and bring together passion, life experience, and the tools they have learned over the past 16 months.

A feedback panel will include members of the MBA Advisory Board and the MBA program, and will be moderated by Ann Hutchins, adjunct faculty in the MBA program.

The projects to be presented include:


Krista Stafford: “Wine, Women & Shoes” -uniting the community and creating awareness to end sexual and domestic violence

Launch Within a Year

Jeff Arthur: “I’ve Got Five On It” – a business to raise scholarship funds to keep students in college

Yvette Duarte: “The Nursing Home Project” – building respect for an aging population

Joan Mayer:”TransPaw Gear” – a dog-friendly harness

Molika Oum: “CozDrvn” – a cause-driven approach to building your wardrobe

Frank Thompson: “Next Steps” – an innovative transitional housing solution

Launch Date Uncertain

Noelle Hallman: “Fund Your Future” – a regular checkup with the retirement doctor

Heidi Huchthausen: “Medtronic LATAM Medical Education and Innovations Center” – a collaborative education center in Latin America

Nicole Piuze: “Uncommon Grounds” – a community creative space

AUSB’s innovative, 16-month MBA experience is rooted in the strategic leadership model and the philosophy that social responsibility and civic engagement are at the heart of transformative business practices. For more information on the program, please visit

Posted on November 19, 2015


Anna Kwong to Step In as Interim Director of MBA Program

Anna Kwong and Judy Bruton
Anna Kwong and Judy Bruton

Anna Kwong, who has been an adjunct faculty with the Antioch University Santa Barbara MBA program since its inception in 2014, has been named interim program director as the second cohort begins this Fall.

Outgoing program director Judy Bruton announced Anna’s appointment during the program’s residency last weekend that brought together for the first time the first MBA cohort, which will graduate in December, and the second cohort just starting. After a round of applause, Anna addressed both cohorts and praised Judy’s role in the creation of the MBA program.

“Judy was a wonderful person to work with and work for. For the MBA program to come to this stage, I give Judy 99% of the credit,” Anna said. “We’ll continue to take care of our current students and make sure our incoming second cohort gets off to a great start.”

“You still have to do all your homework,” she added, drawing laughs from the students.

Judy said Anna would be part of the committee to hire a permanent chair for the MBA department, and that Anna will continue teaching in the program while serving as interim program director.

“Anna Kwong is an extraordinary teacher who is passionate about our unique MBA program, with its focus on social businesses and strategic leadership,” Judy said. “She has been an invaluable partner in the launch and first year of the program, and I could not feel any more comfortable with our leadership transition. I know that our students and faculty will be in excellent hands, with Anna serving as our interim chair, and Lindsay Crissman, who does an amazing job, remaining as our MBA department’s program coordinator.”

Anna was born and raised in Hong Kong during the time it was a British Colony and has lived in the UK and in Canada before becoming an American citizen in 2002. Her professional expertise includes international business management, leadership and trade. She also has taught at Santa Barbara City College for over 16 years.

AUSB Faculty Gary Delanoeye, Ann Hutchins Publish Books

Gary DelanoeyeGary Delanoeye and Ann Hutchins, both faculty members at Antioch University Santa Barbara, have recently published books available on

Gary, an affiliate faculty with the Graduate Education and Credentialing program, published a humorous novel entitled Checking in at the Crowbar HotelBased on his own experiences with at-risk youth, the novel gets its name from a slang term for juvenile hall.

“I really liked the challenging adolescents who were a part of my career,” Gary said. “Never a dull moment, and … I learned new things about their lives, their cunning, and even the humanity that motivated them, even while they were locked up.”

Gary believes there is much to learn from delinquent students who enter facilities like the one depicted in Crowbar Hotel and explores these themes in the book. His experiences working with troubled kids has shaped his career.

“Whatever I know about teaching has been informed tremendously by a bunch of kids who were seldom ever in school,” Gary said.  “The irony of this continues to intrigue me!”

Finance Is PersonalCrowbar Hotel is available in print and electronically at

Ann, who teaches as an adjunct in the Master’s in Business Administration program, co-authored her work with British author Kim Stephenson. Their work is the informative Finance Is Personal: Making Your Money Work for You in College and Beyond, a personal finance resource that helps people get what they want out of their money.

In addition to her passion for writing and teaching, Ann currently serves as Treasurer and Board member of The Eleos Foundation in Santa Barbara and volunteers in the financial literacy program with Partners in Education, also in Santa Barbara.

Finance Is Personal is also available in hardcover and for Kindle at


Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards Honor Two from Antioch MBA Program

spirit of entrepreneurship awards
Nathalie Gensac (left) and Diana Pereira (right)

Antioch University Santa Barbara’s MBA program will be well-represented at the 2015 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards as Nathalie Gensac, a member of the program’s advisory board, and Diana Pereira, an MBA adjunct faculty member, have been nominated.

Nathalie is nominated in the Nonprofit category for her work with Youth Interactive, an academy located in the Funk Zone in Santa Barbara that aims to instill an entrepreneurial spirit in students aged 14-24. Youth Interactive also emphasizes technology and the arts and strives to help young people stay in school and prepare for college and beyond.

Diana’s nomination in the Professional Services category is for her work with Balance Financial Management, a consulting company that provides nonprofit and for-profit companies of all sizes with accounting, HR, payroll, operational, and regulatory management services. Diana founded BFM about five years ago.

Over 90 women were nominated for 11 categories. The winners will be announced at a reception on Friday, May 8 at The Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort in Santa Barbara with Lynda Weinman, co-founder and executive chair of, serving as the evening’s host.

MBA Workshop to Feature Former Google, Microsoft Executives

David Kramer and Jon Kechejian
David Kramer and Jon Kechejian

The socially responsible MBA Program at Antioch University Santa Barbara welcomes the public to its free workshop on Friday, May 8, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, with former executives from Google and Microsoft.

The workshop, entitled “Building a Socially Responsible Partnership: The Investor’s Role,” features guest panelists David Kramer and Jon Kechejian and event facilitator Ron Gans, an adjunct faculty with the MBA program.

The evening will include a panel discussion with David and Jon at 5:30 followed by an interactive workshop at 7:15. An MBA program information session for potential students will be held beforehand from 4:30-5:30. Please RSVP to lcrissman[at] by Monday, May 4, and indicate which events you will be attending.

About the panelists:

David Kramer joined Thinking Machines Corp. as a research scientist and then moved to Oracle. Subsequently, he joined the founders of startup Vivace Networks as a software architect and moved to Google after Vivace was acquired. While at Google, he led the team responsible for data storage and designing Geographic Information Systems. David, an active angel investor and board member of several privately held companies, also serves as technical advisor and executive coach to several startups, mostly in the high-tech space.

Jon Kechejian worked as a programmer for a number of companies doing large-scale implementation projects and then as the database administrator for billing systems at MCI Telecommunications. Jon joined Microsoft in Washington, D.C., starting in a sales and support role before moving to Redmond, Wash., where he worked in product marketing, OEM sales, and business development. Since leaving Microsoft, Jon assists high tech start-ups doing business development.

Ron Gans is a Technology Executive and CTO Consultant who has been engaged with software development and hardware technology for three decades. Ron mentors and consullts with startup companies and is usually in the process of starting his own. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ron earned a Doctoratre in Experimental Solid State Physics. He holds a BA in Physics and a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

About the MBA Program:

AUSB’s innovative, 16-month MBA experience is rooted in the strategic leadership model and the philosophy that social responsibility and civic engagement are at the heart of transformative business practices. Learn more about the program.

MBA Program Offers Workshop on Scalability of Social Change

Alternative Rite of Passage in KenyaThe socially responsible Master’s in Business Administration program at Antioch University Santa Barbara will present a free workshop open to the public on Friday, April 10 at 5:30 p.m. focusing on the scalability of social change.

The workshop, entitled The Challenge of Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation Among the Masaai People of Kenya: Is It Scalable?”, will feature Teri Gabrielsen, founder of Africa Schools of Kenya (ASK), and will be moderated by Paul Lynch, CEO and founder of Cage Free Productions and an adjunct faculty in AUSB’s MBA program. It will take place in AUSB’s Community Hall. Please RSVP to Lindsay Crissman at lcrissman[at] or 805-962-8179 x5171.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a global and culturally sensitive issue. Communication and education rest at the center of the international effort to eradicate this ritual that creates staggering health and devastating social consequences for young Maasai women and their communities. ASK is successfully tackling this challenge.

In conjunction with the Maasai people living in Kenya, ASK created an Alternative Right of Passage (ARP) ceremony, following the traditional Maasai Emuratare, with the exception of FGM. In the eyes of their community, ARP graduates are recognized as women and are no longer married off at puberty.

ASK is on the brink of a major expansion into all of Maasailand. What obstacles must be overcome as ASK expands to other African communities? How is cultural resonance maintained? Join us for a fascinating presentation by Gabrielsen, followed by a problem solving/working session that will explore these challenging issues of scalability and sustainability inherent in change.

For more information on AUSB’s MBA program, please visit

Judy Bruton, Susan Rose to be Honored with NAWBO-SB Awards

Judy Bruton and Susan Rose
Judy Bruton and Susan Rose

Judy Bruton, program director of Antioch University Santa Barbara’s Master’s in Business Administration and Women & Leadership programs, and AUSB Trustee Susan Rose among are those chosen for the inaugural Bravo Awards.

The Bravo Awards are presented by the National Association of Women Business Owners Santa Barbara chapter, and Bruton and Rose will be honored at a luncheon on Thursday, March 12 at the University Club in Santa Barbara.

Bruton moved to Santa Barbara in 2009 after a distinguished career in St. Louis that included practicing law, running a psychotherapy practice, running for public office, and serving on many non-profit boards. She joined AUSB upon her move to Santa Barbara.

“Having Nancy Leffert, President of Antioch University Santa Barbara, give me the opportunity to build and launch two new programs over the past two years — our Women & Leadership Certificate Program and our new MBA Program, with a focus on social business, non-profit management, and strategic leadership — that have impacted the lives of so many wonderful students is a significant accomplishment and an even greater honor,” Bruton said.

Rose has over 30 years of experience in the public sector, education, community service and business, including a two-term stint on the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors. She also has been active with organizations like the Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee, the Santa Barbara Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Santa Barbara Human Rights Watch Committee.

The Bravo Awards luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 12. Visit for more information and to buy tickets.

UCSD’s Anthony Mathews to Lead MBA Workshop at Antioch

Anthony Mathews - UC San DiegoAnthony Mathews, a Senior Consultant and Lecturer at the Beyster Institute at the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego, will conduct a workshop at Antioch University Santa Barbara as part of the socially responsible MBA program on Friday, February 6, at 6pm in Community Hall.

While it will be part of AUSB’s MBA program, the public is invited to attend at no charge. Seating is limited so please contact Lindsay Crissman at lcrissman[at] or 805-962-8179 x5171 by Thursday, January 29 to reserve a spot.

The workshop is entitled “Partnering with Employees: Creating a Culture of Ownership.” With the participants, Mathews will explore the idea that employee ownership instills more dedication and commitment as well as tools to making employee ownership work.

Mathews is a frequent speaker and author on the subject of employee ownership. He is a founding member of the Administrative Advisory Committee of The Employee Stock Ownership Plan Association (ESOP), a member of the Steering Committee of the Western States Chapter of The ESOP Association, and has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Employee Ownership.

Mathews has deep Southern California roots, earning his BA from Loyola University of Los Angeles and his MA from UCLA.

AUSB’s socially responsible MBA program emphasizes social business, non-profit management, and strategic leadership. The program is now accepting applications for Fall 2015. To learn more, visit the MBA program page or attend an upcoming MBA information session.

Antioch MBA Students Look for Local Projects

Antioch University Santa Barbara MBA workshopLocal businesses and organizations have a chance to work with AUSB’s first cohort of socially responsible MBA students starting in 2015.

The MBA students are currently researching topics for year-long individual projects that will begin in January. Local organizations are encouraged to submit projects that align with at least one of the MBA program’s core values of social business, non-profit management, and strategic leadership for student consideration. Projects also must provide students with opportunities to challenge themselves, apply their classroom knowledge, and test new skills learned in the MBA program. Students will select their own projects, and not all submitted projects will be chosen.

Deadline for project submission is Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014; download the project submission form herePlease contact MBA Program Coordinator Lindsay Crissman at lcrissman[at] with any questions.

Before beginning their projects, the MBA students attended a workshop on campus on Friday, Dec. 5, during which they split into five groups to conceive and pitch a start-up idea. Students, faculty, and program advisors all participated in the groups.

Antioch University Santa Barbara MBA workshop

Antioch University Santa Barbara MBA workshop

Antioch University Santa Barbara MBA workshop

View more photos from the workshop at the Antioch University Santa Barbara Facebook page.

Socially Responsible MBA Program Launches

150x150_MBA_062513On Friday, September 5, AUSB proudly welcomed its first cohort of 22 students to campus for the start of the new socially responsible Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) program, the only one in southern California to focus on social business, non-profit management, and strategic leadership. By applying traditional business principles to societal responsibility, AUSB aims to graduate leaders who will make a positive difference in both the for-profit and non-profit worlds of today and tomorrow.

The end of the first day of class was followed by an an evening leadership workshop featuring guest speaker Relly Nadler, PsyD. Nadler is a consultant, author, and speaker who wrote – among other books – Leading with Emotional Intelligence. The workshop was attended by our students, faculty, and members of the MBA Advisory Group.

Relly Nadler, PsyD, presented at the first AUSB MBA Workshop.
Relly Nadler, PsyD, speaker at the first AUSB MBA Workshop.

“We are very excited to welcome the first MBA cohort to campus, “ said AUSB President Nancy Leffert, PhD. “The program fills an important need in our community and furthers Antioch’s commitment to providing adult students with an innovative yet practical education that has relevance in today’s world.”

The program includes guest speakers, classroom instruction, and networking opportunities. Virtual coursework will take place in between the on-site sessions. The MBA curriculum will be taught by adjunct faculty ranging from experienced academics to business executives, attorneys, and financial and economics experts. All are leaders in their respective fields and well-known for their community engagement. An integral part of the MBA curriculum is the Integrative Strategy Project (ISP), a “living case study” developed for an existing organization selected by each individual student. 

According to MBA program director Judy Bruton, JD, MSW, “The program was developed with extensive input from business and community leaders to bridge the gap between private and public-sector management.  It fits in with the growing trend among start-ups to meld  non-profit missions and for-profit bottom lines.”

To learn more about the MBA Program in Social Business, Non-Profit Management, and Strategic Leadership, visit  

AUSB Hosts Reception and Book Signing for Tom Parker

Tom Parker

In conjunction with the Hutton Parker Foundation, Antioch University Santa Barbara (AUSB) hosted an evening reception and book signing for real estate investor Tom Parker’s new book The $100 Million Secret: Why and How Foundations Should Invest in Community Instead of Wall Street on January 15, 2014. An enthusiastic audience of AUSB students and community members attended this event, held at AUSB’s downtown campus.

Parker, CEO of the Santa Barbara-based Hutton Parker Foundation, has made over $100 million for his foundation through his investments in the local community. Co-authored with Michael Bowker and published by Kele Books, the book details the Hutton Parker Foundation’s successful investment strategy that doubled its assets over 14 years, while supporting dozens of non-profit organizations in the Central Coast region.

AUSB reception (left to right): Jess Parker (AUSB Trustee), Tom Parker (President/CEO, Hutton-Parker Foundation), Guy Smith (AUSB Chair of Undergraduate Program)

In his talk, Parker made a solid case for socially responsible business practices and encouraged students, foundations, and corporations to apply his proven financial strategies that are not only profitable but also community-minded and sustainable. A lively question-and-answer forum followed, with several prominent members of local non-profit organizations and charitable foundations participating in the dialogue.

Parker made signed copies of his books for available without charge because he wants to spread the word quickly about how charitable foundations can to do more good with less risk to their endowments.

The concepts and community-focused investment strategies presented in Parker’s book strongly reflect the values of AUSB’s new Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) program, which launches in September 2014. The MBA program – designed with a focus on Social Business, Non-Profit Management, and Strategic Leadership – will teach students a values-based approach to leadership and methods to develop innovative solutions that embrace social responsibility and community stewardship.

For a closer look at the MBA Program, learn more here.

Find Out Why Antioch’s Master of Business Administration is “Not Your Everyday MBA” at a Morning Meet & Greet on June 29th

coffee-with-bagelAUSB’s MBA Program in Social Business, Non-Profit Management, and Strategic Leadership will host a special Morning MBA Meet & Greet on Saturday, June 29th from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the AUSB Campus, 602 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. This event is being provided at a more convenient time for potential candidates who have been unable to attend our past weeknight information sessions due to their work schedule or location. Coffee and bagels will be served.

Businesspeople, non-profit professionals, community leaders, and college students in the Central Coast area or southern California who are passionate about making a difference in a meaningful corporate or non-profit career are encouraged to attend this informative, engaging event. Anyone traveling may then choose to enjoy the beauty of Santa Barbara for the rest of the day or weekend.

At our MBA Information Session, the Program Director, faculty and Admissions representatives will share the excitement about Antioch’s new, socially-responsible MBA Program that encourages its students to Do Business…Do Good. Their short presentation will cover the innovative curriculum, admission process, opportunities for career advancement, and the low-residency hybrid schedule that allows busy professionals to earn their MBA in just 16 months, meeting one weekend per month.

Also being discussed is AUSB’s new BA-to-MBA Pathway Program, which provides admission (guaranteed for qualified SBCC students) to an academic track ending in a graduate degree, as well as financial incentives. This may be of special interest to current community college students, undergraduates, and even Antioch alumni.

Applications for the Fall 2013 quarter of the MBA Program are being accepted and reviewed. Learn more and RSVP.

Accredited College Students Can Now Get From Here to There…with AUSB’s BA-to-MBA Pathway Program

AUSB-Pathway-featured-imageNow, SBCC and other community college students with the dream of earning a graduate degree can eliminate uncertainty, save on tuition, and set their academic and professional future on the fast track to success. Through Antioch University Santa Barbara’s innovative BA-to-MBA Pathway Program, eligible students will be accepted into the BA completion and MBA programs in advance, all while still attending SBCC or other community colleges. 

A special partnership between AUSB and SBCC ensures that qualified SBCC students will be guaranteed admission to Antioch’s BA and MBA programs, based on meeting specific academic criteria.

ATU-237 BA-to-MBA-Pathway-Chart

Those accepted into the Pathway Program will also receive a Pathway Grant to assist with tomorrow’s tuition: a $1,000 Pathway Grant will be applied toward the BA tuition, and a $3,500 Pathway Grant will be applied toward the MBA tuition. Current AUSB students accepted into this program will receive a prorated Pathway Grant based upon the amount of time left to complete their BA.

Combined with Antioch’s popular Bridge Program, which allows community college students to transfer into the BA Program with up to 80 units of credit, the Pathway Program makes the goal of earning an MBA degree extremely accessible, convenient and cost-effective.

Learn more about the Pathway Program at the June 29th Morning MBA Meet & Greet  or visit