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Global Lounge

California State University, Sacramento

Library 1001, 6000 J Street

Sacramento, CA 95819

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CALpital Connections is a premier regional conference that brings together business leaders and professionals on timely, relevant topics to support the regional business and economy.

This year's focus is on international business with a panel of local experts who will share their insights on expanding globally, the resources that are available, and how to better anticipate and prepare for challenges that may arise in "going global."

A hosted reception with catering provided by Fats will precede and follow the panel discussion.


5:30–6:00PM: Registration and Networking
6:00–6:15PM: Welcome and Introduction
6:15–7:00PM: Panel Discussion
7:00–8:00PM: Networking Reception

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CALpital Connections is hosted by the Berkeley-Haas Alumni Network for Greater Sacramento in partnership with the Northern California World Trade Center.

The highlight of the evening will be a panel of local experts on international business, moderated by Kevin Mather, CEO of the Northern California World Trade Center.

Don Whitaker, who established the first local free trade zone, and Gordon Hinkle, co-founder of the California Center, will share insights into exporting products and services, and the resources available to companies interested in starting to export. Lisa Henslee will share insights into VSP Global’s evaluation process for identifying new international markets, while Drisha Leggitt will explain why her global company Anpac Biomedical selected Sacramento as their US headquarters.

Network with local executives, professionals and UC Berkeley alumni from startups, investors, and regional/global leaders at a hosted reception catered by Fat's preceding and following the formal program.

Our Sponsors

The Berkeley-Haas Alumni Network of Greater Sacramento presents

Berkeley-Haas Calpital Connections

in Partnership with the Northern California World Trade Center

Northern California World Trade Center

With special thanks to our SPONSORS









Speaker Biographies

Drisha Leggitt, Chief Marketing Officer, Anpac Bio-Medical

Drisha Leggitt is an internationally recognized marketing and public relations professional who has led marketing and PR nationally and internationally for major technology companies, including Hewlett-Packard, Agilent Technologies, LCS Technologies, and Nicolas Garden.

Lisa Henslee, VP International Business Development, Operations, VSP

Lisa Henslee leads international strategy and business development and oversees the day-to-day management of international operations. She also leads the evaluation process for country specific expansion opportunities for VSP by providing analysis and recommendations on business model, value and financial impact. Prior to VSP, Lisa also worked for IBM, ADP, EDS and Kaiser.

Don Whitaker, Founder and CEO, Ceronix

Don Whitaker began devleloping CERONIX's unique video monitoring systems from his Northern California home’s kitchen table over 30 years ago. With a continuous goal of building the best, most reliable and technologically-advanced color LCD monitors and custom circuit boards in the market, Don and his family grew the company from his small Northern California home to operations of over 63,000 square feet, employees, and customers, worldwide. In addition, he was instrumental in creating one of the first free-trade zones in the area in Auburn.

Gordon Hinkle, Vice President Global Operations, California Center and Golden California, Inc.

Gordon Hinkleis the Sr. Vice President for Golden California Inc. / California Center and heads global operations, including: membership recruitment and oversight on service management. Gordon oversees numerous special programshighly focused in the areas of: food and agriculture, education, sports, media, and entertainment and also serves as the Government Relations Director for its sister-company, McWong International Inc.

  • Lisa Henslee

    Lisa Henslee

    VSP Global

    VP International Business Development

  • Gordon Hinkle

    Gordon Hinkle

    California Center

    VP Global Operations

  • Drisha Leggitt

    Drisha Leggitt

    Anpac Biomedical

    Chief Marketing Officer

  • Don Whitaker

    Don Whitaker



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Global Lounge

California State University, Sacramento

Library 1001, 6000 J Street

Sacramento, CA 95819

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Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

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