CSULB Graduate, Now CEO of Lindora, to Speak at Notable Speaker Series

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Notable Speaker Series

Cynthia Stamper Graff

A former California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) business student, now president and CEO of the nation’s largest multi-site medical weight control company, will discuss “The Journey from CBA Student to CEO” at the next CSULB College of Business Administration (CBA) Notable Speaker Series event on Thursday, March 10, 2011 in The Pointe Conference Center.

A 1975 graduate of CSULB, Cynthia Stamper Graff is a nationally recognized expert in weight management and is the head of Lindora, Inc. With annual earnings in excess of $50 million, Lindora has been ranked by Working Woman magazine as one of the “Top 500 Women Owned Businesses in America” for three consecutive years. Graff also established the Lean for Life Foundation, which promotes obesity research and educational programs.

At the presentation, Graff will talk about her personal journey of wellness, leadership and becoming a successful business owner. She will share her experiences starting entrepreneurial ventures and what it takes to make any venture successful.

Prior to her work at Lindora, Graff founded The Road Butler, an emergency road service company, in 1985. In 1975, she established MC Financial Real Estate Brokerage & Development. A member of the Founding Fifty, Women’s Philanthropy Fund of United Way, she serves as an advisory board member of the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine at UC Irvine. An Orange County Business Journal “Women in Business Award” winner, Graff is also member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and Adaptive Business Leaders.

During her senior year at CSULB, Graff participated in a CBA program sponsored by the Small Business Association, for which she helped a prosthetics company design a manufacturing and warehouse facility. As an alumna, she is the current Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership William Dickson Leader-in-Residence and was the named CSULB’s 2010 CBA Distinguished Alumna. She has served as a Woman in Philanthropy board member and has sponsored grants to students in the campus’ dietician program.

The CSULB Notable Speaker Series event featuring Cynthia Stamper Graff is Thursday, March 10, at 6 p.m. in The Pointe Conference Center at Walter Pyramid. Those planning to attend are also invited to a reception at 7:30 p.m.

There is no cost to attend the event, but reservations are required. Campus visitors must purchase a $5 parking permit at yellow kiosks in Lot 13. Parking is available in the multi-story parking structure on Merriam Way adjacent to the Walter Pyramid in Lot 13 after 6 p.m. See www.csulb.edu/maps for details.

To register or learn more about the spring 2011 Notable Speaker Series, visit the website at http://www.csulb.edu/colleges/cba/nss/. For more information, contact Sweta Mohandos, Notable Speaker Series coordinator, at sweta.mohandos@student.csulb.edu.

The Notable Speaker Series was established by the CSULB College of Business Administration to add relevance to current students’ learning experiences and offer opportunities for professional development and intellectual engagement to the community, alumni, staff and faculty.

The next speaker in the series will be George Adams, CEO and president of SA Recycling, who will discuss “Intelligent Resource Management” on Tuesday, April 19, at 6 p.m. in The Pointe Conference Center at CSULB’s Walter Pyramid.

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