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Johnathan Michael Bowman

Clear Picture Leadership
July 25, 2022 6:00 PM | How to Lead the Way to Picture Perfect Change

Jonathan’s presentations are the result of heart-felt experience, critical thought and an unbridled passion to help others achieve their full potential.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jonathan is the last of four children, whose lives were enveloped in poverty and homelessness. By the time he was 17 years old, he and his family had lived in two homeless shelters, a church, a small fourth-floor attic, public housing projects and a hotel, among many other places.

However, with his determination to ascend from poverty unaffected, he earned his G.E.D. and obtained an associate’s degree in English and Communications at Allegheny Community College. He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Communications from Point Park University where he graduated Cum Laude. Jonathan then attended and graduated from Ohio State University College of Law.
He then practiced law at the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. During his 12-year-career there, he served in a variety of leadership posts, including Deputy Attorney General and Section Chief. He led several departments to achieve success. As a result, he was a recipient of the Ohio Attorney General's Innovation and Excellence Award in 2005.

Jonathan is also an avid photographer. Pictures have intrigued him ever since he was a child. While growing up, drawing pictures provided him with an escape from his life of poverty. Later in life he became hooked on photography when he happened upon a 35 mm camera and looked through the viewfinder. He was so enthralled that he studied photography as part of his undergraduate major in communications.

Today Jonathan serves as CEO of Clear Picture Leadership®. He uses lessons learned from his childhood, leadership skills honed throughout his career and the inspiration embodied in his artwork to encourage leaders to achieve a “clear picture” vision. As Jonathan says, “Picturing your destination is the first step to achieving something great.” Sometimes leaders are tempted to cast aside an imaginative vision because it is deemed “unrealistic.” Yet – as his tagline says – Jonathan challenges leaders with “a different perspective: Where imagination and reality meetTM”.



Oscar Garcia
Aspira Consulting
July 27, 2022 11:15 AM | How to Help Minority Students Tell their Career Story & Get Hired

Oscar Garcia is the Founder & Chief Empowerment Officer of Aspira Consulting, a Silicon Valley training and consulting firm providing culturally relevant career and leadership programs. Oscar's career journey includes business development roles at five startups, co-founding a nonprofit, Chamber President & CEO, and Community Partnerships Manager at LinkedIn.

He is an introvert turned international speaker. Oscar has given over 500 seminars and trained over 20,000 professionals across five continents. His training style is of a “practrainer” - he actively practices what he trains others to do. His clients range from startup incubators, to educational institutions, and companies like Oracle, Aruba Networks, Verizon, McKesson, Genentech, Wells Fargo, the US Embassy, the University of California Berkeley, and Stanford University.

He has received various prestigious awards recognizing his leadership and community work, including the La Familia Award from the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, the NFL Hispanic Heritage Award from the San Francisco 49ers, and the Community Heroes Award from Assemblymember Kansen Chu. Oscar is the host of the dynamic and engaging podcast, Career Talk With OG. He is an ESL student turned contributing author to “Hispanic Stars Rising Volume II: The New Face of Power”, where his story, I AM A MINORITY, highlights the importance of embracing the struggle, valuing our identity, and the power of vulnerability.

How to Help Minority Students Tell their Career Story & Get Hired

Description: For many minority students their college and career journey is different and experience many challenges. They encounter barriers like the glass ceiling, lack of mentorship, the opportunity gap, language and culture. This keynote will teach college career advisors and employers how to help students turn their obstacles into opportunities.

Outcomes:
• Helping students change their narrative
• Creating a compelling career story
• Asking the right questions to uncover a student’s superpowers

 

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