SASE National Conference

Keynote Speakers

John Kobara

John Kobara - Keynote Speaker- Friday, October 17/ SASE Lunch/ Workshop for Volunteers

John E. Kobara is a respected figure nationally in the philanthropic and nonprofit communities.  As Chief Operating Officer of California Community Foundation (CCF), he is responsible for all of the development, marketing, administrative, grantmaking, civic engagement and donor relations functions of the foundation.  For 35 years, Kobara has been leading and managing innovative nonprofit organizations, companies and technology startups, and actively involved in advancing social justice by increasing access to educational opportunities in Los Angeles.  Recently delivered presentations and workshops include speaking to Johnson and Johnson, ESPN, CASE, Pepsi, Skadden, IBM, NAMIC, FritoLay Canada, Rising Stars, and Coro Los Angeles.  In 2007, Kobara received the City of Angels Award for his service on behalf of children and families. He was a Coro Fellow in Los Angeles and earned a bachelor's from UCLA, a master's in business administration from USC and a master's from Occidental College.








Nina Davuluri- Keynote Speaker- Friday, October 17/ SASE Dinner Gala

Nina Davuluri (Miss New York, 2013) was crowned Miss America 2014.  She has recently passed on the torch, and joins SASE on her own behalf to have a fireside chat at the 2014 SASE NC Dinner Gala. Nina became the second consecutive Miss New York and the first contestant of Indian descent to win the Miss America Competition.  Nina's acceptance of the highly-prized crown represented a journey that took her to every corner of the nation during her year of service as Miss America 2014.  Her platform as Miss America was: “Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency.”  Nina’s work with Miss America had her working with the US Department of Education to raise awareness about the importance of education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  She is confident that her year of service as Miss America has encouraged others to be proud of their own heritage while also accepting every other culture around the world.


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