Dean's Leadership Forum

The Dean's Leadership Forum is a special speaker series that aims to inspire and motivate leaders to transform business and society. It serves as one of the college’s signature events and invites thought-leaders to campus to share their expertise, insights and best practices on leadership. Understanding that examples of exemplary leadership can be found inside and outside of the boardroom, the forum will host speakers from a variety of disciplines and serve as a catalyst for bringing students, faculty, alumni and the community together to discuss topics critical to the success of organizations in a rapidly changing world.

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Bonnie Harvey and Mark Houlihan Leadership Forum Poster

Cal Poly Pomona's College of Business Administration with the American Marketing Association and Latino Business Student Assocation will host the two as they discuss the ups and downs of being lifelong entrepreneurs on April 18, 2017 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Cal Poly Pomona’s Bronco Student Center in the latest installment of the Dean's Leadership Forum.

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Michael and Bonnie’s Story

Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey co-authored the New York Times bestselling business book, The Barefoot Spirit: How Hardship, Hustle, and Heart Built America’s #1 Wine Brand. The book, chosen as recommended reading for the CEO Library in CEO Forum, chronicles their start in a laundry room in 1986 and creating a nationwide bestselling wine label. With virtually no money and no wine industry experience, they employed innovative ideas and strategic alliances to overcome obstacles and create new markets. They pioneered “Worthy Cause Marketing” and performance-based compensation with a comprehensive view of customer service.

In 2005 they successfully sold the brand to E&J Gallo. Since then, Michael & Bonnie share their experience and innovative approach to business as authors, keynote speakers, corporate trainers and consultants with Fortune 500s. One of their clients made the Inc. 500 list for the second year in a row. They are sought-after workplace culture experts in both print and broadcast media with hundreds of interviews and articles in professional and national publications. They co-author weekly, no-nonsense, business blogs at: and

They are the recipients of the 2014 Distinguished Entrepreneur Speaker Award from the Turner School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Bradley University; and keynote speakers for SOCAP Symposium (Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals in Business, World Conference on Entrepreneurship (ICSB) in Dublin, Ireland, and C-Suite Conference.

Michael & Bonnie speak throughout the country and internationally to corporations, conferences, universities and symposiums. Business leaders and professors of entrepreneurship highly recommend them as inspirational speakers and entrepreneurial thought leaders. Their new book The Entrepreneurial Culture, 23 Ways to Engage and Empower Your People and are were featured in Jeff Hayzlett’s C-Suite TV Network launch and C-Suite Book Club.