Lighting Designer Michael Sestak is 2016 Rainbow Chamber Business Leader of Year

2016 Business Leader of the Year Michael Sestak (2nd from left) with Chamber President Richard Hernandez, Board Member Fred Palmer and Immediate Past President Paul Weubbe

2016 Business Leader of the Year Michael Sestak (2nd from left) with Chamber President Richard Hernandez, Board Member Fred Palmer and Immediate Past President Paul Weubbe. Photo: Monica Neumann Lunardi photo artist

The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce has named Michael Sestak, founder and owner of Sestak Lighting Design, as its 2016 Business Leader of the Year.
Sestak is a former Chamber board member and president who initiated a partnership with the Sacramento Kings to facilitate contracting opportunities for small, local businesses during construction of the Golden 1 Arena. As a Chamber leader, Sestak also played an important role in garnering support for AB 1678, which requires companies regulated by the California Public Utility Commission to include LGBT-owned businesses in their supplier diversity efforts.

“I am extremely proud of Michael Sestak and his selection as Business Leader of the Year for the Rainbow Chamber of Commerce,” said Chamber President Richard Hernandez. “Michael and I both had the opportunity to open the Hyatt Regency Sacramento in 1988. Through the years it has been a pleasure to see Michael grow into the successful business person that he has become in Sacramento. In addition, Michael has contributed in so many charitable ways to support our LGBT community. Congratulations, Michael.”

“It’s a real honor to be chosen as the Business Leader of the Year for 2016,” Sestak said. “Through leadership and community activism for our LGBT community, I accept this award and look forward to promoting our fellow members and their businesses.”

The Business Leader of the Year is selected by a panel of Chamber and community leaders and recognizes an individual who has demonstrated leadership success within his or her business and the business community as well as within the Sacramento LGBT community and who has and will continue to serve as a role model for the Greater Sacramento community.

Sestak launched his lighting design business in 2000 following a successful culinary career, beginning at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco and later serving as pastry chef at Sacramento’s then newly opened Hyatt and at Mace’s, Biba’s, and Ettore’s European Bakery. After obtaining his California Contractors C-10 license and developing his technical skills through courses provided by SMUD and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, he built his business creating custom-designed installations for high-profile clients in the Sacramento area, such as Mark Friedman, Michael Lyon, Lina and Ken Fat, Jeanne Reaves, Cecilia Delury and Vince Jacobs.

Sestak’s commercial and residential lighting projects include the award-winning exterior lighting design for the California Governor’s Mansion, the interior lighting at Badlands nightclub, and the red-blue glow lighting at the top of the L Street Lofts. Most recently Sestak designed the colored lighting features in the UPRR underpass entryway and Clubhouse at the newly opened McKinley Village development in East Sacramento.

Established in 2001, the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce is a regional chamber serving LGBT business owners and professionals in northern California, as well as straight allies who support its mission of fostering a prosperous, diverse and inclusive business climate.

Get Your Tickets Today! Annual Gala September 15 2016

In just a little over a week, the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual Scholarship and Awards Dinner–Thursday, Sept. 15, 6 to 9 p.m., at Dante Club–and you don’t want to miss it!

Our keynote speaker, Sacramento Mayor-Elect Darrell Steinberg, will present his vision for Sacramento’s future, as well as swear in your newly elected Chamber Board of Directors. You will be entertained by the dulcet tones of cabaret singer Gayiel Von, accompanied by Jim Jordan on piano. We will announce the recipient of the 2016 Business Leader of the Year Award, with long-time Chamber member and community statesman Dennis Mangers serving as our emcee. As with all Chamber events, it will be a party to be remembered!

In 2008, the Rainbow Chamber Foundation awarded its first two academic scholarships to LGBTQ and allied students, totaling $2,500. We are proud to announce that on September 15 the Foundation will award a total of 10 scholarships, totaling $10,000, each one of which is an investment in the future of our community. Thank you to our generous sponsors and donors and all of you who have attended our annual galas, purchased raffle tickets at our mixers, selected Rainbow Chamber Foundation when you made purchases on Amazon Smile, and bid on auction items over the past nine years–all of you have contributed to the growth and success of our Rainbow Chamber scholarship program; all of you have contributed to the achievements of our deserving scholarship recipients.

This year once again, all proceeds from our live auction, presented by benefit auctioneer Jerry Goldstone, BAS, will support the Rainbow Chamber Foundation and our scholarship program. We can’t wait for the party to start, and we hope to have all of you there with us as we work to make the Sacramento business and LGBTQ communities better for all of us!

Business Leader of the Year Nominations

The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce is seeking a high-level performer who has had leadership success within his or her business and the business community as well as leadership success within the Sacramento LGBT community.  This person has served as a role model and will continue to serve as a role model for the entire community.

The strongest nominee will be selected by the Business Leader of the Year Committee, which will consist of leaders from the Business and Local Community.

Completed Nominee Applications are due by August 15, 2016, and the selection will be made prior to September 15, 2016.

The 2016 Business Leader of the Year will be honored at the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce Gala on Thursday, September 15, 2016, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Dante Club in Sacramento.

Rules of Application for Business Leader of the Year:

  1. Member in Good Standing with the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce
  2. Nomination Application, with Picture and One (1) Letter of  Reference
  3. Signed Letter of Commitment by Nominee

Awardee will be asked to make a 3-minute acceptance speech at the RCC Gala on September 15th, 2016, and ride on the Rainbow Chamber float in the 2017 Sacramento Pride.  In addition, the Awardee may be asked to participate in photographs to be used on the RCC Website and other RCC promotion materials or promotional video. 

Nominee Application

 

UC Davis Executive Leadership Program

Transform. Inspire. Achieve.
The 2014 UC Davis Executive Leadership Program

Whether you lead a company, a team or a community, the UC Davis Executive Leadership Program is a personal and professional growth experience that will help you inspire, motivate and move forward. Plus, as a Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce member, you’ll receive a $500 discount on program tuition.

The program’s eight, highly interactive seminars will provide you with practical new approaches to leadership, help you learn to better adapt and thrive in the face of change, and advance yourr leadership ability.

  • Master practical tools and techniques designed to turn successful managers and executives into exceptional leaders
  • Learn from experienced business professionals who understand the leadership challenges you face every day
  • Engage in real-world case studies, hands-on exercises and insightful peer discussions that have an immediate, positive impact on the way you lead
  • Thursdays, March 13-May 1, 2014, 1:30-8 p.m. at the Sutter Square Galleria
  • All materials, including gourmet meals, provided
  • Apply online

We are hosting a free online information session on January 16 from 4-5 p.m. (PST), which I encourage you to sign up for. To get a better sense of the quality of the program and its instructors, watch this video on emotional intelligence by Executive Leadership Program instructor Dr. Mitchel Adler. It demonstrates the kind of practical techniques, effective strategies and personal insights you’ll experience as part of the UC Davis Executive Leadership Program.

Leadership skills benefit every aspect of your life. Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to explore and achieve your potential.

If you have any questions, please give me a call.

John O’Neill
Marketing Director, UC Davis Extension
jroneill@ucdavis.edu
530.752.3746

 

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WHA/UC Davis Executive Leadership Scholarship Winners Report

The UC Davis Executive Leadership Program is winding up this week, with the last session of the 10-week personal and professional growth experience on May 16.

Following a competitive selection process, Rainbow Chamber members Glen Chadwell of Bloodsource and Dr. Kelly Byam of Abel Pet Clinic won full scholarships to the program, an exclusive opportunity for RCC members made possible thanks to a generous partnership between Western Health Advantage and UC Davis Extension. Chadwell and Byam were selected from more than 25 applicants for the scholarships, valued at $5,000 each.

“I’m grateful to have the scholarship and the opportunity to enhance my leadership skills,” Chadwell said. “I’m having a great time learning and participating in such rich discussions. Our class is a diverse group of people from many different industries in the Sacramento area. It’s made for a great learning experience.”

“Being in this class alongside many other business leaders has been inspirational, and the materials offered can be life changing,” Byam said. “It has been an honor to represent my company and the Rainbow Chamber here.”

The UC Davis Executive Leadership Program is designed to help participants master practical tools and techniques designed to turn successful managers and executives into exceptional leaders; learn from experienced business professionals who understand the leadership challenges that arise every day; engage in real-world case studies, hands-on exercises and insightful peer discussions that have an immediate, positive impact on the way one leads. All course materials and gourmet meals are provided to program participants. For more information about the program, visit http://extension.ucdavis.edu/unit/business_and_management/executive_program/index.asp.

“We are delighted to have this opportunity to invest in the development of future leadership within a vibrant community that is playing an increasingly important role in the economic growth of the Sacramento region,” said Rick Heron, chief marketing and brand officer for Western Health Advantage. “By providing this scholarship opportunity, we aim to both strengthen our company’s partnership with the Rainbow Chamber of Commerce and support the diversity that is a driver of economic growth and prosperity.”

“Leadership is an essential, teachable skill that transforms organizations and individuals,” said Sharon Huntsman, director of the UC Davis Executive Leadership Program. “We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to help grow the leadership capacity of Sacramento’s LGBT community.”

 

Western Health Advantage, UCD Extension Offer 2 New $5000 Scholarships to RCC Members

Western Health Advantage and UC Davis Extension are co-sponsors of two new Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce scholarships to the UC Davis Executive Leadership Program. The two competitive scholarships, valued at $5,000 each, will be offered exclusively to members of the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce in 2013.

Western Health Advantage“On behalf of our board and Chamber members, we are immensely honored at the confidence these two great partners, Western Health Advantage and UC Davis Extension, have placed in us,” said Dr. Darrick Lawson, president of the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce. “It is only in recent years that the contributions LGBT business owners, professionals and community leaders have been broadly recognized. We know this tremendous new opportunity for learning and growth will benefit both our LGBT community and the Greater Sacramento
community as well.”

The UC Davis Executive Leadership Program is an intensive 10-week personal and professional growth experience meeting weekly on Thursdays, 1:30 to 8 p.m., March 14 through May 16, 2013. Applicants must be members in good standing of the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce and may apply online at  https://extension.ucdavis.edu/unit/business_and_management/executive_program/index.asp. Deadline to submit applications is Feb. 1, 2013.

“Leadership is an essential, teachable skill that transforms organizations and individuals,” said Sharon Huntsman, director of the UC Davis Executive Leadership Program. “We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to help grow the leadership capacity of Sacramento’s LGBT community.”

UC David Extension Executive Leadership ProgramThe UC Davis Executive Leadership Program is designed to help participants master practical tools and techniques designed to turn successful managers and executives into exceptional leaders; learn from experienced business professionals who understand the leadership challenges you face every day; engage in real-world case studies, hands-on exercises and insightful peer discussions that have an immediate, positive impact on the way you lead. All course materials and gourmet meals are provided to program participants. For more information about the program, visit http://extension.ucdavis.edu/unit/business_and_management/executive_program/index.asp.

Western Health Advantage, a long-time RCC corporate partner, is a not-for-profit health plan created some 15 years ago by local doctors and their hospitals, offering a refreshing alternative to the expensive bureaucracy of national HMOs. For more information, visit http://www.westernhealth.com/welcome.cfm.