Corporate Leaders Breakfast Series

2014-2015 Speakers


Theodore (Ted) F. Craver, Jr.

Craver earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and international relations and his MBA from the University of Southern California. He spent four years with Bankers Trust Company of New York and seven years with Security Pacific National Bank in various capital markets sales and trading capacities. In 10 years at First Interstate Bancorp, he served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of the wholesale banking subsidiary and then as executive vice president and corporate treasurer. Craver joined Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison, as executive vice president in 1996, and later held the position of chief financial officer and treasurer. He was chairman, president and chief executive officer of Edison Mission Group for three years starting in 2005. In 2008, he was elected president of Edison International and, later that year, chairman and chief executive officer. Craver is on the board and serves as chairman of the Edison Electric Institute, and is on the board of the Electric Power Research Institute. He is a member of the Business Roundtable and serves on the Board of Directors of Health Net, Inc. Craver is also on the Board of Trustees of the Autry National Center and the California Board of Trustees of The Nature Conservancy.

Lynn E. Maulhardt

Lynn E. Maulhardt serves as the president of the Board of Directors for the United Water Conservation District, where he represents Division 4, northeast of Oxnard. His family has been farming since 1869, and he is a managing partner of a Ventura County farm. Maulhardt is active in community water activities and has served as chairman of Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency since 1987. He received a B.S. in physics from Loyola University in Los Angeles and an M.A. in management and human relations from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a Vietnam War veteran and a retired commercial airline pilot. Maulhardt has been a member of the UWCD Board since 1985 and had a previous tenure as president.

Susan B. Mulligan

A native of Southern California, Mulligan earned her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Stanford University and master’s degree in business administration from UCLA. She is a registered professional engineer in the field of civil engineering and a Grade 5 water treatment plant operator. Mulligan began her career at the Pasadena Water and Power Department in 1984, working in water quality and supply. She started with the Calleguas Municipal Water District in 1993 as manager of engineering, with responsibility for design and construction of capital projects. In 2010, she assumed the position of general manager, with the goal of providing water reliability in an economically responsible manner.

Robert Saperstein

Rob Saperstein is co-chair of the Natural Resources Department at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP and serves as office managing partner for the firm in Santa Barbara, Sacramento, San Diego and Orange County. His practice focuses on water law and related environmental issues, primarily representing public entities’ potable water and recycled water suppliers. He appears before local agencies, the California State Water Resources Control Board, various regional water quality control boards, the California Public Utilities Commission and state and federal courts. His wide-ranging experience beyond litigation includes the negotiation of sales of water systems, leases of facilities, and potable water and recycled water supply agreements, and the drafting of ordinances for municipalities.

Edgar A. Terry

Edgar Terry is president and CFO of his family company, Terry Farms Inc., which produces vegetable and strawberry crops on 1,800 acres at multiple sites in Ventura County. He is also a senior adjunct professor at CLU, where he teaches finance in the Bachelor’s Degree for Professionals and MBA programs. Terry graduated from CLU in 1981 and earned an MBA from the university in 1983.




Ronald C. Werft

A graduate of the University of California, San Diego, Werft holds a master’s degree in hospital and health care administration from the University of Minnesota. He worked at the St. Thomas Health District in London for a year and rose to associate director at the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic in Minneapolis, a 586-bed university teaching hospital. He joined Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in 1987 as executive vice president and chief operating officer and was promoted in 2000 to president and chief executive officer of the Cottage Health System. The three-hospital, not-for-profit system provides acute inpatient, outpatient, and emergency care to residents of Central Coast. Werft serves on the boards of United Way of Santa Barbara County, Santa Barbara Partners in Education, and Fighting Back. He is past chair of the California Hospital Association and the Hospital Association of Southern California, and serves on the board of Voluntary Hospitals of America West Coast. He and his wife, Mary, have three children.

Tom Vozzo

Thomas Vozzo, as a global business executive in the service, retail and distribution industries, has beenknown for innovative ideas and strong execution, constantly exceeding earnings targets even during challenging economic times. Recently, Vozzo left the private sector to take on the role of chief executive officer at the Los Angeles nonprofit Homeboy Industries, which was founded 25 years ago by Greg Boyle, a Jesuit priest. Using his experience in leadership, marketing and sales, Vozzo is working to guide Homeboy’s social service programs and eight social enterprises on a three-year strategic plan and to build a foundation for Homeboy to thrive for another 25 years. Prior to Homeboy, he served Aramark, a $13 billion dollar corporation, as president of the uniform and career apparel group and, later, executive vice president. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Delaware and a master’s in mathematical science/engineering from the Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of the advisory board for the Salvation Army’s Southern California division and has served on executive committees of a number of industry-related boards.

Deborah Sweeney

As CEO of MyCorporation Business Services Inc., Deborah Sweeney is an advocate for protecting personal and business assets for business owners and entrepreneurs. She has been involved in the formation of hundreds of thousands of businesses for’s customers. Sweeney, who received her J.D. & MBA degrees from Pepperdine University, is active in the community and loves working with students and aspiring entrepreneurs. She serves on the Board of Regents at California Lutheran University and is a founding member of Partners of Pepperdine. She has served as an adjunct professor at the University of West Los Angeles and San Fernando School of Law in the areas of corporate and intellectual property law. She is a regular contributor on Forbes, American Express, and Business Insider, among many other publications and blogs. And she enjoys spending free time with her husband and two sons.

Tor Sweeney

Tor Sweeney is the CEO of, an online clothing company. He founded the company in 1999 immediately after graduating from law school at Pepperdine University. His goal was to use his legal knowledge and business acumen to start a store that could sell clothing domestically and internationally. The thriving company has an exclusively online presence, and all clothing sold from the website is manufactured and shipped from the factory in the San Fernando Valley. Thanks to the flexibility he enjoys as a business owner, Sweeney also spends much of his time mananging a soccer club for his two sons.