Posted by Frank Woods on Mar 06, 2024
On Tuesday, February 27, 2024, 50 community business leaders met with 65 juniors from Folsom High School and Vista Del Lago High School at the 29th Annual Dave West Partnerships for Tomorrow Youth Leadership Conference held at Lakeside Church. This conference unites high school students with business and community leaders representing the City of Folsom to discuss leadership skills and ethical choices in the work place, in schools, and in the local and global community.
Students and business leaders meet over continental breakfast.
Group discussion between students, mentors, and business leader.
The format of the conference is similar to a business conference. The day started with registration and a continental breakfast.  At the first general session, Toby Magarian, Rotary Club of Folsom, welcomed business leaders and students. The flag salute followed led by a member of the Folsom High School Interact Club.  Toby gave instructions to participants and introduced the discussion group leaders.  In addition to Discussion Group Leaders from the business community, each group had a Facilitator-in-Training, Class of 2024.  Each discussion group consisted of 6 or 7 business leaders from the community and 8 or 9 students.
The first group discussion session was Elements of Business Etiquette and Traits of a Leader and the second session was Leadership Skills.  Session 1 focused on the importance of business etiquette for a successful impression when meeting new employers, business leaders, and new friends.  Traits of a good leader were also discussed.  Session 2 focused on the traits of a good leader and how to help people make sound business and ethical decisions.  Also discussed in the session was the Rotary 4-Way Test.  The students were asked to be prepared during lunch to introduce themselves and what they planned to do after high school.  Two or three students also had to be prepared to present what the students had learned.
The second general session had everyone back together for lunch and the group presentations.  Toby Magarian announced each team when it was their turn to present.

Student Presentation

After the presentations, the students participated in a Professional Networking Session.  The goal of this final session was for student leaders to have informal time to network and ask questions of professionals in an area of business or vocation that they may be interested in pursuing.  There were nine groups such as finance/accounting, medical, and technology.


The Keynote Speaker was Kelly Brothers. He is a wealth management financial advisor and partner with CAPTRUST and is responsible for providing investment advisory services to high-net-worth individuals and families. He also serves as a frequent contributor to KCRA-TV and News Radio KFBK, helping viewers make sense of global markets and their financial planning.


Closing Comments were made by Toby Magarian.

The Discussion Group Facilitators were:

  • Vicki Bencken - Digital Communications Director, UC Davis Health System
  • Adrian Blanco - Business Owner Adrian Blanco Jewelry
  • Dan Dreher - Business Owner FLB Entertainment/Wally's Pizza
  • Dr. Bob Hoffman - Optometrist, Robert Hoffman and Lianne Inouye Optometrists
  • Matt Sundermier - Mortgage Broker Blue Waters Mortgage & RE Group
  • Ryan Jantzen - Senior Financial Advisor, Pacific Investment Advisors
  • Dr. Shaina DiMariano - Dentist & Proprietor, DiMariano Family Dentistry & Orthodontic
  • Scott Moore - Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
For more photos of the Leadership Conference, go to 29th Annual Partners for Tomorrow on our website under Photo Albums.