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  Dianne Gubin

Sometimes in the business world you meet a "Natural", a business person that loves it, that loves what they're doing.   That's Dianne Gubin.   With energy in abundance, enthusiasm and huge smile, Dianne is a natural connector, a networker extraordinaire.  


Dianne’s career includes over 20 years of B2B sales and account management with Fortune 500 corporations, government agencies, and fast-growth companies.   Her work includes selling staffing and consulting services across industries.  


Currently, Dianne works with Amplify Professional Services providing retained, direct hire and staff augmentation services for IT related projects.   Prior to this, Dianne was responsible for business development at a billion dollar staffing agency, as well as a project management company.  Earlier, she was the founder and president of Tech Exec Partners, an IT consulting services firm.


Dianne volunteers as Director of Amplify Roundtables, invitation only executive networking events for peer professionals from Fortune 1000 and fast growth companies.  Concurrently, she is the Founder and Director of C-Sweet, an organization for women in the C-Suite, including CEO, CFO, COO, CIO/CTO, Presidents, Vice-Presidents, founders and directors, as well as "Women Who Write Checks".  Dianne is the former founder and president of Women in Technology International, LA Chapter (WITI-LA).  


As a principal in Capital InVentures, as investment banking firm, Dianne actively works with institutional investors including Private Equity, Venture Capital, Family Offices, etc, as well as companies seeking debt / equity financing.

Dianne lives with her family and in the Los Angeles area where she enjoys hiking, the beaches and oh yes, more networking.


Jennifer Deege has been in sales operations, management and business development for over 15 years.  Jennie has extensive experience consulting clients building teams, and in devising sales, marketing and development strategies focused on rapid growth in both start up and large company environments.

Prior to taking her collective experience into the family office and consulting realm, Jennifer began her career in recruitment and executive search in the IT arena.  Her love of working with executive management teams in creating HR strategies, and project management advisement, as well as providing clients with the vital acquisition of human capital. 


Earlier, Jennie co-founded Cardagin, a technology start-up and leader in mobile loyalty marketing. Cardagin has been branded a market leader by The Financial Times, Inc. Magazine, and CNET, and named a finalist for Forbes’ “America’s Most Promising Companies.” 

Jennie grew up in the Buffalo area and is a graduate of Nazareth College of Rochester, in Rochester, NY.

Specialties: Human Capital, Mobile Solutions, Operations, Management, Technology, Start-up


  Michelle Elkins

Michelle is the Director of Enterprise Shares Services owning the Asset Management Portfolio, a shared services organization within Honeywell International.  In this role she provides overall leadership for implementation of global information technology (IT) projects.  Joining Honeywell in 1997, Michelle has held various IT positions with increasing responsibility in several Honeywell business units where she was responsible for operation of IT systems, new technology, infrastructure, application development, and support.

Michelle earned her degree in Business Management from Pepperdine University, Malibu, California.  She is ITIL and Greenbelt certified.

In addition to her work with Honeywell, Michelle sits on several boards, including California State University, Los Angeles – IT Advisory Board, Network of Women in Technology and Southern California Society of Information Management.

  Beth Hilbing       


Beth Hilbing is a versatile, experienced, successful executive with extensive experience in managing infrastructure and global client services for the entertainment, insurance, aerospace, and banking industries.

In her most recent role as senior consultant with Strategic Alliance Partner-Consultanting Division, Beth works with principals to broaden client offerings and key consultanting engagements. Prior to that Beth was director of Global Collaboration Services at Northrop Grumman Corporation (NG), Beth managed a team of 10 direct reports and a team of 90, focused on engineering and operations to support collaboration technology spanning domestic and international operations for NG. Prior experience includes managing teams up to 500 in size, budget responsibility of $120 million+, Project/Product Management, Mergers and Acquisitions, Vendor Management, Cloud, Mobile, Cyber Security, Global Client Service Structure and Support, Application Support, and Financial management. 

With a strong ability to clearly articulate how complex technologies improve business operations, Beth is a highly sought-after speaker at executive forums and technical conferences.   Her topics include organizational key strategy and leadership, collaboration technology, unified communications, cloud-based services, and mobility.

  Karina Klever

Karina Klever brings over 25 years of IT experience to Amplify. Ms. Klever’s specialty is identifying operational gaps in infrastructure organizations, and developing mitigating strategies to mature efficiencies not only in IT groups, but cross-departmentally. Ms. Klever guides organizations through necessary change and structures controls which provide growth opportunities.

Karina started her technology career as a computer operator/programmer, which has engrained an appreciation for technology capabilities and an understanding of how technology enables business objectives.  This experience was broadened when Karina moved onto project management where she deployed many infrastructure solutions. While project managing, Karina witnessed gaps outside of the project management scope that if addressed, would provide greater continuity for operations amongst departments – Which is how the Program Management portion of Karina's career started.

Karina integrates common-sense controls and processes which identify and address operational deficiencies, while aligning with maturity objectives. Companies that have benefited from Karina's “change agent” approach were in various industries such as banking, mortgage, eComm, retail, and biotech. Karina's experience with processes reengineering addresses core technology competencies, workload measurement/streamlining, financial controls, audit best-practices and establishing continual improvement. Ms. Klever’s understanding of Project Management methodologies either enhance established methodology at companies, or result in right-sized recommendations for companies that do not have methodologies in place.

Karina lives in Thousand Oaks, CA and has a B.S., in Management and an AA in Computer Programming.

Michele Lando

In 1994, Michele Lando co-founded Skilset Communications with the purpose of helping companies such as Akamai Technologies, Bosley Medical, Cisco Systems, Cedars-Sinai, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Forest Lawn, Kaiser Permanente, Metropolitan Water District, National Water and Power, Prudential, Wells Fargo and X-drive, to name a few, reach their full potential in developing their brand, communicating integrated messages, and effectively creating competitive advantage in the marketplace. 


Michele serves as a lead strategist on all accounts and looks for ways to enhance the perception of her clients in the marketplace, ways to align internal and external philosophies and messages to create strength in the brand through congruency and always looks at the full picture – meaning beyond marketing to sales revenue and how all efforts lead to a measurable return on the client’s investment.


Michele believes that treating clients as business partners brings a level of accountability and joy to the working relationship that is essential to creating the best outcomes for our clients.


Prior to launching Skilset Communications Inc., Michele was a highly successful sales strategist (among the top 2% of female earners nationally before age 28).  She developed and delivered a global marketing training program to thousands of worldwide sales associates for a fortune 500 firm. She has been and continues to be a well-received public speaker.


Recognizing a gap between sales implementation and marketing efforts, Michele used her sales and presentation knowledge to develop a training division at Skilset Communications. The training is customized to each client and takes various forms to ensure marketing expenditures are executed through the sales process to yield a return on investments.


Michele is a standing board advisor of the National Museum of Women’s History, as well as an active board member of Amplify Roundtable and Big Thinking Women. She grew up in LA, was educated at UCLA and continues to reside in Los Angeles today with her husband of 26 years.  They own what they fondly refer to as the original money pit, a vintage 1926 Spanish Revival home.  When they are REALLY relaxing they are travelling – favoring Portugal!



  Nikki HM Jackson

  Entrepreneur, Algorithmic Search Engine Optimization Expert, Inventor


Founder of Goldranking Website Marketing Agency, the leading Orange County SEO eCommerce and lead generating firm, Nikki HM Jackson, entrepreneur, has been involved with a wide variety of clients and projects from international charities to academic institutions to public companies notably Kiwanis International, Saddleback College, UC Irvine Extension, New Century Mortgage, The Brown Shoe Corporation and Cedars Sinai Hospital~Dept. of Neurology.

Jackson's experience as a technology expert, entrepreneur, and business owner led her to create and trademark a software technology system that helps businesses decrease their acquisition costs by at least 80% and increase their online advertising return on investment (ROI) by 60%.

Exceptionally hard working, Ms. Jackson carved out successes for her web marketing company increasing yearly sales and profits consistently since 1999. She has been certified through Google's Adwords Professional program and is certified through Microsoft's adExcellence programs.

Jackson has helped hundreds of Orange County business owners and executives by authoring and conducting monthly web marketing training classes and seminars for the Irvine Chamber of Commerce's 1,000+ company membership.

Nikki has been a guest speaker to numerous organizations including 200 businesswomen at WomenSage Re-Invent Yourself! founded by Jane Glenn Haas, NAWB (National Association Of Women Business Owners), and the Association Of Internet Professionals.

She has been interviewed on Business Talk Radio with Dianne Gubin and by Small Business Journalist Jan Norman of the Orange County Register.

In 2012 Ms. Jackson was honored as an Orange County Business Journal "Women In Business" Awards Nominee and an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of The Year Nominee.

Nikki has served on the Board of Directors for numerous non-profit organizations including as Executive Vice President for the Forum For Women Entrepreneurs representing the Los Angeles and Orange County areas and as Corporate Relations Director for the University of California Irvine Womens Opportunities Center where she additionally taught quarterly classes on "Starting and Marketing A Successful Website Business". She has also served on the Board of Advisors for the Orange Coast College Business Department, Costa Mesa California.

In 2007 Nikki was honored as an Irvine Chamber of Commerce Member Of The Year Nominee as well as serving the Chamber's constituency by volunteering on the Marketing Committee, Seminar Committee, and Technology Committee simultaneously.

In 2003 Nikki served as Public Relations Director on the Board of Directors of the World Organization of Webmasters, an organization for web professionals offering education, mentorship, online training, technical support, employment information, and Internet legal guidance.

Barbara Oberman

Barbara C. Oberman-Lippe brings over 25 years of experience to her clients.   As the founding member of Barbara C. Oberman Insurance Services, Inc.  Barbara has a vast background on the brokerage/consulting side, and the insurance carrier side.  Barbara has worked with regional and national consulting firms in Southern California and was responsible for establishing the benefits division for a large regional insurance brokerage to develop that area for the firm.  Prior to that, she started the group insurance division for Western Dental Plan, growing the business significantly.  Her expertise enables her to work with clients of all sizes to find unique, creative solutions. 

Barbara has published numerous articles on employee benefits topics including cost saving tips, employee wellness, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

She has been a speaker on employee benefit topics at the USC and UCLA Management Schools and was interviewed by NPR host Pat Morrison as well as by San Fernando Valley Business Journal on subjects relevant to the employee benefits industry.   Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act she has been a speaker on the health care reform for the CalCPA Society groups throughout Los Angeles, and other organizations, including the State Bar of California, San Fernando Valley Bar Association, 2014 CalCPA Tax Update and Planning Conference, and various local California CPA Society and community groups.

Barbara lives in Woodland Hills with her husband, Greg Lippe, and their two whippets, Logan and Gracie.  Barbara is passionate about foreign third-world travel. 


In Memoriam, and with gratitude, to our past Advisory Board member, George Wu:

  George Wu

George Wu is a Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and software architect who specializes in e-commerce, start-ups and turnarounds.   His 25+ year background in IT includes work with CAbi,, SAGE Software, LeisureLink and AOL.  George launched first products and global distribution gateways for Expedia, Travelocity, and  Additionally, he has managed dozens of successful new product launches and product updates for fast growth companies.  George earned a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.


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