Meet Our 2023 Pride Press Event Speakers

Ken Schmitt is the CEO and Founder of TurningPoint Executive search, podcast host and author of "The Practical Optimist". Living in Carlsbad, CA, Schmitt started his recruiting career in 1998, and launched TurningPoint in 2007, placing mid and senior level professionals in sales, marketing, operations, HR and C-Suite leadership positions. Schmitt and his firm co-Sponsored the 2023 Pride Grant and has served as a guest speaker and panelist for multiple organizations and academic institutions.

Annalisa Perea, is a successful businesswoman and Urban Planner, focusing on local environmental, economic, and community development in Fresno, California. Her work includes expanding park space, improving circulation flow, decreasing crime, and increasing affordable housing. Annalisa values constituent input, leads with boldness, and was elected as a Trustee for State Center Community College Board in 2018. Born and raised in Fresno, she advocates for safer neighborhoods, transparency, LGBTQ+ rights, and working families. She remains dedicated to the betterment of District One and the community city-wide.

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