Our Special Guests

AMBITION welcomes inspirational leaders, thinkers and doers from all industries to speak to the students about what it takes to succeed. Learning first-hand from the current generation of entrepreneurs is the most powerful and direct educational experience the world can give to the future generation. Our special guests impart more than just invaluable business advice; each one has a unique story that makes them not only admirable, but more importantly, relatable. When the students are able to find common ground with such seemingly untouchable people, they become empowered.

Sir Richard Branson, Founder of The Virgin Group
“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and by falling over.”

Ali Brown, Founder & CEO of Ali International, LLC
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

Bobby DeLeon, Development Executive at Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil
“It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.”

Diana Derycz-Kessler, CEO of The Los Angeles Film School
“Change your thoughts and you can change your destiny.”

Jason Felts, CEO of The Virgin Group’s Virgin Produced
“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.”

Ray Garcia, Executive Chef at Fig Restaurant, LA
“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.”

Paula Golden, Executive Director at Broadcom Foundation & Director at Broadcom Corporation Community Affairs
“Pay attention the ‘ME’ in you and what you love doing as a kid; then educate yourself into an adult career path that gives you the opportunity to do it.”

Shane Hurlbut, Cinematographer and Co-Founder of Hurlbut Visuals
“There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity there would be no progress and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.”

John Maatta, COO at The CW Television Network
“You don’t have to be better than everybody else. You have to be better than you ever thought you could be.”

Rob Minkoff, Director of Mr. Peabody & Sherman, The Lion King
“The only limit to your impact is your imagination and commitment.”

Carter Reum, Co-founder of VeeV Spirits
“You create your own luck through preparation.”

Peter Samuelson, TV & Film Producer and Executive Producer, Founding Managing Director of the Media Institute for Social Change at the University of Southern California, Founder of EDARStarlight Starbright Children’s Foundation, Firststar
The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.”

Steve Schimmel, Entrepreneur, Founding business team member & 13th employee at Google
“You have to have a dream for it to come true.”

Glen Titan, Vice President, Investments at UBS
“Man does not only sell commodities, he sells himself and feels himself to be a commodity.”

Stephani Victor, Paralympic Gold Medalist, Alpine Skiing
“ The external world will attempt to define you. Don’t let them. You define you.”

Jane Wurwand, Founder & Owner of Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute
“Find the thing that will keep you up from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m.”