CALI Strong Chairman, Jennifer Echeverria, accepted into prestigious Stanford Graduate School of Business Entrepreneur Leaders Program SLELP3

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CALI Strong Chairman, Jennifer Echeverria, accepted into prestigious Stanford Graduate School of Business Entrepreneur Leaders Program SLELP3
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Jennifer Echeverria takes part in the third cohort of the prestigious Stanford Latino Entrepreneur Leaders Program (SLELP3) in Palo Alto, California.

Jennifer Echeverria takes part in the third cohort of the prestigious Stanford Latino Entrepreneur Leaders Program (SLELP3) in Palo Alto, California.

CALI Strong, The California Sports Company, is pleased to announce that the company’s founder and Chairman, Jennifer Echeverria, has been selected to take part in the third cohort of the prestigious Stanford Latino Entrepreneur Leaders Program (SLELP3) in Palo Alto, California.

Jennifer Echeverria will engage in the highly immersive six-week program that provides business owners with education, enhanced networking, personal mentorship, and better understanding in accessing capital resources to grow their businesses.

“I feel honored and blessed to have been part of such a program. It is an incredible opportunity to unify Hispanic businesses and resources to make the community a better one,” explains CALI Strong founder and Chairman, Jennifer Echeverria. “I have already forged some great friendships and business alliances. We will help each other build our brands. The entire program is based on an exciting concept. I look forward to being one of the success stories highlighted in the program. That’s my goal.”

Stanford Professors Hayagreeva "Huggy" Rao and Robert Sutton: How Do You Scale Excellence?

Stanford Professors Hayagreeva "Huggy" Rao and Robert Sutton: How Do You Scale Excellence?

Only 77 entrepreneurs from across the United States out of hundreds of applicants were chosen to take part in the exclusive six-week curriculum. Stanford Graduate School of Business professors and the Latino Business Action Network (LBAN) jointly developed the program.

Manuel Oblitas (Co-Visual Net Design), Jim Stroessor (CEO CALI Strong), Jennifer Echeverria (Chairman CALI Strong) and Juan Carlos (President Business Development Icon Apparel Group LLC) alumni from the same graduating class of the Stanford GSB #SLELP3 Cohort

Manuel Oblitas (Co-Visual Net Design), Jim Stroessor (CEO CALI Strong), Jennifer Echeverria (Chairman CALI Strong) and Juan Carlos (President Business Development Icon Apparel Group LLC) alumni from the same graduating class of the Stanford GSB #SLELP3 Cohort

The Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative (SLEI) is a Stanford University research initiative housed within Stanford Graduate School of Business. SLEI explores and expands our nation’s knowledge of the Latino entrepreneurship segment in our economy through research, knowledge dissemination, and facilitated collaboration.

Separate of Stanford University, The Latino Business Action Network is a nonprofit entrepreneurship organization based in Palo Alto, California. Their goal is to strengthen the United States by improving the lives of Latinos through entrepreneurship education and a nationwide support network. LBAN does this by empowering Latino communities in the U.S. to substantially grow firms that create jobs, develop leaders, and spawn the next generation of Latino companies. LBAN’s goal is to increase two-fold the number of large Latino-owned businesses by 2020. Learn more about LBAN’s programs at LatinoEI.org.

Phil Pompa (Executive Director Latino Business Action Network) and Stanford Professor Jerry Porras (co-author of the international business bestseller Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies) presenting at the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative

Phil Pompa (Executive Director Latino Business Action Network) and Stanford Professor Jerry Porras (co-author of the international business bestseller Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies) presenting at the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative

SLELP3 centers on a six-week online course on scaling businesses, “Scaling for Excellence Through Innovation,” created by the vision ofStanford professors Huggy Rao and Bob Sutton. The customized unique curriculum includes videos of successful Latino entrepreneurs, mentorship pairing, weekly live webinars, and connections to capital resources.

SLELP3 was created to guide growing companies in avoiding the pitfalls of scaling their business. It provides start-up executives & founders with valuable concepts and frameworks, enhanced access to capital, personal mentoring from successful entrepreneurs and investors, and a better understanding of the capital resources necessary to grow their businesses, create jobs, and build a stronger economy. Participants were chosen based on their drive, work ethic, and ambition to help develop communities across the United States.

Participants of the third cohort of the Stanford Latino Entrepreneur Leaders Program (SLELP3):

Class Photo Of Stanford Latino Entrepreneur Leaders Program (SLELP3)

Class Photo Of Stanford Latino Entrepreneur Leaders Program (SLELP3)

About the Author: Jim Stroesser

Jim Stroesser has amassed 38 years of experience in global consumer branding across the sports, fashion, and entertainment industries. Starting his career as a tech rep, he ascended to CEO roles with some of the world's leading brands. As the Co-Founder and CEO of CALI Strong Inc., a direct-to-consumer sports brand based in San Diego, CA, Jim has led the company in producing premium apparel, footwear, equipment, and accessories.

His tenure as Owner/Partner at Converse is particularly noteworthy. Jim was pivotal in reviving the brand from bankruptcy in 2001, elevating its value from $120 million to $285 million, and playing a crucial role in its $305 million sale to Nike in 2003, marking one of the century's significant mergers and acquisitions.

Beyond Converse, Jim has held senior management positions at renowned companies such as Nike, Quiksilver, Oakley, LA Gear, Pony, and Adio. He is also actively involved in several boards of directors positions, including SDSI, led by Chairman Bill Walton, which focuses on mentoring companies and assisting in capital raising efforts.

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