February INSPIRE: Women in Business – Leadership Roles


Date(s) - 02/08/2023
11:30 am - 1:00 pm


Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club
1601 Bayside Dr.
Corona Del Mar , Ca
February INSPIRE: Women in Business - Leadership Roles

Networking Luncheon + A 20-Minute Expert Presentation
Very limited space available.

Lisa Sparks
Endowed  Professor in Behavioral Sciences
Chapman University

First Republic Investment Management

Dr. Sparks serves as Endowed Professor in Behavioral Sciences in the School of Communication, of which she was the Founding Dean, with joint appointments in the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences and School of Pharmacy at Chapman University. She previously served as Department Chair and Director of Graduate Studies. Dr. Sparks is an internationally renowned teacher-scholar whose published work spans more than 150 research articles and book chapters and 13 books in the areas of health risk communication and aging and is cited as top ten most prolific authors in Health Communication. In addition, she holds post graduate certifications from Harvard University’s Institute for Management and Leadership in Education (MLE) program in the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to joining Chapman in 2006, Dr. Sparks occupied faculty positions at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and the University of Texas at San Antonio. Dr. Sparks has served in the following roles: International Research Fellow at Vriet Universitiet Amsterdam; Full Member of the Chao Family/NCI Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and Adjunct Professor of Public Health at the University of California, Irvine; Cancer Communication Research Fellow for the National Cancer Institute and External Scientific Reviewer for NIH; Consultant for U. S. House of Representatives; Principal Investigator (PI), Co-PI, and Consultant on various research grants; Editor, Guest Editor, and Reviewer of numerous academic journals and editorial boards. Dr. Sparks has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, ABC 7 News, KCAL 9 News, National Public Radio, Your World with Neil Cavuto-Fox News, Epoch Times-California Insider Show, KABC Talk Radio, and TED.

Dr. Sparks serves her community as President and Trustee of the Orange County Board of Education, elected in 2018 (56.8% of the vote with more than 80,000 votes) and re-elected in 2022 (65% of the vote with more than 100,000 votes) in South County Area 5 to promote and advocate for quality public school choice options in K12 Orange County school districts. In 2019, Dr. Sparks was recruited as a candidate to run for United States House of Representatives (CA-45) campaigning in a crowded field of 7 candidates without further advancement to the general election. In 2020, Dr. Sparks was awarded the Club for Growth Foundation Fellowship, Washington, D. C. The Club for Growth Foundation Fellowship Program equips civic leaders to effectively explain the relationship between a free society, economic liberty, and limited government.

Dr. Sparks’ achievements, leadership qualities, and strong commitment to advance the intersections of health communication and aging in the cancer care context and making a positive impact in her community are significant as evidenced by: a) the number of publications (over 150) most of which are peer-reviewed, and 13 books; b) the obtainment and effort to obtain competitive peer-reviewed research grants and contracts; c) the recognition of her scientific stature; d) her collaborations with the top national and international scientists in communication and related scientific fields such as public health, medicine, and gerontology; e) her teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students and junior faculty; and f) her demonstrated leadership, administrative, editorial, community service roles, and media appearances.