Seminar Presenters

Pam Cysner
Pam Cysner is an advisor in UCLA SOLE (Student Organizations, Leadership & Engagement), Trainer for UCLA’s Intergroup Relations Group, Program Coordinator at Eastlake Juvenile Hall, Anti Defamation League National Trainer and Mentor for the Alternatives to Violence Youth Program. Pam has been working as a trainer, mentor, advisor, advocate for children, youth, and social justice for over 20 years and is a committed ally to Westside Special Olympics and values the myriad of opportunities she has to work with and learn from the talented participants in all her programs.
Lloyd Wilkey
Lloyd is a sought after Speaker, Consultant and Advocate, who has worked with community-based organizations, school districts, government, law enforcement agencies, business interests, youth and families forging alliances and pushing for progress. He is a recognized Leader, Mentor, and Coach, as well as co-founder for the Alternatives to Violence Youth Project: KEEP IT REAL and Director of Youth Mentors Incorporated. Lloyd is an experienced Trainer, Facilitator and organizer who possesses an ability to help participants grapple with tough issues and reach for practical, equitable solutions. Lloyd is a valued Adjunct Faculty Member of the Simon Wiesenthal Center-Museum of Tolerance and a national Trainer for the Anti-Defamation League.
Steve Yu
Steve received his bachelors and M.B.A. from UCLA and now serves as the CFO and Assistant Dean at the UCLA School of Law. Throughout his experience, Steve learned that many of the skills necessary to “level up” is not taught in school. He has 20+ year experience with public speaking, networking, mentoring, and many other leadership traits. Steve is a former president of Bruin Toastmasters, a public speaking group here at UCLA, and former 3x Westside Alumni president. On his free time, Steve enjoys running, snowboarding and surfing.
Nikita Gupta
Nikita is currently the Guidance, Resilience, Integrity, and Transformation (GRIT) program director and also serves as Bruin Resource Center's assistant director. She is a health and wellness educator on campus with the focus on developing and teaching programs that promote whole-person wellness, empowerment and success. Moreover, she has been a resilience expert, trainer, consultant, speaker, and well-known educator for 10+ years.
David Mangold
David is a UCLA alum and Spring 2013 with a degree in Business Economics. He has served on many executive boards during his time at UCLA, including his fraternity and offices in USAC, and was a former BLP Student Facilitation Team member as well. He also worked at an accounting firm for during his college career. A visionary entrepreneur, David has gone on to start multiple businesses right out of college. He has a lot of experience in dealing with different groups of people in different situations. Specifically, David is a two time founder of companies, Koala Tea and Cliqqit. He also the founder and former president of Bruin Mentors and Bruin Entrepreneurs. He has been a presenter in the past and was ranked top 5 best presenters during the seminar series. He was also the first seminar presenter to be currently enrolled at UCLA as a undergraduate student. He loves educating others and is a life long learner as well.
Kris Kaupalolo
Kris serves as the program director of BRUIN LEADERS PROJECT and is the assistant director of the SOLE office. He also serves the campus community by being the voice for others when they need to be heard. He is a triple threat studying political science and biology with a minor in music during his undergraduate career. He currently is working towards his Ph.D. He loves to hang out with friends and engage in meaningful conversations in his freetime!
Thomas Griffin
Thomas griffin is an Ombudsperson at UCLA. A successful mediator and freelance writer. He has worked in various legal, media, and dispute resolution capacities and has a passion for helping people and organizations grow through positive and negative conflict. After quadruple majoring with honors at the university of Colorado, Thomas Earned his J.D. and Master of Dispute Resolution degrees from Pepperdine University. When he’s not at work, Thomas enjoys snowboarding, silent films, and walks on the beach.