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2018-19 Adviser Forum West has ended
Welcome to Los Angeles, and to 2018 Forum West!
**Reminders: Please bring a notebook and pen to every session, and wear your CAC name badge at all times**

Dear CAC family,
Welcome to my home state of California and our Adviser Forum West! We are thrilled to have you here in the City of Angels and are grateful to our host chapter, the awesome USC Corps! Fight on!

Our theme this year goes to the heart of CAC’s mission -- Advancing Opportunity. The goal over the next few days is to recommit ourselves to advancing opportunity in various ways. We hope you will discover best practices from your peers, engage with the research, reflect on your journey and what may lie ahead by interacting with the alumni panel and industry workshops, and be inspired by our guest speakers whose stories capture in powerful ways the journey to advancing opportunity.

On behalf of our national team and Board of Directors, we are grateful for the work that each of you — 716 advisers serving 210,000 students in 16 states across the country — do every day. We continue to build a national movement at a critical time in our nation’s history. Let us commit to ensuring every student hears those four key words, “I believe in you” and, together, we advance opportunity.

It is an honor to serve with you!

Yours,
Nicole Hurd
Founder and CEO
College Advising Corps
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Helen Lin

Panda Cares/Express
Vice President of Decentralized Learning & Development
As a member of the Human Resources team, Helen Lin spearheads the Decentralized Learning and Development Team.  Helen began her career at Panda Express immediately after college in 1994 as Assistant Manager in Arizona. She understands first hand the importance of continuous learning and development. Helen is proud to be part of an organization that puts its people first and is firmly committed to caring for Panda Restaurant Group’s family of associates, so they in turn can deliver food with passion, service with heart and ambiance with pride. 

As Vice President of Decentralized Learning & Development, she helps train, inspire and develop associates at every level to help them achieve their goals both personally and professionally.  Helen began her career in Operations and continued her growth journey to Vice President of Operations prior to recently transferring to be part of the learning team. In addition, she also served four years in the Marketing Department leading the Field Marketing Teams to help build the brand.  Panda is truly a place to grow, to learn, to give and to expand knowledge.  

Helen earned a Bachelor of Science in Business majoring in Entrepreneurship, graduating magna cum laude from University of Arizona.