Helen Pastorino of Pertria Selected to Speak at Leadership Conference for High School Students

Helen Pastorino, President and founder of Pertria, a real estate firm in Los Gatos, California, has been selected to speak at the 2012 Enterprise Leadership Conference sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Santa Clara, Saratoga, Sunnyvale and Campbell.

Designed to enhance the leadership skills of the outstanding high school students in attendance, this event follows a 25-year Rotary Club tradition. The participants learn the opportunities, benefits, and challenges of establishing a business of their own or providing services in free enterprise systems.

This event affords a rare opportunity for 60 specially-selected local high school juniors. During the conference, they will create virtual businesses and develop a deeper understanding about the major factors involved with owning a company, simultaneously developing networks for the future, as well as lifelong friends.

Thanks to a gracious invitation from Rotary Club of Santa Clara members and co-chairs of the conference, Steve Rainbolt and Miles Barber, Ms. Pastorino will open the conference discussing leadership, a topic with which she has extensive experience.

“I am very much looking forward to speaking at this conference for our excellent local high school students,” said Pastorino. “Today’s business world is uncertain and constantly changing, something I deal with on a day-to-day basis. These students are the future business leaders of tomorrow and I hope to impart on them some of the wisdom I have gained over my lengthy career in the real estate industry. I hope this speaking engagement with the Rotary Club will be a wonderful experience not only for the students, but for myself as well.”

At last year’s conference, Paula E. Pacheco, Chairperson of the Enterprise Leadership Conference, was asked by an attendee why the volunteers go to so much trouble putting on the event. She answered: “We, as elders, try to pass on wisdom learned to the next generation coming along. It is our hope that your journey might not then be as rocky as ours was. It is simply human nature to want better for the generations that follow us.”

This year’s Enterprise Leadership Conference will be held March 21st – 23rd, 2012 at the Asilomar Conference Grounds located in Pacific Grove, California.

For more information, please visit Rotary Club of Santa Clara.