Positive People Speaker Series

The MJC Positive People Speaker series invites local success stories to come and share stories of inspiration and motivation.  Each of our speakers have endured a life journey that has been filled with challenges they have had to overcome as they pursued their dream.  This is a FREE event for all.  Appropriate for children 12 and older.

2020-2021 Positive Speaker Series

Dr. Amelia Herrera

Positive People Series 

Please join us on March 4th, at 6:00 p.m., for our next engaging Positive People Guest Speaker, Dr. Amelia Herrera. During the last fourteen years of her teaching career at Davis High School, Dr. Herrera has been privileged to learn from a globally, diverse population of students. These students have shared priceless lessons about violence, war, peace, humanity, and most importantly -- unconditional love.

Dr. Herrera believes that students who are most in need of care, deserve a quality education with the most thoughtful, philosophical, and loving guidance of caring teachers. She has strived to become this role model for students.

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Michael Jackson

Positive People Series 

Please join us for an inspirational session on how students can persevere in the face of adversity and accomplish their goals. This session is led by one of our very own: Modesto Junior College DSPS/Veterans Counselor and Veterans Service Coordinator, Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson is a student-centered, servant-leader dedicated to educating and empowering students to achieve their life goals. His commitment to student success and equity is demonstrated through the art and science of counseling. Michael has dedicated his career to providing strength based and solution-focused counseling services. It is his endeavor to provide support to students who are considered high risk or disproportionately impacted on community college campuses. Despite obstacles he may have faced, Michael earned his bachelor’s degree in Social Science with a concentration in Psychology, Sociology and Organizational Leadership. He went on to earn his master’s degree in Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy and a post graduate certificate in Higher Education Leadership for Student Success.

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Monica Vergara

Positive People Series 

Please join us on November 5th at 6 pm to hear Monica's empowering story. Monica was born in Venezuela and now resides in Modesto. Monica is the Marketing and Community Relations Manager for La Perla Tapatia and the Managing Partner at Sam and Dave's Market. Monica is an asset to our community as she sits on the Board as Treasurer for Central Valley Hispanic Foundation and a Board Member for the Hughson Chamber of Commerce. Monica's hard work has been recognized in our community in recent years as the 2017 Central Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year and the 2020 Outstanding Women by the Stanislaus County Commission for Women. 

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Positive People Series

Please join us for this virtual event to hear Karlha's motivational and inspiring story. Karlha currently serves as the Director of Alumni Engagement at CSU, Stanislaus. Karlha Davies will be sharing her story as a first-generation college student and the adversities that she experienced along the way. Karlha has an impressive 25+ year career in public relations, fundraising and community engagement in the sectors of non-profit, education, government, and private business.

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2019-2020 Positive Speaker Series




2018-2019 Positive Speaker Series


Juan Arroyo Presentation Part One: Click Here 

Juan Arroyo Presentation Part Two: Click Here 


John Griffin Part One Click Here

John Griffin Part Two Click Here

John Griffin Part Three Click Here


Adreena Alkhas Part One Click Here 

Adreena Alkhas Part Two Click Here 

Adreena Alkhas Part Three Click Here


Sam Pierstorff Part One Click Here 

Sam Pierstorff Part Two Click Here 

Sam Pierstorff Part Three Click Here

Sam Pierstorff Part Four Click Here 

2017-2018 Positive Speaker Series





2016-2017 Positive Speaker Series


Joanna Murillo Beaver Part One Click Here

Joanna Murillo Beaver Part Two Click Here

Joanna Murillo Beaver Part Three Click Here


John Ervin Presentation Part One Click Here

John Ervin Presentation Part Two Click Here

John Ervin Presentation Part Three Click Here



Tamara Mena Presentation Part One: Click Here

Tamara Mena Presentation Part Two: Click Here 

Tamara Mena Presentation Part Three: Click Here