McGeorge School of Law

Annual Belote Endowed Capital Lecture Explores Corporate Responsibility

January 17, 2019

From left: Mark Leonard, ’01, Matina Kolokotronis, ’89, Jessica Hubbard and Michael Hiltzik.

From left: Mark Leonard, ’01, Matina Kolokotronis, ’89, Jessica Hubbard and Michael Hiltzik.

The Annual McGeorge Mike Belote Endowed Capital Center Lecture was held Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 at the Sterling Hotel in Sacramento. The topic of the event was “Corporate Responsibility: Beyond the Bottom Line.”

Dean Michael Hunter Schwartz gave opening remarks and turned over the event to the moderator Michael Hiltzik (Los Angeles Times). The panelists were Matina Kolokotronis ’89 (Chief Operating Officer, Sacramento Kings), Jessica Hubbard (Corporate Responsibility and Philanthropy Consultant) and Mark Leonard ’01 (General Counsel Jelly Belly Candy). The event was live video streamed and is available to watch on the McGeorge YouTube channel

The Mike Belote Endowed Capital Center Lecture was made possible by a generous donation from Mike Belote '87, President of California Advocates, Inc. and longtime Pacific McGeorge alumni donor and volunteer. Mr. Belote's gift was matched by the University of the Pacific Powell Fund.

About the Moderator

Michael Hiltzik is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. His business column appears in print every Sunday. He has been a financial and technology writer and a foreign correspondent. Hiltzik is the author of six books, including “Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age” and “The New Deal: A Modern History.”

About the Panelists

  • Matina Kolokotronis (JD, ’89) is the Chief Operating Officer of the Sacramento Kings. A 22-year veteran of the NBA, she is the only female to hold the titles of both COO and president of business operations. Kolokotronis has also served as an adjunct professor of law at McGeorge, where she taught sports law. Beyond her work with the Kings, Kolokotronis is a dedicated mentor and advocate for numerous women’s advancement groups and nonprofits.
  • Jessica Hubbard is a corporate responsibility and philanthropy consultant with a background in the education sector. She specializes in strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, program design, and partnership development. Hubbard co-founded and led the CSR function at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt where she served as director of corporate social responsibility. She graduated from Harvard Business School, where she served as co-president of the school’s Social Enterprise Club.
  • Mark Leonard (JD, ’01) is general counsel at Jelly Belly Candy Company, where he is responsible for all company litigation and all legal matters related to intellectual property, e-commerce, licensing, marketing and international regulatory compliance, among many other areas. He is also vice-chair of the California Lawyers Association IP Section Legislation Interest Group. Leonard also volunteers with California Lawyers for the Arts, where he serves on the CLA Advisory Committee and presents annually on intellectual property issues for artists, graphic designers and gallery owners.