Orfalea to Speak Feb. 25 at LBA Conference

Philanthropist Paul Orfalea is the scheduled keynote speaker at the free ninth annual Latino Business Association Leadership Conference from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 25 at UC Santa Barbara’s West Campus Conference Center.

Orfaela, the founder of Kinko’s, will speak to students at the conference entitled “Millennials: Confident, Connected, Making a Difference.” The conference is open to all students.

The conference is sponsored by SCORE Santa Barbara and Wells Fargo Bank. Registration can be made on the Latino Business Association Facebook page.

The keynote speaker had dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Orfalea has said these problems were blessings and let him see the world in a different way.

This perspective led to the creation of Kinko’s, which began as one copy shop in 1970 and led to the operation  1,000 locations around the world and $2 billion in annual sales.

Now, Orfalea teaches at USC and Loyola University and discusses his business and life through writings, speeches, and college courses. With his philanthropy, he seeks make conditions better for the next generation of leaders and educators by promoting Whole Child Development.

Orfalea also is a key investor in Impact Hub Santa Barbara where he often mentors entrepreneurs.