Dominican University featured a number of the region’s business leaders during a breakfast event titled “North Bay Executives Share and Discuss 2012 Leadership Action Plans” last Wednesday.

It was the sixth “Business Edge” event since March, sponsored by the school’s Institute for Leadership Studies. Speakers included Mike Cohill, president of Sutter Health – West Bay; Russ Colombo, president and CEO of Bank of Marin; Matthew Hymel, Marin County administrator; Pat Kendall, medical group administrator at Kaiser Permanente; and Mark Wood, vice president of human resources and corporate affairs at BioMarin Pharmaceutical.

Cynthia Murray, president and CEO of the North Bay Leadership Council, moderated the event and asked participants to share how they cultivated leaders during a time when corporate structures were becoming more horizontal.

“Management is about doing things right. Leadership is about doing the right thing,” said Mr. Colombo. “The difficult thing is taking people out of the management mindset.”

Many speakers said that cultivating leaders organically was important, allowing them to develop skills through hands-on experience versus a more formal education approach.

“We’ve been blessed to have very little turnover. ... What a great opportunity to cultivate leaders. We hire people with ambition … then we get out of people’s way,” said Mr. Hymel.

Archived audio from the event is available at

(This article has been corrected to reflect the proper moderator of the event.)***

Travis Credit Union in Vacaville has begun a series of free seminars, with the goal of increasing financial literacy.

 The first seminar, “Organizing Your Financial Records,” will be held on Tuesday. The second, “First-time Homebuyers” will be held Jan. 21. Both will be held at the institution’s community room at One Travis Way in Vacaville.

Call 707-449-400 to reserve a seat.***

The North Coast Chapter of SCORE, a business advising group affiliated with the U.S. Small Business Administration, will be holding a series of Rohnert Park seminars for prospective business owners titled “A B Cs of Business Start-Ups.”

The sessions, which begin on Jan. 21 and run through February, are targeted towards “potential small business owners and entrepreneurs” who wish to vet their ideas or learn how to set up and fund a new business, according to the SBA.

Spread across five sessions, the seminars will each last three hours and focus on start-up basics, writing a business plan, marketing, financial projections and funding sources.

Each session will be held the Sonoma Mountain Business Cluster, 1300 Valley House Drive, in Rohnert Park. Price is $125 for five sessions and $30 for individual sessions. Registration information is available at items for this column to Business Journal Staff Writer Eric Gneckow, 707-521-4259 or eric.gneckow@busjrnl,com.