Lynn Wallace Naylor is CEO of the Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group (ITV). She has supported ITV for several years as a board member, volunteer, and most recently as COO. Naylor has a passion for brand building and is dedicated to positioning the Tri-Valley region as The Heart of California Innovation. Through recent ITV efforts, the Tri-Valley has been heralded as an economic juggernaut in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Naylor has served in senior positions where she built brand strength through place making, effectively driving economic and social impact. She has held executive roles at The Presidio Trust, SONY’s Metreon, COSI – Center of Science & Industry, the Discover Columbus campaign, and the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association and Foundation. Her experience in the corporate, start-up, public-private, and philanthropic sectors demonstrates a track record of success in leading organizational growth and brand-building efforts.
Naylor most recently served as the executive director for World of Children, Inc., an international organization headquartered in Dublin, CA, which was named one of the Top 100 Influencers in Philanthropy in 2017. Naylor served as Executive Director for the organization for more than 10 years, presenting annual fund-raising events in New York and Los Angeles, and providing more than $9M in funding for more than 100 programs serving vulnerable children in 120 countries around the world.
Dale Eldridge Kaye recently retired as the inspirational Founder of the Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group. Kaye continues to serve as a Senior Consultant to the organization and is an invaluable advisor to the ITV organization. The California Assembly named her Women of the Year for establishing ITV as a business led organization that works with public partners to brand the Tri-Valley, help businesses move in and scale up and create a career ready workforce. Prior to that she was the CEO of the Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce. She created with the US Chamber an Innovation Forum, which has become an annual event to showcase the multitude of innovators in the Tri-Valley. This event became the seed for Innovation Tri-Valley, which has successfully fostered a more cohesive approach to business innovation across the Tri-Valley.
Prior to locating to the Tri-Valley, Eldridge Kaye was Vice President of Gold’N Hen Productions, a subsidiary of MSI Entertainment, which has offices in New York City and Los Angeles, California. Eldridge Kaye produced Replacing Dad, a movie for CBS, and has developed other projects for the CBS, TNT, NBC and ABC, as well as a feature for Paramount and several independent films.
Before joining Gold’N Hen in l994, Eldridge Kaye organized and managed Florida’s first Film Commission office in Los Angeles. That office, developed at the direction of Gov. Lawton Chiles, marketed the state of Florida as a film location.
Prior to relocating to Los Angeles in 1991, Eldridge Kaye was active in Florida state politics. She was a key player in many political campaigns where she did everything from media strategy to Presidential advance work. She rose through the ranks of Jacksonville City Government to become one of the youngest — and first female — division heads. She worked with three mayors and headed the City’s Public Relations Department. In that role, Eldridge Kaye helped to create the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, The Florida Film Festival in Jacksonville chaired by Burt Reynolds and the Jacksonville Film Commission. Under her leadership her staff was recognized repeatedly for its excellence in graphics, copywriting, videos and print and television ads. She was the recipient of a national award from PBS for the promotion of the Jacksonville Jazz Festival.
Julie Davis helped to kick-off Innovation Tri-Valley in 2011 and is the Director of Special Projects. Julie has worked in the non-profit sector most of her career including for the Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Ogden-Weber Chamber of Commerce. Her roles included marketing, economic development and working with government and city organizations to empower entrepreneurship.
Julie was born and raised in Northern California, and she now lives with her family in the Salt Lake City area. She currently works remotely out of her Salt Lake office but travels, as frequently as possible, to the main office in Pleasanton.
She feels passionately about the uniqueness of the Tri-Valley and is eager to help grow and promote the Innovation Ecosystem.
Jeanie Haigh has been involved in ITV since its inception. With a strong background in event planning, marketing, and entertainment, plus an interest in helping business thrive, she enjoys being able to meld the worlds together, planning events that bring some fun to business. She believes that adding a little craziness into your activities can help you be creative and innovative.
A resident of Livermore for over 30 years, Jeanie has established herself in the community. Besides working with ITV, she is Director of the Livermore Valley Film Commission, through the Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce. She also runs a charity, Good News Bears, an all-volunteer group that supplies “stuffed love” in the form of plush animals to medical, emergency, and social services. Everyone needs a hug sometimes!
Jeanie and her husband run a small consulting and software development company, Web Bearings, Inc., and enjoy working on that business from home with their “fur-baby” Cassi, a rescue dog that stole their hearts from the first moment she jumped in Jeanie’s lap!
The Tri-Valley region has many unique features and dichotomies, and Jeanie is a passionate proponent of the communities, the people, the businesses, and the heritage.