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California State University, Fresno CFO Debbie Adishian-Astone on Learning to Be Strategic, to Persevere, and to Collaborate

Debbie Adishian-Astone serves as Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer for California State University, Fresno, in Fresno, California. This week on the show, Adishian-Astone joins Megan Strand for a conversation on purposefully slowing down, appreciating the small moments, and checking in as campuses navigate the pandemic, as well as learning to appreciate all levels of leadership, including that coming from upcoming CBOs.

"Be ready for those opportunities. Be ready for someone to tap you on the shoulder and consider an opportunity you may not think you’re ready for," says Adishian-Astone. She believes that it’s important to mentor successors so they’re leaving capable people behind to fill in their shoes. Collaboration is key, and that holds true between mentors and mentees. She says anyone looking to be a CBO needs "to be ready and to have the confidence to lean in and know that you will have that support and that mentorship and encouragement from other leaders because we want to see you succeed and we want to help you succeed."

Join us for a conversation with Debbie Adishian-Astone as she takes us through her career working with a variety of leaders at California State University, Fresno as she helped through leadership transitions with her focus on serving.



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Senior Director, Leadership Development


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