Bay Area Council Blog: Events Archive

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Council Partners on Leading Tech Industry Conference

The Bay Area Council is partnering with TechCrunch on its biggest, most-anticipated event of the year. Disrupt SF 2018 will be held September 5-7 in San Francisco and you can expect the content on the main stage to represent emerging trends in the business of technology and bring the headlines of TechCrunch.com to life. Featured speakers include Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and Greylock Partner Reid Hoffman, among others. See the lineup>>

The Council will be hosting a workshop, Solving The Crisis – How Our Business Community is Addressing the Bay Area’s Regional Challenges,” on Thursday, Sept. 6 from 9:30am – 10:30am. Bay Area Council Economic Institute President Dr. Micah Weinberg will present on the Regional Economic Profile, which will be followed by a discussion with industry leaders moderated by Council CEO Jim Wunderman that will address regional policy challenges and the innovative solutions we are driving to solve them.

Disrupt SF 2018 will feature conversations with TechCrunch editors the top players in the startup and technology world. Guests will enjoy programming across four stages, interactive workshops, networking and companies featured in Startup Alley from all aspects of tech.

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Breakfast with Ravi Shankar Prasad

The California Business Roundtable, California Chamber of Commerce, Bay Area Council, DLA Piper, and The Westly Group, in partnership with NASSCOM, the industry association supporting the $154 billion IT industry in India, cordially invite you to an exclusive reception and presentation honoring the esteemed

Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad
Union Minister for Electronics & IT, Law & Justice
Government of India

Union Minister Prasad will join us to discuss his vision for a Digital India and long-term partnership opportunities with American and California-based companies looking to help the Government of India with its vision to bring better access to digital technology to its citizens.

Monday, August 27, 2018

DLA Piper
555 Mission Street, 24th Floor
San Francisco, CA

9:15-10:45 AM—Breakfast Reception & Presentation
For security purposes, please plan to arrive no later than 9:00AM

There is limited space for this exclusive event, so please RSVP at your earliest convenience to Cadee Condit at (209) 756-1202 or cadeepcondit@outlook.com.

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73rd Annual Dinner & Business Hall of Fame to Honor Business and Philanthropic Titans

Mark your calendar for the Bay Area Council’s signature celebration of the region’s top business, civic and community leadership. The 73rd Annual Dinner & Business Hall of Fame Awards presented by Alaska Airlines will honor phenomenal business and philanthropic titans with induction into the Bay Area Business Hall of Fame. Golden State Warriors owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber are the driving forces behind this NBA championship juggernaut. Under their leadership, the team is enjoying the most successful run in its history. Peter Magowan served for 16 seasons as the San Francisco Giants’ President and Managing General Partner and was instrumental in keeping the team rooted in the Bay Area and ensuring their continued success through the development of a world-class ballpark. Retail giant, The Magnin Family, is one of San Francisco’s most iconic and we’re thrilled to have Ellen Magnin Newman accept the honor on behalf of her family. Make your sponsorship reservation today!

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Modernizing The Master Plan: The Future of Higher Ed in California

On August 14, the Assembly Select Committee on the Master Plan for Higher Education in California, chaired by Assemblymember Berman (Palo Alto), will meet at the State Capitol to discuss higher education finance in California. The agenda can be viewed online.

The hearing will consist of two panels. The first panel will provide an overview of the budget process for community colleges, CSUs, and UCs, as well as discuss higher education finance challenges. Speakers on this panel will include the Legislative Analyst’s Office and Monica Lozano, President and CEO of College Futures Foundation.

The second panel will discuss California’s financial aid system. Speakers will include the Legislative Analyst’s Office, Lupita Cortez Alcalá, Executive Director of the California Student Aid Commission, and Robert Shireman, Senior Fellow with the Century Foundation.

In 1960, California developed a visionary plan for the future of higher education, known as the Master Plan. However, much has changed since 1960 – population growth, increased student diversity, a change in leading industries and their need for talent, as well as in the field of education itself. Technological advancements and the rise of new industries have altered student needs and boosted demand for higher education. As a result, our higher education system needs to respond to a host of issues never previously envisioned.

The Select Committee was established in March of last year to conduct a thorough review of the 1960 Master Plan. This hearing is the fifth of five planned hearings over the 2017-2018 Legislative Session and is the first step in a multi-year endeavor to ensure that the Master Plan reflects the needs of students in the 21st century economy.

For more information about the Select Committee for the Master Plan for Higher Education in California, as well as to watch previous hearings and view materials, please visit https://a24.asmdc.org/camasterplan.

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Workforce Engaged as a Partner in the Region

Bay Area Council’s Workforce of the Future has been active on all fronts, continuing to participate in regional events centered on workforce development and inclusivity. On Wednesday, July 11, the Council along with member organizations San Francisco State University, San Jose State University and Sutter Health attended United Airline’s uIMPACT event hosted by San Francisco International Airport.  The event focused on providing health and career development resources for women in the aviation industry, important aspects of growing equitable opportunity.

On Friday, July 13, representatives from the University of California, San Francisco presented to medical assistant students at City College of San Francisco, while Sutter Health followed on July 20. Both UCSF and Sutter offered resume and interview advice, while describing their respective workplaces. Furthering the work to build a more inclusive economy, Council staff described efforts to open more career pathways for veterans in the region at Deloitte’s Veteran Summit hosted by LinkedIn. For more information on the Workforce of the Future’s initiatives, please contact Linda Bidrossian, Senior Vice President, Public Policy.

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Da Mayor Honored for Lifetime of Civil Rights Leadership

Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown Jr. was awarded the NAACP’s Spingarn Medal on Wednesday, July 18 for his lifelong commitment to the community, equality and civil rights. President Bill Clinton presented Brown with the prestigious honor during the NAACP’s 109th Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas, which was also attended by San Francisco Mayor London Breed. Brown, Jr., two-term mayor of San Francisco, renowned speaker of the California Assembly, and often regarded as the most influential African-American politician of the late twentieth century, has been at the center of California politics, government and civic life for four decades. Today, he heads the Willie L. Brown, Jr. Institute on Politics and Public Service, where he shares his knowledge and skills with a new generation of California leaders. The Bay Area Council extends its warmest congratulations to our good friend Willie L. Brown Jr. on this richly deserved honor.

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Careers Take Flight at Working@SJC

Amid San Jose’s warm and sunny weather Tuesday afternoon, roughly 70 job seekers, educators, and talent trainers on Tuesday (July 17) attended Working@SJC at Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) – an aviation career fair the Bay Area Council co-hosted with Alaska Airlines and SJC. The event attracted a wide array of job seekers ranging from aviation students and recent-college graduates to adults looking for new opportunities to transfer their skills.

Employers in attendance included Alaska Airlines, McGee Air Services, SJC, TSA and airport concessionaries, providing job seekers with a taste of the wide variety of career opportunities available at the airport and across the aviation industry. Attendees also had the unique chance to hear remarks from aviation trailblazers such as Secretary Norman Y. Mineta (via a recorded video), Alaska Airlines Regional Vice President Marilyn Romano and SJC’s Assistant Director of Aviation Judy Ross among other representatives from British Airways, Hainan, LinkedIn, and the FAA.

Tuesday’s event continues the Workforce of the Future’s efforts to connect local talent, regional educators and employers together to build and strengthen sustainable career pathways. For more information on how to get involved with the Workforce of the Future’s initiatives, contact Senior Vice President, Policy, Linda Bidrossian.

What's Next for the Tri-Valley? Tri-Valley Rising Report Rollout Event

New Report: Tri-Valley Rising 2018

There’s a valley in the Bay Area that has been leading the region in job creation over the past 12 years, but it’s not the valley you might be thinking of. A new report the Bay Area Council Economic Institute released Wednesday (July 18) examines the economic juggernaut that is the Tri-Valley, an area encompassing the cities of Danville, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton and San Ramon. Bay Area Council CEO Jim Wunderman led a discussion at the release event in Pleasanton with a panel of the Tri-Valley’s business and community leaders.

This isn’t a story, however, about competition with the other valley just across the Bay. It’s a story about connections, the Tri-Valley’s continuing ascendance as a technology and innovation powerhouseand its place at a key intersection of the growing Bay Area megaregion. With a GDP of $42 billion, the Tri-Valley economy is larger than the states of Wyoming and Vermont. The Tri-Valley’s 35 percent increase in jobs since 2006 exceeds San Francisco (31 percent), Silicon Valley (19 percent) and California (8 percent).

The report, which was produced in partnership with Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group, analyzes the incredible jobs and economic growth in the Tri-Valley, the factors that are fueling it—including the most educated workforce in the Bay Area—and the challenges that it faces as the region’s housing and traffic crises worsen. The report also highlights the important role of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories in creating a rich ecosystem of investment, entrepreneurs and talent around which the local innovation economy is thriving. It also highlights how employers like Bishop Ranch, which has launched its own technology accelerator and is piloting autonomous shuttles, are leading the charge in embracing the valley’s growing technology sector.
The report also highlights the Tri-Valley’s key role as a job and population center for the Northern California megaregion, and it provides recommendations to ensure the future sustainability of megaregional growth, such as a focus on transit-oriented development and creating new clusters of innovation.

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STACEY ABRAMS TALKS WITH THE COUNCIL ON HER HISTORIC RUN FOR GEORGIA GOVERNOR

Stacey Abrams, whose historic run to become the first African American female governor in U.S history has captured national attention, was the featured guest this week at the Bay Area Council’s Gender Equity and Diversity Committee. Abrams is running to become governor of Georgia, where she served as the House Minority Leader, was the first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly, and was the first African American to lead in the House of Representatives. Abrams talked about her record of supporting legislation and policies that benefit working class families and promote strong reproductive healthcare. She also highlighted her goal of expanding Medicaid and promoting economic opportunity for all Georgians. Abrams in November will face the winner of a Republican primary runoff on July 24. The Council extends its thanks to member Greenberg Traurig for hosting our meeting.

The Gender Equity and Diversity Committee consists of Bay Area employers that are committed to advancing workplace cultures of equality within their companies and promoting more diverse leadership in corporate and political offices. To learn more about the committee, please contact Policy Director Emily Loper.

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KEVIN DURANT HELPS COUNCIL WELCOME ALASKA AIRLINES CEO BRAD TILDEN TO BAY AREA

It was a star power celebration Thursday as the Bay Area Council joined with member company Alaska Airlines to co-host a reception for Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden and his executive team to highlight the airline’s almost 40 years in the Bay Area. Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant also joined the festivities, sending ecstatic guests into selfie clamoring mode with the newly minted NBA Finals MVP. In a gorgeous setting atop of the Commonwealth Club’s rooftop deck at their newly built headquarters, more than 200 VIPs were treated to a lively and fun fireside chat with Tilden, Council CEO Jim Wunderman and Alaska Airlines President and COO Ben Minicucci. Tilden talked about the importance of community investment and growing a diverse workforce, and he highlighted the more than $1 million Alaska Airlines Group has contributed to almost 70 community organizations across the region in the past year.

Tilden has served as Chairman and CEO since 2012 and is a 25-year veteran of Alaska Air Group, the parent company of Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air and Virgin America. The combined airlines have over 20,000 employees, 285 aircraft and fly to more than 115 destinations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica. Under the leadership of Tilden and his team, Alaska Airlines is now the fifth largest airline in the U.S.

Durant wasn’t the only local sports celebrity in attendance donning a championship ring. San Francisco Giants CEO and Council Executive Committee member Larry Baer dropped by and brought his team’s three World Series Championship trophies.

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