Bay Area Council Blog: Events Archive


Celebrating the Year of the Pig

Join the Bay Area Council for its 9th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration on February 13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco as we usher in the Year of the Pig. This premier networking event will commemorate the achievements of 2018 – including the opening of our Beijing office – as we forge exciting new opportunities ahead. The Council’s sub-national relationships with our district offices located in the Yangpu District of Shanghai, Yuhang District of Hangzhou, and Gulou District of Nanjing continue to expand bilateral trade and investment activity between the Bay Area and China. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities or to register, please contact Global Marketing Coordinator Karina Salomatina.


Hall of Fame Honors Business, Civic & Philanthropic Leadership

A star-studded audience of more than 700 celebrated business, civic and philanthropic leadership on Thursday at the Bay Area Council’s 73rd Annual Dinner and Business Hall of Fame event presented by Kaiser Permanente and Alaska Airlines. Council Chair and Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson and Council CEO Jim Wunderman opened the evening with remarks reflecting on the tragedy of devastating fires sweeping across the state and highlighting the incredible response from many companies working to contribute money and resources to aid those affected. The gathering included CEOs and executives from many of the region’s leading companies, along with top elected leaders including state Controller Betty Yee, state Treasurer-elect Fiona Ma, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Assemblymember Rob Bonta and mayors from a number of cities, among many others.

The night was highlighted by the induction of the 2018 class of the Bay Area Business Hall of Fame, including Golden State Warriors owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, former Safeway CEO and San Francisco Giants President and General Manager Peter Magowan and the Magnin Family represented by Ellen Magnin Newman. Lacob and Guber transformed the Warriors in a short time from a perennial loser to a world champion while dramatically elevating the team’s community and philanthropic work. Magowan led Safeway through a turbulent time in the grocery industry before joining the Giants and building the team into what would become a world champion that also led in the areas of raising awareness about breast cancer, AIDs and community violence. The Magnin family was a women’s luxury clothing, retail pioneer behind the brands of I. Magnin and Joseph Magnin. The entire Magnin family, including notably Cyril Magnin and children Ellen, Donald and Jerry, also made immeasurable civic and philanthropic contributions over many decades that continue to benefit San Francisco and the region even today.

We’ll share videos and photos of the event in the coming days.

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Bay Area – Germany Dialogue on Smart Manufacturing / Industry 4.0

From November 7 – 9, the Bay Area hosts a German delegation of Smart Manufacturing / Industry 4.0 leaders, including the recipient of the Frost & Sullivan Manufacturing Leader of the Year 2017 Award. The program is organized by EIT Digital and the German American Business Association in California as part of the “Year of German-American Friendship” and includes events on November 7 and 8 that are open for BAC members as well as visits to Bay Area manufacturing sites.  Learn more and register here>>

November 8 at 4 pm, Industrie 4.0 Conference at SAP Palo Alto: REGISTER

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Don’t miss the business leadership event of the year! Tables are going quickly – and tickets are now on sale - for our 73rd Annual Dinner & Business Hall of Fame Awards presented by Alaska Airlines and Kaiser Permanente. The event will be held on Thursday, November 15 from 5:00-8:30pm at The Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. See your formal invitation below.

We’re thrilled to honor incredible business and philanthropic leaders 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. Magowan also served as CEO of Safeway, was an active member of the Council’s Executive Committee and Chaired the Council’s Transportation Committee. The Magnin Family was a pioneer in the women’s retail luxury clothing industry and has left a lasting imprint on San Francisco through their incredible community and philanthropic contributions. We’re thrilled to have Ellen Magnin Newman accept the honor on behalf of her family.

Become a sponsor>>

Purchase individual tickets>>

For additional information regarding sponsorship opportunities, please email Virginia Drake or call (415) 946-8716.


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 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.

Secure your spot today>>

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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


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


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.