MBEP is hosting the third annual Regional Economic Summit at the Cocoanut Grove in Santa Cruz on May 4, 2017!


MBEP Announces Full Agenda and Recipients of Public-Private Partnership Award for 3rd Annual Regional Economic Summit

Marina, CA (April 18, 2017) The Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (MBEP) is hosting its 3rd Annual Regional Economic Summit at the Cocoanut Grove in Santa Cruz on May 4, 2017. The Summit will cover important topics that answer questions about the future of our workforce in the Monterey Bay region. Speakers include Dr. Chris Thornberg, Founding Partner at Beacon Economics, Dr. Steve Packer, CEO of Montage Health, Jackie Cruz, VP of Advancement and Development at Hartnell College, and Ed Durkee, CEO of Goodwill Central Coast.

Morning sessions. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Chris Thornberg, Founding Partner at Beacon Economics, will provide insights into local, state and national economic trends. Dr. Thornberg will be followed by panels and audience Q&A that will put a spotlight on jobs as the backbone of our economy.

Public-Private Partnership Award.  MBEP is proud to award this year’s Public-Private Partnership Award to the City of Scotts Valley and 1440 Multiversity for working together to create a wonderful new resource in our region. 1440 Multiversity is a new learning center that offers teachable skills for better living. This project demonstrates a significant contribution to the well-being of our region by creating local jobs, and providing an important and innovative new resource for residents and visitors alike, to spend the weekend or week enjoying workshops that take place in an immersive, peaceful, and natural setting in the beautiful redwoods of Scotts Valley.

Scott Kriens, 1440’s Co-Founder, said, “On behalf of 1440 Multiversity we are grateful to MBEP for this recognition. We have had a great relationship with the City of Scotts Valley from the first days we began discussions over four years ago, and it has been a partnership that has grown stronger ever since.” Scott is the Chairman and former CEO of Juniper Networks, who with his wife, Joanie Kriens, started the 1440 Foundation in 2010 to cultivate the belief that to be in meaningful and authentic relationships is a life skill that can be learned. Today the Multiversity fulfills a vision of offering professional development, personal growth, and health and wellness, through a wide array of programs in an immersive setting where world-class teachers and lifelong learners can thrive together. The name of the 1440 Foundation comes from Joanie. While spending time in her garden one morning, fully present and struck by the beauty of that moment, she thought of the gift we are all given—1440 minutes in each day to live more mindful, connected, and compassionate lives

Roundtable discussions. After lunch participants will join a Roundtable Discussion of their choosing to delve more deeply into topics related to the morning’s panels. These discussions will be facilitated by subject matter experts to brainstorm solutions.

Marketplace. During the morning registration, breaks and the closing wine reception, attendees can visit the Marketplace, where community organizations will be sharing projects aligned with MBEP’s mission.

Reception with Monterey Bay Winemakers. At the close of the event, attendees will be treated to a wine-tasting reception with regionally crafted wines from WildEye, Testarossa, and Pelican Ranch. Martinelli’s will also provide non­alcoholic sparkling cider.

Tickets and Sponsors.  Due to limited seating, this event will sell out in advance. MBEP would like to thank our sponsors: South Swell Ventures, Ow Family Properties, Dignity Health, The City of Gonzales, Kaiser Permanente, CSU Monterey Bay, UC Santa Cruz, The City of Salinas, PAMF, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, The City of Santa Cruz, Plantronics, Looker, Bay Federal Credit Union, Driscoll’s, PP&Co, Voler Strategic Advisors, Goodwill, Marich Confectionery, and the Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA). For registration and sponsorship information, please visit our web page.

A complete list of session topics, moderators and speakers is included in the agenda below.

MBEP’S  3rd Annual Regional Economic Summit

Spotlight: Jobs

                 May 4, 2017 – Cocoanut Grove, Santa Cruz

8:00 – 8:30     Registration and Networking, Breakfast Buffet 

8:30 – 8:45     Welcome and Introductions 

8:45 – 9:45     Keynote: Dr. Chris Thornberg, PhD, Founding Partner, Beacon Economics –           Regional, State and National Economic Forecast

9:45 – 10:45    Session 1:  Quality Jobs Fuel the Economy 
High-quality jobs are the backbone of our economy, enabling residents to afford the high cost of living in the Monterey Bay region, and providing a tax base for much-needed infrastructure investment. Who is having success and what have they found to be the keys to creating new high-paying jobs? How do we create more of them?

Moderator:  Bud Colligan, Co-Chair, MBEP

·       Steve Packer, CEO, Montage Health (CHOMP)

·       Kate Terrell, Senior VP & Chief Human Resources Officer, Driscoll’s

·       Jessica Gonzales, Co-Founder and CTO, Heavy Connect

·       Heidi Schriefer, VP People and Places, Looker

10:45 – 11:15  Break

11:15 – 12:15  Session 2:  Movin’ Up: Career Building to Better Jobs 
We have a large workforce earning relatively low wages. How can we work together to move people into higher wage jobs? How do we create opportunities for upskilling, education, career laddering, and career training to help people achieve higher incomes and more meaningful employment?

Moderator:  Kate Roberts, President, MBEP

·       Ed Durkee, CEO, Goodwill Central Coast

·       Reyna Navarrete, Personnel & Recruitment Manager, Tanimura & Antle

·       Sabra Reyes, Human Resources Director, Seaside Company

·       Jackie Cruz, Vice President of Advancement & Development, Hartnell College

12:15 – 12:30  Public-Private Partnership Award 

12:30 – 1:30    Lunch

1:30 – 2:45      Roundtable Discussions (relating to Session 1)

1.     The Role of Employers in the Housing Crunch – Matt Huerta, Housing Program Manager, MBEP

2.     Getting to Critical Mass – Creating the AgTech Ecosystem – John Hartnett, CEO, SVG Partners

3.     Staying in the Monterey Bay – Heather Putnam, Executive Director, Santa Cruz Works

4.     The Hiring Challenge: Finding Local Mid and Upper Management Talent – Marguerite Kunze, VP Talent Management & Organization Development, Plantronics

5.     Commercializing University Intellectual Property – Mohamed Abousalem, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research, Industry Alliances, and Tech Commercialization, UC Santa Cruz

1:30 – 2:45      Roundtable Discussions (relating to Session 2)

1.     Mini Credentials and Badges for Building Skills – Jacob Martinez, Executive Director, Digital  NEST

2.     How to Hire, Retain and Inspire Youth – Ken Whiting, President, Whiting’s Food Concessions

3.     Getting Job Ready!:  Career Coach & Internships – Larae Lindsey, Community Engagement Coordinator, The Bright Futures Education Partnership

4.     Show Me the Money! Helping Small Businesses Thrive – Griselda Gil Solis, Loan Manager, Opportunity Fund

5.     Farmworker Career Laddering – Juan Gonzalez, Operations Manager, Lakeside Organics

2:45 – 3:15      Break

3:15 – 4:00      Breakout Sessions Report Out

4:00 – 4:15      Wrap-up and Next Steps

4:15 – 5:30      Wine Tasting with Local Winemakers – Networking Reception

About MBEP: The Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (MBEP) is a regional nonprofit, membership organization consisting of public, private and civic entities located throughout the counties of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz. MBEP’s mission is to improve the economic health and quality of life in the region.


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