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Welcome and Introductions
Michelle Decker

Opening remarks by Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) & Michelle Decker

  • Michelle Decker (President & CEO of Inland Empire Community Foundation)

    Michelle Decker

    President & CEO of Inland Empire Community Foundation
Speaker 1: Economic Overview
Dr. Johannes Moenius

The State of the Inland Empire Economy:
An updated study on the impacts of automation and data supporting our service-based economy needing to shift to one driven by innovation due to the recent challenges associated with COVID-19.

  • Dr. Johannes Moenius (Professor at The William R. and S. Sue Johnson endowed chair of spatial economic analysis and regional planning, University of Redlands, and Director, ISEA)

    Dr. Johannes Moenius

    Professor at The William R. and S. Sue Johnson endowed chair of spatial economic analysis and regional planning, University of Redlands, and Director, ISEA
Q&A (15 minutes)
PANEL 1: TALENT – Panel Discussion Moderated by Matt Horton, Milken Institute
Ann Marie SakrekoffJane OatesMike Bishop

This panel will feature a dynamic discussion on the talent and systems- change necessary in the region to activate an innovation economy, while growing educational attainment and developing resilient skill sets for talent pipelines.

Moderator: Matt Horton, Milken Institute

  • Ann Marie Sakrekoff (Senior Director of Growing Inland Achievement)

    Ann Marie Sakrekoff

    Senior Director of Growing Inland Achievement
  • Jane Oates (President at WorkingNation)

    Jane Oates

    President at WorkingNation
  • Mike Bishop (Senior Director of Career Services at California Baptist University)

    Mike Bishop

    Senior Director of Career Services at California Baptist University
Q&A (20 minutes)
Speaker 2: INNOVATION – Presentation
Fred Walti

Fred Walti, Co-Founder of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator/LACI & the current President & CEO of the Network for Global Innovation (NGIN) will share his work on developing ecosystems with a unique focus on activating innovation with the region.

  • Fred Walti (CEO of NGIN)

    Fred Walti

    CEO of NGIN
Q&A (20 min) & Special Promo Video (10 min)
SPEAKER 3: INNOVATION – Presentation
Dr. Jeannie G. Kim

Dr. Jeannie Kim of the Riverside Community College District will present her study on the Economic Development Network analysis and the need to galvanize efforts around innovation in the region.

  • Dr. Jeannie G. Kim (Associate Vice Chancellor, Grants & Economic Development at Riverside Community College District)

    Dr. Jeannie G. Kim

    Associate Vice Chancellor, Grants & Economic Development at Riverside Community College District
Q&A (20 minutes)
PANEL 2: PLACE – Panel Discussion Moderated by Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor, Orange County Business Council
Shaheen SadeghiRyan CortezRob Matthews

A focus on how places and spaces have changed and the accelerated pace our communities must reimagine retail, mixed use and other land use options with recent disruptions. What will the future of our cities and communities look like and how can we ensure the highest and best use of our existing areas?

Moderator: Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor, Orange County Business Council

  • Shaheen Sadeghi (Founder of LAB Holdings, LLC)

    Shaheen Sadeghi

    Founder of LAB Holdings, LLC
  • Ryan Cortez (Economic Development Coordinator at City of Corona)

    Ryan Cortez

    Economic Development Coordinator at City of Corona
  • Rob Matthews (Principal at Houseal Lavigne Associates)

    Rob Matthews

    Principal at Houseal Lavigne Associates
Q&A (10 minutes)
End & Closing Remarks
Michelle Decker
  • Michelle Decker (President & CEO of Inland Empire Community Foundation)

    Michelle Decker

    President & CEO of Inland Empire Community Foundation

    In April 2018, the Foundation hired Ms. Decker as our new President/CEO. Over the last 27 years Ms. Decker has held leadership positions in community economic development and has specialized in rebuilding or constructing nonprofit development organizations in both urban and rural communities. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Decker was the CEO of Rural Action a membership based community development corporation in Appalachian, Ohio, working to build a more just economy through leadership development, social enterprises and environmental restoration.

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