Top business and policy leaders gather at Milken Institute Summit - California on November 20

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Top business and policy leaders gather at Milken Institute Summit - California on November 20

LOS ANGELES – Hundreds of California's leading business executives and policymakers will gather Thursday, November 20 for the Milken Institute’s Summit - California. This invitation-only, full day of debate and problem-solving will take place at Santa Monica’s Fairmont Miramar Hotel. CEOs, investors, labor leaders, government officials, elected leaders and other experts will come together for presentations and discussion of the state's most pressing challenges and opportunities – including how to improve the state’s business climate, prepare the Californian workforce for tomorrow’s economy, deal with water scarcity, power the green economy and continue to blaze the trail of innovation.

Each year since 1999, the Institute has convened California's most influential leaders to solve the state's most crucial challenges. The California Summit is designed to generate solutions and forge partnerships that can lay the groundwork for policy and business changes that will lead to economic growth and allow investment in the state's long-term priorities.

Speakers include:

  • Nancy Aossey, President and CEO, International Medical Corps
  • Dennis Arriola, President and CEO, Southern California Gas Company
  • Rusty Bailey, Mayor, City of Riverside
  • Austin Beutner, Publisher and CEO, Los Angeles Times
  • Troy Carter, Founder and CEO, Atom Factory
  • Joseph Castro, President, California State University, Fresno
  • Kevin de Leon, President Pro Tempore, California State Senate
  • Gil Elbaz, Founder and CEO, Factual
  • Wendy Garen, President and CEO, Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
  • Michael Genest, Founder and Chairman, Capital Matrix Consulting
  • Diane Harkey, Member-Elect, Board of Equalization, Fourth District
  • Antonia Hernandez, President and CEO, California Community Foundation
  • Robert Hertzberg, Senator-Elect, California State Senate
  • Debby Hopkins, Chief Innovation Officer, Citi; CEO, Citi Ventures
  • Maria Klawe, President, Harvey Mudd College
  • Felicia Marcus, Board Chair, State Water Resources Control Board
  • Andrew McAllister, Commissioner, California Energy Commission
  • Mike Milken, Chairman, Milken Institute
  • Jody Miller, Founder and CEO, Business Talent Group
  • Scott Minerd, Chairman of Investments and Global Chief Investment Officer, Guggenheim Partners
  • Karen Ross, Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture
  • Darrell Steinberg, Senator, California State Senate
  • Antonio Villaraigosa, Senior Advisor, Banc of California; Former Mayor of Los Angeles
  • Sharon Vosmek, CEO, Astia
  • Betty Yee, Member, State Board of Equalization, First District; Controller-Elect, State of California

Among the panels and discussions:

  • Bettering California’s Business Climate
  • The Water Challenge: Doing More with Less
  • Training the 21st Century Workforce
  • Energy: Powering the Green Economy

Visit the Institute’s site for the full list of speakers and agenda details.

The Summit is hosted by the Institute’s California Center, which produces independent research and maximizes the impact of its findings by convening influential stakeholders from the worlds of business, finance, policy and philanthropy.

Note to media: Credentialed members of the press wishing to cover the Milken Institute 2014 Summit – California may request an invitation:

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Published April 8, 2019