The Human Capital Factor: Our Greatest Asset - San Diego, California

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 1:00pm



The San Diego North Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Institute for a Competitive Workforce to host a community forum to discuss real and relevant education and workforce topics and explore how the San Diego community of educators, academics, business leaders, and parents can work together to create and compete for the high-quality jobs and careers of today, and of tomorrow.

The local event will take part in two sessions. The first segment will consist of a keynote address, two moderated panel discussions addressing various workforce topics, and break-out sessions. Panelists will include leaders from government, education, workforce development and the business sectors. The second segment will include a private screening of the movie Won't Back Down, the story of a single mother’s challenge to create meaningful change in her child’s school.

Event Details:

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

  • Business Forum: 1:00pm-5:00pm

  • Exhibitor Fair/Reception: 5:00pm-5:30pm 

  • Community Forum: 5:30pm-8:30pm


  • Rancho Bernardo Inn
    17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive
    San Diego, CA 92128


Please Note: If you would like to attend both events please register for each event, separately



Business Forum

Networking and Check-in



San Diego North Chamber of Commerce


Introductory Remarks


Keynote Speaker

  • Craig Cheslog, Principal Advisor to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education


Panel #1 & Audience Q&A

"The Future of Career Prep for K-12: The Governor's Education Budget Proposal"

Panelists include:

  • Steve Pinning, Senior Director, San Diego County Office of Education, Regional Occupation Program

  • Lisa Berlanga, Executive Director, Up4Ed

  • Kevin Thompson, Director of the EC Energy Career Pathway/Oceanside Unified School District


  • Gary Warth, Education Reporter, San Diego Union Tribune




Panel #2 & Audience Q&A

"Improving the Business-Education Connection: Skills NOW - Jobs NOW"

Panelists include:

  • Van Ton-Quinlivan, Vice Chancellor, Workforce and Economic Development of California’s Community Colleges/ "Doing What Matters"

  • Alice Parenti, Vice President of Admissions, Ashford

  • Neal Nordstrom, COO, PureForge

  • Judith Yates, Senior Vice President/COO, Hospital Association of San Diego & Imperial Counties


  • Mark Nanzer, Adult Programs Team Director, San Diego Workforce Partnership


Breakout Groups


  • Greg Newhouse, Director of the Advanced Transportation Technology and Energy Center (ATTE)/Associate Dean, San Diego Miramar College

  • Mollie Smith, Director of Occupational and Noncredit
    Programs, Palomar College


Community Event

Networking, Registration, and Exhibitor Fair 




Movie ScreeningWon't Back Down 


Panel Discussion

  • Michael Hadland, District Director, Office of Assemblymember Rocky Chavez

  • David Lopez, New Site Development, Teach For America

  • Randy Okamura, Director External Affairs, AT&T

  • Bernie Rhinerson, Chief of Staff to the Superintendent, San
    Diego Unified School District

  • Jennifer Walters, Superintendent of Schools Escondido Union School District


  • Will Carless, Education Writer, Voice of San Diego


Program Close


This event is part of ICW's 'Breaking the Monopoly of Mediocrity' tour.