California Economic Summit

The 2022 California Economic Summit is coming to Bakersfield on October 27-28. See you there!

The Summit’s bipartisan network of business, equity, environmental and civic organizations is unique in championing solutions that meet the triple bottom line — balancing equity, environmental sustainability and economic growth.

Registration for the 2022 Summit registration is now open! Both in-person and virtual attendance options are available. Early bird rates end September 6.

Click on Register Here to visit the 2022 Summit event website to view the agenda, the growing list of speakers, activities available to attendees and more. 

THE EVENT

Produced by California Forward in partnership with the California Stewardship Network, the Summit influences CA FWD’s ongoing movement to make the government and economy work for everyone. The two-day Summit is designed to create a shared economic agenda known as the Roadmap to Shared Prosperity and strengthen the Summit network, setting the stage for collective action in 2023.

October 27, 2022

Interactive in-person plenary and work group sessions to advance Summit goals — along with receptions, regional tours and artistic performances

October 28, 2022

Dynamic plenary sessions featuring keynote speakers, state policy leaders, regional business and civic leaders on critical issues facing California

2022 California Steward Leader Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2022 California Steward Leader Awards which will be presented at this year’s California Economic Summit to individuals who have contributed significantly to aligning public, private and civic sector leaders toward advancing the triple bottom line by promoting economic, social and environmental progress.

Complete a short form to nominate Californians whom you think deserve this recognition and join us at the Summit on October 27-28 when the winners will be on stage to receive their award. Submissions are due by October 7.

WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN US

There is no more critical moment to recommit to collaboration and to find different ways to address our most pressing challenges. Shaping California’s future to ensure families, communities and future generations have the opportunity to achieve the California Dream is what we’re all about.

Watch our recap video from the 2021 California Economic Summit:

ABOUT THE SUMMIT

The California Economic Summit, produced by California Forward (CA FWD) and members of its California Stewardship Network, is built upon the principle that regional approaches to economic problem solving are critical to ensuring all Californians, regardless of zip code, have the opportunity to claim their California Dream.

The Summit’s priorities are directly responsive to and scaled to meet the challenges of today. Focusing on a set of specific proposals and positions where collaboratively we can make the biggest impact, the Summit develops triple-bottom-line solutions that balance racial and geographic equity, environmental sustainability and economic growth. From expanding homeownership and empowering resilient and productive landscapes, to bridging the digital divide and providing meaningful career pathways, the Summit is the only event of its kind where leaders across all sectors, industries and regions can come together to propel solution-oriented bipartisan collaboration to move the state forward.

The Summit influences CA FWD’s ongoing movement to improve government and create inclusive, sustainable growth. The event has been held in cities across the state with the goal of representing the diversity and assets of California’s regions.

You can read stories from the 2021 Summit here.

2022 Summit Regional Host Committee

Nick Ambrosini, Valley Strong Credit Union
Nick Ortiz, Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce
Connie Perez-Andreesen, National Vice President United Farm Workers
Mary Barlow, Kern County Superintendent of Schools
Greg Bielli, Tejon Ranch Company
Raji Brar, Countryside Corportation
Dana Brennan, Grimmway Farms
Andres Chavez, National Chavez Center
Camila Chavez, Dolores Huerta Foundation
Sonya Christian, Kern County Community District
Aaron Falk, Kern Community Foundation
Karen Goh, City of Bakersfield
Andrae Gonzelez, City of Bakersfield
Jennifer Haley, Kern Oil Refining
Brian Holt, IBEW
Ariana Joven, The Wonderful Company
Harveen Kaur, Jakara Movement
Ken Keller, Bakersfield Memorial Hospital – Dignity Health
Shawn Kerns, California Resources Corportation
Todd Lindner, Mojave Air & Space Port
Leticia Perez, Kern County Board of Supervisors
Mari Pérez-Dowling, United Way of Kern County
Zack Scrivner, Kern County Board of Supervisors
John Spaulding, KIM Central Labor Council
Scott Thayer, Castle & Cooke, Inc.
Amy Thelen, Bitwise
Jeremy Tobias, Community Action Partnership of Kern County
Lynette Zelezny, California State University, Bakersfield

Sponsorship Opportunities 

We’d love to partner, learn here how your organization can contribute to this vital effort.

2022 Roadmap to Shared Prosperity

The 2022 Roadmap to Shared Prosperity is based on the input of hundreds of participants at the 2021 Summit, our partners in the California Stewardship Network, and members of the CA FWD Young Leaders Advisory Council.

The Roadmap combines the best thinking and strategies from across the state and highlights key action areas in 2022 including strengthening education from cradle to career, stewarding productive and resilient landscapes, bridging the digital divide, expanding home ownership, investing in small businesses owned by people of color, and more.