California Economic Summit

Registration for the 2021 California Economic Summit will open on September 1. This year, the Summit will celebrate 10 years of collective action when we come together in Monterey on November 9-10. 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.


Produced by California Forward and its 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 2022.

Pre-Summit Activities

The 2021 Summit will include a number of regional activities, tours, and a reception on November 8.

Tuesday, November 9

Interactive plenary and work group sessions to advance Summit goals — plus our 10th anniversary celebration reception with remarks and artistic performances — will take place on Day One.

Wednesday, November 10

Dynamic plenary sessions featuring keynote speakers, state policy leaders, regional business and civic leaders on critical issues facing California take place on Day Two.


This 2021 Roadmap to Shared Prosperity outlines the priorities for the coming year as identified by our many partners in the California Economic Summit network and participants in the 2020 Summit.

The Roadmap highlights key action areas in 2021 including strengthening education from cradle to career, stewarding productive and resilient landscapes, bridging the digital divide, expanding home ownership, planning regional inclusive economies, investing in small businesses owned by people of color, advancing manufacturing, and increasing community investments.

2020 California Economic Summit Highlights

The 2020 California Economic Summit capped off a challenging year, one that both spotlighted growing disparities and also motivated the Summit network to put equity and inclusion at the heart of its work. When the Summit this year shifted its annual gathering online, the virtual setting didn’t slow down the drive to highlight solutions being built in California’s diverse regions.

Watch our highlight video that captures the spirit of the 2020 Summit:

Blog: Summit Day One Focuses on Equitable, Resilient Recovery

The first day of the 2020 Summit presented new CA Dream Index data tool and shared regional voices collaborating on problems magnified by the pandemic

Blog: Commitments To Inclusion Powered Day Two Of 2020 Summit

Governor Newsom joined the Summit in conversation about pandemic preparation and recovery, housing and more


Our 2021 California Economic Summit speaker line-up is coming soon!

Last year, Governor Gavin Newsom and former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta headlined an impressive list of speakers at the 2020 Summit, which also include Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins; City of Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs; Manuel Pastor, distinguished professor, Sociology and American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California; and members of CA FWD’s Young Leaders Advisory Council, among other local, regional and state leaders.