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California Policy Summit – El Segundo

November 30, 2017

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The California Policy Summit connects the business community with policymakers, industry leaders, and subject matter experts for an engaging conversation around policy issues that impact California’s communities and economic growth. As the sixth largest economy in the world, policy decisions at the state level have both local and global impact. The CalAsian Chamber recognizes that inclusive and informed policy dialogue allows for greater understanding and coordination across many industries, as well as new opportunities for fostering collaboration and driving innovative solutions in an increasingly global economy.

PANEL 1: “Immigration and Millennials: The Future of California’s Economy”

This panel will discuss the impact of immigration policy on California’s workforce and economy and how local leadership has been shaping the national dialogue. Immigration policy is a social justice concern as well as a key component of economic development. Businesses of all sizes face uncertainty around the future of the workforce and how to remain in compliance with immigration policy. As the makeup of California’s workforce sees an increasing share of millennials, this is also an opportunity for the community’s younger voices to join and shape the conversation.

Introduction: Bill Imada, Chairman and CCO, IW Group, Inc.

Moderator: Alton Wang, Assistant Director, AAPI data

Panelist: Tom Wong, Associate Professor of Political Science, UCSD

Panelist: Anthony Ng, Policy Advocate for Immigrant Rights, Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Panelist: Sara Itucas, Solutions Consultant Manager, TriNet

Panelist: Kenya Lopez, Student and DACA recipient, CSU Northridge

PANEL 2: “California’s Leadership on Climate Change: Green Business is Smart Business”

California’s leadership on climate change, especially given recent actions at the federal level, reflects a widespread acknowledgment by local leadership that much is needed to protect local communities and economic growth. The impacts of climate change disproportionately hit minority and poor communities the hardest. Turning to innovative climate change solutions is not only good for the environment – it is also a smart business strategy. This panel aims to foster a conversation around emerging business opportunities in the green economy, foreign and domestic investment and innovation trends in this space, and how their cumulative impact drives sustainable economic growth.

Moderator: Nicholas Bryner, Emmett/Frankel Fellow in Environmental Law and Policy, UCLA School of Law

Panelist: Fan Dai, Special Advisor to Governor Edmund G. Brown

Panelist: Michael Smith, International Trade Manager, World Trade Center Los Angeles

Panelist: Tetyana Kletskova, Investor Chair, Cleantech Open




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