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A Conversation with Dr. Howard Shapiro, Former Chief Agricultural Officer, Mars Inc.

Dr. Howard Shapiro is the Former Chief Agricultural Officer at Mars Inc. He has been a university professor, Fulbright Scholar, Ford Foundation Fellow, and has won the National Endowment for the Humanities Award. He leads the Multi-Disciplinary Research Unit - a collaborative effort between Mars, UC Davis and The University of Nottingham - and serves on the external advisory board of UC Davis' Agricultural Sustainability Institute as well. Dr. Shapiro has been involved with sustainable agricultural and agroforestry systems, pattern recognition, plant breeding, molecular biology and genetics for over 40 years, releasing hundreds of cultivars into the public domain. He has worked with indigenous communities, NGO’s, governmental agencies and the private sector around the world.


A Conversation with Arti Parikh-Patel, The Program Director of the California Cancer Reporting and Epidemiologic Surveillance (CalCARES) Program in the Institute for Population Health Improvement

Dr. Arti Parikh-Patel, PhD, MPH has over 20 years of experience working as an epidemiologist in various government, non-profit, and academic settings. She is the Program Director of the California Cancer Reporting and Epidemiologic Surveillance (CalCARES) Program in the Institute for Population Health Improvement. Her research focuses on evaluating race/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in cancer diagnosis, treatment and survival. Additional interests include using cancer registry and other population-based data sources to inform public health policy and quality improvement in cancer care.


A Conversation with Barry Broome, President & CEO of the Greater Sacramento Economic Council

Barry Broome serves as the first President and CEO of the Greater Sacramento Economic Council. The organization is the catalyst for innovative growth strategies in the Capital Region of California. Barry is responsible for leading community-driven efforts to attract, grow, and scale new businesses; develop advanced industries; and guide new job-creation strategies throughout a six-county region. In his role, he has established the first public/private partnership economic development organization led by Chief Executive Officers in the State of California. The organization is led by 43 CEOs and 20 communities in the Greater Sacramento region.


A Conversation with Jamie Casap, Chief Education Evangelist at Google

Jaime Casap is the Global Education Evangelist at Google, Inc. He works with educational organizations around the world, helping them find ways to continuously improve the quality of education by utilizing and enabling technology capabilities. Jaime is a member of the Google for Education Team and works across other Google teams, including, Google Fiber, the Google Policy Team, the YouTube Team, and the Google Capital Team. In addition to his role at Google, Jaime serves on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Science Foundation, New Global Citizens, Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, and serves as an advisor to dozens of organizations focused on education and access, including South by Southwest EDU (SXSWedu,) the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and is a council member of the GSV Advisors.

Ed Feitzinger is the former Vice President of Global Logistics at Amazon. He is a former CEO of UTi Worldwide, one of the largest supply chain-management companies. At Amazon, Ed manages inbound international logistics from sellers and vendors into Amazon's fulfillment networks, the development of global listing capabilities to enable sellers to create listings easily in all Amazon marketplaces, exporting of shipments from Amazon fulfillment centers to customers around the world, and domestic fulfillment operations in Australia, Brazil, China, Egypt, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates.

Martin Kenney is a distinguished Professor in Community and Regional Development at UC Davis; a Senior Project Director at the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy; and Senior Fellow at the Research Institute for the Finnish Economy. He has been a visiting scholar at the Copenhagen Business School, Cambridge, Hitotsubashi, Kobe, Stanford, and Tokyo Universities. Kenney’s scholarly interests are in the dynamics of entrepreneurial high-technology regions, university-industry technology transfer, the development of the venture capital industry, and the impacts of new technologies on industrial structures and labor relations.


David Lubarsky, M.D., M.B.A., is the vice chancellor of human health sciences and chief executive officer for UC Davis Health, which is a major contributor to the health and economy of the Sacramento region with 14,000 employees, 1,000 students, 1,000 faculty members, an annual operating budget of $3 billion and approximately 1 million outpatient visits each year. He oversees UC Davis Health’s financial structure and its academic, research and clinical programs, including the School of Medicine, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, the 1,000-member physician practice group, the community network, and UC Davis Medical Center, a 625-bed Level l Trauma hospital consistently ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report and Becker’s. Dr. Lubarsky was appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom to the statewide governor’s Alzheimer’s Disease Task Force and is proud of UC Davis Health’s nation-leading Alzheimer’s research program, ranked 14th nationally in Alzheimer’s research funding. A committed academic physician, he is a UC Davis professor of anesthesiology, nursing and business, and is on the faculty of the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. Previously, Dr. Lubarsky was chief medical officer and systems integration officer at the University of Miami Health System, pioneering the current integrated structure as the first CEO of the system’s 1,100-physician practice. He’s one of the top 100 published anesthesiologists in America.


Jaime S. Fall is Director of UpSkill America at the Aspen Institute, an employer-led movement to expand opportunity for America’s workers and to help our economy and communities thrive by promoting training and advancement practices to help workers progress in their careers and move into better-paying jobs. Jaime has worked in the field of workforce development for nearly 25 years. Previously, Jaime served as Vice President for Talent Sustainability for the HR Policy Association and its nonprofit foundation. Jaime’s government service includes serving as Deputy Secretary, Employment and Workforce Development, for the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency. As a Senate-confirmed leader in the Schwarzenegger Administration, Jaime provided policy and guidance to California’s $11 billion workforce system and the nearly 9,000 employees that made up the entities within the agency. Previously, Jaime spent more than a decade in Washington, DC, working at the US Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration; the National Association of State Workforce Agencies; Fall Communications, a workforce development-focused marketing and website development company founded by him and his wife; and on Capitol Hill.
A Conversation on Gig Work and Remote/Digital Labor with Mary L Gray: Senior Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, Author of "Ghost Work"
Mary L Gray is a Fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research. She maintains a faculty position in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering with affiliations in Anthropology, Gender Studies and the Media School, at Indiana University. Dr. Gray’s research looks at how automation, technology access, material conditions, and everyday uses of media and technologies transform people’s lives. She chairs the Microsoft Research Ethics Review Program - the only federally-registered review board of its kind in Tech - and is recognized as a leading expert in the emerging field of AI and ethics. Her research has been covered by popular press venues, including The Guardian, El Pais, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Nature, The Economist, Harvard Business Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Forbes Magazine. Dr. Gray’s recent book, Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass, written with computer scientist Siddharth Suri, is an expose of the invisible human workforce that powers the web.

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