Attracting and Retaining the Best and Brightest Talent for California
Thursday, October 13, 2011 / 3:20 pm - 4:20 pm


Ross DeVol, Chief Research Officer, Milken Institute

Susan Kennedy, Senior Policy Advisor, Alston & Bird LLP; Chief of Staff to former Gov. Schwarzenegger
Gwynne Shotwell, President, SpaceX
Patrick Soon-Shiong, Founder, NantWorks; Chairman, Chan Soon-Shiong Institute for Advanced Health
Peter Taylor, Chief Financial Officer, University of California

Innovation can't happen without knowledge workers. They're the prize asset in an increasingly digital world. For years, California's economy reaped the benefits as top students flocked to its renowned research universities and stayed to create startup companies or join firms like Google, Intel, Amgen or Northrop Grumman. But talent both abroad and at home is more mobile than ever before. While California holds its own against other states in its ability to lure well-educated workers with specialized skills, competition is fierce. How can California gain a bigger edge? What are the specific strategies that will help us attract and keep the cream of the crop? And how can we do a better job of developing homegrown talent?