2014 Speakers

"Innovators, upstarts and mythmakers: the deep origins
of Silicon Valley"

Paul SaffoPaul Saffo
Consulting Associate Professor,
School of Engineering,
Stanford University

Nov. 4, 2014
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Dr. Saffo is a forecaster with more than two decades of experience in helping corporate and government clients understand and respond to the dynamics of large-scale change.

He poses the question: Why does Silicon Valley produce one revolution after another? Conventional wisdom credits big visions, great management and a history of success. Conventional wisdom is wrong Dr. Saffo says. Silicon Valley’s unique edge is built on the rubble of failure, poor management and a crucial third ingredient that leads us to innovate relentlessly against the odds. That crucial element is inextricably tied to the history of Monterey Bay.

• News Release: 'Future Monterey Bay' focus of speaker series

• Video: What is a futurist?, An interview with Paul Saffo
 


Mary Jo Waits

"Leveraging Universities in Regional Economic Development"

Mary Jo Waits
Director, Economic, Human Services & Workforce Division of the National Governors Association

Mary Jo Waits was one of the most thought-provoking speakers at the recent Fort Ord Reuse Authority Colloquium, held Dec. 12-13, 2013, at CSU Monterey Bay. She returned to CSUMB March 4 to expand on her ideas on how to leverage university research to enhance economic development.

One of the clearest messages that emerged from the colloquium was the need to move beyond jurisdictional battles and take a comprehensive look at what makes economic and environmental sense for the area. During her March 4 visit, Ms. Waits continued the productive discussion begun at the FORA Colloquium.

 

 


David Kennedy

"Gangs, Guns and Growth: Finding Alternatives to Violence"

David Kennedy
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Former director, Boston Gun Project

David Kennedy spoke at CSUMB on March 28. He is director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and former director of the Boston Gun Project. The Boston Gun Project's Operation Ceasefire was credited with sharply reducing the youth homicide rate in Boston.

A self-taught criminologist, he has devoted his career to reducing gang- and drug-related violence. He has been profiled by 60 Minutes and the New Yorker, and has been decorated by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. 

 

 


Jeff Edmondson

“Collective Impact: A New Way of Doing Business to Improve Educational Outcomes”

Jeff Edmondson
Managing director, Strive Together

Edmondson served as executive director of The Strive Partnership in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. On April 9, he shared lessons learned in that partnership in his talk at CSUMB.

Strive Together is a national initiative that brings together leaders from pre-kindergarten through higher education, business, community organizations, government, parents and others who are committed to helping children succeed from cradle to career.

Those lessons are currently being applied across the country. The program identifies specific goals, comes up with a common way to measure those goals, and does so by using a rigorous set of data that can be shared with everyone. Each community sets its own priorities for improving education for students "from cradle to career."

A Cradle to Career Partnership has recently been established in Monterey County.

 


About the series

CSU Monterey Bay plays an important role in regional, cultural and economic development. The President’s Speaker Series advances that effort. Built around the theme of “Flourish Monterey County,” the 2014 series brought speakers to campus to address issues of concern to the community we serve.

The President's Speaker Series is in keeping with Cal State Monterey Bay‘s role as a community resource, providing forums for thoughtful and provocative discussions that can impact thought and action on issues important to our community and our nation.