Annual Summit Agenda

csu52017 UEDA Annual Summit Agenda

The schedule listed below is tentative and subject to change. For speakers requiring discussion of their presentation slot, please contact our Events Team. Thank you to our Presidential Sponsor: CSU5.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

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2:45 pm – 6:30 pm

Whale Watching Excursion

Join UEDA conference participants on a unique Whale Watching Cruise to kick off our 2017 Annual Summit! Experienced Captains will provide a comprehensive narration about the characteristics of Long Beach and its marine life as we travel along the coast on double-deck sightseeing vessels. Boats are US Coast Guard inspected and certified and have restroom facilities, ample seating, snack bar, and plenty of outside viewing room. The ship’s crew, featuring Aquarium of the Pacific educators, guide you on every voyage as we search for all types of awe-inspiring marine life. Throughout the year along with Gray and Blue Whales you may also see Fin Whales, Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, and Killer Whales (Orcas). Other wildlife frequently spotted off the coast of Long Beach are Dolphins including Common, Bottlenose, Risso’s, and Pacific White Sided. Complete trip will last 2.5-3 hours. The dock is less than 1/2 mile from the UEDA conference hotel. No transportation is provided, however it is a very nice walk to the pier from the Renaissance. Register here.

Meet in hotel lobby for walk to pier: 2:45pm
Boarding: 3:30pm
Returning: 6:30pm
Cost: $45 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

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11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Conference Registration and Exhibitor Setup

1:00 – 4:00 pm

Pre-Conference Forums

Pre-Conference Forum 1: Serving Hispanic Populations

Pre-Conference Forum 2: Higher Ed & EDOs Working Together

6:00 – 7:30 pm

Welcome Reception / Show Your Colors Reception

Show your school spirit to kick off the 2017 UEDA Annual Summit by wearing your school colors, logos, and mascots. Meet new friends and reconnect with others! Following the reception, delegates are encouraged to dine-around town at some of Long Beach's popular eateries.


Local Dine-Arounds

Monday, October 2, 2017

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7:00 – 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

7:15 – 7:45 am

Award of Excellence Information Session

Bring your breakfast for an informational session on best practices to becoming an Awards of Excellence finalist.

8:00 – 8:05 am

Summit Opening

Join us for kicking off the 2017 UEDA Annual Summit.

  • Janice Kleinwort, President, UEDA & Executive Director of Economic Affairs, Arizona State University


8:05 – 8:15 am

Mayor's Remarks

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia is an educator and the 28th Mayor of Long Beach. Mayor Garcia has taken a leadership role in economic development, sustainability, and investing in technology. He is committed to moving Long Beach forward by attracting tech and green jobs, creating new educational partnerships, and making government more efficient.

  • Dr. Robert Garcia, Mayor of Long Beach, California

8:15 – 9:00 am

Welcome Address - Bill Allen

Bill Allen is the Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation and its subsidiary, the World Trade Center Los Angeles. Mr. Allen is also Co-Chair of the California Stewardship Network, a Vice Chair of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley and a member of the Board of Directors of the Weingart Foundation, Regional Economic Association Leaders of California Coalition, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy and Jobs, FilmL.A., Unite L.A., and Sister Cities of Los Angeles.

  • Bill Allen, CEO, LAEDC

9:15 – 10:30 am

Break Out Sessions (3 concurrent)

Awards of Excellence Finalist Presentations: Innovation

Finalists To Be Announced

Creating Neighborhood Developers for Economically Distressed Areas

The University Center for Economic and Entrepreneurial Development at Southern University, Baton Rouge aims at expanding and revitalizing economic development in targeted regions in northeast and southeast Louisiana. The Center is engaging in targeted training, applied research, and a series of forums and conferences to create an enabling environment for business entrepreneurs, real estate investors, and problem-solvers to battle the issue of poverty, to create wealth, and to enhance neighborhood development in areas impacted by underinvestment and other socio-economic externalities. Specifically, we created a neighborhood developers program that trains individuals on how to acquire adjudicated properties within their neighborhoods and to develop a sustainable interconnected network or ecosystem to transform economics and cultural barriers.

  • Dr. Sung No, W.E. Tucker Endowed Professor, EDA University Center/Southern University and A&M College
  • Eric Porter, Managing Partner at ComNet, LLC

Catalyst: A University's Innovation Ecosystem Takes Hold in Nevada

The University of Nevada, Reno is one of the cornerstones of the dramatic economic turnaround happening in Nevada. The University’s innovation ecosystem is facilitating commercialization, entrepreneurialism, regional collaboration and faculty competitiveness – and doing so in a unique way. It is anchored by The Innevation Center University of Nevada, Reno, spurring ideation and entrepreneurialism, and the University’s Nevada Center for Applied Research, providing access to the talent, facilities and equipment on campus, including an innovative wet-lab space for entrepreneurs. In this presentation, university leaders and an economic-development official share how this ecosystem is achieving results for the New Nevada economy.

  • Ellen Purpus, Assistant Vice President Enterprise & Innovation, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Carlos Cardillo, PhD, Director, Nevada Center for Applied Research, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Cory Hunt, Northern Regional Director, Nevada Governor’s Office for Economic Development

10:30 – 10:45 am

Morning Break


10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Break Out Sessions (3 concurrent)

Awards of Excellence Finalist Presentations: Innovation + Talent

Finalists To Be Announced

Leveraging Higher Education Resources to Serve and Strengthen Community Partnerships

The University of Georgia’s Archway Partnership connects communities with higher education resources to address critical community identified economic needs and opportunities. This interactive workshop will share experiences from over a decade of sustained community-university partnerships in a dozen diverse communities throughout Georgia. The presenter will share a proven model for collaboration and decision-making in communities and best practices and case studies showing how the Archway Partnership supports locally-driven community and economic development efforts while also enhancing critical faculty research and providing students with experiential learning opportunities that enhance classroom instruction.

  • Rob Gordon, Director, UGA Archway Partnership

Concurrent Session Details Being Finalized

12:00 – 1:30 pm

Lunch & Keynote Address



Tri-Education Forum

Panel To Be Announced

1:45 – 3:00 pm

Break Out Sessions (3 concurrent)

Awards of Excellence Finalist Presentations: Talent + Place

Finalists To Be Determined

Concurrent Session Details Being Finalized

Building Innovation Ecosystems from the Inside Out: Lessons from 50 Universities

Your institution, and the community or region you serve, have all the components needed to design a vibrant innovation ecosystem. You won’t be able to replicate Silicon Valley, the Research Triangle, or Austin, Texas; you will, however, be able to design an innovation ecosystem that is completely unique. In this workshop, you’ll hear from “Ecosystem Designers” doing remarkable work. You’ll also participate in a simulation that walks you through the steps of designing your own innovation ecosystem, from identifying your institution’s and region’s “hidden” innovation assets, to how you can activate that ecosystem, and nurture its growth..

  • Liz Nilsen, Senior Program Director, Purdue Agile Strategy Lab
  • Bonnie Bachman, Professor of Economics and Faculty Fellow for Innovation, Missouri University of Science & Technology
  • Steve Tello, Associate Vice Chancellor for Entrepreneurship & Economic Development, University of Massachusetts at Lowell

3:00 – 3:15 pm

Afternoon Break

3:15 – 4:30 pm

Break Out Sessions (3 concurrent)

Awards of Excellence Finalist Presentations: Talent

Finalists To Be Determined

Defining and Advancing Social Enterprise in Michigan's Legacy Cities

Social Impact Philanthropy and Investment will collaborate with the Community Ventures program and the Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative to establish a working definition of social entrepreneurship in Michigan’s legacy cities and distressed urban areas. This will include evaluating primary data, developing case studies, and identifying resources available to economic developers to incentivize social enterprises.

  • Jason Ball, Director of Community Capacity Building, SIPI, Inc.

Maximizing Growth through Cluster-Oriented Incubators and Accelerators: A Focus on Inclusivity

Across the U.S., incubators and accelerators are proliferating as a popular strategy to support entrepreneurship and drive economic growth. Yet despite this, research by ICIC shows that incubators and accelerators can do more to maximize their impact on inclusive economic growth by (1) being inclusive of underrepresented entrepreneurs and (2) supporting entrepreneurs within their region's strong economic clusters. ICIC’s research, supported by JPMorgan Chase, will ground the discussion focused on effective strategies to maximize incubator/accelerator impact. Attendees will also gain a practical perspective from two incubator/accelerator leaders who will share their innovative approaches and lessons learned supporting underrepresented entrepreneurs and connecting to their region's strong and emerging clusters.

  • Georgette Bhathena (moderator), Northern California Relationship Manager, Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • H. Puentes, Director, CONNECT ALL
  • Estelle Reyes, Director of Community Engagement, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator
  • Kathleen O'Shea, Senior Research Analyst, Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC)

5:00 – 6:30 pm

UEDA Networking Reception

Details To Be Announced


Local Dine-Arounds

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

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7:00 – 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:05 am


Welcome to Day Two

Welcome to Day Two! UEDA President Janice Kleinwort kicks off our second day in Long Beach.

  • Janice Kleinwort, President, UEDA & Executive Director of Economic Affairs, Arizona State University

8:20 – 9:00 am


POGS Discussion and Branding Discussion

To Be Announced

9:15 – 10:30 am

Break Out Sessions (3 concurrent)

Awards of Excellence Finalist Presentations: Place

Finalists to be Determined

Entrepreneurial Mindset Development: What It Is and Why It Is Important?

A significant opportunity exists in developing an entrepreneurial mindset in university students and faculty, beginning in the freshman year. One innovative approach is the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN). KEEN, an initiative of the Kern Family Foundation, is a collaboration of approximately 30 colleges and universities dedicated to developing an entrepreneurial mindset in engineering students. The root of the entrepreneurial mindset that KEEN seeks to instill in engineers is summed up by KEEN's '3Cs,' curiosity, connections, and creating value.

  • John Ochs, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University

Peer to Peer: The Power of Student Innovation

Industry–education partnerships can facilitate and scale student-led campaigns that both address societal challenges and expand community partnerships for universities. EVP’s “Peer to Peer” (P2P) prize competition model harnesses the talent of student teams to design, implement and evaluate credible and authentic social and digital media initiatives, products or tools. Our current partnership with Facebook is called Peer to Peer: Facebook Global Digital Challenge and uses the P2P model to push back on online hate, prejudice and extremism. We share our experiential education model via this successful case study that has accomplished UEDA-related goals globally.

  • Tony Sgro, CEO, EdVenture Partners

10:30 – 10:45 am

Morning Break

10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Break Out Sessions (3 concurrent)

Awards of Excellence Finalist Presentations: Place + Innovation

Finalists to be Determined

Cultivating Talent: Collaborating with Industry to Identify Key Occupational Talents and Competencies

Many industries have a set of skills standards and accompanying job titles with codes on O-Net ( which can be used in writing grant proposals as well as industry training, skills assessment, and job placement. Within these industry listings are particular job titles and specific items about those jobs including daily tasks, necessary skills, education, etc. The grape and wine industry does not have such a listing. Five 5 years ago VESTA endeavored to create this list and extensive drill-down information. Industries related to emerging technologies need to undergo this process. VESTA will discuss the steps to accomplish the task.

  • Michelle Norgren, Principle Investigator and Director, Viticulture and Enology Science & Technology Alliance (VESTA)
  • Tom Smith, Co-Principal Investigator and VESTA Campus Director, Michigan State University
  • Scott Kohl, Co-Principle Investigator and VESTA Campus Director, Highland Community College, KS

Concurrent Session Details Being Finalized

12:00 – 12:30 pm

12:30 – 1:15

1:15 – 2:30


Keynote Address: Presentation by President's of CSU 5

By joining forces to create the CSU5, the presidents of the five California State Universities in Los Angeles County developed a mechanism for working across institutional lines to provide enhanced educational and research opportunities in the Greater Los Angeles area. Together, the campuses created a new approach that gives regional stakeholders greater access to university resources throughout the region. In doing this, the CSU5 increased institutional agility, responsiveness and capacity for innovation, all of which will provide a competitive advantage for major grants and undertaking regional initiatives. The CSU5 is a catalyst for new models and standards for how higher education can and should play a significant role in economic and community development.

Annual Business Meeting

2:30 – 2:45 pm

Afternoon Break

2:45 – 4:00 pm

The Story Teller's Greatest Secret

Tom White’s passion is building companies. As a customer experience architect, a design-thinking strategist and an award-winning storyteller, Tom creates value by fueling buyer attraction and commitment to generate growth. As a marketing executive, Tom helped Lockheed-Martin win the $70 billion F-22 fighter jet contract from the US Air Force. He founded consultancy Three Dimensional Imagination and collaborated to raise billions in sales and investment for companies like Motorola, Volvo, Philips, Iridium and others.

Tom has managed repositioning initiatives for advertising agencies and design firms, achieving unprecedented growth by developing new programs that attracted partnerships from clients including Ferrari, Shell, Unilever, Paccar, GE, HP and others. Tom collaborates with entrepreneurial ventures, early stage organizations and start-ups to guide their positioning for acquisition, or for market leadership when launching new products and services.

In the academic sector, Tom successfully oversaw the increase in enrollment and the financial turnaround as the President of The Columbus College of Art and Design. He was also instrumental in development of the strategic plan for the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta. Tom has taught at his alma mater CSUN (California State University, Northridge) and at the UCLA Extension. He received his undergraduate degree in Industrial Design from CSUN with highest honors from the Industrial Design Society of America, and his MBA from Pepperdine University.

  • Tom White, Executive Director, LACI

6:00 – 6:30 pm

Wine Reception

Join us as have a wine service before our Awards Banquet.

6:30 pm

UEDA Awards of Excellence Banquet

The 2017 Annual Summit adjourns at the conclusion of the 2017 Awards of Excellence presentation

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

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8:30 – 10:00 am

UEDA Board of Directors Meeting - Open to the Public

All are welcome to attend the UEDA Board of Directors' Meeting. Breakfast is not served for participants.

10:00 – 10:15 am


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