Vision for the Valley



Photo by April Massirio

Vision for the Valley

The results of the recent 2016 election and health care were just a couple of the topics covered at the Vision for the Valley event on Dec. 6. In its second year, this event drew hundreds of attendees, and featured speakers and panels providing insight on the issues impacting Kern County and the San Joaquin Valley.

As President-Elect Donald Trump prepares to take office later this month, the first panel – featuring Marty Wilson, executive vice president, public affairs for CalChamber; Dan Walters, columnist for The Sacramento Bee; and Lois Henry, columnist for The Bakersfield Californian – discussed potential impacts the 2016 election will have on San Joaquin Valley and California businesses.

Adam Alvidrez, policy, government and public affairs representative for Chevron; and Dr. Sonya Christian; president of Bakersfield College, also discussed local STEM education programs and workforce development.

A third panel looked at issues impacting the Valley’s health care sector, and what challenges and changes may be on the horizon. Panelists included Sharlet Briggs, president and CEO of San Joaquin Community Hospital; Ivonne Der Torosian, regional vice president of the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California; and Steve Schilling, chief executive officer of Clinica Sierra Vista.

Kayla Palm, vice president, millennial market segment leader of Wells Fargo, wrapped up the event as she discussed demographic trends and provided insight on what it takes to recruit, retain and market to millennial consumers.

Click here to see photos from this year’s Vision for the Valley event.

Thank you to our 2016 sponsors!




Click here to see a recap of the 2015 Vision for the Valley.