2020 SGV Economic Forecast Summit:
Powering a Healthy Future for All
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
What makes the San Gabriel Valley unique is its growing global financial influence that has made this region an emerging leader in Southern California. The SGV Economic Forecast Summit connects business and civic leaders, and helps them receive timely and valuable financial insights to help them succeed in this global age.
Members - $90
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City of Industry
Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
San Gabriel Valley Water Quality Authority
City of Hope
Western University of Health Sciences
University of La Verne
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Business Life Magazine
See below for full speaker bios.
7:30 – 8:00 am: Registration and breakfast
8:00 – 8:05 am: Welcome – Bill Manis, President & CEO, San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership
8:05 – 8:15 am: Introduction: Frank Mottek, KNX 1070 Newsradio
8:15 – 8:45 am: Global & National Economic Outlook - Harlan H. Thompson, Bank of America
8:45 – 9:00 am: Q & A with speaker
9:00 – 10:00 am: California, Regional and SGV Economic Outlook - Eric Hayes, LAEDC
10:00 – 10:10 am: Networking break & exhibits
10:10 – 11:00 am: Keynote: Artificial Intelligence in Business - Dr. Jeff Loucks, Deloitte
11:00 – 12:00 pm: Fireside Chat on the Future of Work in California - Julie A. Su, California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, Dr. Soraya Coley, Cal Poly Pomona, and Dr. Jeff Loucks, Deloitte. Moderated by Dr. Erik Rolland, Cal Poly Pomona.
Dr. Soraya M. Coley
Dr. Soraya M. Coley, a veteran administrator with more than 20 years of experience in higher education, became the sixth president of Cal Poly Pomona in January 2015.
Coley came to Cal Poly Pomona from Cal State Bakersfield, where she was the provost and vice president for academic affairs from 2005 to 2014. She served as interim vice president for university advancement in 2011-12.
Her experience includes serving as Cal State Fullerton’s dean of the College of Human Development and Community Service, as administrative fellow, and professor and department chair for the human services department. She was the system-wide provost and vice president for academic affairs at Alliant International University, from 2001 to 2003.
Coley’s career has been marked by efforts to eliminate obstacles that prevent people from reaching their potential and fully participating in society. She worked as a research assistant for the Child Welfare League of America, as the national director of the Child Abuse Prevention Project at the National Urban League, and as a survey manager at a policy research institute in Princeton, New Jersey.
Coley is a member of the American Council on Education Women’s Network, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative, and the Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy and Jobs. She is a former member of the board of directors for Children and Family Futures as well as the Kern County Schools’ “Ready to Start” program. In 2000, she was recognized as “One of Ten Women Making a Difference” by Orange County Metro Magazine.
Coley earned a bachelor’s in sociology from Lincoln University, a master’s in social planning and social research from Bryn Mawr, and a doctoral degree in social planning and policy from Bryn Mawr.
She is married to Ron Coley, Lt. Col. (Ret.) USMC, who serves as the vice chancellor for business and administrative services at UC Riverside.
Eric Hayes joined the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation’s Institute for Applied Economics as a Research Analyst in 2017. Since joining the LAEDC Eric has been heavily involved in the department’s research agenda, including leadership roles on major recurring projects such as the annual Los Angeles County Economic Forecast, the San Gabriel Valley Economic Forecast and the SCAG Economic Update.
In addition, Eric helps to develop and maintain many of the statistical and economic models used by the Institute for Applied Economics for analysis and forecasting. His personal research interests are related to urban and regional economics, with particular emphasis on the issues of housing, transportation and demography.
He holds a BA in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and a MS in Statistics from San Diego State University.
Dr. Jeff Loucks
Dr. Jeff Loucks is the Executive Director of Deloitte’s Technology, Media, and Telecommunications (TMT) Center. Through fifteen years of research, writing and consulting, Jeff has helped companies capitalize on technological change by transforming their business models.
Prior to joining Deloitte, Jeff was a Director in Cisco’s Digitization Office, helping to develop and articulate Cisco’s digital strategy. As part of his role, he worked with senior leaders at Cisco’s biggest customers to understand how digital disruptors threatened their businesses, and to formulate effective responses. He also spoke frequently at conferences and Cisco events.
Jeff co-founded the Global Center for Digital Business Transformation, a research partnership between the Institute for Management Development (IMD) and Cisco that explores the strategies and concrete steps companies must take to thrive in an era of digitization. Jeff is co-author of the award-winning book Digital Vortex, which shows how digital disruptors are attacking market leaders, and how established companies must change to compete and win.
Jeff’s academic background complements his TMT expertise. He wrote his PhD dissertation on Machiavelli (one of the world’s great strategists) and draws upon philosophy, psychology, and political science to understand both institutional and human responses to today’s escalating challenges. Jeff has a BA in political science from The Ohio State University, and an MA and PhD in political science from the University of Toronto.
He lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
Frank Mottek is the voice of business news in Los Angeles. He is the Senior Money Anchor on CBS all-news station KNX 1070 Newsradio anchoring the morning drive business updates. He also hosts Mottek On Money at 11am Saturdays and 8pm Sundays on KNX. Mottek On Money is also podcast. Frank is an award winning broadcaster with more than 30 years experience in radio and television news including KCAL-9, CBS-2 and KTLA Channel 5 in Los Angeles as well as The Nightly Business Report on PBS.
In 2016, he received the Distinguished Journalist Award from the Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Frank has also appeared as the newscaster on major motion pictures including 10 Cloverfield Lane and The Nice Guys. For many years he was on radio and television in Miami. While in Florida, his experience included broadcasting the live descriptions of more than 20 space shuttle launches on the CBS Radio Network. He was an eyewitness to the 1986 Challenger disaster at the Kennedy Space Center. On KNX, Frank closely follows the financial markets and economic news on a daily basis. He extensively covered the financial crisis as it unfolded in 2008 on the KNX Business Hour. He was also on the air during the Great Recession and so-called "Flash Crash" in 2010 as it happened. Frank leads some of the highest profile business discussions and events in Southern California for groups including the Southern California Association of Governments, LA Area Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation. LA Business Journal CEO Conference and the Association for Corporate Growth. He is past-president of the Greater L.A. Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Frank also serves on the executive board of the Concern Foundation for Cancer Research and on the board of directors of the Radio Television News Association of Southern California. He previously served as President of the Florida AP Broadcasters.
Dr. Erik Rolland
Erik Rolland is the Dean of the College of Business at Cal Poly Pomona, and previously held leadership and professorial positions within the University of California and the Ohio State University. Dr. Rolland’s research is in the areas of information systems, analytics, leadership and strategy, and he has served as a consultant and board member to organizations in Europe, North America, China, South Korea and Japan over the past three decades.
Julie A. Su
Julie Su, appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom, is the Secretary for the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA). The LWDA enforces workplace laws, combats wage theft, ensures health and safety on the job, connects Californians to quality jobs and career pathways, and administers unemployment insurance, workers compensation and paid family leave. LWDA oversees seven major departments, boards, and panels that serve California workers and businesses by improving access to training, promoting high road jobs, eliminating barriers to employment, and creating a level playing field for employers.
Su is a nationally recognized expert on workers’ rights and civil rights who has dedicated her distinguished legal career to advancing justice on behalf of poor and disenfranchised communities and is a past recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant.
As California Labor Commissioner from 2011 through 2018, Su enforced the State’s labor laws to ensure a fair and just workplace for both employees and employers. A report on her tenure released in May 2013 found that her leadership has resulted in a renaissance in enforcement activity and record-setting results. In 2014, she launched the first “Wage Theft Is a Crime” multimedia, multilingual statewide campaign to reach out to low-wage workers and their employers to help them understand their rights and feel safe speaking up about labor law abuses.
Prior to her appointment as California Labor Commissioner, Su was the Litigation Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles, the nation’s largest non-profit civil rights organization devoted to issues affecting the Asian American community. Su is known for pioneering a multi-strategy approach that combines successful impact litigation with multiracial organizing, community education, policy reform, coalition building, and media work.
Frequently named to top-lawyer lists such as the Daily Journal’s “Top 75 Women Litigators” in California and California Lawyer’s “Super Lawyers,” she was the first Labor Commissioner to be included among the Daily Journal’s “Top 75 Labor and Employment Lawyers.” She has also been named one of the 50 most noteworthy women alumni of Harvard Law School and one of the 100 most influential people in Los Angeles in Los Angeles Magazine.
Su has taught at UCLA Law School and Northeastern Law School. She is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School and began her career with a Skadden Fellowship. Su speaks Mandarin and Spanish.
Harlan H. Thompson
Harlan Thompson is Managing Director and a Senior Portfolio Manager at Bank of America Private Bank. In this role he is responsible for creating and managing personalized investment strategies for high net worth clients, family groups, and private foundations. This includes assisting clients in defining their goal and objectives, developing an appropriate overall strategy, formulating an implementing solutions, and conducting regular portfolio reviews. In addition, he works with clients to navigate through changing market environments and provides traditional guidance in the areas of asset allocation, tax-minimization strategies, retirement, and multi-generational strategies. Along with deep experience in the equity and fixed income markets, Harlan's expertise includes alternative investments, private equity and tax aware equity strategies.
Harlan has served as a senior portfolio manager for other investment management firms in the L.A. area, including Northern Trust, The Capital Group and Provident Investment Counsel. At one time, Harlan held the position of West Coast Chief Investment Officer for U.S. Trust. He recently rejoined the firm. His 30+ year career in the financial services industry began at Wedbush Securities.
Harlan received his B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Oregon State University and his MBA from the University of Southern California. In addition, he holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Los Angeles.
Click here to download the full 2019 Economic Forecast Report from LAEDC.
Global and National Economic Forecast - Barbara R. Bagley
Southern California and San Gabriel Valley Economic Forecast - Dr. Somjita Mitra
Housing Development: Opportunities and Challenges - Dr. Gerd Welke
Affordable Housing - Brett Whitehead
See below for photos of last year's Economic Forecast Summit.