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Future Forum – The Future of Work in Los Angeles County

Tue 3rd Oct 2017 PDT

October 3rd, from 7:30am-10:30am

Program will include a SPECIAL PRESS BRIEFING from 8:00-8:30AM to announce new report from the Center for a Competitive Workforce

About our Presenting Sponsor
Centrally located in the South Bay and the heart of Los Angeles, CSU Dominguez Hills is a diverse, welcoming community of learners and educators collaborating to change lives and communities for the better. With our strong academic programs, dedicated faculty mentors, supportive staff, and many campus amenities, CSU Dominguez Hills is committed to connecting our students to a high-quality and transformative education while providing our communities with a vital resource for talent, knowledge, skills, and leadership needed to thrive today and tomorrow.

Exploring the Future of Work in L.A. County

The Los Angeles regional economy, an almost one trillion dollar tapestry of industrial diversity, riches and opportunity amid wrenching poverty, is being inexorably pulled into the information age. This new information age is spurring unprecedented economic change that presents both the promise of success and the peril of being further left behind.

The nature of work, the organization of firms, and the rewards that work earns are being inexorably altered by automation, Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality and other technologies. Manufacturing jobs, among others, are either being eliminated due to new technology, or requirements that demand expertise that exceed a job seeker’s level of training. Without direct and targeted intervention, there will be neither enough middle class jobs nor enough skilled human capital to place into the more highly-skilled information-age jobs of the future. The region’s future economic success depends upon a concerted and collaborative effort from individual workforce and education institutions and systems, industry firms, government officials and economic developers.

Join our panel of experts at the Future Forum as we address the following challenges:

  • What are the economic forces that are shaping the future industrial makeup and associated labor markets of the region? What are the implications of these future trends to job opportunities and allied training in the region?
  • How can the region better align its industry and academic stakeholders to promote a new era of economic growth and job creation?
  • How does the region ensure that more of its residents have the ability and accessibility to participate in the particular region’s future success and prosperity?
  • How does the region, which is straddling the production-based and information age economies, better prepare its local supply of labor for the innovation-intensive industries of tomorrow and more successfully connect this surplus supply of labor transitioning out of the region’s production-based economy?

Admission Cost

General Public: $65.00
LAEDC Member: $40.00
Student Rate: $40.00

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Questions?  Contact LAEDC’s Maneesha Horshin at 213-236-4864.

Cancellation and Substitution Policy: cancellations to your registration may be made 7 days prior to the event with a full refund.  After this time, only substitutions may be made for your registration.  All cancellations and substitutions must be made in writing to [email protected]

Keynote Speaker

Art Bilger, Founder & CEO, WorkingNation

WorkingNation is a national not-for-profit campaign to educate the American public about the looming unemployment crisis in this country and to start a widespread movement to meet and overcome this unprecedented challenge. Art Bilger is currently an active venture capital investor. He has been an investor in and director of various private companies including Akamai Technologies, Inc., where he also served as Vice Chairman. He was also President, Chief Operating Officer and a director of New World Communications Group, Inc.; a founding partner of Apollo Advisors, LP and Executive Vice President, Co-Head of Corporate Finance and a Director of Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc. Art serves on the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School Board of Overseers and sits on the Board’s Executive Committee. He is also Vice Chairman of the Skirball Cultural Center; a Board member of Bet Tzedek; an Advisory Board Member for the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging, and a member of the Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy and Jobs. He was an Executive Producer for the film 20 Feet From Stardom, which won the 2013 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature and the 2013 award for Best Documentary at the Independent Spirit Awards. Art’s career began with the completion of his B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and subsequent MBA from The University of Chicago.

Featured Speaker

Mitra Best, U.S. Innovation Leader, PwC

Mitra influences and advises senior executives on new ideas and approaches to organizational strategy, works with clients and third parties to foster open innovation, and promotes the PwC brand as an innovative leader in the marketplace. She also designs and drives new business models and platforms, pushes the boundaries of professional services to include solving problems not yet identified, and promotes an idea-driven culture with the critical mission to support the development of new services and market opportunities across industries. She leads teams that co-create solutions through design-thinking, prototyping, leveraging emerging technologies, and applying agile methodologies.

Most recently Mitra has been advising the State of Colorado on creating innovation ecosystems in the State, and the City of Los Angeles on creating sustainable technology-enabled ecosystems in LA’s vibrant start-up community.

Internally, she and her team are working on a disruptive enterprise search platform which transforms the traditional document retrieval model into a data-mining concierge.  This new platform will be rolled out to the firm prior to being marketed to our clients.

Mitra has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science & Linguistics from UCLA, Graduate Management Certificate in Innovation & Strategy from MIT, and an Innovation Masters Certificate from Stanford University. She is a life-long learner who values continued education as an imperative for growth and development.​


Dr. Somjita Mitra, Director of LAEDC’s Institute for Applied Economics

Currently engaged in developing a new report comparing the talent supply from our  community colleges, with actual business hiring forecast by occupation in the LA region, Somjita Mitra, Ph.D. joined the LAEDC Institute for Applied Economics as an Economist in June 2013.  She is involved in the planning, designing and conducting of research and analysis for consulting clients and local businesses and governments, as well as for LAEDC’s internal departments. Her focus is in regional analysis, economic impact studies and the industrial and occupational structure of local economies.

Before joining the LAEDC, Dr. Mitra was an Economist for a local economic research and litigation consulting company evaluating economic damages, estimating lost profits, identifying key economic issues and developing necessary analytical and empirical frameworks.  Prior to this, Dr. Mitra was a Project Director for a consumer research firm in Los Angeles where she managed projects that identified and analyzed key market issues for small, local firms as well as multinational corporations.

Dr. Mitra received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and her Master of Arts in Politics, Economics and Business as well as her Ph.D. in Economics from Claremont Graduate University.   Dr. Mitra enjoys volunteering in the local community and is actively involved in both women’s welfare and animal rescue organizations.

Ken O’Donnell, Interim Vice Provost, California State University Dominguez Hills

Ken works closely with the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael Spagna, managing division resources in faculty, the physical plant, and academic programs, with an annual budget of $55 million.
CSU Dominguez Hills is a Masters Public institution serving 13,000 students, around three quarters from historically underserved minority populations and/or eligible for federal financial aid. It ranks first in California for the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to African- American students.

Ken connects student success efforts and high-impact educational practices across multiple departments and divisions, advancing work to improve our understanding of educational effectiveness and student engagement. CSU Dominguez Hills is committed to sharing all it discovers in this area, as a national model and laboratory for student success.  Before coming to Dominguez Hills Ken was Senior Director of Student Engagement at the CSU Office of the Chancellor, leading system-wide offices and projects to strengthen STEM education, community engagement, transfer and articulation, and general education, all toward improving learning and persistence and closing achievement gaps. The department’s work was recognized in the 2013 AAC&U publication Ensuring Quality and Taking High-Impact Practices to Scale , which he co-wrote with George Kuh.

Welcoming Remarks

Willie J. Hagan, Ph. D.
California State University Dominguez Hills

Bill Scroggins, Ph. D.
Mt. San Antonio College

Dr. Scroggins became Mt. San Antonio College’s ninth president on July 1, 2011. Bill has amassed 42 years of experience in higher education – 27 of those as a chemistry professor and 15 as an administrator, including presidencies at both College of the Sequoias and Modesto Junior College. During his teaching career, Bill served in a number of leadership positions culminating in the presidency of the state Academic Senate. Dr. Scroggins earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at UCLA and a doctorate in chemistry at UC Riverside.  He is a prolific author, having published three books in the field of chemistry and penned innumerable articles and papers.  Bill chairs the Telecommunications and Technology Advisory Committee and is a member of the Economic Development Program Advisory Committee, both for the California Community Colleges, and serves on the CEO Board of the Community College League of California.

Bill Allen
Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation

Press Briefing 

Immediately prior to this Future Forum, at 8:00 am, a press briefing will unveil the new and unprecedented report by Center for a Competitive Workforce, comparing the talent supply and demand in the Los Angeles region, with a focus on our region’s 19 community colleges.  The report will answer the question, “Is the forecast hiring for specific skills and occupations in the region aligned with the talent graduating from our colleges?”  This system-wide analysis fundamentally improves how we approach the changing nature of workforce development, and will serve as both a tool to guide college program development, as well as a tool for local industry to find sources of talent as they hire.

About Future Forum:  The Transformation of L.A.’s Key Industries

Dive into Future Forums and learn how to stake your claim on the economy of the future.

Are you and your company prepared to be part of L.A. County’s new economy? LAEDC’s Future Forums series take a deep dive into burgeoning industries like virtual medicine, cybersecurity, digital entertainment, and artificial intelligence. As technological innovation and globalization take the economy in new directions, this region is destined to be an incubator for business opportunities that were only an entrepreneur’s dream a few years ago. Each Future Forum will be your chance to learn about the trends ahead, the workforce demands that will be required and, most importantly, the opportunities that will be available tomorrow.



Tue 3rd Oct 2017
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South Park Center Penthouse
1150 S. Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015 United States