Sep 17 - 18, 2014

California Leadership Forum - #Innovate California 2014



California. It’s one of the nation’s largest economies and a global hub for technology. California is also the state where there is determined and inspired leadership. The State's openness to new ideas have brought about dramatic changes in how government works, ultimately setting the state on a path for future stability and growth.

Through a commitment to maintaining a high quality of life for all residents, California leaders have set a new pace for innovation and an example for the rest of the nation. It’s an exciting time to be in public service in California!

Governing is joining forces with California’s top state and local leaders to look at what’s been done, what lies ahead and how best to continue the transformation of California in the years ahead.

“Transformation means that you’re really fundamentally changing the way the organization thinks, the way it responds, the way it leads.”  -  Louis Gerstner, Jr., Former CEO, IBM

This Year's Topics Include:

  • Resiliency: Water – Solutions for a Scarce Commodity
  • Good Governance: Climbing Out Of the Hole – Managing Fiscal Scarcity
  • Workforce: Closing Skills Gap – Investing in Tomorrow’s Workforce
  • Smart Government: Not-so-Standard Operating Procedures – Gaining Efficiency through Process Modernization
  • Resiliency: Integrating Climate Preparedness into Infrastructure & Urban Planning
  • Good Governance: Defining Purpose – Measuring Success
  • Workforce: Change from Within – Creating a Culture of Innovation for High Performance Government
  • Smart Government: Big Data – Unlocking the Possibilities
  • Resiliency: Collaborating to Succeed – Shared Services Models for Resilient Communities
  • Good Governance: Engaging the New Citizen
  • Smart Government/Workforce: Empowering Performance & Results through Mobility


Opening Keynote:

Peter Sims headshot PHOTO: Nicolas Zurcher

Survival of the Most Innovative

Peter Sims, Author & Entrepreneur

California has a history of innovation and a pioneering spirit that has made the state fertile ground for progress in culture, arts, politics, business and technology. However, to succeed in today’s growing global competition, with new fiscal, environmental, and demographic challenges demands fundamental paradigm shifts and a renewed commitment to leadership through innovation. At a time when traditional political institutions and models of governance are outpaced by rapid change and big social problems, the center of gravity in civic innovation is shifting to the grassroots, and the local level. In his opening address, best-selling author and entrepreneur, Peter Sims, will discuss how local innovators and their small bets can ultimately solve complex problems in creative ways that can then scale up dramatically from the bottom up. Results speak louder than rhetoric, and breakthrough ideas can emerge from small discoveries and unconventional tactics. The coming revolution in social innovation will be improvised by countless black sheep.


Afternoon Keynote:

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Building a Digital Manifesto: Innovating for the Next Decade of Dynamic Change

Sarah Granger, Author and Innovator, Founder, Center for Technology, Media & Society

Leadership in the digital age requires a new level of finesse, patience, and skill. Looking forward to the next decade for California, we face many challenges for engaging with the public while directing government programs. Civil servants are often faced with the conundrum of government work being extremely difficult but looking easy from the outside. By building digital manifestos for ourselves and our organizations, we can harness the power of information technology and social media as an ally in these efforts toward greater transparency and communication with Californians. Award-winning innovator and author, Sarah Granger, will share best practices for identifying and creating innovative and realistic plans for tomorrow, starting today.

Second Day Keynote:


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The Future of Cities

Aaron M. Renn, Principal at Urbanophile, LLC

Renowned urban affairs expert, writer and thought leader, Aaron Renn, will explore the key challenges and strategies for successful urban development in the 21st century. This talk will highlight demographic, economic, technological, and other forces affecting cities over the mid-term, along with a focus on policy implications for California. We will learn about powerful new tools and tangible solutions for advancing sustainable growth and effective governance in today's metropolitan centers.


Registration Information

Please Note: On-line registration for thisd event is now closed. Please register on-site. Thank you!


Contact Us

For registration and general assistance contact:

Shayna Mayen, Registration Coordinator
Phone:  (916) 932-1314

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact:

Heather Earney, Sales Operations Manager
Phone:  (916) 932-1435