San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) March 07, 2014
The University of San Francisco (USF) is the host location where San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Kaiser Permanente Chairman & CEO Bernard J. Tyson, and other city and business leaders will convene this Friday, March 7, in a first-of-its-kind forum exploring ways to connect more diverse and underserved San Franciscans to the City’s economic prosperity. The Mayoral Community Stakeholder Forum: Diversity, Innovation, and Jobs of the Future, taking place in USF’s McLaren Conference Center, will kick-off at 8 a.m. with remarks from Mayor Lee. Keynote speaker Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, will address attendees at 9:00 a.m.
“The half-day Forum will highlight innovative programs and feature a panel discussion with leaders in health care, venture capital, technology, hospitality, and manufacturing who have made progress in linking underserved communities throughout the city to better opportunity,” said Theodore B. Miller, a senior advisor for the City and co-chair of the event. “The second part of the event will consist of community breakout sessions on workforce trends, inspiring a new generation of diverse leaders, small business owners and entrepreneurs. We look forward to a productive summit of dialogue and action on how diverse communities, including African Americans and other minorities are innovating to participate in this economy.”
“As San Francisco’s first university, it is our goal to be an epicenter of learning, where thought-leadership and idea exchange help restore communities,” said Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi, vice provost at USF and co-chair of the event. “We are honored to engage students, faculty, community members, and industry professionals in a series of honest, meaningful discussions about success and inclusiveness, as we strive to lessen the inequalities in our society.”
Additional participants and presenters include Sheryl Davis of Mo’ Magic and the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, LaShon Walker of the YMCA, Chef Jay and Deanna Foster of Farmer Brown, Angela Benton of NewME Accelerator, Kimberly Bryant of Black Girls Code, Justin Renfro of Kiva Zip, Kate Sofis of SF Made, Henry Nutt II of Southland General Contractors, Joseph Warren of OPower, USF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J., School of Nursing & Health Professions Dean Judith Karshmer, and a cross section of USF faculty.
The Mayoral Community Stakeholder Forum: Diversity, Innovation, and Jobs of the Future is the first in a series of forums about the challenges facing San Francisco that will be held throughout the city before the end of the year. The mission of the forum series is to help advance the engagement of diverse, disconnected, and disproportionately impacted San Franciscans into the public discourse, economic opportunities, and vibrant social life of the city. The forums will highlight the best and most innovative ventures, policies, and programs improving the San Francisco Bay Area.
About the University of San Francisco The University of San Francisco is located in the heart of one of the world's most innovative and stunning cities and is home to a vibrant academic community of students and faculty who achieve excellence in their fields. Its diverse student body enjoys direct access to faculty, small classes, and outstanding opportunities in the city itself. USF is San Francisco’s first university, and its Jesuit Catholic mission helps ignite a student's passion for social justice and a desire to “Change the World from Here.” For more information, please visit http://www.usfca.edu.
Media interested in attending the March 7 forum at USF should register by contacting Anne-Marie Devine, senior director of media relations, at (415) 422-2697 or abdevine(at)usfca(dot)edu.