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Register for the 124th Annual Awards Luncheon

46th Annual Progress Seminar


2015 Signature Sponsor



2015 Progress Seminar held at the Hyatt Regency Monterey.

The Seminar has been collaborating with Business, Government and Community Leaders for over 46 years.  The concept of the Progress Seminar lends itself to an environment of informal discussions about regional issues and the opportunities to meet those issues. The Progress Seminar is unique to San Mateo County and is a testament to business and community leaders that they recognize its importance each year.

The Progress Seminar continues to grow and evolve as it has from the beginning and has become an even more vital venue to focus on issues facing Peninsula communities and how business and public policy can shape the future of those communities by coming together.

2015 Dates: April 17-19, 2015

Progress Seminar Schedule

Friday, April 17
Registration: 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Networking Reception: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Saturday, April 18

Registration: 7:15am – 8:45am

Opening General Session: 7:30am – 8:45am
Keynote: “San Mateo County – Our Past and Present”
President of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, Carole Groom

Keynote: California State Senator Jerry Hill

Breakout Sessions
Theme: Sustainable Future
– What Can We do to Move the Needle? Keeping Community in an Era of Income Inequality
– Transportation Big & Small: Moving Toward the Future
– Bridging the Gap!
– What’s Working in Retail and Why?
– CA – We Need to Talk! California Water Crisis Group Exercise
**Exciting new breakout format: Let’s face it, the drought is a wicked problem and managing it will require all regions of the state, all walks of life, all citizens and all parts of our government to discuss, decide and act. Get ready to participate in a “serious game” to help develop solutions to our water crisis. Experience first-hand the power of collaborative, social, structured “games” that organizations like Adobe, Yahoo and the City of San Jose are using to engage citizens and stakeholders in order to develop strategy, spur innovation and make better decisions.

Session 1 – 8:45am – 9:45am
Session 2 – 9:45am – 10:45am
Break – 10:45am – 11:05
Session 3 – 11:05am – 12:05pm
Session 4 – 12:05pm – 1:05pm

Luncheon General Session: 1:10pm – 2:30pm
Keynote: “Managing Reputation in the Midst of Chaos”
David Demarest, Vice President for Public Affairs & Director of Stanford Executive Briefings, Stanford University

Networking Reception: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Saturday Evening Networking Dinner & Dancing: 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Sunday, April 19
Closing General Session: 9:00am – 11:00am
Bipartisanship: Why is it working in Sacramento and not Washington DC?
Legislative Roundtable – Assembly Speaker Pro Team Assemblymember Kevin Mullin, Assembly Minority Leader Assemblymember Kristin Olsen, John Diaz, Editorial Page Editor, San Francisco Chronicle.
Moderated by Mark Simon.

Adjournment: 11:00am

Seminar Co-Chairs:  Assemblymember Kevin Mullin, San Mateo County Supervisor Carole Groom, and Vice MayorRosanne Foust
Continued engaged event partners:  Belmont, Burlingame, Brisbane, Daly City/Colma, Foster City, Half Moon Bay/Coastside, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Pacifica, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Mateo and South San Francisco Chambers of Commerce; Joint Venture Silicon Valley, SAMCEDA, San Mateo County Association of Realtors, San Mateo County Convention & Visitors Bureau, San Francisco Business Times, Silicon Valley Leadership Group and Sustainable San Mateo County and Media Partner – San Francisco Business Times

Previous Attendee Breakdown:  Over 300+ attendees from San Mateo County and surrounding peninsula counties.  •60{554f0ea458e23a18dcdc1170afaf00c43926dc38776c4ccdc31aae412fe3a76e} Representing Business  •40{554f0ea458e23a18dcdc1170afaf00c43926dc38776c4ccdc31aae412fe3a76e} Government and Community Leaders



What some past participants are saying about The Progress Seminar

“Where can you find a more intelligent, hard working, creative and committed group of individuals coming together to debate, discuss and plan for the future of San Mateo County? The Progress Seminar is where ideas flourish, energy and enthusiasm is created and the work begins.” Redwood City Councilmember Rosanne Foust, President & CEO, SAMCEDA – 2014 Progress Seminar Co-Chair

“Join us at the Progress Seminar. Learn about the most important issues facing San Mateo County, and meet new people with whom you can do business.” San Mateo County Supervisor Carole Groom – 2014 Progress Seminar Co-Chair

“Progress Seminar is a must for San Mateo County Cities, Chamber Staffs and Boards, and business executives who care about the county and can help shape its future.”
Charise Hale McHugh, President & CEO, Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce

“The Progress Seminar means terrific people, great ideas and up-to date information on the pressing issues facing our community. It is a chance for me to reflect and learn about how I and Stanford Hospital and Clinics might be more effective in our work and in the community.”
Andy Coe, Chief Government & Community Relations Officer, Stanford Hospital and Clinics

“The Progress Seminar means Opportunity/ies: To learn about current topics I wouldn’t learn at my desk. To meet face-to-face with government officials from the entire County. To talk informally with the same. To express appreciation to volunteers who run for elected office and/or tend to the daily operation of local governments and agencies.”
Paul Shepherd, Land Manager, Cargill

“As the President of Sequoia Hospital, I find the annual Chamber of Commerce Progress Seminar to be an invaluable way to network with our community elected officials, and our government and business leaders. The breakout sessions provide insights into a number of important issues our community leaders are working on. The Progress Seminar is of great value to our Sequoia attendees and we look forward to attending the next Seminar in April 2013!!”
Glenna Vaskelis, President , Sequoia Hospital

“There is no better opportunity to hear knowledgeable speakers address critical issues to our quality of life in San Mateo County!”
Barry Jolette, President & CEO, San Mateo Credit Union

“We are so lucky to have something like the Progress Seminar and I think it plays a significant role in how well we work together and in the way we are able to build and maintain the framework of our County.”
Kate Comfort Harr, Executive Director, HIP Housing


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