Breakout Sessions With Industry Experts



3:30 p.m. Sessions

The ABCs of ESGs

Apprenticeships: Building a Pipeline of Talent

Emerging Technologies in Manufacturing

Exploration of the Food Safety Universe

4:30 p.m. Sessions

Stay Competitive and Take Control of Your Operating Costs

Hiring the Justice Impacted

Insider Tips for Tax Credits for Manufacturers

The ABCs of ESG

Join the founder and director of the Sensiba Center for Sustainability, Jennifer Harrity-Cantero, SEA, as she unpacks all the basics of Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) and sustainability within business operations. From common terms and concepts to why it is a big deal and why you should care to how key benefits will positively impact your bottom line. Tactics for all sizes of companies will be shared.

Presented by Jennifer Harrity-Cantero, Director of Sustainability at Sensiba San Filippo LLP


Jennifer Harrity-Cantero brings more than 20 years of business and marketing experience to her role as the leader of the Sensiba Center for Sustainability at Sensiba San Filippo. She leads the firm’s core sustainability efforts and B Corp Certification. In 2020, she launched the firm’s Sensiba Center for Sustainability to help companies move to a purpose-driven, sustainable business model that includes social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. In addition to her sustainability practice, Jennifer hosts the Rebooting Capitalism podcast that digs into why traditional capitalism is broken and what people are doing to fix it. She was also honored in 2021 by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Businesses and again in 2022 as a Forever Influential Woman.


Apprenticeships: Building a Pipeline of Talent

Apprenticeship programs are a great way for companies to build their own pipeline of high-quality, skilled trades workers. With the State of California and community colleges putting more money and effort into apprenticeships, manufacturers should take advantage of the benefits apprenticeship offers. This session will answer your questions and cover the basics to show you how you can begin incorporating apprentices into your workforce in 3 easy steps!

Presented by Mark Martin, Ph.D.,  Regional Director, Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Development – Bay Area

Mark Martin, Ph.D., is the Bay Area Regional Director for Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Development for the California Community Colleges. Dr. Martin has more than 25 years of experience in manufacturing and engineering, including product development, manufacturing and design research, teaching and workforce development. 

Emerging Technologies in Manufacturing

Emerging technologies are expected to transform manufacturing by making it more efficient, flexible, and responsive to customer needs. Advances in robotics and artificial intelligence will drive the automation of manufacturing processes for greater consistency and quality in production. Digital transformation of manufacturing will enable manufacturers to create “smart factories” that are more connected and responsive than ever before. With a digital thread running throughout the production process, manufacturers will be able to collect, analyze, and mine data in real-time to guide decision making, optimize production, and minimize downtime. Such transformational advances will enable manufacturers to create novel products and services, enter new markets, and compete more effectively in rapidly changing business environments.

Presented by Eric Duoss, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Engineered Materials and Manufacturing at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
With Andra Keay, Managing Director of Silicon Valley Robotics

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Eric B. Duoss, Ph.D. is the Director of the Center for Engineered Materials and Manufacturing (CEMM) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), where he directs research activities and maps strategic directions in the areas of advanced materials and manufacturing. At LLNL, Dr. Duoss leads teams that invent novel materials and manufacturing technologies, with focus on creating designer architectures for chemical, mechanical, thermal, and functional properties for applications in the fields of defense, climate, transportation, energy, aerospace, human health, and others. Dr. Duoss has been awarded over 50 U.S. patents. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and dual B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Mathematics from St. Norbert College. 

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Andra Keay is recognized as a global thought leader and ecosystem builder in the emerging sectors of robotics as the Managing Director of Silicon Valley Robotics, an industry group supporting the innovation and commercialization of robotics technologies. Andra is an experienced futurist and is also the founder of Robot Launch, a global robotics startup competition, cofounder of Robot Garden hackerspace, mentor at hardware accelerators, startup advisor, and investor, dedicated to growing equitable and ethical Autonomous Intelligent Systems (AIS).

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Karl Braun is an Operations Strategist for ZAG Technical Services with extensive experience working with manufacturers, including those in the agriculture industry. He is exploring the integration of IT and OT departments at manufacturing companies and is developing a strategy for digital transformation and migration towards Industry 4.0 best practices.

Exploration of the Food Safety Universe

From start-ups to mature food safety systems, this session will help your team in going to the next level.  This exploration will include how to avoid black holes and utilize your company’s Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) to reach the outer limits of your food safety plan. The session will also navigate the preventive controls versus hazard analysis critical control points in the journey to food safety quality standards and beyond.

Presented by Kimberly Anderson, MPH, Environmental Scientist with California Department of Public Health

Kimberly Anderson has a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering and a master’s degree in public health.  She started her career as a quality assurance engineer and later was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Public Health Service serving as Consumer Safety Officer with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. Before joining the California Department of Public Health as an Environmental Scientist, Kim was a Project Manager with Iowa State University where she assisted companies with their food safety plans and other FSMA requirements.  

Stay Competitive and Take Control of Your Operating Costs

Rising electricity rates and more frequent extreme weather leads to higher energy bills and lower margins for manufacturers in the Bay Area. Hear how some businesses are taking control of their operating costs without compromising productivity or product quality, while leveraging technical services and incentive funding provided by various clean energy programs. Attendees will learn how to assess the opportunities available, program incentive funding, and the steps they can take to reduce their energy costs. 

Presented by Diana Chou, Customer Programs Manager at MCE & Martin Bond, Senior Business Development Manager at MCE

Diana Chou manages two of MCE’s energy efficiency incentive programs serving industrial, agricultural, large commercial, and multifamily property customers. She brings over a decade of experience in clean energy and energy efficiency programs, where she has supported a myriad of companies in identifying, implementing, and tracking energy efficiency and energy conservation projects.

Martin Bond works to ensure that MCE commercial and industrial customers have the resources needed to make the energy choices that are best for them. Martin has more than 15 years of experience in design and implementation of advanced energy efficiency and solar technology programs with residents and businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area. Martin previously was an adjunct professor at Laney College in their Green Jobs Program, is LEED certified and is a licensed General Building Contractor.


Hiring the Justice Impacted 

Learn how you can grow your workforce by recruiting and hiring non-traditional candidates, including formerly incarcerated individuals. Attendees will leave the session with concrete steps on the best approach to hiring justice-impacted individuals, including what organizations offer assistance, how to help these individuals make the transition, etc. Hear from community partners and manufacturers who have successfully hired and retained justice-impacted individuals.

Presented by Michael Katz, Regional Organizer for EASTBAYWorks
With Matt Kreutz, CEO and Founder of Firebrand Artisan Breads

Michael Katz is the Regional Organizer for EASTBAYWorks, which is a public workforce development network that includes Alameda County Workforce Development Board, Oakland Workforce Development Board, Contra Costa Workforce Development Board, and City of Richmond Workforce Development Board. Through its network of job centers, economic developers, support service providers, and educational entities, EASTBAYWorks‘ partners provide benefits and services to employers, job seekers, and youth.

Matt Kreutz is the CEO and Founder of Firebrand Artisan Breads. Matt turned his lifelong passion for baking and working in the food service industry into Firebrand in 2007. Growing up in the kitchen, he spent hours helping his mom make meals for the family. At 14, he got his first job in a bakery and fell in love with service and the people in the service industry. Matt has a passion to create a great workplace culture of inclusion, hard work, and service. Matt believes that a company has a responsibility to its employees as well as the community it serves. Being raised in a house where his mother went to jail as a teenager and having experienced homelessness himself, Matt aims to make Firebrand a place where people can create a better life for themselves, their families, and their community.

Charles H. Turner, a former recipient of the California Workforce Association’s (CWA) Charley Brown Award, has over 20 years of re-entry investment & commitment. Charles, a graduate of Bates College, was an initial member of the now Alameda County Re-Entry Strategic Planning Committee, focusing on employment & placement strategy. Over the years Charles has assisted hundreds of individuals with career and employment aspirations. He has
also served on several local community boards in the roles of chair, member, and advisor. He previously directed the highly successful Oakland Private Industry Council’s “Breaking Through Barriers” program and began his current tenure with the Alameda County Workforce Development Board (ACWDB) in 2017.

Insider Tips About Tax Credits For Manufacturers

Chris Clark started his career working for his father’s ceiling and wallboard distribution business and while he’d go onto work for Apple and Google, his passion has always been to help small businesses thrive and be more profitable. He put this passion in action and today Chris is CTO and co-founder of, the “TurboTax of Government Incentives” that launched earlier this year and has already helped dozens of small manufacturers across the state of California claim tens of millions of dollars in economic incentives and tax credits. Join him as he leads a workshop about everything you need to know to take advantage of these programs that everyone is missing!

Presented by Chris Clark, CTO & Co-Founder of Subcity, Inc.

Chris Clark is the co-founder and CTO of Subcity, Inc. Prior to Subcity, Inc., he was the head of Music Growth and Monetization at YouTube, founding product manager and head of music data at YouTube, as well as launched App Store Connect at Apple. Chris grew up working in a family-run business, and began his career as part of a small team that built a multi-currency, multi-rights holder 100M transaction per month royalty processing system at IODA (acquired by Sony Music).

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