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Provost Pallavicini at UpdateSFPhoto by Susana Bates for Drew Altizer Photography

Provost Maria Pallavicini led a panel discussion with representatives from Wells Fargo and LinkedIn at the UpdateSF 2017 Bay Area economic and jobs forum in San Francvisco June 6.

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Pacific takes center stage at San Francisco economic and workforce summit

Jun 13, 2017

Provost Maria Pallavicini represented University of the Pacific on the dais last Tuesday at UpdateSF 2017, the rebranded economic forecast and jobs forum in San Francisco. The June 6 event drew a sold-out crowd of more than 250 leaders from business, healthcare, education, public policy and more. Pacific's presence offered a significant opportunity to raise the university's visibility with these Bay Area leaders.

Provost Pallavicini opened the event with remarks on the importance of an educated and prepared workforce and moderated a panel discussion with Wells Fargo senior economist Mark Vitner and LinkedIn's head of U.S. public policy Nicole Isaac, looking at the region's economic trends and workforce needs in light of education, public policy and politics.  

Vitner spoke on the latest economic trends, and Isaac presented on how using data can help us adapt to changes in the global workforce. SF Chamber president and CEO Tallia Hart also discussed how the SF Chamber and the San Francisco Center for Economic Development work to strengthen the economy of San Francisco. In her remarks, Provost Pallavicini discussed how Pacific is working to meet the workforce needs of the San Francisco Bay Area and the Northern California region through its programs on all three campuses.  

Other Pacific representatives at the event included Stacy McAfee, Associate Vice President for External Relations, Strategic Partnerships and Presidential Initiatives; Rick Hutley, director of the Data Science Program; Nader Nadershahi, dean of Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry; J. Michael Thompson, associate vice president and vice provost for Enrollment Management; Rupa Balachandra, associate professor and program director for the Audiology Program; Richard Fredekind, executive associate dean of Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry; and Polly Adema, director of the Food Studies Program. Evan Blair, assistant director of graduate admissions and recruitment, hosted a Pacific information booth.

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