Sonoma State University conference to feature new president, global tech trends expert

24th Sonoma State University Economic Outlook Conference, Robert Eyler

North Bay Business Journal

A New York-based authority on global technology for Bank of America Merrill Lynch and an expert on driving innovation will share the podium with Sonoma State University President Judy Sakaki and North Bay economic forecaster Robert Eyler at the 24th Sonoma State University Economic Outlook Conference Feb. 15.

The conference, underwritten by Bank of America Merrill Lynch and co-hosted by the Business Journal and the SSU School of Business & Economics, takes place from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the SSU Student Center ballroom.

“This is a conference focused on the future, the future of our region’s higher education, the economy, technology and innovation” said Business Journal Publisher Brad Bollinger. “Dr. Sakaki is bringing her engaging vision to SSU and this conference is a unique opportunity to hear her incredible story.”

Bollinger said Eyler’s one-of-a-kind North Bay economic forecast will include an analysis of the impacts of a repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

In addition to Sakaki and Eyler, the presenters include:

  • New York-based Wamsi Mohan, director of equity research covering U.S. IT hardware and technology supply chain for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He is considered among the leading analysts in the technology supply chain. His research reports include: Global Technology Supply Chain Handbook, Automotive sensor primer, Global LCD glass primer and Connector industry primer. He has master’s degrees in physics and electrical engineering and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern.
  • Chris Waugh, Sutter Health’s first chief innovation officer, is using his extensive experience in human-centered design to guide the medical provider’s enterprise innovation strategy. Waugh is recognized for inspiring audiences and bringing together people from many multi-disciplinary teams. Waugh has a decade of entrepreneurial leadership experience at IDEO, the Bay Area design and innovation consulting firm.
  • Ray Johnson, director of the Wine Business Institute at SSU, who will speak on the institute’s building project and the future of its programs. Over five years leading the Institute, he secured more than $10 million in support for leadership in wine business education and research, and expanded access for students to wine industry careers, scholarships, and internships.