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Vision for the Valley symposium addresses politics, education and healthcare

An audience of 300 gathered at Bakersfield College's Simonsen Performing Arts Center Tuesday morning for Vision for the Valley, a business symposium sponsored by the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce and TBC Media.


Nick Ortiz, president and CEO of the chamber, introduced Michelle Chantry, CEO/CFO of TBC Media, and then hosted three panels.

Former TBC Media CEO Richard Beene moderated a panel on the election's likely impact in California with Dan Walters, the longtime columnist for the Sacramento Bee, Marty Wilson, vice president for public affairs for the CalChamber, and Lois Henry, columnist for The Californian.

Ortiz hosted a panel on STEM education with Adam Alvidrez, who works in policy, government and public affairs for Chevron, and Sonya Christian, president of Bakersfield College.

Robert Price, senior editor of The Californian, hosted a panel on healthcare innovation with Sharlet Briggs, CEO of San Joaquin Community Hospital, Ivonne Der Torosian, vice president of the Hospital Council of Northern & Central California, and Steve Schilling, CEO, of Clinica Sierra Vista.

Kayla Palm, vice president of millennial marketing for Wells Fargo, also spoke on the importance of engaging 20- and 30-somethings.

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