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Virtual Winter Conference Recap
Thank you to all the attendees, speakers, members, and staff who joined us in making this year’s virtual 2021 Winter Conference a success! The two-day event was well attended with nearly 250 registrants and several preeminent speakers who shared insights on the future of work, the neuroscience behind communication in water, what comes next for agency financing, and what to expect as state and federal legislative priorities in 2021.
The conference kicked off Wednesday, January 27, with keynote speaker Heather McGowan, future-of-work strategist, followed by a California executive and legislative priorities panel, featuring Christine Hironaka, from the office of Governor Gavin Newsom, and Senator Ben Allen, from the California Legislature. Lunchtime was filled with a special session on the Brave Blue World Project with Aoife Kelleher, Lead Researcher and Producer at Blue Tech Research. The day concluded with the ever-popular roundtable sessions and three-afternoon committee meetings.
Thursday opened with a virtual women’s networking breakfast/coffee and a welcome from CASA’s vice president, Jasmin Hall, before a panel on what to expect next in Washington D.C., followed by an agency finance panel. The virtual luncheon was packed full of exciting updates including a message from CASA’s Executive Director, Adam Link on the new 5-year strategic plan, CASA’s awards of excellence presentation, and state and federal updates. The conference wrapped up with a panel on Forging Partnerships for a Shared Future and CASA’s state legislative committee meeting.
Presentations and materials from the conference are available online for those who registered for the Winter Conference. Thank you to everyone who joined us virtually!