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Keynote Speaker

Patrick Schwerdtfeger

Patrick Schwerdtfeger, author of award-winning book Anarchy, Inc., is a leading authority on technology trends including artificial intelligence, block-chain, and disruptive innovation. He knows how to help you survive the upcoming anarchy.

Patrick discussed Learned Intuition at TEDx Sacramento.

Patrick’s previous books include Keynote Mastery: The Personal Journey of a Professional Speaker (2016, Authority Publishing), Marketing Shortcuts for the Self-Employed (2011, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.), Webify Your Business: Internet Marketing Secrets for the Self-Employed (2009) and Make Yourself Useful: Marketing in the 21st Century (2008). Three of his books have won awards in their respective categories. He’s been featured by the New York Times, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Reader’s Digest, CNN Money, NPR, Fortune, Bloomberg Businessweek, the Associated Press, MONEY Magazine, and Forbes, among many others.

Welcome Speakers

Assemblyman Kiley

On November 8, 2016, California State Assemblyman Kevin Kiley was elected to represent the 6th Assembly District, which includes Placer, Sacramento, and El Dorado counties. He serves as Vice-Chair of the Education Committee and Vice-Chair of the Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee, and is a member of the Higher Education, Housing and Community Development and Judiciary committees.

Kevin was born and raised in the communities of the Sixth Assembly District, and graduated as a member of Granite Bay High School’s fifth graduating class. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard, a law degree from Yale, and a master’s in secondary education from Loyola Marymount. He has also served as an adjunct professor at McGeorge School of Law, and co-owns and operates Ose-Kiley Cattle.

Assemblyman Kiley serves on the following committees:

  • Education, Vice-Chair
  • Privacy and Consumer Protection, Vice-Chair
  • Higher Education
  • Housing and Community Development
  • Judiciary

Aneesh Raman

Aneesh Raman is senior advisor on strategy and external affairs at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. Raman has spent the last five years in the tech industry, most recently as head of economic and social impact at Facebook. From 2009-2013, he held multiple positions in the Obama Administration, including as a domestic policy speechwriter to President Barack Obama and as speechwriter to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner during a historic financial crisis. Raman started his career as a CNN correspondent, first in Southeast Asia and then in the Middle East, where he spent over a year as a war correspondent in Iraq. A graduate of Harvard, Raman is a former Fulbright scholar, term member at the Council on Foreign Relations and is a member of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library’s New Frontier Award Committee.


Stephen Clemons

Stephen Clemons joined SMUD as Chief Information Officer in February 2017, bringing with him over 20 years of information technology experience.

As a member of the executive team, Clemons’ responsibilities include SMUD’s information technology strategy, planning, implementation, operations, infrastructure and project management, as well as information security and privacy.
Clemons came to SMUD from San Diego-based private sector cybersecurity firm iBoss Cybersecurity where he was the public sector vice president.

His previous employment includes roles as a senior director for Product Management at Qualcomm Education in San Diego, chief information officer for the San Diego County Office of Education (the 2nd largest in the state) from 2007 to 2014, information technology director for the County of San Diego, chief enterprise architect for the State of California’s Office of the CIO in Sacramento from 2003 to 2006, and chief enterprise technology architect for the Franchise Tax Board in Sacramento from 1994 to 2003.

Clemons received bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Finance from California State University, Sacramento.

Kristie Griffin

Kristie Griffin is currently the Head of Talent Management at Stanford Health Care. In this role, she provides enterprise-wide strategic leadership in the areas of Talent Acquisition, Strategic Workforce Planning, Performance Management, On-Boarding and Exit Management. She also serves as an Executive Human Resources Business Partner to key leaders. Kristie came to Stanford from Dignity Health where she led a large team responsible for recruiting and workforce planning for 15 hospitals, 89 clinics and 5 corporate offices.

Prior to joining Stanford Health Care and Dignity Health, Kristie spent 15 years in the technology industry. After graduating from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a BS in Business Administration, she returned to her native Silicon Valley where she began her career as a Consultant for Deloitte. She then went on to lead global, high-performing teams at Google and Microsoft before shifting to healthcare.

A former Division I college basketball player and full-athletic scholarship recipient, Kristie is a strategic, passionate, results-oriented leader who thrives in resolving complex business challenges, motivating employees to peak performance and positively disrupting organizational norms. Kristie currently resides in Sacramento, CA with Kiko, her husband of 22 years and their four children Kaliya, Kairee, Kassai and Kayo.

Kevin McGrew

Kevin McGrew has over 30 years of manufacturing and engineering experience with Siemens in Germany, Mexico, and USA. Has been the head of Quality at Siemens Mobility Inc. for over 20 years. SMI is a world class manufacturer of rail bound transit vehicles for the North American market. He is an acknowledged expert in implementation of holistic quality and lean management systems for complex products and processes from project tender to project completion.

He is co-founder of, and currently holds the position of President for, the nonprofit organization Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Initiative. SVMI is focused on promotion of careers to the next generation in advanced manufacturing and implementing initiatives and partnerships to that end with educators and others. Kevin holds a BSEE from Purdue University and is an American Society for Quality Certified Quality Manager and Certified Quality Engineer.

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