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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

Bill Mueller

Bill is the CEO of Valley Vision, a civic leadership organization with offices in Sacramento and Stockton. Valley Vision creates community inspired solutions using unbiased research and connections to thousands of leaders across Northern California, mobilizing them behind breakthrough initiatives that improve people’s lives.

Under his leadership, Valley Vision has become widely respected by decision-makers for its independent analysis and facilitating tough conversations that have brought about large-scale economic, social, and environmental change. He has nearly 30 years of public policy and community-building experience from previous careers at Intel Corporation as a global business manager, Vice President of Public Policy for the Sacramento Metro Chamber, and as a public policy and communications advisor on Capitol Hill and at the California State Capitol.

In addition to running Valley Vision with an 18-member team and 33-member C-level board, Bill serves in various leadership posts, including past co-chair of the California Economic Summit, co-chair of the California Stewardship Network, and as a board member on the California Asian Chamber of Commerce, the Sacramento Metro Chamber, and Breathe California Sacramento Region. He is a graduate of various leadership programs, was named the 2018 Distinguished Alumni by Sacramento State, and received the Sacramento Urban League’s 2011 Unity Award, the organization’s top annual award. To learn more, visit


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.

AJ Jacobs

AJ Jacobs joined SMUD as Chief Information Security Officer in October 2018, bringing with him over 20 years of functional experience in U.S. Government & Private Industry Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Engineering, Governance, Risk Management, Policy, and Compliance.

As a member of SMUD’s Chief Information Officer’s Information Technology team, AJ’s responsibilities include management and oversight of SMUD’s cybersecurity and privacy risk and compliance.

AJ came to SMUD from San Diego where he worked for Booz Allen Hamilton as a senior cybersecurity policy and compliance consultant to the Navy’s Cybersecurity Technical Authority on their cyber risk management initiatives.

His previous employment includes roles as a senior cybersecurity and systems analyst with an array of defense contractors such as Lockheed Martin, SAIC, Level (3) Communications, and SRI International supporting multiple agencies within the Department of Defense and Federal Government spaces. AJ started his professional career with an enlistment in the United States Marine Corps (1993-2001) where he was inspired to pursue a career in information technology. While serving in the Marine Corps, AJ was honored with the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for meritorious service at Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Affairs Division.

AJ received a Master of Science Degree with honors in Cybersecurity Policy from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and is a member of the Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) International Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines. AJ is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) with the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC2).

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.

Closing Speaker

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.

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