Working together to build a thriving Orange County for all.

We are a collaborative effort led by purposeful CEOs who believe that contributing to the community is not only a responsibility, but the right thing to do.
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Our Work

A Clear Strategy Guided by Experience

Our initiatives involve C-suite executives from some of our most prominent public and private companies who are committed to leading change. We work strategically to help others succeed through a flywheel strategy that has four focus areas to build synergies for enhanced economic and community well-being:

Why We Exist

The Power of Purposeful Leadership

Vibrant communities require focused, cross-sector collaboration to create new opportunities and address challenges on the road to excellence. Effective CEO leadership has been shown to be a primary best practice for communities in generating top talent, attractive employment opportunities, and high quality of life for their citizens.

Our Impact

Collaborating To Close Critical Gaps

Career Pathways

Chair: Kimberly Chavalas Cripe, President of CHOC, with a team of educators and other CEOs
Vice Chair: Robin Shanahan, Managing Director, Co-COO and Global Head of Human Resources, PIMCO

  • Initiative for providing training and employment pathways to underrepresented youth

Child Hunger

Chair: Mark Wetterau, CEO of Golden State Foods
Co-Chair: Chris Wing, CEO of SCAN Health Plan

  • Pilot program to provide nutritious meals to K-6 students when school is not in session, in partnership with United Way and OC Department of Education

Chair: Jim Morris, President & CEO of Pacific Life, with a team of CHROs

  • Collaboration with university deans at UCI, Chapman and CSUF to elevate attractiveness of companies to college graduates, especially in high-value fields
  • Collaboration with Partner Pathways, a program designed to provide job placement

Chair: Doug Holte, Former President of Irvine Company Office
Vice Chair: Julie Hill, Retired CEO, Costain USA

  • Working team and steering committee to develop and execute plan to market the OC value proposition
  • EnvisionOC.org to demonstrate value proposition with continually refreshed vignettes, job postings, community resources and more

Chair: Dick Gochnauer, Retired CEO of Essendant, with a team of collaborators and investors

  • Master Venture Capital Fund aimed at helping solve growth stage and later Series B funding burden
  • Validation and selection of first two established local VC fund managers for $60M Fund 1, targeting $500M in 3-5 funds
  • Connecting key members of the Orange County innovation community to collaborate and advance priorities to increase innovation jobs in the region
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