The key to building vibrant communities lies in cross-sector collaboration that creates new opportunities and solves persistent challenges. We convene the right people, the right business practices and the right resources to help make that happen.
Our priorities for Orange County are:
Impact in Orange County
Vision: A business-led system of 21st century K-14 career pathways that align with education and nonprofit innovation, leading to jobs and a quality future for all students in OC. Remove hunger as a barrier to learning.
- Talent Leadership Advisory Board (T-LAB): Grow T-LAB from 20 to at least 40 members that are top OC education and business stakeholders and organize the first ever annual OC Education Summit to establish countywide talent pipeline metrics.
- Work Based Learning (WBL) pilot: Provide mentorships and internships through the WBL Pilot for 200 high school students, conduct a comprehensive evaluation, and design Career Exploration Experiences (CEE) that can scale to many CLA-OC member companies. Design and pilot the first- in-California OC Modern Youth Apprenticeship Program at the high school and community college levels.
- Launch Talent Bridges: Launch new Talent Bridge Models using CLA-OC’s collaborations with Alteryx and CISOShare. Explore, develop, and scale the Talent Bridge Model with CLA-OC Member companies.
- Design and Test AI/Emerging Tech and Digital Literacy Open-Source Modules: Target early learners in grades 3rd – 8th with curriculum designed to stimulate curiosity in AI and Digital Literacy. Work with OC Department of Education and world-class partners with in-school and out-of-school learning possibilities.
Vision: A vibrant OC business community that attracts, develops, and retains talent, meeting the dynamic and evolving needs of individuals and business.
- Data-driven strategy: Collect employment data from 26 participating companies on local hiring and talent retention. Share this information at the June CLA-OC Executive Committee meeting and use the data to drive talent retention strategies.
- Foster engagement between academia and business: Facilitate collaboration between OC universities and OC employers with a goal to establish a platform to simplify the acquisition of local talent into internship and job opportunities. Have 6-9 CLA-OC companies engaged in 2021 and at least 3 universities. Begin to track number engaged with the new platform.
- Support the development of tomorrow’s leaders: Orange Fellows Program: Design 2-year program with input from the inaugural class of 24 Fellows and use a competitive selection process to recruit second class of up to 30 Orange Fellows. Improve applicant pool from 58 to 100 candidates.
- Reduce intellectual flight: Pilot a new talent retention strategy for the 400+ Ph.D. graduates from the nationally ranked School of Information and Computer Science at UCI. Identify best practices to be replicated.
Vision: A distinct regional identity that celebrates OC’s inclusive and opportunity-rich communities, engaging relevant stakeholders to attract and retain innovative talent and enterprises.
- Boost brand awareness: Increase EnvisionOC.org and social media traffic by 100%.
- SoCal innovation branding: Partner with the Alliance for SoCal Innovation and other regional stakeholders to brand SoCal as a top-tier innovation hub in America – even a Global AI/emerging tech SuperHub. Integrate with OC-centric innovation branding; special emphasis on the UN AI For Good North America Regional Conference in Anaheim, tentatively planned for late fall 2021.
- Enhance website content through storytelling: Update EnvisionOC messaging to reinforce OC’s distinct advantages in the post-COVID era of “work- from-anywhere.”
- Focus on broader digital presence of OC: Update other regional communication channels (e.g.: Wikipedia) to underscore key marketing themes that attract talent and enterprises (diversity, lifestyle, central SoCal location, etc.)
- Attract new enterprises: Expand the employee presence in OC of the nation’s dominant and best- performing Big Tech companies.
Vision: A top-tier innovation economy with connected deep talent pools, mentors/ advisors and world-class support services, fueled by abundant local capital
- Expand SoCal Master Fund: Stay on track to achieve CLA’s three-year goal of $100M AUM by 2022, reaching at least $60M of AUM by YE 2021.
- Create Operate Start: A new structured program to initially fund and support startups in AI and emerging technologies, with a focus on diverse and underrepresented founders. Raise at least $500k for investment, and funds for initial startup and at least 2 years of operating costs, and launch a first cohort of the program (5-10) startups by the end of 2021.
- Build AI Center of Excellence to serve as the attracting force within the OC AI SuperHub: Develop start up plan for Center of Excellence including core focus, financial needs and sources, location, short list of AI company partners.
- Continue to position OC as top region in the world for AI knowledge and talent by fostering collaborative communities:
- Continue to build a group of global advisors with whom we partner on research, commercial reach and joint projects by adding 2 additional members (in addition to 1 current member- Wistron ITS, a leading IT service provider with 13 international offices).
- Showcase/host session at UN AI for Good (North America) Conference in October 2021
- Assist in the production of an AI data and health informatics global conference, with UCI taking the lead.