California Economic Summit

Registration for the 2021 California Economic Summit is now open!

This year, the Summit will celebrate 10 years of collective action when we come together in Monterey on November 9-10. We’re also excited to bring you an option to join us virtually on Nov. 10.  See you there!

The Summit’s bipartisan network of business, equity, environmental and civic organizations is unique in championing solutions that meet the triple bottom line — balancing equity, environmental sustainability and economic growth.


Produced by California Forward in partnership with the California Stewardship Network, the Summit influences CA FWD’s ongoing movement to make the government and economy work for everyone. The two-day Summit is designed to create a shared economic agenda known as the Roadmap to Shared Prosperity and strengthen the Summit network, setting the stage for collective action in 2022.

Pre-Summit Activities

The 2021 Summit will include a number of regional activities, tours, and a reception on November 8.

Tuesday, November 9

Interactive in-person plenary and work group sessions to advance Summit goals — plus our 10th anniversary celebration reception with remarks and artistic performances — will take place on Day One.

Wednesday, November 10

Dynamic plenary sessions featuring keynote speakers, state policy leaders, regional business and civic leaders on critical issues facing California take place in-person and virtually on Day Two.

2021 California Steward Leader Awards

Do you know California leaders who have contributed significantly to advancing the triple bottom line in their region or statewide by promoting economic, social and environmental progress? Nominate them today for the California Steward Leader Awards. Winners will be announced during the Summit and the deadline for submissions is October 22.


There is no more critical moment to recommit to collaboration and to find different ways to address our most pressing challenges. Shaping California’s future to ensure families, communities and future generations have the opportunity to achieve the California is what we’re all about.

Check out our video about the 2021 Summit.

Curious to see what 2020 was like? We’ve got you covered, see our 2020 Summit highlight reel.


Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, and Assemblymembers Sharon Quirk-Silva, Robert Rivas, Blanca Rubio, Jim Cooper, Carlos Villapudua, and Rudy Salas join an impressive line-up of speakers that also include Senator Anna Caballero; Paul Markovich, CEO of Blue Shield of California; Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, CEO of the Latino Community Foundation; Kate Roberts, president and CEO of the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership; Tara Lynn Gray, director of the Small Business Advocate; and, members of CA FWD’s Young Leaders Advisory Council, among others. 



The 2021 Roadmap to Shared Prosperity is based on the input of hundreds of participants at the 2020 Summit and combines the best thinking and strategies from across the state. The Roadmap highlights key action areas in 2021 including strengthening education from cradle to career, stewarding productive and resilient landscapes, bridging the digital divide, expanding home ownership, planning regional inclusive economies, investing in small businesses owned by people of color, advancing manufacturing, and increasing community investments.

Blog: Summit Day One Focuses on Equitable, Resilient Recovery

The first day of the 2020 Summit presented new CA Dream Index data tool and shared regional voices collaborating on problems magnified by the pandemic

Blog: Commitments To Inclusion Powered Day Two Of 2020 Summit

Governor Newsom joined the Summit in conversation about pandemic preparation and recovery, housing and more