2016-10-20 / Community

Think tank event peers into the future

Foundation to present 10 pros talking on different topics for 10 minutes each
By Stephanie Bertholdo


Loesing Loesing The Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation will present its second annual “10x10: The Future of the Conejo/Las Virgenes Region” event at 10 a.m. Sat., Nov. 5 at the Grant Brimhall Library in Thousand Oaks.

The free community event will present 10 experts, each speaking on a different topic for 10 minutes.

“The objective of the 10x10 is to focus on important issues in order to stimulate discussion, raise awareness and demonstrate interconnections that impact the quality of life in our region,” foundation director Karen Malatesta said.

The foundation is a think tank that has been exploring quality-of-life issues in the Conejo Valley since 1972.

Paulette Lambert, director of nutrition at the California Health and Longevity Institute in Westlake Village, will address the topic “Rethinking Nutrition.” Laura Robin, director of BMW Designworks in Los Angeles, will discuss the “Future of Mobility,” which Malatesta said will center on self-driving cars and other automotive innovations.


Jorrey Jorrey Mike Panesis, executive director of Cal Lutheran’s Center for Entrepreneurship, will present “The Shared Economy,” which will touch on the increased use of “peer-to-peer” services like Airbnb for housing rentals and Uber, the shared driving service.

Nathalie Gosset, chair of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Buenaventura section, will speak about “Amazing New Technologies,” while Ron Schultz, co-host of the radio show “Creating Good Work, Live,” will give an out- line on “Becoming Mindful.”

“Tomorrow’s Parklands,” a discussion about the future of state and national recreation areas, will be presented by Belinda Faustinos, principal of BVF Consulting Inc. in Rosemead.

Thousand Oaks Acorn editor Kyle Jorrey will discuss the “ Social Media Buzz” that is prevalent today, and Bill Watkins, executive director of the Center for Economic Research, will try to define the “Future of the Workforce.”

Jon Myers, director of communications and marketing for the Red Cross, will present information on “Disaster Recovery.”

“Marijuana Legalization” will be analyzed by Herb Gooch, a professor at Cal Lutheran University.

The event will be moderated by John Loesing, managing editor of the Acorn Newspapers.

Malatesta said the foundation has done work in the past that led to the development of Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency (COSCA), Conejo Valley Unified School District, the Civic Arts Plaza and, most recently, the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks.

The 10x10 event is being sponsored by the Thousand Oaks Library, Southern California Gas Co., Cal Lutheran University, Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, the Acorn Newspapers, the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce and MobileVideo360.

Space is limited. To attend the event, register at www.clvff.org. A $10 donation will be requested. For more information, email info@clvff.org or call (818) 880-1054.

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