Engagement in the Asian Century; Opportunity of Our Lifetime
The first female Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, began her political career as a university student leader. At 37, she was elected to Parliament as a member of the Labor Party. In 2007 she became the first Deputy Prime Minister and in 2010, despite being in the minority, she was elected Prime Minister. She recounts her tenure and the challenges of being a female leader in her autobiography, My Story.
As leader of government she managed the 12th biggest economy in the world through the recent global financial crisis. She is credited with a number of successes during her administration: in the health sector – reform in medical training, delivery of care, and insurance; in taxation – cuts for middle and low income citizens; in environment -a carbon tax exchange scheme; in technology – a national broadband network.
Ms. Gillard developed Australia’s guiding policy paper, “Australia in the Asian Century.” She will extend her knowledge of this 21st century challenge discussing the lessons essential to national success as we navigate the strategic, economic and leadership challenges a rising Asia presents.
Follow her: https://twitter.com/juliagillard
The Evolution of The American Presidency
“We should research with monkish rigor, as we write (and lecture) with novelistic flair.”
These words reflect Dr. Suri’s own personality and his approach to the study and understanding of the repercussions of historical trends on the modern world. His academic work seeks to explain how war, migration, nation-building, and mobility through higher education have transformed the workings of power at the local and international levels.
He is the author and editor of nine books on contemporary politics and foreign policy. His most recent book is titled, The Impossible Presidency, The Rise and Fall of America’s Highest Office. He discusses the transformation of the limited role the Founding Fathers envisioned of the office of president to its current status as the most powerful job in the world.
Listen to him: http://jeremisuri.net/audio
The Central Valley Regional is one of many FIRST Robotics Competitions held each year. These events are an exciting, multinational competitions that teams professionals and young people together to solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way. The program is a life-changing, career-molding experience and a lot of fun. Each year the competition reaches more than 68,000 students on over 2,700 teams in competitions held across the USA and in other parts of the world. The teams come from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands, the U.K., and every state in the U.S. The competitions are high-tech spectator sporting events, the result of focused brainstorming, real-world teamwork, dedicated mentoring, outstanding innovation, and intense deadlines.
The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
Colleges, universities, corporations, businesses, and individuals provide scholarships to our participants and sponsorship for FRC teams. Involved engineers and industry leaders provide mentorship and expertise to help guide students through the engineering process. The competition shows students that the technological fields hold many opportunities and that the basic concepts of science, math, engineering, and invention are exciting and interesting.
Fresno Convention Center
Disruptive Technology: The Unrecognizable New World of Technology and Culture
David Pogue got his start writing Macs for Dummies before becoming a long-time personal technology columnist for The New York Times. He has been at the forefront of new and emerging tech trends for nearly two decades. With over 3 million books in print, he is one of the world’s bestselling “how to” authors, including his own, “Missing Manuals” series. He has been awarded an Emmy, two Webby Awards, and the Gerald Loeb Award for online blogging.
Mr. Pogue is currently Tech Critic for Yahoo Finance, the world’s most-read business publication. Millions follow and trust his tech reviews, read his Scientific American columns, and enjoy his CBS Sunday Morning and NOVA reports.
Best known for previewing new consumer technology and trends, Mr. Pogue predicts how disruptive technology in our fast-changing world is most likely to have a significant impact on society.
Visit him: https://www.yahoo.com/author/david-pogue/
A dance competition really should be this good! Our talented staff of professionals creates an amazing experience at every event.
From the venues, to the staging and sound, we are sure your experience with us will be unlike any other.