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A Conversation with Leon Panetta

2020 Speaker Series on California's Future
January 16, 2020
11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Sheraton Grand Hotel
Magnolia/Camellia rooms
1230 J Street, lower level
Sacramento, CA 95814


About the Program

As we move into a consequential election year, the importance of leadership is top of mind for Californians. Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta will join PPIC President and CEO Mark Baldassare for a wide-ranging discussion about leading through the critical challenges facing the state and nation.


11:30 a.m. Registration

11:45 a.m. Lunch

12:00 p.m. Welcome
Gaddi Vasquez, retired senior vice president of government affairs, Edison International and Southern California Edison

12:05 p.m. Conversation and Audience Q&A
Leon Panetta, chairman, the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, and former Secretary of Defense
Mark Baldassare, president and CEO, PPIC

1:00 p.m. Adjourn



Steven Bliss
Media Contact
Kelly Holt
Event Contact


Are there videos of PPIC events?

Yes, we record most of our events and make the video available on the PPIC event page within a couple days of the event.

Do you accept walk-in registration at PPIC events?

We accept walk-ins as room capacity permits. If you have questions about a specific event, contact Kelly Holt at

How do I learn about your event series sponsors?

The James Irvine Foundation Briefing Series

The James Irvine Foundation Briefing Series is intended to inform decisionmakers and facilitate constructive discussion about the major social, economic, and political issues facing California. The series is supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation.

Speaker Series on California’s Future

The Speaker Series on California’s Future brings together thought leaders from across the political and geographic spectrum with a common goal—to think critically, constructively, and collaboratively about realistic solutions to California’s many challenges and build a better future for the state. The series features local, state, and national leaders discussing the major issues facing California—from education to climate change to the economy to governance. The series is supported by a variety of sponsors.

Sutton Family Speaker Series

The Sutton Family Speaker Series—made possible with a generous gift from Tom and Marilyn Sutton—features leaders and experts who have bold, innovative ideas that can help inspire much-needed change in California’s higher education system.

May I submit a question for the event speaker and/or panelists?

Before the event, questions may be submitted for consideration to Kelly Holt at At this time, questions submitted during the event may not be accepted.

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