Written By David Cain Member of the 2020 Annual Conference Host Committee & Senior Advisor - Communications Committee. Currently Adjunct Professor CSUN & CSULB & part-time Fiscal Sustainability Manager for the City of Los Alamitos.

Do you and your organization have questions about the Future? Such as:

  • What’s the future of our regional economy in 20 years?
  • How can you attract and retain next-gen talent and families in your community?
  • What is the future of our quality of life as we increase the number of residents in our community?
  • What is the future of local government in California?
  • What should local government pay attention to today, to be ready for what’s coming?
  • How do we build housing for the next generation?

Our 2020 Conference’s Thursday Key Note Rebecca Ryan will challenge your assumptions, confirm how fluid our future is, and provide unique insight into the future of your community. Rebecca is simply THE EXPERT in understanding the next generation and their relationship to the workplace and community. Rebecca is a skilled speaker and facilitator who is knowledgeable about the public sector, including risks and issues paramount to managing public resources. Rebecca is savvy in terms of the careful economic, political, and social balance at play in local government entities. Rebecca is not a “pro forma” facilitator – she isn’t going to ask the same generic questions to a public entity that she would to a clothing retail business, or a gas production company.

But, there is more. You are each going to have a chance to apply Rebecca’s keynote concepts by attending her breakout session immediately following the keynote. This will be a place where you can tinker, theorize, and experiment with specific application of concepts and ideas to your organization. She will be relevant to every conference attendee. CSMFO is excited to have her be one of our three Key Note speakers, and she is just one of the many reasons why our 2020 CSMFO Annual Conference in Disneyland is a “can’t miss” event.

Rebecca Ryan grew up in West Bend, Wisconsin. She earned undergraduate degrees with honors in Economics and International Relations from Drake University. After five jobs in four years, she founded Next Generation Consulting in 1997. A born trend-watcher, Rebecca realized that the workforce had changed, but cities and the workplace had not. Her mission is to leave the world better for future generations. Rebecca is the author of Live First, Work Second: Getting Inside the Head of the Next Generation (2007) and ReGENERATION: A Manifesto for America’s Next Leaders (2013). In addition to her work at Next Generation Consulting, Rebecca is the Resident Futurist at the Alliance for Innovation and a Senior Fellow at CEOs for Cities.

Stay linked into the online CSMFO News to get the latest information about our third CSMFO Conference keynote speaker, and be sure to revisit our article highlighting Dr. Jeffrey “Jeff” Barnes (aka Dr. Disneyland).

David Cain – Recently retired Director of Finance from the City of Fountain Valley having worked in the cities of San Bernardino, Chino, Sierra Madre and for Moulton Niguel Water District. Active as an adjunct Professor for the MPA programs at CSUN and CSULB and occasional quest speaker for various California public sector groups and associations.