Governor, CalChamber Chair to Speak at Sacramento Host Breakfast in May

Governor Gavin Newsom
CalChamber Chair Grace Evans Cherashore

Governor Gavin Newsom will be the featured speaker on May 23 at the 94th Annual Sacramento Host Breakfast, co-sponsored by the California Chamber of Commerce and the Sacramento Host Committee.

Preceding the Governor at the podium will be 2019 CalChamber Chair Grace Evans Cherashore, executive chairwoman of Evans Hotels.

The Host Breakfast provides a venue at which California’s top industry and government leaders can meet, socialize and discuss the critical issues facing businesses, the economy and government.

Leaders from business, agriculture, the administration, education, the military and legislators from throughout the state are invited to join the discussion. Representatives of the California consular corps and foreign economic partners also will be in attendance.

Capitol Summit

Opening the Sacramento activities the morning of May 22 will be the CalChamber Capitol Summit, featuring policy and political updates, including:

• A straight talk on priority business issues by CalChamber President Allan Zaremberg;

• Comments by longtime political columnist Dan Walters of CALmatters; and

• A question-and-answer session with Lenny Mendonca, chief economic adviser to Governor Newsom. Zaremberg will serve as moderator.

• A policy issues panel with Sarah Boot, CalChamber policy advocate specializing in privacy/technology, telecommunications, economic development and taxation issues; and Erika Frank, CalChamber executive vice president, legal affairs and general counsel. The Honorable Mike Villines, a former Assembly Republican leader and owner of the Villines Group, LLC, will act as moderator.

Following the post-lunch policy issues panel discussion, Summit attendees will have time for self-scheduled visits with their legislative representatives.

International Forum

After the Summit, attendees also have the option to stop by the CalChamber International Forum (a separate RSVP is required).

Presented by the CalChamber Council for International Trade, the afternoon forum will focus on trade issues for the California trade/business community, including the consular corps, Export Council members, local chambers of commerce and other interested parties.

On the agenda are:

• Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis, the Governor’s representative for international affairs and trade development, speaking on California’s role in international trade. Ambassador Kounalakis is the first woman to be lieutenant governor of California. She served as President Barack Obama’s ambassador to Hungary from 2010 to 2013.

• Diane Farrell, deputy assistant secretary for Asia, U.S. Department of Commerce, explaining the U.S.-Indo-Pacific Initiative. Farrell is the principal adviser for all matters concerning international economics, trade, investment and commercial policy programs and agreements with Asia.

• Caroline Beteta, president and CEO of Visit California, providing a look at the state of tourism in California. Beteta is responsible for implementing Visit California’s $126 million global marketing program.

Sacramento Host Reception

Scheduled for the evening of May 22 is the Sacramento Host Reception. The CalChamber and the Sacramento Host Committee co-sponsor the reception to provide networking opportunities for business leaders from industries throughout the state and international representatives.

The reception also gives attendees the opportunity to discuss key issues facing the state with other business leaders and elected officials. The evening event is a prelude to the Host Breakfast the next morning.

Register by May 10

The registration fee to attend the Capitol Summit, Host Reception and Host Breakfast is $75 per person.

The registration deadline is Friday, May 10 OR until sold out. Space is limited.

For more information or to register, visit