Toward a Shared Vision

Join us for a two-day virtual convening of Inland Empire community leaders from education, business, government, and nonprofit sectors who share a vision for increasing equitable educational attainment, adding more qualified people to the workforce, and contributing to a thriving regional economy. Event participants will work together in sessions and workshops to discuss collaborative solutions that will drive transformation.

“Our ability to work together is what accelerates real transformational change. It begins with increasing educational attainment through an efficient, high-quality education system with a specific emphasis on accelerating success for historically marginalized groups. This, in turn, fuels a robust Inland Empire economy and creates wealth and prosperity for all residents of the region.”

Dr. Carlos Ayala

President & CEO, Growing Inland Achievement

Schedule at a Glance

Day 1 – Thursday, September 16


9:00am – 10:30am

Opening Welcome and Keynotes

Carlos Ayala

CEO at Growing Inland Achievement

Welcome to Toward a Shared Vision 2021

Leona Christy

CEO at Catalyst:Ed

Racing Against Time: 5 Principles for Effective Equity-Centered Leadership

Tessa CArmen De Roy

President at California College Guidance Initiative

Harnessing the Transformative Power of Student Data and Engagement Tools


10:50am – 11:30am

GIA Board Fireside Chats

GIA’s Board of Directors motivates and empowers regional stakeholders to “think regionally” and be active participants in collective impact work to support student success from cradle to career.


11:50am – 12:30am

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Early college credit & Dual Enrollment

Developing Early Collge Credit & Dual Enrollment Strategies for Student Success

Enrollment Capacity

Enrollment Simulation Tool & Supporting Research

College App

Identifying Adult Prospects Based on Intent & Preference


12:30pm – 1:00pm

Lunch and Networking Lounge

Featuring DJ Steve Vassor


1:00pm – 1:40pm

Bright Ideas, Brighter Futures!

Speed networking sessions


1:50pm – 2:20pm

Ignite Sessions

Stories of network collaboration and success


2:20pm – 2:50pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

PART I. A deep dive into GIA’s Action Network Teams (ANTs). Facilitated by ANT members.


3:10pm – 3:40pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

PART II. A deep dive into GIA’s Action Network Teams (ANTs). Facilitated by ANT members.

Day 2 – Friday, September 17


9:00am – 10:00am

Student Voices

Inland Empire students share their experiences, hopes, and fears


10:20am – 11:00am

Concurrent Breakout Sessions


With Made by Change & 305 Education Group

Career Education Map Tool

With Mike Goss & Shehzad Bhojani

Cal-Soap Financial Aid

With Summer Steele & Matthew Elder


11:20am – 12:00pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Cradle to Career Roadmap

With John Massie

Advanced Number Sense (math resources)

With Susan Addington

Community College student voice

With Sorrel Stielstra, Angelica Ibarra, & Yvonne Olivares


12:15pm – 1:30pm

Lunch and Closing Fireside Chat

Connie Leyva

California State Senator, 20th District

College Affordability and Access for Inland Empire Students. Facilitated by Catalina Cifuentes of the Riverside County Office of Education.