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The Tri-Valley is officially #trending. The Tri-Valley brand as the heart of California innovation is attracting game-changing founders and investment in the region is at an all-time high. In this era when Trending is King, how do global leaders respond to rapidly shifting trends while driving meaningful change within their company’s corporate culture…all while delivering a positive global impact? From the heart of California innovation, Tri-Valley leaders are revolutionizing how we do business with integrity, responsibility, and empathy.

  • Board Chair, Author of Anti-Racist Leadership and Former CEO of Jamba Juice, James D. White joins San Francisco Business Times President and Publisher Mary Huss in conversation
  • Our panel of regional entrepreneurs and stakeholders will discuss why innovative companies are growing, expanding, and moving into the Tri-Valley at a rapid rate.

Join us for a lively panel discussion and networking reception with local entrepreneurs, innovators, and leaders who are pushing the Tri-Valley economy to new heights.


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James D. White is a transformational leader with over thirty years’ experience as a CEO and operating executive in the consumer products, retail, and restaurant industries, as well as an experienced corporate director and adviser with twenty years of experience on more than fifteen public and private boards.

White currently chairs the board of the Honest Company and is Executive Chair of the startup Air Protein, in addition to several other boards.

As Chair, President, and CEO of Jamba Juice from 2008–2016, he led the successful turnaround and transformation of the company from a made-to-order smoothie shop to a global healthy-lifestyle brand. He has held senior executive positions at Safeway, Gillette, and Nestle Purina PetCare. In 2020, he launched his own firm, Culture Design Lab, to coach, train, and lead CEOs, boards, Chief People Officers, and Chief Diversity Officers on operationalizing his diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) playbook. White is regularly featured in the media for his work, including Harvard Business Review, The Mentor, Shark Tank, the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, Savoy, and Black Enterprise.


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