2024 Industry Studies Association
Annual Conference

Empowering Community Wellbeing: Clean Energy, Sustainability and Industrial Strategy

California State University, Sacramento
June 13-15, 2024 | Sacramento, CA, USA 


Farm to Fork Bus Pick up at Alumni Center 

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Thursday, June 13, 2:15-3:30pm            
Past and Future of the Semiconductor Industry
Rob Leachman, UC Berkeley
Hassan Khan, Senior Policy Advisor at the CHIPS Program Office, Department of Commerce.
Moderated by Elisabeth Reynolds, MIT, former Special Assistant to the President for Manufacturing and Economic Development

Friday, June 14, 8:00-9:15am
California’s Air Resource Board (CARB) and Where We Stand in the Electrification Transition
Daniel Sperling, UC Davis
Gil Tal, UC David
Moderated by John Paul MacDuffie, Wharton, UPenn, Director, Program on Vehicle & Mobility Innovation, Mack Institute

Saturday, June 15, 9:30-10:45am
Sustainability and Wellbeing: A Dialogue Across Disciplines
Emiliana Simon-Thomas, UC Berkeley
Charles Corbett, UCLA
Moderated by ISA President Tonya Boone, Mason School of Business, William & Mary

Special Sessions:

Friday, June 14, 3:45-5:00pm
Economics and Policy of the Pharmaceutical Industry
Karen Van Nuys, USC
Kevin Schulman, Stanford;
Z. John Lu, UCLA
Moderated by ISA Vice-President John Gray, Fisher School of Business, Ohio State University


Thursday, June 13, 8:00-11:00am
Siemen Mobility’s North American Rail HQ (cost=$35)

Thursday, June 13, 11:00am-1:00pm
Sac State Sustainability Tour (free)

Saturday, June 15, 2:00-6:00pm
Sake-Tasting or Family Farm Visit (cost=$35)


We are excited to welcome you to Sacramento for the 2024 Industry Studies Association conference. Capital of the U.S. state of California, Sacramento lies at the confluence of the Sacramento River and American River. The district of Old Sacramento harkens back to the city's Gold Rush era, with wooden sidewalks and wagon rides. You won't want to miss the California State Railroad Museum, which depicts the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, one of the country's earliest technological feats and a reminder of how crucial infrastructure investments can be to national economic strength. Our receptions and excursions will introduce you to the agricultural bounty and culinary innovation of this so-called "Farm-to-Fork Capital."

Empowering Community Wellbeing: Clean Energy, Sustainability and Industrial Strategy

The Industry Studies Association proudly presents its annual conference in the heart of California, the world’s largest subnational economy, with a theme that resonates with the future of our planet and communities. Join us in exploring the dynamic interplay between California's pioneering efforts in clean energy and sustainability and their profound impacts on industrial strategy and community wellbeing around the world. 

Sacramento State, the state capital's university, hosts our dialogue.  California stands at the forefront of a global movement towards a more sustainable and eco-conscious future. As the state takes bold steps towards clean energy, it has become a living laboratory for the exploration of sustainable practices, policy innovations, and community-driven solutions. This conference invites scholars, practitioners, policymakers, and industry leaders to engage in critical discussions and share insights on how this revolution is reshaping industries, and communities.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Sacramento in June, 2024! 

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