Introducing the Economic Summit Panelists


At BVEP's inaugural "Grow. Here." economic summit, we have hand picked community leaders that will share their ideas on what we need to keep, grow and change to prepare for the Boise Metro we all desire. In our first leadership panel, Dr. Bob Kustra from Boise State University will moderate a panel of global CEO's including Mark Durcan (Micron Technology, Inc.), Bill Whitacre (J.R. Simplot Company) and Dr. Tommy Ahlquist (Gardner Company).

We are also excited to announce our second panel, which was nominated and selected by our Board of Directors. Our board started with a list of 50 people that are "inspiring us today and leading us tomorrow", and they have selected the three individuals below. Their full stories can be found at "Grow. Ideas. Here." and below is a brief excerpt on each one.

It's not too late to REGISTER for BVEP's first Economic Summit on May 31st from 4:00 - 5:30 with a food-truck networking reception following at the Grove Plaza from 5:30 - 7:00 pm. Click here for the event marketing flyer.

The Second Panel:

Sonia Galaviz, Garfield Elementary: Sonia Galaviz never planned on being a teacher. Her sights were set on becoming a lobbyist from the time she began high school in Northern Idaho up until the middle of her college career at Boise State University. Everything changed when she began volunteering at a family literacy program for migrant workers in Caldwell. Witnessing the power reading and writing had in that community, Sonia knew from then on that she was meant to teach. Continue reading Sonia's story...

Luis Caloca, College of Western Idaho: Luis Caloca, Director of Enrollment Management and One Stop at College of Western Idaho, has paved his way by turning ideas into action. Starting out in Wilder within a predominantly Hispanic community, Luis’s life was transformed when his family moved to Canyon County and enrolled him in West Canyon Elementary – at the time, a school with very few Hispanic students. These pivotal experiences early on in Luis’s education broke ground for a career in higher education – specifically a career where he could work with students and the community to address the same adversity he felt as a student. After earning a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Boise State University, Luis briefly worked at the university before joining CWI’s founding team in 2008. Continue reading...

Angela Taylor, Indulge Boise: Growing up in Mountain Home, Idaho, Angela Taylor learned hard work, integrity and service through the actions of her parents. Her father, a United States Airman, and her mother, a teacher’s aide, demonstrated what it meant to live life on purpose and with purpose, and challenged her to rise to her potential. After graduating from high school, Angela attended Stanford University where she studied economics and won multiple national championships with the women’s basketball team. Upon returning to Boise two years ago while working as a leadership, diversity and inclusion consultant, Angela launched Indulge Boise – a culinary and cultural walking tour of Boise that connects, creates and educates locals and visitors alike. Continue reading...

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Clark Krause
Executive Director
Mobile: 208-863-9675
Phone: 208-472-5230
Charity Nelson
Director of Economic Development
Mobile: 208-863-8521
Phone: 208-472-5240
Ethan Mansfield
Project & Research Manager
Mobile: 208-921-4686
Phone: 208-472-5246
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Suite 300
Boise, Idaho 83702
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