Embracing Legacy and Leading with Kindness: Janelle Capra’s Vision for Bakersfield’s Future

Janelle Capra, President and CEO of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber, smiling and speaking at the Greater Bakersfield Chamber office.

In this episode of Destination for Innovation, Janelle Capra, President and CEO of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber, discusses the importance of community, collaboration, and compassion in fostering a vibrant business environment. Her journey from local media to leading one of Bakersfield’s most significant institutions is a testament to the power of connection.

Pioneering Renewable Energy:¬†Ella¬†Henanipuakea Aki’s Journey Towards Sustainable Change

Ella Henanipuakea Aki discussing renewable energy in an interview setting on GreenTech Network.

Ella Henanipuakea Aki shares her journey from Hawaii to California, emphasizing the role of community in renewable energy. With her background in environmental policy and experience in the renewable energy sector, she advocates for a more inclusive industry and encourages others to take action. Through her story, discover the importance of representation, the power of connection, and the impact of community-driven change.

Cultivating Innovation in Kern County: Insights from Chief Economic Development Officer Jim Damian

Jim Damian discussing economic development strategies for Kern County, CA.

In this insightful interview, Jim Damian, Kern County’s Chief Economic Development Officer, discusses the strategies and philosophies that make Kern County a thriving hub for innovation and entrepreneurship. Discover how Kern leverages its unique geology, geography, and community spirit to foster economic growth and innovation.

Empowering Communities through Solar Plus Energy Storage: Insights from Matthew Campbell

Matthew Campbell discussing energy storage markets.

Discover the future of energy solutions in our exclusive interview with Matthew Campbell, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Discover Energy Systems. Dive into the world of innovative energy storage and the impact of lithium technology on sustainable development.

Celebrating Art, Community, and Innovation with Jeanette Richardson

Jeanette Richardson sharing her vision for art and community in Bakersfield.

Join us in an enlightening conversation with Jeanette Richardson, a renowned artist, author, mentor, and Executive Director at the Arts Council of Kern. Discover Jeanette’s inspiring journey to Bakersfield, her profound connection with the local arts community, and her vision for fostering innovation through art and community engagement.

Navigating the Future of Electric Vehicles with Brittany Blair

Brittany Blair discussing the future of electric vehicles and sustainable transportation.

Dive into an insightful discussion with Brittany Blair, Senior Analyst at the Smart Electric Power Alliance, focusing on the electrification of transportation. Brittany shares her journey from studying biofuels to becoming a pivotal figure in transportation electrification, exploring the challenges and opportunities within EVs, utility strategies, and the broader impact on sustainable transportation.

Unveiling Bakersfield’s Innovation Pathway with Justin¬†Salters

Justin Salters discussing community development and innovation in Bakersfield.

Join us in an enlightening conversation with Justin Salters, Interim Executive Director at B3K Prosperity and Founder & President of Hey Salty. Discover how Justin’s journey from a natural communicator in high school through a successful public affairs career has led him to spearhead economic development and community empowerment in Bakersfield. Learn about the challenges, triumphs, and his vision for fostering innovation in Kern County.

Navigating California’s Electric Vehicle Evolution with Gia Brazil Vacin

Gia Brazil Vacin discussing California's electric vehicle initiatives

Join us in an enlightening conversation with Gia Brazil Vacin, Deputy Director of Zero Emission Vehicle Market Development at California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). Discover California’s roadmap to a sustainable transportation future, innovative public-private partnerships, and the state’s leadership in the global clean energy transition.

Navigating the Future of Innovation with Jeremy Alan Woods at CSUB

Jeremy Alan Woods sharing insights on innovation at CSUB

Discover the journey of Jeremy Alan Woods, a beacon of entrepreneurship and innovation at CSUB. Uncover how empathy and community are at the heart of his mission to shape future leaders in Kern County.

Empowering Literacy and Entrepreneurship in Bakersfield with Mike Russo

Mike Russo standing proudly in his bookstore, Russo's Books, surrounded by towering shelves filled with books.

Discover Mike Russo‚Äôs journey on the Destination for Innovation series, from a passionate educator to a cornerstone of Bakersfield’s business and literacy community. Learn how his dedication to Russo’s Books and teaching entrepreneurship shapes the future, inspiring both young minds and fellow entrepreneurs.