PortTech EXPO Labor and Technology Panel

The third panel of the General Session on Thursday, Sept 6, will be focused on Workforce Development and enabling Technology. The panel will bring together experts on training, education and opportunities  for developing the workforces of the future.  Joining moderator David Eads, COO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce will be Michael Ponce of ILWU Local 63, Amy Grat of ITEP, Julie Sommers of UPS and Marianne Venieris of Cal State Long Beach.

Wednesday evening, the EXPO opens with a Pitch Competition and the General Session continental breakfast and registration starts up Thursday morning at 8:00 AM.   Thursday is a full day with three panel sessions, the debut of a Class 8 EV, workshops, breakout sessions, luncheon, keynote by CEC Commissioner Carla Peterman, Awards Ceremony and exhibit space (indoors and outdoors).  Registration is now open at PortTech EXPO.  Use the promotion code LAVA for a discount.

One of the featured panelist in this session is Amy Grat, CEO, International Trade Education Programs, Inc. (ITEP), a non-profit organization dedicated to introducing young people to careers in international trade, transportation and logistics. ITEP develops job-ready, college-prepared graduates by connecting classroom needs with business resources through small learning communities in disadvantaged public high schools. As CEO, Amy is responsible for overall leadership of the organization and its operations, as well as the implementation of the strategic priorities of  the ITEP Board.

Previously, Amy served as Vice President of Investor Relations for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), where she was responsible for driving revenue and cultivating the organization’s relationships with Southern California’s business community.  Amy has also held positions in higher education including, Associate Director of International Executive Programs at USC’s International Business Education and Research (IBEAR) Program. There, she produced executive education programs focused on Asia and Latin America for U.S. and international companies.  She also directed USC’s annual Asia/Pacific Business Outlook Conference. She has also served in program management roles at University of Pennsylvania’s Office of International Programs and the International Visitors Council of Philadelphia.

Amy holds an MBA from University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, an MA in International Affairs from George Washington University, and a BA in English from San Diego State University.

PortTech EXPO 2012 is hosted by PortTechLA, a 501(c)(3) clean technology commercialization center and incubator program adjacent the Port of Los Angeles. The EXPO draws nearly 100 exhibitors, presenters and sponsors, and more than 300 business, industry, research and community leaders each year.