Diplomacy Matters: California Leading the Way

As the world’s 5th largest economy, California has long been a trailblazer in global policy and international business. During a recent webinar, “Diplomacy Matters: California Leading the Way,” World Trade Center Northern California and Global Ties San Francisco brought together esteemed California leaders to discuss diplomacy’s role in the state’s prominent position. Moderated by Dr. Katherine Brown, President and CEO of Global Ties U.S., attendees listened to four of California’s leading experts in diplomacy and international relations: California’s Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis; Consul General of Mexico in Sacramento, Liliana Ferrer, and California Chamber of Commerce’s Vice President of International Affairs, Susanne Stirling.

The discussion examined different ways California has fostered diplomatic relations with lasting effects nationally and globally. Each of the three panelists highlighted their respective institutions’ ongoing work towards California’s three primary international goals: immigration, trade, and climate change.

Since outlined in 2018 by Governor Gavin Newsom and Lieutenant Governor Kounalakis, these goals have served as the guiding principles of the state’s business and sociopolitical spheres that have shaped relations with California’s global partners.

Discussion Highlights:

  • A diverse population and strong sense of community are some of the main drivers of California’s economic success.
  • Mexican-Californian relations are heavily rooted in geopolitical strategy and trade partnerships.
  • California plays a crucial role in addressing the root causes of immigration and assisting with developing neighboring regions.
  • Collaborating on over 60 bi-lateral trade agreements, California is a prominent global leader in sustainable economic practices to combat climate change.
  • Domestic diplomacy within California’s business sphere will always have global effects.
  • Systemic and legislative change under the Biden-Harris administration is closely linked to Californian leadership and its strong relationship with Mexico.

California’s leaders understand the importance of building and cultivating relationships, both domestically and internationally, in achieving policy goals and building a vibrant economy. As a global leader, California will continue to invest in people and innovation and work collaboratively to find creative solutions to global challenges, such as climate change. It was an honor to have the opportunity to engage with our esteemed panelists, and we thank them for sharing their expertise and insight.

The webinar recording is available via the WTCNC YouTube channel. Past events and webinars hosted by the World Trade Center of Northern California and Global Ties San Francisco are also available.