Dante Nomellini, attorney and agricultural water-rights
Nomellini's knowledge of the water issues of Northern California
is second to none. Among the broader water issues for Northern
California, Nomellini will comment on the Peripheral Canal and
other "water conveyances" under discussion.
Anne McLeod, senior vice president of health policy for
the California Hospitals Association
McLeod, who serves as the California Hospitals Association's
health care reform resource for member hospitals, will address the
question: What can U.S. businesses, hospitals, and consumers expect
next? Most recently, McLeod provided the leadership for the design,
development, and implementation of the hospital fee program that
resulted in more than $2.6 billion in new federal funding to
California's hospitals in 2010, and nearly $1 billion more in
Will Durst, humorist and provocateur
A regular "go to" humorist on NPR, MSNBC, and FOX News, Durst
has received five Emmy nominations and seven consecutive
nominations for the American Comedy Awards, "Stand-up of the Year."
His non-partisan bashing of politicians sweeps both sides of the
aisle hitting them where it hurts the funniest.
Billy Beane, general manager and minority owner of
Beane, one-time major leaguer, has molded the Athletics into
perennial post-season contenders. With perhaps the smallest payroll
in baseball, Beane continually remolds a team that posts one of the
majors' best records over the last decade. At The Forum, Beane will
share his approach of identifying and using undervalued assets to
create and sustain a winning team.