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2018 High Desert Opportunity SUMMIT

High Desert Opportunity and the Victor Valley College Foundation's High Desert Economic Summit, TOGETHER to Support Education

About the Summit

High Desert Opportunity (HDO) is the premier High Desert event annually showcasing local businesses and development opportunities for new and expanding businesses. The goal of the event is to support economic growth and stability by attracting businesses and jobs to the High Desert. The region encompasses the cities of Adelanto, Apple Valley, Barstow, Hesperia and Victorville as well as portions of San Bernardino County. In its 37th year, High Desert Opportunity continues to grow and evolve, focusing on the benefits of doing business in the High Desert. This year, the Victor Valley College Foundation's High Desert Economic Summit and High Desert Opportunity joined forces to organize a strengthened event in the High Desert focused on marketing the region for business attraction, as well as an economic forecast of the Victor Valley and Inland Empire Region.

2018 Keynote Speaker

2018's Conference Keynote: Chris Gardner

Chief Executive Officer of HappYnes

Chris Gardner is an entrepreneur, international best-selling author and award winning film producer. Gardner’s autobiography, The Pursuit of HappYness became a New York Times #1 best seller, has been translated into over forty languages, including six dialects of Chinese and is currently being translated into Arabic. Gardner is also the inspiration for the critically acclaimed film “The Pursuit of HappYness” for which Will Smith received the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award nominations for his performance.

Gardner’s second book, “Start Where You Are” also a best seller was published in 2009. Chris is currently finishing his newest book “HappYness 2.0 The Blueprint” which could be available this year.

Gardner has recently won a Peabody Award for producing “And Still I Rise,” a documentary about the life of his dear friend and mentor Dr. Maya Angelou.

Gardner has, as he says, re-enlisted in the United States Navy. Last year, he was honored to receive The Lone Sailor Award from the United States Navy Memorial Foundation. Some of the previous winners of this award include: Arnold Palmer, Senator and Astronaut John Glenn and President John F. Kennedy.

Chris Gardner’s sole goal of his media projects and speaking engagements is to help others achieve their fullest potential.

Conference Venue

SBC Fair and Events Center, 14800 7th St, Victorville, CA 92395

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