DMFTalks discusses cross-border economy

DEL MAR — San Diego’s economy depends on its neighbors to the south. A leading expert on regional economies and workforce development, Dr. Mary Walshok will talk about San Diego’s “Cross Border Economy” and how it impacts work and life locally.

The free speaker series event is hosted by the Del Mar Foundation from 6 to 8 p.m. June 9 at the Powerhouse Community Center, 1658 Coast Blvd., and will include a wine and cheese reception. Make reservations at

Walshok currently serves on the board of the United States-Mexico Foundation for Science. She is an author, educator, researcher, and associate vice chancellor for Public Programs and dean of Extension at the University of California San Diego. As an industrial social scientist studying the dynamics of regional economic development and transformation, Walshok has studied various communities across America.

Walshok has a forthcoming book entitled, “The Evolution of San Diego’s Entrepreneurial Economy.” She is published extensively on regional innovation, the role of research institutions in regional economies and workforce development. She has authored and co-authored numerous book chapters and articles on the world of work, including: Blue Collar Women (1981), Knowledge Without Boundaries: What America’s Research Universities Can Do for the Economy, the Workplace, and the Community (1995), Closing America’s Job Gap (2011).

DMFTalks, the Del Mar Foundation’s unique version of TED Talks, draws its speakers from locally-based creative, intellectual and scientific leaders.


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