Mary Walshok is associate vice chancellor for public programs and dean of the extension program at the University of California San Diego. She oversees a $40 million division that educates 60,000 enrollees annually, plus UCSD-TV and UCTV, which reach 22 million households and millions more through the Web. An industrial sociologist, Walshok has studied and written extensively about the key ingredients needed to build knowledge-based clusters and high-wage jobs. She is a co-founder of Connect, the San Diego nonprofit organization for innovation and entrepreneurship. She has served on numerous community and national boards. Her research activities have helped stimulate the development of innovation economies around the world, and even prompted New York, Stockholm, Belfast, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Oslo, and Bergen, Norway, to start their own Connect programs. Walshok also is the co-author of the forthcoming Invention and Reinvention: The Evolution of San Diego’s Entrepreneurial Economy and the author or co-author of Blue Collar Women; Knowledge Without Boundaries; and Closing America’s Job Gap. She's currently working on a handbook on regional innovation for the Oxford University Press.
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