May 15 – 16, 2024 | Sacramento, CA

Resilient California

California’s complex operating environment requires leadership, innovation and resilience to thrive. This year’s Defense Leadership Summit theme “Resilient California” will focus on challenges and solutions throughout the state and across the defense sector in the areas of Energy and Infrastructure, Natural Disasters and Climate Change, and Economy and Workforce. Subject matter experts will engage collaboratively and interact with the attendees on a range of topics related to these areas as well as traditional Summit subject areas such as Grant Funding Opportunities and Family and Quality of Life Initiatives.

This unique annual event also brings together elected officials and senior state and federal agency personnel to provide perspective and vision on today’s and tomorrow’s challenges and opportunities. Whether you’re a military, community or industry leader the Summit offers an outstanding opportunity to network, engage and learn along with your peers across the Defense sector in the Golden State.


Wednesday, May 15

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Opening Reception

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to network and engage with defense stakeholders from across the state in a relaxed environment.

Thursday, May 16

7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Registration Open

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.


8:00 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.

Welcome/Opening Session

8:50 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Networking Break

9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

General Session

9:50 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Networking Break

10:00 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.

General Session

10:50 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Networking Break

11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

General Session

11:50 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Networking Break

12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Lunch Session

1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Networking Break

2:00 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

3:10 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.

Networking Break

3:20 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

    4:35 p.m.

    Summit ends


    DOD / Federal
    Governor’s Military Council / State Employee


    Sponsoring the 2024 California Defense Leadership Summit is an excellent way to promote your brand with key leaders at the community, state and national levels. Sponsorships include complimentary registrations, the opportunity to be involved in one of our sessions and more.

    For more information, please contact Kelsey Judd.

    Event Location

    Sheraton Grand Sacramento
    1230 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

    Sheraton Grand Sacramento

    Past Sponsors