The Smart World Center offers its services to clients in a variety of sectors, including high technology, agriculture, economic development agencies, government and education.

Sampling of recent clients:                                                                                                                                                  

This past year the Smart World Center provided services to the THRIVE AgTech Accelerator, doubling the amount of representation from the agricultural sector in this global outreach for stellar start-up companies.

In 2015, Dr. Robert Cooper, CEO of Cooper Strategic, engaged the Smart World Center services for a cutting-edge research project:  “How Leaders Learn and Create Breakthroughs.” (

In the Fall of 2014, eBay/PayPal engaged the Smart World Center services for several internal strategy sessions focused on long-term planning with their team of software architects.  

From 2011-2012, the Smart World Center coordinated a series of Think Tank Sessions for Project 17 International’s Agricultural Technology Cluster. In collaboration with the Grower-Shipper Association and Hartnell College, the Center  designed and facilitated a series of sessions drawing participation from leaders among the large agricultural companies in the Monterey Bay/Salinas region (including Dole, Taylor Farms, Chiquita, among others). The on-going nature of this series aided in supporting the growth of a community of innovators around “ag technology” solutions.

“As a leader, Susan has many exceptional traits. Among them: she is extremely bright, thinks strategically, loves learning, continually pilot-tests improvements and breakthroughs, finds ways to streamline and align what matters most while minimizing or eliminating what matters least, communicates exceedingly well across a full spectrum of organizational and personal settings, and significantly upgrades any mission or brand she works with. Her specific strengths include:

  • Shaping strategy for multi-sector initiatives while pinpointing the best tactics to execute
  • Identifying and focusing innovative ideas, clarifying the best paths forward, and creating breakthrough product ideas through highly designed collaborative sessions
  • Supporting the accelerated success of large initiatives using her qualitative research skills
  • Managing priority projects and staff
  • Communicating in every way that matters: in writing; presenting; public speaking”

Robert Cooper, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Cooper Strategic LLC