Day One

A special THANK YOU to our Title Sponsor!!!

April 14, 2021


After you have registered and paid for the 2021 Annual State Conference – Virtual Event, you will receive a Zoom link 2-days before the event.

7:45am – 8:15am: DJ/Music & Networking

8:15am – 8:30am: Welcome/Introductions

8:30am – 9:30am: How to Execute a Virtual Job Fair

Michael Oelbaum
Jobs Connected

Virtual Job Fairs are a great way for job seekers to network with employers without the logistical constraints of in person fairs and have become even more important due to the re-cent events surrounding COVID-19. This presentation will discuss best practices for hosting a virtual job fair, such as with outreach to job seekers and employers, and cover findings from previous events, including top reasons job seekers choose not to attend.

9:30am – 9:45am: BREAK

9:45am – 10:45am: Changing Careers through Fast Track Programs & Digital Connections

Autumn Gardia
Director of Special Projects
Merced College
Samantha Tobin
Senior Lead
California & Hawaii Public Sector

LinkedIn Learning

Looking for new opportunities in today’s 21st Century Workforce? Discussion will include: California Community Colleges Fast Track programs that will develop relevant industry experience through cutting edge training for high tech, high wage job preparation. We’ll also highlight the importance of professional-level training and popular courses through worldwide certifications from Grow with Google and LinkedIn Learning.

10:45am – 11:00am: BREAK

11:00am – 12:00pm: Employers Innovative HR Hiring Trends

Employer Panel:

Eduardo Cruz (PHR, Senior Human Resources Manager at TC Transcontinental)

Sally B. Ruiz (Human Resources Manager, Gerard Daniel Worldwide)

Monica Paraja Dominguez (Senior Human Resources Manager, LA County Dept. of Human Resources Talent Solutions Division)

How do employers adapt and execute recruiting efforts in this new day? Hiring practices need to evolve along with businesses needs to acquire qualified candidates. Employers need to be innovative (i.e., drive thru recruiting) collaborative (i.e., community outreach), virtual (i.e, Artificial Intelligence) to identify quality candidates. Learn more about these new standard practices and how to establish a strong workforce pipeline.

12:00pm – 12:45pm: LUNCH

12:45pm – 1:00pm: Announcements and Door Prizes

1:00pm – 2:00pm: Equity in the Workplace

Rosalinda Rivas
Workforce Development Coordinator, Chaffey College

Employers who leverage the full power of their diverse workforce succeed by creating a sense of belonging, promoting innovative ideas, functional resilience, and a healthy competitive work environment. The first step in this journey is becoming aware of unconscious bias, This awareness will lead us to becoming greater leaders, promoting equity, diversity and inclusion with our colleagues, clients, and job seekers.

2:00pm – 2:15pm: BREAK

2:15pm – 3:15pm: Job Interview Questions: Tips, Tools & Tricks

Vendon Smith
Career Development Program Specialist, GAIN Division, Lancaster HSE

The workshop will provide interview tips and tools for the classroom or assisting students/clients one on one. These simple and fun tools will assist job seekers in answering tough interviewing questions and transitioning back into the workforce. The workshop will be interactive and chocked filled with energy and insight.

3:15pm – 3:30pm: BREAK

3:30pm – 4:30pm: Breakout Session: Choose One

Option #1: “Re-entry Success from the Inside Out”

James Jones
Business Dev/Case Management, Paving the Way
Max Dueno
Instructor, Antelope Valley College

Job search practices have changed drastically due to our changing world, especially for job seekers with criminal records. Join this important discussion & interaction with a panel of experts, who all work with re-entry persons. Bring your questions for our discussion.

Option #2: Opportunity for Change

Jackie Kennedy Harris, Founder
JKH Career Coaching and Consulting

What do you do when you are forced into a major life change? Jackie Kennedy Harris was a Human Resource professional whose career and life took an unexpected, permanent detour because of COVID-19. This detour gave Jackie the opportunity to consider her next steps and reinvent herself. Jackie will share her story of change and bouncing back to a new normal.

4:30pm: Announcements and Door Prizes

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