Day Two

A special THANK YOU to our Title Sponsor!!!

April 15, 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 – 10:30am: The Secret Sauce to Creating a Thriving Life Fueled by Your Values, Outcomes, and Identity

Christina Johnson
Executive Leadership Coach, Strategic Thinking Coaching &
Development LLC

This presentation is the perfect way to take what we have experienced over this past year, connect it to our values, and take intentional action to create an amazing life! This presentation includes tools you will be able to utilize for yourself and your consumers.

10:30am – 10:45am: BREAK

10:45am – 12:00pm: Employer Panel:

Employer’s Hiring Perspectives Through Pandemic & Beyond

A highlight of the conference the Employer Panel consists of representatives from major employers who will answer attendee questions, discuss hiring practices, and provide advice on employment trends from an employer’s perspectives. All of which can assist job seekers in securing employment opportunities.

Fernando Ubeso
Amazon Staffing Coordinator

(951) 379-5616

Fernando has been working for Amazon for 7 years and has been in the recruiting department for 2 years. He covers the Inland Empire and Coachella Valley Region and dedicates himself to providing the best opportunities to those in need. Fernando enjoys working for a company that genuinely cares about their associates and providing a job with great benefits. He enjoys engaging with new candidates and informing them of Amazon job opportunities. His favorite Amazon principle is “working hard, having fun, and making history”, something that he feels sums up his journey.

Thea Bruzdzinski
Regional Manager, Talent Acquisition Dignity Health

(626) 744-2253

Thea is a highly accomplished talent acquisition leader who leverages proven experience in Human Resources, Team Building, Training / Development, Performance Management, Pipeline Management, and Employee Advocacy to profitably align with a company’s strategic vision, value, and goals.
She is an influential self-started who offers expertise in Policy / Procedure Administration, Union / Non-Union Recruitment, Process Optimization, Best Practices, Workforce Planning, and Stakeholder Relations to boost success for one of the most prestigious and top-ranked medical centers in the United States.

Sergio Baez
Global Brand Partnership and Licensing Senior Management

Sergio Baez currently holds the role of Global Brand Partnerships and Licensing Senior Manager for the Walt Disney Company. In his 14+ years with the Walt Disney Company, Sergio has managed over 100+ licensed & promotional relationships and has been responsible for 1,500+ product launches. He has held several roles within the Disney licensing division inclusive of various category management roles. He is now the lead for various strategic accounts for Disney Parks, Experiences & Products, where he guides the global growth of these partnerships while maximizing internal and external stakeholder relationships. Outside of his day job at Disney, Sergio has continued to dedicate time to his passion of diversity in the workplace and passion for empowering youth to lead successful careers.

12:00pm – 12:45pm: LUNCH

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

1:00pm – 2:00pm: The Hidden Job Market

Anthony Hou
Case Manager, Orange County One-Stop

There are plenty of unadvertised or “hidden” jobs out there, but discovering them will take great networking and a lot of smart discovery tactics to know where to look and how to reach out to find unlisted positions. This type of job search is always evolving especially in this past year’s pandemic environment! Keep up to date with current techniques to guide your clients and students to success.

Resources: Personnel Selection (2000 interview questions by category)

2:00pm – 2:15pm: BREAK

2:15pm – 3:15pm: Building Relationships with Employers: Business Outreach 101

Greg Friedman
College & Career Services Technician
Luis Sobrevilla
Workforce Services & Job Development

During the pandemic, staying connected with employers and building relationships can be challenging We will discuss strategies on how to help our Business Outreach professionals connect with their local employers to strengthen relationships for future collaborations.

3:15pm – 3:30pm: BREAK

3:30pm – 4:30pm: Cultivating A Growth Mindset Amidst Ongoing Change

Miranda Ruiz
Neuro-Communication Solutions, LLC

Transitions bring forth an abundance of opportunities and professional growth-including the empowering decision to cultivate a growth mindset. Yes, this is possible despite everything that continues to take place around us. This vital seminar benefits placement professionals who seek to understand and share the essential frame of mind that promotes flourishing development while pro-actively improving employee retention.

4:30pm: Announcements, Closing Remarks & Evaluations
Grand Prize Drawing

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