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The Contra Costa County Employer Advisory Council

in partnership with the Employment Development Department presents

Seminar Breakfast Series 2020/2021

Join us for our monthly Seminar Breakfast Series. Experts from our Contra Costa Business community offer valuable insights and information about the challenges facing employers in our state. 

Event Schedule 2020/2021

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(Usually) 3rd Thursday each month 8:00 am to 10:30 am

In-person Seminars:     Members: $45*   Guests: $75

Online Webinars:       Members: $0*   Guests: $25

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Schedule of Events and Speaker Information

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Upcoming events

    • 26 May 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Zoom Meeting

    Your Boomer employees are retiring, and Millennial employees need to get up to speed quickly to take over.  Meanwhile, top management needs you to increase productivity, market share, innovation, and revenue...simple, right?

    Discover the tools and processes you need to put in place to help your organization survive the "big crew change", and how to manage it all with a remote workforce.

    What you'll learn:

    • Tools you can use to quickly find necessary information or advice from colleagues & experts
    • Effective knowledge transfer processes
    • Behavior-shaping processes to encourage knowledge-sharing
    • Methods to capture significant business
    • Best practices for handling a remote workforce

    About Our Speaker:

    Jeff Stemke

    Jeff is a recognized thought-leader, innovator and knowledge strategist with over 30 years of experience and expertise in organizational knowledge management and knowledge transfer. He designed and championed Chevron’s global knowledge strategy which created multi-billion-dollar cost savings and performance improvement.

    He helps clients create knowledge-driven enterprises that deliver extraordinary business value through innovation, accelerated workforce competency and performance, talent retention and cost reduction. Jeff’s expertise includes knowledge transfer, collaboration, learning, knowledge and information management, change management, innovation, visualization and SharePoint architecture and information technology. He has incorporated these concepts in Visual-KnowHowTM, a next-generation SharePoint collaboration technology.

    Knowledge Transfer Processes:

    Knowledge-Sharing Technology:

    • 30 Jun 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Clarion Hotel, 1050 Burnett Ave, Concord
    June's seminar is brought to you LIVE for the first time in over two years! To celebrate this milestone, we are having a three-part "employer extravaganza"!

    Start the morning off with breakfast and networking, followed by a "power hour" mid-year employment law legislative update, ending with presentations from our partner organizations on services that benefit YOU as an employer.  These organizations include the Employment Development Department (EDD), Workforce Development Board (WDB), and Small Business Association (SBA).

    In addition to breakfast, every attendee will receive a signature CCCEAC "I'm not bossy, I'm the boss!" mug. 

    This event is co-sponsored by:

    About Our Speakers:

    Jason A. Geller

    Jason Geller is the managing partner of the Fisher Phillip's San Francisco office. Jason represents employers in all facets of employment law matters. He has considerable experience defending employers in litigation involving claims under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and California wage and hour laws. Jason has defended employers against class and individual wage and hour claims, including claims for alleged misclassification of exempt and independent contractor status, and failure to pay overtime and provide meal periods and rest breaks. He also frequently defends employers in whistleblowing and retaliation claims, including claims under the California Whistleblower Act, the False Claims Act and various provisions of the California Labor Code.  Jason has extensive experience defending employers in federal and state courts, as well as in investigations by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the DFEH, United States Department of Labor (DOL) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

    In addition to defending his clients in litigation, Jason frequently counsels employers to assist them in avoiding litigation. He regularly advises clients on leave management issues and the interactive process for employees with disabilities, reinstatement obligations under various leave laws and wage and hour compliance. Jason has prepared employee handbooks and a variety of agreements, including independent contractor, employment, confidentiality, and trade secrets agreements.

    His clients are involved in a variety of industries, including insurance, assisted living, independent living facilities, construction, manufacturing, engineering, architecture, education, hospitality, professional services, agriculture, technology, retail and restaurant industries.

    Jason was included in Northern California Super Lawyers in 2015 -2018.

    Jenna Rogenski

    Jenna Rogenski is an associate in Fisher Phillips’ San Francisco office who assists employers in all aspects of labor and employment law

    Jenna was a member of the firm’s 2020 Summer Associate class. Prior to joining the firm, Jenna worked as a law clerk for an education law firm in Sacramento, where she helped with various labor and employment matters.

    During law school, Jenna served as Vice President of the King Hall Negotiations Team, a Certified Law Student in the UC Davis Family Protection and Legal Assistance Clinic, and a First-Year Section Writer on the UC Davis Journal of Juvenile Law and Policy.

    Patience Ofodu 

    Patience Ofodu was the Interim Executive Director of the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County (WDBCCC). In her current role, Patience manages the WDBCCC’s business services team, including overseeing the WDB’s business engagement/business development efforts, strategic partnerships, outreach, talent acquisition, job placement, and related services provided by the WDB, its affiliated America’s Job Centers in Contra Costa County. Ms. Ofodu serves as the staff liaison to the Workforce Development Board’s Business and Economic Development (BED) Committee. She is the lead staff member on business engagement initiatives involving partnerships across the East Bay and the broader region. Patience spent over 14 years working in workforce and economic development systems in several positions across the Bay Area.

    Patience is very active in the community. She serves on numerous economic development committees and boards, including as Co-Chair of the Economic Development Directors Council of the East Bay Economic Development Alliance, member of the City of San Ramon Economic Development Advisory Committee, board member of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, and a past board member of Contra Costa Economic Partnership.

    Patience represents the WDB on California Workforce Association Equity and Inclusion Committee and Contra Costa County – EHSD Equity and Inclusion Team. 

    She is a UC Berkeley School of Social Science Executive Development Program graduate. She has a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and a Master’s in Public Administration from CSU – East Bay.

    • 28 Jul 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Zoom Meeting

    Research tells us that 70% of change initiatives fail due to user resistance and reluctance. Managing project deadlines, critical paths, and deliverables is one set of skills, but getting people to embrace change and work in new ways requires empathy and a flexible strategy.

    "Agile" is a term that- while used frequently - means different things to different people. Agile change management rolls change out in small but frequent iterations. In a time when uncertainty is the only norm, Agile change is a fantastic strategy because it doesn’t require that the entire change be mapped out from the beginning. It involves building excitement about the change, creating a roadmap to improve understanding, and engaging those impacted by the change as key stakeholders in the planning and testing throughout the change initiative.

    After completing this 90 minute webinar, participants will:

    • Have a foundational understanding of how Agile change works.
    • Understand the benefits of using an Agile roadmap to communicate change
    • Understand the importance of empathy when trying to persuade others to adopt a new way of working
    • Have new tools and strategies that can be applied immediately

    This course is for anyone responsible for leading others through change. Agile is a framework that was first coined in IT, but this approach can be applied in any industry.

    About Our Speaker:

    Estie Briggs

    Estie Briggs is an experienced EQ(tm) coach and change management consultant with a strong track record of developing individuals, teams, and organizations.  Estie has coached leaders at all levels of the organization to develop their emotional intelligence and empower them to lead effective and sustainable change.

    Estie has worked with clients in a range of industries including software development, mortgage, and financial services.  Prior to transitioning to coaching and change management consulting, Estie designed and facilitated leadership development workshops on topics including values based leadership, goal setting, and effective communication.

    In 2015, Estie returned to school to obtain her bachelor's degree in Leadership and Organizational Studies.  She then went on to obtain her masters degree in Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco.

    Estie is a Bay Area native, an aspiring homesteader with 15 pet chickens, and a slow but steady runner.  Estie's two most closely held values are time and curiosity.

    Check out more from Estie at her podcast and website.

    • 22 Sep 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • TBD - Concord, CA

    About Our Speaker:

    Andrew Shalauta

    Andrew Shalauta is a partner with over 15 years of experience in practicing employment law and specializes in labor and employment litigation, and advice and counsel, for private employers, public entities, and educational institutions. Andrew focuses his practice on providing legal counsel relating to compliance with state and federal laws concerning employment, advising on company policies to reduce the risk of litigation, providing solutions for best employment practices in the workplace, and representing employers in all aspects of employment litigation.

    Andrew defends employers against individual lawsuits, multi-party and collective actions, as well as numerous class actions involving complex employment law claims. In addition to his litigation practice, Andrew provides day-to-day legal advice and counsel to all levels of company management, boards of directors, and training for supervisors on applicable state and federal laws. To ensure compliance with state and federal employment laws, Andrew manages matters pertaining to:

    • Wage and hour compliance and audits
    • Hiring, discipline, and termination matters
    • Disability, accommodation, interactive process, and related workers compensation issues
    • Discrimination, retaliation, and harassment matters
    • Trade secrets, confidentiality, data privacy, non-compete agreements, non-solicitation agreements, and independent contractor agreements
    • Drafting and updating employment policies and employee handbooks
    • Drafting and administering employment agreements, affirmative action plans, IIPP, commission agreements, and employee compensation plans
    • Conducting workplace investigations and advising on related privacy issues
    • Providing legal strategies for risk management of employment-related claims

    Andrew also regularly speaks and conducts employment-related seminars for all levels of management, human resources professionals, and clients and presents at numerous organizations and conferences.

    • 27 Oct 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Zoom Meeting

    Communication is key. But what happens when the people communicating are speaking different languages? Learn what type of communicator you are and how to reach across that divide to influence others who communicate in a different way. A combination of communication skills, NLP (neuro linguistic programming), improvisation and psychology will imbue the audience with new skills and understanding to make sure their message is heard, effectively and productively. Whether between coworkers, team members, bosses or in front of an audience, this workshop will up your game and allow you to accomplish more with less misunderstanding and confusion.

    This program is for anyone who wants to learn more about communication style, conscious communication, thinking on their feet, direct and inferred communication and how to get what you want from different personality types.

    Participants will learn:

    • The different types and styles of communication
    • How to approach people using their language to get their message heard and their objectives met
    • Quick ways to think on their feet
    • How to bring out the inner extrovert or tone down energy to not frighten introverts away
    • NLP (neuro linguistic programming) skills for communication

    About Our Speaker:

    Kathy Gruver, PhD has graced stages on four continents (including 2 TEDx), three cruise ships and a handful of islands. Her combination of humor, performance background, real life experience and formal education makes her a well-rounded, in-demand speaker. She hosted the TV show based on her first book, The Alternative Medicine Cabinet and has earned her PhD in Natural Health. Dr. Gruver is the twelve-time award-winning author of seven books including, Conquer Your Stress, Workplace Wellness, Conquer your Stress at Work, and Journey of Healing. She has studied mind/body medicine at the famed Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at Harvard, and has been featured as an expert in numerous publications including Forbes, Glamour, Fitness, Time, WebMD, Prevention, Huffington Post and Dr. Oz’s The Good Life, and has appeared on over 250 radio & TV shows including Lifetime, NPR, CBS Radio and SkyNews London. In 2015 she had the privilege of creating a stress reduction program for the US Military and has been studying psychology and human behavior her entire life. Gruver is a coach, hypnotherapist and massage therapist and is also the co-host of the new Fire and Earth Podcast. For fun and stress relief Gruver does flying trapeze and plays Dungeons and Dragons.

Past events

28 Apr 2022 Avoiding the Legal Traps of Managing a Remote Workforce
24 Mar 2022 Navigating the Newest COVID Safety Requirements - An Advisory Panel
24 Feb 2022 Essentials on Data Protection: Your Ultimate Business Guide on Handling Cyber Security
27 Jan 2022 Workplace Conflicts: Tools for Transformative Conversations
9 Dec 2021 2022 Legislative Update
9 Nov 2021 Giving Thanks to the HR Stories That Make Us Laugh (...Now...)
28 Oct 2021 CYA: Remaining Compliant in Employment Law from an Employee-Plaintiff's Attorney's Perspective
23 Sep 2021 Employer Roundtable: Navigating the Post(ish)-COVID Era
22 Jul 2021 Cultivating Emotional Intelligence to Lead Change
27 May 2021 The Cost of Doing Business Without Inclusive Leaders
22 Apr 2021 Digital Balance in an Age of Digital Addiction
25 Mar 2021 Conquer your Stress: Go from Worrier to Warrior
25 Feb 2021 Making Sense of Your People
28 Jan 2021 Spark: Cultivating An Agile Workforce in a Time of Disruption
10 Dec 2020 The Power of Resilience in Cultivating Healthy Leaders and A Healthy Team
8 Dec 2020 2021 Employment Law Update
3 Dec 2020 2021 Employment Law Update
12 Nov 2020 Use Coaching Strategies to Develop a High-Performing Team
22 Oct 2020 "Scary" Stories from the HR Department
24 Sep 2020 Workplace Diversity & Inclusion, and Discrimination/Harassment Prevention
27 Aug 2020 Beyond Physical Exposure: How COVID-19 and Recent Events Impact EEO/ADA Issues
23 Jul 2020 COVID-19 & Safety in the Workplace
25 Jun 2020 EDD and Workforce Development Board -- Part 2!
28 May 2020 Employment Law & Legislative Update
23 Apr 2020 Can You See Me Now? With Added Speaker
26 Mar 2020 2020 Legislative Update
27 Feb 2020 How to Maximize EDD Employer Resources
23 Jan 2020 Rethinking Performance Reviews


The CCCEAC is your connection to information about employment and workforce development. The CCCEAC has been in partnership with the State of California Employment Development Department (EDD) since 1980. 

501c6 non-profit organization 

  • Provides to all employers, low-cost, timely seminars on topics such as employment law, workforce development, human resource practices, and professional development. 
  • Works with the EDD to promote regulations, policies, and procedures that are business friendly. 
  • Provides connections between employers, other EACs, and the EDD at the local and state level. 
  • Partners with the Workforce Development Board on hiring talent, and leveraging resources. 
  • Notifies employers about pending legislation that may impact them. 
  • Provides employer representation on state-level panels, boards, and advisory groups. 

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