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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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Special Member Pricing*

Just one of the many perks of being a CCCEAC member is the discount pricing for our Seminar Breakfast Series, including complimentary tickets to the end of the year Member Appreciation Breakfast. That's a 40% savings!

Webinars are currently free to all members as well!*

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Schedule of Events and Speaker Information

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Upcoming events

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

    Conflicts are a normal occurrence in every workplace.  Some of these conflicts are easily resolved, while other conflicts quickly escalate in intensity, damaging relationships and making it tough for colleagues to work effectively together.  Still other conflicts slowly simmer under the surface in a way that makes work difficult, awkward, or frustrating. 

    What if there was a way to steer conflicts away from hostility and dysfunction?

    Join us for an interactive workshop in which we provide practical tools that employers and HR managers can immediately use to manage conflict.  This seminar will help employers and HR managers have more meaningful conversations with employees and transform conflict into collaborative and creative problem-solving.  

    About Our Speaker:

    Helen Chen

    Helen Chen is a mediator specializing in workplace conflicts and has over twenty years of experience promoting healthy and just workplaces.  As a former employment lawyer, policy advocate, facilitator, and educator, Helen quickly navigates complex workplace dynamics and understands the role that workplace structures and systems can play in either exacerbating conflict or transforming conflict into an opportunity for growth.  As a mediator, Helen assists parties in addressing workplace conflict, improving communications, and jointly resolving disputes.

    Prior to opening her own mediation practice, Helen worked at the University of California at Berkeley where she trained and provided guidance to both employees and employers in a wide range of industries on topics including workplace health and safety, mis/classification of workers, sexual harassment, wage and hour, and other employment issues. 

    Helen received her J.D. from Stanford Law School, M.S. from the University of California at Berkeley, and B.S. from Stanford University.  She is a member of The State Bar of California and The Center for Understanding in Conflict.  She serves on the steering committee of the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative.    

    • 24 Feb 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Zoom Meeting

    In times of increasing telework, globalization, and intense data streaming, data security breaches are making news more frequently.  Rarely does a day pass without troubling reports of a new data security breach and the challenges organizations face as they scramble to mend new and persistent vulnerabilities.

    The federal government is prioritizing the nation’s cybersecurity and organizations are faced with challenges on how to protect their data and secure their network. Large organizations are rededicating tremendous resources to manage their risks. Small and mid-sized businesses, however, usually don’t have the same resources to put critical safeguards in place.

    This webinar provides an overview about cyber breaches and modern IT structure, and also exemplifies how well-trained staff and an effective compliance policy can fend off cyber attacks and protect your business data.

    Learning outcomes

    • Overview of types of cyber threats.
    • Targets, risks, and impact of cyber-attacks.
    • Threat vectors and how attacks happen. 
    • Employee compliance with company data protection policy.
    • Best practices of cyber security to protect company data.

    About Our Speakers:

    Maitjian Welke

    Maitjian Welke is the founder and co-owner of CMIT Solutions of Silicon Valley that is a successful I.T. Managed Service Provider and VAR. Maitjian has a Computer Science degree and extensive IT & Software Engineering experience for over 20 years working in fortune 500 corporations prior to starting CMIT Solutions Silicon Valley.

    Maitjian Welke has been recognized in six consecutive years since 2015 by CRN. She continues to pave the way for other women in the IT industry and just last year, celebrated the 10-year anniversary of CMIT Solutions Silicon Valley.

    Maitjian also serves on the Board of Director as CIO for Industry Council for Small Business Development (ICSBD) since 2013.

    Ken Norvell

    After a career in sales and installation management for electronic components and capital equipment, Ken joined CMIT Solutions of Pleasanton in 2010.  Prior to CMIT, Ken was Regional Sales Manager for Philips Electronics, coordinating the sales of electronic manufacturing equipment to small and medium sized businesses.  Ken has many years of experience in sales and business development in the electronic components and semiconductor assemblies.  Ken has lived in the Tri-Valley area for more than 25 years.


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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