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2019 Inaugural San Gabriel Valley
Future of Work Conference
Tuesday, November 12
Pasadena City College

Explore the workforce trends of the San Gabriel Valley and how local companies are preparing to innovate for the next generation of workers. Be part of the conversation as key leaders in the industry discuss how the future of work will shape the San Gabriel Valley, and how you can be a part of it. 

The San Gabriel Valley Future of Work Conference is organized in partnership with Pasadena City College and San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership at Pasadena City College. The conference will assemble innovative leaders from various industry fields, academia, and government to explore how to further develop an innovative workforce, encourage local workforce growth, and help build the economic growth of the San Gabriel Valley.

Attendees will learn how organizations are working together to overcome talent gaps by better aligning industry needs to education programs. These programs will assist in workforce upskilling, allowing organizations to fill vacancies from current talent and create development opportunities provides a sustainable model for a robust future workforce.

Meet the Speakers

Erika Endrijonas

Superintendent-President, Pasadena City College

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Prior to her service at PCC, Dr. Endrijonas was president of Los Angeles Valley College, holding that position since August 2014. Previously, she was Executive Vice President and Accreditation Liaison Officer at Oxnard College in the Ventura County Community College District for five years, and prior to that, she served nine years at Santa Barbara City College as Dean of Educational Programs. Dr. Endrijonas has served on the statewide California Community College boards of the Chief Instructional Officers, the Chief Student Services Officers, and the Association for Occupational Education. Dr. Endrijonas served on the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA) board, where she co-chaired the Education Committee, in addition to having served on the board and the management committee of the Valley Economic Alliance. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) board, the co-chair of the national LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education board, a member of the Intelecom Board of Directors, and a member of the Village Family Services board.

Dr. Endrijonas holds a bachelor’s degree in History from California State University, Northridge, and a Master’s and Ph.D. in History from the University of Southern California.

Jorge Orozco

Chief Executive Officer, LAC+USC Medical Center

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Jorge Orozco is currently the CEO at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, one of the largest and most complex hospitals in the United States, dedicated to providing world-class care for all.  Prior to his appointment in 2018, he led Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center as the Chief Executive Officer since 2007.  Mr. Orozco began his career as a Physical Therapist in 1988 and continues to practice at LAC+USC as a Board Certified Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy.

Mr. Orozco earned his Masters of Science degree in Health Care Management from California State University, Los Angeles; a Physical Therapy degree from the University of California at San Francisco; and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. 

Cliff Daniels

Senior Vice President/Chief Strategy Officer, Methodist Hospital of Southern California

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Mr. Daniels is responsible for strategic planning, business development, market forecasting, physician recruitment, and service line development. He oversees marketing & communications, public relations, community outreach, senior care and external education programs.

Jill Anderson

Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning & Power Supply, Southern California Edison

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Jill Anderson is senior vice president of Strategic Planning and Power Supply at Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. She is responsible for driving business strategy across the company, ensuring that the integrated planning to support California’s clean energy transformation is closely aligned with the company’s procurement and dispatch of generation resources. She oversees strategy, resource planning, energy procurement and management, and the operations of SCE’s power generation fleet.

 

Previously, Anderson served as vice president of Customer Programs and Services at SCE, responsible for leading the company’s energy efficiency, demand response, clean energy, building electrification, and electric transportation functions.

 

Previously, Anderson was executive vice president and chief commercial officer at the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the country’s largest state power organization. Shedirected all wholesale and retail operations, including the market operations of NYPA’s generation assets. She was responsible for customer sales, marketing, new products and technology, clean energy and transportation, and energy efficiency programs. Prior to serving in this position at NYPA, she led energy policy, sustainability, corporate communications, regulatory affairs and government relations departments at the organization.

 

Anderson has also worked for Hess Corporation leading global process improvement projects. She started her career at Consolidated Edison Company of New York, leading teams responsible for natural gas and electric operations, redesign of the distribution system to integrate new technologies, and electricity and natural gas procurement.

 

Anderson received a Master of Business Administration degree from New York University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from Boston University.

Donald Bradburn

Director, Workforce Planning and Development, Kaiser Permanente

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Donald (Don) A. Bradburn currently serves as the Director, Workforce Planning and Development at Kaiser Permanente – Southern Region in Pasadena, California.  He began his career in public service as a Russian Linguist in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Corps in 1989.  Having served in Europe and the U.S., Don’s last assignment was the training manager for linguists at the U.S. ArmyIntelligence Center and School where he was responsible for curriculum development; workforce projections; training; and accreditation of linguist training programs. 

After being honorably discharged, he joined the County of San Diego in 2002 where he held various positions including the Director of Human Resources for the Health and Human Services Agency.  In 2012, Donserved as the Director of Human Resources for SunLine Transit Agency for two years, before returning to county government as the Executive Director of Administration with the County of Riverside’s Health System.After an extensive career in public service focused on fiscal responsibility, innovation and employee engagement, he found a natural fit in private industry with Kaiser Permanente in 2018. 

At Kaiser Permanente, Don combines his passion to plan, focus and develop a diverse workforce for the future with his belief that every community should have accessible, high-quality and affordable healthcare.He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.Don currently serves as a member of the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board.  He also and as a trustee of the Services Employee International Union – United Health Workers West Joint Employer Education Fund and the Shirley Ware Education Center.

Avygail Sanchez

Vice President, Parsons

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During her nearly 15-year industry tenure, Sanchez has developed inclusive community engagement programs and business plans dedicated to mobility policy and critical infrastructure protection. She joined Parsons in 2014 and advises company leadership on strategic state and regional policy issues.

Additionally, she serves as the corporate liaison to various stakeholder organizations including the Republican Governors Association (RGA), Democratic Governors Association (DGA), and most recently on the Steering Committee of the Mayors Business Council to the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM).

She earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles in 2001 and her Master’s in Urban Planning from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs in 2004.

Shannon McConville

Senior Research Associate, Public Policy Institute of California
 

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Shannon McConville is a senior research associate at the Public Policy Institute of California. Her research interests include health care access, utilization, and outcomes among vulnerable populations and the impact of vocational training programs on economic mobility. Her current work focuses on examining safety net programs, assessing the effects of Medicaid coverage expansions on individuals involved with the criminal justice system, and analyzing the employment outcomes and economic returns of career technical education. Before joining PPIC, she was a research training fellow in the Health Services and Policy Analysis doctoral program at the University of California, Berkeley; a senior research associate at the Department of Health Research and Policy at Stanford University; and a project manager at the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She holds a master’s in public policy from the University of
California, Los Angeles.

Jessica Ku Kim

Senior Director of Workforce Development, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation

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In her role as Senior Director of Workforce Development, Jessica Ku Kim provides strategic direction and leads collaborative efforts to strengthen the alignment of LA County’s workforce and education systems to industry workforce needs, as LAEDC looks towards the future of work in the region and develops strategies to help LA’s workforce navigate a rapidly changing economy.
Jessica has intimate knowledge of programs funded on state and national levels including WIA, WIOA, California State Workforce Development Board, U.S. Department of Labor, California Employment Training Panel, and the Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO. She has demonstrated success in developing, implementing, and managing workforce development programs for target populations including incumbent workers, new hires, disadvantaged youth, veterans, homeless, individuals with disabilities, and re-entry. In addition, she is experienced in developing innovative job training programs, pre-apprenticeships, and/or apprenticeships in the construction trades, aerospace, advanced manufacturing, and other in-demand industries.
Jessica is also LAEDC’s lead for the Center for a Competitive Workforce (CCW), a partnership with the 19 community colleges in the LA region. The CCW increases alignment with growing industries to inform program and curricula development and foster work-based learning systems in the region. CCW reports include analysis of the future of occupations, the amount of job openings, and related information to help businesses, colleges and job-seekers.
Prior to LAEDC, Jessica served as the Special Projects Manager at the South Bay Workforce Investment Board. In this capacity, she provided sound, innovative and strategic leadership through program development and administration. Jessica has also served as the Director of Operations for ACCORD Community First that provided workforce development services across seven counties in Southern California. She received her Masters of Public Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills and her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine.

Marty Alvarado

Executive Vice Chancellor of Educational Services, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office

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As Executive Vice Chancellor of Educational Services, Marty J. Alvarado provides leadership and support for the academic affairs and student services programs. In this role, she is responsible for agency-wide policies and programs related to student support, instructional delivery and curriculum with the aim of increasing student success rates and closing achievement gaps. 

Prior to joining the Chancellor’s Office team in 2019, Alvarado provided support for scaling up regional cross-sector partnerships and state systems engaged in large-scale transformation. This work focused on building regional ecosystems to support pathways to college and career success and economic advancement across the state. With nearly 20 years of experience in higher education and the community college system, Alvarado brings an expertise in program development and implementation, community engagement and partnerships, industry engagement and work-based learning, and has served as a director for learning communities and workforce training.

Executive Vice Chancellor Alvarado received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Whittier College and a master of arts in philosophy and cultural analysis from the Universiteit van Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Salvatrice Cummo

Executive Director, Pasadena City College Economic and Workforce Development Department

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Salvatrice Cummo was appointed as the executive director of PCC’s economic and workforce development efforts in 2017. Her responsibilities include driving the college’s strategy to supply a trained, flexible workforce that serves the region’s labor market needs.

Through increasing the education levels of the local population, PCC increases the San Gabriel Valley’s economic output while helping close the workforce skills gap and fostering successful student completion. Salvatrice previously served as director of PCC’s Small Business Development Center, which operates in partnership with the Small Business Administration to assist small business owners with low-cost training and no-cost one-on-one advising from experienced entrepreneurs and industry experts.

Prior to her work at PCC, Salvatrice was the director of business development for the Montebello Chamber of Commerce. Her industry experience includes work with Macy’s corporate offices and her family-owned businesses. She is a current doctoral candidate at USC Rossier School of Education, has a master’s degree in entrepreneurship and innovation from the USC Marshall School of Business and a bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly Pomona.

Sheneui Weber

Vice Chancellor of Economic and Workforce Development, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office

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Sheneui Weber has more than 25 years of experience linking education and training to business and industry, with a focus on entrepreneurial growth, job creation and meeting the workforce training needs of industry. She successfully launched and led a number of multi-million dollar key initiatives on serving small businesses and the community. 

As chief operating officer for the College Advancement & Economic Development Division at the Long Beach Community College District, Weber was responsible for the district’s economic and workforce development programs, strategy and operations, and building numerous public-private partnerships. She established and launched programs such as the Innovation Fund SoCal in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; the College’s first Entrepreneur-in-Residence program; the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program funded by the Goldman Sachs Foundation; and built and led the Los Angeles Region Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, serving Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties. Most recently, she partnered with entrepreneurs to launch the The Portal@LBCC, and conceived of The Port of Long Beach Maritime Center of Excellence at Long Beach City College, which launched in August 2018. In her role at LBCCD, Weber also served on several College committees including the President’s Executive Committee, Curriculum Committee, Student Success Committee, Budget Advisory Committee and led the division’s annual program planning. 

Weber is experienced with program development and implementation of numerous workforce development grant projects based on industry driven partnerships, and has successfully authored many federal, state, local and private foundation grant proposals. This includes pre-apprenticeship programs in construction and heavy duty diesel technician, and various workforce training programs in Technology, Advanced Transportation, Intelligent transportation Systems, International Trade, and Healthcare. Weber also oversaw Regional Strong Workforce projects, the sector navigator and deputy sector navigator for Global Trade & Logistics, the LBCC Center for International Trade Development, Advanced Transportation Technology and Energy Center and Workplace Learning Resource Center. 

While at California State University, Long Beach, she created and managed the Software Engineering Forum for Training (SEFT), a unique training consortium of major aerospace companies that provided tailored training for software engineering process improvement and management practices for software engineers and managers. Weber also oversaw Information Technology for University College and Extension Services, and built the College’s first Local Area Network. Prior to joining LBCCD, Ms. Weber was the director of On-Site Implementation for the Southwestern Division of Adecco Group North America, a Global Fortune 500 company and leader in Human Resources solutions, where she oversaw account implementations of numerous Fortune 500 company clients. 

Ms. Weber holds a Master’s in Telecommunication & Film from San Diego State University and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Pacific Union College.

Maria Salinas

President & CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

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Maria S. Salinas is the President & CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the largest business association in Los Angeles County representing more than 1,600-­member companies and serving the interests of more than 235,000 businesses across the Los Angeles region. Ms. Salinas took the helm of the organization in August of 2018 and became the first woman and Latina to lead the L.A. Area Chamber in its 130 year history. An accomplished business woman, entrepreneur and a stalwart community leader, Ms. Salinas’ business acumen and financial expertise provides her with the right experience to lead the Chamber.

In her new role, Ms. Salinas is committed to amplify the voice of business in all aspects of public policy, growth in emerging sectors and global expansion. Under her leadership, the Chamber has focused on key strategic initiatives including expanding its advocacy for a business-­friendly environment, promoting the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship throughout the region, and expanding global influence.

Ms. Salinas represents the Los Angeles business community in state-­wide policy initiatives with the Coalition of Regional Economic Association Leaders (R.E.A.L.), she is a member of the Board of Directors of Mobility 21, a regional transportation effort, and was appointed by Mayor Garcetti to the MEXLA Commission, a foreign policy initiative between Mexico and Los Angeles. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Pacific Council, Southern California Leadership Network, Unite-­LA, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, Los Angeles County Business Federation and the Los Angeles Sports Council.

Prior to the Chamber, Ms. Salinas was an entrepreneur having founded Salinas Consulting, a finance and accounting consultancy firm. Previously, she held financial leadership roles with The Walt Disney Company, including responsibility for global financial reporting for the Consumer Products division. Ms. Salinas began her career in public accounting with the firms of Ernst & Young and Kenneth Leventhal & Company.

As a corporate director, Ms. Salinas is former Chairwoman of ProAmérica Bank, a community bank in Los Angeles, where she was a Founding Organizer and Director, serving since the bank’s inception in 2005. She held a variety of leadership roles on the Board including Chair of the Audit Committee prior to being appointed Chairwoman. Ms. Salinas led the merger transaction with Pacific Commerce Bank which successfully closed in 2016.

Ms. Salinas is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University (LMU), earning a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 1987. She is currently Chair of the Board of Regents and member of the Board of Trustees at LMU, Board Chair of UnidosUS, and member of the founding Board of Directors of Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine. Over the years, she has served numerous esteemed civic and nonprofit organizations and has been recognized for her leadership and community service.

Ms. Salinas lives in Pasadena, California, with her husband Raul, a prominent Los Angeles attorney, and their four sons.

Bill Manis

President & CEO, San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership

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Bill received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is also a pioneer graduate from the Certified Downtown Professional Program of Cal State San Bernardino and the California Downtown Association.

As a retired City Manager, Bill had a 33-year career in the public sector serving 8 cities. With an emphasis on economic development throughout his career, Bill has consistently enhanced the communities he has served by expanding their local employment and sales tax base, improving public facilities and infrastructure, and by providing a variety of housing opportunities. He has a proven track record of attracting quality/sustainable developments and is a skilled consensus builder. Bill has been involved in over 7 million square feet of development projects that have generated over 10,000 new jobs during his career. Bill was also part of the Executive Team that helped the City of San Bernardino exit bankruptcy.

In January 2019, Bill joined the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership as their new President and CEO. Bill has an extensive background in economic development, developer engagement, stakeholder collaboration, and working with elected officials. Bill’s skill sets complement the Mission of the Partnership to advance the economic vitality and quality of life of the San Gabriel Valley.

Bill is married to Judi Manis, an executive with AT&T. The Manis’ have two adult children, Krista and Kyle Manis, both USC Marshall School of Business Alumni. Krista is living in New York and works as a Producer for an entertainment production company and Kyle lives in Singapore and works as a Program Manager/Resource Planning in locations throughout Asia Pacific for Apple.

Lindsey Heisser

Director of the LA Tech Talent Pipeline at Bixel Exchange, the Center for Innovation and Technology at the LA Area Chamber of Commerce

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From Heisser’s prior experience as Co-Founder and Managing Director of branding and marketing agency, Tribemint, which hyper-focused on LA tech start-ups and her 10+ years in the private sector, she brings Bixel Exchange a non-traditional approach to program design and strategy, deep tech employer relationships, and an unparalleled resilience for underrepresented young people to thrive in the technology sector.

 

As a recognized diversity and inclusion strategist, Heisser pushes employers to evaluate and shift systemic barriers and connects with talent to alleviate imposter syndrome with the goal to create inroads and change that serve the whole LA Tech Talent Pipeline ecosystem.

 

Outside of the Bixel Exchange, Heisser is an active advisor to LA-based startups and mentors women and entrepreneurs of color. She is also a co-founder of nonprofit, We Are Enough, a pitch coach for Women Founders Network and contributor to the US of Women Summit all supporting the education and economic mobility for women.

Caroline Torosis

Government affairs attorney, Los Angeles County

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Caroline Torosis is a government affairs attorney who works for Los Angeles County to enact policy and execute programs that promote economic mobility for County residents. She currently serves as the Director of Economic and Business Development for the County’s Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS) and promotes career pathways in family-sustaining wages for populations with barriers to employment.

Caroline is well versed in issues facing our community from both her personal and professional experience. Caroline has worked on increasing our County’s production of affordable housing, minimum wage enforcement, financial literacy, small business development, foreclosure prevention and the County legislative agenda. Prior to working for the County, Caroline represented workers in cases of wage theft throughout the County. She has also represented juvenile offenders in criminal cases.

Access to higher education is of paramount importance to Caroline. As a proud UCLA alumna, she is the Chair of the West Los Angeles Chancellor’s Society, and she is also a board member of UCLA Women in Philanthropy, which encourages a spirit of giving in other women in the UCLA community.

Caroline and her husband Dan are proud Santa Monica residents, and in their spare time enjoy hiking with their dog Penny.

Workforce Development in the San Gabriel Valley

 

Successful workforce development requires looking at trends, challenges, and growth opportunities and how to navigate it. At the Future of Work conference, we will explore how industry is readying itself for the next generation of workers and adjusting to the quick pace of innovation.  This inaugural event is designed to have open discussions with the stakeholders involved in our local workforce, and share tangible takeaways to help attendees gain insight on where they can make the most impact.

 

Why Attend the Future of Work Conference?

 

  • Learn about local Industry Trends

See how industries are sourcing talent. Gain insight on current and future workforce demands, and where you can get involved.

  • Explore workforce Policy and Education 

Find out the current funding and policy trends for workforce needs in California. Discover how higher education can evolve to meet the demands of these needs.

Schedule:

Gain valuable insight from an innovative group of experts and how they are evolving the way the workforce talent is developed.

8:00AM

Registration and Networking Continental Breakfast

9:00AM
Opening Remarks

9:15AM
Welcome by Erika Endrijonas, Superintendent-President, Pasadena City College

9:30AM
Morning Plenary featuring Jorge Orozco, Chief Executive Officer, LAC+USC Medical Center

10:15AM
Break

10:30AM

Panel – Emerging Workforce Trends in Industry

Moderator – Cliff Daniels, Senior Vice President/Chief Strategy Officer, Methodist Hospital of Southern California

  • Jill Anderson, Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning & Power Supply, Southern California Edison
  • Donald Bradburn, Director, Workforce Planning and Development, Kaiser Permanente
  • Avygail Sanchez, Vice President, Parsons
  • Lindsey Heisser, Director of the LA Tech Talent Pipeline at Bixel Exchange

11:30AM

Energy Break 

 

Noon

Networking Luncheon and Special Presentation – “Career Education and Economic Mobility” featuring Shannon McConville, Senior Research Associate, Public Policy Institute of California

1:00PM

Panel – Workforce Education Policy: Building Pathways to Success for Students and Employers

Moderator – Erika Endrijonas, Superintendent-President, Pasadena City College

  • Jessica Ku Kim, Senior Director of Workforce Development, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation
  • Marty Alvarado, Executive Vice Chancellor of Educational Services, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office

2:00PM
Coffee Networking

2:30PM

Fireside Conversation with Workforce Leaders

  • Salvatrice Cummo, Executive Director, Pasadena City College Economic and Workforce Development Department
  • Maria Salinas, President & CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Julie Su, Secretary, California Labor and Workforce Development Agency (Invited)
  • Sheneui Weber, Vice Chancellor of Economic and Workforce Development, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office

3:30PM
Closing Remarks

To view the conference live please visit this link

 

https://pasadena.edu/futureofwork