2019 SPRING ECONOMIC CONFERENCE: THE FUTURE OF WORK @ Grand Ballroom DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sonoma Wine Country
Apr 26 @ 7:00 am – 9:30 am


Join us for our annual Spring Economic Conference focused on the “Future of Work” in Sonoma County.

In addition to a workforce-focused outlook on the region by a local economist, we will also be hosting a panel, moderated by Keith Woods, CEO of the North Coast Builders Exchange.

Participants of the panel include principals from the local industries of construction, healthcare, manufacturing and hospitality.   The panel will focus on how employers are addressing current workforce challenges and how they envision the future of their business with the advancement of technology and a thriving local economy.

CEAC Annual Conference May 2019 -“Navigating Your Course @ Monterey Tides
May 1 @ 3:00 pm – May 3 @ 12:00 pm

CEAC Annual Conference May 2019 – “Navigating Your Course”

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Conference Registration: 3:00 pm -7:00 pm

Welcome Hospitality – “Meet the Crew – Bonfire on the Beach – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Hosted by Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo (AALRR)has graciously offered to host this pre-conference event.  Beverages and light snacks will be served in a private area on Wednesday evening.  Join your fellow employers and EAC/CEAC members for networking and comradery before the conference begins.

 Thursday, May 2, 2019

Conference Registration:   7:00 am – 9:30 am

Hot Breakfast and Exhibits:   7:00 am – 8:00 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks from John Bottari, CEAC President    8:00 am- 8:15 am

Keynote Presentation: – “Message in a Bottle: Avoid Unconscious Bias” –  James W. Potts, JD, CEO, Potts & Associates, LLC:       8:15 am – 9:15 am

James W. Potts is a 35 year HR professional, Juris Doctorate, expert witness, LA Talk readio host, author, former Master Teacher and Reserve Captain with the Sheriff’s Department. He fights on behalf of employers in front of the EEOC, DFEH, DLSE, DOL, EDD, and other agencies. Mr. Potts has a B.A. in history and earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of West Los Angeles Law School. He is a certified mediator and expert witness specializing in employment law and workplace rights.

Workshop Sessions – A total of 6 workshop sessions will be offered and 1 all day EAC Coordinator workshop. Attendees may select 3 workshops of their choice. Please indicate the workshops you would like to attend on the registration form when purchasing your conference.  EAC Coordinators will attend an all day workshop.

SESSION 1:  9:30 am – 11:00 am – Choose One Workshop

  • Chart Your Way to Compliance: 1-9 Updates & E-Verify Rules & Regulations – John Ordunez,U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
  • Calm Water Awaits: Understand the Intersection of Leave Laws: – Amber Solano, AALRR                             
  • For EDD Staff Only:    EAC Coordinator Workshop: – Rick Macias, EDD/CEAC State Coordinator

Break/Exhibits/Veterans Luncheon Registration                          11:00 am – 11:15 am

CEAC Veterans Employer of the Year Luncheon                   11:15 am – 12:45 pm

The California Employer Advisory Council (CEAC) Veterans Employer of the Year Awards recognize employers who consistently demonstrate positive policies toward U.S. Veterans in hiring and promotion, as well as through employee retention efforts, ongoing training, and benefits.

Employer winners will be honored at the 2019 CEAC Conference during the CEAC Veterans Employer of the Year Awards ceremony.

Break/Exhibits 12:45 pm – 1:00 pm

SESSION 2: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm – Choose One Workshop

  • All Hands on Deck: Addressing Inequities in the Workplace – Paul Fleck, AALRR
  • Neptune’s Solution: Conflict Resolution  – Carol Marzouk, Leadership N Soul
  • For EDD Staff Only:  EAC Coordinator Workshop – Rick Macias, EDD/CEAC State Coordinator

Break/Exhibits 2:30 pm – 2:45pm

SESSION 3: 2:45 pm – 3:45pm – Choose One Workshop

  • Calling all Buccaneers: Common, but Sticky Workplace Scenarios with Real Life Solutions –   William M. Betley, AALRR
  • Get Out of the Doldrums: Set Sail Toward Successful HR Audits – James W. Potts, JD CEO. Potts & Associates
  • For EDD Staff Only:  EAC Coordinator Workshop, Rick Macias, EDD/CEAC State Coordinator

Break/Exhibits 3:45 pm – 4:00pm

Closing Session – Employment Law Update: Captain your Organization to Success: William M. Betley, AALRR                                                         4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

There have been several changes over the past year that you need to be aware of and understand. Hear about lessons learned from 2018 and employment compliance trends for 2019. Topics that will be highlighted include such topical trends as the compensation crisis, discrimination, new legislation and case law with practical applications to avoid potential penalties and employer liability in the coming year.

Break 5:00 pm 0- 6:00 pm

CEAC Awards and Recognition Program – 6:00pm (during Thursday dinner)

The CEAC will recognize those nominees who were selected to receive recognition for Distinguished Service, Outstanding EAC Chair, Outstanding EAC Coordinator, Outstanding EAC, and Outstanding Veterans Committee. All nominees have made California and their community a better place as a result of their leadership, dedication, and hard work.

Thursday will conclude with dinner and raffle

Friday, May 3, 2019

Hot Breakfast and Networking   8:00 am  –  9:00am

Regional Meeting Breakout Sessions   9:00 am – 10:00am

Break and Hotel Check out   10:00 am – 10:15am

CEAC Business Meeting 10:15 am – 12pm

The annual CEAC business meeting provides attendees with the opportunity to meet and interact with the CEAC Executive Board.

This session will be presented by the CEAC President and the Executive Board.

12:00 pm: 2019 Conference Adjourned


EACs or businesses may wish to participate in the CEAC Sponsorship Program and can make a donation to the CEAC at various sponsorship levels (see below) throughout the year. Sponsorships assist the CEAC financially and depending on the sponsorship level, EACs or businesses can receive up to four conference registrations for the annual conference.

Monterey Bay Economic Partnership 2019 Regional Economic Summit @ Monterey Conference Center
May 2 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Bringing its multi-sectoral network of members and partners together, the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership is hosting its 5th Annual Regional Economic Summit on May 2, 2019, at the newly renovated Monterey Conference Center. Join 400+ leaders from across the tri-county region and beyond as we learn about important economic trends and compelling ways to grow and “recession-proof” your organization. Keynote Speaker Bruce Katz: Brookings Institute scholar, senior adviser to global leaders, and author, Bruce Katz, will be sharing insights from his book, “The New Localism,” to help our region design, finance and deliver transformative initiatives that promote inclusive and sustainable growth.

Save the Date: DroneCamp 2019 @ Monterey County
Jun 18 @ 8:00 am – Jun 20 @ 9:00 am


IGIS is pleased to be partnering with the Monterey Bay DART Nonprofit Organization to offer our third annual DroneCamp! This three-day intensive workshop covers everything you need to know to use drones for mapping, research, and land management, including:

  • Technology – the different types of drone and sensor hardware, costs and applications
  • Drone science – principles of photogrammetry and remote sensing
  • Safety and regulations – learn to fly safely and legally, including tips on getting your FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate
  • Mission planning – flight planning tools and principles for specific mission objectives
  • Flight operations – hands-on practice with both manual and programmed flights
  • Data processing – processing drone data into orthomosaics and 3D digital surface models; assessing quality control
  • Data analysis – techniques for analyzing drone data in GIS and remote sensing software
  • Visualization – create 3D models of your data
  • Latest trends – hear about new and upcoming developments in drone technology, data processing, and regulations

Digital Promise Challenge Institute @ Embassy Suites by Hilton Monterey Bay Seaside
Jul 8 @ 4:00 pm – Jul 10 @ 10:00 pm



Join educators from around the world to investigate the big idea of powerful learning, identify pressing challenges, and design sustainable solutions!

The Digital Promise Challenge Institute 2018 will be a fully immersive, hands-on, professional learning experience that transcends the traditional divide between speakers and participants to create a vibrant and ongoing community.

For details visit the event website.

The Challenge Institute is eligible for funding requests on the DonorsChoose.org platform. Get started with our guide.

29th ANNUAL TRANSFORM OUR WORLD™ GLOBAL CONFERENCE @ Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa on Del Monte Golf Course
Oct 15 @ 5:00 pm – Oct 18 @ 9:30 pm

Our 29th Annual Transform Our World™ Global Conference to be held in the stunning Monterey Bay, California, with a newly designed program that will engage the whole family in a Transformation experience during both general sessions, as well as free time designed for networking and relationship building.