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.