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The Contra Costa County Employer Advisory Council

in partnership with the Employment Development Department presents

Seminar Breakfast Series 2020

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

See below for details and registration

(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

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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Seminar Breakfast Series

Schedule of Events and Speaker Information

Upcoming events

    • 22 Oct 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM (PDT)
    • Zoom Webinar

    Are you a person who enjoys challenges and thrills?  Come join us in our October virtual meeting as HR experts in the field share their funniest and "scariest" stories!  Learn the scary lessons now before they happen to you!

    Moderated by Marlo Johnston.  Bring your own scary stories to share as well!

    • 12 Nov 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM (PST)
    • Zoom Webinar

    The COVID-19 initiated shift toward working from home has uncovered many seams in today’s teams. The need is greater than ever for workplace groups to grow into high-performing teams, and this program will equip managers and leaders with immediately actionable steps that move their teams in that direction.

    The program will be interactive. Managers, Supervisors, and Business Owners are encouraged to attend.

     “A leader is not the one with the most followers. A leader is the one who creates the most leaders.” 

    Top corporations and organizations are increasingly appreciating coaching skills amongst their leadership. While this experience itself doesn’t make one an “accredited coach,” it equips you to deliver effective coaching conversations with the people you lead.

    Coaching can be defined as helping an individual develop his or her ability to solve his or her own problems through the realization that he or she already possesses the answer. One of the greatest benefits to coaching is that, even if the employee develops what may not be the “best” answer through a coaching session, the process of thinking through coaching questions helps the employee become more self-sufficient. This is why coaching is a foundational practice of High Performing Teams.

    Those who attend this session will learn simple coaching strategies they can immediately bring back to their organizations. They will also learn what to look for in implementing a more formal coaching program, as the field of coaching is unregulated and has attracted a large amount of coaches with little training who confuse coaching with mentoring, training, consulting, or even counseling behaviors.

    Our speaker:

    Janine “JJ” Conway was the first African American physicist in the Air Force, where she served for over 23 years. After returning from a 6-month TDY to discover her house sold, divorce papers, and over $845,000 debt to her name. JJ now teaches others the same personal growth and financial management skills that allowed her to dump that debt and begin building wealth. JJ also empowers individuals to uplevel their businesses with financial, leadership, and diversity education.

    • 10 Dec 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM (PST)
    • Zoom Webinar

    In this talk for busy over-stressed individuals, Dr. Dalton-Smith shares keys to thriving in the midst of change.

    Discover how better self-awareness can lead to greater resilience. Through the use of engaging storytelling and real-life examples, Dr. Dalton-Smith shares the role of resilience, change management, and self-care in optimizing personal productivity, improving time/energy management, increasing your efficiency, and cultivating a positive culture in your organization.

    You will leave this session with actionable next steps you can begin implementing immediately.    

    About Our Speaker:

    Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is a Board-Certified internal medicine physician, speaker, and author. She is an international wellness expert featured in numerous media outlets including Prevention, MSNBC, Women’s Day, FOX, Fast Company, Psychology Today, and as a guest on Dr. Oz show. She is the author of numerous books including her new book Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity, including ground-breaking insight on the seven types of rest needed to optimize your productivity, increase your overall happiness, overcome burnout, and live your best life. Over 100,000 people have discovered their personal rest deficits using her free assessment at Learn more about Dr. Saundra at and     

    • 28 Jan 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM (PST)
    • Zoom Webinar

    With rapid changes in all sectors of society and business, organizations are at the beginning of a new phase of workforce innovation.

    The next phase of workforce organization innovation is embracing an agile workforce model. The implications are far-reaching and the adoption of an agile workforce model will provide a strategic advantage to organizations who act now.

    In the presentation “SPARK: Cultivating An Agile Workforce In a Time of Disruption" seeks to achieve three important things:

    • Understand how to emotionally navigate the change curve

    • Understand how to mentally navigate the change curve

    • Strategies on building an agile culture

    • Practical steps on how to build momentum and increase discretionary effort

    At the conclusion of this empowering session, you’ll be hungry to embrace the growth opportunities that change moments provide.

    About Our Speaker:

    A successful entrepreneur having built and sold his first company by the age of 30, Kelvin brings a real word viewpoint to staff development, cultivating winning cultures, empowering organizations and helping teams thrive during change and disruption.

    With over 12 years of Executive Coaching experience, and 15 years leading faith-based organizations, Kelvin is known as a skilled change agent. As the Chief Learning Officer of Laser Focus Leadership Solutions, LLC, Kelvin’s signature programs have allowed him to work with a who’s who list of clients from State Tax Authorities, Wells Fargo, and even Government. Through his company he specializes in customizing programs around "Mental Agility," "Workforce Disruption Readiness" and "Change Management."

    He has authored 6 books including his recent release, Navigating Defining Moments which provides a road-map for engaging and leveraging moments of disruption. He also is the host of The Pivot, a weekly motivational television program seen throughout the United States.

    Kelvin is a native of St. Petersburg, FL, and currently resides in the Central Florida region with his beautiful wife Evette McCree. They have one adult daughter, a teenage son, and three grandchildren.

    Kelvin’s upbeat personality is seen through his signature greeting, “It’s a great day!"

    • 25 Feb 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM (PST)
    • Zoom Webinar/Possibly live
    Have you ever been in a conversation with someone and felt like you were talking different languages? Or have you had an employee who seemed like they were the “wrong person for the job?” When we don’t understand, we tend to misunderstand and that can lead to conflict at home, in the workplace and in our community. The DISC Model of Human Behavior is a scientific, psychology-based method of determining personality types that helps us to not only understand ourselves and how we are wired, but others as well.

    When people are doing hiring, it can be difficult sometimes to ascertain whether the person “fits” the job. If the employer can better understand the personality style of the person they are interviewing, it can save them valuable time and money training someone that shouldn’t have been hired in the first place. Additionally, company culture is the reason people stay loyal to an employer. Learning how to understand personality styles of employees can help the employer know how to create a company culture that addresses each of the styles.

    In this session, participants will:

    • Get a basic overview of the DISC Model of Human Behavior
    • Find out the two questions to ask in determining someone’s dominant personality style.
    • Learn how you can incorporate the DISC assessment in hiring practices.

    This training has been delivered to the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce, the Legal Marketing Association in San Francisco, and Toastmasters.

    About Our Speaker:

    Jeanne Schwass

    Jeanne started her entrepreneurial journey at age 4 when she had her first lemonade stand. Although she spent some years in management positions within corporations, her passion has always been as an entrepreneur. Jeanne is the owner of a profitable 20-year old woman-owned business and started a second one in 2019 in the personal development field. She loves to read, with historical novels at the top of her list as well as just about any new book in the personal development arena. Jeanne loves studying people and why they do what they do, which is why she is passionate about helping people understand themselves and others better.

    • 25 Mar 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM (PDT)
    • Zoom Webinar

    It's estimated that stress is responsible for 60-90% of doctor's visits and one million workers miss work each day because of stress, costing companies $602 per employee per year, according to the American Institute of Stress.

    It is imperative that we recognize that stress is not the problem - it's our reaction to our stress and we can learn to control it. Acquire cutting edge self-care techniques - affirmations, visualization, mindfulness techniques and mini-meditations - that you and your staff can do for better health. Master a mini meditation that anyone can do anytime. Learn how we can use visualization to boost our immune function and improve sports and work performance outcomes. Additionally you’ll explore how our words and affirmations can make a difference in our daily lives. Also covered will be how we can incorporate all of our senses in daily mindfulness to decrease the stress response and gain control over our reactions, bringing us to greater peace and productivity. Attendees will walk away with an increased sense of control over stress, and practical tools that can be immediately put to use in their everyday lives.  

    • Recognize the emotional, physical and behavioral signs of stress.
    • Examine current research on meditation, positive self-talk and visualization and how it can be incorporated into your workday.
    • Learn a simple technique, known as a mini-meditation, to stop the stress response in its tracks.
    • Understand how you can use your daydreams to boost immune function and increase relaxation.
    • Discover how to incorporate mindfulness into your day even if you think you don’t have time.

    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.

    • 22 Apr 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM (PDT)
    • Zoom Webinar

    This isn't about tossing away our phones. Far from it. For our electronic devices are amazing. But that’s the problem, they’re too amazing. We can’t take our eyes off of our screens. We now, on average, spend 2 hours and 51 minutes per day looking at our phones. Over the course of one year this equates to 43 days, almost a month and a half, primarily surrendered to distraction.  

    And this is just one of many examples of how our electronic devices are distracting, stealing focus, preventing us from being at our productive best, often at the expense of family, friends, jobs and even health. 

    Jeff’s presentation details his own struggles with screen distractions, in a manner that is both informative and entertaining, with the ultimate intent of raising awareness to how intrusive our electronic devices have become to the alarming extent that instead of us controlling them, they are now controlling us.  Jeff uses his 20 plus years as a nationally touring stand-up comedian to deliver an impactful, motivating and entertaining presentation that helps us understand what we're up against in rescuing our attentions from our screens.

    About Our Speaker:

    Jeff is a speaker, comedian and writer.

    He, while based out of Denver, Colorado’s Comedy Works, has toured the nation for more than 20 years working the comedy club and corporate circuit. Along the way he has performed on some of comedy’s biggest stages – Red Rocks, Las Vegas Strip, Great American Comedy Festival – and with some of comedy’s biggest names – Martin Short, Brian Regan, Jim Gaffigan and more.

    He also uses his stage abilities to tour North America speaking about one of today’s most relevant topics -  digital distraction.  His keynote address at the Alaska Recreation and Park Association’s annual conference prompted Conference Chair, Michael Bork, to write: “Jeff brought energy, humor, and very relevant information; perfect for our association! I would recommend Jeff for any audience, any venue, any profession: people need to hear his message!" 

    Jeff’s articles have appeared in more than 40 publications including ESPN’s and the prestigious Explorer Club’s Explorers Journal.


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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