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California Workforce Connection 2023 Annual Conference

 2023 CWC Annual Educational Conference, May 5, 2023

“Embracing Change & Transformation”

Thursday, May 4, 2023

6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. No Host President’s Reception

Friday, May 5, 2023

8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Educational Conference and Convention

 Confirmed Speakers :

EDD Director, Nancy Farias

EDD Division Chief, Jesse Cuevas

Motivational Speaker , Tiana Sanchez

Noon- 2:00 P.M.  Awards  Luncheon

New Officer Elections


April 18, 2023 Deadline to register online with Eventbrite Link

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Nancy Farias, Director of California Employment Development Department 

Nancy Farias, of Sacramento, has served as Chief Deputy Director of External Affairs, Legislation and Policy at the California Employment Development Department since 2020.  Farias was Director of Government Relations at SEIU Local 1000 from 2017 to 2020. She was Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of Senator Henry Stern from 2016 to 2017 and District Director at the Office of Assemblymember Mike Gatto from 2015 to 2016. She was Deputy Secretary of Legislation at the Government Operations Agency from 2013 to 2016, Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs at the California Department of Human Resources from 2012 to 2013 and Legislative Director at SEIU Local 1000 from 2009 to 2012. Farias was Senior Vice President at Smith, Ruddock & Hayes from 2008 to 2009 and an Associate at Wolkon & Pascucci LLP from 2002 to 2008. Farias earned a Master of Science degree in Political Science from Suffolk University and a Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University Law School.



Jesse Cuevas, Division Chief of California Employment Development Department

Jesse Cuevas was appointed to Chief for the Los Angeles/Coastal Workforce Services Division for the Employment Development Department (EDD). The LACWSD has administrative oversight of 12 distinct local workforce development areas within LA
County/City and the Coastal Cities, including Oxnard, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey and Santa Cruz.
Jesse’s career started with EDD in 1997 as a Student Assistant in the Youth Employment Opportunity Program. Jesse has worked in various classifications both with Workforce Services and Unemployment Insurance, and the EDD Directorate, also serving as a cluster manager in the LAMetro area.
Prior to joining EDD, Jesse worked for the California Veterans Administration – Veterans Home of Chula Vista in San Diego.



Tiana Sanchez, Motivational Speaker

Tiana Sanchez is CEO and Founder of TSI, LLC an Organizational Training and Development firm preparing leaders to achieve next-level results in employee engagement. For over a decade, Tiana has been in the trenches serving as Corporate Trainer and Business Consultant to top leaders in both the public and private sectors across the U.S. In addition to her expertise in professional development, Tiana is a #1 best selling author, producer and host of a global podcast that inspires thousands of people in over 26 countries.




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