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California Workforce Connection 2022 Annual Conference

 2022 CWC Annual Educational Conference, May 13, 2022

Speakers on
“Creating Connections…”

Thursday, May 12, 2022

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

Friday, May 13, 2022

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

 Speakers: Rita Saenz (Invited), Devin Hughes (Confirmed), Rob Claudio (Confirmed), Pam Lambright (Confirmed), CA State Senator Josh Newman (Invited)

Noon- 2:00 P.M.  Awards  Luncheon

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May 9, 2022 Deadline to register online with Eventbrite Link: (Processing fees will be added)

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Invited Speakers

Rita Saenz, Director of California Employment Development Department (Invited)

Rita L. Saenz, was appointed Director of the Employment Development Department.  She was a Consultant at Saenz and Associates and held several positions at the Xerox Corporation, including Director of California Governmental Affairs and Director of Communications. At Affiliated Computer Services she was Western Regional Director of Health and Human Services. Rita was Chief Executive Officer at the Academy for Coaching Excellence, Director at the California Department of Social Services, and Chief Executive Officer at Maria Nemeth Associates LLC. Ms. Saenz served in several positions in the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., including Appointments Secretary and Special Assistant to Appointments and was Director of the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Abuse.



Devin C. Hughes, Motivational Speaker and Author

Devin C. Hughes is the current Founder of Devin C. Hughes inc., a boutique training and development firm created to help established and emerging leaders grow to reach their ideal potential as well as their teams. He currently works with a number of startups and large global organizations setting up best practices for their people strategy.

He is a captivating speaker, author, and culture expert. He helps leaders drive growth and engagement by aligning workplace culture with success. With 20 years of experience in conflict resolution, generational differences, and culture change, he is the author of 21 books and has spoken in over 15 countries.

Devin’s experiences working on employee engagement strategy, evolving corporate cultures, talent management, and diversity & Inclusion brings a unique perspective in helping his clients plan for positive growth and evolution. His approach which draws from the sciences of positive psychology, positive organizational research, appreciative inquiry, neuroscience, mindset, and mindfulness. As a result, clients receive the cutting edge in research on well-being and flourishing. 

Rob Claudio. EDD Workforce Services Deputy Division Chief

He is a graduate of San Diego State University – California State University 1985 – 1990 with a bachelor’s degree > Sociology and self-initiated minor in Management, PR & Advertising.  Rob is currently employed as Deputy Division Chief Orange County, CA Area. California Employment Development Department

Mr. Claudio has worked for EDD since March 1991 – to the present, 30 plus years in Orange County, California Area. He oversees State of California, EDD workforce development staff and management in all of Orange County. Ensures all federal funds associated with workforce programs are leveraged among required Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act Partners along with community stakeholders. As a mandatory Partner of the America’s Job Centers of California, he serves on the three Workforce Development Boards in Orange County: City of Anaheim, City of Santa Ana, and County of Orange.

He is responsible for goals associated with staff capacity building, employer engagement, change management and continued customer focus on product service and delivery. Extensive administrative experience with maintaining budget expenditures, personnel transactions, and program performance. Collaborate, foster, and develop relationships with various workforce stakeholders including federal, state, county, and various non-profit entities. Vast experience in working with various institutions of higher learning, such as, community colleges, universities and private institutions with common goals related to training and employment preparation of unemployed or underemployed job seekers. Substantial knowledge in collaborating with employers within the Orange County Region, in addressing their workforce needs. In addition to serving on a number of boards in an advisory capacity, He also was a prior steering committee member of the Orange County Veterans and Military Families Collaborative.

Rob is also a Copy Writer for St. Martin De Porres Catholic Church – Yorba Linda, CA for the past 6 years. He provides copy writing editing and suggestions on correspondence and marketing materials. Provides ongoing support to the Communications Team of the parish to ensure all written published materials meet the standards for the parish.

Since California become California Workforce Connection (CWC) Rob has written eighteen articles for our newsletter the Cal-Liope. Over the years he has written over four hundred forty-one articles for his blog. Each one is a gold nugget of great advice and inspiration.

In the past Rob has spoken at many of our conferences and events. He was the winner of the Toll Trust Award for 2006.

“As the author of your life, you get an interesting choice in that you may have not selected the type of beginning your life had, however, you certainly get to map out how you want the rest of your life to play out. In writing our own personal growth chapters, I also firmly believe that we need to ensure to learn from our mistakes and be careful not to repeat any of the things which did not serve us well previously.”

“The opportunity to change or re-invent your life is a daily decision. Choose wisely.”

Penny Lambrite, CEO Clutter Cleaners, Paws & Patriots

Penny has over 35 years of administrative experience in a wide variety of industries, both public and private sector including Walt Disney Corporation.

Penny is a longtime resident of Orange County.  She attended Orange Coast College, Belmont College, (now Belmont University), in Nashville Tennessee and Cal State University Fullerton.

As part of her civic volunteering Ms. Lambright has served as an Inspector on both the state and local elections.  Penny was a longtime volunteer for the Huntington Beach Police Department in both their VIPS (Volunteer in Police Services) and Neighborhood Watch program.  On occasion, she played “Mc Gruff the Crime Dog”.

Senator Josh Newman (Invited)

Grew up on the East Coast, in New York State, in a little city called Poughkeepsie, about an hour and half north up the Hudson River from New York City. Josh Newman is a United States Army veteran, community activist, non-profit founder, and State Senator for the 29th Senate district of California. A graduate of Yale, Senator Newman has been motivated by public service his whole life.In 2016, I ran a successful grassroots campaign for the California State Senate, focused on a message of service, common sense, and accountability on behalf of the residents of the 16 cities across three counties in California’s 29th Senate District.As their representative to the State Senate, I successfully guided more than 20 pieces of legislation that supported veteran services and mental health resources, improved local schools, helped businesses create jobs, and protected open space.

As a public servant, I pride myself on being active, accessible, and accountable, unafraid to put constituents over politics and working families ahead of special interests. My wife Darcy and I live in Fullerton with our young daughter and four weird but lovable rescue Chihuahuas

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