VCEDA Hosted 45th Annual Business Outlook Conference On Regional Workforce

VCEDA Hosted 45th Annual Business Outlook Conference On Regional Workforce

by Emily Barany on November 2, 2015


CAMARILLO, CA – On Friday, October 23rd, the Ventura County Economic Development Association (VCEDA) hosted the 45th Annual Business Outlook Conference (BOC) at the Ventura County Office of Education Conference Center in Camarillo, CA. The annual conference, this year attended by 125 Ventura County business owners, decision makers, and community leaders, explores themes of critical importance to the county’s economic vitality.

Titled “Ventura County Workforce: The Road to Success,” the conference focused on the employer’s perspective on challenges and opportunities facing the regional workforce. Attendees heard speakers – including keynote Kim Congdon, Managing Director/Chief Human Resources Officer for The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and a panel of Ventura County business leaders – discuss a forward-looking view of current trends and the future of the workforce, as well as strategies and perspectives on how to attract, develop, motivate, and retain valuable human capital within their organizations.

Ms. Congdon’s keynote presentation, “Modern Workforce: Challenges and Opportunities,” highlighted current workforce trends, the challenges employers encounter when managing workforce in and beyond the Ventura County region, and opportunities and best practices related to workforce management.

Following Ms. Congdon’s presentation, Henry Dubroff, founder and editor of the Pacific Coast Business Times, moderated a panel of Ventura County business leaders. Panelists considered opportunities, challenges, and best practices related to workforce management through the lenses of their respective industry sectors – recruiting, higher education, bio-resource management, high-tech, and more. Panelists included Bill Camarillo, CEO of Agromin; Scott Clear, Chief Design and Innovation Officer, RKS Design; Scott Giroux, Vice President – North American Staffing, Volt Workforce Solutions; and Michael Panesis, Executive Director, California Lutheran Center for Entrepreneurship.

Sandy Smith, VCEDA Board Chair, stated, “To those of us who attempt to launch a new company, maintain profitable operations, or consider expansion, it’s no secret that it’s onerous to operate a business in California, and especially in Ventura County. Our goal was not only to identify challenges to successful workforce management, but also to explore opportunities, possible solutions, and best practices.”

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