Fueling Curiosity

May 15 – 17, 2019

Hyatt Regency Orange County


WORKCON, sponsored by the California Workforce Association (CWA), highlights the most powerful and innovative collaborations and partnerships that provide the keys to unlocking prosperity for both workers and communities, and addressing the emerging changes in the workforce ecosystem.

Who Are Our Conference Attendees

Workforce Development Board members and workforce professionals; CTE educators from Adult Schools, community colleges, charter schools, ROPs, County Offices of Education and the K- 12 system; DOR and other rehabilitation programs; apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs; economic development professionals; and other key partners working to provide a trained, skilled workforce to the industry sectors driving our economy.

Fueling Curiosity

Curiosity is at the heart of innovation and process improvement, but we rarely talk about how integral it is to our work. Whether we are deploying human centered design, trying to understand the competitive pressures of our key industry sectors or working on implementing our regional plan, curiosity is deployed much too sparingly and not given its due.

And how might it change our work if we were able to fuel our curiosity, expanding our horizons rather than holding our ground? With that in mind, as you are crafting your presentation, think about the role curiosity could play.

Diana Kander, Director of Innovation Culture and Habits for Maddock Douglas

Want to know more? Diana Kander will keynote on Thursday morning, sharing parts of her new book entitled, The Curiosity Muscle.

Pre-Conference Sessions

Pre-Conference Sessions are included with your full conference registration. Kick off your WORKCON conference experience Wednesday, May 15th starting at 9:00 AM. For the current conference draft program of plenaries, workshops, events and more visit the AGENDA page.

Workforce Professional of the Year / Lifetime Achievement Award

Who will be the next Charlie Brown Workforce Professional of the Year? With this award, the California Workforce Association recognizes and honors a workforce development professional who has contributed significantly to the state of California’s workforce profession and to workforce development in their communities. This award was created by CWA in honor of NoRTEC’s former Executive Director, Charlie Brown. For the 2019 nomination form, award details, and past winners please visit the Workforce Professional of the Year page.

The awards luncheon hosted on Day 2 of the conference includes a very special award that recognizes a workforce professional for their lifetime contribution to the workforce system. Pictured is the 2018 Workforce Lifetime Achievement Award Winner; Gregg Irish, Executive Director, The City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board. 



Conference Networking and Special Events

Networking goes hand in hand with your workforce capacity building – a perfect way to make lasting connections with other workforce professionals is to experience our special events included with your full conference registration. Conference Welcome Reception, Awards Luncheon, Snack Breaks with our Exhibitors, and the yearly crowd favorite Casino Night. 

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