The Youth@Work 2019 Conference – Planet Shakers
Hilton Long Beach
January 22 – 24, 2019
Sponsored by the California Workforce Association

Below is the draft conference program, the content will be updated with pre-conference and plenary sessions and speakers as we head to January’s conference.


CLICK HERE> Youth@Work Quick View Schedule of Events

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

12:45 – 2:00 OPENING PLENARY

 La Vida Es Un Regalo

Eduardo Garcia, Celebrity Chef; Co-Founder, Montana Mex

Eduardo is an American celebrity chef and the co-founder of Montana Mex, a Mexican inspired line of organic, non-GMO condiment sauces and seasonings. He is known as the “bionic chef” because he cooks with a prosthetic left arm, the result of an accident while hiking in 2011.

Today, Eduardo is the subject of a feature length documentary “Charged” and is working on numerous media projects including “A Hungry Life” – a TV concept which follows him into the wild places of the world as he creates exceptional food over a campfire.

Eduardo is also on a personal mission to help those who are dealing with trauma. He is a spokesperson and athlete for the Challenged Athletes Foundation, a nonprofit that provides support to people with physical disabilities so they can pursue active lifestyles.

Watch a preview of the documentary Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

8:30 – 10:00 MORNING PLENARY

Judson Laipply

YouTube Sensation, Motivational Speaker, Inspirational Comedian, Customer Service Guru

In March of 2001, Judson performed for the first time in public a finale that would one-day take the world by storm. After mixing together 12 popular dance songs from the last 50 years Judson debuted “The Evolution of Dance™” and it instantly became a crowd favorite. Five years and 18 songs later, Laipply placed a video of the 30 song six-minute “The Evolution of Dance” on little known site called YouTube. As of 2018, it has now had over 305 million views.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019


Edward DeJesus, Social Capital Builders, DeJesus Solutions Inc.

Edward DeJesus is one of the foremost authorities on the importance of incorporating a social capital approach to improve the economic life opportunities of marginalized youth and adults. Edward brings a mastery of research, a wealth of experience, and an untouchable passion for the growth and development of all. Edward has spoken and inspired CWA youth events many times over the last 15 years, and we are delighted to welcome him back.

Thursday, January 24, 2019


An Inspiring Vision for Community Colleges

Anne M. Kress, President, Monroe Community College

Since 2009, Anne M. Kress has served as president of Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York.  Dr. Kress and the faculty have undertaken an ambitious endeavor to create an impactful, innovative, and inspiring college that places students on a success trajectory. Kress is focused on enhancing the role MCC plays to assure meaningful access to economic opportunity in the region, helping pave the way for student success.

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