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EconAlliance Resiliency Webinar

April 23, 2020, 1:30 p.m.

“COVID-19 Crisis Management: HR Pitfalls & Planning”

Sandra Dickerson, CEO, Your People Professionals

Karen O’Neil, Attorney, Kirk & Simas

Ed Braxton, Chief HR Officer, Lompoc Valley Med Center

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Edwin Braxton, Chief Human Resources Officer

Ed Braxton has been Lompoc Valley Medical Center’s Chief Human Resources Officer since 2009. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Temple University, a paralegal diploma in Employee Benefit Law from the former Philadelphia Institute for Paralegal Training, and a Master’s degree in HR management from St. Joseph’s University. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors’ Bureau and the Lompoc Valley YMCA.

Sandra Dickerson, Esq., CEO/HR Director

Sandra Dickerson began her human resources career with Your People Professionals in 1987, working initially for the founder of the company and as CEO since purchasing YPP in 1997. As of April 1, 2014, she is also CEO of HR Your Way, based in Pleasanton, California. As CEO, Dickerson has specialized in managing the company’s services, ensuring compliance with applicable regulations and adherence to best practices, and in general business management, including all corporate and legal affairs.  Her staff is responsible for strategic human resource management and consulting for a wide variety of clients and industries throughout California. Services include: full HR outsourcing; total compensation system evaluation and design; talent acquisition system design and implementation; manager/executive coaching; performance management; policy development; risk management; and wage & hour compliance.  In addition, she provides general business consulting to the company’s clients.   

Karen O’Neil, Attorney, Kirk & Simas

Karen O’Neil is an attorney with Kirk & Simas in Santa Maria. Her practice includes civil litigation, insurance defense work, and employment law. Born in Spain when her father was serving at a U.S. Air Force Base there, O’Neil came to Santa Maria in 1983, attending local schools before attending and earning her Bachelor’s degree (cum laude) from San Diego State University. She interned in the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Tribal Justice and Office of Violence Against Women. Thereafter, she attended McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, earning her law degree, with distinction, in 2003. After practicing general civil litigation and employment law in Santa Rosa, she returned to the Central Coast. O’Neil is a member of the Northern Santa Barabara County Bar Association, the State Bar of California, and of the Labor and Employment Section of the State Bar. She is a member of the Association of Workplace Investigators, and a board member of the Santa Maria HR Association, Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens, and Altrusa, and she does pro bono work for the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society. O’Neil is rated “AV” by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the Directory’s most prestigious rating.

Resiliency Webinar

April 28, 2020, 2:00 p.m.

“Status Update: Santa Barbara County Re-Opening”

Ray McDonald, Representative, Santa Barbara COVID-19 Biz Team

Executive Director, Workforce Development Board of Santa Barbara County

As Executive Director of the Santa Barbara County Workforce Development Board (WDB), Ray McDonald is responsible for policy development & implementation, building strong strategic partnerships, resource development, long-range planning, and overseeing the Federally-funded Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) programs in Santa Barbara County.  McDonald reports to a private-sector led Board of community leaders, who, in partnership with the County of Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors, oversee the publicly-funded workforce system.  The Santa Barbara WDB is part of a multi-county Regional Planning Unit that includes San Luis Obispo County.  In response to the COVID-19 crisis, McDonald provides workforce system input to the Santa Barbara County COVID-19 Biz Team.

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Resiliency Webinar

April 30, 2020, 9:00 a.m.

“Best Practices for Working Remotely: Connectivity, Security, Professionalism”

Chris Chirgwin, CEO, Lanspeed

Chris Chirgwin is owner and CEO of Lanspeed, an IT-services firm headquartered in Buellton, CA. With over 25 years of technology and management experience, Chirgwin has excelled throughout his career in providing businesses with a winning combination of deep technical expertise and sound strategic planning. Lanspeed has grown steadily under his leadership, and now provides award-winning IT services throughout Southern California.

Chirgwin received an MBA from University of Portland in 1998, and a BA in International Studies and Business/Economics from Westmont College in 1995. He has earned numerous industry awards and technical certifications, including recognition by Inc. Magazine in 2011 and 2012 for leading one of the top 5000 fastest growing U.S. companies. In 2017 and again in 2019, Pacific Coast Business Times recognized Lanspeed with a “Central Coast Best Place to Work” award. Several times a year, Chirgwin travels around the country facilitating industry groups and he has been a guest speaker at many technology, management and leadership events.

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Resiliency Webinar

May 6, 2020, 1:30 p.m.

“Telework Coordination/Managing a Distributed Workforce”

Joe Halsell, CEO, Halsell Builders, Chris Chirgwin, CEO, Lanspeed and others

Resiliency Webinar

Tentative: May 13, 2020

Topic: Commercial and Residential Real Estate Update