Understanding Tech for Businesses: What Is a Bot?

Answers to your questions about technology today.

Technically speaking, bots are automated programs designed to perform a specific task, like tweet every new word that appears in the New York Times, colorize black and white photos on Reddit, or connect you with a customer service agent. There are bad ones, good ones, and countless more in between. A chatbot is a computer program designed to simulate human conversation. Bots are often associated with sites like Twitter, but there are many other types.

Read article at WIRED magazine

Women in Business Legislative Update & Awards Luncheon, Dec 4, 2018

Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) will hold the 2018 Women in Business Legislative Update & Awards Luncheon on December 4, 2018 at the Castaway in Burbank. His office is accepting nominations for this year’s honorees.

The Women in Business Legislative Update & Awards Luncheon was started by former State Senator Jack Scott while he served in the State Assembly and it has been an annual event passed down through State Legislators. The Women in Business Awards honor local women whose exceptional abilities have contributed to the economic vitality and diversity of the 25th Senate District.Women in Business celebrate women who have contributed to the greater good of the workforce through the advancement of business and the proliferation of new jobs while serving as role models for their community and co-workers.

This year’s luncheon will proudly feature an amazing keynote speaker Dee Dee Myers, Executive Vice President of World Wide Corporate Communication and Public Affairs for Warner Brothers.  Ms. Myers was the first woman to be the White House Press Secretary in our nation’s history.

Attached you will find a nomination form and the nomination categories for this year’s event.  Nominees must live or work in the 25th Senate District. Nomination forms are due by Thursday, November 1, 2018. We look forward to receiving your nomination(s) and seeing you at this year’s luncheon!

Please email Talin Mangioglu at talin.mangioglu AT sen.ca.gov or call 818-409-0400 for more information.

Download Nomination Form

Glendale Leaders Present STEPS program to the Employment Training Panel, Oct. 28, 2018

STEPS to Employment Training Panel Photo

Judith Velasco, Director of the Verdugo Workforce Development Board,  was a presenter on the STEPS to Employment Training Panel in Sacramento today. Joining her were Senator Anthony Portantino; Glendale Community College Board of Trustee Member, Tony Tartaglia; Dr. Michael Ritterborwn, Vice President of Instructional Services at Glendale Community College (and Verdugo Board Member); Kim Edelman, Executive Director of the Professional Development Center of GCC and Karine Grigoryan, Executive Director of the Glendale Youth Alliance.

Pay Gap Between Male & Female Nonprofit Execs Increases

Sometimes, everything old is new again. Nonetheless, we were startled to find out that the wage gap between male and female nonprofit Executive Directors and CEO’s got worse in 2018, in spite of some progress in 2017. In this years’s Compensation + Benefits Survey, the gap had risen to a difference of about $30K annually – a big jump. This is despite the fact that 67% of ED’s and CEO’s are female. We’re curious about this trend, since the nonprofit workforce is 70% women, and especially light of all the activity around female leaders speaking out. Weigh in! Talk to us on our social media channels: we’d like to hear your opinion on how to reduce that gap. This is only one of the illuminating facts from this year’s survey.

Want more? Order your copy now fro the Center for Nonprofit Management.

Employment Trends for 2018

from Industry Week Magazine:

As the economy continues to improve, employers will invest greater sums into the training and development of their employees.
More training and development will be utilized to fill the gaps in employee skill sets and will help companies work to full capacity in an improving economy. This will be essential for Generation Z employees, who are demonstrating a soft skills gap in the workplace.

Technological/AI advancements will continue to influence the workplace.
Trends that began in 2017 will accelerate in 2018, affecting employment opportunities across the board. Examples include fast food chains adding ordering kiosks and warehouses using automated order pickers.  Chatbots – programs that facilitate text conversations – are expected to save companies millions of dollars in salary expenditures annually, as will similar forms of artificial intelligence.