Community Forum – Dec. 13, 2018 – Regional Plan

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The Verdugo Consortium, serving the cities of Glendale, Burbank, and La Cañada Flintridge, is administered by the City of Glendale through a joint powers agreement.  The Verdugo Consortium is governed by the Verdugo Workforce Development Board (VWDB).  

The VWDB is hosting a forum for the Los Angeles Basin Regional Planning Unit to solicit public comment and recommendations on the Regional Plan. 

Subject:           Los Angeles Basin Regional Planning Unit (RPU) – Self-Assessment Forum

Date/Time:      Thursday, December 13, 2018, 9:00 am. – 11:30 a.m.

Location:         Verdugo Jobs Center, 1255 S. Central Ave., Glendale, CA  91204

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Voices in Action Forums

Join the discussion on important employment issues that affect your community 

The Verdugo Workforce Development Board wants to put your voice into action! We invite you to our Stakeholder and Community Forums where we want to hear from you about important employment issues that affect you today. Your valuable feedback is critical in the development of a plan that is reflective of our community’s workforce needs. 

Forums run October 18 to Nov 15. Click here to download flyer with details.

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

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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.

CSUN named Innovation & Prosperity University

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CSUN named Innovation & Prosperity University and Named 2018 Social Mobility Innovator by The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).

A working group comprised of several CSUN associates, found that the university was directly responsible for a $2 billion economic impact and created more than 11,700 jobs. The institution has provided several features that produce engagement with the Los Angeles community. This includes a finalized plan for a five-story, 150 room business-class Hyatt Hotel on campus; a Performing Arts Center; and creating an on-campus business incubator in partnership with the Los Angeles CleanTech Incubator.

CSUN was also named as a 2018 Social Mobility Innovator (SMI). The SMI ranks four-year U.S. colleges and universities, and “measures the extent to which a college or university educates more economically disadvantaged students at lower tuition, so they can graduate and obtain good paying jobs”. With an enrollment around 36,000 undergraduate students, the state school was ranked in the top 20 on the SMI list for 2017.

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Silver to Gold: The Business of Aging – Report from Milken Institute

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Opportunities presented by an aging population will not be fully realized unless business leaders act now to prepare for this irreversible shift in demography. To discuss the significance of population aging for the business sector and society at large, the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging, with the collaboration and support of the M Center of Excellence at The American College of Financial Services, convened the 2017 Summit on Business and the Future of Aging in Los Angeles.

This report includes commentary from the summit’s participants, as well as data and insights from multiple sources and identifies opportunities, innovations, human capital strategies, and forward-looking policies and practices to realize the upside of aging. It offers thoughtful, fact-filled assessments of the growing economic power of older adults, the underutilized resource of mature workers, advances that can dramatically extend lifespan, health and productivity, and a call to action.

  • By the end of this decade, annual consumer spending by age 60-and-over adults globally will reach $15 trillion (Bank of America Merrill Lynch)
  • Americans over 50 account for $7.6 trillion in direct spending and related economic activity (Oxford Economics/AARP)
  • Older adults in the U.S. dominate 119 out of 123 consumer packaged-goods categories (Bank of America Merrill Lynch)
  • The proportion of people in the working-age population worldwide who are 50 or older will grow from 20 percent in 2010 to 30 percent by 2050. (The Boston Consulting Group)
  • Older workers in the U.S. have similar or lower injury and illness rates than younger counterparts (CDC)
  • Fewer than half of companies worldwide factor longevity into their strategic planning (The Economist)

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March 15, 2018 – R.E.D. Talks: with HopSkipDrive CEO and Beyond the #MeToo Movement-What’s Next for Women in the Workplace

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Interview with Joanna McFarland-Founder/CEO- HopSkipDrive, a ride service for kids designed to help you take some of the stress out of your family’s busy schedule. Joanna has more than 15 years experience in product and general management. She has an MBA from Stanford University and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Joanna has worked for different companies in various roles—broadening her experience background. After working her way up from Director to Vice President of the Publisher Network for AT&T, she took on a Vice President role with One West Bank.

Following our Fireside chat with Joanna, we will shift to a panel discussion, Beyond the #MeToo Movement-What’s Next for Women in the Workplace, that will focus on how #MeToo can bring women together and encourage them to support each other when it comes to promotions and workplace advancement–important steps towards attainment of equality and a balance of power between men and women. Joanna will also participate in the panel.

Date: March 15
Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm
Venue: City National Plaza, 515 S. Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Speaker: Joanna McFarland, Founder and CEO, HopSkipDrive
Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails served

6th Annual Veterans Job Fair in Burbank – March 15, 2018

The 6th annual Veterans Job Fair will be  held on March 15,  at 9AM at McCambridge Recreation Center

1515 N Glenoaks Blvd.

Register for the event at

Registration ends March 14.

Bring with you multiple copies of your resume and dress for success!

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