Hidden Figures: The Power of Untapped Talent Pools - Postponed



The workshop slated for Thursday, July 25 has been postponed. We'll reach out with the new date shortly. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Are you struggling to recruit employees to fill vacant positions? The reality is that there are available workers who are capable of filling your positions today.

Join us to learn how to connect with and make the most of our local untapped talent, build a talent pipeline for the future and access the resources available to attract, train and retain talent.

8:00 - 8:30 Registration & Coffee

8:30 - 9:15 Panel 1: Tapping into the Hidden Talent Pool
-Rehana Lerandeau, Fair Chance Programs Manager at Checkr
-Anthea Charles, Director at Marriott Foundation Bridges
-Tony Ozuna, Field HR Specialist at U.S. Coast Guard

9:30 - 10:15 Panel 2: How to Grow Your Own Talent
-Felicia Duncan, Program Manager for KP LAUNCH at Kaiser Permanente
-James Gardner, Ph.D., Executive Director, Association of Manufacturers Bay Area
-Pamm Shaw, Vice President, Early Childhood Impact, YMCA of the East Bay

10:30 - 11:15 Panel 3: Resources to Help You Access Hidden Talent
-Renée Pierce, Economic Development Analyst, CA Employment Training Panel
-Alfredo Mathew, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Earn & Learn East Bay
-Poonum Patel, Senior Business Development Specialist, California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development
-Sonja Brooks, Business Services/Community Relations Manager at the Oakland Private Industry Council

The Workshop will be delivered in English with simultaneous ASL, Cantonese, and Spanish interpretation. This meeting location is wheelchair accessible. To request any additional disability-related accommodations or Mandarin or other interpreter, please email twalker@oaklandca.gov or call (510) 238-3630 or 711 for relay service at least five working days before the meeting. Please refrain from wearing scented products to this meeting as a courtesy to attendees with chemical sensitivities.

Free parking is available in Lot C on Merritt’s campus.

Huey Newton & Bobby Seale Student Lounge
Merritt College, 12500 Campus Drive, Oakland

Hosted by the City of Oakland's Workforce Development Board.



Tamara Walker

(510) 238-4727




Accessibility and Interpretation Requests

Contact us to request disability-related accommodations, American Sign Language (ASL), Mandarin, Spanish or another language interpreter at least five (5) business days before the event.

All meetings held in-person are wheelchair accessible. Please refrain from wearing scented products as a courtesy to attendees with chemical sensitivities.