Wells Fargo, Scholarship America Invite Veterans to Apply for Scholarships, Emergency Grants

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) and Scholarship America announced they are accepting applications for the 2019 Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship and Wells Fargo Veterans Emergency Grant Programs. In 2016, Wells Fargo committed $2 million over a four-year period to fund the programs and assist veterans and spouses of veterans with disabilities succeed in getting the education they need for careers they choose. To date, Wells Fargo and Scholarship America have awarded 72 scholarships and 135 emergency grants.

“Scholarship America is proud to collaborate with Wells Fargo on the company’s Veterans Scholarship and Veterans Emergency Grant Programs,” said Robert C. Ballard, president and CEO. “The personal stories from more than 200 recipients to date make it abundantly clear how critically important these dollars are to those brave men and women who served in the U.S. military. It’s an honor to help those veterans in return by ensuring financial obstacles don’t stand in the way of advancing their education.”

Zachary Meade, 2017-2018 veteran scholarship recipient, served as a bomb squad technician in the military. When Meade left the service, he became an emergency medical technician (EMT), earned his bachelor of science in electrical engineering, and started working on an advanced degree at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the first engineering-based college of medicine.

“As a result of the scholarship, I was able to focus on my academics and graduate first in my class with the highest honors,” said Meade. ”I earned one of 32 positions at the world’s first engineering-based college of medicine. I want to combine my passion for engineering and medical technology to help my fellow veterans who lost limbs, eyesight and more.”

Scholarship America, one of the largest providers of U.S. postsecondary educational assistance programs, and Wells Fargo collaborated on the application and selection process for the scholarship and emergency grants, using best practices from the highest quality postsecondary educational aid programs.

“Veterans have a long history of serving communities in and out of the military,” said Jerry Quinn, Wells Fargo Military Affairs Program manager. “By working with Scholarship America, we’re able to assist Zachary and other veterans as they grow in new careers and serve in other meaningful ways.”

The Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship Program

Applications for the scholarship program are being accepted through Feb. 28, 2019. Awards will be made to honorably discharged veterans or spouses of disabled veterans who are high school or GED graduates. Renewable scholarships for up to $7,000 per year will be granted, determined by financial need and consideration of academic performance, work experience, leadership, community service, and challenges with completing a postsecondary program. Each award renewal will increase by $1,000 over the previous year to encourage program completion for each recipient. Visit www.scholarsapply.org/wellsfargoveterans for more information and to apply.

The Wells Fargo Veterans Emergency Grant Program

Emergency grants are available on an ongoing basis for eligible veterans who are enrolled in postsecondary education and experience unexpected financial difficulties that might cause them to drop out of school. Grants will be available for a one-time distribution up to $1,000 based on the cost of the emergency need, such as rent, utilities, daycare, and medical expenses. Visit www.scholarsapply.org/wellsfargoveteransemergency for more information and to apply.

Information about Wells Fargo’s support of service members, veterans, and their families is available at wellsfargo.com/military/veterans.

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 7,950 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 37 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 262,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 26 on Fortune’s 2017 rankings of America’s largest corporations. In 2017, Wells Fargo donated $286.5 million to 14,500 nonprofits and Wells Fargo team members volunteered a record 2 million hours. Wells Fargo’s corporate social responsibility efforts are focused on three strategic priorities: diversity and social inclusion, economic empowerment, and environmental sustainability. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.

WBE Teaches Kids About Electromagnetism at NBSDD

For the second year in a row, WBE has sponsored a booth at the North Bay Science Discovery Day located at the Santa Rosa fairgrounds. This event targets 4th to 8th graders and our hands-on exhibit taught the kids about electromagnetism where our volunteers taught them how to “magnetice” a screwdriver. This is a great free event for all which drew in around 15,000 attendees!

College of Marin (COM) Board of Trustees Welcomed Suzanne Brown Crow as its Newest Member

College of Marin (COM) Board of Trustees welcomed Suzanne Brown Crow as its newest member. Crow is one of seven trustees elected to represent the public interest in matters related to institutional mission, performance, and quality. Crow is a Novato resident who ran for election to bring her vision for the College’s Indian Valley Campus (IVC) to the board. She hopes to be a driving force behind workforce housing at IVC. Incumbents Diana Conti and Wanden Treanor were reelected to serve a third and sixth term, respectively.

Elected trustees were sworn in on December 11, 2018, by The Honorable Judge Sheila Lichtblau. Following administration of the oaths of office, new board officers were seated in accordance with the rotation schedule defined in Administrative Procedure 2305. In 2019, Philip Kranenburg will serve as the board’s president, Stuart Tanenberg as vice president, and Wanden Treanor as clerk.

The term of office for elected trustees is four years, expiring the first Friday in December after the general election in November. Elections are held every two years, in even-numbered years. Trustee terms are staggered in an effort to elect one-half of the trustees at each election.

The Board of Trustees next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at the Kentfield Campus. The study session begins at 3 p.m. in Academic Center, room 229, and is followed by the regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Academic Center, room 255.

More information about the COM Board of Trustees is online www1.marin.edu/board-trustees.

Sonoma State University Names New Entrepreneur in Residence

The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced the appointment of Chris Stewart, prominent entrepreneur, and co-founder and President/COO of speed tracking technology company, Pocket Radar, as its new Entrepreneur in Residence. Mr. Stewart will lead cross-disciplinary, co-curricular entrepreneurship and innovation activities and programs for students at Sonoma State University. Chris’ appointment was made possible by generous support from the Kalmanovitz Charitable Foundation, and is part of the School of Business and Economics’ Inclusive Excellence Initiative that is focused on elevating student success and community impact by leveling the playing field for all students. Chris brings expertise in design, new product development, strategic business planning, patents, and consulting.

Chris Stewart’s deep experience in leading successful technology startups, as well as his long-time support of entrepreneurial efforts at Sonoma State University and the regional community, makes him an excellent choice as our Entrepreneur in Residence,” Dr. Karen Thompson, Interim Dean of the School of Business and Economics said. “In addition to supporting all entrepreneurially-minded students on campus, part of Chris’ role is to work directly with SSU’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) office on infusing entrepreneurial thinking into programs and activities that foster innovative thinking and inspire action amongst first-generation college students. We look forward to leveraging Chris’ expertise and leadership in helping to launch careers and businesses out of Sonoma State University.

I have always been a believer in inclusive, quality education as a catalyst for change and innovation. I look forward to working with students, faculty, and staff to nurture diverse talents and abilities, build self-reliance, and empower students of all backgrounds through the principles of business entrepreneurship,” Chris Stewart, Entrepreneur in Residence at Sonoma State University and co-founder and President/COO of Pocket Radar said.

Chris Stewart has over 35 years of experience in leading technology companies and startups. Chris is a first-generation college graduate who began his career as a design engineer, and transitioned from research and development project manager to business manager at Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies. In 2009, he founded his own technology companies, Invention Planet LLC and Pocket Radar Inc. Chris has been a volunteer faculty member at Sonoma State University where he has lectured in courses on electrical engineering and business entrepreneurship. He also serves as chairman and lead industry advisor of the SSU Makerspace External Advisory Board and Electrical Engineering Department, respectively.

The SBE’s Inclusive Excellence Initiative aims to create learning opportunities and support programs that honor, educate, and elevate our diverse student and campus community. The initiative is led by a faculty and staff task force which coordinates workshops, data collection, and community engagement strategies geared towards enhancing student success. In 2017, the SBE introduced the Wine Industry Scholars Program (WISP), which provided initial funding of $350,000 dollars in support of programs and education grants benefiting first-generation college students and children and families of winery and vineyard workers. Donor support for the Wine Industry Scholars Program has now exceeded $3 million. Recently, the School launched a student success workshop series focused on training and equipping faculty with tool-kits for effective teaching and engagement with diverse student populations. In addition, SBE faculty, staff, and administrators have engaged in college and career talks with first-generation students of both Upward Bound and the Educational Opportunity Program.

For more information about the Inclusive Excellence initiative, or for information regarding undergraduate and graduate business degree programs, please call (707) 664-2377 or visit www.sonoma.edu/sbe.

Kaiser Permanente Will Continue Care for Transgender People Even If Federal Requirements Are Removed

Kaiser Permanente has joined more than 50 other major companies and organizations by signing a statement in support of transgender equality. The statement is in response to a recent report that the Department of Health and Human Services is considering limiting the definition of gender under the existing nondiscrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act.

In signing the statement of support, Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson confirmed, “Regardless of any change to the ACA nondiscrimination provision, Kaiser Permanente will maintain our current services and protections for our transgender members. We will also remain firm in our expectations of mutual respect, dignity and cultural understanding across our workforce, for each other, and for our members, customers and the communities we serve.”

Kaiser Permanente is a nationally recognized leader in LGBTQ health care equality, providing full spectrum medical, surgical and mental health care to our transgender patients and members. We are proud to offer gender-affirming services that ensure respectful, equitable, and inclusive care to all of our transgender and gender non-conforming patients and members everywhere that we deliver care.

Kaiser Permanente Donates $1.65 Million to California Wildfire Recovery Efforts

Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest integrated health system, committed up to $1.65 million to support relief and recovery efforts in communities affected by the recent California wildfires.

Kaiser Permanente is committing up to $1 million to the American Red Cross and other organizations to help Camp Fire victims in Northern California. The funds will support community-based and faith-based organizations helping people recover from these disasters. Kaiser Permanente has also deployed medical and nursing volunteers to provide care to displaced families and seniors now living in shelters.

The health system will also provide $500,000 to the United Way of Greater Los Angeles for immediate relief efforts as well as longer-term recovery support to organizations serving low-income residents.

Another $150,000 will go to Ventura County Community Foundation, with $50,000 specifically allocated to the foundation for organizational capacity support and the balance to provide shelter and long-term housing, financial and rental assistance, legal services, health care and more for those affected by the Woolsey and Hill fires in Southern California. For the next eight weeks, Kaiser Permanente is offering crisis support groups to the community for those impacted by the Thousand Oaks shooting and the fires.

“We are deeply saddened to see how these fires have hurt our communities across California,” said Bechara Choucair, MD, senior vice president and chief community health officer, Kaiser Permanente. “It is times like these when Kaiser Permanente leans in to fulfill our commitment to the health of our communities we serve, leveraging our resources, expertise and leadership in community health.”

In early November, massive, deadly wildfires broke out in Butte County in Northern California and in Ventura and Los Angeles counties in Southern California, destroying thousands of homes and displacing scores of people, including many vulnerable seniors. During that time, Kaiser Permanente worked alongside organizations including the American Red Cross and the United Way of Greater Los Angeles to provide support and determine the needs of the communities.

“The Red Cross is grateful for the commitment of Kaiser Permanente whose generosity helps provide shelter, food and comfort for people affected by the devastating wildfires in California,” said Don Herring, chief development officer at the American Red Cross.

“We are grateful for the fast response and generous aid Kaiser Permanente provided to United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ Disaster Relief Fund,” said Elise Buik, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Los Angeles. “This is a critical time, and this contribution will help vulnerable individuals and families rebuild their lives.”

Kaiser Permanente has a long-standing commitment to the health of communities across the country, including during times of natural disaster. Kaiser Permanente has so far committed more than $8 million during 2017 and 2018 to support relief and recovery efforts, including mental health services, for survivors of natural disasters such as the fires in Northern California, the Thomas Fire in Southern California, Hurricane Harvey in the southeast United States, and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

Keysight Technologies Recognized for Workplace Diversity, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Technology Innovation

Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS), a leading technology company that helps enterprises, service providers, and governments accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world, announced that the company has received multiple awards and recognitions for workplace diversity, corporate social responsibility, and technology innovation.

Recent industry accolades include:

Keysight Named to FORTUNE’s 100 Best U.S. Workplaces for Diversity

Keysight was named to the FORTUNE Magazine’s list of 100 Best U.S. Workplaces for Diversity for 2018. The FORTUNE list was determined based on the results of an anonymous survey of more than 4.4 million U.S. employees, with a focus on the experiences of women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, employees who are part of the ‘Baby Boomer’ generation or older, and people who have disabilities.

The ranking is based on what these employees shared in a 60-question survey about the trust, pride and camaraderie they experience in their workplace, and employees’ daily experiences of innovation, the company’s values, and the effectiveness of their leaders. Programs such as mentoring, employee network groups and diversity hiring, also made an impact.

“Keysight is proud of this achievement as it acknowledges our efforts to creating an inclusive environment that fosters respect for individuals, their ideas and contributions,” said Keysight’s Chief Administrative Officer Ingrid Estrada. “In our Keysight culture, we rely on each other to innovate and make decisions, and we’re energized by the incredible value of working together across functions, geographies, generations and backgrounds to create customer solutions.”

Keysight Top 25 & Industry Leader in 2018 America’s Most JUST Companies List by Forbes and JUST Capital

Keysight has been named one of America’s Most JUST Companies in 2018, according to Forbes and JUST Capital, a nonprofit that ranks the largest publicly-traded corporations in the United States on the issues Americans care about most. The JUST Capital Rankings encompass the 1,000 largest publicly-traded companies in the U.S and are based on one of the most comprehensive surveys conducted on public attitudes toward corporate behavior.

With an overall ranking of #21, and the #1 ranking in the Industrial Goods industry, Keysight was recognized for delivering exceptional employee pay and benefits, customer treatment and privacy, beneficial products, environmental impact, community support in the U.S. and abroad, as well as ethical leadership and long-term financial growth.

“We’re honored to be included in this year’s list of America’s Most JUST Companies,” said Hamish Gray, senior vice president and executive sponsor of the corporate social responsibility program. “Social responsibility is one of Keysight’s values, as represented in our Keysight Leadership Model. Serving the needs of our shareholders, customers, employees and communities is a win-win recipe for success.”

Keysight’s PathWave Wins Telecom Asia 11th Readers’ Choice & Innovation Awards for Test & Measurement Innovation of the Year

The editors of Telecom Asia narrowed down the nominations from readers for 24 categories to a shortlist of 110 entries, representing 46 companies. Voting was open to its online subscriber base of service providers in Asia in early September.

The winners of Telecom Asia’s 11th Readers’ Choice & Innovation Awards were announced during a gala awards ceremony at the Mira Hotel in Hong Kong on November 28 at which Keysight was presented with the Reader’s Choice award in the category of Test & Measurement Innovation for PathWave. PathWave is the first design and test software platform created to accelerate workflow by connecting every step of the product development path — from design and simulation, to prototype and test, to manufacturing — connected and integrated.

The full list of Keysight awards and recognition is available at https://about.keysight.com/en/newsroom/awards/index.shtml

From FORTUNE, Dec. 6, 2018 © 2018 Time Inc. Used under license. FORTUNE and Time Inc. are not affiliated with, and do not endorse products or services of, Keysight Technologies, Inc.

About Keysight Technologies

Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) is a leading technology company that helps enterprises, service providers, and governments accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world. Keysight’s solutions optimize networks and bring electronic products to market faster and at a lower cost with offerings from design simulation, to prototype validation, to manufacturing test, to optimization in networks and cloud environments. Customers span the worldwide communications ecosystem, aerospace and defense, automotive, energy, semiconductor and general electronics end markets. Keysight generated revenues of $3.9B in fiscal year 2018. More information is available at www.keysight.com.

Additional information about Keysight Technologies is available in the newsroom at https://www.keysight.com/go/news and on Facebook,Google+LinkedInTwitter and YouTube.

Outlook for the Gig Economy: Freelancers Could Grow to 50% by 2030

Social spaces are productive places. For fast-emerging coworking spaces like Petaluma’s Keller Street CoWork, the increasing number of workers choosing to freelance or supplement incomes with “gig” work is fueling opportunities.

“Freelancers and creative professionals need to work in an environment filled with energy and conversations with others just as they would if they worked in one office every day,” said Danielle Stroble, director for Keller Street CoWork. “By networking, sharing ideas and simply being around other productive people unlocks that ‘stuck’ creative flow. They build new job networks and are more motivated to hustle.”

Since opening its doors in May, Keller Street has served an increasingly diverse array of professionals. In a tight labor market, these are highly skilled individuals who, instead of working one job for one employer, now work independently for multiple employers on multiple projects.

At any hour of the day or night, architects, software engineers, designers, educators, manufacturing consultants, designers, marketers, political campaigners and more all rub elbows over Keller Street’s microwave or beer tap.

Today, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 16 percent of Americans now work independently, up from just 10 percent in 2012 (Harvard-Princeton).

Private studies dive deeper and show that independent workers comprise a much larger slice of the income pie. For example, an Intuit study of individuals using its tax filing platform found that more than 30 percent of U.S. workers and taxpayers today freelance. Other real-time applications and data analysis platforms predict that 50 percent of workers will either supplement their income or work full-time independently by 2030.

The rapid growth is not just due to the rise of Lyft, Uber, Etsy, Airbnb or other app and online gig work platforms. More than 21 percent of full-time independents earn more than $100,000 annually.

As employers struggle to fill open positions in a seemingly hot economy, the key to why could be that 63 percent of freelancers say they wouldn’t work for one employer.

Pay transparency is finally available. “Soloprenuers,” who are as likely to be under 30 as they are over 55, can instantly compare what their work is worth through job networking and posting sites like Glassdoor, Indeed and LinkedIn.

Indie workers say they prefer driving their own destiny. Most also prefer the diversity, time flexibility, ability to choose their own projects and relative security of working for four or more clients per month versus one employer.

“We need a different way to overcome labor shortages and avoid future layoffs as business needs change,” said Cynthia Murray, CEO North Bay Leadership Council. “That means looking at labor policies too.”

The risks of working independently directly impact North Bay communities. Independent workers tend to save less for retirement and have no corporate match and tax-deferred withholding is too low compared to freelance incomes. No qualifying for mortgages without a W2 or two years of qualifying income tax returns. Health care insurance isn’t subsidized. No corporate childcare or perks. No sick leave or paid vacations. No laws requiring prompt pay and lack of other worker protections will have major impacts on already budget-constrained public programs and social institutions.

“What we’re seeing is the rise of the 4th Industrial Revolution,” said Murray. “The corresponding shift to project-based and technologically savvy workforces, complete with Hollywood-style wranglers that head projects and teams, can create challenges. It also creates a more resilient system.”

Shortages in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) disciplines, for example, are becoming widespread. According to federal data, more than 600,000 high-paying tech jobs across the U.S. went unfilled in 2016. High turnover combined with longer times to recruit and hire meant that 64 percent of health care employers increased new-hire salaries last year, a trend expected to continue.

It’s taking longer to hire professionals, averaging as much as four months. At the same time, full-time employees are job-hopping as much as every 15 to 18 months. The resulting compression of productive work time makes project- or retainer-based expert freelancers more attractive, particularly as freelancers also are more apt to constantly hone their skills through education and training.

“Many of the jobs we know today may not be here by 2030 as technology evolves,” said Robert Eyler, dean of Sonoma State University’s School of Extended and International Education. Eyler tracks economic and workforce trends globally.

“With the rise of robotics and IoT (internet of things), we see shifts in local labor needs,” Eyler added. “Combined with major events like fires and housing challenges, the role of education to retrain managers to work with independents and creating a local pool of diverse talent becomes more important than ever, for workers as well as employers.”


Star Staffing Hosts Talent Summit 2019

Talent Summit 2019

A conference designed for HR and Talent Acquisition
self-starters, forward-thinkers, and dreamers.

You are personally invited to Star Staffing’s Talent Summit 2019 on Thursday, March 7, at Sonoma State University. We have hand-selected and screened each speaker to ensure they will be outstanding. Traveling from around the country, each speaker will be sharing original ideas and takeaways you will be able to utilize immediately.

It’s an event you won’t want to miss… and here’s why!

You’re only as great as the talent you hire. Getting the right talent with the right skills into the right positions requires strategy and innovation. Help your organization maintain a competitive advantage by gaining the tools and resources you need to enhance your talent strategy.

Hear from Erica Keswin, Wall Street Journal’s Best-Selling Author of Bring Your Human to Work and get your copy of her book signed. The first 25 registrants will receive a free book! Gain insights on creating relationships that will transform your workplace.

Become a pro-interviewer with recruiting guru, Lou Adler who is author of Amazon’s top-10 best-seller, Hire with Your Head. Lou will share his famous interviewing questions.

You will also master how to write the best job posts that will result in more hires and learn how other recruiting experts are finding talent, improving their employer brand, and building a successful referral program.

Click here for a full list of topics, speakers, and learning objectives. This conference will sell out. Seats are limited, so be sure to register early!

Still not convinced?
Here’s 7 reasons why this will be the best conference you’ll attend in 2019!

Midstate Construction Corporation Recently Completed Construction of Waverly Place Apartments

Waverly Place Apartments
Midstate Construction Corporation recently completed construction of Waverly Place Apartments, a supportive housing community in Redwood City, CA for owner Mental Health Association of San Mateo County, a nonprofit mental health organization focused on reducing homelessness for those affected by mental illness and HIV/AIDS.

Designed by Kodama Diseno Architects, this project included new construction of a two-story, wood-framed building containing fifteen supported housing units.

Additional features include a one bedroom manager’s unit, intricate concrete patios and seat walls that contain bio-retention basins within planters, interior courtyard, photo-voltaic panels, full community room with kitchen, laundry room on each floor and fifteen parking spaces.

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