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How to Attract & Retain Diverse Talent in Santa Barbara County
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How to Attract & Retain Diverse Talent in Santa Barbara County

Online Registration closes FRIDAY June 21st

When: Thursday, June 27th, 2019
5:30–7:30 pm PST
Where: The Goodland Hotel by Kimpton, Gaviota Room
5650 Calle Real
Goleta, California  93117
United States
Presenter: Panel Discussion
Contact: Chery Cerise, Chapter Administrator, SBHRA
(805) 259-3033

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Hiring talent in Santa Barbara County is hard. Really hard. Retaining that talent is even harder. Join us for a panel discussion with local experts on how to authentically attract and retain diverse talent in Santa Barbara County. Come to learn about best practices and pitfalls and to connect with your local HR/Talent community.


Registration Rates

Online Through Friday 6/21/19

  • Member $20
  • Nonmember $30
  • Online registration closes FRIDAY June 21st
  • Walk-ins as space permits.

Featured Panelists

  • Andrea Nelson, VP of People & Culture at FastSpring

Andrea's career began in Engineering Document Control and Data Management and has since been in the HR profession for 19 years now. She earned the highest level of Human Resources certification, Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI).

Andrea developed a passion for startups in 2000 when she co-founded Pacific Design Technologies (PDT), an aerospace company in Goleta, California. Wearing many hats and new to Human Resources, she enrolled and completed the Human Resource Management certificate program through the UCSB’s Extension program. In 2009, Andrea joined another startup, Invoca, a software technology company located in downtown Santa Barbara. In her tenure at Invoca, she played a key role in growing the business from 9 employees to 140 employees.

Andrea is currently the Vice President of People and Culture at FastSpring. FastSpring is a fast-growing ecommerce and subscription management SaaS company located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara.

Andrea has also been serving on the board of the Santa Barbara Human Resources Association (SBHRA) since 2017 and is currently the President for the 2019-2020 term. The SBHRA is a chapter of the national Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM).

  • Anthony Schuck, Strategic Sourcing & Pipelining Consultant, Corning Glass Microsystems

Anthony Schuck is a Talent Acquisition Consultant for Corning Incorporated, bringing seven years of experience in human resources, sourcing, and talent pipelining. As a veteran recruiter and third generation Santa Barbarian, he has scaled multiple local hiring operations ranging from mom and pops, startups and Fortune 500 firms. Prior to joining Corning, Anthony worked as an agency Business Development and Operations Manager, where he conducted technical and industrial searches with an international team across a variety of industries and functions.

  • James Joyce III, District Director for Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

James Joyce III, currently serves as District Director for State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, who represents nearly 1 million constituents within the 19th Senate District of California, which includes all of Santa Barbara County and Western Ventura County. As District Director, Joyce is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Senator’s two district offices, while providing leadership and management for a district staff of 5 representatives throughout Santa Barbara and Western Ventura County. Prior to working for Senator Jackson, Joyce served in a similar role for then, Assemblymember Das Williams working out of his Oxnard-based office. In this post, Joyce also handled media relations for Assemblymember Williams.

Before working in the public service sector, Joyce, a Maryland-native, served as a newspaper journalist in several diverse communities across the country. The former award-winning journalist has more than 7 years of daily newspaper reporting experience, covering a variety of subjects; from education to crime, local politics, features and more. A graduate of Ohio University (Athens, Ohio), where Joyce was a member of the Bobcat Track and Field team among various other campus activities, many of which he maintains a connection. An example of that is through his continual involvement with Student African American Brotherhood; helped found the Ohio University Chapter and currently serves on the organization’s national board of directors.

Joyce is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and currently serves with the Xi Iota Lambda Chapter, seated in Camarillo, CA. He currently lives in Santa Barbara where he is an active member of his community serving on various advisory boards in the area including Impact Hub Santa Barbara, the Ventura County Leadership Academy and the Santa Barbara Young Black Professionals.

In the summer of 2016, Joyce launched Coffee with a Black Guy, where he hosts community conversations about a variety of issues using from an informed perspective of a black man. Simply put: Coffee. Company. Conversation. You can learn more about the movement at For these efforts and more, the Ventura County branch of the NAACP awarded Joyce with their 2018 Distinguished Citizen Award, which is bestowed upon an individual whose groundbreaking work increases our understanding and awareness of racial and social issues

  • John Greathouse, Professor of Practice at UCSB's TMP Program, Venture Capitalist, and Angel Investor

John has held a number of senior executive positions with successful startups. At Computer Motion, he was the CFO and VP of Business Development, where he spearheaded the Company’s IPO. At Expertcity, developer of GoToMeeting, John headed up Sales, Marketing, Business Development and Finance and eventually led the company's sale to Citrix. At CallWave, he served as the SVP of Sales & Business Development. Callwave went public in 2005. In 2006, John co-founded RevUpNet, a Performance Marketing agency, which he and his co-founder bootstrapped and sold to UK-based Coull in 2012.

John has been a venture capitalist and Angel investor for the past fifteen years. His investments have been acquired by Apple, Google and HP.

John is a Professor of Practice at the University of California at Santa Barbara’s Technology Management Program, where he teaches courses on New Venture Creation and Entrepreneurial Sales. In 2012, he was granted the University's prestigious "Venky" award as recognition of his multi-decade impact on Santa Barbara's entrepreneurial community. John earned his MBA from Wharton.


Discussion moderated by Shaina Semiatin, Talent Acquisition Manager at Apeel Sciences.


Light food and beverage will be served. 

5:30–6:00 pm Networking/refreshments 
6:00–7:00 pm Panel Discussion
7:00–7:30 pm Continuation of networking

New Location

For 2019, our venue location has changed to The Goodland Hotel in Goleta.


NEW Cancellation Policy!

In planning the event, we must guarantee attendance with the venue provider by a specific date. We become locked in for the expected number of attendees, which means we incur an attendance fee regarding your registration. 

  • To receive a refund, you must cancel by the Cancellation Deadline 6/21/19 - the FRIDAY before the program date. 
  • Neither credit nor refund will be extended after the deadline.
  • Additionally, neither credit nor refund will be extended to no-shows. 
  • You will still be invoiced and expected to pay if you register for the event and either cancel on the day-of or do not show.
  • We do allow substitutions at the correct rate for the substituting person (as either a member or nonmember).
  • We also allow walk-ins if space permits for those who cannot plan ahead.


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