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Message from Kim: Reflecting on 2018 - Excited about 2019!

Published Thursday, January 31, 2019
by Kim Gusman, President & CEO

As I prepare for our quarterly staff meeting (everyone comes up to Sacramento for the day), I am feeling very proud of what the CEA team accomplished in 2018 and so excited about the goals we have set for 2019.

As a servant leader*, I measure CEA’s success by balancing our financial growth with continual investment in our services, our members, and our staff. As CEA’s services and staff develop every year in a healthy progressive manner, so does our organization.

Our 2018 accomplishments included strengthening our team of subject matter experts and improving our customer service and communication outreach by adding:

• Two new labor relations specialists, to assist you in English and Spanish, with collective bargaining agreements (Scott Kidd and Dr. Rene Castro)
• A second in-house attorney (Gail Cecchettini Whaley, Esq.)
• A new HR Director (Jenn Connolly)
• A new marketing manager (Stephanie Neely)
• A new accounting specialist (Andrea Fredrickson)
• A new blog with enhanced educational articles

For 2019 we have added MORE MEMBER SERVICES to lighten your load, including:

• New 1 & 2 Hour Harassment Prevention Trainings (SB1343) on-site, online and by webinar 
• New online tools, checklists and a job description wizard from ThinkHR
• A new Learning Management System (LMS) with over 300 courses 
• More training and development packages for your team

We stand strong in our commitment to you and our Core Values:

Integrity: Committed to honesty, mutual confidence, and trust

Making a Difference: Positively impacting the quality and performance of businesses with Human Resource and Workforce Solutions

Professional: Providing the highest quality solutions, advice, information, and products

Responsive: The right solutions, at the right time, to address employers’ needs

Teamwork: Dedicated to trusting and supporting our colleagues in achieving successful results

Self Sustaining: Committed to fiscal health and reinvesting in member services

Thank you for placing your trust in CEA and for allowing us to serve your business needs.

*A servant-leader focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong. While traditional leadership generally involves the accumulation and exercise of power by one at the “top of the pyramid,” servant leadership is different. The servant-leader shares power, puts the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible.


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