Session 1 (10)

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11:00 am - 11:45 am

Concourse Hall

Dodger Alumni Dennis Powell

Guest Speaker: Dennis Powell
Dodger Alumni

Dennis started his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1983-87. Dennis was 9-0, with a 2.74 ERA record for the Albuquerque Dukes before being promoted to the parent Dodgers on July 7, 1985. In 1987, Dennis was traded to the Seattle Mariner where he played until 1990-93. Dennis also played in the Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles organizations. Before retiring in 1997, Dennis had made pitching stops internationally in Osaka, Japan, Dominican Republic Cartagena Colombia, Venezuela and Mexico. Today, Dennis is an integral part of the Dodgers’ Community Relations efforts and a member of the Dodgers Alumni League.

Room 410

Laughter Yoga

Presenter: Barbara Molina
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader and Artist

Laughter yoga (Hasyayoga) is a practice involving prolonged voluntary laughter. Laughter yoga is based on the belief that voluntary laughter provides the same physiological and psychological benefits as spontaneous laughter. Laughter yoga is done in groups, with eye contact, jokes and playfulness between participants. Forced laughter soon turns into real and contagious laughter.

In order to give the best, we must be our best. Laughter Yoga teaches practical ways to cope with everyday stresses and problems all while having fun and burning some calories! In this session we will work on redeveloping emotional expression and empathy and stimulating lateral thinking, which will help you envision a brighter future for the readers of tomorrow.

Instagram: @sa_reverie (art) and @laugh_rx (Laughter Yoga)

Room 407

Elder Care

Presenter: Erika Brown
Master of Social Work, City of Los Angeles, Department of Aging

Erika Brown discusses "what every family caregiver needs to know" and shares information related to aging in Los Angeles. As part of the Purposeful Aging Los Angeles (PALA) Initiative, the County and City of Los Angeles partnered to create an Age-Friendly Action Plan that looks at enhancing key areas such as transportation, housing, emergency preparedness, social participation and outdoor spaces for the region's aging population.  Ms. Brown is the Lead Coordinator for the City in the Aging Mastery Program that empowers older adults to make and maintain small but impactful changes in their behaviors.

Room 405

Emergency Preparedness at Work and at Home

Presenter: Tom Jung
Senior Management Analyst, Business Office, Los Angeles Public Library

Be prepared for emergency situations with home and vehicle backpacks stocked with the essential items that will carry you through a disaster. Tom will tell you what you need. He’ll also help you understand how to maintain emotional, individual resilience when emergencies arise.

Room 404B

LAPL Family Feud

Chandra Jackson
YA Librarian, Junipero Serra Branch

LAPL Family Feud challenges you to defend your team's honor with lightning-quick responses. Each team member has 30 seconds to predict the top answers given by a survey of 100. It's fast-paced fun for everyone! So if you're not shy and are interested in forming a team of five and competing, submit a request to Chandra Jackson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than November 2, 2018.

Room 404A

Customer Service Improv

Presenter: Todd Johnson
Actor and Director

Todd Johnson has been working in improvisation for over 20 years both on stage and as an improvisational trainer. He teaches these techniques and games to anyone of any experience level from age 8 to 88. If you’ve never done improv, you’ll suddenly feel like you’re back in kindergarten. It’s all about the play!

Room 402B

City Career Ladders

Moderator: Lisa Palombi
Leticia Gonzalez, Executive Administrative Assistant II - LA Sanitation, Executive Office
Cinthia Fletes, Senior Personnel Analyst - Workplace Development Section, Los Angeles Personnel Department                    

Learn about your options for advancement within the City, and the many ways you can serve Los Angeles communities.  Our panelists will share their experiences of starting out as entry level clerks and then promoting into new departments and classifications. They will help you navigate through City Personnel’s process of promoting by helping you understand how to dissect civil service exam announcements and prepare for the test.
Sponsored by The Librarians’ Guild.

Room 402A

Google Slides Deep Dive

Presenter: Nicolette Stepakoff
Consultant for G Suite

Google Slides is an online presentation tool that allows you to show off your work in a visual way.  Create and edit presentations with friends or coworkers, and share it with others effortlessly. Learn to incorporate animations and transitions for a pro-presentation.

Room 409AB

Got Stress?

Presenter: Cheryl Gould,
Consultant and learning facilitator has been working with libraries for 23 years to create engaged staff and happy patrons.

Stress is the body's reaction to a threat or challenge. It's normal.  Stress can come from your environment, the needs of your body, or your thoughts. In this session, we'll clarify acute versus chronic stress and practice 3 stress management strategies you can implement immediately.

Room 406AB

Steps to Financial Empowerment

Presenter: George Cerda
Program Associate, Center for Financial Empowerment, County of Los Angeles Department of Consumer and Business Affairs

George Cerda will guide you step-by-step to financial empowerment, offering financial tips, insight on how to create a budget, advice on financial services, and more.


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