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Bob Lanter 

Executive Director

California Workforce Association (CWA)

As a strategic leader in implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act for California, Bob has worked in the public and non-profit sectors for almost two decades, with experience in workforce development and job training. He has held various positions in local workforce systems, from a case manager to the Executive Director of the Contra Costa County Workforce Board. He gained national experience working as a Federal Project Officer for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. Before becoming Executive Director at CWA, Bob owned and managed a national consulting practice. His team facilitated organizational retreats, team-building meetings, strategic planning, and assessment projects for local, state, and national workforce development and government and non-profit organizations. He also has developed and delivered training curricula and keynote addresses on multiple topics of workforce development that have helped inspire thousands of professionals in the industry. 




Workforce Development is the New Community Development

Bob will discuss workforce development as it is today, the role of workforce development stakeholders, and how they can come together to capitalize on economic opportunity and solve socio-economic challenges.  



Innovators by Design will be hosted in-person

October 12

8:00 am - 1:30 pm

Visalia Wyndham Hotel 

Innovators by Design offers a unique opportunity for workforce, education and intermediary organizations to discuss new strategies and ideas that can help maximize career pathway initiatives, business engagement services and workforce development programming. This annual event allows attendees to join regional partners in connecting over common goals, ideas, and inspirations. Our goal is to help you get the most out of your partnerships. This year's meeting will center around the Tulare WIB's Annual Meeting.



7:30     Registration
8:00     Welcome & WIB Annual Meeting
8:45     Keynote
9:45     Breakout session 1
11:00   Breakout session 2
12:15   Lunch
12:45   IBD Awards



2022 Ticket Prices 

General Admission | $60 | Half Day Event

Table of 8 |$480 |Half Day Event



You can access registration here



This year at INNOVATORS by Design, the Workforce Investment Board of Tulare County will recognize participants, businesses, and workforce development professionals who have shown innovation, perseverance, and the ability to accomplish big goals during the last program year. Nominations were submitted by staff and partners of the Tulare County Workforce Development System. 3 finalists were chosen for each category. The winner of each category will be announced during Innovators by Design. We hope you will join us as we congratulate each of the finalists and winners for their accomplishments. 

Career Services Success Story 

Monica Perez

Jeremy Rummerfield

Jessica Parish

Youth Services Success Story
Marilyn Ornelas

Daniel Macias

Margarita Reyna

Business Success Story
Dinuba Unified School District

Eagle Mountain Casino


Outstanding Workforce Professional 
Jennifer Alvarez

Cynthia Rodriguez

Edith Hernandez

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