CLA-OC Facilitates Historic Business Leader / University Collaboration

Leaders from the OC business community, as well as top leaders from CSU-Fullerton, Chapman University and UC Irvine, OC’s community college districts, and the OC Department of Education recently joined together for the first time to develop a framework to better connect tomorrow’s innovation jobs with the talent needed to fill those jobs. The CEOs participating, who collectively employ over 52,000 people in OC and have over $148B in revenue, have tasked their HR executives to organize around a new strategy called Talent Levels of Commitment.

Jim Morris, CEO of Pacific Life and Chairman of CLA-OC’s Talent workstream, led the call and tasked all participants to envision systems approaches to better collaboration and talent preparation needed for OC’s high growth innovation sectors. “There are individual examples that are working very well, and we want to make it a county-wide environment that could be best-in-nation…which amongst other things includes an emphasis on diversity,” said Jim Morris. 

Over 25 CLA-OC member companies are involved in the Talent Levels of Commitment. The new strategy also provides opportunities for all Orange County companies to prioritize growing and broadening local talent pools in the region, while providing greater visibility to high-value and high-demand job opportunities. The various levels allow companies to contribute to the areas they are most passionate about and where they believe they can make the greatest impact.  We welcome companies to join our talent efforts in building a thriving OC for all. Please contact us for more information on how to participate.

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