Event description

The San Diego, Imperial and Orange County Service Center Councils are privileged to host the annual Southern California SCCs Fall Leadership Conference in Palm Springs, CA! (Formerly known as the San Diego & Imperial SCC Fall Leadership Conference, this year Orange SCC will join.)

The 2019 conference is packed with new tools designed to assist you in representing your members by providing clear, current and comprehensive information.

University Credit Available

CTA Conferences are approved for university credit through the CSU Chico Department of Education. One unit of University Credit is available to those attending the main conference. A second unit of University Credit is available to those attending the Pre-Conference. The cost is $60 per unit. Click here to purchase the unit.

Professional Growth Hours Available

Professional Growth credit will be available at no cost for CTA members and will be emailed within two weeks of the conference.



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Date: Friday, October 11, 2019

Lighting a SPARK: Fostering New Leaders

Build a Stronger Local, Build Your Local’s Leadership Capacity
This one-day pre-conference training is for new and emerging leaders in your local association. Topics covered will include:

  • Unionism 101
  • Leadership, Leaders and Assessing Leadership Styles
  • Importance of “Your” Story (an Organizing Tool)
  • History and Structure of Locals/CTA/NEA
  • Exploring Leadership Opportunities within the Union
  • Networking with Other Emerging Leaders

Region IV will cover the following costs for Friday only:

  • There is no registration fee if attending only the SPARKS training.
  • Meals: Continental breakfast and lunch
  • Release time
  • Hotel for Thursday night ONLY if needed to arrive on time.
  • Contact Nancy Stinson at nstinson@cta.org or 951-372-2522 for release time and/or Thursday night hotel reimbursement questions.

 Locals are responsible for:

  • Lodging for Friday & Saturday if staying for the conference
  • Travel costs and meals not covered as stated above as well as any other expenses the local approves
  • Conference registration fee to attend the SoCal Fall Leadership Conference


Click here to view the current workshop grid. (Subject to change)

Click here to view the current workshop descriptions. (Subject to change)

Agenda (Subject to change)

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM CTA Registration Desk & Exhibits Lobby
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Welcome Reception & Dinner Poolside
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM CTA Registration Desk & Exhibits Lobby
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Breakfast Buffet & General Session Horizon Ballroom
Welcome & Introductions:
Dave Szymanski, James Taylor & Cheryl Loukides, Chairpersons
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM Workshop Session 1 See Grid
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Workshop Session 2 See Grid
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch Buffet Poolside
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM Workshop Session 3 See Grid
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM Coffee Break Lobby
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM Workshop Session 4 See Grid
Dinner On Own
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM CTA Registration Desk Lobby
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM Coffee Break Poolside
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Workshop Session 5 See Grid
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM Brunch & Closing Session Horizon Ballroom
Keynote Speaker: David Goldberg, CTA Vice-President

Door Prize Drawings:
Steering Committee Members