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California Employer Action Lab Experience

The San Diego Workforce Partnership, UNITE-LA, and Talent Rewire present the California Employer Action Lab.

The Opportunity

Talent Rewire’s Employer Action Lab, a no-cost 10-month immersive learning experience, seeks to change the paradigm for both employers and employees by bringing together a cohort of employers who are committed to intentionally disrupting their current talent systems and practices in service of addressing their medium to long-term talent and business needs while also increasing opportunity for their frontline and entry-level workforce to build careers not just jobs.


Why Participate

  • Build your capacity to innovate new strategies grounded in employees’ needs and input that improve the recruitment, retention, and/or advancement of frontline talent.
  • Identify and create a scalable pilot program to address a talent need that is built on data, research-based best practices, and input from employees at all levels of the organization.
  • Understand the value of intentional and consistent engagement with frontline talent through interaction and conversation with Talent Rewire’s Frontline Employee Committee and local frontline employees. 
  • Receive 1:1 support from Talent Rewire Technical Assistance Providers (TAPs), workforce development professionals who have local and national expertise.

Participant Profile

We invite 2-4 company representatives who, in combination, have regular touchpoints with frontline employees, have access to leaders with decision making authority, and can influence talent policies and practices to participate. We also require each participating employer to have the support of an executive sponsor who has decision making authority and will be invited to participate during select sessions.

Cost to Employers

This work is made possible by the generous support of The James Irvine Foundation which covers the full cost of the Employer Action Lab, including in-person and virtual gatherings, programming, and technical assistance support for up to four participants per employer, valued at approximately $25K per employer. Note: Any travel costs incurred (e.g. hotel, parking, mileage) to participate in the in-person gatherings must be paid for by the employer.

California Employer Action Lab Logistics

Register for the 2024 California Employer Action Lab

Registration Deadline: February 6, 2024

By completing this registration you will be enrolled in the full Action Lab that runs from March through December 2024.

Details about individual in-person and virtual sessions will be shared separately.



Session 1 | Activate (In-Person): March 5-6, 2024

General Information

February 6, 2024

  • California Action Lab Registration Deadline

March 5, 2024

  • General Session: 8:30am PT – 4:00pm PT
  • Networking Reception: 4:00pm PT – 5:30pm PT

March 6, 2024

  • General Session: 8:30am PT – 4:00pm PT

Breakfast and lunch will be served each day – please indicate any dietary restrictions in the registration form.

Location & Transportation

UC San Diego Park & Market
Executive Meeting Room 213/214
1100 Market St
San Diego, CA 92101

Public Transportation
UC San Diego Park & Market is accessible via trolley at the Park & Market Trolley Station.

Parking Information
Coming Soon


Hotel for participants coming from Los Angeles
We have negotiated a group rate of $249 plus taxes & fees at:
Hotel Indigo San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
509 9th Avenue, San Diego, CA USA
Phone: 619-906-4807

Reservations can be made here. The $249 rate will be available until February 9, 2024.

California Employer Action Lab Timeline

One-on-one Technical Assistance Provider support will be available from March through December 2024.

March 5-6, 2024
In-Person: San Diego, CA
Using the Opportunity Navigator assessment, employers will reflect on their current workplace practices and culture and how those influence the frontline experience, and design a specific next step to capture frontline employee voice.

June 25, 2024, 1pm ET/10am PT – 4pm ET/1pm PT
Using a combination of quantitative and qualitative data and input gathered from company data*, Talent Rewire’s Frontline Employee Council, and local frontline advisors, employers will generate an employee engagement plan to inform the design of their pilot project.

*Data will be kept confidential.

September 24 – 25, 2024
In-Person: Los Angeles, CA
Using data, research-based best practices, and input from employees at levels of the organization, employers will identify and finalize a singular pilot project that has clear next steps, indicators of success, and an accountability plan.

Week of December 15, 2024
Virtual: Exact date & time to be confirmed
Employers will present their learnings and pilot projects to the full cohort including Talent Rewire’s Frontline Employee Council and local frontline advisors.

Join a growing community of employers dedicated to
helping their frontline employees thrive.

Upcoming California Employer Action Lab Info Sessions


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