IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 4, 2012) - Orange County Business Council (OCBC) and the Orange County Workforce Investment Board (OCWIB) present the 11th Annual Workforce Development Conference, sponsored by Union Bank, at the Hyatt Regency Irvine on Tuesday, October 9, 2012. Under the theme, "Education and Workforce Realities in a 21st Century Global Economy," the conference will highlight changing workforce trends and the challenges Orange County must overcome to prepare a skilled workforce for the future. 

Former Orange County Superintendent Bill Habermehl will interview the conference's featured speaker, Michael D. Robinson, General Manager of U.S. Health and Life Sciences at Microsoft. As General Manager, Robinson drives Microsoft's business initiatives into commercial and private sector organizations. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Information Technology Senior Manager Forum, Pace University School of Business Advisory Board and the Howard University School of Business Information Systems Advisory Board, and is Board Chair of New York Urban League.

Topics of discussion will include: how businesses should prepare for a new generation of employees, the importance of S.T.E.A.M. education to emerging high-tech and creative industries, and how businesses can remain globally competitive through workforce development programs.

The conference will also feature the unveiling of the 2012/2013 Workforce Indicators Report, presented by OCBC's Chief Economic Advisor, Dr. Wallace Walrod. The Workforce Indicators Report is the product of a partnership between OCBC, the County of Orange, and OCWIB, and analyzes the growth of industry and employment, salary and wage trends, demographic changes and the educational attainment of Orange County students preparing to meet the jobs of the future.


  • Michael D. Robinson, General Manager, U.S. Health and Life Sciences, Microsoft
  • Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor, Orange County Business Council
  • Bill Habermehl, Former Superintendent of Schools, Orange County Department of Education


Tuesday, October 9, 2012
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


Hyatt Regency Irvine
17900 Jamboree Road
Irvine, CA 92614

R.S.V.P.: Media interested in attending should contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications, at or (949) 794-7221.

About OCBC:
Orange County Business Council is the leading voice of business in Orange County, California. OCBC represents and promotes the business community, working with government and academia, to enhance Orange County's economic development and prosperity in order to preserve a high quality of life. OCBC serves member and investor businesses with nearly 250,000 employees and 2,000,000 worldwide. In providing a proactive forum for business and supporting organizations, OCBC helps assure the financial growth of America's sixth largest county. For more information, visit

About Orange County Workforce Investment Board:
In Partnership with the Orange County Board of Supervisors, the OCWIB oversees Orange County's workforce development activities and establishes programs in response to the workforce needs of Orange County. The OCWIB designs and implements programs and services for business, adults, youth and dislocated workers in accordance with its 5-year Strategic Local Plan and modifications. The Strategic Plan describes the Board's commitment in establishing a comprehensive workforce development system for Orange County. 

Contact Information:

Katherine Reedy
Director of Communications