Professional Development Conference

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Collaborating to Better Serve the Community

For 32 years United Way of Central Eastern California has hosted a professional development conference for members and directors of nonprofit organizations and waymakers.

This year, United Way of Central Eastern California will host its 33rd Annual Professional Development Conference for a wider audience in need to include community and health-based organizations, along with city elect officials and those individuals who want to make a positive impact where they live.

The conference allows individuals to network and share plans and collaborate to better serve the community.

This year’s conference will be centered around Public Health. As our communities continue to face unprecedented challenges, the importance of public health has become more evident than ever. Throughout the conference, attendees will have the opportunity to engage in insightful discussions, workshops, and panels led by experts in the field of public health. 

Moreover, the conference will provide a platform for attendees to exchange ideas, best practices, and innovative approaches to addressing public health issues. Through networking sessions and interactive forums, participants will forge valuable connections and collaborations that will strengthen their ability to make a positive impact in their communities.

United Way of Central Eastern California aims to foster greater collaboration and synergy among diverse organizations and individuals dedicated to improving public health. Together, we can build healthier, more resilient communities for all.

Early Bird: $85
General Registration: $100

Exhibitor Booths • Lunch • Networking Workshops
Resources and More

Featured Keynote Speakers

Sarah Eagle Heart

Nationally Recognized
Advocate and Storyteller

Sarah Eagle Heart (Waŋblí Šiná Wíŋyaŋ, Eagle Shawl Woman), Oglála Lakota, is an Emmy Award–winning social justice storyteller, entrepreneur, and philanthropic leader. Sarah co-founded Zuyá Entertainment and Eagle Heart Collective to create multi-platform stories based on her unique worldview infused by her Lakota culture.

Ms. Eagle Heart utilizes storytelling to amplify the Lakota worldview and uplift critical issues that affect Indigenous Peoples. She has worked with a number of high-profile allies, activists, and influencers including Anne Hathaway, John Legend, Marisa Tomei, Mark Ruffalo, Monica Ramirez, Piper Perabo, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, Taboo from Black Eyed Peas, Portugal The Man and the Obama Administration.

Traco Matthews is the Chief Health Equity Officer (CHEO) for KernHealth Systems (KHS).

Working with the Executive team, he provides leadership in the design and implementation of KHS’s business strategies, stakeholder relationships, and community programs to ensure health equity is prioritized and addressed. Traco brings extensive leadership skills, a strong diversity, equity, and inclusion vision, and deep community connections to this critical position in Kern County’s local Medi-Cal managed care organization.

Traco continually seeks to improve culture, processes, and outcomes through his work at KHS and in the community. He uses his experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to contribute human-centered strategic analysis, effective leadership development, and expertise in building trust with Kern Family Health Care members and other important stakeholders including providers and community partners.

Traco Matthews

Chief Health Equity Officer
Kern Health Systems


More Information

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Phone: (661) 834-1820

Event Information

Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center
801 Truxtun Ave
nue Bakersfield, CA
Phone: (661) 323-1900