No Meeting on Monday, April 1, 2018

SBPA will not be meeting on Monday, April 1, and Tuesday, April 2. The EDD office will be closed Monday, April 1 in observance of Cesar Chavez holiday. And because of the holiday our next schedule meeting will be Wednesday, April 3.

See you on Wednesday, April 3, were we will cover the subjects of networking, resumes and elevator speech.

For more about Cesar Chavez Day, go here.


GUEST SPEAKER: Aneta Thinkofall

UPDATE: Visit our Training section to view a video of Aneta’s presentation.

On Monday, March 18, 2019 at 9:00 a.m., guest speaker Aneta Thinkofall will join us for a special presentation titled Attracting Your Next EnJOYable JOB…from a Bird’s Eye and Bug’s Eye View.

SBPA meetings are free and open to the public. Seating is limited to the first 45 people, so arrive early to secure your spot.

About Aneta Thinkofall

With a foundation of a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, my career spans over 25 years in the corporate world where I worked, primarily, in the telecom industry (at AT&T and Sprint) as a seasoned trainer, facilitator, analyst, and quality assurance manager. I also worked at some other Fortune 500 companies in information technology, financial services, and biotech as a consultant.

After an abusive experience happened in my life around the time the big 9/11 happened in New York City, I developed 1) a heightened awareness of the impact our internal, invisible, but all-important choices have on others and 2) empathy for others suffering emotionally after being hurt by a criminal’s selfish choice…whether it is a simple one-on-one incident or a large-scale tragedy affecting many people like terrorists’ attacks in which no one else feels their pain as much as themselves.

I call those internally painful incidents like my abusive experience *Private 9/11s*. Because of my own ‘private 9/11’ in my personal life plus one in my professional life that is similar to what happened to the Silence Breakers and #MeToo women, I now focus – primarily – on promoting respectfulness vs having to tolerate disrespectfulness.

As a part of my massive research to better understand the underlying reasons why people make selfish, harmful choices, I studied hundreds of resources about ethics, choices, and decision-making…enough to be worthy of an informal PhD This led me to the work of Nobel laureate, Dr. Herbert Simon, whose studies revealed that the underlying way people make their choices and decisions is based on self-interest…whether it’s good or bad.

While billions of good people make choices that are considerate of others, unfortunately, there are some [criminals] who make selfish choices that hurt 1000s of innocent victims. My work is to promote a process by which all can ‘think of self’ first, but not only when making any choice. Instead, by ‘thinking of self plus others affected by one’s choice, each of us is making a conscious choice to *create* an external good result vs a selfish choice that may harm others.

Because of the wide variety of people in our world e.g. different cultures, generations, lifestyles, religions, political affiliations, unfounded judgments, etc., my research highlighted the need to have an easy way that everyone can use to think of both self and others when making a choice.

After studying hundreds of resources on decision-making techniques, I used my ‘business process improvement’ skills a.k.a. BPI skills acquired throughout my 25-year career to develop a simple process that everyone can use to make respectful choices and decisions. Now, my work is to promote this easy-to-use process that doubles as a standard that everyone can use because I believe Public Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility.

Contact Aneta


GUEST SPEAKERS: Wendy Hohn and Laura Stevenson of Ajilon

On Monday, March 11, 2019, two guests from Ajilon will be speaking on Job Search in Today’s Market.

A meet-and-greet will follow their presentation. Bring your resume so any questions can be answered right away.

SBPA meetings are free and open to the public. Seating is limited to the first 45 people, so arrive early to secure your spot.

Please note we have changed our meeting location for this Monday to the Torrance Volunteer Center at 1230 Cravens Ave., Torrance, CA, (main Conference Room) to give us a bigger space. This is across the street from our usual meeting space at Torrance One-Stop.

Wendy Hohn, Business Development Manager

Born and raised in beachy Santa Monica, California, Wendy launched her sales career in Entertainment Advertising & Marketing, where she spent the majority of her career managing and growing relationships with entertainment studios, advertising agencies, and marketing firms. Her keen ability to negotiate and license intellectual property for use in different media formats helped propel her to continued years of success and awarded her numerous recognitions and President’s Club Awards. Wendy’s desire for continued growth and exploration of emerging markets with an emphasis in helping others, led her to join Ajilon Professional Staffing. Here she has used her unique perspective as a Los Angeles native and works closely with companies in the Silicon Beach cities of the South Bay. Her transparent approach to partnering companies with amazing talent has been very successful and often reminds clients of how satisfying it is to have this type of impact in people’s lives. In her free time, Wendy loves spending time with her husband, 2 young sons, and family. She is a devoted Los Angeles Kings Hockey fan, and loves watching her husband play beer-league hockey and her sons following in his footsteps. She also enjoys hosting get-togethers, game nights, music, cooking, volunteering and traveling.

Laura Stevenson, Staffing Manager

Born in Indiana and Raised in New York, Laura Stevenson graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a degree in Psychology. She has been recruiting for over four years and started in the Torrance Accounting Principals office in October of 2016. Laura started as a Staff Recruiter and worked her way up to Staffing Manager within a year. She relishes the moments where she can call her candidates and tell them “You got the job”. In her free time, Laura enjoys drinking coffee, hiking and spending time with her huskies and friends.