Networking on virtual breakfast menu

Cal Lutheran Corporate Leaders event returns Jan. 29

Attorney Karen L. Gabler will give the keynote presentation on “Employee or Contractor? The Status of Contract Workers in California.”

(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Jan. 11, 2021) California Lutheran University’s first virtual Corporate Leaders Breakfast will provide a rare opportunity for face-to-face networking during the pandemic, allowing participants to hop from “table to table” to talk to the people they chose.

The first event in the 2020-2021 Corporate Leaders Breakfast Series will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 29. Attorney Karen L. Gabler will give the keynote presentation on “Employee or Contractor? The Status of Contract Workers in California.”

After a brief welcome from Cal Lutheran’s new president, Lori E. Varlotta, networking will begin. The event is being presented on Remo, one of the new proximity chat platforms. Participants will be able to see the photos and IDs of those at any “table” by glancing around the virtual room. They can jump from one table to another by clicking on it. Once they click on a table, they can video chat with the others “seated” there. Participants can also share virtual business cards. 

Gabler’s live presentation will begin after the networking session. An employment law attorney, she will discuss what business owners need to know about Assembly Bill 5, Proposition 22 and case law regarding the use of independent contractors in a variety of industries in California. AB 5, passed in 2019, established criteria to determine whether a worker is an independent contractor. Proposition 22, approved by voters in November, exempted app-based drivers providing transportation and delivery from AB 5, defining them as independent contractors and enacting new labor and wage policies specific to them. After the presentation, Gabler will answer attendees’ questions

The Simi Valley resident co-founded the employment law firm LightGabler, which has attorneys based in Camarillo and San Luis Obispo, in 2011. For more than 28 years, Gabler has represented employers and managers in businesses of all sizes and industries in all aspects of employment law. She helps clients develop proactive strategies to enhance workplace productivity and avoid employment disputes, and she defends employers and management against employee claims.

Gabler served on the faculty of Pepperdine University School of Law from 2003 to 2008, has written many articles on employment law and is a frequent speaker for professional, civic and business organizations.  

Launched in 2002, Cal Lutheran’s Corporate Leaders Breakfast Series brings members of the business and civic communities in Ventura, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles counties together to hear from prominent leaders and network.

Reservations are requested by Monday, Jan. 25. To RSVP, go to For more information, contact Sharon Nelson at