SANTA ROSA -- The seventh annual Latinos in the Workplace Conference will be held on March 15 in Santa Rosa.

"This conference will provide information for business owners and their middle-level managers on how to empower their Latino workforce to greater productivity through proper communication, education, wellness and safety initiatives, while helping companies better understand their culture and belief systems," said Michael Lopez, vice president of event co-sponsor VANTREO Insurance Brokerage in Santa Rosa.

Close to 200 attendees are expected from a number of industries, namely construction, manufacturing, wine and hospitality. Other sponsors are North Coast Builders Exchange, Engineering Contractors Association of Northern California, Heffernan Insurance Brokers, the Business Journal and Oak Grove Construction.

Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo is set to deliver opening remarks. Speakers will be Evelina Villa, a bilingual human resources, training and organizational development consultant; Dr. Jason Cunningham, medical director for West County Health Centers; Christopher Kerosky, an attorney at Kerosky Purves & Bogue; and Ellen Widess, chief of the U.S. Labor Department Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

The program starts at 7:30 a.m. and runs to noon at the Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa, 2777 Fourth St. Registration costs $50 a person or $45 each for North Coast Builders Exchange and Engineering Contractors Association members. To sign up, visit