Johnny J. Lares Conley is the Director of Impact and Partnerships, Community College Division for Career Launch. With 18-years of experience working in higher education, Johnny is known as an enthusiastic student-centered and equity-minded leader.
In 2020, Johnny brought the Career Launch immersive experience to Moorpark College where it was embedded in a M80 internship class and aligned with the Student Equity & Achievement (SEA) program. Many of the students struggled with confidence to reach out to professionals, lacked student engagement and had mental health challenges. After experiencing the Career Launch program, students were equipped with the skills to ask for a career conversation with employers of interest, which greatly increased their confidence and increased their social capital with "the right people" (aka employers of interest). Also, the students were more engaged and completed their educational goal than students who did not go through the Career Launch immersive experience.