HR West 2018 proudly offers more than 80 concurrent sessions conducted by one 100 speakers, all for recertification credit toward your SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, PHR, SPHR, and California certifications. Session tracks include Communicate & Relate, Compensation & Benefits, Culture, Employee Relations, Engagement & Retention, HR Strategy & Leadership, Law & Legislation, Recruiting, Talent Development & Talent Management. You’ll find everything you need to get over the hurdles you’re facing.

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Aaron Schmookler, CoFounder, The Yes Works

Aaron Schmookler had his first article on creativity and innovation published at the age of eleven, when the editor of a parenting magazine noticed his innovative mindset and asked him to write about taking inspiration for play wherever you can find it. The inspired mindset that got him noticed as a child still motivates and […]

Adam Utley, CoFounder, The Yes Works

Adam Utley, as a co-founder of The Yes Works, has turned his decade of improvisation experience into helping businesses solve the problems they think can’t be solved. Since graduating from Pacific Lutheran University in 2004, Adam has found that no matter what the setting, a regular practice of improvisation gives people the confidence to synthesize […]

Al Adamsen, Founder & Executive Director, Talent Strategy Institute

Al Adamsen is the Founder & Executive Director of the Talent Strategy Institute. He’s one of the few who’s led a workforce planning & analytics function within a Fortune 500 company (Gap Inc.), served as a leader with an analytics vendor (Infohrm, now SAP/SuccessFactors), and also as a talent analytics consultant/advisor (with EY, Kenexa, and […]

November 7, 2017

Allison West,Esq., SPHR, SHRM-SCP Principal, Employment Practices Specialists

Allison West, Esq., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, has a simple approach to employment practices: be proactive. An employment attorney by background, Allison uses her legal skills coupled with sound human resources practices to provide companies with proactive risk management solutions for preventing and resolving employment claims. Allison specializes in delivering and customizing interactive management training on topics […]

November 13, 2017

Andee Harris, CEO, HighGround

Andee, an award-winning HR technology executive, brings to HighGround over 20+ years of experience leading high tech services and software organizations. She loves to play in the intersection of Human Capital and technology and is often sought out for her ability to connect with multiple levels of an organization to drive business results through big […]

December 18, 2017

Angela Antony, Founder & CEO, Scoutible

Angela K. Antony is changing the way businesses do hiring. Antony is founder and CEO of Scoutible, a game-based hiring platform. Scoutible uses immersive mobile games and sophisticated machine learning to pinpoint perfect-fit candidates for jobs. Prior to Scoutible, Antony worked at the White House and spent 9 years at Harvard studying psychology, law, and […]

November 13, 2017

Ann Tardy, CEO, LifeMoxie Mentoring & Leadership

As a former Silicon Valley corporate attorney and a current CEO, Ann knows people from many dynamics. Working alongside some of the best and brightest lawyers, entrepreneurs, VCs, and business owners, Ann incorporated companies, negotiated mergers, managed venture-backed financings, and held the hands of many anxious CEOs, and loved it. She then started her own […]

November 7, 2017

Anne Whiting, Senior Consultant, 3D Group

Anne Whiting brings two decades of consulting and business experience to 3D Group. Anne has worked in a variety of industries including consumer packaged goods, aerospace manufacturing, professional services, high-tech and health care. Anne values a strong partnership with her client organizations and has a passion for helping organizations to design and develop their talent […]

Ashley Barkley, Training Manager, PillPack

Ashley is the Training Manager at PillPack, the largest e-commerce pharmacy in the United States. The company delivers a better, simpler experience through convenient packaging, modern technology, and personalized service. Ashley supports PillPack’s rapidly expanding Advisory team based out of Salt Lake City, Utah, which she has helped grow since its inception. Before joining PillPack […]

January 24, 2018

Ashley Dittmar, Master Trainer, VitalSmarts

A marketing professional and organizational behavior expert, Ashley Dittmar brings energy and adaptability to every presentation. For the past 10 years, Ashley has taught life-changing skills to both high-ranking executives at companies like Harley-Davidson and CNA Insurance, to everyday people working nine-to-five. Her unique and energetic approach ensures that attendees have a holistic and fun […]

November 13, 2017

Becky Cantieri, SVP, Human Resources, SurveyMonkey

Becky Cantieri joined SurveyMonkey in 2011 and built the company’s HR department from the ground up, creating a global powerhouse that is consistently recognized for its milestone growth and outstanding corporate culture. Profitable almost since day one, SurveyMonkey produces well over $100 million in annual revenue and is used by over 20 million people worldwide, […]

February 19, 2018

Bianca McCann, Chief Human Resources Officer, BetterWorks

Bianca McCann is a champion in the field of Human Resources. Her experience as the VP of Human Resources at SAP helped them reach unparalleled success. She is currently the Chief Human Resources Officer at BetterWorks where she works daily to improve the HR systems within the company. Bianca currently serves on the board of […]

November 13, 2017

Bonnie Hagemann, CEO, Executive Development Associates

Bonnie Hagemann is the CEO of Executive Development Associates, a boutique consulting firm specializing in top-of-the-house executive development and the development of high potentials into senior leaders. Hagemann has over 16 years of experience successfully leading consulting firms through times of rapid growth, acquisitions, economic downturn, and downsizing. Hagemann leads biennial industry research on Trends […]

November 6, 2017

Brian Nagatani, Partner, Hixson Nagatani LLP

Mr. Nagatani has an active counseling and litigation practice. He provides preventive counseling to employers on a number of employment-related issues including terminations, hiring, and leaves of absence. Over the years, Mr. Nagatani has defended court lawsuits involving numerous claims including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, fraud, and breach of contract. He also has experience defending […]

November 9, 2017

Brittany Flanagan, VP of People Operations, PillPack

Brittany is the VP of People Operations at PillPack, Inc, a full-service pharmacy that delivers a better, simpler experience through convenient packaging, modern technology, and personalized service. Brittany has over a decade of experience leading operational teams at both Fortune 500 companies as well as smaller tech start-ups. She has a successful track record of […]

November 30, 2017

Bruce Calvin, President , Calvin Associates, Inc.

Bruce L. Calvin, J.D., is the President of Calvin Associates, Inc. – a global corporate advisory firm that works with CEOs, CFOs and executives who need support with organizational integration and intervention matters with a clear focus on enhancing overall individual and team professional development. Mr. Calvin’s background and core experience lie in driving team […]

November 13, 2017

Cat Lee, Head of Culture, Pinterest

Cat Lee joined Pinterest in 2012 as one of the company’s first 50 employees. She currently oversees the continuing evolution of Pinterest’s company culture, quarterbacking strategies and programs to define and develop a culture that gets at the heart of what inspires Pinners and employees. Together with her team, Cat fosters a culture that is […]

February 19, 2018

Catherine Mattice Zundel,SPHR, SHRM-SCP International Speaker, Author & Consultant, Civility Partners

Catherine M. Mattice, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is President of consulting and training firm, Civility Partners, and has been successfully providing programs in workplace bullying and building positive workplaces since 2007. Her clients include Chevron, the American Red Cross, the military, several universities and hospitals, government agencies, small businesses and nonprofits. She has published in a […]

November 7, 2017

Chris Dyer, CEO, PeopleG2

Chris Dyer founded PeopleG2 in 2001 with a singular goal to make his vision for excellence in human capital due diligence services a reality. A recognized authority on human capital intelligence processes and best practices, he understands the complex challenges inherent to talent management decisions. Forbes shared Chris’ insight with readers in the article, “The […]

November 9, 2017

Chris Forman, CEO & Founder, Appcast

Chris Forman is the CEO and founder of Appcast Inc. He previously served as CEO of StartWire (which he founded), CEO of AIRS, and Chief Development Officer of The Right Thing. Chris has worked in the recruiting industry for 20 years, developing smart recruiting tools that have helped hire millions of people around the globe. […]

November 13, 2017

Chris Powell, CEO, Talmetrix

Chris Powell is the Chief Executive Officer of Talmetrix, an employee feedback and insights solution that helps organizations better attract and retain talent to achieve business goals through a combination of software, content, data, and advisory support. Prior to joining Talmetrix, Chris was the Chief Human Resources Officer for Scripps Networks Interactive, a global media […]

Christine Cave, Esq., SHRM-SCP, SPHR, Director and Employment Attorney, Employers Legal Resource Center

Christine Cave, Esq., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is Director and Employment Attorney at Employers Legal Resource Center in Oklahoma City. Her experience includes business ownership, a volunteer on many local and national non-profit boards, lecturing and teaching on business and litigation-related topics, and representing businesses and management in lawsuits. She has served as the Chairperson of the […]

November 6, 2017

Christine Long,Esq. Partner, Berliner Cohen LLP

Ms. Long maintains a diverse litigation practice in employment, hospitality, business litigation and real estate. Ms. Long is the Chair of the Employment Law Practice Group and Hospitality Practice Group. Ms. Long’s employment and hospitality litigation practice includes handling wage and hour class claims, claims of employment discrimination, ADA compliance, wrongful termination, and breach of […]

November 7, 2017

Christine Miller, PHR, SHRM-CP, Human Resources Manager, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Christine has over 12 years of progressively responsible experience in employee relations, policy development and implementation, coaching & counseling, system implementation, recruiting, training, and benefit administration. In her current role at the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, she leads the staffing, onboarding and development programs for the foundation, as well as provides strategic business partner […]

November 9, 2017

Christine Silver, Owner, Silver Business Solutions

Before founding her speaking and coaching business in 2005, Christine practiced Human Resources management for twelve years. Over the past decade, she has trained and coached over two thousand leaders in leadership practices, communicating constructively, implementing performance management practices, and solving people issues. Christine has a Bachelors degree from San Jose State University, a certificate […]

November 5, 2017

Christopher Kurtz, CEO, PeerThru, LLC

Christopher Kurtz is the Founder and Principal Consultant at PeerThru, an independent consultancy the uses the power of analytics and the insight from Glassdoor to improve people’s lives through communication, culture, and productivity at work. Chris is a Langevin Certified Trainer with over 20 years of experience leading high-performing teams both domestically and abroad. He […]

November 7, 2017

Christy Largent, Owner, Christy Largent Motivational Speaker

Christy Largent is an engagement expert and professional speaker. She has a diverse background having worked both in the US and internationally. Christy has a degree in communications and political science from Liberty University, and has done extensive research in the fields of personal development, communication skills and mindset. Her first career was as a […]

November 5, 2017

Dana Barbato,SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CEO/Founder, InvestiPro

Dana Barbato has spent over 25 years working to tame the chaos in the human side of human resources. With a strong belief in respectful employee relations, strong leadership and consistent practices, she has proven in her HR roles that accountability=trust=engagement. These beliefs caused Dana to step out of her HR career and create InvestiPro, […]

November 13, 2017

David Baldwin, President, Leadership Insight Group LLC

David has delivered proven ROI leadership development work resulting in financial business success for Fortune 500 companies to more than 10,000 executive participants. He is certified in over 100 psychometric self-report and 360 assessment instruments, online/F2F experiential simulations, and has delivered over 400 leadership and team interventions to non-profits along with 2/3 of the Fortune […]

November 5, 2017

David Knapp, Metro Market Manager, Robert Half

David Knapp is a Metro Market Manager for Robert Half, overseeing operations for the San Francisco Bay Area HR Services division. David joined Robert Half as a Recruiting Manager for the Robert Half Technology team in 1999. He has an extensive background in advertising, derived from his 10 years working for a large, Bay Area […]

November 13, 2017

David Kovacovich, Director, BI Worldwide

Dave Kovacovich has been a presenter with NCHRA since 2012. For 10 years he has consulted organizations (large and small) across Northern California on their Human Capital Management strategy. Dave is on the SHRM Social Media team, writes HR-related columns for various blogs and attends HR conferences across the US. Dave has helped implement over […]

David Swanson,SHRM-SCP, SPHR Author, DavidSwansonHR

David Swanson has over 30 years of human resources management experience. He currently provides consulting services to the high-tech industry on using data and analytics to measure bottom line business impact of strategic HR programs. He was most recently the executive vice president of human resources for SAP SuccessFactors partnering with the company’s sales organization […]

David Youssefnia, Founder & President, Critical Metrics

David works with companies to help them create insights about employees, customers and business success through the application of organizational research techniques, measurement and analysis. In other words, he’s a metrics guy. Having started his career in the survey world has allowed David to work with a wide variety of organizations in a number of […]

February 18, 2018

Deborah Birndorf, Attorney, Birndorf Law Offices, APC

Debbie Birndorf Zeiler has been practicing law for more than 20 years, including 10 years at major law firms. She represents employers in all aspects of employment law, including defense of harassment and discrimination claims, wage claims, wage and hour class actions, disability claims, and misappropriation of trade secrets. She also drafts and reviews employment […]

November 7, 2017

Denise LaForte, Partner, North America Leader HR Transformation , Mercer

Denise LaForte, Partner, North America Leader HR Transformation, has over 30 years of broad based consulting experience in Human Resources with deep expertise in leading HR transformation initiatives and improving the Human Resources function. She has significant experience coaching Chief Human Resource Officers and HR Leadership teams through HR transformation initiatives. Ms. LaForte has worked […]

Dianna Wilusz, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, MBA, CEO / Founder, The Pendolino Group

Since launching The Pendolino Group in 2009, Dianna and her team have served over 500 clients across many industries and internationally in the areas of compensation, leadership development, recruiting, talent management, human resources information systems, and executive management practices. With a focus on developing leadership capabilities in organizations and individuals, The Pendolino Group, under Dianna’s […]

November 6, 2017

Cancelled -Doug Lawrence, President, TalentC – People Services Inc.

Doug Lawrence is the founder of TalentC, a human resources solution provider focused on effective mentoring. Doug is an International Certified Mentor Practitioner (ICMP) and an International Certified Mentor Facilitator (ICMF). He has over 30 years of mentoring and leadership experience in federal, provincial and private sector environments and is recognized as a thought leader […]

November 13, 2017

Douglas Farmer, Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins, PC

Douglas A Farmer is a shareholder in the San Francisco office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, one of the nation’s largest management side labor and employment law firms. He received his law degree from Harvard Law School, and his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, where he graduated magna cum laude. For more than […]

November 5, 2017

Edie Goldberg,Ph.D. President & CEO, E. L. Goldberg & Associates

Edie Goldberg, PhD, is the Principal of E.L. Goldberg & Associates in Menlo Park, California. She has specialized in talent management and organization effectiveness for more than 25 years. Her practice is focused on designing HR processes to attract, engage, develop and retain employees. Goldberg has published and presented at numerous conferences on the future […]

November 13, 2017

Eric Knudsen, Senior Analyst, Namely

Eric Knudsen is the Senior Analyst and People Analytics lead on the People Operations team at Namely, the all-in-one HR software platform for mid-sized companies. Prior to Namely, he contributed to data and analytics work in industries like higher education, aviation, and now technology. His current work focuses on leveraging people data spanning the full […]

Ernest Ng, VP of Strategy and People Analytics, Salesforce

Ernest Ng is Vice President of Strategy and People Analytics at Salesforce, where he leads the global Employee Success Strategy and People Analytics team. The team focuses on HR applications of predictive analytics and machine learning, HR strategy, program evaluation, employee surveys, building technology solutions, and organizational transformation. This work is all in effort to […]

February 11, 2018

Fred Whittlesey, Founder and President, Compensation Venture Group, SPC – a Certified B Corporation

Fred Whittlesey is the Founder, President, and Principal Consultant of Compensation Venture Group, SPC (CVG), a consulting firm specializing in compensation strategy, executive compensation, incentive compensation, equity-based compensation, and employee pay. Fred is recognized by corporations, major professional organizations, universities, media, and colleagues around the world as a compensation expert and thought leader. His ideas […]

November 13, 2017

Galen Emanuele, President, Shift Yes

International speaker Galen Emanuele works with teams and organizations around the globe, including Fortune 500 companies such as Shell and Microsoft, creating a radical shift in how people interact and communicate in business. Galen’s captivating programs teach teams how to apply the improv concept of “Yes, And” to improve communication, performance, and create an intentional […]

November 7, 2017

George Elfond, CEO, Rallyware

George Elfond is the CEO of Rallyware. He has been instrumental in helping companies like Samsung, Mary Kay, Recruit, and others in driving their business goals by empowering the workforces through the use of HR technologies. His accomplishments and thought leadership on the role of AI and ML in developing smart HR strategies has led […]

November 5, 2017

Gina Roccanova, Principal, Meyers Nave

Gina chairs the Labor & Employment Practice and has over 20 years of experience in labor negotiations and grievance arbitrations, labor and employment law counseling, and employment law litigation and mediation.  She handles labor and employment matters for clients in the education, healthcare, retail, museum, hospitality, marketing, and technology sectors, among others.  She has special […]

November 7, 2017

Gregg Ward, CEO, The Gregg Ward Group

Gregg Ward is the CEO of the consulting and training firm, the Gregg Ward Group, with over 25 years of professional experience helping clients in North America and Western Europe manage business challenges in the areas of Respectful Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, Executive Presence, and Organizational Development. Gregg’s new best-selling business book, The Respectful Leader: seven […]

November 13, 2017

Holly Burkett, PhD, SPHR, CPT, Senior Organization Development Consultant, University of California Davis

Holly Burkett, PhD, SPHR is a Senior Organizational Development Consultant with University of California Davis. She has more than 20 years’ experience as a trusted business advisor helping diverse organizations improve the sustainable impact of strategic HRD initiatives focused upon culture change, leadership development, and performance improvement. An accomplished talent builder, Holly was recently honored […]

Imo Udom, Co-founder & CEO, Wepow

Imo Udom is the co-founder and CEO of Wepow, a video interviewing company. Prior to Wepow, Udom held a number of posts at Lockheed Martin including Deputy Lead Systems Engineer and Proposal Manager where he managed a diverse team and evaluated project success. Udom received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and his M.S. in Systems […]

November 7, 2017

James McDonald,SPHR, SHRM-SCP Partner, Fisher & Phillips LLP

James J. McDonald, Jr., J.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP is managing partner of the Irvine, California office of the national labor and employment law firm Fisher & Phillips LLP. Jim has practiced labor and employment law representing management for more than 30 years. He is author of California Employment Law: An Employer’s Guide, published by the Society […]

November 13, 2017

Jamie Gilpin, Chief Marketing Officer & Workforce Trends Analyst, Envoy

Jamie Gilpin, a veteran to the HR technology industry, brings over 15 years of sales, marketing, and branding experience to Envoy. As CMO, she plays a key role in driving a powerful brand for Envoy that represents its dedication to providing education, support, unparalleled value and a better experience for both businesses and employees navigating […]

Jane Kow, Founder, HR Law

For over 20 years, Jane Kow has practiced employment law and provided human resources consulting services for employers of all sizes and industries to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local workplace laws. Jane Kow received her B.S. from Cornell University in 1984 and J.D. from NYU School of Law in 1993. She taught Employment […]

November 7, 2017

Jannene Litchfield,SPHR, SHRM-SCP President Chief Human Resources Officer, Litchfield Human Resources Management

Jannene has over 20 years of experience in human resources leadership, employee development, and coaching. As a developer of leaders, she creates and delivers custom supervisory, management and leadership training for world-class organizations in state and federal government, non-profit, and the private sector. Prior to consulting, she gained valuable experience as the Vice President of […]

Jason Patent, Ph.D., Director, Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership, UC Berkeley

Jason D. Patent, Ph.D., is Director of the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership at U.C. Berkeley. With over two decades of experience in training and facilitation, Jason delivers high-quality intercultural consulting and training to individuals and teams across a variety of sectors. Jason has served as American Co-Director of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and […]

Jeanine DeBacker, Partner, McPharlin Sprinkles & Thomas LLP

Jeanine DeBacker is a litigator who uses her courtroom experience to help employers prevent lawsuits through well-crafted policies, staff training and informal dispute resolution. Jeanine counsels businesses and public agencies on human resources, employment and employee benefit issues. Her practice focuses on representing employers in all areas of employment and benefits law, including wage and […]

November 6, 2017

Jeff Carr, COO, Zenefits

Jeff Carr leads Zenefits’ go-to-market functions including sales, service, support, channels, alliances and growth organizations. Jeff is a technology veteran with an extensive Cloud HCM background and more than 20 years experience leading a variety of venture-backed startups and successful public companies. Prior to Zenefits, he was CEO at PeopleFluent; President of Saba; COO at […]

November 5, 2017

Jennifer Shaw, President, Shaw Law Group, PC

Jennifer Shaw provides regular advice and counsel on workplace issues to various private and public-sector employers throughout the country. Named by Northern California Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in California every year since 2009, Jennifer is a frequent speaker on employment law topics, and has been a guest on CNN and […]

November 13, 2017

John Halloran, CEO, Mobile Health

Asked by top-tier businesses to develop pragmatic population well-being solutions to their real-life healthcare challenges, John Halloran, CEO of Mobile Health, founded the Palo Alto-based company in 2012. By leveraging the mobile devices consumers already use daily, Mobile Health delivers healthcare cost management capabilities to employers and their healthcare advisors, and engages employees through personalized […]

Julia Miller-Vasquez, Wellness On the Spot

Julia Miller-Vasquez, Mindfulness Department Director at Wellness On the Spot, will lead an hour long workshop on the importance and practice of mindfulness in the corporate setting. Julia has been developing, implementing, and leading mindfulness workshops and programming for five years, and comes from an academic background in the medical anthropology of happiness. Her workshops […]

January 5, 2018

Kaleana Markley, Wellbeing Director, Sequoia Consulting Group

Kaleana Markley runs the Health & Well-being Department at Sequoia Consulting Group, evaluating and rolling out programs, strategic perks, and employee engagement strategies for high-growth and high-profile tech companies in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and New York City. With a Masters in Industrial & Organizational Psychology and a background in Recruitment and Human Resources, Kaleana’s […]

November 7, 2017

Karim Bishay, Principal, Living Orgs

Karim Bishay is an industry leading consultant in the areas of Holacracy and building Adaptive Organizations. Karim holds two Master’s degrees in pastoral counseling and business. He is also the proud graduate and former leader of the Interchange Counseling Institute. Most recently Karim worked with Dev Bootcamp as the Head of Admissions, Engineering Empathy curriculum […]

November 13, 2017

Karin Angvald-Wallach, Managing Director, Deloitte Tax LLP

Karin Angvald-Wallach is a Managing Director at Deloitte Tax LLP where she provides global organizations with her insights and expertise on deploying talent globally. She works closely with business leaders around the world to help them realize their vision of becoming true global employers in today’s digital age. Formerly Karin worked for IKEA leading a […]

March 2, 2018

Keith Friede, MA Area Vice President, Talent & Organization Development, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Keith is an Area Vice President, Talent & Organization Development for Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., providing strategic consulting, organization development expertise and thought leadership to client organizations. Keith is a frequent presenter at national and regional professional conferences throughout the U.S. Prior to joining Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. in 2003, Keith was president […]

November 7, 2017

Kelli Dragovich, SVP of People, Hired

Kelli Dragovich leads the team responsible for enabling Hired to rapidly grow and scale effectively. She is passionate about building a diverse, inclusive, and productive environment for Hired’s growing global workforce, and has spent nearly two decades in people operations and HR at leading tech companies. Prior to Hired, Kelli was a Vice President of […]

Kevin Grossman, President, Global Programs, Talent Board

Kevin W. Grossman is President of Global Programs for Talent Board, responsible for all aspects of the Candidate Experience Awards benchmark research program and other Talent Board activities worldwide. He also produces and hosts multiple world of work podcasts including The CandEs Shop Talk, Reach West Radio and WorkingTech. As a long-time HR and recruiting […]

November 5, 2017

Klint Kendrick,SPHR, SHRM-SCP Director – HR Mergers & Acquisitions, Oracle

Dr. Kendrick has worked in human resources for two decades, with experience in areas related to global expansion, mergers and acquisitions, compliance, workforce planning, recruitment, retention, diversity, and leadership development. His comments have been featured in the New York Post and his academic work appears in the second issue of EEO-Insights, a refereed journal for […]

November 13, 2017

Kristi West, Director HR, Intertek

Kristi West has over 20 years of experience in HR and has led in led organizations in various sectors. She is the Director of HR for Intertek, which is a global product testing, inspection and certification company with more than 8,000 employees in over 150 U.S. locations and more than 42,000 employees globally. Kristi oversees […]

March 5, 2018

Larry Jacobson, Chief Retirement Navigator, Buoy Coaching

When it comes to overcoming tough challenges, award-winning author and speaker Larry Jacobson hasn’t just been around the block; he’s been around the world. A California native, circumnavigator and adventurer, Larry Jacobson is an avid sailor with over 50,000 blue water miles under his keel. Author of the six-time award-winning memoir of his six-year circumnavigation, […]

November 13, 2017

Lauraine Bifulco, President/CEO, Vantaggio HR

Two themes define Lauraine Bifulco’s diverse career: a passion for a job well done and a zest for learning. When she founded Vantaggio HR in 1994, Lauraine combined her rare talent in understanding what a client needs and her gift of business foresight to create a company that services the HR and management consulting needs. […]

Lauren Aguilar,PhD Partner, Forshay Inc.

Lauren Aguilar, PhD, is a leading expert on diversity and inclusion. Lauren specializes in translating the science of diversity into actionable strategies that organizations and teams can use to foster more diverse and inclusive workplaces. Lauren’s superpower is using a data-driven, yet human centered, approach to diversity and inclusion. Her research on diversity, team dynamics, […]

November 5, 2017

Lauren Moloney-Egnatios, Assistant Director, Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership, UC Berkeley

Lauren Moloney-Egnatios is the Assistant Director and Intercultural Trainer in the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership at UC Berkeley. With over a decade of experience in the U.S. and abroad, developing and managing training programs, consulting, and conducting research, Lauren designs and delivers high impact intercultural training and coaching engagements to individuals and teams across […]

November 19, 2017

Liliana Salazar,Esq Chief Compliance Officer, West Region, HUB International

As Chief Compliance Officer for the Western Region for HUB International Limited, Liliana is responsible for addressing employers’ health and welfare responsibilities under federal and state laws and city ordinances. She works closely with HUB’s service teams and clients to develop short- and long-term strategies that will allow clients to remain in compliance while addressing […]

November 6, 2017

Linda Thompson, President, L2T Leadership Development

As an executive coach and leadership consultant, Linda Thompson draws on more than 20 years of experience as a corporate vice president and director of human resources. In her consulting practice, L2T Leadership Development (, Linda gives her clients the feedback they need to increase their effectiveness, leverage their strengths, and build self-awareness in how […]

November 13, 2017

Lisa Brown Alexander, President & CEO, Nonprofit HR

Over sixteen years ago, Lisa set out to build a market where one didn’t exist. She founded Nonprofit HR, the only human resources firm in the country that works exclusively with the nonprofit sector. Today, her thriving company is helping many of the world’s most prominent nonprofit organizations get ahead through smart human resources strategies, […]

November 6, 2017

Lorna Borenstein, CEO and Founder, Grokker

Lorna Borenstein is an internet veteran who began her career launching eBay Canada out of her guestroom with a newborn in tow. After over 20 stressful years in high-profile roles at eBay, HP, Yahoo!, and Move, it was time for a change. With a holistic approach and a commitment to put herself first, Lorna transformed […]

November 13, 2017

Lucid Dawn, Wellness on the Spot

Lucid Dawn, Yoga Department Director at Wellness On the Spot, will present a Chair Yoga class that any-body can do. The focus will be on counteracting the harmful effects of sitting and working on a computer. The class will include breathing and stretching techniques you can do anytime-anywhere to relieve tension in the neck and […]

January 5, 2018

Margaret Graziano, CERS CEO, KeenAlignment

Magi Graziano, CEO of KeenAlignment, is a leading talent management expert, keynote speaker, and author of The Wealth of Talent, with over 20 years of real-world, hands-on experience in hiring strategy and talent development. She brings neuroscience to hiring, learning and development, and employee engagement. A pioneer in her field, she has developed a talent […]

November 7, 2017

Marina Galatro,PHRca, SHRM-CP Sr. HR Consultant, Willis Towers Watson

Marina Galatro has more than 20 years of HR experience and provides consultation, best practice guidance and strategic support to companies on a variety of topics such as: compensation, employment law compliance, HR management, leave of absence, paid time off, performance management, policy and procedure development, total rewards, and training and development. California leave laws […]

Mark Hornung, Global Recruitment & Employer Branding Director, Teradata

D. Mark Hornung is Global Recruitment Marketing & Employer Branding Director for Teradata, the world’s leading data analytics solutions innovator. He is responsible for marketing the Company as a desirable employer through advertising, social media, websites, and internal promotion activities. Prior to Teradata, Hornung was in a similar role at Informatica LLC. Formerly, he was […]

February 20, 2018

Mary Wang, Partner, Hixson Nagatani LLP

Ms. Wang is a seasoned advisor and litigator. In her counseling practice, Ms. Wang has advised Fortune 500 companies and small employers on a variety of employment and labor laws, including wage and hour issues, terminations and reductions in force, leaves of absence, performance management, harassment, retaliation, personnel handbooks and policies, workplace investigations, trade secrets, […]

November 7, 2017

Maureen Berkner Boyt, Founder & Head Moxie, The Moxie Exchange

Maureen is the Founder of The Moxie Exchange Movement, a training and mentoring organization for companies who want to develop, promote and retain women, and create inclusive workplaces. She’s been an advisor and executive coach to leaders of the nation’s fastest growing companies, has held leadership positions in several large corporations and is the founder […]

November 13, 2017

Max Armbruster, CEO, Talkpush

Max Armbruster is the founder and CEO of Talkpush, the leading messaging recruitment platform. Max is a serial entrepreneur, and has sold his last three companies, most recently a recruitment SaaS company. Max has 17 years of international experience in the US, Europe and Asia, and has held strategic roles at SAP, CNET Networks and […]

November 5, 2017

Max Dubroff,SHRM-SCP, SPHR Consultant, Einfluss

Max Dubroff, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, has HR experience that includes teaching, consulting, as a business partner and as a director. He retired from the U.S. Air Force, having specialized in security, law enforcement, and anti-terrorism. He is the former Chairman of a non-profit board and a former Commissioner. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in […]

November 6, 2017

Michael Muldoon, Director of Marketing and Events, Vita Companies

Clear, concise, and delightful messaging is what Mike strives for with every email, webinar, video, social media post and custom client communication. His unique background in the U.S. military, local law enforcement, and event production, along with over five years as a property and casualty insurance broker, lends Mike a fresh perspective on what it […]

November 13, 2017

Miriam Connaughton, Principal, Ernst & Young, LLP

Miriam has 23 years experience in consulting, working across a range of industries. Her consulting roots are in change management and organizational transformation. Over the decades Miriam has expanded her experience into HR strategy, mergers and acquisitions, employee engagement and more. She passionately believes that people are truly an organization’s competitive advantage – evermore so […]

November 5, 2017

Nancy Gray-Starkebaum, VP Customer Experience, Phenom People

Nancy Gray-Starkebaum, VP of Customer Experience at Phenom People, is a highly respected thought leader in the HR and talent acquisition discipline. She has held various positions at corporations including SAP, Electronic Arts, Blackberry, and most recently at Canadian Tire where she served as AVP Leader of Talent Acquisition. Since she began her career at Nortel […]

February 5, 2018

Natalie Baumgartner,PhD Chief Workforce Scientist, Achievers

A renowned speaker and thought leader on engagement, culture and organizational transformation, Natalie Baumgartner, Chief Workforce Scientist for Achievers, is an expert in understanding how employee engagement and values alignment can drive strategic business outcomes. She has spent her career advising senior leaders from companies of all sizes – from start-ups to Fortune 500 firms […]

November 5, 2017

Nick Sanchez, Chief People Officer, Namely

Nick Sanchez is Chief People Officer at Namely. His prior roles include VP of People Ops at LendingHome, Senior Director of HR at Trulia, and Senior HR Business Partner at LinkedIn. Nick received his Bachelor of Science in economics from UCLA and his MBA at Pepperdine University, The George L. Graziadio School of Business and […]

November 13, 2017

Ragu Bhargava, CEO, Global Upside

Ragu is the Chief Executive Officer for Global Upside, which helps companies with human resource, payroll, compliance, and accounting challenges in 100+ countries. He has led Global Upside for over a decade where he doubled the company’s revenue, headcount and global presence. Ragu is an expert on international HR and Finance and has helped clients […]

Rob Catalano, Co-Founder, WorkTango

Rob Catalano is passionate about helping companies succeed by leveraging technology to make employees successful. With his unique experience in HR Technology as a founding employee at Achievers, Rob co-founded WorkTango, software that helps give employees a voice and companies actionable insight. He has recently been named as a 2017 Top Global Employee Engagement Influencer, […]

Robert Delange, President, The Wiseman Group

Rob DeLange is the President of Career Climb Consulting, LLC and a Master Practitioner at The Wiseman Group. Rob uses his deep multiplier experience to coach executives and conduct leadership workshops around the world. He has worked with startup firms, mid-sized companies, and many businesses across the Fortune 500 spectrum, including AT&T, LG Electronics, Roche, […]

Russ Elliot,SPHR Founder, Chief Consultant, Conscious Culture Group

Russ Elliot is the founder of the Conscious Culture Group, a consulting and executive coaching company committed to linking culture to business performance by creating widespread ownership for shaping the culture and the business. Russ has been bringing his expertise in HR and coaching to organizations across the country for over 30 years. His work […]

November 7, 2017

Sarah Maxwell, Head of Global Immigration, Envoy

Sarah Maxwell, a licensed attorney, is the head of global immigration at Envoy. Her experience includes handling corporate and employment-based immigration law, particularly in developing and executing global immigration policies for Fortune 500 companies. Sarah has counseled multinational corporations on the movement of personnel across the globe and facilitated the assignment of expatriates to the […]

November 13, 2017

Scott Flicker, Partner, Deloitte

Scott relocated to San Jose, CA after co-leading the Deloitte China National Global Employer Services (GES) practice, where in addition to serving clients from nine offices, he was the Asia Pacific Immigration and International Human Resources co-sourcing leader. Prior to his China role, he co-led the Tokyo Human Capital practice for Arthur Andersen and before […]

November 7, 2017

Shane Yount, President, Competitive Solutions, Inc

Shane A. Yount is a nationally recognized author, speaker and President of Competitive Solutions, Inc., an international Business Transformation consulting firm, which pioneered the acclaimed organizational development system known as Process Based Leadership – A business transformation methodology designed to create a sustainable culture of clarity, connectivity, and consistency through the use of non-negotiable business […]

November 13, 2017

Shari Yocum, Principal, Ernst & Young, LLP

Shari Yocum is a Principal in Ernst & Young LLP’s People Advisory Services Practice. With more than 20 years of experience, Shari has successfully advised global companies on complex mergers & acquisitions, large corporate change initiatives, and HR transformations. Shari is often cited in industry publications on Human Resources Strategy and Post-Merger Integration issues. She […]

November 5, 2017

Sierra DeBry, People Operations Business Partner, PillPack

Sierra is the People Operations Business Partner at PillPack , the largest e-commerce pharmacy in the United States. The company delivers a better, simpler experience through convenient packaging, modern technology, and personalized service. Sierra supports PillPack’s rapidly expanding Customer Acquisition team based out of Salt Lake City, Utah, which she has helped grow since its inception. Before joining PillPack […]

December 18, 2017

Sinead Borgersen, Senior Mgr, HR Business Partner, CPO HR, Veritas Technologies LLC

Sinead Borgersen is aligned to several GM’s as their main trusted HR Business Partner – advising them and enabling them to get what they need to get done, as quickly as possible globally. A very hands-on HR partner, Sinead works with the business on the long-term strategy to get them where they need to be, […]

November 13, 2017

Spencer Wilson, Senior Associate, Meyers Nave

Spencer Wilson is a Senior Associate in the Meyers Nave Labor and Employment Practice Group, where he draws from broad experience in complex civil public interest matters to counsel and litigate on behalf of his clients. Spencer has worked at the trial and appellate levels in state and federal courts on issues including employment and […]

November 9, 2017

Stephen Hirschfeld, Partner, Hirschfeld Kraemer

Steve is a founding partner and co-managing partner of Hirschfeld Kraemer, based in San Francisco. He is also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Employment Law Alliance, the world’s largest provider of employment law solutions. Steve has specialized in labor and employment law for more than 30 years. His clients range from Fortune […]

November 7, 2017

Sunil Bagai, CEO, Crowdstaffing and Zenith Talent

Sunil Bagai, CEO, Zenith Talent, is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who is transforming the way world-class companies think about and acquire talent. Blending vision, technology and business skills honed in the most innovative corporate environments (including IBM, EMC, and Symantec), he has created a new model for recruitment, which is being tapped successfully by large […]

November 5, 2017

Susan Bishop, Esq., Partner, Berliner Cohen, LLP

Ms. Bishop’s litigation practice includes working with management of public and private corporations and nonprofit organizations on issues, including employee relations, personnel policies, wage and hour matters, discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination. She represents clients before State and Federal Courts, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, California Labor Commissioner, […]

October 2, 2015

Taylor Smith, Co-founder and CEO, Blueboard

Taylor is a seasoned HR Tech entrepreneur passionate about all things people, engagement and culture. As Co-founder and CEO of Blueboard, a San Francisco-based employee rewards and recognition company, Taylor enables organizations worldwide to recognize their top employees in a more meaningful way, through curated experiences as rewards. Beyond his role as CEO, Taylor leads […]

November 5, 2017

Therese Gedda, Founder & CEO, 30minMBA

Therese Gedda is the Founder and CEO of 30minMBA. Besides running the award-winning company, she is a seasoned international keynote speaker on topics including the entrepreneurial mindset, business culture, and entrepreneurship. For over 15 years, she has inspired tens of thousands of people all over the world. At the age of 17, Therese started her […]

November 6, 2017

Tiffiney Fort, HR Acquisitions Integration Lead, Cisco

Tiffiney Fort has been an HR integration lead for Cisco for 7 years and has over 25 years of HR, project management and change management experience. She has lead over 62 US and international onboarding projects for small and large acquisitions and is passionate about helping employees and companies through the integration process. Prior to […]

November 5, 2017

Tory Martinez, Senior Director, Talent Development, BioMarin Pharmaceutical

With an emphasis in the biotechnology sector and 20 years of broad HR experience, Tory currently leads BioMarin’s Talent Development initiatives. In her 10+ years at BioMarin, she has held successively responsible positions playing a key role in BioMarin’s growth from 250 to 2,500 employees in multiple Bay Area locations as well as supporting their […]

November 7, 2017

Wendy Scott, SVP CHRO, Varian Medical Systems (ret.)

Wendy Scott retired as SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer of Varian Medical Systems in the fall of 2017, a position she held for 13 years. During her tenure, Varian, a medical capital equipment, software and services company, more than doubled to a company of 6500 employees with operations in over 30 countries and revenues in […]

November 13, 2017

Whitney Martin, President & Measurement Strategist, ProActive Consulting

As a measurement strategist, Whitney’s passion and expertise lies in the field of surveys and assessments. A self-professed data nerd, Whitney has a Master’s Degree in the area of Human Resources Measurement and Evaluation and has conducted extensive research on the predictive validity of various hiring assessment strategies. Whitney has been a highly rated speaker […]

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