HR West 2016 is a wrap …and we’re looking ahead!

HR West 2016 is a wrap! It was a great success… we hope you all had a great time, because we sure did! We’d like to thank our wonderful emcee and exceptional speakers and session presenters, our amazing exhibitors and sponsors, and of course, our incredible members and attendees!  You all supported HR West 2016 with such enthusiasm–we are very grateful.  We’ve highlighted a few moments for you here and we’ll be adding more!

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HR West® 2016 Will Bring Together HR Professionals to Learn, Network and Support the American Heart Association

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The popular west coast human resources industry conference, HR West® – “HR in the Most Innovative Place on Earth” – will partner with the American Heart Association to raise awareness of the organization’s Workplace Health Solutions program and benefit the AHA Silicon Valley and Greater Bay Area Divisions.

HR West® , an innovative and collaborative human resources industry event serving a community of over 20,000 HR and talent professionals, is partnering with American Heart Association (AHA) this year to promote the organization’s Workplace Health Solutions program. The 34th annual conference will convene March 7-9, 2016 at the Oakland Convention Center in Oakland, California.

HR West’s community members are distributed across multiple companies and counties, and with HR being ‘at the heart’ of all organizations, the addition of the AHA proved to be a synergistic tie-in. According to Greg Morton, CEO of NCHRA (HR West producer), “NCHRA is proud to leverage our immense community of HR professionals in support of such a great cause, heart health. HR professionals are the heart of the organizations they serve and in a variety of ways serve to keep those organizations healthy.”

The American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Solutions program offers a suite of evidence-based tools to help employers maximize current employee health program and includes a Workplace Health Achievement self- assessment to guide employers to make improvements, monitor and recognize achievements. Additional information and resources will be provided at the AHA table during the conference.

“The American Heart Association is pleased to be chosen by HR West as their 2016 charity of choice,” said Laura Putnam, Chair of the Greater Bay Area 2020 Task Force. “We look forward to working together to educate and engage human resources departments in the Bay Area for a heart healthier workforce.”

Recognizing the opportunity for a 3-way-win between the American Heart Association, employees, and employers. HR West will also offer an additional and innovative way for conference attendees to give to the AHA through we2o, a new philanthropic platform that allows employees to donate unused PTO hours to charity. Working with HR West, we2o has created a special landing page which can be accessed on any digital platform to allow attendees to donate unused vacation hours (employers must be on an open PTO module) as well as credit card or bitcoin to the American Heart Association. The we2o team will also host a table located near the American Heart Association during HR West.

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About HR West – HR West: HR in the Most Innovative Place on Earth is the premier HR conference on the West Coast and produced by the Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA). More than 80 concurrent sessions (most for HR recertification credit) and special tracks for executives, technology, and startups & small businesses, plus evergreen topics like employment law, benefits and talent management, will be offered March 7- 9, 2016. For more information, visit: http://www.hrwest.org/.

About NCHRA – The Northern California HR Association, one of the nation’s largest regional HR associations, has been advancing organizations through human resources since 1960. Delivering over 200 programs annually, the association is dedicated to connecting human resources professionals with practice resources, leading California-specific training, legal and legislative developments, quality service providers, and each other—forming career-long networks and partnerships. For more information, visit: http://www.nchra.org.

About We2o – We2o is the philanthropy platform that brings the latest innovations in social media, data and interactivity. The result is a truly transformative giving experience for users, engaging Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs for companies, and a great new source of funding for amazingly awe2ome charities. The platform helps make the philanthropy experience what it deserves to be—fun, engaging, impactful and connected. For more information, visit: https://we2o.org.

NCHRA Welcomes Human Capital Innovator China Gorman To All New HR Advisory Council

Human Capital Expert, China Gorman joins NCHRA/HR West Advisory CouncilFor Immediate Release
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The Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA) alongside its annual HR West conference, has announced the addition of Human Capital Management expert and thought leader, China Gorman, to the Advisory Council for HR West and the NCHRA. Representing the front edge of change, the Advisory Council was formed to share unique vantage points about the direction business is heading and how organizations can adapt to succeed within this new direction.

The San Francisco Bay Area is home to the world’s most innovative companies. Practicing HR in this region requires skills beyond the ordinary and a level of sophistication regarding human resources management not found in other parts of the world. In keeping with its 2016 HR West conference theme, “HR in the Most Innovative Place on Earth,” NCHRA is proud to announce the addition of HR innovator and futurist China Gorman to its all new Advisory Council. Gorman joins an impressive lineup of thought leaders and accomplished executives to weigh in on the direction of the Northern California Human Resources Association and the annual HR West conference.

China Gorman is a successful global business executive in the competitive Human Capital Management (HCM) sector. A true innovator and futurist for the HR industry, she is a sought after consultant, speaker and writer. Gorman brings the CEO perspective to the challenge of building cultures of humanity for top performance and innovation and strengthening the business impact of Human Resources.

Well known for her tenure as CEO of the Great Place to Work® Institute and as COO and interim CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Gorman currently works with HCM organizations all over the world to enhance their brands and go-to-market strategies. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Jobs for America’s Graduates, as well as the Advisory Boards of RiseSmart, Inc., the Workforce Institute at Kronos, and chairs the Globoforce WorkHuman Advisory Board. Gorman is the author of the popular blog Data Point Tuesday and is published and frequently quoted in the media, including Fortune, TLNT, Huffington Post, Inc. Magazine, Fast Company, U.S. News & World Report and many others.

“At this phase in NCHRA’s 55-year history, HR West is on a dramatic growth trajectory, seeing a broader audience than ever before for human capital management content—China Gorman joins at a perfect time as a valued and important influence on the Advisory Council,” says Greg Morton, NCHRA and HR West CEO.

“HR West is a unique opportunity for business leaders to come together, learn from each other and discover new ways to evolve their workplace and the overall employee experience,” said China Gorman. “I’m thrilled to join the NCHRA Advisory Board just before HR West 2016 and to counsel this organization at an exciting time during its growth to help it harness rampant innovation in this space,” Gorman commented.

For further information about China Gorman, www.chinagorman.com. To receive $75 off an HR West 2016 registration, visit http://pages.nchra.org/Data-Point-Tuesday.html.

About HR West – Produced by NCHRA, HR West: HR in the Most Innovative Place on Earth is the premier HR conference on the West Coast. More than 80 concurrent sessions (most for HR recertification credit) and special tracks for executives, HR & technology, startups and small business, plus evergreen topics like employment law, benefits and talent management will be offered March 7-9, 2016. Visit HRWest.org and follow #HRWest16 and #GoHRWest on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Vine (new).

About NCHRA – The Northern California HR Association, one of the nation’s largest HR associations, has been advancing organizations through human resources since 1960. Delivering over 200 programs annually, the association is dedicated to connecting human resources professionals with practice resources, leading California-specific training, legal and legislative developments, quality service providers, and each other—forming career-long networks and partnerships.

Charities tap a new holiday giving revenue source via corporate HR—estimated at $65 Billion

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HR West® – “
HR in the Most Innovative Place on Earth” and We2o have partnered up to help enable employees to donate unused vacation hours to charity. This new corporate giving revenue source, aligned with corporate HR departments, grew last year to $65 billion of untapped charitable giving revenue.

San Francisco, California (December 16, 2015) – HR West, a human resources industry conference which has served a community of over 20,000 human resources professionals since 1984, was looking to solve the problem of how to creatively fundraise for the American Heart Association—through its community members distributed across multiple companies and counties. When they sought out a new and innovative way to help increase funding for the conference charity, they found We2o, a philanthropy platform that epitomizes the fresh approach they were looking for to align with its “HR in the Most Innovative Place on Earth” maxim in 2016.

HR West partners with We2oMichael Vo, an early Tesla employee and former engineering executive, leads the team of passionate software engineers who have developed We2o. Now, the world class We2o philanthropy platform will provide HR West attendees and volunteers, and its conference production team with the opportunity to donate their unused vacation hours to the American Heart Association or a charity of their choice.

HR West and We2o recognized the opportunity for a 3-way-win between the American Heart Association, employees, and employers. First of all, the charity can access a new source of funding. Secondly, dedicated employees will no longer have to watch unused vacation days go to waste. Finally, employers can reduce vacation time liability on corporate balance sheets, which in turn, saves on accounting overhead and allows for more accurate financial forecasting, as well as a great way to generate positive PR for giving back.

“HR West plays a role in spotlighting innovation in HR and we think this idea is big. During the month of December our employees are donating to their favorite charities via We2o. From there we’ll utilize the We2o platform in our outreach to our community of over 20,000 HR professionals who’ll have the opportunity to donate to our selected conference charity, the American Heart Association,” says Greg Morton, CEO of NCHRA (HR West producer).

On average, $52.4 billion is in limbo each year due to employees not taking their entire vacation accrual. This represents a total $224 billion liability for U.S. businesses. The annual figure grew to $65.6 billion last year alone, representing a 42% increase in unused vacation hours. A study done for 114 public companies covering 377,000 employees indicated that on average $1,898 or 5.7 days per employee are unused. In the case of companies with greater than 500 employees, an average of $2,609 of vacation hours per employee goes unused. Only 48% of employees take all vacation for use-it-or-lose-it hours.

Americans are working longer and took an average of 16 vacation days in 2013 — down from 20.9 in 2000. To address the problem, some companies today are even enticing employees to expend their vacation days by paying up to 10% over base salary for those hours. According to Michael Vo, “Despite our connected world and advancements and innovations in web technology, online donations remain well below 10% and charitable giving overall is still only 2% of the US GDP for some 40 years now. The We2o platform is designed to help make the philanthropy experience what it deserves to be, fun, engaging, impactful and connected. “I know from experience—working long hours at Tesla—how demoralizing it felt when you put in long hours and then lose your hard earned vacation time. This is a completely new source of funding for charities that’s never been available. A compelling and substantial bucket of new money can be liberated to support charities and help improve our communities.”

Working together with We2o, HR West is looking to leverage innovative technology and progressive thinking to solve a long standing, pervasive problem that has persisted for years.

About HR West – HR West is an annual human resources conference, based in the San Francisco Bay area, “HR in the most innovative place on earth.” Produced by the Northern California Human Resources Association, HR West is a collaborative event for human resources professionals, unlike any other typical HR conference, focusing on the actual participants. Over 80 concurrent sessions (all for HR recertification credit) and separate tracks for early, mid, and advanced career levels, plus evergreen topics like employment law, benefits and talent management, will be offered at HR West in the Oakland Convention Center, Oakland California, March 7- 9, 2016. For more information, visit: http://www.hrwest.org/.

About We2o – We2o is the philanthropy platform that brings the latest innovations in social media, data and interactivity. The result is a truly transformative giving experience for users, engaging Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs for companies, and a great new source of funding for amazingly awe2ome charities. The platform helps make the philanthropy experience what it deserves to be—fun, engaging, impactful and connected. For more information, visit: https://we2o.org/.

The 32nd Annual HR West Conference Announces the Go HR West Sweepstakes

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Enter the HR West 2016 Go HR West Sweepstakes! #GoHRWestIn conjunction with its 2016 theme, “HR in the Most Innovative Place on Earth,” HR West has launched the Go HR West Sweepstakes (#GoHRWest) in an effort to create excitement around its annual San Francisco Bay area conference. HR West also looks to increase the conversation surrounding the importance of human resources professionals and the overall industry on social media.

San Francisco, California (December 15, 2015) —HR in the Most Innovative Place on Earth,” is the theme for HR West 2016.  Now, in its 32nd year, the San Francisco Bay area human resources industry conference (serving a community of over 20,000 HR professionals) has initiated the #GoHRWest Sweepstakes. The goal is to get the word out and build buzz about HR West and, more importantly, increase awareness about the power of innovation in the human resources industry through the power of digital media. The Go HR West Sweepstakes is happening now through Friday, February 26, 2016.

Sweepstakes participants are asked to post photos, videos, vines, gifs, graphics (featuring themselves, colleagues, nature and pets… etc.), simple text or simply “share and comment on” one of the HR West (@HRWestConf) posts via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Vine – tagged with #GoHRWest for chances to win. 

The more a participant posts #GoHRWest content and the more their specific content is liked, retweeted, shared and commented on, the greater number of points earned (1 point for each post and each engagement on each post). The participants with the highest combination of retweets, likes, shares, comments and favorites (combined on all platforms) will be selected as the first, second, and third place winners respectively.

Prizes include:

1st Place – Two Nights Stay (March 7 and 8, 2016) at the Oakland Marriott City Center. An approximate $400 value. There is no cash value other than for reimbursement if hotel accommodations have already been purchased to attend HR West 2016.

2nd Place – $250 Amazon Gift Card

3rd Place – Full Conference Parking Pass ($100 value)

The contest is open to all human resources professionals and there is no purchase necessary or requirement to be registered to attend the HR West Conference. For more information, visit: http://www.hrwest.org/sweepstakes.

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About HR West –HR West is an annual human resources conference, based in the San Francisco Bay area, “HR in the most innovative place on earth.” Produced by the Northern California Human Resources Association, HR West is a collaborative event for human resources professionals, unlike any other typical HR conference, focusing on the actual participants. Over 80 concurrent sessions (all for HR recertification credit) and separate tracks for early, mid, and advanced career levels, plus evergreen topics like employment law, benefits and talent management, will be offered at HR West in the Oakland Convention Center, Oakland California, March 7- 9, 2016. For more information, including how to register, visit: http://www.hrwest.org/.

 

HR West 2016 speaker lineup reflects innovation and focus on the future

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Futurists, innovators, cutting edge academics, software industry, will all be represented at the largest gathering of HR professionals on the West Coast.

San Francisco, California (November 1, 2015) — The San Francisco Bay Area is home to the world’s largest technology companies. HR professionals practicing within these companies are required to have skills beyond the ordinary, and a level of sophistication not found in other parts of the world. NCHRA has hosted the largest West Coast gathering of the HR community for over 30 years, and 2016 promises to be one of its most engaging events to date. Featuring over two days of unparalleled learning along with exceptional networking opportunities, HR West® 2016 is set to take place, once again, at the Oakland Convention Center in Oakland California, March 7-9, 2016.  Registration is now open with “early bird” rates ending November 10, 2015.

HR West® is not your typical human resources conference. It is a collaborative event that focuses on the participant. Led by John Danner, Senior Fellow at Haas School of Business and Visiting Professor at Princeton University, the HR West Executive Learning Lab will offer a day-long opportunity to dive deep into an advanced human resources topic for senior practitioners.

HR West keynote speakers and emcees continue to represent some of the greatest thought leaders in the human capital management arena.

HR West 2016 Emcee Leah Hunter is the former AVP of Innovation at Idea Couture and an editor at MISC Magazine. Having led innovation sessions for Banana Republic, Apple, PepsiCo, American Express, Electrolux, and Levi’s, Hunter currently teaches MBA courses and workshops on new technology and ethnography at California College of the Arts, CEDIM—Mexico, University of California Berkeley, and at the University of Michigan.

Keynote Monika Fahlbusch is Senior Vice President, Chief People and Administrative Officer of BMC Software. Fahlbusch’s 24-year administration career also includes HR, communication and IT leadership roles at PeopleSoft and Old Navy.

Keynote Jeffrey Pfeffer, Ph.D, is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University and considered to be one of the world’s leading management experts.

Keynote Eva Sage-Gavin is Vice Chairman of the Aspen Institute’s Skills for America’s Future Advisory Board, working directly with senior White House leaders, community colleges and corporations to build skilled workforces

Keynote Kai Kight is an emblem of purpose and ingenuity. A product of Stanford University’s Design School, he has proven to be part of the next generation of innovative talent and intellect taking Silicon Valley and the world by storm, Kight teaches individuals and organizations how to become game-­changing leaders in their lives and work.

Alongside this cast of unique, innovative and inspirational speakers and presenters, HR West 2016 offers the ultimate convenience of hotel, parking and conference under one roof. With more than 80 concurrent sessions (all for recertification credit) and separate tracks for early, mid, and advanced career levels, and evergreen topics like employment law, benefits and talent management, human resources professionals will find everything they need to get over the hurdles they will continue to face in 2016.

“I’m excited that our conference continues to attract the largest HR audience in the west, and believe practicing HR here, in the most innovative place on earth, requires skills not easily found elsewhere,” says Greg Morton, NCHRA CEO. “I’m very proud of our lineup of speakers and sessions because it demonstrates that as an organization we are focused on the right thing, the intersection of technology and human resources. With more boomers soon to be exiting the workforce and millennials increasingly taking their role in leadership, that’s where the exciting work will happen.”

For more information about HR West 2016 including how to register, visit: http://www.hrwest.org. Follow #HRWest16 on Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook, and Instagram. The Conference 2nd annual sweepstakes (#GoHRWest is the theme for HR West 2016) will debut in mind-November through the start of the holiday season. Details will be published on HRWest.org as well as on social media.

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About NCHRA – The Northern California HR Association (NCHRA) has been advancing organizations through human resources since 1960. We are dedicated to connecting human resources professionals with practice resources, leading California-specific training, legal and legislative developments, quality service providers, and each other– forming career-long networks and partnerships. For more information, visit http://www.nchra.org.