HR West® 2017 will continue to provide a focus on innovation and the future of HR

Press Contact: Laurie Pehar Borsh
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Futurists, innovators, cutting edge academics, software industry, popular culture and more will all be represented at the largest gathering of HR professionals on the West Coast this March 6-8th.  

The popular annual human resources industry conference, HRHR West 2017 - HR in the most innovative place on earth West® – “HR in the Most Innovative Place on Earth” –promises to educate and inspire attendees, once again.

San Francisco, California (February 28, 2017) — 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. Featuring three days of unparalleled learning along with exceptional networking opportunities, HR West® 2017 will convene, once again, at the Oakland Convention Center in Oakland California, March 6-8, 2017.  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. HR West® is not the typical type of human resources conference. It is a collaborative event that focuses on the participant. HR West keynote speakers and emcees also continue to represent some of the greatest thought leaders in the human capital management arena.

HR West 2017 Emcee Ann Tardy is a former Silicon Valley corporate attorney turned mentoring expert and middle leader advocate. Tardy specializes in mobilizing leadership, evolving workforces, and mentoring as a best-in-class, strategic advantage. She has sparked mentoring and revitalized leadership in companies such as Pacific Gas & Electric, Kaiser Permanente, and Scotts Miracle Gro. The esteemed author, including books like Moxie for Managers: The Secret to Evolving from Manager to Leader, will kick off HR West 2017 at 9a.m. Monday, March 6th. > Read more.

HR West 2017 Keynotes include:

Futurist, Best-Selling Author, Co-Founder of “The Future of Work Community” Jacob Morgan, will present the first conference keynote on Monday, March 6th at 9:20a.m. He is one of the world’s leading authorities on the future of work, employee experience, and how the workplace is changing. He is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, and futurist who advises business leaders and organizations around the world. Morgan’s latest book, The Employee Experience Advantage: How to Win the War for Talent by Giving Employees the Workspaces They Want, the Tools They Need, and a Culture They Can Celebrate (Wiley, March 2017) analyzes over 250 global organizations to determine how to create an organization where people genuinely want, not need to show up to work. > Read more.

Poornima Vijayashanker is the founder of Femgineer and is an avid public speaker who gives talks around the world on topics ranging from engineering to entrepreneurship. She also hosts a monthly web show called FemgineerTV sponsored by Pivotal Tracker, and has written self-published two books. Vijayashanker has been an entrepreneur-in-residence at 500 Startups, a mentor-in-residence at Techstars in NYC, a lecturer at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering, and the founding engineer at, where she helped build, launch, and scale the product until its acquisition in 2009. She will give her HR West 2017 keynote on Tuesday, March 7th at 9a.m. > Read more.

Leila Janah is the Founder and CEO of Sama and LXMI, two companies that share a common social mission to end global poverty by giving work to people in need. She is also the co-author of America’s Moment: Creating Opportunity in the Connected Age, a book by Rework America: A Markle Initiative. Prior, Janah was a Visiting Scholar with the Stanford Program on Global Justice and Australian National University’s Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, as well as founding Director of Incentives for Global Health, and a management consultant at Katzenbach Partners (now Booz & Co.). > Read more.

Alongside a cast of unique, innovative and inspirational speakers, HR West 2017 offers the ultimate convenience of hotel, parking and conference under one roof. With more than 80 concurrent sessions (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 the new year.

“In 2017 we are continuing to attract the largest HR audience in the West! I believe that practicing HR here, in the most innovative place on earth, requires skills not easily found elsewhere,” says Greg Morton, NCHRA CEO. “I’m so proud of our lineup of speakers and sessions. Our conference 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 all of this amazing work will happen.”

For more information about HR West 2016 including how to register, visit: Interested parties are encouraged to pre-register at HR West representatives may also be contacted at: (415) 291-1992.

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Press and media may contact, Laurie Pehar Borsh,, (800) 915-2151 x706 or on Twitter @LauriePR.

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.

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