Announcing the Speakers for HR West 2017!

HR West 2017 proudly offers more than 100 speakers covering over 80 session with tracks including Compensation & Benefits, Talent Aquisition & Retention, Employment Law & Legislation, Employee & Labor Relations, General HR, Leadership, and Business Management & Strategy. You’ll find everything you need to get over the hurdles you’re facing.

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Adriana Bokel Herde, Vice President People Operations, Biogen


Adriana Bokel Herde is the Vice President of People Services, a newly created function within the HR organization at Biogen. She is responsible for delivering outstanding human resources services for candidates, employees, managers, and executives. Previously, Adriana worked at Biogen’s EU headquarters in Switzerland as Head of Human Resources for Europe and Canada. Her role […]

March 2, 2017


John Carrigan, Senior Counsel, Miller Law Group


Mr. Carrigan handles all aspects of labor and employment law and related litigation on behalf of employers in a wide range of industries, including health care, education, manufacturing, restaurants and retail. He has developed and audited employment and pay policies, overseen employment investigations, negotiated employment and severance agreements, and responded to various agency charges. Mr. […]


Carrie McIntyre, VP Customer Success


Carrie McIntyre is vice president, Customer Success at Brazen Technologies. Brazen’s online event platform makes it easy and convenient for higher education institutions, Fortune 1000 companies, and membership-based organizations to foster online conversations that lead to meaningful connections. McIntyre has been in the online recruiting industry since 1999 when she joined Boxwood Technology. A startup company at […]

January 25, 2017


Drew Hendrickson, Manager, People Operations, DigitalOcean


Drew Hendrickson leads People Operations at DigitalOcean, where he’s enthusiastic about designing thoughtful internal infrastructure that enables an organization to operate at its highest potential. He’s also passionate about turning people data into meaningful strategies that improve the employee experience. He previously worked at Hailo in Talent Acquisition and received his Bachelor’s degree from San […]

January 24, 2017


Allison Penning, Branch Manager, LaSalle Network


Allison Penning has more than 8 years in the staffing and recruiting industry, and has recruited for professionals across all levels. Penning was responsible for starting the marketing search practice at LaSalle Network and recently opened LaSalle’s first out-of-state office in San Francisco. She is an expert in the HR industry and has spoken regularly […]

December 22, 2016


Jennifer Yee


Jennifer Yee’s passion is to foster health, well-being, and happiness for others by employing wellness coaching, education, and promotion. She believes in exploring multiple approaches to well-being to find the right solution for each individual or group. With an M.A. in Integrative Health Studies and private/public sector work experience in integrative health, she focuses on […]

December 20, 2016


Michal Rinkevich


A competitive swimmer for 14 years, Michal Rinkevich has learned and experienced firsthand the importance of mental preparation and training in optimizing performance. Realizing the potential of developing mental fitness in sports, business, and everyday life, she studied physiology and neuroscience, conducted brain and sleep research at SRI International, and investigated the powerful interplay between […]


Toni Thompson, Head of Talent, The Muse


As head of The Muse’s People Team, Toni gets to attract, develop, and inspire people every day. She began her career in the brand research and client services disciplines at Campbell Mithun and Millward Brown before finding her calling in HR & Talent Management. Toni spent five years at McCann Erickson NY creating and managing […]

December 2, 2016


Matt Hoffman, VP of People, DigitalOcean


Matt Hoffman is responsible for leadership in the practice areas of talent acquisition, talent development, people operations, and employee experience. Prior to DigitalOcean, he was the Senior Director of People Operations at Return Path, a global leader in email solutions and that was named the #2 Best Place to Work in the US by Fortune […]

November 2, 2016


Kirk Johnson, Chief Operating Officer, Allen Training Centers


Kirk Johnson has over 27 years experience in plans development, project management and operational implementation. He has identified vision, goals and leadership methods for implementation of strategies and execution of action plans. Johnson is recognized for unparalleled ability to inspire and lead high-caliber teams of professionals to achieve organizational goals. He is well versed in assessing […]

October 28, 2016


Carolyn Godfrey, President, Evolve Consulting


Carolyn Godfrey, President of Evolve Consulting, helps companies like Pandora Internet Radio, TransUnion, CH2MHill, and the USDA. Evolve Consulting is also a prime contractor for the Department of Energy at Sandia National Laboratory supporting their executive coaching program. As a leadership coach, trainer, facilitator and OD consultant, Carolyn has helped hundreds of managers, including executives […]

October 26, 2016


Reut Schwartz-Hebron, Founder and Senior Consultant, KCI


Reut started her career as a Lieutenant working with elite training teams in the Israeli military. She was the first woman consultant to be offered a prestigious field position with a combat unit. Since then, Reut has worked with international Fortune 500 corporations using her neuroscience expertise to support HR leaders face difficult changes. Over […]


Conni LaDouceur, President & Chief Sourcing Strategist, ExecuQuest Corp


Back by popular demand, Conni LaDouceur challenges our fundamental assumptions about talent acquisition.  She consults to many of the world’s most admired companies and search firms as chief sourcing strategist, pursuing her passion for matching people and opportunities by blending art and science in sourcing. LaDouceur is a popular speaker and trainer on best practices […]


Jonathan Benhamou, CEO, PeopleDoc


Jonathan Benhamou co-founded PeopleDoc, a provider of cloud-based HR Service Delivery solutions, in 2007 in France. In 2014, Jonathan moved to New York to oversee the global expansion of PeopleDoc. The same year, Gartner recognized PeopleDoc as a “Cool Vendor” in the Human Capital Management space. Jonathan helps innovative companies and technology start-ups as a […]


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


Mark Szypko, Vice President of Compensation Strategy, Salary.com


Mark Szypko, CCP, GRP, vice president of Compensation Strategy for Salary.com, has the benefit of over 35 years of experience in the field of Human Resources, with a particular emphasis on the areas of compensation, benefits and HRIS. His experience has taken him from the shop floor to the boardroom and to all corners of […]


Rachel Bitte, Chief People Officer, Jobvite


Rachel Bitte is chief people officer at Jobvite – a.k.a., “head honcho of finding and keeping the geniuses who work here.” She has more than 18 years of human resources leadership and process excellence experience, and she has a proven track record of working closely with executives to lead engaged, high-performing workforces. As Jobvite’s chief […]


Tammy Heermann, Senior Vice President, Strategic Solutions, Lee Hecht Harrison


Tammy Heermann is an advisor helping individuals and organizations get serious about leadership. Over the course of her career Tammy has worked with thousands of leaders globally and while having significant impact in the C-Suite, she is happiest when pushing up-and-coming leaders to break through organizational and self-imposed barriers to reach their potential. Tammy’s down […]


Eric Shangle, Head of People Operations, ZeroCater


Eric leads ZeroCater’s HR and Recruiting teams, acting as a strategic partner in growing the company and in making it a great place to work. Eric was previously Head of HR at Enjoy (www.goenjoy.com), a new Kleiner-Perkins and Andreessen Horowitz-backed startup delivering consumer electronics to your door. Eric is also a former Naval Officer with […]


Stephen F Anderson, President, Anderson-Davis Incorporated


Since 1980, Stephen F. Anderson, President of Anderson-davis, Inc., has delivered compliance training to over 4 million employees in the United States and globally. Stephen is an innovator in the design and delivery of training programs that address sexual harassment, investigation, and healing in the workplace through interactive live theater. Since 1987 Mr. Anderson’s domestic […]


Ann M Noel, Esq., Founder, Noel Workplace Consulting


Ann M. Noel, Esq., founder of Noel Workplace Consulting, specializes in legal advice and training on California and federal employment law compliance, especially sexual harassment prevention, disability and leave laws. Through the end of 2012, Ms. Noel was the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission’s executive officer, crafting California’s regulations on mandatory AB 1825 sexual […]


Ashley Hoffman, Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, Brazen Technologies, Inc.


Ashley Hoffman, vice president for Business Development and Strategic Partnerships at Brazen Technologies, Inc. and silver winner of the 2016 Female Executive of the Year Award, is responsible for leading the business development team and driving revenue growth through new and existing markets. TwitterFacebookLinkedinGoogle+EmailPrintShare HR West 2017 Info! > HR in the most innovative place […]


Michael Papay, CEO and Co-Founder, Waggl


A proven HR technology pioneer with over 15 years of domain experience, Michael Papay currently serves as CEO and Co-founder of Waggl, a San Francisco Bay Area company that provides a simple, cloud-based solution to help organizations listen to people, distill insights and make improvements. Michael is a frequent author and contributor to advancing the […]


Russ Elliot, SPHR, Founder and 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. He has been bringing his expertise in HR and coaching to organizations across the country for over 30 years. His work […]


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


James J. McDonald, Jr. is managing partner of the Irvine, CA office of the national labor and employment law firm Fisher & Phillips LLP. He has advised and represented California employers for more than 26 years. He is author of the book, California Employment Law: An Employer’s Guide, published by SHRM. He teaches labor and […]


Nick Sanchez, SPHR, SPHR-CA, 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 bachelors of science in economics from UCLA and his MBA at Pepperdine University, The George L. Graziadio School of Business and […]


Kym Cadle, Founder, Pure Ambition Consulting


Kym Cadle, CPCC, is the founder of Pure Ambition, a coaching and consulting firm focused on enabling individuals and businesses to do more mindful work, starting with purpose and values based action. The company was founded following more than 2 decades leading teams to high performance in corporate operations, which included her team’s consistent improvement […]


Allison Tabor, Executive Coach, Coppia


Allison Tabor, Founder of Coppia Communications, gets leaders and their teams farther faster by focusing on effective Communication and Strategic Planning. Allison also facilitates for the International Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) www.womenpresidentsorg.com, leading two peer advisory groups of Bay Area multi-million dollar entrepreneurial women presidents and CEO’s. She is certified as a DISC Consultant, One […]


Maia Josebachvili, VP of Strategy and People, Greenhouse


Maia Josebachvili has a decade of experience building and scaling companies. She is currently vice president of Strategy and People at Greenhouse, a fast-growing recruiting optimization platform. Josebachvili is responsible for overseeing Recruiting, Operations, Talent Strategy, Employee Experience and Greenhouse’s Strategy Consulting practice. Prior to Greenhouse, Josebachvili founded Urban Escapes, a travel and events company. […]


Mary Topliff, Esq, Owner/Attorney, Law Offices of Mary L Topliff


Ms. Topliff has specialized in employment law counseling, training and workplace investigations for over 20 years. She regularly conducts fact-finding investigations for a wide variety of industries, advises human resources professionals on how to effectively investigate and provides one-on-one sensitivity training to those in need. She has been a speaker and facilitator for NCHRA on […]


Gary Muszynski, Chief Orchestrator, Orchestrating Excellence


Musician and educator, facilitator and experience designer, Gary Muszynski is a true hybrid-thinker, and a recognized leader in applying music and creative engagement to the challenges of workplace leadership, collaboration, change, and innovation.  As Chief Orchestrator for Orchestrating Excellence, a global leadership and learning development company, Muszynski is committed to helping leaders and their teams leverage the […]


Michael Brainard, PhD, CEO and Founder, Brainard Strategy


Michael Brainard (MA, MS, PhD) brings over 20 years experience as a management consultant, senior executive, executive coach, entrepreneur, and researcher. As the founder of Brainard Strategy, he has worked with many executives and organizations across industries blending a strategic, behavioral, and experiential learning approach. Through his work with executives, Brainard has become known for […]


Anne Jennings, Director, Organizational Development, Exploratorium


Anne Jennings began her Exploratorium adventures as an administrative assistant for the first summer-long Teacher Institute and nascent School in the Exploratorium program (now the Institute for Inquiry). Following an eight-year stint as coordinator of the museum’s budding Volunteer Program, she became one of the Exploratorium’s first project managers. After an eleven-year hiatus, Anne returned […]


Patrick Reilly, President, Resources in Action


Patrick Reilly’s coaching career (25 years) began when a client asked him if he would provide some leadership coaching. He soon realized that he was adept and well suited to help leaders leverage their strengths to become more powerful. His business background in operations, technology and R&D informs his work as an executive coach. Reilly’s work focuses on […]


Kevin Yip, Co-Founder and COO, Blueboard


Kevin is a passionate HR Tech entrepreneur focused on helping companies worldwide celebrate and recognize their top talent in a more meaningful way. As Co-founder and COO of Blueboard, a San Francisco-based employee rewards and recognition company, Kevin partners with HR innovators to build exciting employee recognition programs that drive real impact across metrics like […]


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. Taylor is an avid writer, with articles […]


Brynne Kennedy, CEO and Founder, MOVE Guides


Brynne Kennedy is the Founder and CEO of MOVE Guides, helping HR teams move their people around the world for any reason, any policy and any location. Kennedy founded the company while earning her MBA at London Business School, after experiencing the challenges of her own relocations around the world as an investment banker. Kennedy has […]


Bruce Calvin, JD, President, Calvin Associates Inc.


Calvin Associates works with Executives in support with HR Integration and HR Intervention matters. Bruce Calvin brings over thirty years of global HR expertise across a wide range of industries including semiconductor, healthcare, financial, aerospace, nonprofit, chemical and transportation. He has worked at both the executive level and as a consultant supporting various sized organizations […]


Kerry Morgan, CMO, HR Certification Institute (HRCI)


As CMO, Kerry Morgan joins HRCI with over 25 years of experience leading the marketing and communications for companies in both the private and nonprofit sectors by blending strategic vision with laser-focused execution. In this role, Kerry will lead the acquisition, retention, and client relations activities through a team of marketing, program and call center […]


Ann Tardy, JD, CSP, LifeMoxie Mentoring & Leadership


As a former Silicon Valley corporate attorney and a current entrepreneur, CEO, and manager, Ann knows people from many dynamics. In 2003 Ann used her moxie to launch LifeMoxie Mentoring & Leadership, a leadership consulting firm, and MentorLead, a cloud-based software application to build better bosses, stronger communities, and more effective organizations. Ann earned the Certified […]


Rita Sever, President, Supervision Matters


After years of working as an HR Director, and seeing the impact of supervision, Rita founded Supervision Matters to address the number one reason people leave their jobs: their supervisor. Rita combines her experience in HR with training in Organization Development to do coaching, consulting and training to improve supervision practices in all kinds of […]


Carl E Swanson, CEO, The Swanson Company, Inc.


For over 12 years Carl has demonstrated a talent for employee relations, performance management and engagement strategy. As an HR professional his highlights include interfacing with executives to resolve complex employee relations issues, coaching departments to culture change, and project managing diversity initiatives. From 2009-2011 he served as Commissioner on the Citizen’s Police Review Board […]


Bob Huynh, SPHR, SPHR-CA, VP of HR, Viki


Bob Huynh is an HR leader with over 20 years of experience in Human Resources, Talent Acquisition & People Operations at both public and private companies. Prior to his current role as VP of HR at Viki, Bob was at Tapjoy where he led the company’s HR function in a rapid growth stage where the […]


Christine Tao, CEO, Co-Founder, Sounding Board


Christine is the CEO and co-founder of Sounding Board. An experienced, entrepreneurial executive in media, mobile & tech, she is a strategic advisor to several venture-backed startups including Flyby Media (acquired by Apple), Immersv & Comprendi. Christine was previously Senior Vice President of Developer Relations at Tapjoy, a venture-backed, leading mobile advertising & publishing network. […]


Imo Udom, CEO, WePow


Imo Udom is the Co-founder and CEO of WePow. Prior to WePow, Imo 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. Imo received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and his M.S. in Systems Engineering from the University […]


Danelle DiLibero, Director, Talent Acquisition, OnDeck


Danelle brings 15 years of HR expertise within various industries, including financial services, consulting, engineering/manufacturing and technology – with a focus on talent acquisition and employee experience. Danelle has hosted webinars for HCI and ERE and has been a panelist at multiple conferences discussing the topic of Candidate Experience. She is a reoccurring speaker at […]


Craig R. Taylor, Vice President of Client Services, TalentKeepers


Craig is the Vice President of Client Services at TalentKeepers and is a well-known leader in the corporate training, organizational development and performance improvement profession. He spent many years as an executive with the Walt Disney Company as Director of Disney University Professional Development programs and as Director of the Disney Institute. Previously he spent […]


Anna Ferrari, Esq., Attorney, Morrison & Foerster LLP


Ms. Ferrari’s practice focuses on employment and privacy law. She counsels clients on all aspects of employment law, including trade secrets, unfair competition, employment policies and procedures, mergers and acquisitions, social media issues, wage and hour laws, discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination. She assists clients with employment and privacy issues in the context of mergers, […]


Tim Silvera, Vice President and Practice Leader Ultimate Rewards, HUB International


As a certified compensation professional, Tim Silvera presents a total rewards expertise (25+ years) including executive and broad-based compensation, variable pay design, performance management and sales compensation. Join Tim to discover how to design and implement innovative practices that engage employees to drive business results and build high-performance, results-driven cultures. Connect with Tim Silvera Linkedin TwitterFacebookLinkedinGoogle+EmailPrintShare HR West […]


Elaine Hering, Senior Consultant, Triad Consulting Group


Elaine is a Senior Consultant with Triad Consulting, where she works with clients to build leadership capacity in negotiation, influence and conflict management.  She has worked with coal miners at BHP Billiton, micro-finance organizers in East Africa, mental health professionals in China, and senior leadership at the US Department of Commerce. Elaine is a graduate of […]


Sally Thornton, CEO and Founder, Forshay, Inc.


An expert on the future of work, Sally founded Forshay in 2011 to connect the Bay Area’s most innovative and progressive companies with exceptional talent, on demand. Sally works with Stanford’s “Redesigning and Redefining Work” project to restructure workplaces to more effectively align with the lives of today’s workforce while harnessing diverse talent for future success.  She is a […]


Gregg Ward, CEO, Gregg Ward Group


Acclaimed Author, Speaker, Consultant, and Executive Coach Gregg Ward has over 25 years of experience helping industry and government leaders and their organizations successfully respond to leadership, emotional intelligence and executive presence challenges. Ward is the author of the new book from prestigious global publisher John Wiley & Sons called The Respectful Leader: Seven Ways to Influence […]


Shimina Harris, Assistant Dean of Students & Director of Student Conduct, San Francisco State University


Working in Higher Education is certainly something Shimina Harris fell into and as she puts it, “has been unable to leave.”  As the Assistant Dean of Students & Director of Student Conduct at San Francisco State University, she has had the opportunity to oversee three “new to me” areas of Student Affairs: Student Conduct, Career Services, and […]


Rosalind Cohen-Baruch, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, Principal, Director of Human Capital, Hall Capital Partners


Rosalind Cohen–Baruch is a Principal at Hall Capital Partners LLC and Director of Human Capital managing the firm’s tactical and strategic people programs, process, and practices. She serves on the Board of Girls on the Run, Bay Area. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Public and Educational Management from StonyBrook University. […]


Tom Gimbel, Founder and CEO, LaSalle Network


Tom Gimbel is the founder and CEO of LaSalle Network, a staffing, recruiting and culture company. LaSalle has been named to the Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest growing companies for the last 10 years, as well as Glassdoor’s 2016 list of “Best Places to Work” and to Inc. Magazine’s 2016 “Best Workplaces” list in America.  Gimbel is […]


Allen Fishman, Esq., Executive Chairman, Allen Training Centers


Allen Fishman, a Wall Street Journal bestselling author, is Executive Chairman of Allen Training Centers and The Alternative Board® (TAB), the world’s largest franchise system providing advisory board and executive coaching services for business owners. Fishman has authored several books in which he shares his business insights to help business owners. As an authority on […]


Lyndsey Hannigan, Director of Talent, Clio


Previously the leader of Talent Development at DigitalOcean, Lyndsey Hannigan is now the Director of Talent at Clio in Vancouver, Canada. She and her teammates at Clio and DigitalOcean have been responsible for dreaming up and bringing to life innovative organizational performance and learning programs that set both organizations from others in the tech industry. […]


Santiago Jaramillo, CEO and Co-Founder, Emplify


Santiago Jaramillo is the Founder and CEO of Emplify, where he mobile engagement experts while overseeing the vision, strategy, and roadmap of the company’s brand. Santiago is a nationally-recognized expert and speaker on mobile innovation, particularly in the employee engagement space. He was invited to the White House for his entrepreneurial contributions and was named […]


Britta Meyer, Chief Marketing Officer, WageWorks


Britta Meyer serves as Chief Marketing Officer at WageWorks, leading the company’s marketing strategy and execution, driving market positioning, market share and participant growth. She makes sure employers, brokers and employees know how Consumer-Directed Benefits help millions of people by making critical expenses, like healthcare or commuting costs, more affordable. Britta has been recognized as […]

October 25, 2016


Bianca McCann, VP HR, HR Expert Network -Cloud HCM, SAP Global Human Resources


Bianca McCann is an HR leader who prides herself on producing game changing innovations and results by connecting people, programs, and processes into something larger than themselves. Bianca believes that by unleashing the brilliance of each individual we can drive workforce engagement and ultimately drive workplace performance.   In this role she is responsible for overseeing […]


Greg Giuliano, PhD, President, Giuliano Associates


Dr. Greg Giuliano heads up Giuliano Associates, a consulting firm specializing in executive coaching, team/organization development, and leadership development. His personal motto — “Go to the edge. Push farther. Repeat.” — provides the foundation for his work: to grow “ultra leadership,” which is the will to push the limits, combined with the skill to get people […]


Susan Vitale, Chief Marketing Officer, iCIMS


As Chief Marketing Officer at iCIMS, Susan oversees brand, communications, and direct marketing. She also plays a role in portfolio strategy, helping to ensure iCIMS’ products and platform remain on the radar of the ever-changing HR technology landscape. A graduate of Lehigh University, Susan joined iCIMS straight out of college in 2005 as a Marketing […]


M. Tamra Chandler, CEO and Founding Partner, PeopleFirm


M. Tamra Chandler is a bona fide people maven. She’s spent the majority of her career thinking about people, researching how they’re motivated, and developing new and effective ways for organizations to achieve the ultimate win-win: inspired people driving inspiring performance.  She’s also the CEO and co-founder of PeopleFirm, one of Washington State’s fastest-growing businesses […]


Kirsti Tcherkoyan, CEO, Options4Growth


Kirsti Tcherkoyan brings over 20 years of experience working closely with senior executives, mid-tier leaders, and teams in a multitude of industries. She brings solid business strategy to organizations focusing on culture, communication, leadership and strategic thinking. Tcherkoyan works with organizations to achieve clarity and vision of their strategy, practice the rigor of execution, and […]


Rae Lee Clark, Chief Compliance Officer, The Vita Companies


Rae Lee Clark is a Senior Strategy Consultant and Compliance Officer. She is uniquely qualified in the employee benefits world, with more than 30 years’ experience developing practical solutions to complex employee benefits challenges. Under her leadership, the Vita team has developed comprehensive compliance solutions for their clients in all benefit areas, including ERISA, COBRA, […]


Kathy Doan, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, Vice President, HR Analytics Manager, Wells Fargo Bank


Kathy Doan has been at Wells Fargo since 2001 and is Vice President of the Community Banking HR Insights & Analysis Group. As an Analytics Manager, she leads the Consulting & Line of Business Insights team to provide thought leadership and insights to senior HR leaders to optimize Community Banking’s human capital base of over […]


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


Catherine Mattice Zundel, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is President of consulting and training firm, Civility Partners, and has successfully provided programs in workplace bullying 2007.  She has appeared on national affiliates of FOX, NBC, and ABC as an expert, as well as in USA Today, Inc Magazine, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, and MSNBC.com. In his book […]


Marty Jordan, Principal Consultant, Human Capital Advantage


Marty Jordan is an accomplished senior HR and OD practitioner with broad-based experience in a variety of industries, working in diverse business functions and corporate, government and not-for-profit environments.  She has spent her career as a consultant supporting business leaders and partnering with strategic human resource business partners in the design and implementation of systems, […]


Vanessa Brangwyn, VP, Customer Success, Achievers


As the vice president of Customer Success at Achievers, Vanessa Brangwyn helps clients develop and cultivate successful reward and recognition programs that ultimately align with, and contribute to, the attainment of strategic business objectives. Since 2011, Brangwyn has led and developed a fantastic team of CSMs and partnered with many diverse organizations who share her passion […]


LaTonya Olivier, CCP, SHRM-SCP, SPHR-CA, CEO, BLC Partners, LLC


LaTonya Olivier has been an HR leader in organizations ranging from boutique insurance firms to divisions of Fortune 500 companies.  Her focus on business oriented solutions have brought her to consulting with firms ranging from very large employers to venture capital partners to smaller business entities.  She develops flexible, appropriate solutions to HR issues in […]


Mickey Silberman, Esq., Principal, Jackson Lewis CP


Mickey Silberman is a Principal in the Denver, Colorado office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is Co-Chair of the firm’s Pay Equity Resource Group and the Chair of its Affirmative Action & OFCCP Defense Practice Group. He is recognized as a national expert on pay equity and systemic pay discrimination. Silberman has overseen hundreds of pay […]


Daniel Stover, Leadership Consultant, Integrated Leadership Systems


Dan Stover is an engaging speaker whose purpose is helping high performers become exceptional, relational leaders. He does this by demonstrating how to create more authenticity in themselves and their teams. A graduate of Ohio State University, Stover has degrees in Psychology and Criminology. Before joining Integrated Leadership Systems, Dan led a technology initiative for […]


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


Dr. Klint Kendrick is part of Oracle’s HR M&A team, where he leads HR practitioners through merger, acquisition, joint venture, and divestment transactions. Prior to that, Klint led various HR and M&A functions for an Ali-Baba backed gaming company and The Boeing Company. He also teaches aPHR, PHR/SPHR, and GPHR preparation classes in the Pacific […]


Janice Litvin, Professional Speaker, Janice Litvin Speaks


After twenty years of recruiting high tech talent, Janice Litvin now supports the retention of that talent through wellness strategies.  She is an award-winning keynote and motivational speaker, fitness expert, wellness speaker and workshop leader and writer.   Litvin works with organizations that want to ensure their employees show up everyday healthy and ready to work. She is a certified Personal […]


Christine Petrocelli, SPHR, Chief Operations Officer, Progressive Benefit Group


Christine Petrocelli is co-founder and Chief Operations Officer of Progressive Benefit Group, headquartered in Santa Cruz, CA.  Progressive Benefit Group was founded in 2001 and specializes in working with mid to large employers to gain greater control of costs through employee engagement, wellness, and compliance and risk management solutions.   Petrocelli has received her SPHR […]


Thuy Sindell, PhD, President, Skyline Group Intl.


Thuy Sindell is the President of Skyline Group‘s Coaching Division, a top ranked executive coach, and author. Skyline’s Coaching Division manages over 170 coaches, facilitators and consultants worldwide. She is also the author of four books, Hidden Strengths (May 2015, Berrett-Koehler), The End of Work as You Know It (Ten Speed Press, 2010), Job Spa […]


Parul Gupta, CEO, Kovim, Inc.


Parul Gupta is the CEO of Kovim, Inc., a Bay Area-based learning services consulting firm. Working in a strategic leadership role for the Kovim’s operations, finance and client relations areas, she has built tremendous relationships with, and offers an innate ability to establish teams and bring state of the art solutions to the company’s customers. Prior […]


Paul Burrin, Senior Executive, Fairsail


Paul Burrin, senior executive for Fairsail, is a progressive business development expert focused on the forces changing the nature of work, the workplace and the rise of the modern workforce. Burrin is an active blogger, editor, commentator and contributor on how these changes are having a profound impact on both professional and personal lives, requiring […]


Mita Goldar, PhD, ADP


Mita Goldar, Ph.D., has been with Corporate Marketing in the Market Insights group as Director of Data Analytics in the ADP Research Institute for the last three years.  She handles production and publication of quarterly Workforce Vitality Report along with other research projects related to labor market and the Human Capital Management to enhance ADP’s […]


Ahu Yildirmaz, PhD, VP, ADP


Ahu Yildirmaz is vice president of market insights and head of the ADP Research Institute, where she directs economic and human capital management research. She founded the institute to leverage ADP’s massive set of big data and deliver meaningful insights on the labor market and workforce management and to illuminate trends shaping today’s working environments. […]


Huan Ho, CTO/Co-founder of Rallyteam


Huan Ho is co-founder and CTO of Rallyteam. A computer engineer with 10+ years of experience across a broad range of industries, he is passionate about improving engagement, innovation and collaboration in workplace. In his leadership roles (primarily in large companies), Ho implemented innovative programs like Evolution Fridays and Workplace Democracy, which empowered employees and enabled […]

February 10, 2016


Kevin Sheridan, Author, Speaker, Consultant, Chief Engagement Officer, Kevin Sheridan, LLC


Kevin Sheridan has been a high-level human capital management consultant and employee engagement expert for nearly 30 years. He was Founder, Chief Engagement Officer and Chief Consultant of HR Solutions International, specializing in best practices of employee engagement. In 2011, Kevin founded Kevin Sheridan LLC, a Management Consultancy focused on employee engagement, dynamic keynote speeches […]

December 23, 2015


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 claims, claims of employment discrimination, ADA compliance, wrongful termination, and breach of employment contract cases.  She […]

December 17, 2015


Carolyn Rashby, Esq., Senior Counsel, Miller Law Group


Carolyn Rashby represents and counsels management on a wide range of employment matters, including wage and hour, leaves of absence, discrimination, harassment, and employee handbooks and personnel practices. Rashby has written hundreds of articles and employer compliance materials touching on all aspects of California employment law, and is a frequent speaker for HR groups. She currently […]

October 5, 2015


Aaron Schmookler, Co-founder, The Yes Works


Aaron Schmookler published his first article at age 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. He’s still passionate about the junction between play and innovation, and helping people find it. A love of collaboration and of […]


Shari Dunn, Managing Director, National Practice Leader, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.


Shari Dunn is Managing Director and National Practice Leader of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. – Human Resources & Compensation Consulting Practice (formerly CompAnalysis). Dunn established her former firm, CompAnalysis, in 1980 to help employers make successful compensation and performance management decisions. Prior to CompAnalysis, she held management and professional positions with Marine Midland Bank, National Biscuit Company, Boise […]


Dianna Wilusz, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, CEO, The Pendolino Group


Dianna Wilusz has over 25 years of hands-on human resources, consulting, and operations management experience, including senior global leadership roles at National Semiconductor, Beceem Communications, Lam Research and Hara. Wilusz and The Pendolino Group have served clients internationally in the areas of compensation, leadership development, recruiting, talent management, human resources information systems, and executive management […]


Tuan Nguyen, AVP, Western Region Benefits, Ascension Benefits & Insurance Solutions


With over 12 years of experience in the Employee Benefits Industry, Tuan Nguyen’s  passion has been to be a trusted advisor to his clients, colleagues, and friends. He enjoys learning all that he can about the clients he serves so that he and his team at Ascension can successfully partner to build creative and strategic solutions. Connect with Ted Nguyen Linkedin @AscensionTuan TwitterFacebookLinkedinGoogle+EmailPrintShare […]

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Paul Endress, Founder, Selection Sciences


Paul Endress is an in-demand coach and founder of Maximum Advantage International, a company that gives organizations and individuals the skills necessary to communicate effectively in an increasingly difficult business environment. Endress is the author of Dealing With Difficult People and has helped thousands of individuals and business executives from companies such as Shell and Mitusbushi […]


Joe Murphy, Vice President & Co-Founder, SHAKER


Joseph Murphy is a principal and executive vice president of SHAKER, a pioneer in online candidate evaluation and developers of Virtual Job Tryout® technology – custom simulations for pre-employment assessment. Murphy has over 35 years of experience in human resources, including as director of Human Resources and Manager of Training and Development. The co-author of […]


Walter Stella, Esq., Partner, Miller Law Group


Mr. Stella has over 20 years’ experience representing companies in all aspects of employment law and related litigation. He routinely counsels clients on a wide range of employment law matters, provides advice on employment issues arising from complex business transactions, and negotiates employee benefits and employment agreements on behalf of companies and executives. Mr. Stella […]


Jeff Phelps, CEO, Nelson Compliance/iWorkGlobal


Jeff Phelps’ career spans 30+ years of successfully building and leading innovative human capital management organizations. Jeff is a recognized industry expert in contingent workforce management and his client experience spans virtually every market segment and includes Fortune 500 companies as well as regional firms. In addition to being CEO of Nelson Compliance, Jeff is […]


Adam Utley, Co-Founder, The Yes Works


Adam Utley has turned his decade of improv experience to helping businesses solve problems they think can’t be solved. Since graduating from Pacific Lutheran University, Adam has found that no matter what the setting, a regular practice of improv gives people the confidence to synthesize their own ideas with the ideas of others. Adam knows […]


Anna McGrath, Co-Founder of WonderWorks Consulting


Anna McGrath founded WonderWorks Consulting in 2003 and has successfully focused on supporting organizations like Zappo’s, Dev Boot Camp, and Wired to build conscious cultures. Anna is a popular speaker at conferences and retreats, and her two key topics are How Holacracy, is Revolutionizing 21st Century Businesses and How Conscious Capitalists are the new vogue. […]


Michael Cooper, Executive Coach, Trainer + Facilitator, Innovators + Influencers


Michael O. “Coop” Cooper is an internationally recognized executive coach, advisor, facilitator and trainer who specializes in working with executive teams to develop the leadership skills, alignment and strategies to grow and thrive in a constantly changing environment. His passion is helping entrepreneurs, executives and leadership teams overcome their self-limiting beliefs and personal issues to […]


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 incorporation, employee relations, personnel policies, wage and hour matters, discrimination, harassment 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, […]


Fran Sepler, President, Sepler & Associates


Fran Sepler is President of Sepler & Associates. She assists organizations by identifying factors that stand in the way of fairness, engagement and organizational growth. Fran is an internationally recognized expert on workplace conflict, and has pioneered HR approaches to complaint management and investigations. She is also the author of Finding The Facts, What Every […]


Anne Whiting, Senior Consultant, 3D Group


Anne Whiting brings two decades of consulting and business experience to the 3D Group. Anne has worked in a variety of industries including consumer packaged goods, aerospace manufacturing, professional services, high tech and health care. Anne has held human resource leadership positions with The Coleman Company, Spirit AeroSystems, and LSI Logic managing staffing functions, performance […]


Lauraine Bifulco, President, Vantaggio HR, ltd.


Lauraine has advised clients on HR matters for almost 25 years. She is co-chair of the California Small Business Administration’s committee on Labor Issues, which reviews and makes recommendations on pending labor/employment laws, keeping her abreast of legal developments. A number of prominent management defense attorneys rely on Lauraine and her Vantaggio staff to help […]


Jane Kow, Esq., Founder, HR Law Consultants


Jane Kow received her B.S. from Cornell University in 1984 and J.D. from NYU School of Law in 1993. She taught Employment Law in the HR Program at UC Berkeley and Legal Issues of Supervision at San Jose State University, and has contributed to the California Practice Guide on Employment Litigation. Today, her firm focuses […]


Robert DeLange, SPHR, President, Career Climb Consulting, LLC


Rob DeLange is Principal Consultant at Career Climb Consulting, LLC and a Master Practitioner at The Wiseman Group. Rob coaches executives and conducts leadership workshops around the world. He has worked across the Fortune 500 spectrum including AT&T, Roche, Salesforce, eBay, Johnson & Johnson, Abbvie, Visa, and others. Rob has over 15 years of experience […]


Justin Hale, Executive Coach, VitalSmarts


  A respected and valued instructor, Justin Hale’s training in psychology gives him a depth of understanding that enhances his presentations. His clients, including Honda, McDonald’s, and Conoco Phillips, praise him for his ability to achieve hard-hitting results in the most critical areas. For the past six years, Hale has been at the center of training […]


Deborah Birndorf, Esq., Attorney, Birndorf Law Offices, APC


Debbie Birndorf Zeiler has been practicing law for more than twenty years. She represents employers in all aspects of employment law, including defense of harassment and discrimination claims, wage claims, wage and hours class actions, disability claims, and misappropriation of trade secrets. Debbie earned her B.A. from UCLA, an M.B.A. from NYU, and her law […]


Lester Rosen, Esq., CEO & Attorney at Law, Employment Screening Resources


Lester S. Rosen is an attorney at law and CEO of Employment Screening Resources, an accredited national background screening company located in California. He is the author of The Safe Hiring Manual and The Safe Hiring Audit. Lester is also a consultant, writer, and frequent presenter nationwide on pre-employment screening, safe hiring and legal compliance […]


David Swanson, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, EVP Human Resources, SAP Americas


With over 25 years of human resources management experience, David Swanson is currently the executive vice president of human resources for SAP. Swanson is a panelist and keynote speaker on the Future of HR focusing on how HR can make an impact in the business through analytics and big data, not just activity reporting. He […]


Douglas Farmer, Esq. Partner, Ogletree Deakins


Douglas J. Farmer is an attorney who has been representing employers in employment law matters for more than 25 years. The author of numerous publications, including California Employment Law: The Complete Survival Guide to Doing Business in California, his practice focuses on providing legal advice to human resources managers. Farmer has also been elected by his peers as a Fellow of […]


Susan Bernstein, Ph.D, Executive & Leadership Coach, The Sensational Shift


Susan Bernstein empowers smart, high-achieving professionals to step into their most sensational performance levels. She blends MBA strategic sensibilities with PhD psychological tools for overcoming internal and external roadblocks. Prior to becoming a leadership coach, she held roles in HR, executive development, marketing and management consulting at companies including Franklin-Covey, Intel, and Accenture. Dr. Bernstein […]


Lorelei Carobolante, GPHR, SHRM-SCP, President & CEO, G2nd Systems


Lorelei Carobolante leads G2nd Systems, a Global HR Research and Development Consultancy dedicated to improving quality and equity in globally diverse workplaces by providing products and services that enhance workforce communications across non-native and native English speakers. An internationally published writer and professional speaker, Carobolante is the Recipient of World CSR Day’s 2014 Global Women […]


Jennifer Shaw, Esq., Partner, Shaw Law Group, PC


Jennifer Brown Shaw provides counsel on workplace issues to 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 and Best of the Bar every year since 2013, she has been a guest on CNN and local television and […]


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


An employment attorney by background, Allison West uses her legal skills coupled with sound human resources practices to assist companies in managing and reducing workplace risks. A top rated-speaker on employment law and human resources topics, West also creates and customizes in-house training programs on employment law. She conducts workplace investigations, sensitivity training for executives, managers and employees, […]


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