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Sunil Bagai

CEO, Zenith Talent

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Sunil Bagai

CEO, Zenith Talent

Sunil Bagai 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 technology companies such as Google. In 2012, Sunil founded Zenith Talent, introducing a new Crowdstaffing model with profit sharing for recruiters, which delivers measurable value to large MSP clients. Sunil also is a mentor for Talent Tech Labs, an HR/Talent tech incubator in New York.

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Jackie Berdy

Global Business Development Executive, HR Certification Institute

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Jackie Berdy

Global Business Development Executive, HR Certification Institute

Jackie Berdy has over 20 years of business development experience in multiple industries creating and launching innovative partnership opportunities to advance company initiatives. At this time of explosive change in the field of human capital management, the HR Certification Institute continues to be the gold standard of certification. As part of the talented and energetic HRCI team, Jackie works toward developing partnerships with organizations that are also committed to the highest levels of integrity and excellence in the HR profession.

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Susan Bernstein, PhD

Executive Coach, The Sensational Shift

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Susan Bernstein, PhD

Executive 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 earned an MBA at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and a PhD in Somatic Psychology at the Chicago School for Professional Psychology’s Santa Barbara campus.

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Transforming Conflict into Collaboration

July 15 • 01:45 pm - 02:45 pm

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Lauraine BiFulco

President, Vantaggio HR

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Lauraine BiFulco

President, Vantaggio HR

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 keep their clients in compliance. Lauraine founded Vantaggio HR in 1993 and provides management and HR consulting services to firms of all sizes and industries. Their offices in Southern California, Hawaii, and Florida serve clients across the U.S. and abroad.

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Navigating Complex Medical Leave Laws

July 15 • 03:05 pm - 04:05 pm

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Ed Bray

SVP, Compliance, Ascension Benefits & Insurance Solutions

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Ed Bray

SVP, Compliance, Ascension Benefits & Insurance Solutions

Ed Bray is Senior Vice President for Ascension Benefits and Insurance Solutions. As an attorney who directed corporate benefit departments for Hawaiian Airlines and the First American Corporation, his talent is for explaining complex laws in a practical way. Bray received the Leadership in Healthcare Reform Award from National Healthcare Reform Magazine (2010) and presents HR topics nationally. He is a contributing editor for Employee Benefit News, and an adjunct Human Resources professor at UC–Irvine. Bray earned his bachelors degree (Providence College), JD (Western New England University School of Law) and MBA (Auburn University).

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The ABCs of Employee Benefits

July 15 • 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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Jay Caldwell

Vice President, Talent Solutions, ADP

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Jay Caldwell

Vice President, Talent Solutions, ADP

Jay is responsible for leading the design and delivery of talent solutions used across the entire ADP enterprise. Talent solutions are the processes and tools used to identify and close gaps between the organization’s talent supply and demand. During his time at ADP, Jay has also worked with the Global Talent and Learning organization to formalize a Change Leadership and Management center of expertise, revitalize performance management, and deliver global leadership development programs and tools.

Prior to joining ADP, Jay was the Manager of Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership Development at Selective Insurance. His responsibilities included the talent review and succession planning processes, leadership and management development programs, talent systems, team development, individual development planning, and company-wide organizational development initiatives to intentionally shape the company’s culture. Jay also led an immersive summer-intern program to develop a pipeline of early career insurance professionals.

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Perfecting the Pay for Performance Model

July 15 • 01:45 pm - 02:45 pm

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Michael Cooper

Executive Coach & Trainer, Influencers & Innovators

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Michael Cooper

Executive Coach & Trainer, Influencers & Innovators

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 reach their potential, by addressing interpersonal challenges, defining their purpose, gaining team alignment, and developing the strategy, systems and processes to execute their vision. He founded Innovators + Innovators to help right-brain entrepreneurs and executives capitalize on the need for more creativity in business leadership.

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Paul Endress

Founder, Maximum Advantage

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Paul Endress

Founder, Maximum Advantage

Paul Endress is an in-demand coach, speaker, 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. An inspiring speaker, 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 through his seminars, speeches, and products. His latest project is the Communication Styles 2.0 model and software, which is based upon eight years of research and solves communication problems by creating visual models of interactions between group members.

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Adapting Your Communication Style to Get Results

July 15 • 03:05 pm - 04:05 pm

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Rebecca Kim

Innovation Imagineer, Mercer Health Innovation LABS

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Rebecca Kim

Innovation Imagineer, Mercer Health Innovation LABS

Rebecca Kim is a team member of the Mercer Health Innovation LABS. Mercer LABS is focused on evaluating emerging trends and solutions in healthcare, identifying leading startups, and developing or partnering with innovative companies to bring impactful products and solutions to employers and their employees. Rebecca received her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Economics. She completed the International Association for Worksite Health Promotion Certification through the American College of Sports Medicine. She is based out of San Francisco, CA.

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Niki Lee

Principal, Ernst & Young People Advisory Services

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Niki Lee

Principal, Ernst & Young People Advisory Services

Niki Lee is a Principal in Ernst & Young LLP’s People Advisory Services Practice. With more than fifteen years of experience, Niki has successfully advised global companies on complex mergers & acquisitions, large corporate change initiatives, and HR transformations. Niki is often cited in industry publications on Human Resources Strategy and Post-Merger Integration issues. She contributes to a number of well-known publications, and has published a number of her own articles. Niki speaks regularly at industry conferences.

Prior to joining Ernst & Young LLP, Niki co-founded Tasman Consulting LLC (2010), a Silicon Valley-based M&A human capital advisory offering a broad range of human resource integration consulting services, from due diligence and pre-announce planning, through to post close across virtually all deal types, both in the United States and across borders. Tasman’s team joined Ernst & Young LLP Y in April 2016.

Prior to joining Tasman, Niki held the position of Director of Human Resources in the Mergers & Acquisitions organization at Cisco, where she helped build the acquisition strategy and model for integrating acquired employees. Niki was instrumental in helping business leaders achieve objectives and meet legal compliance requirements and was the lead subject matter expert in due diligence and key negotiations.

From 2001 to 2005, Niki was the HR Director for Linksys, which was acquired by Cisco in June of 2003. At Linksys, Niki successfully created, developed and managed a global Human Resources team that designed and implemented programs to attract, develop and engage talent.

Niki co-founded the original HR M&A forum in 2000 and later the Silicon Valley Human resources Mergers & Acquisitions Community of Practice in 2013. She is based in Southern California.

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Joyce Liu-Countryman

MS, HCS, Talent Management Consultant, Halogen Software

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Joyce Liu-Countryman

MS, HCS, Talent Management Consultant, Halogen Software

Joyce Liu-Countryman Joyce is a Talent Management Consultant with Halogen Software where she helps organizations develop their workforce for better business results. She has over 12 years of experience as a human resources specialist with specific expertise in HR analytics, software administration and workforce diversity and inclusion. Her experience includes program management and organizational development consulting at E*TRADE Financial, UC Berkeley and Nestle USA. She holds an MS in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and pursued her doctoral studies at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Joyce is a published author in the area of multicultural mental health.

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Catharine Morisset

Partner, Fisher & Phillips

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Catharine Morisset

Partner, Fisher & Phillips

Catharine Morisset is a partner in the Seattle office. Her practice focuses on representing local and national employers in litigation in state and federal courts, on appeal, and also before the EEOC and similar state agencies in all aspects of workplace law, such as ADA, ADEA, FLSA, FMLA, NLRA, Title VII, and similar state laws. Catharine also has significant experience representing ship owners and operators in traditional maritime claims, such as Jones Act personal injury, OPA compliance, and cargo disputes.

Catharine uses her litigation experience to work closely with clients to provide effective preventative counseling and workforce training. This includes regularly advising and training clients on drug testing, hiring, wage-hour compliance, leaves, reasonable accommodations, investigations, employment agreements, discipline, terminations, and layoffs.

She is an active member of the Society of Human Resource Managers, and is often invited to address local chapters as well as members state-wide and across the Pacific Northwest.

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Nicole Price

Vice President, Training, Cy Wakeman, Inc.

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Nicole Price

Vice President, Training, Cy Wakeman, Inc.

Nicole Price…she has screwed it all up but has also learned a ton in the process. She is here today to help us realize how we screw it up too. No seriously.

When Nicole Price began her first leadership assignment based on conventional leadership wisdom, she initially found less than successful results. In fact, she saw a drop in the level of accountability her team was projecting. Pretty quickly she learned that there was a better way to achieve results through incorporating a philosophy similar to that of Cy Wakeman’s Reality-Based Leadership™. She made a fundamental shift in her mindset to call her team to greatness through ditching the drama and finding success in spite of the circumstances and facts that held them back. She’s been living the philosophy and helping other leaders gain similar insights ever since.

In 2011, Nicole joined forces with Cy Wakeman to help spread the Reality-Based message. Over the last few years she’s helped introduce the philosophy all over the U.S., Canada, and even in China. She’s also worked to develop training programs and certification courses teaching others to facilitate Cy Wakeman’s Reality-Based Philosophy.

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10 Principles of Reality-Based Leadership

July 15 • 11:20 am - 12:20 pm

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Kevin Sheridan

Chief Engagement Officer, Sheridan, LLC

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Kevin Sheridan

Chief Engagement Officer, Sheridan, LLC

For nearly 30 years, Kevin Sheridan has been a high-level human capital management consultant and employee engagement expert. 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 and magnetic leadership development. Kevin is a best-selling author of Building a Magnetic Culture®, which appeared on six Best Seller lists, including the New York Times. He is also the author of The Virtual Manager, a book offering cutting-edge solutions for managing remote workers.

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Jack Smalley

Director, HR Learning & Development, Express Employment Professionals

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Jack Smalley

Director, HR Learning & Development, Express Employment Professionals

A storyteller and humorist, Jack Smalley is a highly sought-after keynoter. Jack offers clients extensive leadership guidance from his progressive career as a human resource executive. As Director of Human Resource Learning & Development for Express Employment Professionals International Headquarters, Jack provides leadership, human resource training and consulting for more than 700 Express offices and their clients in the U.S. and Canada. He draws inspiration from his more than 30 years of experience in human resources and leadership, as well as from his co-workers at Express who are some of the most qualified HR experts in the industry.

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Jim Steele

HR Certification Board of Directors, Secretary/Treasurer

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Jim Steele

HR Certification Board of Directors, Secretary/Treasurer

Jim Steele has taught graduate courses in management, organizational behavior and global business at George Fox University since 2004. He brings to his academic career more than 25 years practicing HR Management at organizations, such as Intel Corporation and Matsushita.  

Steele has served on the HR Certification Board of Directors for five years and is currently the Secretary/Treasurer. Formerly, he volunteered on the Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR®) Examination Forms Review Panel for the Institute. In addition, he is a frequent presenter at HR conferences, including the Northwest Human Resources Association’s regional conference, where he has offered concurrent sessions based on his research since 2006. 

Steele has conducted extensive research examining the learning behavior of professionals in a corporate environment. His continuing academic pursuits include workplace learning, cultural competence and strategic HR management. He has recently co-authored a chapter on HR strategies to support global virtual teams in the book, Distributed Team Collaboration in Organizations: Emerging Tools and Practices. His teaching frequently takes him to the People’s Republic of China, where he has taken four groups of professional MBA students for week-long academic residencies in global business.

Steele earned a doctorate in education with a focus on adult learning from George Fox University, an M.S. in management with a concentration in HR management from Marylhurst University and a bachelor’s degree from Trinity Lutheran College. In addition to the GPHR and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®) certifications, Steele also has specialized education and certification in international HR management (Cornell University), learning organizations (MIT), organizational change (William Bridges) and 360 degree assessment (Booth Co.).

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Michael Westheimer, Esq.

Partner, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart

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Michael Westheimer, Esq.

Partner, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart

As an experienced counselor and litigator, Michael Westheimer helps businesses increase efficiency and manage risk in employment, employee benefits and related business matters. Effective workforce management presents a variety of challenges as companies strive to build productive workplaces, protect their proprietary information and trade secrets, and comply with myriad federal, state and local labor laws. Mr. Westheimer works with companies ranging from start-ups to multinationals in achieving these goals by implementing compliant, workable policies and best practices, and by taking effective action to remediate any violations. As a seasoned trial lawyer and strategist, Mr. Westheimer also is highly adept at providing vigorous, cost-effective representation in response to legal challenges.

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Top Legal Developments of 2016

July 15 • 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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