HR West 2019
HR West 2019
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March 11-13, 2019 | Oakland Convention Center
Why You Should
Attend the Conference

The HR West Conference is where you go to find out What's Next. Convening annually for 35 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, the event takes place in the most innovative place on earth---home to the world’s leading-edge companies. Practicing HR here requires skills beyond the ordinary. Join us March 11 - 13, 2019 at the Oakland Convention Center, Oakland, CA for three phenomenal days of learning, networking and inspiration.

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Meet Our
Keynote Speaker Aaron Hurst

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Aaron Hurst is a globally recognized entrepreneur who works to create communities that are empowered to realize their potential. He is the Founder of the Taproot Foundation and CEO of Imperative, a B Corp advocating for Purpose-Oriented Workers and supporting the organizations that embrace them.

Widely known for his thought leadership, he is the author of The Purpose Economy (2014) and a regular advisor and thought partner for many global brands. He has written for or been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg TV, Fast Company and was named a LinkedIn Influencer.

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"Good variety of vendors and exhibitors. Liked the convenience of the venue location; very easy to get to by BART."
--Mae Go
"High quality sessions, Very well organized. Great volunteers and staffing."
--Jennifer Druskin
"Almost every session I attended was engaging and valuable. There was great organization of tracks and session summaries in the schedule and a great selection of presenters! It was also nice to see and hear from NCHRA staff prior to keynotes and during lunch. There was phenomenal coordination by everyone involved in the event - thank you very much, I really enjoyed attending this year!!"
--Paula Benone
"Great conference. My employer does not pay my way. Therefore, attending conferences and workshops for my certification is my personal commitment to me and my profession. I learn at the conference. I re-energize at the conference. When I retire it may be my path to a personal business experience. HR West is important to my professional well-being. Thank you for presenting a great conference."
--Teresa Roffe
"Great way to reflect on other ways to do our work. HR West is great way to pause, share and get more energy to do our work."
--Nancy Derbish
"Thank you for hosting the conference at a very convenient location in Oakland. Everything was great (e.g. keynote speakers, variety of concurrent sessions, good food/drinks, etc.) Also thanks to the wonderful vendors. I'm looking forward to your conference next year."
-- MyHang Fruman
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Meet Our

Jack Altman Photo Jack Altman Co-Founder & CEO Lattice
Bill Armstrong Photo Bill Armstrong President Gava Talent Solutions
Charles Ashworth Photo Charles Ashworth Chief People Officer Copper CRM, Inc.
Amii Barnard-Bahn JD Photo Amii Barnard-Bahn JD Strategic Advisor and Executive Coach Barnard-Bahn Consulting & Coaching
B. Kim Barnes Photo B. Kim Barnes CEO Barnes & Conti Associates, Inc.
Kate Benediktsson Photo Kate Benediktsson Chief Ignition Officer Waggl
Susan Bernstein MBA, PhD Photo Susan Bernstein MBA, PhD Executive Coach & Leadership Consultant
Sue Bethanis Ed.D. Photo Sue Bethanis Ed.D. CEO/Founder Mariposa Leadership, Inc.
Lauraine Bifulco Photo Lauraine Bifulco CEO/President Vantaggio HR, ltd.
Melissa Bilstad-Meyers Photo Melissa Bilstad-Meyers Benefits Compliance Advisor USI Insurance Services
Susan Bishop Esq. Photo Susan Bishop Esq. Partner Berliner Cohen LLP
Maureen Bogue Esq. Photo Maureen Bogue Esq. Founder Pacific Employment Law LLP
Cindi Bright Photo Cindi Bright Consultant/Change Agent The Bright Group
Bruce L. Calvin J.D. Photo Bruce L. Calvin J.D. President Calvin-Associates, Inc.
Amy Cappellanti-Wolf Photo Amy Cappellanti-Wolf SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer Symantec
Rob Catalano Photo Rob Catalano Chief Engagement Officer WorkTango
Christine Cave Esq.


SPHR Photo Christine Cave Esq. SHRM-SCP SPHR Director and Employment Attorney Employers Legal Resource Center
Tamra Chandler Photo Tamra Chandler CEO and Founder PeopleFirm
Dave Collins Photo Dave Collins Founder/CEO Oak and Reeds
Michael Cooper MBA Photo Michael Cooper MBA Executive Coach + Trainer Innovators + Influencers
Erica Cordova Zinkie JD Photo Erica Cordova Zinkie JD VP, Legal Counsel OneDigital Health and Benefits
Judy T. Dang Photo Judy T. Dang Principal Avid At Work
Erin Daruszka SHRM-SCP

SPHR Photo Erin Daruszka SHRM-SCP SPHR Senior Manager Human Resources - West Coast Goodwin
Jeanine Debacker Esq. Photo Jeanine Debacker Esq. Partner, Employment Law McPharlin Sprinkles & Thomas, LLP
Brian Dolman Esq.


SPHR Photo Brian Dolman Esq. SHRM-SCP SPHR Attorney HKM Employment Attorneys
Sylvia Doss Photo Sylvia Doss Consultant Open Circles, Inc.
Max Dubroff SHRM-SCP

SPHR Photo Max Dubroff SHRM-SCP SPHR HR MAXimizer Einfluss
Shari Dunn Photo Shari Dunn Managing Director and National Practice Leader, HR and Compensation Consulting Practice CompAnalysis, Division of Arthur J. Gallager Co. Human Resources Consulting Practice
Chris Dyer Photo Chris Dyer CEO PeopleG2
Russ Elliot SPHR Photo Russ Elliot SPHR Founder and Chief Consultant Conscious Culture Group
Salvatore Falletta GPHRSHRM-SCP Photo Salvatore Falletta GPHRSHRM-SCP Executive Director HR Intelligence.Org
Douglas Farmer Esq. Photo Douglas Farmer Esq. Partner (Attorney). Ogletree Deakins
Bruce Fern Photo Bruce Fern President Change-Ready Solutions
John Ford Photo John Ford Founder and Owner The HR Mediation Academy
Mrs. Marina A. Galatro SPHR,PHRca,SHRM-CP Photo Mrs. Marina A. Galatro SPHR,PHRca,SHRM-CP HR Consultant/Coach Paychex
Jason Geller Esq. Photo Jason Geller Esq. San Francisco Regional Managing Partner Fisher & Phillips LLP
Carolyn Godfrey Photo Carolyn Godfrey President Evolve Consulting and Coaching
Edie Goldberg Ph.D Photo Edie Goldberg Ph.D President & CEO E. L. Goldberg & Associates
Donna Goldstein Photo Donna Goldstein Vice President, HR Services Citrix
Candice Gottlieb-Clark Photo Candice Gottlieb-Clark President and CEO Dynamic Team Solutions
Margaret Graziano Photo Margaret Graziano Chief Evangelist KeenAlignment
Laura Grealish Photo Laura Grealish Author and Executive Leadership Consultant PeopleFirm LLC
Kevin Grossman Photo Kevin Grossman President Talent Board
Justin Hale Photo Justin Hale Speaker and Training Designer VitalSmarts
Erik Hansen Photo Erik Hansen President Vita Companies
Shari Harley Photo Shari Harley President and Founder Candid Culture, Inc.
Stephen Hirschfeld Esq. Photo Stephen Hirschfeld Esq. Co-Managing Partner Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP
Huan Ho Photo Huan Ho Co-founder / CTO Rallyteam (recently acquired by Workday)
Tirza Hollenhorst Photo Tirza Hollenhorst CEO
Allison Holzer Photo Allison Holzer Co-founder & Chief Innovation Officer InspireCorps
Meghan Hopkins Photo Meghan Hopkins Vice President, HR Consulting OperationsInc
Aaron Hurst Photo Aaron Hurst CEO Imperative
David Knapp Photo David Knapp Metro Market Manager, Robert Half HR Services Robert Half International
Kira Knight Photo Kira Knight HR Manager Recology CleanScapes
Eric Knudsen Ph.D. Photo Eric Knudsen Ph.D. Manager, People Analytics Namely
Ryan Kohler Photo Ryan Kohler Founder & CEO ApplicantPro
Daniel Kopti Photo Daniel Kopti Benefits Compliance Advisor USI Insurance Services
Jane Kow Esq. Photo Jane Kow Esq. Employment Lawyer, HR Consultant, Workplace Investigator and Trainer HR Law Consultants
Glen Kraemer Esq. Photo Glen Kraemer Esq. Co-Managing Partner Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP
Art Langer Ph.D. Photo Art Langer Ph.D. Chairman and Founder Workforce Opportunity Services
Janice Litvin Photo Janice Litvin Professional Speaker & Workplace Wellness Consultant Janice Litvin Speaks
Christine Long Esq. Photo Christine Long Esq. Partner Employer Law Berliner Cohen
Linda Lubin Thompson Photo Linda Lubin Thompson Leadership Consultant & Executive Coach L2T Leadership Development
Muir Macpherson Ph.D Photo Muir Macpherson Ph.D Americas People Advisory Services Analytics Leader Ernst & Young
Jeanette Maister Photo Jeanette Maister Managing Director, Americas Oleeo (formerly WCN)
Rae Majors-Wildman Photo Rae Majors-Wildman CEO Rae Majors-Wildman (RMW) International
Gilbert Manzano SHRM-SCP Photo Gilbert Manzano SHRM-SCP SVP Client Partnerships ACI Specialty Benefits
Catherine Mattice Zundel SHRM-SCPSPHR Photo Catherine Mattice Zundel SHRM-SCPSPHR CEO Civility Partners
Paul Meshanko Photo Paul Meshanko President & CEO Legacy Business Cultures
Juliette Meunier CPA Photo Juliette Meunier CPA Partner, People Advisory Services at Ernst & Young, LLP Ernst & Young LLP
Todd Murtha Photo Todd Murtha CEO
Tim Mutrie Photo Tim Mutrie SVP Marketing & IT ACI Specialty Benefits
Diana Peterson-More Esq. Photo Diana Peterson-More Esq. President The Organizational Effectiveness Group, LLC
Tauseef Rahman Photo Tauseef Rahman Principal Mercer
Joshua Ramey-Renk SHRM-SCP

SPHR Photo Joshua Ramey-Renk SHRM-SCP SPHR VP, Talent and Organizational Development Technology Credit Union
Ana Recio Photo Ana Recio Senior Vice President, Global Recruiting Salesforce
Gina Roccanova Esq. Photo Gina Roccanova Esq. Chair, Labor and Employment Practice Group Meyers Nave
Liliana Salazar Esq. Photo Liliana Salazar Esq. Chief Compliance Officer, Pacific Region HUB International Insurance Service, Inc.
Julius Schillinger Ph.D Photo Julius Schillinger Ph.D Vice President, Human Resources Gateway Learning Group
Aaron Schmookler MFA Photo Aaron Schmookler MFA Co-Founder and Trainer The Yes Works
Chirag Shah Photo Chirag Shah Senior Vice President & General Manager, Emerging Markets Cornerstone OnDemand
Rachel Shaw MBA Photo Rachel Shaw MBA President and Principal Consultant Shaw HR Consulting, Inc.
Mr. Jason Sheffield Esq. Photo Mr. Jason Sheffield Esq. Director and Managing Attorney Willis Towers Watson
Daniel Sonsino Photo Daniel Sonsino Founder Guia Consulting
Walter Stella Photo Walter Stella Partner Miller Law Group
Katy Tynan Photo Katy Tynan Founder and Chief Talent Strategist Liteskip Consulting Group
Adam Utley Photo Adam Utley Co-Founder and Trainer The Yes Works
Ekta Vyas Ph.D, SHRM-SCP Photo Ekta Vyas Ph.D, SHRM-SCP Director, Human Resources Stanford Children's Health
Allison West Esq. SHRM-SCP SPHR Photo Allison West Esq. SHRM-SCP SPHR Principal Employment Practices Specialists
Anne Whiting Photo Anne Whiting Senior Consultant 3D Group
Brad Wilson Photo Brad Wilson Director, Business Development & Partnerships Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI)
Dianna Wilusz SHRM-SCP; SPHR Photo Dianna Wilusz SHRM-SCP; SPHR CEO and Founder The Pendolino Group
Mr. Fletcher Wimbush Photo Mr. Fletcher Wimbush CEO The Hire Talent
Erin Winters Esq. Photo Erin Winters Esq. Of Counsel Pacific Employment Law LLP
Breanne Woodrow Photo Breanne Woodrow Senior Manager, Professional Services Achievers
Patty Woolcock CSHRP Photo Patty Woolcock CSHRP Executive Director CSHRP (California Strategic Human Resource Partnership)
Yasmin Zarabi Photo Yasmin Zarabi VP, Business and Corporate Development at Entelo Entelo
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