2017 Speakers

A conference curriculum with the highest quality speaker lineup will be announced in April. This is a unique experience for HR professionals who seek a comprehensive, California-focused HR education that’s coupled with innovative learning sessions and exceptional social opportunities. Take a glance at last year’s talent and headliner speakers during the 2016 California HR Conference in sunny Long Beach, CA.

2016 Speakers

  • Pat Wadors - Monday Keynote
  • Mike Allen - Tuesday Keynote
  • Margaret Heffernan - Wednesday Keynote
  • Alexander Alonso, PhD, SHRM-SCP - Monday Mega Session
  • Shari Harley - Tuesday Mega Session
  • Stuart Crabb - Wednesday Mega Session
  • Pat Wadors - Monday Keynote

    Pat Wadors - Monday Keynote

    CHRO – Senior Vice President Global Talent Organization at LinkedIn

    Pat Wadors joined LinkedIn in January 2013 to lead its world-class talent (HR) team. In addition to hiring, retaining and inspiring top talent, Pat is also responsible for all employee-related HR programs at LinkedIn, including compensation and benefits and performance management. She came to LinkedIn from Plantronics, where she was Senior Vice President of Human Resources, responsible for leading the company’s facilities and human resources programs across the all of its worldwide offices. From August 2011 until August 2012, Pat also served as the HR Executive Advisor to Twitter. In that role, she worked with Twitter’s head of HR, CEO and Board of Directors to help guide their workforce talent strategies to scale the business, while also attracting and retaining key talent. Previously, Pat also spent more than four years at Yahoo!. As the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Yahoo!. Pat led Yahoo!’s HR Business Partner function which supported 14,500 employees in more than 17 locations. Prior to Yahoo!, Pat served as the Chief Human Resources Officer for Align Technologies and has also held senior human resource management positions at Applied Materials, Merck Pharmaceutical, Viacom International and Calvin Klein Cosmetics. She graduated with a BS in Business Administration from Ramapo College, with a major in Human Resources Management and a minor in Psychology.

  • Mike Allen - Tuesday Keynote

    Mike Allen - Tuesday Keynote

    Chief White House Correspondent, POLITICO

    Mike Allen is one of Washington’s most influential and well-connected journalists. The chief White House correspondent for POLITICO, he is the driving force behind its daily email tip-sheet Playbook, which has become the early-morning go-to source for movers and shakers in politics and the media. Between 5:30 and 8:30am each morning, the politerati are reading his insights and being influenced by his words – even before they have had their morning caffeine. His reach extends even to the president, with the New York Times calling him “The Man the White House Wakes Up To,” and Vanity Fair said, “Reading Playbook is as close as you can come on a Washington morning to knowing everything.”

    Allen is a “founding father” at POLITICO, one of Washington’s most popular publications. He not only reports on but also drives the day’s conversations in and around the Beltway. His sharp journalistic experience and coveted insider status make him an ideal choice to discuss the latest political happenings. In presentations, he offers his non-partisan, energetic and up-to-the-minute insider perspective on the political issues of the day, the Obama administration, the Republican Congress, the upcoming presidential election, and building a business in an unsteady economy. Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, he has been praised for his dedication, passion, and unmatched ability to give a political story dimension and context.

    Follow for Award-Winning Political Coverage. TIME named Allen one of its top 140 Twitter feeds, calling him “the Virgil of the beltway, leading the rest of us hapless Dantes through the inferno of America’s political universe.” Vanity Fair named him to its 2011 (#39) and 2012 (#19) “Top 50 New Establishment and Powers That Be” lists, and Allen also won the White House Correspondents’ Association’s Merriman Smith Memorial Award for “Outstanding presidential coverage on deadline” in 2004.

    Building a Political Powerhouse. In 2006, Allen joined POLITICO—at the time a small organization in a shrinking industry. He sought to carve out a niche in the marketplace by focusing on giving readers one solid take-away from select stories, and with this approach, he helped grow paper into the thriving, 200-person news source it is today. The Washington Post also contributes some of his success to the fact that he is a “native-advertising pioneer.”

    Allen is also the creator of the daily newsletter, Morning Money, which gives readers insight into the intersection of Washington and Wall Street. It is a must read for everyone from cabinet secretaries to Fortune 500 CEOs. He also co-authored two e-books focusing on the 2012 presidential campaign that he released during the campaign cycle – Politico Playbook 2012: The Right Fights Back and Inside the Circus: Romney, Santorum and the GOP Race.

    Before POLITICO, Allen served as TIME magazine’s White House correspondent and spent six years at the Washington Post. At WaPo he covered President Bush’s first term, Capitol Hill, campaign finance, and the Bush, Gore and Bradley campaigns of 2000. Before turning to national politics, he worked at the Free Lance-Star, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and the New York Times.

  • Margaret Heffernan - Wednesday Keynote

    Margaret Heffernan - Wednesday Keynote

    Author & Speaker

    MARGARET HEFFERNAN is an entrepreneur, Chief Executive and author. She was born in Texas, raised in Holland and educated at Cambridge University. She worked in BBC Radio for five years where she wrote, directed, produced and commissioned dozens of documentaries and dramas.

    As a television producer, she made documentary films for Timewatch, Arena, and Newsnight. She was one of the producers of Out of the Doll’s House, the prize-winning documentary series about the history of women in the twentieth century.

    She designed and executive produced a thirteen part series on The French Revolution for the BBC and A&E. The series featured, among others, Alan Rickman, Alfred Molina, Janet Suzman, Simon Callow and Jim Broadbent and introduced both historian Simon Schama and playwright Peter Barnes to British television. She also produced music videos with Virgin Records and the London Chamber Orchestra to raise attention and funds for Unicef’s Lebanese fund.

    Leaving the BBC, she ran the trade association IPPA, which represented the interests of independent film and television producers and was once described by the Financial Times as “the most formidable lobbying organization in England.”

    In 1994, she returned to the United States where she worked on public affair campaigns in Massachusetts and with software companies trying to break into multimedia. She developed interactive multimedia products with Peter Lynch, Tom Peters, Standard & Poors and The Learning Company.

    She then joined CMGI where she ran, bought and sold leading Internet businesses, serving as Chief Executive Officer for InfoMation Corporation, ZineZone Corporation and iCAST Corporation.

    She was named one of the Internet’s Top 100 by Silicon Alley Reporter in 1999, one of the Top 25 by Streaming Media magazine and one of the Top 100 Media Executives by The Hollywood Reporter. Her “Tear Down the Wall” campaign against AOL won the 2001 Silver SABRE award for public relations.

    Her third book, Wilful Blindness (Simon&Schuster in the UK, Bloomsbury in the US, Doubleday in Canada) was a finalist for the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Best Business Book award. In 2014, the Financial Times named it one of its “best business books of the decade.” Her next book A Bigger Prize (Simon&Schuster in the UK, Public Affairs in the US and Doubleday in Canada) won the Transmission Prize. Her most recent book Beyond Measure : The Big Impact of Small Changes was published in 2015. Her TED talks have been seen by over 3 million people. She is a Trustee of the London Library and sits on the Council of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art as well as one the boards of several private companies. Margaret blogs for the Huffington Post in the US and the UK and for Inc.com. and mentors senior and Chief Executives.

  • Alexander Alonso, PhD, SHRM-SCP - Monday Mega Session

    Alexander Alonso, PhD, SHRM-SCP - Monday Mega Session

    Senior Vice President for Knowledge Development, Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)

    Alexander Alonso, PhD, SHRM-SCP is the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM’s) Senior Vice President for Knowledge Development overseeing SHRM Research and the SHRM Knowledge Advisor Service. He also currently serves as the head of examination development and operations for SHRM’s Certified Professional and Senior Certified Professional certifications. He is responsible for all research activities including the development of the SHRM Competency Model. He oversees the teams responsible for research products like People Insight engagement tools, SHRM Benchmarking Services, and the Workplace and Employment Trends Center. During his career, he has worked with numerous subject matter experts worldwide with the aim of identifying performance standards, developing competency models, designing organizational assessments, and conducting job analyses. He was also responsible for working on contract task orders involving the development of measurement tools for content areas such as job knowledge (like teacher knowledge of instructional processes) and organizational climates (like organizational climate forecasting in military health care). He possesses experience in projects dealing with organizational assessments and workforce analysis drawing on interdisciplinary advanced training, quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as multicultural and foreign language skills. Dr. Alonso received his doctorate in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Florida International University in 2003. Dr. Alonso was part of the team recognized by the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology (Division 14 of the APA; SIOP) with the 2007 M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace for the development of the federal standard for medical team training, TeamSTEPPS. In addition, Dr. Alonso was awarded a 2009 Presidential Citation for Innovative Practice by the American Psychological Association for supporting the development of competency model for team triage in emergency medicine. He is also the recipient of the 2013 SIOP Distinguished Early Career Contributions for Practice Award. He has published works in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Applied Psychology, International Journal of Selection and Assessment, People and Strategy, Personality and Individual Differences, Quality and Safety in Health Care, and Human Resources Management Review. Dr. Alonso also served as a columnist reviewing international practice topics for The Industrial Psychologist from 2011-2014. He has also served as the Chairperson for the SIOP International Affairs Committee, a member of the SIOP Professional Practice, Awards, and Program Committees, and the 2014 president of the Personnel Testing Council of Metropolitan Washington. He currently serves as the SIOP Executive Board Communications Portfolio Officer.

  • Shari Harley - Tuesday Mega Session

    Shari Harley - Tuesday Mega Session

    Founder and President, Candid Culture

    Shari Harley runs Candid Culture, a training and consulting firm making it easier to tell the truth at work. Shari is bringing candor back to the workplace. Before launching her business Shari led leadership development training for OppenheimerFunds, conducted customer service training for American Century Investments, and facilitated for Dale Carnegie Training. Shari is the author of the book How to Say Anything to Anyone, has a master’s degree in Communication, and taught leadership development at the University of Denver. Shari’s practical approach has led her to speak and train in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Dubai and Australia. From ‘Making Meetings Work’ and ‘Delegating Better’ to ‘Managing Your Career’ and ‘Saying Anything to Anyone,’ Shari’s tips are sure to delight and inform in a real, direct and very funny way. Watch videos and learn more about Shari at www.candidculture.com.

  • Stuart Crabb - Wednesday Mega Session

    Stuart Crabb - Wednesday Mega Session

    Director of Learning at Facebook

    In his role at Facebook, Stuart Crabb was responsible for supporting organizational performance through the deployment of learning programs, consulting services and tools across Facebook’s worldwide operations. This included a specific focus on new hire acculturation, professional skills development, manager effectiveness, building high performance teams and leadership development. A seasoned and multi-disciplined Human Resources leader with more than 25 years’ experience in building high growth US and European companies, Crabb has a reputation for effectively managing transition and change, including mergers & acquisitions and periods of hyper growth. His work is built on extensive international HR experience in internet media, software sales, manufacturing, engineering, research and consulting. Prior to Facebook, he ran his own consulting practice in the San Francisco Bay Area specializing in international leadership consulting. He is also former a former Head of Talent Development at Yahoo, and Sr. Business Consultant at The Marcus Buckingham Company. He has also held various HR leadership positions with Yahoo!, Siemens, Compaq/HP, Portal Software/Oracle and British Aerospace.