CAHR19 Business & HR Strategy Track Preview

HR is the lifeblood of successful companies that often goes unnoticed as the strategic partner it is, but you can change that. How you position yourself and your department to the C-Suite is crucial to the adoption of HR as a strategic (and critical) driver of organizational success. You’ll find the best guidance on how to achieve this positioning within the Business & HR Strategy Track at the 2019 California HR Conference.

With expert speakers focusing on innovation, business competencies and strategic alignment, these sessions will give you actionable takeaways to change the conversation about HR in your next staff meeting. 

Take a look at what the Business & HR Strategy sessions have to offer below, then register to attend CAHR19 today to ensure your HR department gets the consideration it deserves. Your chance to save $100 with our Early Bird rate ends two weeks from today – Friday, May 31!

Business & HR Strategy

Expand your strategic toolkit with our Business & HR Strategy sessions at CAHR19.

What the CFO Wants You to Know as Their HR Business Partner
Monday, 8/26/2019 from 7:30am – 8:45am Presented by Paul Butler Credit: Business | Learning Level: Applied Everything you always wanted to know about finance but were afraid to ask! HR Professionals can only make so much contribution to their organization based on their technical competence. Over and above their area of expertise, they have to be excellent at managing themselves and at influencing others. But is that it? Is there anything else? Yes! In today’s highly competitive marketplace where HR Professionals must be able to demonstrate their strategic value to an organization, they also must have a sharp business acumen: in short, PIHRA members need to demonstrate Business Financial Intelligence. In this engaging, practical and participative session, Paul Butler will demystify working capital, the income statement, the balance sheet, the statement of cashflow and commonly-heard but commonly misunderstood terms such as; depreciation, goodwill, amortization, accruals, unearned revenue and EBITDA. Outsourcing is becoming increasingly common: be on the leading edge – be a true business partner by investing in your Business Financial Intelligence. You’ll leave this session smarter and with absolute clarity on the subjects discussed and addressed.

Paul Butler is a Client Partner with Newleaf Training and Development, based in Valencia, CA. Paul is a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) and a Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA), having qualified with Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Prior to starting Newleaf Training and Development in 2005, he served as a Regional Finance Director for Marriott International Hotels and Hilton International Hotels. Paul also served as the Director of Finance for Hilton Honors. Paul is a very engaging facilitator, able to take the complexity of a subject and distill it into simple, memorable concepts that can be immediately applied.

Organization Design: Going Beyond Drawing an Org Chart
Monday, 8/26/2019 from 11:15am – 12:30pm Presented by Kifaya Thallam Credit: Business | Learning Level: Foundational  With the changes in the economy, politics, demography and the speed of technology, businesses today operate in an environment that is far more complex and competitive than at any time in history. Therefore, to rely on traditional organizational structures that often characterized by too many management layers, bureaucracy, inflexible functions and silo’s will affect the sustainability of the business in the market The workshop/presentation shall explain the framework/ methodology of organization design from the decision stage to implementation covering all the elements of design (strategy, structure, management process, People & Reward) as proper organization design shall create alignment of the organization to its strategy and business model and the performance of people within the business is enhanced with corresponding benefits to results. Kifaya Thallam is a seasoned HR Executive with over 20 years of experience in HR, holding several key positions in Human Resources including, but not limited to Chief HR Officer, Regional Head of HR Group HR Advisor, Group HR Director, HR Consultant in Governmental & Multinational Organizations in the Middle East. Kifaya is specialized in HR Organization Design, HR Transformation and M&A, served in several industries; Telecommunications, Defense, Banking, Manufacturing & Transportation. In addition to her work Kifaya is an active speaker in HR Conferences in the Middle East & Europe (Dubai, Belgium, Spain, Budapest, Jordan) delivered several lectures and workshops on Organization Design, Talent Management & Performance Management. Kifaya holds several degrees; BSc, MSc, MBA & MA in addition to other several professional certifications in HR (CIPD, CAHRI, CPHR, CPD,BPS) completed her certification in Organization Design from USC. Kifaya is currently based in UAE-Dubai. 
How AI Can Prevent Workplace Harassment and Protect Your Bottom Line
Monday, 8/26/2019 from 2:00pm – 3:15pm Presented by Ben Mones Credit: Business | Learning Level: Applied Historically, there hasn’t been a viable solution for companies that want to address people risk management, prevent hostile workplaces and ensure that current/future employees are aligned with their mission/values. HR has had to rely on time consuming methods to vet employees that fail to provide a thorough picture of a new hire/existing employee. This is a growing concern for businesses of all sizes, as the reach of social media enables minor internal incidents to go “viral,” blossoming into consumer boycotts, ultimately affecting a company’s bottom line and shareholder value. HR professionals need the tools to proactively manage brand risk and identify toxic behavior, which is easily missed in the hiring/management process. AI presents a wealth of opportunities to solve this problem, at scale, by quickly and effectively identifying damaging behaviors for an employer and providing admin-level benchmarks on how they are performing against similar organizations. This session will review problems facing HR professionals and how these affect the goals of an organization, as well as how AI can be leveraged to address hiring and people risk management. It will explain how AI is reinventing the way that organizations handle HR functions and create fair/balanced workplaces where all employees feel welcome. Ben Mones is CEO and Co-Founder of Fama. Fama ( is an AI-based solution that helps companies limit the incidence of sexual harassment in the workplace, and similar, crippling issues such as abusive behavior and insider threats. They do this by applying machine learning to publicly available online information and internal HR data. Fama’s mission is to create a more productive and welcoming workplace, while ensuring that businesses are not exposed to unnecessary risk. Based in Los Angeles, Fama’s cloud-based software solutions are deployed globally, with enterprise customers in the Americas, EMEA, and Asia.
Disrupting the HR Model: What Happens When You Blow Up the Old Way?
Monday, 8/26/2019 from 4:00pm – 5:00pm Presented by Ramona Agrela Credit: Business | Learning Level: Strategic The University of California, Irvine (UCI) HR department has undertaken a significant transformation by unifying disparate HR units and elevating the visibility and leadership of HR to the chancellor level to provide more disciplined, strategic services. These changes respect the differences across three unique business enterprises — medical center, health affairs and campus — and includes a think tank partnership that works across the three units on initiatives that support the university’s strategic goals, addresses issues, and implements programs and applications that are changing the way UCI staff members work. We’ll share how individual units were reorganized to help solve problems at an enterprise level and the single service center that is the result of centralizing the three HR units to provide more shared, consolidated services. Ramona Agrela serves as the associate chancellor and chief human resources executive for the University of California, Irvine. She is the senior university official responsible for all human resources administration and operations and sits on the Chancellor’s Cabinet at campus and the CEO’s Cabinet for UCI Health. Ramona is a dynamic human resource professional with extensive, award-winning experience across multiple disciplines including labor relations, compensation/classification, executive compensation, employee relations, HRIS systems, and organizational development. She has been successful in implementing human resource programs in support of business strategies that motivate, retain, engage, and attract valuable employees. Through strong faculty, staff and student relationships across the organization, she has built successful partnerships that have helped launch many innovative human resource programs. With a passion for helping organizational leaders achieve their strategic goals through progressive talent management strategies, Ramona truly believes that HR’s role is to empower people to drive a culture of innovation, learning and service.
What’s in It for Me? The Business Case for Tailored Employee Communications
Tuesday, 8/27/2019 from 7:30am – 8:45am Presented by Gregg Apirian Credit: Business | Learning Level: Strategic Business leaders today are demanding better employee engagement, yet capturing employees’ attention has become exceedingly difficult as employees are increasingly dispersed, distributed and often deskless. As the workplace continues to evolve, HR practitioners are now challenged with reaching and engaging employees wherever they are and on whatever devices they use – and in this new landscape, a “one-size-fits-all” approach simply will not suffice. But while all effective marketers are accustomed to knowing and targeting their audiences, why has this same approach proved so challenging for HR when communicating with employees? This session will provide a deep-dive into the business impact of personalized, targeted communications, outlining best practices, strategies and actionable takeaways for HR to engage employees and segment communications to different groups by location, role, demographics, and more. Just like marketers, HR practitioners must take the time to know their employee audiences – learning what they want and when and how they want it. By creating audience profiles and strategically targeting their messaging, HR professionals will be able to not only compel employees to take the desired action and provide more relevance and value, but also more clearly define and deliver stronger results and performance. As Senior Director of Advisory Services at SocialChorus, Gregg develops and delivers a suite of strategic services that support communications professionals with the guidance to plan, create, publish and measure their communications. These experiences build trust with communications professionals and business leaders, drive employees to take action, and create winning company cultures. Gregg brings 20 years of experience ranging from customer experience and employee experience strategy, content creation, technology implementations, and data-driven marketing and communications. Over this time, he has worked with brands like GE, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Target, Verizon, OWN, Sony Pictures, NBCUniversal, Johnson & Johnson, HSN, Ann Taylor & LOFT, Nike, and Reebok. Gregg is passionate about helping HR and Internal Communications professionals innovate and activate employees through powerful branded content, communications and engagement. When not helping customers to define strategies that deliver desired outcomes, Gregg spends a good amount of time as an employee experience thought leader, writing articles for multiple blogs and publishers like Forbes, speaking at conferences. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, working out, and relaxing on the beach.
Technology is NOT the Solution: Bust the Myths about HR Technology
Tuesday, 8/27/2019 from 11:15am – 12:30pm Presented by Tina Robinson Credit: Business | Learning Level: Applied Technology is NOT the Solution: Bust the Three Myths about HR Technology that Keep HR Transactional, Disempowered, and Longing for Radical Transformation • Do you want more investment and support for your HR technology initiatives? • Do you want to get out of the HR weeks and help drive business strategy? • Do you want both? If so, join us for a rousing discussion about what HR technology can, can’t, and shouldn’t do in the modern enlightened workplace. We will dive into the benefits of a strategic vision and business case for HR technology, and how it can help you achieve your desired ROI from your program. And we’ll have fun exploring how HR can avoid shiny object syndrome and stay true to what really matters with humans at work. You will learn how technology can and should be: • An enabler of strategic touch rather than make HR “no touch” • Evaluated and measured as a strategic initiative • An example of exemplary change agility that starts with the “why” vs. the “what” As a talent executive, leadership coach, and organizational consultant, Tina Robinson empowers humans to love what they do, educates leaders on how to encourage and inspire this passion, and equips organizations with the structures, systems, and practices that support radical engagement. Tina solves humans-at-work challenges. Outcomes include: * Learning design, development, and delivery: Practical and engaging leadership development programs that result in positive measurable behavior change and mindset shifts. * Executive coaching: Leaders with tighter focus on critical business results, renewed engagement, strengthened workplace relationships, and improved communication with stakeholders up, down, across, and outside the organization. * HR strategy: Alignment of people initiatives with organizational priorities to exceed business and financial objectives through harnessed human potential – enabled by systems and measured by data. The new HR is HUMAN RELEVANCE. * Program stewardship: Complex global programs with clear measurable objectives and clockwork communication cadences, supported by engaged coalitions, that accomplish their purpose. * Workforce technology strategy: Value-driven business cases that secure financial investment and executive championing, guide implementation, and support ROI measurement of HRIS, from talent and learning management to applicant tracking systems. We all have our own moon shot, our big bold dream waiting to become reality. We each deserve to love what we do, to be radically engaged, and to have the opportunities and support to experience this love.
PIVOT! Turn Change & Disruption Into a Culture of Innovation & Agility
Tuesday, 8/27/2019 from 2:00pm – 3:15pm Presented by Adam Markel Credit: Business | Learning Level: Strategic Disruption is something we have come to expect more and more. If your organization is not prepared to manage and make the most of change, or is married to the status quo because the cost of failure is perceived as too high, your days are probably numbered. In fact, 88% of the Fortune 500 companies from 1955 are no longer in business. Constant and never ending innovation is the key to sustainable success. Our ability to reinvent and innovate – what Adam refers to as “pivotability” – is critical to business longevity. Without a pivot-ready culture, businesses run the risk of mediocrity creeping in, threatening an organization’s long term profits and even its very survival. Through a combination of foundational principles, case studies, stories, and interactive exercises, we will initiate a conversation that helps your team understand: ? How to enable your teams to not only embrace change, but utilize it effectively ? What “out of the box” really means and what it requires to implement ? How to build resilience into your organization for long-term growth ? How to prevent toxicity and turnover by aligning company goals with employee fulfillment and growth? Adam Markel is a CEO, Best Selling Author, Keynote Speaker, and Business Mentor. Adam has spent the past 10 years training hundreds of thousands of people all across the United States, Southeast Asia, Canada, Europe and Australia on how to PIVOT to living a life of purpose, passion and freedom. Known as one of the most charismatic speakers you’ll ever see, Adam Markel has reinvented what it means to be a heart-centered and inspiring leader. He’s admired for his refreshing and inspiring impact on entrepreneurs, creative thinkers and leaders worldwide. Adam is also the Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of PIVOT: The Art and Science of Reinventing Your Career and Life. A Recognized Expert in the integration of business and personal transformation, Adam has been interviewed by: Fox News, Newsday, The New York Post, The Wall Street Journal and more. Prior to his work with New Peaks, Adam spent two years teaching junior high school English, founded a successful commercial real estate investment firm and went to law school — where he passed the New York State, New Jersey State and Federal Court bars. After law school Adam founded a multimillion-dollar law firm specializing in finance, commercial and employment litigation. Over the course of his 17-year practice, Adam represented over 1,000 matters with hundreds of clients including Citibank, Wachovia and HSBC.
Create an Effective Employee Experience Strategy Using HR Metrics
Tuesday, 8/27/2019 from 4:00pm – 5:00pm Presented by Melissa Anzman Credit: Business | Learning Level: Strategic Do you have a cohesive employee experience strategy or are you still focused solely on employee engagement and culture? Creating an effective employee experience is at the core of what HR leaders are being asked to create in today’s workplace – to entice key talent, become a top company to work for and help employees find meaning in their work. In this session, you’ll learn how to create an employee experience strategy based on HR metrics and analytics, ensuring your efforts have a positive lasting impact for your employees. Taking the guesswork out of true engagement and focusing on strategies that deliver an ROI for your HR department and reinforce your company’s bran at every touch-point along your employee’s life- cycle. In addition to learning the concepts, you’ll see how to instantly implement these solutions with a live example – seeing exactly how to create an effective employee experience at your company. Melissa Anzman is the CEO and Founder of bettHR. Since 2004, Melissa has been establishing employee focused communication solutions across global organizations, including establishing and leading Employee Communications and HR departments at several highly regarded organizations. Her work has been implemented at organizations big and small across various industries including automotive, non-profit, healthcare, financial services, publishing, aerospace, retail, and more. Melissa’s approach to delivering impact-based HR solutions, starts with understanding the metrics behind HR-activities, ensuring the HR strategic business partners are leading the organization from the front, and creating meaningful relationships between employees and their company. Her work has been featured in places such as Business Insider, Amex OPEN Forum, and the Huffington Post. Melissa holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a master’s degree in Business Administration (HR Management), from the University of Wisconsin.
Workforce Trends That Will Redefine the Workplace, Workers, and the Work
Wednesday, 8/28/2019 from 7:30am – 8:45am Presented by Shirley Davis Credit: Business | Learning Level: Strategic The work, workers, and workplace of the future will continue to undergo dramatic transformation. Research suggests that by 2030 workers will be older and younger at the same time, more educated and less skilled, hyper-connected through new technologies, and more ethnically diverse. How can we ready our organizations for this new workforce reality? What new strategies, competencies, and skills will be necessary to harness the benefits, yet counter the negative effects of these global disruptions? More importantly, what new leadership models will be needed in order to achieve high performance, innovation, and inclusiveness? Dr. Shirley Davis, a 30 year veteran in Human Resources, a business executive and consultant, and a leading authority on the changing global workforce will answer all of these questions in a high energy, provocative, and informative presentation. She will detail the megatrends and business implications that will shape the workforce of the future. Additionally, she will provide practical strategies and best practices that organizational leaders can employ today in order to ready their organizations to achieve sustainability, a competitive advantage, and greater Inclusion by 2030. Dr. Shirley Davis, CSP, is an accomplished corporate executive, global workforce management expert, a certified leadership coach, and a master of reinvention. She works with leaders at all levels and has worked in more than 30 countries on 5 continents and delivers more than 80 speeches a year. She brings a high-energy, high-content and high-value message to audiences all around the world. With over 20 years of business experience in a variety of senior and executive leadership roles with Fortune 100 companies, Dr. Davis’ expertise lies in providing solutions and strategies for achieving leadership excellence and in building high performance and inclusive workplace cultures where all talent can thrive. Most recently, she worked at the world’s largest HR membership association, the Society for Human Resource Management as Vice President of Global Diversity and Inclusion and Workplace Strategies. Dr. Davis has also been a featured expert on NBC’s The Today Show, the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, USA Today, HR Magazine, Profiles in Diversity Journal,, and Inclusion Magazine. She is the author of, “Reinvent Yourself: Strategies for Achieving Success in Every Area of Your Life,” and “The Seat: How to Get Invited to the Table When You are Over-Performing and Undervalued.”
Relationship Intelligence: HR's Bridge Between People and Performance - Michael Patterson
Wednesday, 8/28/2019 from 9:00am – 10:15am Presented by Michael Patterson Credit: Business | Learning Level: Strategic Until recently, successful leaders were defined by their ability to assess situations quickly, make decisions, take action, and deliver on goals. Now it’s based on how well they empower their teams to do so. Business performance, more than ever, is people performance, and navigating personality differences, whether developing leaders or achieving inclusion, can be helped by technology. In times of harmony, opposition, and inevitably, when tensions rise and conflict occurs, the right information helps your people become more fearless, innovative, and productive. In this breakout session, participants will discover how relationship intelligence empowers manager coaching conversations and other key interactions among the talented people you rely on to drive your business. Whether it’s a face-to-face meeting, presentation, text, or instant message, actionable insight provide in the moment by technology helps leaders and their reports keep relationship skills sharp when the day is demanding, allowing them to tailor their approach to one another in ways that bring out the best in each other and drive results. In this experiential session, all participants receive a complimentary Strengths Deployment Inventory (SDI 2.0) assessment, along with free basic access to the Core Cloud performance platform to personally experience the power of relationship intelligence. Michael Patterson, Ed.D. is a principal and author at Core Strengths, a global talent development company pioneering relationship intelligence as a utility for leaders. Using data created by the company’s strengths-based, psychological assessment, Dr. Patterson and his colleagues have created a cloud-based portal that puts relationship intelligence to work in daily meetings, conversations, and presentations, allowing leaders to bring out the best in their talent and drive results. In addition to his work with the Core Strengths team, Dr. Patterson is a frequent conference and keynote speaker and the co-author of the highly acclaimed book, Have a Nice Conflict: How to Find Success and Satisfaction in the Most Unlikely Places. He also teaches in the doctoral program at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology and in the Master of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology program at Vanguard University. Dr. Patterson holds degrees from Wheaton College (IL), Troy University, Biola University, and Pepperdine University. He began his career as an active-duty Army officer and later served in the California Army National Guard. After completing his military service, Dr. Patterson had a successful, 20-year career at TAP and Takeda Pharmaceuticals where he held a variety of sales, marketing, training, and leadership development roles. Dr. Patterson now resides in Temecula, CA.

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CEO, Clovyr, former Blockchain Program Lead at JP Morgan 

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Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School & Bestselling Author of Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation

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