2020 FEATURED SPEAKERS
This year’s California HR Conference lineup features entrepreneurs, HR executives, and major brand leaders presenting exceptional general sessions, mega sessions, and California-specific sessions.
VP, Research & Analytics, Sierra-Cedar
Stacey Harris, former research executive with Bersin & Associates and Brandon Hall, is Vice President of Research and Analytics for Sierra-Cedar, in charge of Sierra-Cedar’s Annual HR Systems Survey and Research function. A leading member of the HR practices and technology research community since 2007, she launched Bersin & Associates HR research practice and conducted groundbreaking research on High-Impact HR organizations, enterprise HR technologies, and key practices across the talent management spectrum. Her research work afforded her the opportunity to work with large global companies around the world such as McDonald’s, Lockheed Martin, Cisco, Credit Suisse, Scotia Bank, and Pfizer on a variety of on mission-critical talent initiatives. Harris also led multiple HR, Talent Management and Learning initiatives as both a leader and practitioner. A frequent speaker and facilitator at HR events in the U.S. and abroad, Stacey loves a conversation and interesting questions –stop her anytime for a good discussion.
Carol Quinn is a best-selling author and an international speaker. Her SHRM-published book titled Motivation-Based Interviewing – A Revolutionary Approach to Hiring the Best is endorsed by Lee Cockerell, a former Executive Vice President at DISNEY, who said, “It’s the best book ever written on the topic of interviewing and hiring.” Carol is the creator of and an expert in motivation-based interviewing. Carol describes herself as an “Attitude Revolutionist” – one who revolts against a status quo attitude and is willing to do something about it. Her passion revolves around employee engagement and organizational performance. Her goal is to help individuals and organizations move past the facade of perceived powerlessness and awaken the great power to improve our experiences.
Bestselling author of How to Say Anything to Anyone and 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.
Allison West, Esq.
Attorney, Investigator, Speaker, Trainer and Expert at Employment Practices Specialists
Allison West has a simple approach to employment practices: be proactive. An employment attorney by background, Allison uses her legal skills coupled with sound human resources practices to help create safe and respectful work environments. Allison is a top-rated speaker at HR, industry and diversity conferences around the country. Allison is a noted expert and has appeared on NPR and CBS This Morning discussing workplace harassment issues.
Angela J. Reddock-Wright, Esq., AWI-CH
Managing Partner, Reddock Law Group
Named a Top CA Employment Lawyer by the Daily Journal, and one of L.A.’s Most Influential Minority and Women Attorneys by the Los Angeles Business Journal. Angela’s practice now focuses on the mediation, arbitration and investigation of workplace disputes. In her investigation practice, Angela is retained by public, private, and non-profit sector employers to conduct independent and neutral investigations of workplace harassment, discrimination and other claims.
Avi M. Attal, Esq.
Partner, Kahana & Feld
Avi M. Attal, Esq. is Chair of the Labor and Employment Litigation practice group as well as the Eminent Domain practice group at Kahana & Feld. Mr. Attal has represented clients through every part of the employment dispute process including pre-litigation investigations, DFEH investigations, worker compensation disputes, Department of Industrial Relations hearings, binding arbitrations and civil litigation. Mr. Attal has represented both public agencies and private landowners in eminent domain and inverse condemnation actions involving full takes, partial takes, easements, severance damages, and contamination. Mr. Attal also has substantial experience in business litigation, personal injury actions, and real property litigation, participating in all aspects of dispute resolution including mediations, bench and jury trials, and civil appeals.
Brian K. Nagatani, Esq.
Co-Founder, Hixson Nagatani LLP
Mr. Nagatani provides preventive counseling to employers on a number of employment-related issues including terminations, hiring, and leaves of absence. Mr. Nagatani has defended court lawsuits involving numerous claims including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, fraud, and breach of contract. He has experience defending both single plaintiff and class action lawsuits involving alleged wage and hour violations. He has experience handling claims before the EEOC, DFEH, EDD (and other agencies). He has been quoted by the Associated Press on multiple occasions regarding various employment law topics.
Greg S. Labate, Esq.
Partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
Greg S. Labate, Esq. is a partner with the law firm of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP in the firm’s Orange County office. He specializes in labor and employment law, and represents only employers in a wide range of industries. He has been the Chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group for over 15 years. Mr. Labate provides general labor advice to employers, and regularly drafts employee handbooks, employment agreements, severance agreements and arbitration agreements for his clients.
James J. McDonald, Jr.
Managing Partner, Fisher & Phillips LLP
James J. McDonald, Jr. is managing partner of the Irvine, California office of the national labor and employment law firm of Fisher & Phillips LLP. Jim has practiced labor and employment law representing management for more than 30 years. He is author of California Employment Law: An Employer’s Guide, published by the Society for Human Resource Management. He received his law degree cum laude from Georgetown University. He is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by HRCI and he holds the SHRM-SCP certification from SHRM. Jim is a part-time resident of the Coachella Valley.
Kelly O. Scott, Esq.
Head of Employment Law Department at Ervin Cohen & Jessup
Kelly O. Scott, Esq. has practiced law for more than 30 years. His experience includes representation of employers in all types of employment matters, including class actions, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, employment discrimination and harassment, retaliation, wage and hour claims and advice and/or training for compliance with various employment laws. Mr. Scott is also an experienced investigator in various types of employment law related complaints and problems. He is well-versed in pre-employment investigations and background checks. A distinguished thought leader, Mr. Scott has been quoted by a wide variety of news organizations, including CNN Entertainment, the Associated Press, Thomson Reuters, and E! News. He is also a published author and frequent speaker on employment law matters.
Marilyn Monahan, Esq.
Owner, Monahan Law Office
Marilyn A. Monahan is the owner of the Monahan Law Office in Marina del Rey, CA. Marilyn focuses her practice on advising employers and consultants on compliance with employee benefit and insurance laws, including ACA, ERISA, HIPAA, and COBRA. Marilyn writes plan documents, summary plan descriptions, compliance manuals, and communications materials. Her transactional practice includes drafting and negotiating various types of contracts, including agency contracts and administrative services agreements. Marilyn conducts employee training on diverse topics, including legislative trends and developments, ACA and ERISA compliance and implementation, privacy, and insurance regulatory issues. In addition, she speaks frequently to employee benefit professionals and industry groups on newly enacted legislation and federal and state compliance obligations.
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