This year’s California HR Conference lineup features entrepreneurs, HR executives, professors, and major brand leaders presenting exceptional general sessions, mega session CHRO panels, California-specific sessions, and two masters series sessions.

Meet the brilliant #CAHR19 speakers you’ll see on the Main Stage.


California Pre-Conference General Session

Managing the Biggest Hurdles for California Employers

Sunday, August 25 from 1:00pm – 2:15pm | California Stage

Jonathan A. Siegel

Principal, Jackson Lewis P.C.

Jonathan A. Siegel is one of the founding Principals of the Orange County, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He practices before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Board, state and federal agencies and courts.

Mr. Siegel also provides advice and counsel regarding labor and employment law with respect to various issues ranging from wage and hour law, reduction in force, WARN Act, discipline, leave management and harassment and discrimination issues. Mr. Siegel defends employers regarding different varieties of wrongful termination and discrimination claims.

Opening Keynote

The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

Monday, August 26 from 9:00am – 10:30am | Main Stage

Daniel H. Pink

Bestselling Author of When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, To Sell is Human and Drive

Daniel H. Pink is one of the best-selling nonfiction authors of the last decade. His books on work, business, and behavior have been translated into 35 languages and have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. Pink was host and co-executive producer of Crowd Control, a National Geographic Television series on behavioral science. He also appears frequently on NPR’s Hidden Brain, the PBS NewsHour, and other TV and radio networks in the US and abroad.



Monday Mega Session

It’s Not About Perks — The Secret to Attracting and Retaining Top Talent

A CHRO Panel moderated by Great Place To Work 
Monday, August 26 from 11:15am – 12:30pm | Main Stage

Suzie Elliott, Panelist

Chief Human Resources Officer at Farmer’s Group, Inc.

In this role she is responsible for all aspects of Human Resources at Farmers including HR Consulting, Compensation & Benefits, Talent Management, Engagement, Talent Acquisition, Employee Relations, Inclusion, Talent Data & Analytics and Corporate Social Responsibility. Suzie has played a key role in building Inclusion@Farmers and started Farmers first enterprise-wide Inclusion Council. She is also Executive Sponsor to the local Women’s Inclusion Network Chapter and her thought-leadership on inclusion has been published by Fortune and the World Economic Forum. Suzie has over 14 years of international experience in a variety of disciplines including Talent Acquisition, Strategic HR Partnership and Diversity & Inclusion. She began her career with Zurich in 2006 in Australia where she progressed through several HR Consulting roles. In 2010, she relocated to the Corporate Headquarters in Switzerland as Group HR Strategic Assistant and was then appointed Zurich’s first Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion in 2011. Suzie holds a Bachelor of Economics (Social Sciences) from the University of Sydney, Australia and professional accreditation in Change Management, Coaching, Project Management and Human Resources Consulting.



Tina Jones, Panelist

Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources at Cadence Design Systems

Tina Jones is the Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources at Cadence Design Systems, a company with nearly 8,000 employees who work in 20+ different countries. Tina is responsible for the company’s employee policies and practices, including hiring with a focus on universities, talent and performance management, learning and development, organizational design, succession planning, compensation and benefits.Tina is the Executive Sponsor for the Women@Cadence initiative and the Cadence Cares community engagement program. For the past 12 years, Tina has led the talent strategies that helped to transform the company culture and spark its remarkable turnaround, which has contributed to the company’s 20x growth in market cap. During that time, Cadence doubled the size of its team, experienced 10 consecutive years of revenue and profitability growth, and has been recognized for five consecutive years as one of FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. Tina is passionate about working with the CEO, Executive Management team and the Board on the company’s employer brand, employee engagement and strategic issues.



Julian D. Lute, Moderator

Organizational Culture Consultant at Great Place to Work

With more than 15 years of experience as an operational leader and consultant, Julian D. Lute knows what it takes to build high-performance teams. Working with top leaders from Fortune 100 companies, he helps connect the dots between superior business performance and a best-in-class employee experience. He has a deep history working with some of the largest businesses in manufacturing, information technology, and retail. Some clients include AT&T, McDonald’s, Dow Chemical, 3M, Workday, Princess Cruises, Weight Watchers, Activision Blizzard, Virgin America/Alaska Airlines, and he holds an MA and MBA from the University of San Francisco.



Monday Masters Series Session

Why Are We Still Lagging in People Analytics? From Idea to Action

Monday, August 26 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm | Room 201

David Swanson

Executive Vice President, Human Resources, SAP SuccessFactors

David Swanson has more than thirty years of HR management experience. He was most recently executive vice president of human resources for SAP SuccessFactors, partnering with the company’s sales organization to showcase how SAP is using SAP HR. Prior to that, he served as CHRO for SAP North America and global head of HR for SAP’s products and innovation organization, where he delivered the people strategy to drive business performance. Swanson recently published The Data Driven Leader through Wiley and Sons.


Tuesday Keynote

Developing Talent That Can Lead Innovation and Digital Transformation

Tuesday, August 27 from 9:00am – 10:30am | Main Stage

Linda A. Hill, Ph.D.

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

Linda A. Hill is the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and chair of the Leadership Initiative. Hill is regarded as one of the top experts on leadership. Hill is the co-author of Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation, co-founder of Paradox Strategies, and co-creator of the Innovation Quotient. She was named by Thinkers50 as one of the top ten management thinkers in the world in 2013 and received the Thinkers50 Innovation Award in 2015.



Tuesday Mega Session

Back to Human

Tuesday, August 27 from 11:15am – 12:30pm | Main Stage

Dan Schawbel

New York Times bestselling author, Partner and Research Director at Future Workplace, and the Founder of both Millennial Branding and WorkplaceTrends.com

You may have read, heard, or seen Schawbel’s work on NBC’s “The Today Show,” The Wall Street Journal, Wired Magazine, GQ, The Economist, NPR, or hundreds of other media outlets. Schawbel has conducted dozens of research studies, worked with dozens of major brands, and interviewed over 2,000 of the world’s most successful people such as Warren Buffett, Anthony Bourdain, Jessica Alba, will.i.am, and Sheryl Sandberg. He is the bestselling author of two career books: Promote Yourself and Me 2.0. His third book, Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation, published by Hachette, was released November 13th, 2018.


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Tuesday Masters Series Session

Making the Law Work for You: Leveraging Legal Requirements to Achieve Business Objectives

Tuesday, August 27 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm | Room 201

Patrick Noonan

Employment Equity and Compliance at USC Gould School of Law

Patrick Noonan is responsible for Employment Equity and Compliance in USC’s Office of Equity & Diversity where he manages university-wide employment practices compliance across more than 40 distinct employment operations. In this role he is also responsible for responding on behalf of the University to discrimination charges, compliance audits, and other regulatory matters before local, state, and federal administrative agencies. Prior to USC, Patrick was an Employment Law Fellow in the Office of Legal Affairs at The Ohio State University. He currently serves as a Lecturer of Law at Gould, teaching Human Resources Compliance. Patrick received his J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where he also received a graduate certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution and served as the Chief Managing Editor for The Ohio State University Journal on Dispute Resolution. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and minored in Inequality Studies and Law & Society. He is a member of the California State Bar.


Wednesday Mega Session

The Future of HR | A Gallup-Moderated CHRO Panel

Wednesday, August 28 from 9:00am – 10:15am | Main Stage

Larry Emond, Moderator

Managing Director, Gallup

Larry Emond is Managing Director, Global Leadership Advisory, at Gallup. He also manages CHRO Roundtable, a global organization limited exclusively to large company CHROs. Under his leadership, Gallup authored many groundbreaking books, including First, Break All the Rules; Now, Discover Your Strengths; StrengthsFinder 2.0; Strengths Based Leadership; and The Coming Jobs War. During his time as Executive Publisher, Gallup published 5 of the 25 best selling management books of all time. Today he is based at Gallup’s Irvine, California, office.


Marissa Andrada, Panelist

Chief Human Resource Officer, Chipotle Mexican Grill

Marissa is a proven Strategic and Operational Leader, specializing in Human Resources and Organization Development, building/growing leadership and organization capability to accomplish business results and strategic objectives. Catalyst for Start-up, Turn Around, High Growth and High Performing, Inclusive and Innovative organizations.Passion for Growing Brands through Growing Talent, Leadership and Inclusive Cultures.


Mary Finch, Panelist

Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, AECOM
Wednesday Mega Session Panelist

A proven leader of Human Resources who delivered strong results across global businesses. She strives to find new and innovative ways to approach business opportunities and tend to challenge the status quo. She is known for leading workforce transformation to help strengthen capabilities and driving business results. She believes in enabling all people to reach their potential and wake up everyday thinking about how she can do things, both big and small, to deliver on this intent.


Michelle Bonfilio, Panelist

Chief Human Resource Officer, Petco

Michelle is a Human Resources executive known for creating empowerment cultures, compelling organizational & talent growth strategies and great leaders that positively attract, retain and inspire top talent to achieve their best performance and drive innovation, cutting-edge strategy and amazing customer experiences. Michelle firmly believes that amazing business performance and employee happiness are not mutually exclusive but totally interdependent — and that HR is core to creating the ecosystem that bears this to life.


Closing Keynote

The Seamless Workforce: How Blockchain Technology Can Help Power Next-Generation Organizations

Wednesday, August 28 from 10:30am – 12:00pm | Main Stage

Amber Baldet

CEO, Clovyr, and former blockchain program lead at JP Morgan

Amber Baldet is that rare blockchain expert who brings clarity—and personality—to these important, often opaque, new technologies. Baldet was blockchain program lead at JP Morgan and is CEO of Clovyr. A member of Fortune’s 40 Under 40, Baldet was named to The New York Times’ list of “People Leading the Blockchain Revolution” for her “unusual ability to bring together the corporate and hacker camps.” Prior to the startup world, she led JP Morgan’s Blockchain Center of Excellence—one of Wall Street’s first high-profile initiatives to harness blockchain technologies. There, she helped develop Quorum, which “has since become one of the most popular places for corporations and governments to start building blockchain projects” (Times). Baldet has spoken at SXSW, MIT, Wharton, Harvard, Cornell, Money 20/20, Consensus, and other venues. She has also been named to CoinDesk’s 10 Most Influential in Blockchain and is the recipient of the Microsoft Award for Corporate Innovation.

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CAHR19 Entertainment

At the 2019 California HR Conference from August 25-28 in Long Beach, we’re expanding our entertainment offering more than ever to include more networking, more laughter, and more enjoyment. You work hard – and you’ll definitely be exerting energy to learn a ton during each day of CAHR19 – which is why we’re intent on giving you a great time, even between learning sessions.

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