This year’s California HR Conference lineup features entrepreneurs, HR executives, and major brand leaders presenting exceptional sessions in topics like California Employment Law, Compensation & Benefits, Culture, HR Technology, Inclusion & Diversity, Leadership & Personal Growth, Org Effectiveness & Strategic Planning, Talent Management, Global HR, and HR Department of One.

Meet our CAHR20 speakers!

Eva A. Allen, MBA

Engagement Director, Southern California & Nevada, Cigna

Eva Allen is the Engagement Director for Cigna leading the consultative engagement operation for large employer groups in the Southern California and Nevada markets. She is responsible for the training, development and performance management of the Client & Customer Engagement team, including Engagement Consultants and Well-Being Coordinators. Eva’s career with Cigna began in June 2007. She is honored as an awarded graduate of the specialized group school program, Cigna Academy. She currently directs the well-being team and brings to life the vision of initiatives in the Southern California and Nevada market. Eva holds her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business and Bachelor of Science (BS) in Cognitive Science from University of California, San Diego with a specialization in Human Behavior. She is a Certified Wellness Program Coordinator (CWPC).

Brendon Burchard

The World’s Leading High Performance Coach & Bestselling Author of High Performance Habits and The Motivation Manifesto

According to Forbes and Success magazines, Brendon Burchard is the world’s leading high performance coach and one of the most watched, quoted, and followed personal development trainers in history. Brendon regularly keynotes for audiences up to 20,000 people and receives standing ovations because of his humble background, pioneering research, motivational stories, and playful humor. A #1 New York Times best-selling author, his blockbuster books include High Performance Habits, The Motivation Manifesto, The Charge, and Life’s Golden Ticket. His brands have over 10 million fans on social media. His personal development videos have been viewed more than 200 million times, and over 2 million students have taken his online courses or video training series, consuming over 10 million hours of instruction. For these results, Oprah.com named him “one of the most successful online trainers in history.” He has been on the cover of Success magazine, and three of his podcasts–including The Brendon Show–debuted at #1 across all categories on iTunes. His website is Brendon.com.

Robin Elledge, SPHR, PCC, MBA

HR/OD Consultant, Executive, Leadership, and Team Coach at Janus Coaching + Consulting

Robin Elledge is a respected Human Resources leader and results-oriented change agent. With over 30 years leading large Human Resources teams, she has seen the profession grow and shift towards an exciting and impactful future. In the past we spoke of HR having a seat at the table. Now we are partnering with business leaders to create that table. She is currently an in-demand HR/OD Consultant and a certified Executive, Leadership, and Team Coach through her company Janus Coaching + Consulting. In addition, she is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Southern California (USC), where she leads classes in their online MS, Human Resources Management program (USC Bovard College). Through this work, she is able to pass along her knowledge, passion, and curiosity to other leaders, emerging talent, and teams. Prior to her move to academia, coaching and consulting, Robin led large Human Resources teams at two publicly traded organizations during periods of tremendous change, reorganization, and acquisition. One of these organizations was recognized as a ‘Fortune Best Places to Work’ company for four consecutive years. She also served as Chief Administrative Officer leading HR and several business functions for an entrepreneurial company that grew 400% during her tenure. Robin has spoken at numerous meetings and conferences and published two books on team building early in her career.

Shari Harley

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 Oppenheimer Funds, 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.

Stacey Harris

 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.

Frans Johansson, MBA

Co-Founder & CEO of The Medici Group & Bestselling Author of The Medici Effect and The Click Moment

Frans Johansson has made it his life’s mission to prepare leaders and organizations around the world for this future. His high-energy, fast-paced keynotes have become legendary for how quickly they can drive leaders to action—and have made Johansson one of the most compelling speakers in the world. He is the author of The Medici Effect: What Elephants and Epidemics Can Teach Us About Innovation, and The Click Moment: Seizing Opportunity in an Unpredictable World. Frans is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Medici Group, a firm that advises executive leadership from some of the world’s most influential organizations. His firm recently launched the world’s first team coaching platform, which leverages diversity and inclusion to drive business outcomes. Raised in Sweden by his African-American/Cherokee mother and Swedish father, Johansson has lived all his life at the intersection. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Brown University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School.

Tobias Kennedy

 CEO, Simpolicy, EVP, Montage Insurance Solutions

Tobias is the CEO of Simpolicy and Executive Vice President of Montage Insurance Solutions, in his 14th year with the company. He received underwriting training from Blue Shield of California and is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University (LMU) where he studied Political Science at the Center for the Study of Los Angeles. He was named as the 2015 “Most Trusted Advisor” by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal and is widely considered an expert in health care reform—speaking to several well-regarded organizations including PIHRA, HRD Network (California Credit Union Association), LA Financial Planners Association, LANSA, Montage’s own My HR Summit Series, a national speaker for the Christian CEO organization Convene, and various Boards of Directors. He is OSHA-10 and CalOSHA-10 certified, serving clients in both Employee Benefits and Property & Casualty, sat on the board of directors for the Staffing Management Association, and is currently the Vice President of the board for the California Unemployment Insurance Council (CUIC). Tobias has has been featured on multiple podcasts, including “Jerry Learns Business” and Dr. Brandi Stankovic business podcast “The Strategic Hotbox.”

Carol Quinn

Bestselling Author of Motivation-Based Interviewing – A Revolutionary Approach to Hiring the Best and Have The Attitude – The Thinking That Makes Great Things Happen

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.

Aithan Shapira, MFA, Ph.D

Artist, Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Founder, Tilt

Aithan Shapira is an established artist, Lecturer at MIT Sloan, and founder of Tilt, a culture design and transformation firm focused on change-ability. As facilitator and coach, he draws on 20+ years of transforming creative process into cultural practice that he is applying with global leaders in organizations such as NASA, Google, and Roche. Aithan serves on McKinsey’s think tank for Advancing Adult Learning and Development and has pioneered progressive curricula at the edge of leadership and skills retraining for the future of work at MIT Sloan, Harvard iLab, Stanford d.school, and the Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship. Aithan developed his research on the creative process at the Royal College of Art & Design, lived in an Australian Aboriginal community for three years to study art’s impact on cultures of survival, and continues to be a visiting critic at arts institutions internationally. He exhibits his artwork in museumsand galleries in New York, London, and Miami.

Parag Vaish, MBA, MS

Founder-in-Residence, Google, Area 120, Author, How to Rank and Prioritize Nearly Anything

Parag Vaish is an innovative leader in the field of digital product management and design. He has an extensive track record of success in both product and business roles. Parag has helped industry giants like the Walt Disney Company, Microsoft, NBC News, StubHub!, athenahealth, and Tesla, and innovative startups like Escapia (acquired by HomeAway), exceed their annual goals. Parag’s unique mixture of team leadership skills, his emphasis on quantitative analysis, and his vision make Parag an industry leader in his field. Parag is currently a Founder-in-Residence at Google in the Area 120 group after transitioning from his position as Head of Digital Product Management, Content & Design at Tesla. You can read more about Parag’s distinctive Team Decision Matrix model, which he developed while at StubHub! and refined at other companies, in his recently released book, How to Rank and Prioritize Nearly Anything.

Erica Young, SHRM-SCP

Innovation Catalyst, ParagonLabs
Erica is the Innovation Catalyst on the ParagonLabs team at SHRM, where she is responsible for building a workplace innovation accelerator. Erica has a master’s degree in industrial-organizational psychology with a focus in instructional design. She also earned her SHRM-SCP certification in July 2020! Before SHRM, Erica managed volunteer human capital in Washington, DC for several years.First, for an organization that teaches computer literacy to low-income adult residents. Then, for an organization that matches volunteer tutors with students who are reading behind grade level. And finally, for Casey Trees, whose mission is to restore, enhance and protect the tree canopy of our nation’s capital. Outside of work, you can find Erica tending to her 200 houseplants, creating ceramic pieces, and giving her cat, Suki, more attention than she wants.

Shane Yount

Nationally Recognized Thought Leader, Author, President of Competitive Solutions, Inc.
Shane A. Yount is President of Competitive Solutions, Inc., an international Business Transformation consulting firm which pioneered the acclaimed organizational development system known as Process Based Leadership® – a business transformation methodology designed to create a sustainable culture of clarity, connectivity, and consistency through the use of Non-Negotiable Business Processes. Having performed such roles as Front Line Supervisor, Site Operations Manager, Quality Manager, Director of Human Resources, and Corporate Continuous Improvement Champion, Shane brings extensive experience in every aspect of organizational dynamics. His “Real World” process driven approach to creating and sustaining high performance has led leaders across the world to embrace the Process Based Leadership® methodology as a core operating system in driving organizational focus, urgency, and accountability. Since 1991 he has led the offices of Competitive Solutions, Inc. (CSI), personally working with such organizations as Michelin, Genentech, Pfizer, Lockheed Martin, the Department of Defense, and many others. His three books, “Buried Alive: Digging out of the Management Dumpster,” “Leaving Your Leadership Legacy” and “Leading Your Business Forward: Aligning Goals, People, and Systems for Sustainable Success” are required reading in many organizations.

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