This year’s California HR Conference lineup features entrepreneurs, HR executives, and major brand leaders presenting exceptional general sessions, mega session CHRO panels, California-specific sessions, and two masters series sessions. These are just a few of our confirmed speakers. Stay tuned for updates!


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



KEYNOTES – Daniel H. Pink | Linda A. Hill | Amber Baldet

MASTERS SERIES – David Swanson

MEGA SESSIONS – Julian D. Lute | Dan Schawbel | Michelle Bonfilio | Mary Finch | Marissa Andrada | Larry Emond


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

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


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 | Main Stage

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

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.


Wednesday Mega Session

The Future of HR | A Gallup-Moderated CHRO Panel
Wednesday, August 28 from 9:00am – 10:15am | Main Stage


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.


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.



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 objectivesCatalyst 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.


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.


Closing Keynote

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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