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2018 People Management Conference Session Speakers

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Aaron Schwartz

Senior Manager, Indeed

Allen Hom headshot

Allen Hom

Senior Customer Success Manager, LinkedIn

Allorah Wyman headshot

Allorah Pradenas

Program Director, UC San Diego

Angela Stopper headshot

Angela Stopper

Chief Learning Officer & Director of Learning and Development, UC Berkeley

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Anita Rowe

Partner, Gardenswartz & Rowe

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Anna Rodrigues

Performance Coach, Personal Development; Instructional Designer and Trainer, UCLA IT Services

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Bob Neuhard

Executive Director , Office of Operational Strategic Initiatives, UC San Diego

Brian McCormick headshot

Brian McCormick

Director, Talent Activation Solutions, JOOL Health 

Carina Celesia Moore headshot

Carina Celesia Moore

Director, Talent Management and Development, UC Davis

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Cheryl Lloyd

Associate Vice President & Chief Risk Officer, UC Office of the President

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Courtney Young-Law

Vice President of Programs, Coro

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Diane Perkins

Participant Marketing Lead, Fidelity Investments

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Doris Sims Spies

Founder, Talent Benchstrength Solutions

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Doy Charnsupharindr

CEO, Executive Coach, Berkeley Executive Coaching Institute

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Evelyn Carter

Research Scientist, UCLA

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Harshit Mehta

Key Account Manager, LinkedIn

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Helen Ojeda

Senior Organizational Effectiveness Consultant, UC Irvine Medical Center

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Ingrid Laman

Principle Executive Advisor, CEB, now Gartner

Jennifer Caleshu headshot

Jennifer Caleshu

VP of Marketing & Ops, Executive Coach, Berkeley Coaching Institute

Jessica Drew de Paz headshot

Jessica Drew de Paz

Clinical Psychologist, UC Irvine

Jonathan Feingold headshot

Jonathan Feingold

Research Fellow, UCLA

Joyce Brown headshot

Joyce Brown

President & Founder, Savvy Consulting Group

Julianna Hynes headshot

Julianna Hynes

Executive Coach, Lee Hecht Harrison

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Julie Stephens

CEO, Savvy Consulting Group

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Julie Winkle Giulioni

Co-Author, Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go

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Karen Berardi

Senior Compensation Consultant, UC Office of the President

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Kelly Crabtree

Training Program Manager, Staff Development and Professional Services, UC Davis

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Kevin Confetti

Deputy Chief Risk Officer, UC Office of the President

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Kevin Connell

Senior Partnership Manager, LinkedIn

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Kia Afcari

Manager, Learning & Organizational Development, LBNL

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Kristin Kielich

Senior Business Solutions Analyst, Operational Strategic Initiatives, UC San Diego

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Laura Putnam

CEO & Founder, Motion Infusion

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Lee Gardenswartz

Partner, Gardenswartz & Rowe

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Lisa Terry

Director, Organizational Excellence, UC Davis

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Marie-Ann Hairston

Director, Systemwide Employee Relations, UC Office of the President

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Mary Morello

Change Advisor, Prosci

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Michelle Elrod

Principal Learning & Development Consultant, UC Riverside

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Morné Swart

Vice President, Global Product Strategy & Transformational Leader, SumTotal Systems

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Pierre Khawand

Founder, People-OnTheGo

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Rachel Carl

Senior HR Manager, LBNL

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Reg Randles

Lead Senior Organizational Development Consultant, UCLA Health

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Stacey Horn Spirito

Senior Director, Human Resources, UCLA Health

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Tom Weeks

Senior Consultant and Director of Client Solutions, Arbinger Institute

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Traci Carpenter

Project Manager, Financial Simplification Strategies, Operational Strategic Initiatives, UC San Diego


Session Speaker Biographies

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Aaron Schwartz

Senior Manager, Indeed

As a Senior Manager with the Indeed Employer Insights Team, Aaron Schwartz leads a national team of Recruitment Evangelists who pair platform data with industry trend analysis to share Indeed’s story and bring the value of the company’s programs and solutions to life. As an Evangelist himself, he has helped hundreds of employers optimize their recruitment solutions and make the key hires they need to grow their businesses.

Aaron was a distinguished and award-winning member of the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland and also served as a Sergeant in the Israel Defense Forces.

Aaron Schwartz Session:

The Human Side of Hiring
August 9 11:15am-12:15pm Laureate

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Allen Hom

Senior Customer Success Manager, LinkedIn

Allen Hom graduated from UC Irvine in 2010 with a Business Economics degree. Soon afterwards, he moved back to his hometown of San Francisco, CA and began his career at LinkedIn, starting as a University Recruiter, traveling the world bringing in junior and intern talent to LinkedIn. After four successful years with the University Recruiting team, Allen transitioned into the LinkedIn Customer Success team for its Talent Solutions business. He’s been helping clients bring top talent using LinkedIn’s set of recruiting solutions since 2014.

Allen Hom Session:

Leveraging LinkedIn Intelligence to Make Data and People your Competitive Advantage
August 8 10:30-11:30am Optimist A

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Allorah Pradenas

Program Director, UC San Diego

Allorah currently serves as Program Director at UC San Diego, in a results-driven unit that delivers operational efficiencies, identifies new revenue streams, and develops new business and operational models. She provides leadership for the Standing Committee on Service and People Oriented Administrative Culture (SC-SPOC), IdeaWave, and OSI’s Continuous Improvement & Lean Six Sigma programs. Her specialized focus is delivering quality and productivity improvements through well-managed projects related to academic and academic support units. She has led significant process assessment, redesign, and implementation efforts at UC San Diego.

Allorah Wyman Workshop:

Introduction to How Lean Six Sigma can Drive Results & Shift Culture
August 9 10:00am-12:00pm Enlightenment

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Angela Stopper

Chief Learning Officer & Director of Learning and Development, UC Berkeley

Dr. Stopper is the Chief Learning Officer & Director of Learning and Development at the University of California, Berkeley. She is responsible for the team who creates and delivers campus-wide learning initiatives supporting supervisory, management, functional, technical and non-technical learning efforts for the campus’s 8,000+ staff and faculty administrators. In addition, her team is responsible for onboarding, re-boarding and overall employee engagement programming, as well as campus-wide career and professional development programming.

In addition to her work at UC Berkeley, Dr. Stopper is a faculty member with Penn State World Campus where she has developed and is teaching a course for the online Master of Professional Studies degree in Organization Development and Change titled Marketing Organization Development.

Dr. Stopper holds a B.S. in Marketing and International Business, a M.S. in Workforce Education and Development, and a Ph.D. in Workforce Education and Development with a concentration in Human Resources and Organization Development.

Angela Stopper Session:

Nimble Learning: Drawing from the Past, Engaging in the Present and Thinking about the Future
August 8 2:30-3:30pm Exploration

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Anita Rowe

Partner, Gardenswartz & Rowe

Anita Rowe, Ph.D. is a recognized speaker on Global & Domestic Diversity. She is a widely published author, haven written a number of books on diversity and created over 300 activities and training tools upon which to draw. Anita has been recognized both professionally (ASTD Trainer of the Year) and as an author (SHRM Book of Year).

Anita co-founded the Global Diversity Roundtable, as well as the Emotional Intelligence & Diversity Institute. She has been helping organizations as a partner in the firm Gardenswartz & Rowe since 1980, providing diversity and inclusion consulting and training for a variety of national and global clients, helping them manage diverse staff, build intercultural understanding, develop productive and cohesive work teams and create productive, inclusive and harmonious work environments.

Anita Rowe Workshop:

Emotional Intelligence & Diversity: Skills for Leadership Effectiveness
August 9 10:00am-12:00pm Entrepreneur

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Anna Rodrigues

Performance Coach, Personal Development; Instructional Designer and Trainer, UCLA IT Services

Anna Rodrigues is a professional coach focusing on transformation and innovation in technical organizations. Her specialty is in analyzing the mind, crafting positive habits, and producing sustainable, impactful results. Throughout her career, she has worked with individuals and teams to unlock their potential and has designed many programs including Work and Wellness, and Coaching in Tech, developed for IT Professionals in response to the high demand, high stress environment to foster work balance, health and relationship management. She has over 20 years of experience creating interactive learning programs and participating in and leading professional development programs across her career. Anna holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s in Organizational Development. In her personal time, Anna combines her passion for marathons and helping in the fight against global hunger. Over the past six years, she has partnered with the Conqur Endurance Group to build a training team for the Los Angeles Marathon to raise funds for a food distribution center in one of the largest slums outside of Nairobi, Kenya.

Anna Rodrigues Session:

Sustainable Results with Self-Coaching
August 9 10:00-11:00am Optimist A

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Bob Neuhard

Executive Director, Office of Operational Strategic Initiatives, UC San Diego

Bob Neuhard is a business professional and licensed attorney who has extensive global experience leading mission critical strategic engagements across national and international organizations. He has worked at UC San Diego for 13 years and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Office of Operational Strategic Initiatives, which is charged to continuously advance the framework for UC San Diego’s sustainable excellence by identifying opportunities and providing solutions that improve overall service, dedication to people, and financial stewardship. Bob’s current focus is on operational innovation, strategic planning, and delivering transformational outcomes. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver – Sturm College of Law with emphases on technology law & aviation law, and he served as an Editor for the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy and the Transportation Law Journal.

Bob Neuhard Session:

Hope is not a Strategy! Advance Priorities through Strategic Planning
August 8 2:30-3:30pm Illumination

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Brian McCormick

Director, Talent Activation Solutions, JOOL Health

Brian’s professional passion lies at the intersection of people, technology, and workplace culture. For over 20 years he has garnered enlightening experiences from leadership roles, within academia and the private sector, working with novel technologies that help people and society. Brian’s intrigue with humanizing technology, and vice-versa, compels him to build amazing tools, teams, and cultures that tap into our larger sense of purpose, well-being, and connection with others that enliven our work and life experiences.

Brian holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and is a consortium member of the Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business.

Brian McCormick Workshop:

Well-being, Learning & Purpose: The Three Essential Elements to Build a High-Performing Team
August 8 2:30-4:30pm Enlightenment

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Cheryl Lloyd

Associate Vice President & Chief Risk Officer, UC Office of the President

Cheryl Lloyd is the Associate Vice President and Chief Risk Officer for the University of California system. Cheryl is an experienced Risk Manager with over two decades of experience, 18 years of which have been with the University of California. As AVP & Chief Risk Officer, Cheryl oversees a myriad of programs for UC's medical centers, varied global research activities and safety and health programs for students, faculty and staff. She also has oversight of the University's Environment, Health and Safety programs (EH&S), Business Continuity programs, Emergency Management and travel, and risk security programs, and serves as President of Fiat Lux, the University's wholly owned captive insurance company.

Major initiatives and programs for the department of Risk Services include implementing Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) throughout the University, reducing the overall cost of risk, implementing systemwide safety and loss mitigation programs, improving claims management systems, and developing risk financing strategies.

Cheryl began her career in the insurance and risk industry with Chubb Insurance. Before joining University of California in 1998, she was the corporate risk manager for Core-Mark International.

Cheryl has a dual degree in Mass Communications and Sociology from UC Berkeley.

Cheryl Lloyd Session:

Real Stories of Employment Practices Claims and How to Avoid Them
August 8 2:30-3:30pm Optimist A

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Carina Celesia Moore

Director, Talent Management and Development, UC Davis

Carina Celesia Moore, M.A., SPHR, CPLP, SHRM-SCP is Director of UC Davis Talent Management and Development where she is responsible for learning and development strategies for over 30,000 employees. She oversees professional development, leadership development, worklife, performance management, and career coaching and counseling. Carina cultivates excellence in people and organizations through innovative programs and impactful organizational consulting and coaching. She has created numerous best-practice programs, courses, and learning and development resources that have received national recognition. Carina teaches in WACUBO (Western Association of College and University Business Officers) professional development workshops and Business Management Institute. She served as an instructor at UC Davis Extension for 19 years, adjunct faculty at CSU-Sacramento in Graduate Education, and currently serves as adjunct faculty at the University of the Pacific Benerd School of Education, Master’s program in Organizational Learning & Effectiveness. Carina holds a Master’s degree in curriculum and teaching from Columbia University Teachers College.

Carina Celesia Moore Session:

Motivation: Tapping the Source
August 8 3:45-4:45pm Illumination

Do you have 10 Minutes? Then you can Create a Coaching Conversation
August 9 11:15am-12:15pm Illumination

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Courtney Young-Law

Vice President of Programs, Coro

Courtney Young-Law, Ed.D., is Vice President of Programs and Leadership Training at Coro. As an educator and coach, her goal is to empower social change agents so they can advocate for themselves and the causes they champion. Courtney has worked as an administrator, a professor, and an entrepreneur. While at Mills College, Courtney directed the Office of Student Activities, served as Chair for the Student Experience Committee of the Mills Strategic Plan, and advised student government. As a visiting professor at Mills, she taught courses focused on increasing educational equity for pre-service teachers in the School of Education. During her career, she has facilitated numerous leadership development programs for both students and colleagues at Mills, the University of San Francisco, and Tufts University. She has also provided leadership development consulting for institutions like Minerva and Dominican University. Courtney’s experience as an educator led her to found Fundamentum, a company blending technology and coaching to support people in their career development. At Fundamentum, Courtney’s clients ranged from executives at Fortune 500 companies to recent college graduates.

Courtney received her doctorate in Education from Mills College in Educational Leadership. She also has a Master’s Degree in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Master’s of Arts in Education from Mills College. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. A native Texan, she has called San Francisco home for more than 15 years.

Courtney Young-Law Workshops:

(CORO participants and graduates only) What's Your Line? Creating Your Professional Narrative
August 8 2:30-4:30pm Legacy A

(Open to all attendees) What's Your Line? Creating Your Professional Narrative
August 9 10:00am-12:00pm Legacy A

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Diane Perkins

Participating Marketing Lead, Fidelity Investments

Diane Perkins is a Participant Marketing Lead at Fidelity Investments, a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing and other financial products and services to more than 26 million individuals, institutions and financial intermediaries. Diane supports Fidelity’s not-for-profit workplace plans, including higher education, healthcare, governmental, faith based, and other nonprofits.

In her role, she is responsible for helping Fidelity’s five million tax exempt retirement plan participants meet their retirement goals through communication, education and online tools. This includes providing education and engagement opportunities to help investors plan holistically for short and long term goals, and leveraging Fidelity’s tools, resources and financial professionals to help save, invest and build their retirement nest egg.

A critical focus area under this umbrella is overseeing Fidelity’s efforts to simplify and promote the federal government’s Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Through online tools, educational materials, communications, and public speaking, Diane works to ensure that both employers and participants are aware of, and understand how to qualify for, this game-changing financial relief program.

Diane holds more than twenty years experience in financial services and consumer marketing. In addition to her ten years with Fidelity, Diane has led marketing and loyalty program development at major U.S. financial services and retail firms. She has a passion for understanding how individuals make financial decisions and helping them to take the next step to secure their financial future.

Diane received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance and French from Bradley University, and her Masters of Management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She holds FINRA Series 7 and 24 registrations.

Diane and her husband, Charles, have two grown children and live in the suburbs of Chicago. She enjoys competing in triathlons and international travel.

Diane Perkins Session:

The Top 3 Things Your Employees Need to Know to Keep from Missing Out
August 8 3:45-4:45pm Laureate

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Doris Sims Spies

Founder, Talent Benchstrength Solutions

Doris works with organizations of all types, shapes and sizes, and in various countries (in the USA, South America, Asia and Europe) to assist experienced HR professionals as they plan, execute, communicate and measure talent review and succession strategies and processes. Doris enjoys training and coaching HR teams to facilitate Talent Review-Succession Planning meetings.

Doris is the author of The 30-Minute Guide to Talent and Succession Management, and The Talent Review Meeting Facilitator’s Guide, and Creative Onboarding Programs. She is also the co-author of Building Tomorrow’s Talent: A Practitioner’s Guide to Talent Management and Succession Planning. Doris is an Approved Provider of the HR Certification Institute.

Additionally, Doris works with business executives to create succession plans. This process includes working with the incumbent leader to identify success competencies for the position and to identify potential successor candidates. The process would then include identifying competency strengths and gaps for potential successors, and to create leadership transition and development action plans.

Doris Sims Spies Workshop:

Experience Effective Talent Review-Succession Meetings
August 9 10:00am-12:00pm Transformation

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Doy Charnsupharindr

CEO, Executive Coach, Berkeley Executive Coaching Institute

Doy Charnsupharindr is an executive coach and an instructor of MBA-level courses on developing leadership, communication, and coaching skills. He has taught at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, UC Davis’ Graduate School of Management, the Center for Executive Education at UC Berkeley, and the Berlin School of Creative Leadership.

As an executive coach and consultant, Doy draws upon his prior professional experiences in management, customer service, business strategy, operations, and product management for the financial services and high technology industry. Today, he coaches and leads workshops for some of the largest corporations, nonprofits and governmental organizations worldwide.

Doy holds an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and a BA in Economics from Stanford University, and he is a graduate of BECI’s Executive Coaching Institute. Growing up in a multilingual household and living both in Southeast Asia and North America, Doy developed a deep awareness for different points of view, which informs his coaching practice.

While at Stanford he directed the a cappella group Stanford Mixed Company, produced an album, and won the 2001 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award for one of his many arrangements. His love for the performing arts extended to other stages as an actor and a dancer, and today Doy uses his extensive performing arts experiences to enable others to develop their communication skills and leadership presence.

Doy Charnsupharindr Workshop:

The Leader as Coach
August 9 10:00am-12:00pm Imagination

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Evelyn Carter

Research Scientist, UCLA

Dr. Evelyn Carter received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Indiana University, where her research focused on how people detect cues to racial bias and discuss bias across group lines. After graduation, she received funding from the National Science Foundation to continue her research as a postdoctoral scholar at Purdue University. There, she investigated successful racial bias confrontation strategies and ways that language can subtly reinforce harmful gender stereotypes. Her work has been published in academic journals such as Social Cognition and Social and Personality Psychology Compass, and she regularly presents at conferences and universities across the country.

Evelyn’s current focus is on using social science research to help create and sustain equity, diversity, and inclusion on college campuses. She has substantial experience in this area, having led collaborative teams of university administrators, faculty, and students to develop, implement, and evaluate evidence-based programs at five different universities.

Evelyn Carter Session:

Management Strategies to Mitigate Implicit Bias
August 8 3:45-4:45pm Optimist B

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Harshit Mehta

Key Account Manager, LinkedIn

Harshit Mehta is a Key Account Manager at LinkedIn, responsible for managing and overseeing the UC-LinkedIn partnership. He has been with LinkedIn for 7 years and currently serves as a strategic partner to LinkedIn's largest customers, advising and guiding them on talent acquisition strategies. Over his 15+ year career, he has gained deep experience in sales, marketing & business development. He holds a Masters in Commerce from University of Mumbai and an MBA from University of San Francisco.

Harshit Mehta Session:

Leveraging LinkedIn Intelligence to Make Data and People your Competitive Advantaget
August 8 10:30-11:30am Optimist A

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Helen Ojeda

Senior Organizational Effectiveness Consultant, UC Irvine Medical Center

Helen Ojeda’s current role is Senior Organizational Effectiveness Consultant and Human Resources Leadership Team Member at UC Irvine Health Medical Center. With over 20 years of experience in human capital improvement, Helen has a passion for leadership, organizational development, facilitation, consulting and coaching. She has experience in diverse industries including healthcare, education, insurance, banking and financial services. Helen has worked internally in various human resources and organizational development leadership roles, and has her own consulting company Changeover Coaching & Consulting. Helen’s focus in all her endeavors is to help others in their development, and to build effective partnerships while accomplishing results.

She is an effective leader with proven success developing and implementing competency based leadership development curriculum across complex organizations. Helen holds a B.A. and Secondary Teaching Credential in English; is a Distinguished Alumna for the College of Arts at California Polytechnic University Pomona. Helen completed O.D. coursework though UCLA and earned her ICF Certified Professional Coach Designation. Helen is a Master Trainer for multiple leadership, coaching and change management programs and assessments. Helen began her teaching career as an equestrian helping others learn to ride horses; this has been a life-long interest for her along with raising her teenage daughter.

Helen Ojeda Workshop:

Successfully Navigating the Stormy Seas of Change
August 9 10:00am-12:00pm Artistry

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Ingrid Laman

Principle Executive Advisor, CEB, now Gartner

Ingrid Laman is a Principal Executive Advisor with the CEB Human Resources Practice, and partners with members on key talent management projects and programs. In her role, Ingrid is responsible for delivering ROI to clients by connecting the CEB’s insights, decision support tools, and implementation resources to clients’ strategic decisions. Ingrid works across the HR Practice’s entire suite of talent management and human resources functional effectiveness products, including performance management, employee engagement, employment value proposition design and human resources business partner effectiveness. Ingrid also leads both virtual as well as in-person presentations and workshops for member organizations.

Prior to the Executive Advisor role, Ingrid served as the Director of Best Practices Research at CEB Learning and Development. She helped to launch the research program in 2002, specializing in the development of best-practice case profiles in management and leadership development in studies such as Supporting the Manager-Led Development Mandate, Leaders Who Develop the Next Generation of Leaders, Boosting the Effectiveness of Frontline Management, Boosting the Predictability of L&D Returns, and Refocusing L&D on Business Results. She also pioneered the development of training materials, and job aids for CEB-HR Practice clients’ manager and leader populations. Prior to joining CEB, Ingrid Laman was a research intern for PricewaterhouseCoopers’ competitive intelligence unit in Bethesda, Maryland.

Ingrid received her Masters of Science in International Relations from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She also received her B.A. in International Relations and Spanish from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. She works remotely from Los Angeles, California.

Ingrid Laman Session:

Maximizing Team Effectiveness through Diversity and Inclusion
August 8 2:30-3:30pm Laureate

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Jennifer Caleshu

VP of Marketing & Ops, Executive Coach, Berkeley Coaching Institute

Jennifer Caleshu is a lecturer, facilitator and certified executive coach for programs in leadership, communications, design thinking and innovation. Her coaching work is informed by more than 15 years of leadership in the cultural sector with functional expertise in strategy, marketing and communications, including most recently as Director of Earned Revenue for a museum.

She is a member of the professional faculty at the University of California’s Haas School of Business as a Lecturer for the core design thinking course in the MBA program, the Building Trust-Based Relationships course in the executive MBA program, team coach for applied innovation course, and Assistant Lecturer for leadership and communications courses. She has also facilitated both leadership and innovation programs through the UC Berkeley Center for Executive Education, including Leading Innovative Change and High Impact Leadership. She is a coach and facilitator for programs through the Berkeley Executive Coaching Institute, working with clients including Salesforce.com, Adobe, Peterson Caterpillar and others.

Jennifer also creates workshops to help clients untangle complicated problems through experiential, collaborative work based on design-thinking principles. Her clients include Rotary International, the Haas School of Business marketing & development group, and others.

Jennifer earned an MBA with honors from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, where she received the “Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor” award. She also holds a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University with a focus on Issues of Adolescence. She is a certified Executive Coach from the Berkeley Executive Coaching Institute.

Jennifer Caleshu Workshop:

Authentic Leadership through Storytelling
August 8 2:30-4:30pm Imagination

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Jessica Drew de Paz

Clinical Psychologist, UC Irvine

Dr. Jessica Drew de Paz is a clinical psychologist with a background in mindfulness, a state of being present with focused attention. With over 20 years of experience in the University of California, she has rendered psychological services, led diversity efforts, and overseen health and safety training. In collaboration with UC Irvine’s Environmental Health & Safety/Risk Services and the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine, Jessica has also conducted research on the topic of mindfulness and workplace health and safety. She is honored to share her passion for mindfulness, and to explore how it might connect with the valuable endeavors of leaders across the UC system.

Jessica Drew de Paz Session:

Mindfulness: Promoting Well-Being and Cultural Change
August 8 10:30-11:30am Exploration

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Jonathan Feingold

Research Fellow, UCLA

Mr. Feingold received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law, where he graduated with a specialization in Critical Race Studies. After graduating, Jonathan joined Sidley Austin LLP as an associate in the firm’s Los Angeles office. He subsequently clerked for the Honorable Richard C. Wesley of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Honorable Dale S. Fischer of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Jonathan has published multiple articles that examine the relationship between race, law, and the mind sciences. Representative articles include Measuring the Racial Unevenness of Law School, 15 Berkeley J. Afr.-Am. L. & Pol’y 71 (2013) (with Doug Souza), and Defusing Implicit Bias, 59 UCLA L. Rev. Discourse 210 (2012) (with Karen Lorang). Jonathan received a 2014 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year Award for work done in connection with Rodriguez v. Robbins, a case concerning immigrant detainees’ right to bond hearings.

Jonathan Feingold Session:

Management Strategies to Mitigate Implicit Bias
August 8 3:45-4:45pm Optimist B

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Joyce Brown

President & Founder, Savvy Consulting Group

Joyce is a leading authority on business sales and business communication. Joyce left her Vice President corporate position in order to start her own service company providing training in the critical nuances of business communications.

She and her team work with organizations and companies to teach communication clarity through a scientifically proven methodology. Joyce says, “To facilitate quality business communication, we need to have the listening code of the person we are speaking to so we can insure their understanding and trust.” Whether we are working with customer services or client relations, building powerful teams, or re-engaging employees, great communication is the key.

Joyce and her husband Vic live in Florida and enjoy traveling, golf, and the beach.

Joyce Brown Session:

Triggers & Trip Wires—Build a Culture that Communicates!
August 9 10:00-11:00am Exploration

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Julianna Hynes

Executive Coach, Lee Hecht Harrison

For over 15 years, Dr. Julianna Hynes has worked with a diversity of leaders throughout many organizational levels and across a variety of companies and industries. She particularly enjoys working with women in leadership and emerging leaders. Dr. Hynes has been successful in helping clients shift their thinking and behaviors from autopilot into a more conscious and purposeful approach in order to make a greater impact in their organization. By working with Dr. Hynes, leaders have become more self-aware which in turn enables them to:

  • Develop stronger working relationships in order to influence, collaborate and communicate throughout the enterprise
  • Think more strategically beyond what they’re immediately facing
  • Project a stronger professional presence
  • Be more effective in their existing roles while also preparing for their next opportunities.

Dr. Hynes is passionate about teaching leaders how to lead intentionally with greater authenticity, purpose and clarity which can only be done from the inside out. Dr. Hynes resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband of almost 20 years and their two youngest children.

Julianna Hynes Session:

The Journey to Accountable Leadership
August 9 10:00-11:00am Illumination

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Julie Stephens

CEO, Savvy Consulting Group

Training and customer service have always been an important part of Julie’s life. She has worked in the industry for over 30 years and has been the recipient of several specific customer service awards. Her background in sales, communications, and industrial design brought her a vision for what’s possible in business communications.

Julie’s humorous and warm presentation makes her trainings fun and memorable She is committed to making a positive difference with people through communication skills. She is a 15-year business owner and holds real estate broker’s licenses in both Georgia and Florida.

Julie and her husband Mark reside in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Julie Stephens Session:

Triggers & Trip Wires—Build a Culture that Communicates!
August 9 10:00-11:00am Exploration

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Julie Winkle Giulioni

Co-Author, Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go

Julie Winkle Giulioni has spent the past 25 years improving performance through learning. She’s partnered with hundreds of organizations to develop and deploy innovative leadership training solutions that are in use worldwide.

Prior to co-founding DesignArounds 18 years ago, Julie was director of product development for one of the world’s largest commercial training companies. She also held multiple training leadership roles and was a department chair and professor at a Southern California university.

Julie was named one of Inc. Magazines top 100 leadership speakers and has received multiple awards including the Global HR Excellence Award for Strategic Leadership from the World HR Congress.

She is the co-author of the Amazon bestseller, Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want, a respected speaker on a variety of topics, and a regular contributor to many business publications.

Julie Winkle Giulioni Session:

Help them Grow or Watch them Go
August 9 10:00-11:00am Optimist B

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Karen Berardi

Senior Compensation Consultant, UC Office of the President

Since October 2012, Karen Berardi has served as a Senior Compensation Consultant with the Office of the President Compensation Programs and Strategy group, where she manages a portfolio of compensation projects systemwide. Her focus is the implementation of the Career Tracks job classification structure for staff employees. She has led projects at the Office of the President, UC Santa Cruz, UC San Francisco, UC San Diego, UC Davis, UCLA and Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR).

In 2006, Karen Berardi led a team of consultants at UC Berkeley, where she helped develop and implement the original Career Tracks structure for that campus.

Prior to joining UC, Karen spent over 20 years in leadership and external consulting roles in the areas of strategic compensation, change management, HR systems, communications and benefit programs design.

Karen Berardi Session:

Career Tracks as an Organizational Change Agent
August 9 11:15am-12:15pm Optimist A

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Kelly Crabtree

Training Program Manager, Staff Development and Professional Services, UC Davis

Kelly Crabtree, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is the training program manager for Staff Development and Professional Services, the employee learning and development unit for the UC Davis campus. With over twenty years in UC Davis Human Resources, Kelly has observed and experienced the many facets of employee development. Her primary areas of interest include bringing development opportunities to employees at all levels of the organization, developing supervisors to support their employees, and supporting a culture of continuous learning and development.

Kelly Crabtree Session:

Career Development Filling your Toolkit
August 8 10:30-11:30am Laureate

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Kevin Confetti

Deputy Chief Risk Officer, UC Office of the President

Kevin Confetti is the Deputy Chief Risk Officer for the University of California in the Office of the President, Office of Risk Services. He is responsible for the UC's Employment Practices, Workers' Compensation, General Liability, Auto, Property, Construction, and Hospital Professional Liability Programs that insure over 200,000 employees across ten campuses, five medical centers, a national laboratory and the Office of the President.

Kevin began his career in insurance and risk management with California Compensation Insurance Company. He also has experience in risk management and workers' compensation in Hawaii, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Ohio and Montana, and as an auditor and claims consultant with Ernst & Young, LLC.

Kevin joined UC in 2006 but has worked with the University since 2001, when he served as the Program Manager for the University’s then TPA, Octagon Risk Services. He has a degree in Rhetoric & Communications from the University of California, Davis and is a certified Self-Insurance Administrator.

Kevin’s experience in multi-state and international claims and loss prevention programs is derived from working from the employer, TPA, consultant, and insurance company perspective.

Kevin Confetti Session:

Real Stories of Employment Practices Claims and How to Avoid Them
August 8 2:30-3:30pm Optimist A

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Kevin Connell

Senior Partnership Manager, LinkedIn

Kevin has over 10 years of experience working in strategy, consulting and partnership development for education-focused organizations. His experience in education began in Nairobi, Kenya, where he was exposed to the inequities of the global education system while working as an analyst in global development. His career in education began in earnest as a management consultant for FSG Social Impact Advisors, where he advised leading education-focused non-profit on their program strategy. His project work at FSG included advising the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Postsecondary Education team on a strategy to support student success in the community college sector through strategic investment in the technical service provider market. Since leaving consulting for the edtech space, Kevin has focused on building strategic partnerships for leading online learning companies. He now works for LinkedIn Learning, where he manages strategic institutional partnerships for the Higher Ed team. Kevin holds a B.A. in Economics and Psychology from Boston College.

Kevin Connell Session:

Leveraging LinkedIn Intelligence to Make Data and People your Competitive Advantage
August 8 10:30-11:30am Optimist A

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Kia Afcari

Manager, Learning & Organizational Development, LBNL

Kia Afcari is a learning & organizational development practitioner focused healthy organizational cultures and helping people and organizations succeed. He has worked with organizations in Ghana, New Zealand, and the United States on topics such as change enablement, youth development, the Growth Mindset, diversity-equity-inclusion, culture change, innovation, mindfulness, and leadership development. Kia worked with UC Berkeley on a major culture change effort and is now supporting and leading learning & organizational development at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), where world-class scientists are helping solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

Kia Afcari Session:

Managing the Modern Workforce with a Growth Mindset
August 8 3:45-4:45pm Optimist A

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Kristin Kielich

Senior Business Solutions Analyst, Operational Strategic Initiatives, UC San Diego

Kristin is a Senior Business Solutions Analyst on UC San Diego's Office of Operational Strategic Initiatives team and has worked in higher education since 2007. She employs a proven framework for success in multiparty facilitation, project management, and analysis across diverse continuous improvement projects. Kristin leads efforts that are focused on operational innovations and identifying collaborative business solutions.

Kristin Kielich Workshop:

Introduction to How Lean Six Sigma can Drive Results & Shift Culture
August 9 10:00am-12:00pm Optimist A

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Laura Putnam

CEO & Founder, Motion Infusion

Laura Putnam, MA, author of Workplace Wellness That Works (WILEY, 2015), is CEO and founder of Motion Infusion, a leading well-being and learning provider. Her work has been covered by MSNBC, The New York Times, US News & World Report, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, and NPR. She is a former urban public high school teacher, L&D professional, public policy advocate, international community organizer, dancer, gymnast and now a movement-builder in the world of health and well-being. With a mission to get people and organizations “in motion,” Laura is a frequent keynote speaker and has worked with a range of organizations from Fortune 500s to government agencies to academic institutes to nonprofits. She is the recipient of the American Heart Association's "2020 Impact" award as well as the National Wellness Institute’s “Circle of Leadership” award. A graduate of Brown University and Stanford University, Laura lives in San Francisco with her fiancé.

Laura Putnam Workshop:

Well-being, Learning & Purpose: The Three Essential Elements to Build a High-Performing Team
August 8 2:30-4:30pm Enlightenment

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Lee Gardenswartz

Partner, Gardenswartz & Rowe

Lee Gardenswartz, Ph.D. is a partner in Gardenswartz & Rowe, a nationally known diversity consulting and training firm, providing services to clients across the country since 1980. Lee is a widely published and recognized author, haven written 10 books on the subject of diversity, and is the co-founder of the Emotional Intelligence & Diversity Institute.

Lee has specialized in the "human side of management", providing diversity and inclusion consulting and training for a variety of national and global individuals and clients. Helping them manage diverse staff, change, handle stress, build intercultural understanding, develop productive and cohesive work teams and create productive, inclusive and harmonious work environments.

Lee Gardenswartz Workshop:

Emotional Intelligence & Diversity: Skills for Leadership Effectiveness
August 9 10:00am-12:00pm Entrepreneur

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Lisa Terry

Director, Organizational Excellence, UC Davis

A founding member of the UC Davis Organizational Excellence team, Lisa has served as its Director since 2014, focusing on organizational transformation and change management. At UC Davis since 2001, Lisa consults and facilitates with leaders and teams on communication, team effectiveness, leadership, strategic planning, workplace climate, survey design, change management and more.

Lisa recently earned her Prosci change management Advanced Instructor certification and is a certified change management practitioner/trainer for Prosci and William Bridges Leading Transitions. She serves as a Davis facilitator for the UC Management Development Program, is a certified Crucial Conversations trainer and is regularly invited to speak and facilitate at conferences including UC Davis ADMAN, the California Higher Education Collaborative, NACUBO, WACUBO, and the Network for Change and Continuous Innovation in Higher Education (NCCI).

Lisa holds a BA in Communication and a Masters in Organization Development. She is an active member of NCCI, serving on their board and as chair of the professional development committee. Other memberships include the Organization Development Network (ODN), Association for Change Management Professionals (ACMP), and the Association for Talent Development (ATD). She is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and serves as adjunct faculty for the University of San Francisco’s School of Management.

Lisa Terry Session:

Change Sponsorship: What's the Big Deal?
August 8 10:30-11:30am Enlightenment

Lisa Terry Workshops:

Getting a Jump Start with Crucial Conversations
August 8 2:30-4:30pm Entrepreneur

Successfully Navigating the Stormy Seas of Change
August 9 10:00am-12:00pm Artistry

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Marie-Ann Hairston

Director, Systemwide Employee Relations, UC Office of the President

Marie-Ann Hairston started her role as Systemwide Employee Relations Director at the beginning of October 2014. She has a wealth of experience in Human Resources spanning nearly 20 years. For the past eight, she has been the Executive Director of Human Resources at UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. Prior to her work at UC Hastings, she served as the HR Director for the University Health Services division on the Berkeley campus. She has also served as an HR Director or consultant to various non-profits throughout the Bay Area.

Marie’s primary focus is on advancing the Systemwide ER Strategy to further enhance employee engagement and continue to build an overall employee relations program and environment where we are regarded as an excellent employer. She works closely with our various staff organizations including the Council of University Staff Assemblies (CUCSA) and the Staff Advisors to the Regents to develop programming that has a positive impact on work life for our staff.

In conjunction with our campuses and locations, she also spends time in her role administering various aspects of processes and policies designed to ensure professional, fair, and equitable treatment of staff. This includes PPSM 70 Complaint Resolution, Sexual Harassment, and Affirmative Action policies.

Marie has a BS in Business Administration and an MA in Management with an emphasis on Leadership Development and Organizational Change from JFK University as well as Certificates in Proactive Leadership in Higher Education and Collective Bargaining from Cornell University.

Marie-Ann Hairston Session:

The Complaint Resolution Process: A Crash Course in PPSM 70
August 8 10:30-11:30am Imagination

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Mary Morello

Change Advisor, Prosci

Mary leverages over 25 years’ experience in change leadership and organizational effectiveness to help Prosci clients accelerate their success. As a seasoned executive with international experience, Mary knows firsthand the challenges that both internal and external stakeholders face with organizational change. Mary brings a passion for coaching sponsors and change managers to lead and support people through change, while helping them develop enhanced change capabilities.

As a Prosci Change Advisor and Prosci Certified Advanced Instructor, Mary facilitates workshops and coaches clients in applying Prosci’s change management methods and tools. Mary strives to help her clients drive results and outcomes by speeding change adoption and building organizational change capability.

Prior to joining Prosci, Mary spent over 25 years in change management and organizational effectiveness consulting. Besides advising clients on driving change adoption to achieve business results, she has held roles with full P&L responsibilities for businesses in both North America and Europe.

Mary holds a BA in English from James Madison University and an MS in Organization Development and Knowledge Management from George Mason University.

Mary Morello Session:

Change Sponsorship: What's the Big Deal?
August 8 10:30-11:30am Enlightenment

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Michelle Elrod

Principal Learning & Development Consultant, UC Riverside

Michelle’s professional development focus is in leadership, consulting, training, coaching, and competency development. Prior to becoming the Principal Learning & Development Consultant at UCR she spent 10 years at Apollo Education Group where she was responsible for the deployment of training which supported the change process for many roles in the organization.

Michelle has spent the last 16 months at UCR as the Principal Learning & Development Consultant and has been specifically responsible for:

  • Development of the Organizational Excellence multi-tiered certificate program which includes the OE Collaborative Leadership course.
  • Development and delivery of the Facilitation Certification program which empowers staff to spread the OE message by teaching the OE content to other departments.
  • Implementation of the UC wide Manager Development Program to leaders of leaders

Michelle has also presented on the Organizational Excellence Committee and HR partnership and its impact on a grassroots movement approach at UCR to CHECC (California Higher Education Collaborative Conference) conferences and was the 2017 recipient of the Focus on Efficiency Award presented at the CHECC conference.

Michelle Elrod Session:

Collaborative Leadership and Psychological Safety
August 9 11:15am-12:15pm Optimist B

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Morné Swart

Vice President, Global Product Strategy & Transformational Leader, SumTotal Systems

Morné has been responsible for leading innovation and driving product strategy with more than 20 years of experience in enterprise-wide HR Technology products and services. He has a passion for building higher-performing organizations by optimizing the effectiveness of people, process, information, and technology.

Morné SwartSession:

Digital Transformation Can't Succeed without People – and Those Who Manage Them
August 8 10:30-11:30am Optimist B

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Pierre Khawand

Founder, People-OnTheGo

Pierre Khawand comes from the software industry where he led several technology ventures and completed successful mergers and acquisitions before founding People-OnTheGo in 2001. His focus has been on productivity and leadership, helping today’s workforce develop the awareness and behaviors needed to succeed in the current work environment. He is the author of several related books including The Accomplishing More With Less Workbook, Time for Leadership, and more recently The Perfect 15-Minute Day: Managing your Time, Thoughts, and Emotions. When not tackling productivity issues, Pierre enjoys hikes with his wife and friends in the San Francisco area, as well as Tai Chi and Argentine Tango.

Pierre Khawand Session:

Emotional Intelligence—Attain Results Through People
August 8 10:30-11:30am Transformation

Pierre Khawand Workshop:

Mindfulness @Work—Thrive in the Midst of the Overload
August 8 2:30-4:30pm Transformation

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Rachel Carl

Senior HR Manager, LBNL

Rachel Carl is a Human Resources professional with over 15 years of relevant and progressive experience, recognized as results driven, customer focused, a strategic partner, effective collaborator, and strong team player. She is frequently sought for ideas and consultation on best scenario and cost-effective outcomes, and has been successful in leading staff development and change management initiatives, and at managing and mentoring diverse teams.

Rachel’s specialties include Employee Relations, Strategic Recruitment and Interviewing Techniques, Management Consultation and Influence.

Rachel Carl Session:

Managing the Modern Workforce with a Growth Mindset
August 8 3:45-4:45pm Optimist A

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Reg Randles

Lead Senior Organizational Development Consultant, UCLA Health

Reg is the Lead Senior Organizational Development Consultant with UCLA Health Human Resources, Center for Organizational Readiness and Education (CORE). In his current role, he designs, develops and facilitates workshops for leadership development and implemented the leadership onboarding program for UCLA Health and the David Geffen School of Medicine.

Reg’s keynotes and presentations include the 2018 UCLA Administrative Management Group Conference: Fostering a Culture of Leaders, the 2018 University of California ANR Statewide Conference, the 2017 University of California, People Management Conference, the 2016 Greater Los Angeles Chapter of Clinical and Laboratory Management Association Spring Event, the 2016 California Society for Respiratory Care Spring Symposium, the 2015 3rd Annual Pediatric & Neonatal Palliative Care Symposium hosted by UCLA Health and the 2016 6th Annual Women & Children Palliative Care Conference hosted by the University of California Irvine Health.

Reg is the UCLA Health Sciences appointee to the University of California, Office of the President (UCOP) Talent Management Consortium where he endeavors to spread his commitment to tapping the intrinsic motivation of organizational talent. His passion is developing frontline and mid-level leaders for continued success as they inspire others to “be the best they can be.”

Reg Randles Session:

To Lead is to Serve
August 8 2:30-3:30pm Optimist B

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Stacey Horn Spirito

Senior Director, Human Resources, UCLA Health

Stacey is a visionary senior human resources leader with more than 20 years progressive experience and a proven track-record pioneering and implementing solutions for diverse business challenges. She is highly skilled in process improvement and designing innovative solutions to optimize processes and provide exceptional service and value. She has substantial experience managing projects and project teams. She has been with UC for six years and is currently the Sr. Director of Employee Benefits, Health and Wellness for UCLA Health Sciences. She is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Society of Human Resource Management - Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). She achieved a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Business Analytics from Ohio University, Master of Science degree in Human Development with a concentration in Adult Learning and Human Resource Development from Virginia Tech, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Administration from California State University Dominguez Hills.

Stacey Horn Spirito Session:

Tools & Techniques to Lead Project Teams Like a Pro
August 9 10:00-11:00am Laureate

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Tom Weeks

Senior Consultant and Director of Client Solutions, Arbinger Institute

Tom Weeks has a breadth of experience driving successful transformation in various environments and from various roles: for example as a facilitator and coach in a large technical organization, an executive managing a global IT team, and most recently as an Arbinger consultant. He has a passion for helping build effective organizations that deliver outstanding results. Tom has spoken and taught extensively at conferences and professional gatherings from many industries with a particular focus in technology, supply chain, and operations. Some of these engagements include speeches at Target, the Shingo Institute, Americas’ SAP Users Group, and the BYU Management Society. Attendees comment that his genuine passion, clear perspective, and earnest demeanor foster engagement and understanding, particularly for the analytical thinker.

With over 20 years of experience in IT and digital technology, Tom helps organizations tackle technology problems through a combination of solid delivery, effective process, and focused team building. As a business owner, consultant, and manager, he has seen firsthand the positive impact of an outward mindset on productivity and overall organizational effectiveness. He helps teams by building mutual respect, extending trust, and inspiring ambition at the project and career levels.

Tom has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the Harbert School of Business at Auburn University. He spent many years working and living in Asia and speaks both Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese. He spends much of his free time working with youth groups in both athletic leagues and social support roles. Tom loves the outdoors and is most content while in the ocean surfing, snorkeling, or swimming, but also enjoys traveling, reading, playing tennis, and cooking for others.

Tom Weeks Session:

Don't Hold People Accountable; Develop Accountable People
August 8 3:45-4:45pm Exploration

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Traci Carpenter

Project Manager, Financial Simplification Strategies, Operational Strategic Initiatives, UC San Diego

Traci Carpenter came to UC San Diego in 2007 from the State of Alaska where she served in both the executive and legislative branches integrating issues of policy, leadership and initiative-based work over her 20 year career. She is a certified change practitioner and joined the Office of Operational Strategic Initiatives team in 2015 as the project manager for financial simplification initiatives sponsored by the Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer. Her areas of expertise include project and change management, budget planning and management, and policy analysis and development.

Traci Carpenter Workshop:

Introduction to How Lean Six Sigma can Drive Results & Shift Culture
August 9 10:00-12:00am Enlightenment

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