Women's Leadership Conference
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Women's Leadership Conference

When: Thursday, June 23, 2016
From 8:00 AM until 4:15 PM
Where: Hyatt Regency San Francisco
Five Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, California  94111
United States
Contact: 415-291-1992

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Conference Details

Registration: NCHRA Members $298 / General $368     Bring a colleague for 50% off!

Qualifies for 6 SHRM Professional Development Credits (PDCs)
6.0 HRCI General Recertification Credits/ 2.5 Business Credits


Hear from distinguished women leaders on subjects such as the future of work, becoming an influencer, maximizing your potential, chasing work/life balance, enhanced negotiating skills and more.

You’ll enjoy a networking lunch and reception, plus a keynote presentation by Cheryl Cran, Author of The Art of Change Leadership. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with other powerful professional women in HR. Reception immediately following! (details below)


8:00 - 8:30am: Registration & Opening Remarks 

8:30 - 9:45am: The Future of Work Is Now – Leading with 2020 Vision
Cheryl Cran, SCP, HoF, Author, Award-Winning Keynote Speaker
What do companies and HR professionals have to do to thrive today and beyond to the year 2020? Discover thought provoking, leading edge ideas and strategies for taking immediate action to increase team buy in, adaptability and execution NOW. You’ll leave the session ready to meet the challenges of the future workplace today. All attendees receive a free copy of Cheryl’s new book, The Art of Change Leadership – Driving Transformation In a Fast Paced World.  

9:45 - 10:00am: Break

10:00 - 11:15am: Secrets to Becoming a Woman of Influence
Allison Tabor, CPC, CPSM, CEO, Coppia Communications
Do you want to be the most influential person in the room? Or perhaps just expand your credibility and opportunities to influence others? Come to learn the habits of influential women that will inspire and guide you to your own success as a woman influencer. You’ll leave the session ready to find your inner powerhouse; cement your credibility; implement eight habits to become an extraordinary influential woman. 

11:15 - 11:30am: Break 

11:30am - 12:30pm:  The Neuroscience of Learning: How Women Can Maximize Their Potential
Britt Andreatta, Ph.D., Author of Wired to Grow and The Neuroscience of Learning, and Director of Learning and Development at Lynda.com
Tap into your hidden potential with discoveries about the neuroscience of learning for the female brain. Experience a fun and enlightening journey through the learning process and find out how to harness the power of your brain to master any new skill. You’ll also gain insight into getting the most out of your organization’s learning initiatives and discover new strategies for intentionally building the professional and leadership capabilities of all people. Attendees will receive a free trial to Lynda.com. 

12:30 - 1:30pm: Networking Lunch

1:30 - 2:45pm: The Science of Work/Life Blend
Sally Thornton, CEO, Forshay
We make tradeoffs as to how we spend our time every day, every week, and suddenly…a year goes by. Rather than feeling zero-sum, apply the science of happiness, time and money to optimize your energy and feel more engaged in all facets of your life. You’ll learn what the research shows and break down time into a new framework to achieve a more blended life.

2:45 - 3:00pm: Break

3:00 - 4:15pm: The Hidden Cost of Not Negotiating - Panel Discussion
Moderated by Lisa Sween, Principal and Litigation Manager, Jackson Lewis
Rosalind Cohen-Baruch, Principal, Director of Human Capital, Hall Capital Partners
Kelly Decker, President, Decker Communications
Laura Markstein, President, Markstein Sales Company  
Cortney McDevitt, Director, People Operations at Lyft
Leah Williams, General Councel, WestEd
When women don't negotiate for their very first job, the impact lasts into their 40s. What are common barriers women face when negotiating? Hear from a panel of women leaders in various industries about common mistakes woman make when confronted with these barriers. We’ll take a look at recent passages of equal pay law and deliver best negotiation practices from a communications expert.

RECEPTION - Click Here to RSVP 


Pier 5
The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94111



Britt Andreatta, Ph.D., Director of Learning and Development at lynda.com, knows how to harness human potential. Drawing on her unique background in leadership, psychology, education and the human sciences, she has a profound understanding of how to unlock the very best in people. Dr. Andreatta is a seasoned learning professional with more than 25 years of experience in consulting, coaching and teaching talent development. Her research and experience working with businesses, universities and non-profit organizations informs powerful solutions to today’s workplace challenges. To date, she has published several titles on learning and leadership including Leading with Emotional Intelligence, Leadership Fundamentals and The Neuroscience of Learning.

Rosalind Cohen–Baruch is a Principal at Hall Capital Partners LLC and Director of Human Capital managing the firm's tactical and strategic people programs, process, and practices. Prior to joining Hall Capital in 2013, Ms. Cohen–Baruch was a Managing Director of Human Resources at Business for Social Responsibility where she managed a global human resources team, overseeing compensation, benefits, recruitment, relocation, and payroll strategies and execution. Previously, Ms. Cohen-Baruch established and led the human resources function at the Walt Disney Family Museum and Nollenberger Capital Partners, a boutique financial services firm. Among other things, as Director of Human Resources, she developed the hiring processes and competitive benefits programs. Ms. Cohen-Baruch began her career in human resources at Banc of America Securities as a Vice President/Business Support in the Equity Research Department. Ms. Cohen-Baruch serves on the Board of Girls on the Run, Bay Area. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Public and Educational Management from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She has been awarded the Senior Professional in Human Resources by the Society of Human Resources Management.

Cheryl Cran, CSP, HoF is an award winning keynote speaker, named as one of America’s top female keynote speakers. She is the author of six books including the new, “The Art of Change Leadership - Driving Transformation In a Fast Paced World” (Wiley 2015) and is a globally renowned expert on future of work and change leadership. Her clients include HR.com, Houston HR, HRPA, and more. Her research and work has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Forbes, New York Metro, Readers Digest and more. 

Kelly Decker, President, Decker Communications is the go-to thought leader when it comes to creating the optimal communication experience. A keynote speaker, messaging expert and executive communication coach, Kelly unlocks potential in individuals—especially senior leaders. Kelly has teamed with many Fortune 500 companies to increase their communications impact. Whatever the challenge, Kelly will customize an intensive training to create better communication habits.As President of Decker Communications, Inc., Kelly leads Decker’s innovation efforts as the company continuously develops techniques to handle evolving business communication challenges. On top of serving as the mastermind behind Decker’s program offerings, Kelly personally coaches executive leaders from companies like AT&T, Clorox, Informatica, Lithium, ServiceSource and Teradata to increase their impact and influence. She has also been featured in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Marketwatch. Her new book, Communicate to Influence: How to Inspire Your Audience to Action (McGraw-Hill, April 2015) reveals many top C-suite stories and tips.

Allison S. Tabor, CPC, CEO, Coppia Communications, is a successful CEO of her Executive Coaching and Consulting business. Allison focuses on effective Communication and Strategic Planning. Allison also facilitates for the International Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) www.womenpresidentsorg.com, leading two peer advisory groups of Bay Area multi-million dollar entrepreneurial women presidents and CEO’s. Additionally, she is a group leader for ProVisors, a community of professionals who serve their clients as trusted advisors and share the highest standards of integrity, performance and accountability. Prior to her executive coaching business, Allison owned a successful structural engineering firm with her husband for 23 years. She is certified as a DISC Consultant, One Page Business Plan® Specialist and Professional Coach. 

Sally Thornton, Founder and Curator of Forshay, is a thought leader on work and talent. She has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, KQED radio, Forbes, NBC11 News, ABC7 News, Entrepreneur.com, ABC’s View From the Bay,and BNET.com. She has presented at many conferences and business events and has been a regular guest lecturer at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Sally is a frequent keynote speaker, discussing talent recruitment and engagement strategies, how to increase the number of women in leadership, and how to apply research on happiness and meaningfulness to create a practical work/life blend. She is honored to serve on the advisory council of Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research, the educational partner of LeanIn.org. For your convenience, here is a link to her website http://www.forshay.com  and her LinkedIn page https://www.linkedin.com/in/sallythornton.

Lisa Barnett Sween is a Principal and Litigation Manager of the San Francisco, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She represents employers in all aspects of employment law and litigation, including state and federal employment harassment and discrimination litigation, wrongful discharge litigation, FMLA, CFRA, ADA, and wage and hour litigation. In addition to her litigation expertise, Ms. Sween regularly counsels employers on preventative employment policies and practices involving all areas of federal, state and local employment law, including recruiting and hiring, employee handbooks, leaves of absence, discipline and termination, workforce reductions, discrimination and harassment, reasonable accommodation and wage and hour. Ms. Sween has also conducted over 200 hours of harassment prevention training in various jurisdictions throughout the United States. 






Cancellations received less than seven calendar days from the program date are not refundable. If cancellation within seven days of the program is unavoidable, a credit for a future event will be granted, minus a $75 administration fee ($15 for regional meetings and Webinars). Credits must be used within one year of issue. A substitute attendee is allowed at the applicable NCHRA member/non-member rate in lieu of credit. Separate cancellation policies apply for the HR West Conference and Certification Preparation Courses.