Young Professionals Conference - CANCELLED
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Young Professionals Conference -  CANCELLED

When: Wednesday, July 20, 2016
From 8:30 AM until 5:00 PM
Where: Golden Gate University
536 Mission St
5th Floor
San Francisco, California  94105
United States
Contact: 415-291-1992

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Conference Details

Registration: $150  

Qualifies for 4.75 SHRM Professional Development Credits (PDCs) / HRCI Recertification Credits 

Includes a free HR TechXpo registration. Attendees can sign up with NCHRA at the conference. 


You’re invited to the 5th Annual Young Professionals Conference. Come get inspired and get ready to advance your career! You’ll takeaway techniques for transitioning to a leadership role, relating to the C-Suite, using data analytics, and more. Plus, meet potential mentors in a fun, speed-mentoring event at the end of the day. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to meet other YP's and learn necessary skills for competing in today’s business environment.






8:30-9:00am: Registration & Opening Remarks 

9:00-10:00am: What Keeps Your CHRO Awake at Night? 
Ashley Goldsmith, Chief People Officer, Workday & Greg Morton, CEO, NCHRA
What key issues face CHRO’s as they tackle today’s human capital and business challenges? Find out what gives your CHRO sleepless nights during this Q&A session between Ashley Goldsmith, Chief People Officer at Workday and Greg Morton, CEO of NCHRA. You’ll discover practical takeaways to enable you to become a better business partner to your organization.  

10:00-10:15am: Break

10:15-11:30am: Embracing Your Inner Leader: Strategies for Bringing Out the Best in Others 
Kamala Green, Executive Director, Office of Equity and Inclusion, Arizona State University & Certified Business Coach
The millennial generation has a different interpretation of leadership, one that defines a leader more broadly - as someone who mentors others. Essentially, this form of leadership is inclusive of all employees and can be attained at all levels of the organization. Learn strategies for addressing this paradigm shift, and how you can mentor and assist in the development of others.  

11:30-11:45am: Break 

11:45am-1:00pm: Making Strategic Decisions with People Analytics – Q&A Session 
Panelists: Anthony Walter, Workforce Analytics Director, Gap, Inc. and Ben Teusch, People Analytics, hiQ Labs. Moderated by: Amelia Barker, Regional Director, hiQ Labs 
HR teams using sophisticated data analytics are four times more respected by their counterparts for data-driven decision-making. What does this mean for your organization? How can you get there? Discover how people analytics (PA) are changing the way HR operates. You’ll find out what building a PA team looks like and describe its day-to-day function. Leave the session able to: leverage PA data to make strategic decisions (without a background in economics or statistics); improve your HR teams and workforce planning; and better retain talent.

1:00-2:00pm: Networking Lunch

2:00-3:15pm:  Three Key Skills for Advancing Your Career 
Michael Cooper, Founder & Executive Business Coach, Innovators and Influencers 
Nationwide, HR managers are concerned about a millennial critical thinking and soft skills gap that is negatively impacting organizational productivity. We’ll discuss the key challenges within this area and the core skills required to overcome them. You’ll leave with three key skills to advance your career and help you stand out among your peers.

3:15-3:30pm: Break

3:30-4:30pm: Speed Mentoring 
Meet 10-15 potential mentors in this speed-dating style session. You’ll spend a couple minutes talking to subject matter experts from various areas of HR, then move on when the bell rings. Mentors include speakers, sponsors, and NCHRA board members.

About the presenters

Amelia Barker is currently a Regional Director for hiQ Labs, in this role she is working to help clients with product implementation, retention program planning and analytics tool usage. Prior to joining hiQ she was a Director of Client Strategy for Bayard advertising, helping clients improve their HR and TA functions through better employer branding and media strategies. Before joining the consulting world, Amelia had a 10 year career in various TA and HR roles for companies including Exelon, Aramark and Kenexa. She is also a member of the NCHRA Santa Clara board, leading the Membership committee.  

Michael O. “Coop” Cooper is an internationally recognized executive coach, advisor, facilitator and trainer who specializes in working with executive teams to develop the leadership skills, alignment and strategies to grow and thrive in a constantly changing environment. His passion is helping entrepreneurs, executives and leadership teams overcome their self-limiting beliefs and personal issues to reach their potential, by addressing interpersonal challenges, defining their purpose, gaining team alignment, and developing the strategy, systems and processes to execute their vision. He founded Innovators + Innovators to help right-brain entrepreneurs and executives capitalize on the need for more creativity in business leadership.

Ashley Goldsmith is chief people officer at Workday and has global responsibility for all human resources functions, internal communications, and the Workday Foundation. Prior to joining Workday, Ashley served as CHRO and executive vice president at Polycom. Preceding Polycom, she was senior vice president of human resources, corporate communications, and environmental health and safety for the Tissue Diagnostics Division at F. Hoffmann-La Roche. Ashley has also previously served as CHRO at Ventana Medical Systems and divisional Vice President of Human Resources of The Home Depot from 2005 to 2007. Ashley holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, a master’s degree in human resource development from Georgia State University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Vanderbilt University.

Kamala Green, Business Coach & Consultant, has over 20 years of professional experience serving as a coach for executives, senior leadership teams, and all levels of staff by providing mentoring and clarity in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusivity, and human resources within the workforce.  Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources management, Kamala has positioned herself as a subject matter expert in training, coaching and consulting in both public and private industries.  Most recently, Kamala has obtained solid knowledge in the academia field with skills and practice by applying state and federal regulations toward employee compliance. Kamala has effective success leading Office of Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) audits as well as mediation sessions with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of the clients and organizations she has served.  More specifically, Kamala has in-depth practice conducting and overseeing Title VII (Non-Discrimination) and Title IX investigations, application of ADAAA Compliance, and developing Affirmative Action Plans (AAP).  Combining the Brian Tracy concepts and her work experience with top leaders, her efforts are focused on striving for business and human excellence within the workforce!

Greg Morton is a corporate strategy & growth development specialist and Chief Executive Officer of the Northern California HR Association. With years of Fortune 500 and start-up experience within the Human-Capital-as-a-service space, he's been characterized as a visionary, strategist and marketing organization leader with a consistent record of delivering extraordinary results in growth, operational performance and profitability.

Ben Teusch is on the People Analytics team at hiQ Labs, and focuses on connecting social science and large data sources to help people make better business decisions. He was a runner-up at the Wharton People Analytics Case Competition and editor-in-chief of the Cornell HR Review. Ben holds a master's degree from Cornell University in Industrial and Labor Relations, and a BS in mathematics and economics from Brigham Young University.

Anthony Walter leads the Workforce Analytics team at Gap, Inc. - providing operational reporting, predictive and advanced analytics, and capability building opportunities for a broad range of customers across its 140,000+ employee population worldwide. The WFA team strives to build workforce intelligence and advises business partners on data collection and analytics methodologies to make data-informed people decisions. Prior to joining Gap Inc. in 2013, Anthony was a Senior Consultant at the global consultancy firm Booz Allen Hamilton. He also has previous work experience across the HR spectrum, including organizational development, training, recruiting, and HR operations in retail, digital media, and regulatory organizations.


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.