Women in HR Leadership Conference
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Between tackling our role in the #MeToo movement for our workplaces, to reclaiming our power as strong leaders, we will cover a wide array of intriguing leadership topics, leaving you feeling empowered and equipped to take on challenging conversations and situations in your HR role.

When: Friday, September 21, 2018
From 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM (including reception)
Where: Space generously donated by Golden Gate University
536 Mission Street
GGU Center, 6th Floor, Room 6208
San Francisco, California  94105
United States
Contact: 800-339-4481

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Women in HR Leadership Conference

Friday, September 21

Qualifies for 5.75 General HRCI Recertification Credits / 5.75 SHRM PDCs
Price: Member $295 / General $365 / Join Now $479.97 (includes a 1-year membership with NCHRA)

8:00 - 8:20am: Registration

8:30 - 9:30am: Looking Ahead for HR: Challenges & Opportunities, presented by Linda Thompson, President, L2T Leadership Development
The forces of technological and social change buffeting our organizations present huge, growing challenges to the businesses HR is part of. They also represent tremendous opportunities for thoughtful, innovative HR organizations to make a strategic impact on the business’ ability to succeed. We will discuss the need for HR to upskill, playing a business leadership role at all levels. Disruptive technological change; fluid project-based work; a global, diverse, multi-generational talent market; and demands for equal voice, treatment, and opportunity—all require HR leaders at every level to think and operate differently. Marshall Goldsmith’s quote, “What got you here won’t get you there,” applies in the organizational context as well as the personal.
Prepare to explore what it means to move from service excellence, to business partnership, to business leadership. We’ll discuss the criticality of aligning HR practices to the business strategy, corporate culture, and each other. We will cover how HR can help the organization respond to ever-increasing technological and social changes that otherwise will continue to unsettle our businesses. 

9:30 - 9:45am: Break

9:45 - 11:00am: Company Culture in the Era of #MeToo, presented by Rebecca Weaver, Co-Founder, HRuprise

In the era of #MeToo, there has never been a more important time for HR to reexamine its role in company culture and creating safe workplaces. If we can’t get that right, we don’t have the right to talk about anything else. It's time to recognize that we in HR have been complicit in the protection of the status quo, in not protecting the most vulnerable, and in avoiding the most difficult and necessary conversations.

Rebecca will share her personal story with a previous employer in which she spoke up about the pattern of issues she saw for women in the company and then she became the internal target. She’ll share what she learned, why she’s grateful not to have received severance when she left, and how it led to the start of HRuprise. (HRuprise is a fast-growing social movement aimed at inspiring meaningful change within HR in the era of #MeToo.)

Learn specific tactics that HR can apply now to start changing the dialogue and turning culture around, including some that will likely make the lawyers sweat a little. Examples include of this include more detail around creating anonymous forums, shifting training and creating independent HR structures. Together we will take a look at which conversations are the most important for us to lean in to. Leave inspired to take bold actions and make meaningful changes in your everyday work. Understand how to reexamine everything you think you knew and believed about your company workplace culture.

11:00 - 11:15am: Break

11:15am - 12:30pm: Societal Challenges & What It Means for Workplace Communication, presented by Anna McGrath, Partner, Culture and Transformation, Godfrey Dadich Partners

Together we will discover new ways of exploring challenging subjects, moving from right/wrong thinking, and creating next actions that create measurable progress instead of creating a vicious cycle of disconnection, anger and choosing sides. Join this interactive session to understand how to navigate forward with age-old issues.

Some societal challenges have persisted for centuries: sexism, racism, poverty and the class divide. These challenges have been reliably created over and over. Despite tireless efforts by some to resolve them, many argue that the issues have worsened over time. As I reflect on these seemingly intractable issues, two quotes come to mind:


>> “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” — Albert Einstein

>> “An organization cannot evolve beyond its leadership’s stage of development” Frederic LaLoux in Reinventing Organizations

We will explore the current organizational and societal challenges through the lens of consciousness. Changes in our own consciousness is the starting point, mine included. This will not be about telling you exactly how to do it; it will be focused on sharing methods of how to explore next steps.

12:30 - 1:30pm: Lunch

1:30 - 2:30pm:
The Power Hijack: How Your Brain Hijacks Your Power at Work, presented by Theresa Garcia, The NeuroLeadership Coach, Trust Leadership & Growth LLC

In the midst of corporate power dynamics and high-stakes conversations, we can experience an emotional hijack that leaves us feeling disempowered. Recent advances in applied neuroscience in leadership have identified how and why we experience an emotional hijack at work. This highly-interactive, engaging session will provide tools and actions that you can apply immediately during high-stakes conversations. We’re going to take a closer look at what triggers your brain to hijack your power in the workplace and how that can play out. As strong leaders, we need to reclaim our power and be assertive.

We’ll explore a proven, 3-step method to stay in control and show up confidently at work during high-stakes meetings, job interviews, and office power dynamics. You’ll also get a chance to personally experience a few empowering activities such as, "Power Poses", the 4 Fatal Fears, the T.I.A.R.A. method, and 5 Social Triggers.

2:30 - 2:45pm: Break

2:45 - 4:00pm: #IamRemarkable, presented by Anees Hasnain, Global Program Manager, Google Cloud’s Customer Engineering
#IamRemarkable strives to empower women and underrepresented groups to speak openly about their accomplishments in the workplace and beyond. The initiative motivates participants to promote themselves in front of peers and management, thereby breaking gender-related modesty norms and glass ceilings.
From a past participant: "#IamRemarkable workshop was truly one of the most informative, thoughtful, interesting, meaningful and fun workshops that I have attended. Thank you!" --Susan, United States

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4:00pm - 5:00pm: Networking Reception
Share a drink together! Kick off the weekend right with your new connections.


>> Linda Thompson, President, L2T Leadership Development
As an executive coach and leadership consultant, Linda Thompson draws on more than 20 years of experience as a corporate vice president and director of human resources. In her consulting practice, L2T Leadership Development (http://l2tlead.com), Linda gives her clients the feedback they need to increase their effectiveness, leverage their strengths, and build self-awareness in how their behavior impacts others. She excels at helping high-potential leaders create new possibilities to achieve breakthroughs in their goals, relationships, and team dynamics. Her experience spans multiple industries. Her most recent corporate position was Vice President of Human Resources at Synopsys where she led the HR Business Partners in designing and implementing global talent management, leadership development, and executive coaching and development for key business leaders. 

Linda holds a Bachelor's degree from Skidmore College and a Master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed the Human Resource Executive Program at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business as well as the OD/HR Management program at Columbia University. 

Her article, “Coaching Quicksand: Avoiding Hidden Dangers that Trap the Best of Us,” was published in the International Journal of Coaching in Organizations. Additionally, Linda is a recipient of the YWCA Tribute to Women and Industry Award, which recognizes women leaders who represent leadership role models for others.

>> Rebecca Weaver, Co-Founder, HRuprise | Head of People & Culture at Rational Interaction
Rebecca’s wide-ranging experience spans two decades and includes time at companies of all shapes and sizes, from Fortune 50 companies to startups. Her reputation is built on grand and ground-breaking HR experiments, like leading teams through implementing self-management. Rebecca is currently the Head of People + Culture at Rational Interaction, Seattle’s largest independent creative agency and consultancy. A long-time critic of status quo HR, Rebecca self-identifies as an HR disruptor. In the era of #MeToo, there has never been a more important time for HR to reexamine its role in company culture and creating safe workplaces. Her personal experience led her to the founding of HRuprise, a social movement aimed at inspiring meaningful change within HR. Rebecca received her Bachelor's degree from Linfield College and her Masters’ degree from Gonzaga University.

>> Anna McGrath, Partner, Culture and Transformation, Godfrey Dadich Partners
For the past 15 years, Anna McGrath has used her vibrant people skills to help organizations—from traditional hierarchies to bleeding-edge startups—become smarter and healthier in both business and culture. She has built a reputation as a coach who embodies love, authenticity, and humor while advising leaders that are open to learning. And now that she’s at Godfrey Dadich Partners, Anna aims to continue her work both internally and externally with new and existing clients.

But for all her expertise, she enjoys one quality the most: her bulletproof BS detector (seriously, you can’t get anything by her). Born in the UK, Anna is “93% Irish”; naturally, she loves a good game of golf. LGBT pride, Star Trek, and her 30-year relationship with her partner, Margaret, count among those things nearest to Anna’s heart. And if you need any more insight into who exactly Anna is, let’s put it this way—she’s Wonder Woman meets Yoda.

>> Theresa Garcia, The NeuroLeadership Coach
Theresa Garcia, PCC, MSOD, SPHR, leads Trust Leadership & Growth LLC, a boutique executive neuroleadership coaching and organization design consultancy. She prepares F50, NextGen executives around the world to lead global mergers, acquisitions, joint and new ventures in aerospace & defense, professional services, and government through confidential, brain-centric leadership coaching and organization design strategy. Her career includes 20 years as a leader in HR, organization design and development, and industrial relations. She holds an MAHR, and SPHR, an MSOD and Executive Certificate in Applied NeuroLeadership from Pepperdine University. She is a graduate of Georgetown University Transformational Leadership and the University of Arizona. She holds multiple professional certifications in organization change. She is committed to coaching NextGen thinkers as they transform their lives, business, and society.

> Anees Hasnain, Global Program Manager, Google Cloud’s Customer Engineering
Anees Hasnain is a Global Program Manager in Google Cloud’s Customer Engineering organization where she partners with business leaders to enable their organization to meet business goals -- including launching a structured technical sales engagement model and overseeing the publication of technical documentation to cloud.google.com. Over the last four years, she has partnered with senior Google business leaders to rapidly grow their teams and achieve operational efficiency.

Anees is passionate about diversity, inclusion, and accessibility, and during her tenure at Google she’s facilitated trainings on addressing stereotype bias in the workplace, created spaces for women in technology to connect with business leaders, and advocated for military veterans. Prior to joining Google in 2014, Anees worked in the nonprofit sector, where she planned fundraising events for 1,000+ attendees, improved donor engagement for a LGBT film festival, and oversaw a community service organization of ~2,000 undergraduate students.

Anees enjoys writing poetry, traveling, and dancing with abandon at concerts. Anees earned her B.A. in Sociology from UCLA, with minors in Education Studies, LGBT Studies, and Political Science. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Organizational Leadership and Learning from George Washington University, and lives in San Francisco.

A big thank you to our sponsor:


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). 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.