HR Leader Summit
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HR Leader Summit

Join us for a full day of interactive, hands-on leadership sessions and discover how to successfully improve your HR practices and processes as a leader in your company and on your team, based on the latest studies and research in the area of management and workplaces. Material is suited for anyone who has a direct report or is leading a team in any capacity.

When: Tuesday, November 5, 2019
8:00 AM - 4:15 PM PST
Where: Golden Gate University
536 Mission Street
6th Floor, Room 6208
San Francisco, California  94105
United States
Contact: Next Concept HR Association

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HR Leader Summit

Tuesday, November 5
Registration 8:00 - 8:20 am 
Program 8:20 am - 4:15 pm

Qualifies for 6.0 Business HRCI Recertification Credits / 6.0 SHRM PDCs

Price: Member $295 / General $345 / Join Now (includes a 1-year membership) $489.97
Light breakfast and lunch will be served. 


Join us for a full day of interactive, hands-on leadership sessions and discover how to successfully improve your HR practices and processes as a leader in your company and on your team, based on the latest studies and research in the area of management and workplaces. Material is suited for anyone who has a direct report or is leading a team in any capacity. 


Registration/Check-In: 8:00 - 8:20am


8:20 - 8:30am: Kickoff


8:30 - 9:45am: Leadership Lessons from Silicon Valley

Presented by Rebecca Morgan, Owner, Morgan Seminar Group

Google, Facebook and others have uncovered what it takes to attract and retain top talent. Rebecca will outline the highlights from recent studies and how you can implement the ideas. HR knows what it takes to attract and retain top talent. Learn about steps proven to be successful in attracting and retaining top performers, including key ideas from successful Silicon Valley companies that keep their teams humming. You will understand Google’s 5 top elements for creating an effective team and how to apply these to your organization, as well as Facebook’s surprising findings on why good employees leave.


Rebecca will draw on both her latest book and Google’s Project Aristotle, where they identified five components of high performing teams.  She will supplement this with additional data and experience of other local companies. Not just for Silicon Valley teams, this interactive session is applicable to any leader seeking to build a high performing team.


10:00 - 11:15am: The Role of HR in Driving Workforce Innovation in Organizations  

Presented by David Masumba, Founder, Innovation Strategy Lab


Since innovation is now a top priority across industries, many companies are encouraging their workforces from C-suite executives to the most junior employees to get involved in

innovation. Innovation is a human capital output, the question is, what is the role of HR? David will outline perspectives of the role of HR in driving workforce innovation.


Together we will answer what the role of HR professionals is in helping organizations increase revenue, growth and competitiveness through workforce innovation. Driving innovation in organizations does not take place in a vacuum; it is enacted by undertaking innovation-related duties and responsibilities. What three types of innovation-related functional roles should HR implement to help their organization achieve innovation-led growth? What innovation-related skill sets should HR professionals develop to make workforce innovation an executable daily functional role? Join us as we explore these questions.

11:30am - 12:30pm: Driving Business Impact with Continuous Performance Management

Presented by Diane Strohfus, CHRO, Betterworks

How do we leverage Continuous Performance Management to drive business impact? The old paradigm of the annual review process doesn't help companies drive results or engagement. Let's crack the code on performance management to directly drive business results, help employees navigate the fast pace of business today, and harnesses the power of today's workforce! 

Today's workforce has different expectations, and business environments have dramatically changed, so much so, that how we help employees even navigate work has shifted. Retention and engagement have become more important than ever as unemployment rates are at an all-time low, and yet we still have to drive business results. Together we'll explore how companies can have it all by leveraging goal methodology to drive key results, utilize feedback to develop employees on an ongoing basis, and help both employees and managers navigate work through frequent, lightweight conversations. 


12:30 - 1:30pm: Lunch


1:30pm - 2:45pm: Lead, Manage, Coach, Mentor...Oh My!  

Presented by Tracy Maher, Area Human Resources Leader, HDR


Employees today are looking for supervisors who can lead, manage, coach, and mentor. What they are not looking for a "boss" to command and control them. Successful supervisors know how to seamlessly switch between these roles in the moment. In this interactive session, you will learn how to wear multiple hats and have fun doing it! There is a chance that your job description asked you to lead, manage, coach, and mentor, so this is relevant and applicable for anyone currently supervising people.


These different modalities of supervision have become integral in today's world. Understanding when to switch hats and apply a different supervisory technique is critical to being a successful supervisor. By the end of the session you will have the tools to be a leader, manager, coach, and mentor to your employees.


Together with Tracy, we will explore how to empower your employees?  How to build that relationship that can switch between different dynamics. When managing, how can you give honest and direct feedback? When leading, how can you inspire? When coaching, how can you ask better questions?


3:00pm - 4:15pm: The 4 Pillars of BRAVE Cultures™  

Presented by Johanna Lyman, Founder and CEO, NextGen Orgs

In this highly interactive presentation, Johanna will guide you through the four pillars necessary for a company to build a BRAVE Culture™. You’ll leave with practical tools you can use immediately to foster great communication, a sense of safety and belonging for everyone, and a shared commitment to the vision and purpose of your company.  Brave Cultures™ are the wave of the future. For leaders of companies who want to be thriving in the next ten years and beyond, they cannot be complacent with business as usual. They must be purpose-driven, wildly innovative, and radically inclusive. The first step to building a culture like this is to master conscious communication, the container that either holds a culture together or breaks it apart. Participate to learn about:


1.     Practices that actively improve innovation on teams – finally crack the code on how to encourage innovation.

2.     The neuroscience that both encourages and inhibits our ability to be inclusive.

3.     Developing the foundational skills of Conscious Communication that make Brave Cultures™ possible: Emotional Intelligence, understanding the Drama Triangle, how to have difficult and awkward conversations, and the four levels of listening.


Rebecca L. Morgan, CSP, CMC, International Speaker, Trainer and Consultant

Rebecca L. Morgan is an international speaker, trainer and consultant specializing in leadership development implementation. She's appeared on 60 Minutes, Oprah, the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, and USA Today as well as international media such as the Straits Times, Brunei Times, and the Malaysian Star.


A decades-long Silicon Valley resident with a multitude of innovative clients, she’s studied the best practices of companies who’ve created, survived and/or thrived with disruption. Rebecca is the bestselling author of 27 books, including Leadership Lessons from Silicon Valley: How to Survive and Thrive in Disruptive Times and Grow Your Key Talent: Thought-Provoking Essays for Business Owners, Executives and Managers on Developing Star Staff. Her customized presentations are thought-provoking, highly interactive, and full of immediately usable ideas. She knows what works. Since 1980 she's transformed executives, managers, salespeople and customer support staff into much more effective workplace contributors. Website:



Tracy Maher, Area Human Resources Leader, HDR

Tracy Maher is a veteran human resources professional with over 20 years of business experience. She began her career in administration and subsequently held hold roles in marketing, project management, and operations before moving full-time to human resources. She leverages this diverse background to connect with and understand how the employee/employer relationship contributes to great work. Currently an Area Human Resources Leader for HDR, Tracy is passionate about wellness and leads wellness initiatives and ergonomic training for the San Francisco office.


Diane Strohfus, CHRO, Betterworks
Diane Strohfus has been leading and scaling organizations for the last 20 years with an approach of creating purpose-built strategies that enable and align people to drive business results. In her role as CHRO of Betterworks, Diane sits at the intersection of HR strategy and technology, and is responsible for scaling the company through innovative people practices while simultaneously working closely with the product team to influence and evolve the companies product offerings. 

Prior to joining Betterworks, Diane was Head of HR at 8x8 and held various HR leadership positions at Cisco. She holds a B.A. in Business from Northern State University and an MBA from Golden Gate University.


Johanna Lyman, CEO and Founder, NextGen Orgs

Johanna helps companies whose teams can’t keep up with their growth get to their next level of success, build a culture that supports sustainable profitability, and develop their teams to their highest potential. She has helped thousands of people all over the world build the business of their dreams and step into being the leader they’ve been called to be. She is a certified coach and leadership + business development expert with more than fifteen years of experience helping executives, consultants, and business owners build and develop successful businesses.


Prior to starting her own business in January 2005, Johanna was a CFP(R) at Merrill Lynch, a Divisional Vice President of Sales at Warnaco during the peak of their success, and she had a 10

year career working up the corporate ladder at Filene’s Department Stores, a division of May Co. She’s a Certified Change Management Specialist and Six Sigma Lean Professional (Green

Belt). In her spare time, she can be found glamping in the Sprinter van her beloved built. She’s mother of an amazing daughter who’s just graduated college, dog-mom to “Petey the Amazing

Tripod,” and wife to the best husband on the planet.  


David Masumba, Founder, Innovation Strategy Lab

Based in Walnut Creek, California, David is a workforce innovation trainer-consultant and author, with experiences in the USA, Europe, Africa & the Caribbean. David is the inventor of the upcoming simple kitchen device; the CT Holder. David has more than 10 years of experience focusing on workforce innovation. David is the author of the newly released book, “Leadership for Innovation.”


David did his postgrad studies with the University of Manchester, University of Leicester and Swansea University, all in the UK. David is the author of 5 other upcoming books:

·         Hiring for Innovation

·         Innovation Analytics

·         Evaluating Workforce Innovation

·         HR Innovation-Support Strategy

·         Innovation Talent Succession Planning


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.