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Join us at our 3rd Annual Young Professionals Summit and develop a solid framework for making your mark and succeeding as a next generation leader.

When: Thursday, July 17, 2014
From 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM
Where: SAP
3412 Hillview Avenue
Building 2
Palo Alto, California  94304
United States
Contact: 415-291-1992

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Summit Details

Qualifies for 6.5 General Recertification Credits
Registration: Young Professionals $125 (includes one-year NCHRA Membership, New Members Only) / Young Professionals Members $50 / Students $25 / NCHRA Members $125 / General $175


Join us at our 3rd Annual Young Professionals Summit and develop a solid framework for making your mark and succeeding as a next generation leader. Designed for those in the first few years of an HR career, you’ll leave the summit with tricks for thriving at work and getting others to adapt to your unique style. It’s a new world! Learn how to get what you want while getting things done.

Last year’s Summit sold out, so register early!


8:00 - 8:15am: Registration

8:15 - 9:30am: The Art of Defining Problems

Effective problem solving begins with correctly identifying and assessing the issue at hand. But how is that done? Stop wasting valuable time and resources working on the wrong problems and start making a dramatic impact on your organization. Using critical thinking skills to define problems correctly, i.e. distinguishing symptoms vs. problems, you’ll determine if a problem is worth solving.

Presenter: Michael “Coop” Cooper, Executive Business Coach, Innovators and Influencers

9:45 – 10:45am: The Internal Marketer: Delivering Persuasive Communications
Have a big initiative coming up? Implementing a new system or program that requires C-level approval? Learn how to use internal marketing (aka. inward-facing marketing) to motivate all functions to satisfy customers. Yes, this includes employees! By cultivating and developing varying foundational channels, you’ll ensure you get the most bang for your buck in your communications.

Presenter: Angelé Jean (AJ) Thomas, Employee Engagement and Communications, Nimble Storage

11:00am – 12:00pm: Top 3 Traits of a Successful HR Business Partner
HR Business Partner is more than just a title, it is a truly mindset. A delicate balance of business acumen and HR knowledge combined with strategic consulting skills - skills typically not required in a traditional HR role. Discover the top three traits necessary to align HR goals to the company’s overall strategy, and strengthen your ability to see the big picture and use forward-thinking.

Presenter: Rand Irikat, SPHR-CA, Strategic HR Business Partner

12:00 - 12:45pm – Networking Lunch

12:45 - 1:45pm: Kick Starting Career Development at Your Company
Worried about employee engagement at your company? Providing career development opportunities is an excellent way to engage, inspire and prepare employees to take ownership of their career and effectively partner with their leaders. Learn practical tips to kick start a career development program at your company, and keep your CEO engaged with a focus on metrics and results.

Presenter: Theresa LoPiccolo, SPHR, HR Manager, Talent Development, Rodan & Fields, LLC

2:00 - 3:15pm: Core Interview Techniques: Mastering the 3 “Cs”
Discover the essential pieces of a successful interview, including controlling the 3 "C"s: the Clock, the Crowd, and the Content, and practice designing interview questions that bring out meaningful information from your candidate. Lastly, we'll talk about the trap of first impressions: Surprise! They really don't mean a heck of a lot.

Presenter: Joshua Ramey-Renk, SPHR, Director, Talent and HR Operations, Sierra Club

3:30 – 4:30pm: Developing a Solid Framework for Success as a Next Generation HR Leader

In this TED Talk-style presentation, you'll take a close look at the future of HR in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area. Identify and embrace the habits of highly successful HR professionals and examine the quest for work/life balance. You’ll leave this session armed with new ways to view, manage, grow and enjoy your HR career.

Presenter: John Drexler, SPHR, HR/OD Consultant, Ronin Venture Partners, Inc.

About the Presenters

Michael O. “Coop” Cooper, one of the world’s top business coaches, facilitators and trainers, is the founder of Innovators and Influencers. For the past 15 years, he has worked with creative professionals and right-brain entrepreneurs who are shaping and changing the world we live in. His management and consulting experience in over 15 countries over the last 20 years has brought him to be an advisor to one of the Top 50 Innovative Companies in America and a coach to one of the Top 50 Designers in America for the past 12 years. He was recently selected by the TED Conference to coach one of their Fellows and was the founding president of the International Association of Coaching. What lights him up is helping people find what lights them up and turning it into a lucrative business that they love. Coop was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year award by the City of San Francisco, California, where he currently lives.

Angelé Jean (AJ) Thomas of Nimble Storage is a quintessential Generation Y employee of various Fortune 500 firms and start-up ventures with the goal to operationalize, evangelize and implement social entrepreneurship programs in inner-city communities. At age 22, AJ founded a consulting firm Entré Worldwide offering unique expertise and access to a network of professionals that blended successful entrepreneurial experience, academic/legal insight and practical business analysis to Gen Y and inner-city youth in the Silicon Valley. A graduate of San Jose State University with a major in Business Administration and a Minor in Organizational Psychology, AJ also is a Stanford University Certified Project Manager who has worked in the Human Resources field in the Silicon Valley supporting various global HR operations and international teams.

Rand Irikat, SPHR-CA is a senior level strategic HR Business Partner with a passion to educate and build successful HR infrastructures at small to mid-sized companies. She has partnered with over 200 companies in her career and has assisted each individual company in creating an organizational structure that is customized to their specific needs and aligned to their future goals. Rand has over 10 years of HR experience along with an MBA in HR Management and is SPHR-CA certified. Rand’s human resources experience has held a strong emphasis on management development and her specialty is primarily educating and training senior management and executives. She has facilitated many seminars with topics such as Management Skills, Business Communication, Sales Strategies, Customer Service, Strategic Management, Employee Progressive Discipline, Employment Law, & Coaching Through Feedback to name a few.

Theresa LoPiccolo, SPHR is the Talent Development Manager for Rodan and Fields. Theresa has over 7 years of experience in Human Resources, and currently leads her company's efforts to engage and grow talented, motivated and energized employees. Before joining R+F, Theresa was at PG&E for 5 years leading a range of talent management initiatives and served on the board of two employee resource groups. Theresa is originally from Chicago, and after getting her MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Illinois State she moved to California to work for Safeway focusing on testing and assessment. In 2012 she graduated with her Doctorate in Business Administration from Argosy University. Outside of work, she enjoys running and is currently training for her first full marathon.

Joshua Ramey-Renk, SPHR
of the Sierra Club has been involved in recruiting, staffing, and Human Resources in both the for- and nonprofit sectors for over a decade. He currently holds a senior management position at a large, environmentally focused nonprofit where he serves as the Human Resources partner on a wide variety of issues, and designs skills training workshops on the hiring process as well as other management skills programs. He is a member of his organization's Senior Management Group, which consists of the top 40 managers who work with and advise the Executive Team on strategic and tactical issues. Joshua holds an MBA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and is a certified Senior Human Resources Professional. You can connect with him on LinkedIn at

John Drexler, SPHR is the founder, managing director, and lead consultant of Ronin Venture Partners, a San Francisco/ Silicon Valley management consulting firm specializing in Human Resources, Organizational Development, Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Business Development, and Retained Search. Prior to starting Ronin, John worked in HR/OD positions of increasing responsibility at Sun, Cisco, and Apple. John is currently serving on, or advising pro bono, the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including BAodn (Bay Area Organization Development Network). One of John’s 2014 BAodn projects is designing and developing a “Career Builder” series for students, new grads, and young professionals (0-5 years experience) in HR and OD.

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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.