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A robust event with two tracks and three concurrent session blocks, you’ll learn from the Bay Area’s best and walk away with the tools, resources, innovations and solutions you need to achieve your talent goals.

When: Thursday, October 16, 2014
From 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM
Where: Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco - Union Square
55 Cyril Magnin Street
San Francisco, California  94102
United States
Contact: 415-291-1992

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Conference Details

Qualifies for 6 Recertification Credits
Registration: NCHRA Members $340 / General $425






Does your workforce drive revenue, performance and innovation in your organization? Move your human capital strategies to the next level at the 8th Annual Talent Management Conference. A robust event with two tracks and three concurrent session blocks, you’ll learn from the Bay Area’s best and walk away with the tools, resources, innovations and solutions you need to achieve your talent goals.

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

8:30 – 9:30am: Opening Keynote – California Talent Outlook

Al Adamsen, Founder & Executive Director, Talent Strategy Institute

9:30 – 9:50am: Break

9:50am – 11:05am: Concurrent Sessions, choose one to attend:

(A) Think You’re Not Biased? Think Again.

Joshua Ramey-Renk, SPHR, Director, Talent Acquisition and Development, Sierra Club National HQ
We all know what questions not to ask during the recruiting cycle, but what about the things you don’t say? Discover the surprising sources of hidden biases and how they negatively affect the selection process. You’ll leave the session able to identify different types of bias (beyond race/gender); demonstrate the various ways that biases play out; and implement a strong process-focus to reduce the inappropriate effect of bias.

(B) Building A Leadership Pipeline: A Four-Step Framework
Rick Kneuven, Business Development Director, Insights Learning and Development and Deborah Saks, Director, HR Leadership Program, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University and President, 1 Source Consulting
How do you source talent to build great leaders? The answer doesn’t have to be complicated. In this compelling session, you’ll learn a conceptual framework for building a leadership pipeline that is rooted in Jungian psychology principles. From identifying organizational symptoms that arise without a robust pipeline, to overcoming barriers and resistance, you’ll leave the session able to show the connection between investing in people and the business’ bottom line, and address the individual intricacies of your organization.

11:05 - 11:25am: Break

11:25am – 12:40pm

The Datafication of HR

Steve Bamberger, Chief Revenue Officer, Visier
Companies using workforce analytics dramatically outperform those who do not, yet 86% of organizations still focus on reactive and operational reporting instead of strategic or predictive analytics. Meet the increasing demand for workforce analytics head-on by building a solid foundation in this essential area, including identifying the factors driving the “datafication” of HR; defining key terms associated with workforce metrics and analytics; and developing next-level strategies.

12:40 – 1:40pm: Networking Lunch

1:40 – 2:55pm: Concurrent Sessions, choose one to attend:

(A) Employee Engagement: The Missing Link in Your Talent Strategy

Ruth Ross, Founder, R Squared Resources

Are your managers part of the 70% of US workers that have self-identified as being disengaged at work? If so, how will they lead and sustain a team of committed, satisfied and engaged employees? With the cost of lost productivity due to disengagement reaching a staggering $500 Billion per year, no organization can afford to ignore this issue. Discover the critical role of engagement in crafting and implementing your talent strategy and identify the five essential elements of engagement.

(B) HR and Finance: Partners in Planning

Amit Mohindra, VP, Workforce Intelligence Center, McKesson Corporation
Let’s face it, HR and Finance speak different languages. Yet Finance controls HR’s budget and dictates workforce planning. How can the two departments work together when they are worlds apart? Learn about McKesson’s integrated dashboard that successfully bridges the gap and incorporates HR’s insights into workforce planning, and how you can do it too!

2:55 – 3:15pm: Break

3:15pm – 4:30pm: Closing Keynote – Turning Culture into Competitive Advantage
Steve Cadigan, Founder, Cadigan Talent Ventures and Former VP of Talent, LinkedIn
In a transparent reality where social networks proliferate, your brand matters more than ever; and winning requires building a company where the best talent wants to be. Learn how to activate employees to build and amplify your brand and create a culture that attracts the best. Hear first-hand how Steve Cadigan built LinkedIn while competing for talent (and winning) against some of the best brands in the world: Google, Apple and Twitter.

About the Presenters

Al Adamsen, Founder & Executive Director, Talent Strategy Institute, is a globally recognized thought leader, advisor, and educator in the areas of Talent Strategy, Workforce Planning, Analytics, Talent Measurement, and Organizational Change. He's the Founder Executive Director of the Talent Strategy Institute (TSI), a global association committed to expanding the creation and use of meaningful workforce insight. Before founding TSI, Al held leadership roles at Ernst Young, Gap Inc., Infohrm, and Kenexa. Over his career Al has served clients such as Disney, Starbucks, Boeing, Comcast, Heinz, Mayo Clinic, Stanford University, among others. He and his content have been featured in HRE Online, Talent Management Magazine, IHRIM Magazine, and other leading publications. He's also a frequent keynote speaker, and author of the Talent Assessment Development (TAD) Framework, an innovative approach to aligning job design, individual development, supervisor assessment, total rewards, and recruitment. Al also works with the non-profit organizations Positive Coaching Alliance and Character Combine.


Steve Bamberger is Chief Revenue Officer for Visier, leading the company’s go-to-market strategy and execution. Steve is a twenty-two year enterprise software veteran. Most recently, he was Chief Operating Officer at Netformx, where he tripled the company’s growth rate while achieving 95% subscriber renewal. Prior to Netformx, Steve served as vice president of North America for Oracle Communications, where he delivered a $200 million impact on Oracle’s revenues and doubled the number of million-dollar deals. He began his career at Accenture and has spent the last fifteen years in Silicon Valley. Steve holds a B.A. in computer science from Duke University.


Steve Cadigan, Founder, Cadigan Talent Ventures & Former VP of Talent, LinkedIn, is one of Silicon Valley's hottest assets when it comes to people, talent and culture. From 2009 through 2012, Steve served as VP Talent at LinkedIn, taking the company from a private firm of 400 employees, through an IPO with over 5,000 employees. With more than 25 years of leadership and executive experience in global Human Resources, Steve has practiced HR in the US, Canada and Asia-Pacific. Through leading worldwide HR efforts for more than 60 M&A transactions, Steve has cultivated a deep understanding of business cycles, patterns, high growth, and the key elements required to forge an organization’s sustainability. His current company, Cadigan Talent Ventures LLC, is San Francisco-based talent strategies advisory firm, through which Steve helps organizations worldwide develop winning talent solutions.


Rick Kneuven, Business Development Director for Insights Learning and Development, is a steward of positive change for the clients and companies he works with. Offering a consultant-based approach, Rick is a trusted advisor to help companies diagnose challenges and engineer solutions that overcome barriers to success. Of his many achievements at Insights, Rick recently initiated and implemented a company-wide, robust people development program at Google. Before joining Insights, Rick worked at Achieve Global, managing global implementations with Toshiba, Adidas and T-Mobile.


Amit Mohindra, VP, Workforce Intelligence Center, McKesson Corporation, is a member of McKesson’s HR Leadership Team. The Workforce Intelligence COE is accountable for equipping the business and HR with data-driven insights through analytics to drive optimal decisions about McKesson’s workforce. Prior to joining McKesson in 2011, Amit led Nelson Touch Consulting. Amit has worked in economics research, compensation consulting, and human capital management for organizations that set the agenda in their industry - The World Bank, Towers Perrin, Lucent Technologies, IBM and Goldman Sachs. Amit is a frequent speaker on workforce analytics, workforce planning, big data and predictive analytics. He has published articles in HR Executive, Talent Management, Chief Learning Officer and Training & Development. Amit teaches the Human Capital Analytics course at the University of California Berkeley Extension Program.

Joshua Ramey-Renk, SPHR, Director, Talent Acquisition and Development, Sierra Club National HQ, has spent over a decade in a variety of recruiting roles, from establishing the first-ever Volunteer Corps at a museum (where he recruited and managed volunteers who donated over $250,000 worth of services) to his current position, where he directs the strategic talent acquisition function at a major environmental nonprofit where he also serves on the Staff Diversity Team, along with significant experience on the agency side with a large staffing firm. He has been party to thousands of selection and hiring decisions, and is always astonished at the creative ways managers will say "no" based on something other than a candidate's ability to do the job. He holds an MBA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a Senior Professional in Human Resources designation.


Ruth Ross, Founder, R Squared Resources, has more than 30 years of experience leading HR organizations in top companies. Prior to starting her own firm, Ruth was an executive vice president of HR for Corporate Finance at Wells Fargo. Previously, she worked at Charles Schwab as VP of HR for two key businesses, then created the HR Policies and Practices group, where she oversaw Employee Relations, HR Policy, Employee Engagement and pre-eminent employer initiatives. Ruth has led HR for major divisions of American Express, PaineWebber, Citibank and Estee Lauder Cosmetics.She is currently working on her first book on employee disengagement and is a frequent speaker on this topic.


Deborah Saks, Director, HR Leadership Program, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University and President, 1 Source Consulting Solutions

Building on over 25 years of executive leadership experience in diverse industries, Deborah provides top management with Executive Coaching, Leadership Development and High Performing Team Development solutions. Deborah has been a human resources executive in the high-tech, healthcare, and retail industries, has held marketing and operations senior management positions and for the past 13 years has been the President of a successful human capital management company. She is also on faculty at Santa Clara University where she teaches “cutting edge” leadership programs for business leaders. She is the author of strategic human capital publications and is a frequent guest speaker on key leadership and human resources topics.

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.