2018 Annual Conference- Program




2018 SAHRA Conference attendees will have the opportunity to hear from leaders in the business and human resource industries as well as members from our esteemed legal team.

Check-out the schedule below. For more information on the speakers and topics, click on the session titles below. Please note, this is subject to change and will be updated regularly.



Tuesday, September 18

7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. 


8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

Driving Business Results through Fearless HR

David Forman, Author, President of Sage Learning Systems

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  

Built for Legacy: Leading Teams of Significance

Pete Smith, Personal and Professional Development Coach

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Communication Bleeps and Blunders in Business

Todd Hunt, Humorous Communication Expert

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

HR Heroes: Tackling the Top 5 Manager Challenges

Amii Barnard-Bahn, Barnard-Bahn Consulting & Coaching

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch in the Exhibit Hall

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

If Not You, Who? How to Crack the Code of Employee Engagement

Jill Christensen, Top 100 Global Employee Engagement Influencer

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Five Trends Shaping the Future of Work

Dr. Bob Nelson, Best-Selling Author

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

Employee Benefits in 2018 and Beyond: How Your Past, Present, and Future Roadmap Lead to Your Compliance Destination

Liliana Salazar, HUB International

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.     

Executive Succession Planning: Taking The Perspective of the CEO and Board of Directors

Terri Hartwell Easter, T.H. Easter Consulting

Wednesday, September 19

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 

Managing the Chronically Absent Employee

Rex Berry and Susie Solano, Kronick

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

How Will Human Resources and Employers Weed through the New Employment Regulations with Recreational Marijuana Use in California

Professor Jay Mootz, Dean Rocco Esq., and Elisa Alevy Esq.

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Equal Pay Made Easy: A Common Sense Method of Complying with California's New Fair Pay Act

Lukas Clary, Weintraub Tobin

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Exhibit Hall

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

Social Media in the Workplace 

Larry Kazanjian and Alexandra Asterlin, Palmer Kazanjian Wohl Hodson

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

When Conflict Turns Productive

Dr. Larry Hiner, Workforce Equanimity

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Exhibit Hall

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Preventing Workplace Violence in the Age of the Active Shooter

Ben Webster, Littler Mendelson, P.C.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The Investigation is Over:  Now What?

Jennifer Shaw, Shaw Law Group

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Exhibit Hall

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

 Lunch with Chapter Business & SHRM Presentation

1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. 

Uncovering the Mystery of Captives and Other Alternatives for Funding Benefits

Tina Koenig, Burnham Benefits

1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. 

Preventing and Responding to Sexual Harassment Claims in the #MeToo Era

Melissa Whitehead, Freeman Mathis & Gary

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall & Raffle 

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.     

Keynote: This Thing Called Happiness: Linking Positive Brains to Positive Performance & Employee Engagement

Devin Hughes, Chief Inspiration Officer


 Earn over 13 SHRM & HRCI credits by attending both days of the Conference!




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