Northern California Human Resources Association

HR Technology Summit

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Summit Details

Qualifies for 5 Recertification Credits - Registration: General $340 / NCHRA Members $270. Call NCHRA to register and bring a colleague for 50%.

An in-depth look at the latest technologies advancing HR


 *Bonus Webinar Included* details below


It is a brave new world — and an incredibly exciting one. Technology frees us from the mundane and exponentially increases our abilities to know and do. Yet, with new capabilities constantly arising, how do you keep pace with the technology evolution?

Take an in-depth look at the latest technologies advancing HR, including strategies for selection, integration and implementation; and transform your business processes using the latest platforms. You’ll enjoy collaborating with your peers over a delicious lunch and ample time to meet and ask questions of industry-leading service partners.

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind event!

Our Generous Sponsors




8:00 - 8:20am: Registration
8:20 - 8:30am: Opening Remarks and Welcome

8:30 - 9:30am: Leading the Workforce Evolution
New and innovative technology provides significant leverage for changing company culture and new ways of interaction that are appealing and engaging. Identify and apply new tools to connect the workforce of today and support an evolving business culture.
Presenter: Nov Omana, HRIP, Founder/CEO, Collective HR Solutions, LLC

9:30 - 10:00am: Break / Visit tech partners / Nov available for questions

10:00 - 11:00am: Ancient Code. Modern Hit Man. Fruitful Vendor Selection. What’s the Connection?
Using personal case studies and an in-depth look the movie Ghost Dog, you’ll develop a business-tested perspective & strategy – one that’s geared for maximizing the prospective value of and return on any vendor relationship. From identifying the pain point to ascertaining the reality of what a vendor can provide, you’ll leave the session ready to facilitate the selection process.
Presenter: Byron Clendenen, SPHR, Sr. Director, Human Resources, CollabNet, Inc.

11:00 - 11:30am: Break / Visit tech partners / Byron available for questions

11:30am - 12:30pm: Technology in the Workplace: Employment Law Considerations
Technology continues to increase its presence in the workplace on a daily basis. From employee use of social media, to monitoring employee use of technology, employers must proceed cautiously to avoid stepping on legal landmines in these areas. Get practical tips and best practices to proactively address such issues while minimizing legal liability.
Presenters: Brian K. Nagatani, Partner, and Mary Wang, Partner, Hixson Nagatani LLC

12:30 - 1:45pm: Networking Lunch, Sponsored by Pulse HR

Visit tech partners / Hixson Nagatani available for questions

1:45 - 2:45pm: Technology and Onboarding: An Integrated Strategy
Find out how Autodesk revolutionized their onboarding process using technology, making it an interactive and fun experience. Get ideas for maximizing knowledge retention, connecting new hires to the company and each other, and creating a great first experience.
Presenters: Autodesk’s Heather Cowan, Director, Training & Organizational Development, Jeff Lashins, Manager, Training and OD, and Harry Wittenberg, Senior Training and OD Consultant

2:45 – 3:00pm Break / Visit tech partners / Autodesk available for questions

3:00 - 4:00pm: Managing and Moving HR Data into the Cloud
One of the major challenges facing HR today is how and where to manage employee data. Find out how HR organizations are evolving with data complexity and the options available toward addressing this complexity. You’ll learn what to consider when looking at moving or managing data in the cloud, including systems, data integration and data migration.
Presenter: Scott Curry, VP of HCM Practice Development, Intelenex

4:00 - 5:00pm: Reception / Visit tech partners

About the Presenters

Byron Clendenen serves as Senior Director of Human Resources for CollabNet, Inc., a leading Enterprise Cloud Development software tools & services provider. Byron possesses twenty-plus years of HR Generalist experience, most of which have been in various HR leadership roles. Byron has run HR for businesses as diverse as Vpacket Communications in the VoIP telecom space, Integrated Systems in the imbedded software space, and Toshiba America MRI in the medical device space. Byron has also served as Principal & Founder of HR Guidance, Inc. – an outsourced HR management consulting practice.

Scott Curry, SVP of HCM Practice Development, Intelenex has over 15 years experience in the enterprise application space working with many companies in the Silicon Valley on ERP, Manufacturing and HCM initiatives. Scott has direct experience working with high-tech manufacturing, semiconductor, clean technology, capital equipment, software, services, multi-channel distribution, consumer products, pharmaceutical, medical device, gaming and social networking companies. Prior to Intelenex, Scott held sales consulting, sales and sales management positions at Oracle and NetSuite. As a former CPA, Scott is a graduate from Santa Clara University and holds a B.S. in Accounting.

Jeff Lashins and Heather Cowan lead Management and Leadership Development globally for Autodesk. Jeff Lashins holds a Masters in Architecture and was a practitioner for 10 years before entering into the Training and OD world. Heather Cowan has been leading the Management and Leadership Development function at Autodesk for the past 5 years. Prior to joining Autodesk, she held similar roles at Genentech and Charles Schwab.

Brian K. Nagatani is a partner at Hixson Nagatani LLP in Santa Clara, California. He provides preventive counseling to employers on a broad range of issues including hiring and termination decisions and personnel policy decisions.  He also represents employers before state and federal courts in employment litigation matters.

Nov Omana, HRIP, Founder/CEO, Collective HR Solutions, LLC, assists companies in structuring HR technology strategy and systems to solve business challenges. He is known for connecting the dots between technologies to create new solutions and solve business problems. Nov currently serves on the International Human Resources Information Management (IHRIM) Board, HRIM Educational Foundation Board, Oracle HCM User Group Board, ClearView Management Advisory Board, and EpicHR’s Advisory Board.

Mary Wang is a partner at Hixson Nagatani LLP in Santa Clara, California.  Ms. Wang is a seasoned advisor and litigator.  In her counseling practice, Ms. Wang has advised Fortune 500 companies and small employers on a variety of employment and labor laws, including wage and hour issues, performance management, personnel handbooks and policies, trade secrets, employee privacy issues, and other personnel matters. In her litigation practice, Ms. Wang has defended employers in state and federal courts, arbitration, as well as agencies against various employment claims. 
Harry Wittenberg has been a Senior Training and OD Consultant at Autodesk for the past 4 years, where, among other things, he is involved with creating talent management programs using integrated technology. Prior to Autodesk, Harry was deeply involved with instructional design, learning technology, and implementing learning management systems at Charles Schwab, Genentech, and Apple.

Bonus Webinar* Keeping Remote Workers in the Loop
Tuesday, November 19, 12:00-1:00pm


Identify and address the most common personal interaction and collaboration issues associated with telecommuting programs. You’ll develop a personal plan for maintaining relationships with team members and managers, and learn how to maximize the use of available technology to enhance the communication process.

*As an attendee of the HR Technology Summit, you have already been registered for this bonus Webinar. Login details will be sent two days prior to the Webinar.

About the Presenter

Rick Albiero, CEO & VP of Business Development, Telecommuting Advantage Group (TAG) has 25 years of project management experience in manufacturing, supply-chain, Information Technology and Marketing.This experience has been obtained through eleven years as an engineering and IT manager at Hewlett Packard, IT project manager in Silicon Valley and as the founder and CEO of the Telecommuting Advantage Group. Rick launched TAG in 2001 with the focus on telework as a program that organizations undertake in order to provide a solid return on their investments while at the same time benefiting their employees, community and environment. In 2003 Rick led the expansion of TAG’s offerings to include all flexwork options including compressed workweeks, flexible schedules and mixed-telework schedules. TAG launched an affiliate division, Telework Smart, in 2012.


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.

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