Meeting the Evolving Needs
of the San Diego Business Community

Meeting the Evolving Needs 
of the San Diego Business Community

San Diego HR Forum Events

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Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, June 14, 2016
    • 7:15 AM - 9:00 AM (PDT)
    • 119

    Building better TA Systems: The Imperative is Now!

    An imperative corporate HR initiative is attracting and retaining qualified talent in an era of talent shortages.  With the unemployment rate nationally at 5%, the employment marketplace is increasingly candidate-driven, requiring employers who claim or aspire to “best in class” employer status to quickly shift their hiring strategies. 

    Regardless of size or industry organizations must execute on a well-defined recruitment process, powered by technology for efficiency and speed, to ensure consistent and repeatable hiring performance throughout the recruitment lifecycle.  Surprisingly, data by which an organization can assess its hiring effectiveness against competing employers and measure its performance outcomes is scarce and incomplete.  To provide a data solution Eastridge Workforce Solutions launched a nationwide survey of recruitment practices, with 200 companies responding.  Results yield opportunity for process improvement in recruitment processes and metrics, technology, and internal communication with hiring managers. 

    Program Deliverables

    • Relate and interpret findings, providing a full report of our research
    • Facilitate attendee discussions regarding the recruitment lifecycle practices at their companies -- what is working, what is not
    • Present recommendations generated from the data
    • Guide participants to a TA action plan aimed at closing TA practice gaps relevant to the most significant findings in recruitment process, management communication and technology.


    JUDITH L. ENNS, Ph.D. is Executive Vice President, HR Division, Eastridge Workforce Solutions, with business operations in San Diego, Newport Beach and the Bay Area.  Within the HR practice area, Judy has specialized in small business consulting, leadership development, employment and business development.  Dr. Enns launched HR Solutions in early 1990 to address the Human Resources needs of small, medium-sized, emerging and large employers in Southern California.  As a national and state convention speaker, Judy has addressed regional and national organizations and businesses, including Human Resources and industry groups in San Diego, Irvine, San Francisco, Dallas, Lexington, KY, Canada and Cancun.   Featured in the media, she has been published in such professional journals as Workforce, San Diego Business Journal, Personnel Consultant, National Business Employment Weekly, The Fordyce Letter, TempNet News and Tempdigest on management, sales, employment, career and communication topics.


    Thank you to our Sponsors:


    • Tuesday, July 12, 2016
    • 7:15 AM - 9:00 AM (PDT)
    • 149

    When Medical Marijuana (Cannabis) comes to the workplace

    Come join us as a panel of experts tackles this emerging and edgy topic.  

    There are a lot of gray areas when it comes to medical cannabis and the workplace, especially when state laws differ from the federal government and/or state-to-state.  HR leaders need to consider a lot of factors when creating policies, especially those associated with pre-employment drug testing or ADA accommodations.   They also need to be prepared to handle a conversation with a prospective or current employee who disclosed the fact that they have a Medical Cannabis Card.  The use of cannabis for medicinal purposes is not recognized by the federal government, yet medical cannabis is legal in California due to the passage of the Compassionate Use Act in 1996.  

    One the many complications of medical cannabis in the workplace pertains to employers who accept federal funds. These employers must sign a contract with the federal government agreeing to a drug-free workplace, which again brings up the issue of the federal government not recognizing cannabis' medicinal purpose.  Also, schools and colleges must be certified drug-free environments to receive any federal funding.  

    However, doctors who issue medical cannabis prescriptions believe medical cannabis should be treated as any other prescription drug and hope to educate employers on this topic.  

    Join us and our panel of experts, which include lawyers, a doctor who specializes in pain management, a Human Resources leader and a representative from Grasspit .

    • Explore this emerging topic and better understand a variety of perspectives to consider as an HR professional
    • Better understand how to navigate discussions with prospective and current employees on this topic
    • Learn about the trends associated with cannabis in the workplace
    • Learn how other employers are successfully navigating this emerging landscape
    Thank you to our Sponsors:


    • Thursday, July 21, 2016
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)
    • Farmer & the Seahorse 10996 Torreyana Road San Diego, CA 92121
    • 149

    SDHR Forum Summer Social

    Come join us and enjoy an array of tasty appetizers and 2 drinks, (your choice of beer or wine), with great friends and colleagues of the San Diego HR forum at the newly opened farmer & seahorse. 

    We hope to see you there!!

    Thank you to our Sponsors:

    • Tuesday, August 09, 2016
    • 7:15 AM - 9:00 AM (PDT)
    • 149

    Recruiting and Interviewing in the Post “Great Recession” World! A Reliable Formula Identifying High-Probability Hires

    Eight years after the Great Recession of 2008 reared its ugly head globally, we’re continuing to see the job market heat up and competition for top talent abound.  Sophisticated interviewing techniques are necessary to ensure “high probability” hires, and a consistent methodology exists to walk you through the hiring process step-by-step!  This session will highlight questioning techniques to help you assess candidates’:

    • Compatibility with your department’s culture
    • Reasons for leaving past positions as the link in their career progression
    • Technical skills match and gap analysis 
    • Desired pace, structure, ability to accept constructive criticism, and willingness to work long hours

    Whether you’re hiring sales professionals, campus recruits, or senior executives, we’ll address the importance of building an immediate rapport that allows candidates to be themselves so that each new relationship creates and strengthens a bond of trust.  And we’ll likewise touch on strategies for maximizing references as well as making the offer and closing the deal. And best of all, you’ll be able to use this material as soon as you return to the office and train your leadership teams quickly and effectively!  


    Paul Falcone is the author of the bestselling 96 Great Interview Questions to Ask Before You Hire.  A former contingency recruiter and private equity “C-Level” recruiter, Paul has worked both sides of the staffing desk, including as head of West Coast Staffing for MTV Networks.  Paul is currently Vice President of Human Resources at Cox Communications in San Diego, and he’s held senior-level HR positions with Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures, and Time Warner. He is a long-term contributor to HR Magazine and an instructor in the UCLA Extension School of Business and Management as well as a top-rated presenter at the SHRM national conference.  Four of Paul's books were ranked on SHRM’s prestigious annual "Great 8" bestseller listings—96 Great Interview Questions to Ask Before You Hire101  Sample Write-Ups for Documenting Employee Performance Problems101 Tough Conversations to Have with Employees, and 2600 Phrases for Effective Performance Reviews,  His newest book, 75 Ways for Managers to Hire, Develop, and Keep Great Employees, will be released b AMACOM Books in the spring of 2016. 

    Paul’s website can be found at

    Thank you to our Sponsors:


    • Tuesday, September 13, 2016
    • 7:15 AM - 9:00 AM (PDT)
    • 148

    The Futurist Leader

    Today’s challenging landscape is the new reality. It requires businesses to embrace new leadership and organizational development approaches in order to be successful. Recognizing emerging patterns will give leaders a great idea of what the future holds. This TD at Work will provide a framework and tools for doing so; it will:

    • Define strategic foresight and outline the business imperative for the approach.
    • Describe how to leverage both the push and pull of the future.
    • Provide guidance on putting strategic foresight into practice.
    • Explain how applying the Natural Foresight framework can help you become a futurist leader.


    Yvette Montero Salvatico is a business owner, wife and mother of two who is driving by the desire to help organizations and individuals discover their innate ability to create the future.

    Yvette has 15+ years of corporate finance, HR and leadership experience to successfully integrate strategic foresight into complex organizations.  Yvette is a Co-Founder and Lead Instructor at The Futures School.  She was partner at Kedge, LLC, Manager at the Future Workforce Insights at Walt Disney Company and Sr. Finance Manager at Walt Disney World Theme Parks. 

    Thank you to our Sponsors:


    • Thursday, October 13, 2016
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)
    • Kona Kai Resort & Spa - 1551 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106
    • 225

    1st Annual SDHR Forum HR Executive of the Year Event

    San Diego Human Resources Forum is currently the largest organization in San Diego that brings together professionals within the HR function and we are very proud of what the Forum has built together. We aim to continue to contribute to the community by hosting San Diego's 1st Annual HR Executive of the Year Event. This event will honor and celebrate Human Resources Executives and HR Teams of Excellence throughout San Diego. 


    5:00pm - 6:30pm              Pre-Event Cocktail 

    6:30pm - 7:45pm              Dinner & Awards Reception

    7:45pm - 8:30pm              Keynote Speaker

    8:30pm -                          Private Beach After-Party

    Keynote Speaker:

    Darren Hardy is an American author, keynote speaker, advisor, and former publisher of SUCCESS magazine. Hardy is a New York Times best-selling author, who wrote The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster and The Compound Effect.

    He is today’s preeminent Success Mentor having been a central leader in the personal growth and success industry now for more than 20 years. He has led three success television networks producing over 1,000 TV shows with most every known thought leader of our times. Over the past decade, Darren was the visionary force behind the rebirth of SUCCESS Magazine as its publisher and editor. These positions have given him unique and unprecedented access to interview, investigate and publish the stories of the most successful people on the planet, including the likes of Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Howard Schultz, Steve Wynn, Jack Welch and many more. He has uncovered the secrets to their success and now reveals them to us.


    Thank you to our Annual Sponsors:

    For information on sponsoring this event: Executive of the Year Sponsorship Details

    • Tuesday, November 08, 2016
    • 7:15 AM - 9:00 AM (PST)
    • 149

    Women Who Mean Business in HR

    Raising the reputation and intellectual capital of an organization is one of HR’s most strategic contributions.  Just as IT runs the systems and finance minds the capital HR finds, nurtures the  stars and advances a productive work environment.  HR ensures that other business leaders clearly understand what HR is responsible and accountable for, and challenges a company to change where and when needed. 

    Our panel of HR executives are  leaders who advocate, challenge and deeply influence their companies.  They have honed their business skills for this scenario:  “A stranger walks into a conference room where three people are meeting – a CFO, CHRO and CEO – and could not tellwho is who.”  We will learn the business lessons they have learned from these HR leaders on our panel.  Here are just some of the questions they will answer:

    • What is your philosophy about how to operate an HR function that has maximum impact on business?
    • What is the unique business expertise you demonstrate to yield your HR and business results?
    • Where have you had the most fun challenging an organization to change?
    • Of all the other executives you have worked with, what is your favorite executive alignment story, that is, with whom and how did you achieve executive support?
    • What process do you go through to integrate HR and business strategy?

    This will be the forum to ask the questions you always wanted to ask, get answers to propel your career forward and engage in robust exchange of information and ideas.

    Moderator: Judy Enns, PhD, Eastridge Group


    • Celeste Blodgett: VP of HR: ESET
    • Lisa Hellman Rhodes: VP of HR: Cytori
    • Jamie Latiano: VP of HR: Renovate America 
    • Tania Fierro, VP of HR: Innovative Employee Solutions
    Thank you to our Sponsors:


Past events

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 ROAR: How to Build a Resilient Organization The “World Famous” San Diego Zoo Way
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 The Key Driver to Achieving Success as an HR Leader
Tuesday, March 08, 2016 Employer Branding: What You NEED to Know Now
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Don’t Be Left Behind: What's Coming Down the Road with HCM Technology
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 2016 SD HR Forum Annual Employment Law Update
Wednesday, December 02, 2015 December Social Event
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 Unwritten Rules - Presented by Alan Collins, Founder of Success in HR
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 Rethinking Performance Reviews
Tuesday, September 08, 2015 Rise of the Crowd: Democratizing Performance Management
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 The Business Value of Talent & Succession Management
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 Unconscious Bias: Impact on Talent and Business Performance
Thursday, June 18, 2015 San Diego HR Forum Social Event
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 Mentoring "Speed Date"
Tuesday, June 09, 2015 Employee Culture - It's Right in Front of you, but HOW do you do it?
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 The WHY of "Y": Insights into Millennial's in the Workplace
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 How to leverage your Diversity & Inclusion Strategy as a Resource
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 Agents Aren’t Just for Hollywood
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 Getting Paid to Grow the Bottom Line
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 2015 SD HR Forum Annual California Employment Law Update
Thursday, December 04, 2014 December Social Event
Thursday, November 20, 2014 BUNCO FOR BREAST CANCER
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 2015 –The HR Playbook, Presented by Michelle Dente, VP Member Service - Ace Parking Management, Inc.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 Your Companies Wellness as a Competitive Advantage
Tuesday, September 09, 2014 From Turnaround to Transformation: The Benefits of a Strong Corporate Culture
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 The Role of the HR Business Partner in Making Talent and Engagement a Core Value and Competitive Advantage
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 Today’s Talent Acquisitions three legged stool: Sourcing, Recruiting and Selection, Presented by Lizz Pellet
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 'Next Practices' Leadership: Driving Growth & Innovation in a People-Led Economy
Thursday, June 05, 2014 San Diego HR Forum Summer Social Event
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 Building a Sustainable Talent Strategy
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 Behavioral Interviewing for HR professionals
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 A Seat at the Table
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 BUNCO FOR BREAST CANCER
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 Victims, Villains and Heroes: Managing the Emotions at Work
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 2014 SD HR Forum Annual California Employment Law Update
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 December Wine Night!
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 Veteran Hiring Techniques: How to Implement Effective Veteran Hiring Strategies for HR Professionals
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 Forging HR Practice Into a Rock Solid Strategic Partner
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 Creating an Injury Prevention Program That Works - HR That Works Webinar
Tuesday, October 08, 2013 Leadership Talent Review: The Illumina Story
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 Creating Personal and Team Brands to Drive Company Goals
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 Strategic HR Leadership for Small-Size Companies
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 The Journey to a Customer-Focused Culture
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 Use On-The-Job Training to Drive Profit
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 COMPETENCY MODELS in Performance Management
Tuesday, April 09, 2013 SUCCESSION PLANNING For Long-Term Success
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 Creating an HR Structure to Achieve Bottom-line Results

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