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, May 10, 2016
    • 7:15 AM - 9:00 AM (PDT)
    • 56

    ROAR: How to Build a Resilient Organization The “World Famous” San Diego Zoo Way

    The world-famous San Diego Zoo has a global reputation for excellenceFounded over 100 years ago, it has pioneered innovative animal habitats in natural settings, and is a global force in animal conservation. The zoo also is known for its world-famous people practices that evoke purpose and passion, resulting in a GRRREAT employee and guest experience. In fact, it now boasts the largest zoological membership association in the world, representing more than half a million people. As it continues to ride the winds of change, cope with stress and adversity, adapt in times of chaos, and remain constant in pursuit of its vision to end extinction, the San Diego Zoo has embarked on a Zoo Print for Success - a roadmap to build resilient leaders and a focused, adaptable workforce that ROARS stronger and longer as a result of the Zoo’s innovative strategies – and all on a shoestring budget. If we can, you can!

    Learning Objectives

    • Learn from the wisdom of the “World Famous” San Diego Zoo - a one hundred year old organization, how to thrive in these complex and often disruptive times
    • Identify the 5 imperatives to building individual and organizational resilience and assess how well you and your organization measure up
    • Develop a Zoo Print (blueprint) for building a resilient organization – a 7-step action plan to elicit a ROAR of purpose and passion and create an agile organization


    Tim Mulligan serves San Diego Zoo Global as the Chief Human Resources Officer.  In his role, Mulligan manages a staff of over 18 employees who fulfill employment needs for the organization, develop benefits packages for its nearly 3,000 employees and handle organizational and strategic challenges that occur in a large, diverse workplace.  Mulligan received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from Washington State University in 1990 before receiving his Juris Doctorate from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1994.  He has extensive experience in human resources legal issues having practiced labor and employment law from 1995 – 1998.  Mulligan served as a Director of Human Resources for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, in Seattle and then San Diego, from 1998 - 2001.  In 2001 he took on the responsibility of Area Director of Human Resources for Starwood Hotels and Resorts in San Diego, overseeing 5 hotels and over 3,000 employees.  Mulligan joined San Diego Zoo Global in 2004.

    's new book, co-authored with Sandy Asch, is titled:  "ROAR: How To Build a Resilient Organization the World Famous San Diego Zoo Way", will be released on May 14th, 2016, in conjunction with the San Diego Zoo’s Centennial celebration.

    Thank you to our Sponsors:


    • Tuesday, June 14, 2016
    • 7:15 AM - 9:00 AM (PDT)
    • 145

    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, 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)
    • 149

    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:


    • 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

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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