Argyle Digital: Human Resources California Leadership Forum 2020 - Argyle Executive Forum Events

As an HR professional in California, you manage risk amid the myriad of challenges brought by the state’s complex, constantly changing employment laws and regulations.

The Argyle Digital Human Resources California Forum on September 24, 2020 brings together senior HR leaders, analysts, employment law experts and technology pros to share insights on emerging processes and tools, along with best practices for training, recruiting and retention, including:

  • Applying CA law to employment practices (legislative updates, recent case law implications, and best practices for establishing risk-adverse practices)
  • Workforce management in a post-Covid world (leave laws, accrued vacation, safety precautions, antibody testing, compensation claims, and more)
  • Fostering a healthy, inclusive, and equitable work culture (diversity, inclusivity, antibias)
  • Engagement, productivity, and innovation (tips, tools and tech to make communication work in the new normal)
  • People technology (how organizations are using automation, data analysis and more to stay ahead of the recruiting, hiring and retention curve)
  • Data deep dive (how to get the most bang from existing data and where to find it)

Why attend the Argyle Digital Human Resources California Forum?      

Today’s HR executive is a critical partner in any organization’s success and growth.  Learn how senior HR executives are re-imagining work to operate at the intersection of talent, compliance and technology.

Argyle’s California HR Forum, in collaboration with our CHRO Advisory Board, provides the relationships, resources, and solutions to help HR leaders in California transform their organization to become the workplace of the future (legally and effectively).

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Who Should Attend

Executives, aspiring executives, and other driven professionals working in:
  • Human Resources Management
  • Human Resources Technology
  • Human Capital Management
  • Talent Sourcing and Acquisition
  • Talent Intelligence and Analytics
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • People and Performance
  • Company Culture
  • Benefits and Payroll
  • Learning and Development
  • Change Management
  • Future of Work
  • Pay Equity and Transparency

  • CEO’s
  • CHRO’s
  • Global/Regional Group Heads of HR
  • Senior HR Managers
  • Senior HR Directors
  • Diversity Decision-Makers
  • Senior HR Innovators and Talent Partners
  • Talent Acquisition and Management Executives
  • Human Capital Management Professionals
  • Heads of Talent Analytics
  • Heads of Recruiting
  • Heads of Learning & Development
  • Heads of Compensation & Benefits/Total Rewards
  • HR Technology Leaders
  • Heads of Talent Management










11:55 AM - 12 PM ET

Argyle Opening Remarks

12 PM - 12:30 PM ET

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Fast Forward to Recovery - Sony Pictures Entertainment

The pandemic hit every industry hard, including one of California’s top industries- entertainment. When Sony Pictures Entertainment rolled up the red carpet this year, HR executive Edie Ghielmetti-Givens was tasked with finding new people processes that would keep all aspects of the organization productive and successful.

Attend this keynote session to learn how Sony Pictures Entertainment is:

  • The movie industry then and now, what’s in store for the future of production
  • Managing remote work challenges related to equipment, communication, culture
  • Finding the right balance between home workers and those who have returned to offices/sets
  • Attracting retaining talent in a topsy-turvy workforce environment
  • Prepping for a post-pandemic work world

Edie Ghielmetti-GivensSVP, People and OrganizationSony Pictures Entertainment

12:35 PM - 1:20 PM ET

PANEL DISCUSSION: They’re Back (or Not?) - Workforce Management after COVID-19

Never in modern history have Human Resource professionals faced greater workforce management challenges. Directing return to work practices requires changes to physical work-spaces, roles, and brings a bevy of compliance issues related to leave laws, federal and state guidance, and health/safety policies. This panel discussion will explore the state of the post COVID-19 business landscape along with its challenges and solutions.

Attend this discussion to find out how other organizations are managing back to work processes while navigating:

  • DOL’s Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
  • Cal/OSHA Interim Guidelines on Protecting Workers from COVID-19
  • The changing nature of work, skills, and workforce management
  • Key areas HR professionals should focus on for the future of talent management


Tasha TolbertVice President, People ManagementAAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah


Laura JenkinsAmericas Head, Return to OfficeBloomberg

Lisa Welker-FinneyVice President of Human ResourcesBoston Scientific

1:25 PM - 1:55 PM ET

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP: Striking the Balance: Hiring the Talent You Need - Now

Talent organizations are facing increased challenges as we shift and adapt to the new normal. It is more difficult than ever to find talent for hard to fill positions.

On the other end of the spectrum, there is surging candidate demand for roles that are easier to fill. How can employers bring in the talent they need effectively and efficiently?

In this session, topics of discussion will include:

  • Leverage specialty sourcing strategies to uncover top talent.
  • Utilize automation technology to do more with less.
  • Tap into collaboration tools to increase hiring team efficiencies.

Joe EssenfeldVice President of Business Architecture iCIMS

1:55 PM - 2:25 PM ET


2:30 PM - 3:15 PM ET

PANEL DISCUSSION: Oh, be Fair! - Creating and Maintaining a Culture of Diversity, Inclusivity and Antibias

California was the first state to require equitable gender representation on corporate boards in 2018. Fast forward to 2020 and Michigan, New Jersey and Pennsylvania are now considering doing the same.

From the boardroom to the factory floor, legislators across the country are examining gender, race and other diversity and inclusion practices and creating laws to assure fairness. As an HR leader, you are the front line for assuring that organizations have a healthy, inclusive, and equitable work culture, but are your practices up to snuff?

Attend this panel discussion to learn:

  • How California has led the way in terms of gender fairness and where the ‘boardroom diversity’ law stands today
  • Real-life case-studies on how companies have improved company culture to become more inclusive
  • Where companies struggle most and tips to overcome diversity and inclusion roadblocks


Demetria JohnsonInclusion & Diversity Talent Acquisition StrategistGilead Sciences


Betsy Berkhemer-CredaireChief Executive Officer2020 Women on Boards

John Iino, CPC, CDC Chief Diversity OfficerReed Smith LLP

Nicci MorrisFormer Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging / Senior AdvisorDelta Dental / Have Her Back

3:20 PM - 3:50 PM ET

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Law and Order - California Employment Law in HR Practice

In this timely session, you will gain essential knowledge on the latest employment compliance gotchas for California employers. Whether your organization is based in California or has employees there, this update on recent labor laws could save you thousands in costly non-compliance fines.

Attend this essential session to:

  • Learn which laws took effect on January 1, 2020 and what is in the labor law pipeline
  • Be sure you are correctly applying California wage and hour rules and regulations.
  • Understand California benefits and workers’ compensation rules and regulations.
  • Adhere to key regulations impacting employee/employer relations in California.

Charles S. BirenbaumShareholderGreenberg Traurig, LLP.

3:55 PM - 4:40 PM ET

PANEL DISCUSSION: Engage for the Win - Total Reward Strategies to Skyrocket Employee Engagement

We are a world fresh from crisis and this effects employees’ attitudes and engagement! By tweaking Total Rewards strategies, HR and compensation leaders have the power to engage employees across all avenues of the workforce, no matter what is happening outside the workplace! Learn how companies managed the employee life-cycle from start to finish for phenomenal employee and organizational success.

Attend this session to learn:

  • Real-life examples of successful recruiting, hiring, engagement and retention practices
  • Where most Total Rewards efforts fail and how to avoid three of the most common mistakes
  • Where to start when rethinking your Total Rewards programs (which changes give you the most bang for your HR buck)


Johnny LiangSr. Director, Compensation & Benefits Dolby Laboratories


Philip DanaHead Of Human ResourcesDendreon

Ekta Vyas Ph.D, SHRM-SCPDeputy Chief Human Resources OfficerUC Davis Health

4:40 PM - 4:45 PM ET

Argyle Closing Remarks



We are proud to share with you the following Argyle Industry Influencers. Their contributions to Argyle help keep the programs we offer our membership current and relevant, so we can continue delivering you premiere experiences, content development, and membership engagement.

Eric Hutcherson is Executive Vice President, Chief People and Inclusion Officer at Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment. In this role, Hutcherson is a member of the company’s senior management and leads a global team across UMG’s record labels, publishing division and operating companies to align talent functions, amplify the company’s entrepreneurial-based culture, accelerate diversity and inclusion across all levels and territories, attract, retain and develop talent, accelerate the company’s social justice initiatives and build on UMG’s successful track-record of driving innovation by recruiting employees who bring new ideas, perspectives and skillsets.

Hutcherson joined UMG from the National Basketball Association, where he managed a team that drove the NBA’s global workforce strategy built on a commitment to attract, retain, develop and engage top talent for the NBA, WNBA, NBA G League and NBA 2K League. With a focus on people, culture and innovation, Hutcherson was responsible for leading global projects, processes and analytics that addressed business needs. He partnered with the leagues’ senior leadership to enable, empower and develop employees in 13 offices globally, guided by the league’s strategic direction.

Prior to joining the NBA in July 2014, Hutcherson was Managing Director and Chief HR Officer for the U.S. and Canada Division of Marsh, a leading global insurance brokerage firm. Before that, he held several leadership positions at Mercer, a financial services and human resource consulting firm, including Chief Human Resources Officer – Americas, and Global Leader for Mercer’s Outsourcing and Global Operations and Shared Services businesses. Earlier in his career, he worked for Foot Locker and served as Assistant Director of Public Relations for the Boston Celtics.

Hutcherson is also a motivational speaker and created a career development training program, “Say Yes to Success.” He serves on the Board of Councilors for the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, the Senior Advisory Council for the National Association of African Americans in HR, the Executive Advisory Committee for CNBC. He also served on the Executive Board for Covenant House New York and has been recently named to the Covenant House International Board. Additionally, he serves as strategic advisor to the Board of Directors for the Young Peoples Chorus; a multicultural youth chorus whose mission is to provide children of all economic and cultural backgrounds with a unique program of music education and choral performance.

Hutcherson earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from New York University and a master’s degree in Sports Management and Administration from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.