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NELSONtalks Business: Sacramento

May 10, 2017 | 8:00 am–8:30 am: Registration & Breakfast
8:30 am–12:00 pm: Event

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017
8:00 am–8:30 am: Registration & Breakfast
8:30 am–12:00 pm: Event

Continuing Education Credits:
Earn CPE, HRCI, MCLE, and SHRM credits

The Citizen Hotel
926 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

Thank you for joining us for this complimentary event to network with local business and HR professionals and learn about the latest economic, HR, and employment trends that will help you rapidly adjust to market conditions and drive innovation in your company.

Sessions included:

Labor Markets and a New President: Seeing Changes 20-20
Dr. Robert Eyler, professor of economics at Sonoma State University and president of Economic Forensics and Analytics, Inc.

Our new president and his first 100 days in office signal changes in labor markets throughout California. Dr. Robert Eyler will discuss the state of these decisions, how the California economy fits into the national and global picture, and what recent economic news and policies mean for your business. Robert’s rare ability to break down highly detailed economic concepts and make them engaging for a general audience yet informative for other subject matter experts always receives an excellent rating from NELSONtalks attendees.

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Understanding & Shaping Company Culture: Lessons from the Board Room to the Trails
Bob Walker, former financial executive with Hewlett-Packard and board member of various for- and non-profit organizations

There are over seven billion people on this planet – and we’re all different. In today’s business environment, understanding and embracing those differences is crucial to building a company culture that fosters success. Through stories and anecdotes from his time at Hewlett-Packard and Ford Motor Company, and even from his experiences leading nature walks for grade schoolers, Bob Walker will share real-life lessons and key insights on how culture impacts management, communication, and decision-making styles. He’ll take an interactive approach and provide examples of strategies you can use to guide the development of a culture that works for your company.

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Exempt or Non-Exempt: That is the Question
Jennifer Shaw, Esq., Founder, Shaw Law Group

Correctly classifying employees as exempt or non-exempt can be crucial to minimizing legal risk. Jennifer Shaw, a well-respected employment law expert, will lead this interactive discussion on what California employers need to know about these classifications. In this session, she’ll share an overview of the salary and duties tests for the most common overtime exemptions (including the “white collar” exemptions, the inside/outside sales exemptions, the IT computer software exemption, and others); how to determine if an employee meets the tests for exempt status; the impact of misclassification; and how to reclassify employees without creating unnecessary risk of future claims.

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Dr. Robert Eyler

Dr. Robert Eyler is President of Economic Forensics and Analytics, specializing in public policy analysis for firms and governments.  He is also Dean of the School of Extended and International Education and Professor of Economics at Sonoma State University.  He earned a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis and a B.A. in Economics at CSU, Chico.

Robert provides economic impact analyses for both private firms and public entities to help guide public policy, and acts as an expert witness and forensic economist. He has also been a visiting scholar at both the University of Bologna and Stanford University.

A Sonoma County native, Robert and his family have been sheep and cattle ranchers in Marin and Sonoma counties since 1910.

Bob Walker

Bob Walker was CFO of Agilent Technologies from the company’s creation in 1999 until December of 2001. He created and led Agilent’s financial functions as the company was spun out from Hewlett-Packard (HP) and completed its IPO. Before joining Agilent, Bob held a variety of financial and administrative positions at HP. He was named HP’s first CIO and elected a vice president in 1995.

More recently, Bob has served on the boards of several publicly traded companies and not-for- profit organizations, including Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.; Liberate Technologies; InterTrust; Electro Scientific Industries; Financial Executives International; and the historic Filoli estate. He currently serves on the board of United Way Bay Area.

Bob received both a BS in electrical engineering and an MBA from Cornell University. He and his wife, Gail, have been married for 43 years and have two grown sons.

Jennifer Shaw, Esq.

Jennifer Shaw, Esq., is the founder of the Shaw Law Group. A well-respected expert in employment law for more than 20 years, Jennifer provides practical advice and counsel on a broad range of employment law issues, including wage-hour compliance, reasonable accommodation/leave of absence issues, and hiring/separation processes.

She has developed a national reputation for providing innovative and entertaining workplace training to management and non-supervisory employees. She uses case studies, audience participation, and storytelling to bring employment law to life, training over 10,000 people each year.

Jennifer has authored hundreds of articles on employment law, and has been quoted in numerous publications. She is also the founder of 100+ Women Who Care Sacramento Valley, a local giving circle, and is active in many pro bono activities. On the weekends, you can find Jennifer playing with her daughter and enjoying the sunshine.