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NELSONtalks Business: Southern California

Nov 20, 2017 | 8:00 am–8:30 am: Registration & Breakfast
8:30 am–12:00 pm: Event

Westin South Coast Plaza, 686 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa CA 92626

Join Nelson and local business and HR professionals for this complimentary event to learn about the latest economic, HR, and employment trends that will help your company rapidly adjust to evolving market conditions as you build your path to success.

Wednesday, September 20, 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

Westin South Coast Plaza,
686 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa CA 92626

In an economic climate where talent is a scarce and essential resource for every company’s success, HR leaders play a pivotal role in attracting and retaining the human capital that fuels growth. Industry experts will provide insights and resources to help you lead the evolution of your company’s HR and employment strategies. Sessions include:

Sessions include:

The Evolving World of Work: Technology’s Impact on Labor and Employment in Los Angeles and Orange County
Somjita Mitra, Director of the Institute for Applied Economics, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation

The Los Angeles/Orange County regional economy is being inexorably pulled into the information age, presenting more of its residents with the promise of economic success or the risk of being left behind–a different economic future than we envisioned only a few decades ago. Artificial intelligence, machine learning, virtual reality, and ever more powerful computers are changing the nature of work, the need for labor, the organization of firms, and the rewards that workers earn. Skilled jobs are becoming increasingly more skilled and thus more highly rewarded, and lower-skilled, routine jobs are becoming more automated.

In this session, Somjita Mitra will discuss the current economic environment as it relates to the labor market, what this means for local employers, and the interventions in education, economic development, and career training necessary to maintain middle-class jobs and preserve the skilled human capital necessary to maintain living standards and support economic growth.

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Navigating “Local Local” Employment Laws
Heather Vigil, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson

Beyond the labor and employment developments taking place at the national level and the state level in California, employers must keep an eye on breaking news at the local level, as well. In recent years, municipalities up and down the coast have passed ordinances, such as “ban-the-box” laws, paid sick leave, and wage increases, that affect employers.

Heather Vigil’s presentation will highlight local laws that have been enacted, or are currently in the pipeline, in southern California municipalities, and what employers need to be aware of when it comes to keeping an eye on local employment laws.

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Building a Sense of Purpose to Improve Employee Productivity
Karen Stevens, Global Career Services & Transitions Director, Accenture

What if instead of asking whether our employees are engaged, we asked if they are fulfilled? Would this increase productivity even further? Research shows that employees who feel fulfilled in their work and who work with a sense of purpose show much greater productivity, are better ambassadors of employers’ brands, and contribute more to employers’ bottom lines.

In this talk, Karen Stevens will examine the ways that HR practitioners and business leaders can help to influence our employees’ sense of purpose, reward those who work with passion, and create an environment that encourages this work style. Karen will present theories she is investigating and share concrete experiences from her current experiments.

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Somjita Mitra

Somjita Mitra joined the Institute for Applied Economics as an Economist in June 2013. She is involved in the planning, designing and conducting of research and analysis for consulting clients and local businesses and governments, as well as for LAEDC’s internal departments. Her focus is in regional analysis, economic impact studies and the industrial and occupational structure of local economies.

Before joining the LAEDC, she was an Economist for a local economic research and litigation consulting company evaluating economic damages, estimating lost profits, identifying key economic issues and developing necessary analytical and empirical frameworks. Prior to this, Somjita was a Project Director for a consumer research firm in Los Angeles where she managed projects that identified and analyzed key market issues for small, local firms as well as multinational corporations.

Somjita received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and her Master of Arts in Politics, Economics and Business as well as her Ph.D. in Economics from Claremont Graduate University. She enjoys volunteering in the local community and is actively involved in both women’s welfare and animal rescue organizations.

Heather Vigil

Littler Mendelson is an international management-side labor and employment law firm. Based in the firm’s Irvine office, Heather Vigil has experience with issues related to privacy and data protection, traditional labor, discrimination and harassment, wage and hour, and wrongful termination. She frequently presents to managers and human resources employees on topics such as preventing workplace harassment and avoiding litigation. She also appears in state and federal courts in California, as well as the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and other state and federal administrative agencies.

Heather is a liaison for the firm’s Women’s Leadership Initiative and last year she received recognition by the National Diversity Council as one of the top 50 women lawyers of 2016.

Karen Stevens

Karen Stevens has a passion for building creative solutions and programs for talent strategy initiatives as well as for inspiring each employee in her organization to achieve great things in their own career.

She currently leads the Global Career Services and Career Transitions team for Accenture – which includes creating supportive programs and resources for Accenture’s 400,000 employees globally, as well as for over 400,000 Accenture Alumni. Her goal is to ensure that every Accenture employee and alum is working at the crossroads of their passion & talents and the needs of the business.

Prior to her current role, she played an integral role in supporting the growth of an early stage start-up into a leading provider of transition services and career management solutions where she built cutting-edge programs, practices, and products that have uniquely differentiated the company’s career transition offering in the market.

Karen is known for her ability to inspire and motivate teams to do their best work and make every employee feel special. She has a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Notre Dame de Namur University and holds several certifications, including SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Human Capital Strategist, and is a Gallup certified Strengths Coach. She is an advocate for progressive talent strategy and is currently Chairing the committee for the 2018 Global HRPS Conference.