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Sep 14, 2016 | 8:00 am–8:30 am: Registration & Breakfast
8:30 am–12:00 pm: Event

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Join Nelson for our complimentary NELSONtalks Business: Southern California 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.

Earn Credits:
Up to 1 MCLE Credit, 3 HRCI Credits, 3 CPE Credits, and 3 SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016
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

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:

Taking a Deeper Dive Behind the Headlines: What’s Next for the U.S. Economy?
Kimberly Ritter-Martinez, Economist, Kyser Center for Economic Research

To understand the economy of Orange County, you must examine the economies of California and the U.S. as a whole. Kimberly Ritter-Martinez will walk through key economic indicators, including labor markets and housing data, that provide context for a deeper dive into the economy of Orange County.

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The Ever-Evolving Workplace: An Overview of Recent and Upcoming Changes in California Employment Law
Heather Vigil Peck, Shareholder at Littler Mendelson

It is crucial for HR professionals to have a comprehensive and up-to-date understanding of employment laws to protect the interests of their employers and employees. However, it can be nearly impossible to navigate the complexities of California Employment Law, as legislation, cases, and best practices are constantly changing and evolving. This presentation will provide insight into and help you understand several recent and upcoming challenges for employers, including wage and hour laws, pay equity issues, leave rules and best practices, and the use of medical marijuana.

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The Humans Are Coming! The Humans Are Coming!
China Gorman, Board Member at Motivis Learning

Some companies are reaping the benefits of relating to their employees as people with lives, interests, and needs outside the workplace rather than resources who arrive at 9:00 and leave at 5:00; is yours? In this session, China Gorman will share personal observations from her experience as CEO/President as well as current research on the ROI of creating a more human workplace culture, including evidence showing that companies embracing their humanity outperform competitors.

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nelsontalks-oc-speakers-chinaChina Gorman
Board Member at Motivis Learning

China Gorman is a successful global business executive in the competitive Human Capital Management (HCM) sector. She is a sought-after advisor, speaker, and writer bringing the CEO perspective to the challenges of building cultures of humanity for top performance and innovation.

Well-known for her tenure as CEO of the Great Place to Work® Institute, COO and interim CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and President of Lee Hecht Harrison, China works with HCM organizations all over the world to enhance their brands and their go-to-market strategies. She sits on the corporate boards of Motivis Learning and PeopleStrong, and chairs the  Universum North America board. Additionally, she serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Jobs for America’s Graduates as well as the Advisory Boards of Elevated Careers, the Workforce Institute at Kronos, and WorldBlu. China, is the author of the popular blog Data Point Tuesday, and is published and frequently quoted in media properties like Fortune, TLNT, Huffington Post, Inc., Fast Company, U.S. News & World Report, HR Magazine and many others.

nelsontalks-oc-speakers-heatherHeather Vigil Peck
Shareholder, Littler Mendelson

Littler Mendelson is an international management-side labor and employment law firm. Based in the firm’s Irvine office, Heather Vigil Peck 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 she recently received recognition by the National Diversity Council as one of the top 50 women lawyers of 2016.

nelsontalks-oc-speakers-kimKimberly Ritter-Martinez
Economist, Kyser Center for Economic Research

Kimberly Ritter-Martinez joined the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) in January 2009 as an Economist for the Kyser Center for Economic Research. She studies the regional economy of the greater Los Angeles region, analyzing employment and industry trends, housing and construction, and demographics.  Kimberly is a principal contributor to the annual Otis Report on the Creative Economy and regularly contributes to economic reports and briefings presented to corporate and government groups.  Additionally, she studies and writes about the aerospace, retail trade, tourism and entertainment industries for the LAEDC’s Economic Forecasts and industry reports.  She also contributes to and is the editor of the Kyser Center’s online weekly e-EDGE economics newsletter and gives presentations to corporations, government agencies, non-profits and educational institutions, and frequently speaks to the media about issues pertaining the local economy.
Kimberly earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Economics (cum laude and Phi Kappa Phi) from California State University Long Beach and is active in a number of professional and community organizations related to economic and regional development including the National Association for Business Economics and the American Economic Association.