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NELSONtalks Business: North Bay

May 16, 2017 | 8:00 am–8:30 am: Registration & Breakfast
8:30 am–12:00 pm: Event

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Tuesday, May 16, 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

Luther Burbank Center For The Arts
50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

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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The Beginning and the End: Understanding and Addressing the Latest Legal Challenges Associated with Hiring and Firing Employees
Stephen Hirschfeld, founding partner and co-managing partner of Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP

Most employers already know there are a variety of legal considerations to take into account when you hire or dismiss an employee. But these considerations are constantly changing; current trends and legal updates may impact the steps you need to take to effectively handle these situations. In this session, Stephen Hirschfeld will help you minimize potential legal risk by providing an overview of: how to avoid creating liability during job interviews; the risks associated with conducting internet searches of applicants; how to effectively utilize performance improvement plans (PIPs); when (and when not to) use severance agreements; and much more.

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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.

Stephen Hirschfeld

Stephen Hirschfeld is a founding partner and co-managing partner with the law firm of Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP in San Francisco, California. He is also the CEO of the Employment Law Alliance (ELA), the world’s largest network of labor and employment lawyers.

Steve works with clients throughout the country in both the public and private sector, from Fortune 500 companies to small, privately-owned businesses. He advises executives, managers, and supervisors on day-to-day legal issues affecting the workplace, including employee discipline and terminations, union organizing, workforce reductions, discrimination claims, substance abuse, workplace privacy, and many other human resources issues. He has also tried to verdict over 100 cases before courts, arbitrators, administrative law judges and government agencies with a ‘win rate’ of over 90 percent.

Steve takes a proactive approach when advising clients, emphasizing creative solutions to employee relations problems. He routinely counsels management about ways to prevent costly and protracted litigation, teaching clients how to make sound human resource decisions while minimizing wrongful termination, discrimination, and sexual harassment claims.