2021Symposium

WELCOME TO THE 24TH ANNUAL KERN COUNTY SHRM Symposium & Exposition!

We are excited to have you! This year’s brochure is digital. You will find all the information regarding the Symposium on this site. Anytime you want to access the digital booklet, scan the QR code on your name badge or any event signage.

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THANK YOU TO ALL OUR SPONSORS!

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Corporate Exhibitor Booth

Bag Sponsor

Headshot Sponsorship

Reception Sponsor

Name Badge Sponsor

Passport Bingo Sponsor

DJ Sponsor

Keynote Speakers

Jill Christensen

Jill Christensen

Jill Christensen is one of the most in-demand and highest-rated female speakers in the world today.  Named a Top 200 Global Thought Leader to Watch in 2021 and Top 101 Employee Engagement Influencer, she takes audiences on a journey that educates and inspires people to act.  A former Fortune 500 Corporate Communications business executive with a Six Sigma Green Belt, Jill understands how organizations operate, and what they need to do differently to attract, retain, and engage both on-site and remote employees. 

Jill’s presentation will be: “If Not You, Who?”  How to Crack the Code of Employee Disengagement.

Karith Foster

Karith Foster

For two decades Karith Foster has taken her passion for entertaining and critical thinking nationwide from the airwaves to organizations; from universities to corporations, creating a seismic shift in mindsets and revolutionizing the way we address issues of leadership, diversity and wellness.  The former co-host of controversial radio personality Don Imus and former Fortune 500 human resources executive administrator brings the perfect and upbeat blend of humor, knowledge, and experience, when conveying the ever-present need to address effective leadership, diversity & inclusion and thoughtful communication. Karith leaves her audiences feeling engaged, connected, inspired, and empowered to commit to the journey of success via mutual respect, acceptance and a greater sense of ability and belonging.

Karith’s presentation will be: “Breaking the Laws of Leadership”  

Traco Matthews

Traco Matthews is the Chief Program Officer at CAPK. He brings extensive leadership skills and deep community connections to this critical position in Kern County’s official anti-poverty agency. His mission is to oversee the majority of CAPK programs which offer direct services to the public. Traco continually seeks to improve culture, processes, and outcomes through his work and in the community. He uses his experience providing leadership development for administrators and directors, contributing strategic analysis, delivering HR expertise, and building a trusted brand through proficient community relations to empower that commitment.

Traco’s purpose and greatest passion is encouraging and coaching others. In addition to coaching employees at work, he teaches business courses at Bakersfield College and California State University, Bakersfield, provides mentoring for leaders on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, and serves as a Social Pastor and community advocate. He graduated from the University of California, Davis with a bachelor’s degree in Economics in 2001, and from California State University, Bakersfield, with an M.B.A. in 2017. He is happily married to his wife of 20 years, Dr. Jessica Grimes, a community college administrator. Bakersfield serves as the home base for their frequent travels and life adventures.

Day's Agenda

7:00 – 8:00 AM

Registration/ Breakfast/ Exhibitors Visitation

Visit exhibitor booths on your bingo card for a chance to win prizes

8:00 – 8:15 AM

Welcome, Introductions (Concert Hall)

8:15 – 9:15 AM

Morning Keynote Speaker (Concert Hall)

Jill Christensen “If Not You, Who? How to Crack the Code of Employee Disengagement”

9:45 – 10:45 AM

Breakout Session #1

10:45 – 11:00 AM

Exhibitors Visitation/ Break

11:00 – 12:00 PM

Breakout Session #2

12:15 – 12:45 PM

Lunch & 4th Annual KC SHRM Awards Presentation

12:45 – 1:45 PM

Lunch Keynote Speaker (Main Stage)

Traco Matthews “Rediscovering the courage to lead in critical values spaces that HR professionals are uniquely equipped to handle.”

1:45 – 2:15 PM

Exhibitors Visitation/ Exhibitor Raffle

Turn in bingo cards to the KC SHRM booth

2:15 – 3:15 PM

Breakout Session #3

3:30 – 4:30 PM

Afternoon Keynote Speaker (Concert Hall)

Karith Foster “Breaking the Laws of Leadership”

4:30 – 6:00 PM

KC SHRM RECEPTION / WINE MIXER (Atrium)

Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session #1

  • Truxtun Room
    • Miranda T. Ruiz “Lingering Effects – How Covid-19’s persistent neurocognitive changes can impact employee engagement”
  • Potato Room
    • Jay Rosenlieb “10 Tips to get the most of your employment law attorney”
  • Breckenridge Room
    • Rachel Glauser “Working Together to Manage Crises Like a Boss”
  • Caliente Room
    • Lauren Sweeney “Going All-In: Creating a Diverse and Inclusive Workspace”
  • Oleander Room
    • Kenneth Robinson “Finding the HR C-Suite Spot”

Breakout Session #2

  • Truxtun Room
    • Jim McDonald “CFRA for (Almost) Everyone”
  • Potato Room
    • Leigh Pozas “Wellness: Stress and the body’s response and adaptation”
  • Breckenridge Room
    • Robin Paggi “Managing Generation A: How to Recruit, Onboard, Develop, and retain the Newest Generation in the Workplace”
  • Caliente Room
    • Javier Lozano “Succession Planning: Business Continuity Depends on it!”
  • Oleander Room
    • Juanita Webb/Justin Heber “C”-ted at the Table’”

Breakout Session #3

  • Truxtun Room
    • Dan Klingenberger “Wage & Hour”
  • Potato Room
    • Anita Martin “Using KC SHRM and SHRM Resources”
  • Breckenridge Room
    • Jerry Pearson “The Top 10 Issues Facing California Employers in 2022”
  • Caliente Room
    • Sue Watson “What is Strategic Planning”
  • Oleander Room
    • Nada Lena Nasserdeen “Getting into the CEO Seat”

KC SHRM BOARD MEMBERS

We want to recognize our 2021 KC SHRM Board members….

Roshni Patel

Anita Martin, Th.D., MBA, SHRM-SCP

Genessa Hager, SHRM-SCP

Shannon Foster, SHRM-SCP

Jenny Ramirez

Cori McMahan

Mayra Rosales

Chrystal Abbott

Shaylyn Lewis

Jay Rosenlieb

Stephanie Tooly

Season Susko

Christy Parker

Cherrity Ricks, SHRM-SCP; SPHR

Dr. Kenneth I. Robinson

Erica Calistro, MBA

Tanya Hutson, SHRM-CP

Norma Dunn

Dr. JT (Jiatian) Chen

Tom See, SPHR

Lori Cortez

Isabel Bravo, PHR

We would like to especially thank our Symposium Director, Denise Montecino, and the Symposium committee for all their hard work and dedication to making this year’s symposium a successful event.

KC SHRM Contact Information

For more information regarding KC SHRM or to join the organization, contact Anita Martin, KC SHRM President, or visit our website at https://kcshrm.com/.

Anita Martin, SHRM-SCP – President
Email: anita.martin@khs-net.com
Business: (661) 664 – 5020
Cell: (661) 706 -0277

We’re so glad you could join us at the 24th Annual KC SHRM Symposium & Exposition! In order to help us improve the next event, we’d love it if you could spare two minutes answering a few questions about your experience.

Jill Christensen – Keynote Speaker
“If Not You, Who? How to Crack the Code of Employee Disengagement”
8:15 – 9:15 AM
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Breakout Session #1
9:45 – 10:45 AM
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Breakout Session #2
11:00 – 12:00 PM
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Traco Matthews – Keynote Speaker
“Rediscovering the courage to lead in critical values spaces that HR professionals are uniquely equipped to handle.”
12:45 – 1:45 PM
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Breakout Session #3
2:15 – 3:15 PM
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Karith Foster – Keynote Speaker
“Breaking the Laws of Leadership”
3:30 – 4:30 PM
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We appreciate your continued support of the organization! See you next year on October 5, 2022!