San Francisco HR Star Conference
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Speaker Information


Phillip R. Maltin, Esq. is a Partner of Raines Feldman LLP based in Beverly Hills, California where he serves as a member of the Labor & Employment and Business Litigation practice groups. Mr. Maltin has a reputation as a preeminent litigator and exceptional questioner with nuanced tactical and technical skills at trial. He defends employers both in single plaintiff and multi-plaintiff litigation as well as class actions on a wide-range of employment law matters. These include wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination and misappropriation of trade secrets. His clients include national and international corporations located in the United States, Asia and Europe. Mr. Maltin also manages and conducts numerous internal investigations for companies on workplace issues ranging from claims of discrimination and harassment to inquiries into violence and embezzlement. A former full-time prosecutor in the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, he continues to prosecute discrete criminal cases through trial as part of his commitment to the Trial Advocacy Project. In addition, Mr. Maltin is an expert speaker on the topics of investigation and questioning techniques - with a focus on uncovering dishonesty. His presentations have garnered wide-spread media interest, and he speaks at conferences and conventions internationally. Mr. Maltin is perennially recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer which is an elite distinction given to no more than five percent of the Southern California Bar.


Allison West, Esq., SPHR, SHRM-SCP is the Managing Principal of Employment Practices Specialists LLC and holds a simple approach to employment practices: be proactive. Using her employment law background, coupled with her sound knowledge of human resources practices, Allison provides proactive risk management services aimed at helping companies both prevent and resolve employment claims. She is a frequent speaker on employment law and human resources topics at national conferences related to human resources and diversity. Allison specializes in delivering customized in-house training programs to companies of all sizes, serving a wide variety of industries. Her clients include: Chiquita Brands, SanDisk, Kodak EasyShare Gallery, Sharp Hospital, and Portola Pharmaceuticals. Her expertise also includes delivering one-on-one sensitivity training to executives, managers and employees concerning harassment, discrimination, and disciplinary and/or behavioral issues as well as conducting workplace investigations, providing expert witness assistance and other HR consulting. Allison is a member of the State Bar of California and holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification.


Jennifer Brown Shaw, Esq. is a Founding Partner of Shaw Law Group, PC where she provides regular advice and counsel on workplace issues to various private and public sector employers throughout the country. Named by Northern California Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in California every year since 2009, Jennifer is a frequent speaker on employment law topics - and has been a guest on CNN and local television and radio. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics with honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz, Jennifer graduated magna cum laude from the University of San Francisco School of Law where she was the editor-in-chief of the law review. Before founding Shaw Valenza LLP in 2006, Jennifer was a Partner at Jackson Lewis LLP.


Shari Dunn is Managing Director, Compensation for Gallagher HR Consulting - formerly CompAnalysis - a Division of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Shari has a long and varied background in compensation management, having worked both internally as a manager and as a consultant in this field with such firms as McKinsey & Co., Deloitte, Boise Cascade and Bank of America. In 1980, she established CompAnalysis, a consultancy dedicated to helping employers make successful compensation decisions. Prior to being acquired by the Arthur J. Gallagher Company in 2010, the firm had grown to become a leading independent San Francisco Bay Area compensation management consulting firm, specializing in broad-based pay plans. She and her staff work with both non-profit and for-profit employers to develop and maintain base pay plans, executive compensation guidelines and incentive pay approaches. Shari has a B.A. degree in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. She is the former President of the 5,000 + member Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA) and maintains active memberships in the Bay Area Compensation Association and WorldatWork.


Katherin Nukk-Freeman, Esq. is the Co-Founder and President of SHIFT HR Compliance Training. As a dynamic employment law advisor, training instructor and industry thought leader, Katherin partners with clients to develop and implement strategies to manage risk, comply with the law, increase productivity and create an overall better workplace. Leveraging more than 20 years of success as a trusted advisor to corporate leaders, Katherin enables companies to proactively address and effectively manage workplace issues related to harassment and discrimination complaints, COBRA compliance, disability and leave law, wage and hour disputes, social media risks, staff reductions in force, and high-risk terminations. Katherin created SHIFT HR Compliance Training to provide innovative, engaging and impactful online training services to companies of all sizes from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies. SHIFT HR Compliance Training delivers compliance training to human resource departments, executives, management teams and employees nationwide. Katherin works with human resources management professionals providing guidance and instruction enabling them to better manage and proactively address their training programs and many other employment law issues thereby avoiding costly litigation for their companies. As a champion for forward-looking employment law applications, Katherin is a frequent presenter on employment law issues and has authored countless articles on current employment law “hot topics”.


Liliana O. Salazar, Esq. is the Chief Compliance Officer Western Region for HUB International and is responsible for addressing employers’ health and welfare responsibilities under federal and state laws and city ordinances. She works closely with HUB’s service teams and clients to develop short-term and long-term strategies that allow clients to remain in compliance while addressing clients’ financial and human capital needs. Liliana interacts with regulatory agencies such as the Department of Labor, the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Treasury Department, the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state insurance departments to discuss the applicability of laws and regulations to group health plans. Liliana possesses 20 years of experience in addressing the compliance and regulatory needs of employers and their group health plans. She actively worked with carriers and clients in ensuring their compliance with the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and HITECH Act rules, GASB 45 obligations and more recently the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Prior to joining HUB, Liliana was National Practice Leader for the Employee Benefits Compliance Practice of Wells Fargo Insurance Services and Vice President of Compliance for ABD Insurance Services. Liliana is a regular speaker at national and state conferences sponsored by employers, employee benefit chapters and HR associations, including ISCEBS, SHRM, CALPELRA, PERLA, NAFOA and others. She is also a regular contributor to national and regional employee benefit publications. Due to her many industry contributions over the years, Liliana was the recipient of the 2013 Women to Watch Award from Business Insurance.


Bruce L. Calvin, J.D. is the President of Calvin Associates, Inc. - a global HR Corporate Advisory Firm that works with CEOs, CFOs and executives who need support with HR integration and HR intervention matters. He helps existing teams refocus on their goals and outcomes, and he works confidentially with the executives when sensitive HR issues require senior management coaching, conflict resolution, outside third party internal investigations and other neutral work. Mr. Calvin brings over 30 years of global HR expertise across a wide range of industries, including semiconductor, healthcare, financial, aerospace, nonprofit, chemical and transportation. He has worked at both the executive level and as a consultant supporting various-sized organizations from Fortune 500 elite to startups. Mr. Calvin has a clear understanding of how global HR issues - affected by California legal requirements - can impact a company's bottom line, as well as the importance of helping organizations resolve sensitive employee relations issues quickly and with little disruption to the organization. During Mr. Calvin's last 15 years in industry, his corporate experience included roles as Senior VP Corporate Services, VP Human Resources and Administration and Compliance Officer to two Boards. Mr. Calvin has a B.S. from Troy University, a J.D. from John F. Kennedy University and is licensed by the California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services.


Jill Christensen is an author, speaker, employee engagement expert and President of Jill Christensen International based in Denver, Colorado. With three decades of real-life, in-the-trenches global Fortune 500 executive-level experience, Jill’s view is radically different. She shares with listeners that although HR “owns” culture change, they do not own culture change. Employees will not re-engage unless senior leaders and managers fundamentally change the way they lead the company and their teams. Jill has served as the head of Global Internal Communications at both Avaya and Western Union. She has a Six Sigma Green Belt and was recently named as one of the Top 100 Global Employee Engagement Influencers of 2017. Additionally, she is the author of the best-selling book, If Not You, Who? Cracking the Code of Employee Disengagement. Jill works with the best and brightest leaders and companies around the world to improve productivity, customer satisfaction and revenue growth. Clients include AT&T, Nokia, ARROW, Crocs, Novartis, TIAA, ACT as well as numerous U.S. cities and non-profit organizations.


Leonora “Lenny” Schloss, Esq. is a Shareholder in the Los Angeles office of Jackson Lewis. Ms. Schloss specializes in wage-hour and leaves of absence issues, advises and trains employers on preventative measures, drafts policies and agreements, conducts wage/hour classification audits and training, and handles employment investigations. Ms. Schloss has substantial experience litigating single plaintiff and class action discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and wage/hour cases in state and federal courts and agencies. She also represents employers in litigation stemming from employee non-competition agreements and trade secret misappropriation matters. Ms. Schloss is graduate of St. Louis University - summa cum laude - and Columbia University School of Law, where she was a finalist in the Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court Competition. In addition, Ms. Schloss serves as a Board Member for the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation, is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and has been recognized in Who’s Who of American Women.


Norman C. Plotkin, Esq. is a Partner with Jackson & Hertogs LLP. Norman joined the well-respected firm in 1987, achieving Partner in 2002. His experience includes liaison for the Northern California American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Chapter to both the INS California Service Center and the U.S. Department of Labor. His professional background also includes editor of the Gold Book, a resource for practicing immigration law in California and co-editor of the Western Region Directory for the Immigration Practitioner. Recently listed in the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Norman has also been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America. Fluent in Spanish, Norman obtained his B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and is a graduate of Tulane Law School.


Debbie Birndorf Zeiler, Esq., M.B.A. has been practicing law for more than twenty years, including ten years at major law firms. She represents employers in all aspects of employment law, including defense of harassment and discrimination claims, wage claims, wage and hours class actions, disability claims and misappropriation of trade secrets. She also provides counseling, drafts and reviews employment contracts, severance agreements, employee handbooks and personnel policies. Debbie earned a B.A. from UCLA, an M.B.A. from NYU and a law degree from Washington University in St. Louis where she graduated at the top of her class. Debbie has received several honors throughout her career, including being named one of the "Top Employment and Labor Attorneys in Los Angeles" and one of the "Top Women Attorneys" by Los Angeles Magazine. Birndorf Law Offices was also recognized as one of the best law firms in Los Angeles.Most recently, Debbie was named as a "2015 Super Lawyer in Employment and Labor" which she was also awarded in 2013.


Liz Ramos is the Founder and CEO of Engeniate, a company that guides C-level business leaders and their teams in creating strengths-based work cultures that accelerate success in productivity and profit. Liz has over fifteen years of experience working in human resources management and is triple-certified in team building approaches, such as DiSC, Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team and StrengthsFinder. Liz's deep understanding of employee engagement and interpersonal communication skills have put her in demand by forward-thinking teams and organizations that are looking to achieve sustainable interdependence. She focuses on serving business leaders who understand that a prosperous business begins with energized employees who find meaning in their work and take pride in achieving common goals. Liz conducts workshops, hosts meetups and speaks frequently on high performance work cultures. Recent speaking engagements include: DeepTok, SF Legal Professionals Association, Heffernen Insurance Group and Women for Wine Sense HR Roundtable. Liz is bilingual and bicultural in English and Spanish.


Rita Sever, M.A. is the President of Supervision Matters and has worked in human resources for over 20 years. Her company provides HR consulting, coaching and training to make organizations more effective and fun. Rita also works as an affiliate consultant with RoadMap Consulting - a national group of consultants committed to strengthening organizations and advancing social justice. Her clients include Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Foundation, The San Francisco Ballet, Urban Habit, San Francisco Foundation, SIREN, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Legal Services for Children and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation just to name a few. Previously, Rita served as the Human Resources Director for Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County as well as the Sonoma County AIDS Network. Rita is also an educator and has taught Human Resources Management at both the University of San Francisco and Sonoma State University. Rita’s recent book, Supervision Matters: 100 Bite-Sized Ideas to Transform You and Your Team, is a collection of practical, accessible and concise essays offering a comprehensive approach to effective supervision. Rita holds an M.A. in Organizational Psychology as well as a Certificate in Organizational Coaching.


Pri Murphy is a National Account Executive at Employment Screening Resources (ESR) where she focuses on emerging and mid-sized businesses. Pri quickly identified non-profit organizations as a preferred vertical - not just as a source of new revenue, but also as a means to protect the non-profit's employees and those they serve. Pri is committed to educating organizations about the importance of safe hiring and how to do so within a constrained budget by offering innovative ways to implement cost-effective screening programs. Prior to joining ESR in 2013, Pri worked at a Sonoma County non-profit specializing in residential treatment for severely emotionally disturbed youth. She is a graduate of Sonoma State University with a degree in English Literature. Pri is passionate about athletics and was a captain of the 2008 State Champion SRJC Women's Swim and Dive Team. Additionally, she was a recipient of SRJC's Commitment to Excellence award, which celebrates academic achievement by athletes.


Dave Collins is the Founder and CEO of Oak and Reeds, a corporate training firm dedicated to using the tools of improvisation to train clients on everyday soft skills. Dave is an award-winning improvisor, coach, speaker and corporate strategist with over a decade of experience performing and coaching improv. Along with his teammates, Dave won the National Collegiate Improv Tournament. He has headlined shows across the United States and individually has coached hundreds of students and professionals in the art and practice of applied improvisation. Prior to founding Oak and Reeds, he worked as a change management expert at AECOM. As part of AECOM's workplace strategy team, Dave helped clients to examine the relationship between workspace and productivity, enabling people to break old habits and embrace change. Dave has a B.A. in Communication and Economics from Northwestern University with a specialization in Team Leadership.


Braden L. Albert is the Founder and President of the HR Star Conference and its parent company, Abbington Court Media. A graduate of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, Braden began organizing job fairs and trade shows in the mid-1990's. Intrigued by the idea of bringing people together for a shared, learning experience - and impressed by the impact such an experience can provide - Braden organized his first HR Star Conference in 1999. Today, the scope of the HR Star Conference includes annual events in Los Angeles, California; Atlanta, Georgia; San Francisco, California; and Cleveland, Ohio. Over 3,300 HR professionals attended an HR Star Conference in 2016.