Pasadena - The Wide World of Entertainment and Its Human Resource Needs
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Pasadena - The Wide World of Entertainment and Its Human Resource Needs

When: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Where: The University Club
175 N Oakland Ave
Pasadena, California  91101
United States
Presenter: Davida Lara
Contact: Eileen Yip

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PIHRA Pasadena

The Wide World of Entertainment and
Its Human Resource Needs
presented by Davida Lara


The entertainment industry has unique characteristics when it comes to human capital management. On film and television projects workers are typically freelancers belonging to a variety of unions with different rules and requirements. For the companies supporting these projects, the scope of expertise and flexibility required is wide-ranging and intensive.

What does it take to thrive in the human resource arena for an industry that everyone wants to join, but for which few have a grasp on the intricacies?

Come join us and learn about HR in the entertainment industry.


Program Agenda

7:00am to 7:30am - Registration, Breakfast, Networking
7:20am to 7:30am - Welcome and Announcements
7:30am to 8:45am - Speaker and Q&A
8:45am to 9:00am - Wrap Up




Executive Vice President of Payroll, Davida Lara, combines a high level of proficiency in business applications, business process, and organizational management in leading Entertainment Partners’ (EP’s) Payroll teams. She believes in tailoring client needs to deliver a superior payroll experience. Lara frequently speaks at various global forums including ADP, KPMG, and PWC.

In the past decade, Lara has gained extensive expertise developing systems and process automation, and training personnel. She has been responsible for developing global mobility best practices and payroll shared services. Additionally, she has led initiatives involving international assignment policies and global mobility.

Prior to joining EP, Lara served as the Senior Vice President and Head of Global Payroll for The Blackstone Group, where she directly oversaw global payroll operations impacting more than half a million employees. Prior to that, Lara was the head of global HRIS and Payroll at Harman International Industries, where she oversaw system strategy and implementation for 23 countries.

Throughout a career spanning over two decades, Lara has headed numerous diversity and inclusion initiatives, and continues to be a voice for empowering women. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Center of Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education. Lara received a B.S. cum laude, from the School of Business at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut.

Lara spends much of her free time mentoring inner city youth, is involved in motivational and educational public speaking, and enjoys theater and the arts with her husband and two daughters.



This program is valid for 1.25 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA) is recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM.

This program has been approved for 1.25 HR (General) recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute homepage at

The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.


Registration Rates

Category Pre-Registration Onsite
PIHRA Member $30 $35
Guest/Nonmember $45 $50
PIHRA Member In-Transition $20 $25
PIHRA Student Member $20 $25

Online registration closes on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 12:00pm. Registrations after this date will only be taken onsite.


Cancellation Policy

There will be a 50% administration fee for any cancellation. If you need to cancel, we must receive it in writing (email or fax) 2 business days prior to an event during normal business hours. Refunds will not be given to no-shows. Credits will not be issued for use towards future PIHRA events. 


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