Strategic LeadHeR 2017
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When: Wednesday, March 8, 2017
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Where: Pepperdine University | Malibu Campus
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, California  90263
United States
Contact: PIHRA Programs Dept

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Strategic LeadHeR will provide a unique approach to professional development in HR

receive customized tools and take-aways

enjoy engaging and detailed presentations

thrive in a collaborative setting

begin to apply concepts to your company immediately

Influence, develop and advance your organization as an HR professional.



  Britta Wilson, Ed.D.

Dr. Wilson brings almost 30 years of human resources leadership experience in diverse industries. She currently serves as Vice President, Inclusion Strategies for Pixar and held a similar role with Expedia, serving as their Chief Inclusion Officer. In addition, she serves on the Graziadio School of Business and Management Board of Visitors and is a Faculty Practitioner.
  Primo Custodio

Previously responsible for leading and directing the overall human resources function for approximately 1,500 employees, Mr. Custodio is a senior level executive with more than 25 years broad-based experience in human resources strategic business planning, and organizational design and development. Retained through six mergers and acquisitions, he earned a reputation for leadership and strategy.
  Elissa O'Brien, SHRM-SCP

Ms. O’Brien has over 25 years of proven human resource successes with significant strategic human resource leadership experience within diverse industries ranging from financial services to health care and is currently serving as VP, Membership for SHRM, where she is leading the strategy of membership acquisition, engagement and retention globally for the world’s largest membership association of HR professionals.

  Mark Allen, Ph.D.

Dr. Allen teaches MBA and bachelor’s courses in management, leadership, and organizational change for the Graziadio School of Business and Management. Previously as Director, Office of Executive Education at USC, he created the highly successful USC Management Development Program.
  Lonnie McGowen

As Vice President of Human Resources (The Americas Group) where he covers the Southwestern Division Retail Stores Group, Mr. McGowen has been tasked to create, drive and maintain initiatives that are strategic in action and targeted by design to continue the strong tradition of a company that has been around since 1866.
  Michelle Esser, SHRM-SCP

Ms. Esser has more than 15 years’ experience in the Human Resources field. She has overseen management of all human resource functions, including recruitment, talent management, professional development, and compensation and benefits administration. She holds the titles of Certified Professional Coach (CPC), as well as SPHR and SHRM-SCP. Michelle has her master’s degree in Organizational Management from Azusa Pacific University.
  Vlad Vaiman, Ph.D.

Professor of international management at California Lutheran University in the USA, Dr. Vaiman is a world-renowned expert in talent management, an academic field dedicated to attracting, developing, and retaining top talent in organizations. He is also a highly sought-after speaker invited to speak on both professional and academic matters to a number of global corporations and highly acclaimed universities around the world.
  Bernice Ledbetter, Ed.D. 

Director of the Center for Women in Leadership and a Professor of Organizational Theory and Management at the Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business and Management, Dr. Ledbetter previously served as a VP at Right Management. She is an active member of the International Leadership Association and regularly presents research at academic conferences.


Morning Briefing Speakers


Lisa Bloom
The Bloom Firm, NBC Legal Analyst

Host of her own national live daily talk show on Court TV for eight years, Lisa Bloom is now a legal analyst for NBC News, appearing frequently on the Today Show, Nightly News, CNN, HLN and many other television and radio shows. As a legal analyst for the biggest legal website,, Lisa writes a popular weekly column on civil rights issues. Lisa was national college debating champion, graduated from Yale Law School, and is the New York Times bestselling author of three books, including THINK: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World. 

Nicole Hancock Husband
VP, Human Resources for Warner Bros. Television

Meisha Sherman
Global Human Resources Executive


Program Agenda

9:30am - 12:00pm   Morning Briefing (Additional Program)
1:00pm - 1:30pm    Networking & Registration 
1:30pm - 2:45pm   Welcome & Opening Session:
  Organizational Design and the Role of HR Professionals (Vlad Vaiman and  Primo Custodio)
2:45pm - 3:45pm    General Session:
  Linking Talent Management to Strategy (Mark Allen)
3:45pm - 4:00pm    Break 
4:00pm - 5:00pm    General Session:
  How Organizational Structure Aligns/Disrupts People to Strategy (Elissa O’Brien, Michelle Esser,  Vlad      Vaiman, and Lonnie McGowan) 
5:00pm - 6:00pm    General Session:
  Does culture really eat strategy for breakfast? (Britta Wilson)
6:00pm - 7:30pm     Wrap Up Remarks & Networking Reception 


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Registration Rates

Category Standard
by 3.08.17
PIHRA Member $149 $179
Guest/Nonmember $179 $209

Online registration closes on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Registrations after this date will only be taken onsite.

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This program has been approved for 4.0 Professional Development Credits (PDCs), towards SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP, through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).




This program has been submitted to the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) for review.

The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute's criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.



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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