2017 Conference Event

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A Free Full-day Chapter Conference event at Dominican University of California, San Rafael, CA 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday June 16th, 2017

Topic: Combining Change Management, Change Leadership and Leadership Development

Without change, no person nor organization can grow or develop. It is often said that people don’t resist “change” so much as they resist “being changed.” The idea behind change management is to proactively manage the people side of change to achieve the desired business results. So, the job of change management is clear: you have to explain why the affected people should want to change, and thereby cultivate readiness instead of resistance.

This seminar will look at tools and techniques to make successful change in companies and organizations, while also digging deeper into the benefits of applying coaching strategies and the necessity of powerful sponsorship for change implementation and success. The skills sets developed will empower and enlighten professionals to be leaders of change for their organizations.


8:30-9:00 a.m. | Registration and Continental Breakfast
9 a.m.-3:00 p.m. | Program Content and Lunch
3:00-4:00 p.m. | Social Hour: Mingle Meet & Greet


Event Location Details:

Dominican University of CA
Guzman Lecture Hall
50 Acacia Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

Map and Parking Information: *Best parking location is in Conlan Recreation Center Parking Lot (No permits required).

Hotel Lodging Options:

Courtyard Marriot – Larkspur
Four Points Sheraton – San Rafael

Presenter Bios:

Javier Rodriguez has over 20 years of human resources and labor relations experience.  During those twenty years, he worked for several industry leading international organizations, several of which were going through a global merger and integration.  During the last two years, Javier has had the pleasure of working for the University of California, Berkeley, the #1 public university in the world.  He is currently the Director of Workforce Planning and in this role, he is involved in providing HR support and developing workforce related strategies for a large scale campus shared services organization that provides human resources, research administration, information technology and business and financial services to the entire campus.

Javier has a Masters in Organization and Leadership from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor’s in Spanish from the University of Davis, California.

Cara Lyn Giovanniello has worked in learning and development for the past 10 years, within political and educational environments. Her understanding of change management, coupled with a dedication to personal and professional coaching, have allowed her to consult on change issues to ensure smooth transitions and easier mitigation during difficult situations. She has served as the Learning and Development Manager for the Campus Shared Services department at UC Berkeley since 2015, and works to provide training for the functional groups serviced, create programs to empower and involve staff, and works tirelessly to humanize the workforce.

Cara Lyn has a Master’s Degree in War Studies from King’s College London, and a Bachelor’s in History, with a minor in International Relations from Pepperdine University, Malibu.

Ying Y. Kuah has a bachelor of science in Biology from University of California, San Diego.  She started her career in pharmaceutical science but wandered into the Learning and Development world about 8 years ago and never looked back.   Ying’s passion is in training and coaching employees to equip them with knowledge, skills, and transformed mindset to become successful in their careers.  She is now working hard at University of California, Berkeley, Campus Shared Services, and trying to make a difference with training and coaching.  When not at work, Ying enjoys family time with her husband and baby girl who just started walking!

Thank you to our event sponsors for helping make this event a success!

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Platinum Level Annual Premier Sponsor
Nina H. Gardner, J.D


Platinum Level Annual Premier Sponsor
Jacqueline Besse


Gold Level Annual Leadership Sponsor
Brian Montanez

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Gold Level Annual Leadership Sponsor
Roxanne Dean

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Silver Level Event Support Sponsor
Karen Perry

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Silver Level Event Support Sponsor
Katherine Brinkman


Fidelity – Bronze Level Networking Meal Sponsor
Scott Bruce