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The  theme for the 2020 – 2021 year focuses on

authenticity and the whole self.

The SoCal CUPA-HR Chapter Board hopes you can join us on February 26th for our Winter Conference:

 Bringing Your Authentic Self:  Critical Conversations

Registration is now closed.

We are excited to present the second conference in So Cal Chapter’s series focusing on: Authenticity and Bringing Your Whole Self to Work.

 Wendy Hanson is co-founder and COO of BetterManager. Wendy is proud of her company’s mission to help leaders at all levels create a workplace where people can thrive. She is a firm believer that when companies invest in their managers, they are providing the tools to create a positive culture. new managers need guidance on best practices, middle managers need support on connecting with their team and vision, and senior leaders need thought partners. To help make that happen, Wendy draws from more than 20 years of management, executive coaching, and education experience, and an indefatigable commitment to continuous learning. Wendy earned a master’s degree in Education from Antioch University of New England in Organization and Management. In 1999, she received her coaching certification (PCC) from the Coaches Training Institute. Wendy has been a member of the National Speakers Association since 2009. She is an author, podcaster, and public speaker.

Be Your Authentic Self and a Powerful Communicator”: Now, more than ever, we need to use our connection and communication skills as we work with our colleagues and teams in this virtual world. During this interactive session, we will explore, listening, coaching skills, and practice a powerful tool to walk us through having difficult conversations. We will also review the importance and value of gratitude, recognition, and appreciation in building trust. We will use break-out rooms for discussion, and you will leave with new tools and action plans for next steps

Cornelia Shipley is a bestselling author, award winning entrepreneur, dynamic speaker, strategic advisor, and world class trainer, Cornelia Shipley is known for empowering people to achieve their peak performance, strategically plan for the future, and ultimately to create a life and work that REALLY works! A sought-after professional development expert, Cornelia’s strategies and methods have been showcased on FOX 5 News, CBS Radio, Radio One, INC.com, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Washington Post, The LA Times, The Sydney Herald, and the Huffington Post among others and is the author of the International Best Seller Design Your Life: How to Create a Meaningful Life, Advance Your Career and Live Your Dreams.

“Diversity Dialogues: The Critical Diversity and Inclusion Conversations Leaders are Not Having, But Need To”In this interactive session, Cornelia Shipley shares the three critical conversations that HR leaders are not having in their organizations and the implications of that from both a human capital and legal perspective. Using recent headlines as a context for the discussion, participants will examine what went wrong, and discuss the conversations that were likely not had that might have mitigated these circumstances.

  • Understand the negative impact for failing to discuss discrimination in the purchasing of products and services (meeting your supplier diversity spend goals), customer retention, and employer of choice status.
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  • Through case study discuss the impact of real-world examples of discriminatory acts on your employer of choice branding.
  • Immediate Actions HR leaders can take to move the conversation forward.

Rick Chavolla is the Founder and Executive Consultant of The Black and The Red Consulting Group, with over 30 years of leadership in the field of anti-racism, social justice and decolonization.  His passion and commitment begins from his life as an Indigenous/Chicano person who faced a society full of social inequities.  Through education, a B.A. from Boston University, where he was under the tutelage of Howard Zinn and an M.A. from Boston College, and his professional experiences, such as Yale, the American Council on Education and New York University, Rick learned how to make structural changes in diverse institutional environments.  He has since expanded his work through consulting to include museums, non-profit organizations and civic bodies as noted in our Clients section.

Merete Geohagen Merete has a background in community advocacy, human resources, and education. She is extremely passionate about racial equity, because she has lived the negative effects of these injustices from the lens of a Black woman. Her experience includes program/project management, recruitment, human resources, teaching young adults leadership development and soft skills, training and evaluation, curriculum development, community development, and facilitating seminars and workshops. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Community Regional Development with an emphasis on Education and a minor in African American Studies from University California of Davis.  She also earned her Masters of Arts degree from New York University in Educational Leadership, Politics and Advocacy. Additionally, she is SHRM-SCP certified

Marissiko M. Wheaton Marissiko is an educator committed to equity and social justice. She earned her B.A. in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine before going on to attain her M.A. in Higher Education/Student Personnel Administration from New York University. During her career as a practitioner in higher education, Marissiko has worked in a variety of areas including multicultural services, social justice education, service-learning, leadership development and residence life. Marissiko committed the majority of her academic career deepening her knowledge and understanding of identity, critical consciousness building and activism. In 2019, she completed her Ph.D in Urban Education Policy at the University of Southern California. Marissiko’s research and practice specialize in equity-oriented leadership, identity development and organizational change.

Sustainable Inclusion: Creating Work Environments Where Authenticity Can Flourish”: This presentation will give a broad overview of the key dimensions of a long-term commitment to make critical conversations successful and for creating culturally receptive and racially equitable work environments so that your staff can be their authentic self and truly flourish! We’ll take a long view approach for how institutional leaders can make plans for sustainable progress.


We look forward to having you join us for this exciting event.