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Join Your Peers at the CUPA-HR SoCal Chapter Conference


We are honored to be on the campus of University of Southern California for our conference on February 7, 2020

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University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Friday, February 7, 2020 | 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Registration & breakfast begins at 8:00 a.m.)

Join us for a great day of learning and networking! We are pleased to announce the theme for our upcoming SoCal CUPA-HR conference – HR Your Strategic Partner: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI).


8:00 – 9:00 a.m. – Check-in & sponsor showcase (Continental breakfast will be provided.)

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. – Host School Welcome – Felicia A. Washington; Senior Vice President for Human Resources

Felicia A. Washington was appointed senior vice president for human resources in June 2019. Washington arrives at USC with decades of experience as a dynamic university administrator and as a highly respected attorney specializing in employment law. Reporting directly to the president, Washington will provide the primary leadership on human resources for USC’s nearly 28,000 faculty members, staff, and student workers. Washington holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from UNC-Chapel Hill and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.


9:15 – 9:30 a.m. – Opening Comments – Abbie Kane, SoCal CUPA-HR President

9:30 – 10:00 a.m. –  Break with sponsor visits (Reminder: Don’t forget to bring your business cards.)

10:00 – 11:20 a.m. – Plenary speaker #1 – Empathy and Allies: Cornerstones for Authentic DEI Work presented by Dr. LaVonna Blair Lewis from University of Southern California

Bio: LaVonna Blair Lewis, Ph.D., MPH, is a Teaching Professor of Public Policy and the Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. Dr. Lewis joined the USC faculty in 1996 from Rice University where she received her PhD in Political Science. Dr. Lewis’ areas of research and professional interests consistently focus on cultural competency and health equity, both targeting the health status and health care needs of underrepresented groups.


11:20 a.m – 11:35 a.m. – Sponsor introductions

11:35 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Lunch and sponsor visits

12:30 – 12:45 p.m. – Sponsors prize raffle

12:45 – 2:00 p.m. – Plenary speaker #2 – Legal Update presented by Judith S. Islas, Esq. from Liebert Cassidy Whitmore

Session Description: Judith will present on the new sexual harassment laws and she will include information on the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) workplace harassment guidelines which apply to sexual harassment and other harassment investigations.

Bio: Judith is a Partner at Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, a California law firm that represents hundreds of private and public entities in all aspects of labor and employment law. LCW also has a full education law practice and represents well over 200 educational institutions statewide, providing the full range of legal services, including litigation, investigations, and training, and advice and counsel on all employment and student matters.



2:00 – 2:30 p.m. – Table Top Discussion

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. – Closing comments

2:45 – 3:30 p.m. – Campus Tour

No-Host Networking Dinner:

On Thursday, February 6, 2020 there will be a CUPA-HR members-only networking dinner the evening before the conference.

Campus and Parking Maps

Address to the conference location is:

USC Hotel

3540 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles CA 90007
United States

Website: https://uschotel.usc.edu/

Parking: In structure across the street from the conference hotel for $14 per day. Overnight guests staying at the hotel is $25 per day.

Conference registration is FREE thanks to our generous sponsors.


 *Special Note for Registration:

This registration form is for individuals from higher education institutions only.  If you are not employed with a higher education institution, you must sponsor the meeting in order to attend. Contact a chapter officer to learn about sponsorship opportunities. If you are a sponsor, an officer will reach out to you with special registration instructions.

Cancellation Policy: Please cancel one full week (7 days) before the date of the event. Any “no shows” on the day of the event will have a direct financial impact on the Chapter, which is a non-profit organization. All event coordination occurs from confirmed RSVP’s such as yours. Send an e-mail cancellation to Ramona Agrela at ragrela@uci.edu.