Los Angeles HR Star Conference
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Speaker Information


Jill Christensen is an author, international keynote speaker, employee engagement expert and President of Jill Christensen International – a global firm based in Denver, Colorado that focuses on teaching companies proven strategies to re-engage their employees. With three decades of real-life, in-the-trenches Fortune 500 executive-level experience, Jill’s view is radically different from many other employee engagement experts. Prior to launching her consulting firm in 2009, Jill served as the head of Global Internal Communications at both Avaya and Western Union. Jill’s proven approach for increasing employee engagement has allowed her to speak throughout the United States, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore and India. Jill is also a best-selling author, holds a Six Sigma Green Belt and was named a Top 100 Global Employee Engagement Influencer. In 2017, her popular blog was awarded a Top 100 Corporate Blog alongside that of Apple and Microsoft. Jill partners with the best and brightest leaders around the world to re-engage employees, improve productivity, retention, customer satisfaction and revenue growth. She has worked in 13 industries with clients that include: Samsung, Novartis, AT&T, Nokia, ARROW, TIAA and ACT as well as numerous U.S. cities and non-profit organizations.


Allison West, Esq., SPHR, SHRM-SCP is the Managing Principal of Employment Practices Specialists and holds a simple approach to employment practices: be proactive. Using her employment law background, coupled with her sound knowledge of human resources practices, Allison provides proactive risk management services aimed at helping companies both prevent and resolve employment claims. She is a top-rated speaker at the annual SHRM conference as well as other HR conferences speaking on employment law and human resources topics. Allison specializes in delivering customized in-house training programs to companies of all sizes, serving a wide variety of industries. Her expertise also includes delivering one-on-one sensitivity training to executives, managers and employees concerning harassment, discrimination, and disciplinary and/or behavioral issues as well as conducting workplace investigations, providing expert witness assistance and other HR consulting. Allison is a member of the State Bar of California and holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification.


Debbie Birndorf Zeiler, Esq., MBA has been practicing law for more than twenty years - with eleven years at major law firms in both Chicago and Los Angeles. Her practice primarily focuses on representing employers in all aspects of employment law, including harassment and discrimination claims, wage and hour claims including class actions, disability claims as well as misappropriation of trade secrets. She also provides preventative counseling and drafts and reviews employment contracts, severance agreements, employee handbooks and personnel policies. Debbie has been honored by being named a Super Lawyer in Employment and Labor in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and most recently in 2019. She has also been named one of the Top Employment and Labor Attorneys in Los Angeles and one of the Top Women Attorneys by Los Angeles Magazine. Additionally, Birndorf Law Offices was also recognized by Los Angeles Magazine as one of the best law firms in Los Angeles. Debbie is a frequent speaker on a wide variety of employment law topics and teaches Legal Aspects of Employee Relations at UCLA Extension. Debbie earned a B.A. from UCLA, an M.B.A. from NYU and a law degree from Washington University in St. Louis - where she graduated at the top of her class.


Genine Wilson is the Territory Vice President in Southern California, Phoenix and Seattle for Kelly, a global leader in providing workforce solutions. An experienced business leader and workforce solutions executive, Ms. Wilson leads the staffing and business solutions operations for Kelly, with a focus on engineering, information technology, science and finance and accounting. She also manages the three regions’ administrative and light industrial recruiting businesses as well as on-site and contact center staffing solutions. Ms. Wilson joined Kelly Services in 1999 and was named to her current position in 2008. Prior to joining Kelly, she spent more than a decade in leadership, business development and operations roles in the wellness and executive search industries. Ms. Wilson has also served as a consultant for professionals and organizations on leadership development, culture and process and organizational change. Ms. Wilson has served as the Co-Chair of the Workforce Development Committee for the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) as well as a commissioner and business representative on the Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board. She participates on various boards focused on regional workforce needs, including accessing top talent, military veterans hiring and skills training, and she has served as a subject matter expert on various workforce panels. Ms. Wilson is a frequent contributing member of the Forbes HR Council as well as an expert resource for media interviews, a frequent speaker and a workshop facilitator on leadership and workforce development trends.


Sheree Knowles, SPHR is the Founder and Chief HR Officer of HR Knowledge Source (HRKS) - a human resources and talent management firm - as well as a Managing Partner with Human Capital Consulting Consortium (H3C). Sheree is a talented executive with over 20 years of HR leadership experience. Through HRKS and H3C, Sheree works with clients in a variety of industries, including technology, supply chain management, higher education, nonprofit, government, logistics and distribution, accounting, litigation and commercial insurance. Prior to joining the entrepreneurial community, she served as the VP of HR for both regional and national companies. Sheree is an accomplished practitioner who has achieved multiple certifications and designations throughout her career. These include: SPHR, EQi 2.0 (Emotional Intelligence), CPM (Certified Project Manager), MBTI (Myers-Briggs) and DiSC. She is also a certified facilitator for ELI's Civil Treatment Programs and Facebook's Leadership Programs. In addition, Sheree is a highly-regarded professional speaker. She has presented at multiple HR Star Conferences, DisruptHR, the SHRM-Atlanta Conference and the Project Management Institute (PMI). Sheree serves as a Board Advisor for the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources Atlanta Chapter and is a graduate of the University of Dayton. Also, she recently completed her first full marathon.


Angela J. Reddock-Wright, Esq. is an employment law attorney, mediator, arbitrator and Managing Partner of Reddock Law Group in Los Angeles, California. Named a "Top California Employment Lawyer" by the Daily Journal and one of Los Angeles' "Most Influential Minority and Women Attorneys" by the Los Angeles Business Journal, Angela has been a practicing attorney for 22 years, including 15 years as a litigator. Angela's practice now focuses on the mediation, arbitration and investigation of workplace disputes. In her investigation practice, Angela is retained by public, private and non-profit sector employers to conduct independent and neutral investigations of workplace harassment, discrimination and other claims. Angela received her training as a mediator from the Strauss Institute at the Pepperdine University School of Law and has extensive training in conducting workplace investigations holding certificates from the Association of Workplace Investigators. In addition she is T9 Mastered for conducting Title IX sexual assault, harassment and misconduct investigations.  The President-Elect of the Southern California Mediation Association, she is also a member of the distinguished panel of arbitrators and mediators for the American Arbitration Association. Angela is an Associate Professor at California State University Dominguez Hills in the Negotiations, Conflict Resolution and Peace Program as well as an Instructor at UCLA Extension in the Human Resources Certification Program. A published author, frequent speaker and legal commentator, she has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Essence Magazine and on CNN, among many news and media outlets. Angela is a graduate of the UCLA School of Law, Amherst College and the Coro Foundation Fellowship in Public Policy and Public Affairs. 


Liliana O. Salazar, Esq. is the Chief Compliance Officer Western Region for HUB International and is responsible for addressing employers’ health and welfare responsibilities under federal and state laws and city ordinances. She works closely with HUB’s service teams and clients to develop short-term and long-term strategies that allow clients to remain in compliance while addressing clients’ financial and human capital needs. Liliana interacts with regulatory agencies such as the Department of Labor, the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Treasury Department, the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state insurance departments to discuss the applicability of laws and regulations to group health plans. Liliana possesses 20 years of experience in addressing the compliance and regulatory needs of employers and their group health plans. She actively worked with carriers and clients in ensuring their compliance with the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and HITECH Act rules, GASB 45 obligations and more recently the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Prior to joining HUB, Liliana was National Practice Leader for the Employee Benefits Compliance Practice of Wells Fargo Insurance Services and Vice President of Compliance for ABD Insurance Services. Liliana is a regular speaker at national and state conferences sponsored by employers, employee benefit chapters and HR associations, including ISCEBS, SHRM, CALPELRA, PERLA, NAFOA and others. She is also a regular contributor to national and regional employee benefit publications. Due to her many industry contributions over the years, Liliana was the recipient of the 2013 Women to Watch Award from Business Insurance.


Dave Collins is the Founder and CEO of Oak and Reeds, a corporate training firm dedicated to using the tools of improvisation to train clients on everyday soft skills. Dave is an award-winning improvisor, coach, speaker and corporate strategist with over a decade of experience performing and coaching improv. Along with his teammates, Dave won the National Collegiate Improv Tournament. He has headlined shows across the United States and individually has coached hundreds of students and professionals in the art and practice of applied improvisation. Prior to founding Oak and Reeds, he worked as a change management expert at AECOM. As part of AECOM's workplace strategy team, Dave helped clients to examine the relationship between workspace and productivity, enabling people to break old habits and embrace change. Dave has a B.A. in Communication and Economics from Northwestern University with a specialization in Team Leadership.


Tammy L. Clark, CFE, CFI® is the Manager of Online Training at Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc. Tammy started her professional career at Target as an Executive Team Leader of Asset Protection and then ETL-Human Resources. Then she developed and implemented internal exception reporting and conducted investigations involving a myriad of unethical and illegal activities as a Corporate Investigator at TransUnion, LLC. Tammy then moved to the public sector as an Investigator with the Office of Executive Inspector General where her investigations focused on fraud, waste, abuse and misconduct by offices and employees operating under the jurisdiction of the Illinois Governor. Directly before joining WZ, Tammy was an Investigator for the Independent Police Review Authority where she was responsible for investigating complaints leveled against the Chicago Police Department. While with this department she specialized in officer-involved shootings, death in custody investigations as well as participating in the Certified LEAD Homicide Investigator training.


Alexis D. James, Esq. and Renee N. Noy, Esq. are owners of the boutique law firm, WorkWise Law PC, which counsels and represents small to mid-market companies with their employment and labor law compliance needs. Alexis and Renee have a combined 26 years of experience in employment law, having practiced on both sides of the equation. Their insight into what employees sue over helps their clients avoid the common pitfalls of being a California employer. Alexis and Renee are the preferred partners of the Los Angeles County Medical Association (LACMA) and the Physical Therapy Providers Network (PTPN), providing legal and educational services to medical practitioners. They have been featured speakers at the National Association for Women Business Owners, Southern California Association for Healthcare Risk Management, Professionals in Human Resources Association, and were guests on Voice America's Business Channel. Renee is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder and earned her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law. Alexis is a graduate of Duke University and the Lewis and Clark Law School.


Kim Naylor is a Regional Manager for SentricHR - an all-in-one HR software developer and service provider with thousands of clients across the country including the Pittsburgh Pirates, the YMCA, Ernest Packaging Solutions, El Ranchito Mexican Restaurants, The Crab Cooker among many others. Kim has worked in the human resources technology space for more than two decades during which time she has experienced firsthand the shift from niche software solutions to all-in-one HRIS platforms. She has also followed closely the movement from paper-intensive processes to the digital era with ESIGN legislation. Throughout her career Kim has held various roles supporting HR teams at organizations of all sizes with solutions that include payroll, tax filing, compliance and employee benefits. With a focus on solving real world business problems, Kim consults with and assists HR stakeholders at hundreds of organizations helping with their HR technology.


Dr. Sharon Adams has over 20 years of experience in higher education, serving as both a Counselor and as a Dean of Student Services. She has particular interest in the study of micro-aggressions and the implementation of forgiveness and reconciliation models in work environments. Her training on forgiveness in the workplace is based on many years of national and international research and has been received with high acclaim in numerous organizational settings. Additionally, Sharon serves as a consultant and trainer to employers in various industries on topics relating to unconscious bias, diversity, inclusion and organizational belonging. Her work has been presented at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE), the San Diego County Health and Human Services, the University of California San Diego (UCSD), the County of Orange Health and Human Services, among others. Sharon holds a Masters degree in Counseling and a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership. Additionally, she holds certifications in Conflict Mediation, Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).


Sarah Reznick, CFP, CRPC is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones and has been serving individual investors and businesses in the financial industry for over 10 years. Sarah specializes in the implementation and management of 401(k) plans for her business clients. Her knowledge of the 401(k) plan world is extensive as well as her expertise in options retirement savings, business retirement plans and transition strategies. She has been honored with several awards, including Top 40 Under 40 for the Conejo Valley (2016), Top Women in Business by the San Fernando and Los Angeles Business Journal (2016), a finalist for the Los Angeles Business Journal's CFO of the Year Award (2016), San Fernando Business Journal Trusted Advisor Award (2017) and the San Fernando Business Journal Wealth Manager of the Year (2018). Sarah is a graduate of University of California Irvine.


Candice Gottlieb-Clark, MS, CRC, BCE is the Founder and President of Dynamic Team Solutions as well as a Business Advisor, Coach and Conflict Management Specialist. Candice founded Dynamic Team Solutions, to help businesses strengthen their leaders and employees through enhanced conflict management, communication, teamwork and leadership. Dynamic Team Solutions provides executive and leadership coaching, team building and development, and conflict management and resolution to positively transform business functionality in terms of employee relations, morale, turnover, culture and productivity. Candice is a sought after speaker and writer on the topics of leadership, teamwork, communication and conflict management and is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). Candice holds a Master's degree in Counseling from San Diego State University, is a Certified Mediator of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and is a Board Certified Executive Coach.


Omar Marquez is a Tuition Financing Consultant for TIAA Tuition Financing, Inc. His geographic area of influence includes Los Angeles County, Ventura County and Santa Barbara County. Omar has over twelve years of financial services experience serving in various roles and capacities, ranging from mortgage banker to wealth advisor. In addition to working closely with TIAA Wealth Management Advisors in helping their clients save and pay for higher education in a tax-advantaged manner, Omar serves as a California Employer Specialist. As an Employer Specialist, Omar works with employers in offering the TIAA-managed ScholarShare 529 College Savings Plan as a financial wellness benefit to their employees. In doing so he has worked with some of the nation's top employers and major universities. Omar received his Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University, where he also majored in Political Science.


Jeff Hunt, CMC® is President & CEO of GoalSpan, a performance management software company in the San Francisco Bay Area. His focus is with SMB's and nonprofits. Jeff is known as a "CEO who speaks HR." He is a Certified Management Consultant through the Institute of Management Consultant's ISO9001 accredited program. He has a heart for nonprofits and loves helping them realize their visions for a changed world. Jeff has run public and private corporations, and sold, acquired, and merged businesses. He has deep expertise and long string of successes in managing for results with complex workforce organizations. Jeff is an employee performance management expert - he understands people and business. On a personal note, Jeff is a San Francisco Bay Area native with his wife and two sons and has been a life-long sailor.


Chris Stark is the Founder of Stark Engagement Consulting - a consulting practice with a focus on employee engagement, retention and leadership. He has clients across the United States and Canada and more than 15 years in leadership and human resources roles with Fortune 500 organizations. Chris is also the creator and host of the "Hacking Your Leadership" podcast, an iTunes Top 100 Business podcast centered around the role of leaders in a rapidly changing and multi-generational workforce.


Brett L. Ward, CFI® is Vice President at Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc. A renowned speaker, Brett has led over 750 seminars on interview and interrogation techniques around the world for private industry, law enforcement agencies, government entities as well as the International Association of Interviewers. In his 26 year career in the investigative field, Brett has conducted hundreds of investigations both for the public and private sectors. Also, Brett has spoken at several national organizations' annual meetings including the National Retail Federation, HR Southwest, Eye For Retail Europe and the SHRM Labor & Employment Conference. Brett has extensive training in the government sector with organizations like the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Service; the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Diplomatic Security Services; and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service where courses were taught at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Georgia. Brett is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma in Oklahoma City where he received a B.S. degree in Finance and Business Administration. Brett currently resides in Houston, Texas.


Braden Albert is the Founder and President of the HR Star Conference and its parent company, Abbington Court Media. A graduate of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, Braden began organizing job fairs and trade shows in the mid-1990's. Intrigued by the idea of bringing people together for a shared, learning experience - and impressed by the impact such an experience can provide - Braden organized his first HR Star Conference in 1999. Today, the scope of the HR Star Conference includes annual events in Los Angeles, California; Atlanta, Georgia; San Francisco, California; and Cleveland, Ohio. Over 3,300 HR professionals attended an HR Star Conference in 2018.