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HR Workshop

 April 30, 2023
Beacon Grand Hotel, San Francisco

There’s never a shortage of HR topics to discuss! This interactive program is designed for both new and seasoned HR professionals, as well as business officers who also wear the HR hat.  Sessions cover a breadth of HR topics from compliance to strategic HR thinking.

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Corporate Sponsor

The generous support of our Corporate Sponsor, A. J. Gallagher, provides Cal-ISBOA members with affordable access to up-to-date professional development opportunities in a relaxed, collegial environment. Thank you!

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Preliminary Topics

Look forward to these preliminary topics at the 2023 HR Workshop:

Guest Speaker
Nishant Mehta, Founder, Mehta Cognition, LLC

After seven impactful years as head of The Children’s School in midtown Atlanta, Nishant founded Mehta Cognition, LLC in spring 2020 as a leadership and management consultancy to better serve our educational and non-profit leaders and boards on their journey of innovation, inclusion, and strategic transformation.

He is recognized by his peers and the broader industry for his passionate leadership and vision in improving educational access and centering our attention and intention on breaking down silos in our schools. He is a sought-after writer, speaker, and presenter on advancing cultures of inclusion, learning, and leadership in organizations. He also mentored new and aspiring heads of school through programs set up by NAIS and The Children’s School.

Nishant will address the topic of building culture in schools. Join us for this interactive experience!

- Breakout Sessions -

Making Strategic, Goal-Based Pay Decisions
Employers have always struggled to make pay decisions that result in equitable, competitive, cost-effective, legal, and transparent salaries. Now, more than ever, the goals of regulatory compliance and transparency are front of mind. Shari Dunn, Managing Director at Gallagher, will outline how to establish and manage base pay structures that facilitate the achievement of all these goals, including compliance with SB 1162. For more information, click here.

Supporting Employee Mental Health in the School Environment
Over recent years, discussing and prioritizing mental health has become more commonplace, and we have seen a meaningful increase in mental health awareness in the workplace and school environment.  It is critical now more than ever for independent schools to understand how to support the mental health of employees, including best practices and applicable legal responsibilities for doing so. Brett Overby, Associate, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, and Grace Chan, Partner, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, will use engaging interactive elements, including case studies, role-playing, and question and answer opportunities, to provide essential information for navigating mental health concerns. Click here for more information.

Leveraging Employee Insights to Elevate the Employee Experience
As our workforce evolves, it’s more important than ever to keep up with the changing needs and values of each generation of workers. We will share strategies for improving employee well-being and staying ahead of the curve in the face of shifting dynamics. With a focus on retention, Nancy Arenas, Area VP, HR Comp and Consulting, Gallagher. will highlight the use of effective listening strategies and comprehensive total rewards to create more positive and supportive work environments that meet the diverse needs of employees in the full context of their lives.

Performance Improvement Plans: Why? Where? How?
Using case studies and scenarios, Brian Walter, Partner, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, Angela Oliver, Director of HR at Sage Hill School, and Juana Ochoa, Director of HR at St. Matthew's Parish Day School will focus our discussion on Performance Improvement Plans, including when and whether to use them and how to train and prepare your managers to effectively implement them.

Each of the breakout sessions above is eligible for
SHRM and HRCI continuing education credit.

The 2023 HR Workshop will be held at the newly renovated and restored Beacon Grand Hotel at Union Square in San Francisco.
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Thank you to our HR Planning Committee!
Rebecca Rowland, Director of HR, Campbell Hall - Team Chair
Marya Davis, Director of HR, Head-Royce School
Victoria Gor, Human Resources Manager, Crossroads School
Cliff Hahn, Human Resources Manager, Marlborough School
Jeanne Honig, Human Resources Director, Castilleja School
Jenn Huey, Director of HR, Sacred Heart Schools Atherton
Heidi Kaminsky, Human Resources Manager, Turning Point
Kelly Kennedy, Director of HR, La Jolla Country Day School
Jessica McCullagh, Director of HR, The Archer School for Girls
Juana Ochoa, Director of HR, St. Matthew's School
Angela Oliver, Director of HR, Sage Hill School
Jennifer Rios, HR Manager, Mayfield Junior School
Kimberly Rojas Rodriguez, Director of HR, Urban School of San Francisco

Cancellation Policy

  • Substitutions and/or transfers of registration from the same school may be made any time prior to the conference. Contact Scarlett Vanyi in writing to make arrangements for a transfer. Cancellations by March 15, 2023 will receive a full refund, less a $25 processing fee.
  • Cancellations between March 15 and March 31, 2023 will receive a 50% refund.
  • There will be no refunds after April 1, 2023.




Schedule and Agenda

Day 1
April 30, 2023

8:45am - 10:00am


Breakfast served in Beacon West

Registration and Check in

Registration will be on the mezzanine, on the right side of the restaurant.


Welcome and Introductions

Room: Beacon Hall

10:10am - 11:30am

General Session, Guest Speaker, Nishant Mehta, Founder, Mehta Cognition, LLC

Room: Beacon Hall

11:45am - 1:00pm

Lunch and a Presentation

Room: Beacon Hall

1:00pm - 2:00pm

First Round of Breakout Sessions

Room Assignments:
-Making Strategic, Goal-Based Pay Decisions, in Beacon Hall
-Supporting Employee Mental Health in the School Environment, in Powell A & B

2:00pm - 2:15pm

Break and Networking

Room: Beacon Hall

2:15pm - 3:15pm

Second Round of Breakout Sessions

Room Assignments
-Leveraging Employee Insights to Elevate the Employee Experience, in Beacon Hall
-Performance Improvement Plans: Why? Where? How?, in Powell A & B

3:15pm - 3:30pm

Break and Networking

Room: Beacon Hall

3:30pm - 4:00pm

Closing Remarks

Room: Beacon Hall

Contact Information

For more information about the HR Workshop, please contact:

Scarlett Vanyi
Cal-ISBOA Executive Director
1420 E. Roseville Parkway, Suite 140-369
Roseville, CA 95661 or 818-731-0342.

Cal-ISBOA is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

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