Bolton’s California HR Conference Guide: Our Picks and Tips for Day 1

Every year, The California HR Conference, hosted by the Professionals In Human Resources Association, serves as the premier gathering for business and human resource professionals to catch up, network and learn about the latest trends and laws affecting the HR community.

This year’s impressive lineup is packed with entrepreneurs, executives, authors, TED-style talks, mega sessions and a masters series panel—and don’t forget Mel Robbins’ keynote! Obviously, there is a lot to see during this three day conference, and it’s not that hard to get overwhelmed with all of the available tracks and sessions taking place.

The following rundown highlights some of our top pick sessions scheduled for the first day of the California HR Conference.

Be sure to visit Bolton & Company at booth 329/331 during the CA HR Conference for the full version of our session overview that also includes a handy rundown of the HR certification credits offered throughout the conference.

Monday, August 27

Taking Your Succession Plan from Good to Great – 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

Michael Timms (Avail Leadership)

Many organizations have taken the initial steps to implement a succession plan, but most are left wondering what else they can do to have a succession program that actually delivers measurable results. Taking Your Succession Plan From Good To Great highlights the most common mistakes organizations make in succession planning, and provides strategies and tools used by world-class organizations to overcome them.

Business Financial Intelligence for Today’s HR Professional – 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Paul Butler (Newleaf Training And Development)

In this engaging, practical and participative session, Paul Butler will demystify working capital, the income statement, the balance sheet, the statement of cash flow and commonly-heard but commonly misunderstood terms such as; depreciation, goodwill, amortization, accruals, unearned revenue and EBITDA.

Weeding Out Misinformation: HR & Legalizing Cannabis in California  – 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Corey Tobin

Corey Tobin (Bolton & Company) and Amber Healy (Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo)

Despite legalizing recreational cannabis in California, confusion remains among employers on requirements to accommodate an employee’s use or possession of the drug. Employers have no obligation to accommodate cannabis. However, that’s where things get fuzzy. Join our own Corey Tobin, Bolton Assistant Vice President and Cannabis insurance specialist, and AALRR Partner Amber Healy as they provide clarity on this sticky subject.


Conflict: A Strategic Advantage – 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Pamela Green

In this highly engaging presentation you will learn four key strategies for recognizing, evaluating, embracing and managing conflict for strategic impact. Strengthen your ability to manage conflict and boost your credibility and reputation as the type of business partner who can impact bottom line success.

The Hiring Process – Advertising to Onboarding  – 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Jonathan Light (LightGabler)

How do you legally search for, interview, screen and hire employees? This advertising-to-onboarding (“A-to-O”) guide will make sense of and keep your company compliant with all the laws that affect, and often impede, this process. the presentation will discuss the best practices and procedures for each of the steps along the way to bringing in a new hire.

And while you’re there on Wednesday, August 29, be sure to check out: 

Beyond Engagement: The New Frontier of Belonging – 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

Jacqueline Roth

Tiffany Stith (Lawry’s Restaurants Inc.), Karen Glifford (Califia Farms), Jacqueline Roth (Bolton & Company) – 7:30am-8:45 am

Whether your company’s newly on the path of reinvention or simply looking for a cultural tune up, there is a proven set of questions, considerations, interventions and measurements that you can use to tap into this movement. Join Lawry’s President and COO Tiffany Stith, Califia Farms Chief People Officer Karen Gifford and Bolton Executive Vice President Jacque Roth for inspirational stories and practical tools to create belonging at your workplace.


Be sure to visit Bolton & Company at booth 329/331 during the CA HR Conference for the full version of our session overview that also includes a handy rundown of the HR certification credits offered throughout the conference.

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