Northstate SHRM’s 6th Annual HR Summit
is coming October 18, 2022

Human Resources professionals, office managers, business owners alike will benefit from this one-day event.



You can join us in-person or virtually! 

Join us and continue to ELEVATE HR on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.  

HUMAN RESOURCES professionals have been CRITICAL part of our organizations NAVIGATING the through world of work as we went through COVID-19, and now as we continue to deal with COVID-19 along with the new workplace that it has created. We have been instrumental in keeping organizations compliant, resilient, transformed and thriving — we have been MAKING A DIFFERENCE EVERY DAY — which is why that is our 2022 HR Summit theme. 

We are excited to offer the HR Summit HYBRID again — we will be IN-PERSON at the Gaia Hotel in Anderson, and we will also be offering a VIRTUAL option. 

We are sitll working on our SPEAKER LINE UP but they are sure to be EXCELLENT! 

Come learn from our speakers, mingle with fellow HR professionals, and meet some of the best HR services available through our amazing and supportive Sponsors.

Don’t miss the October 18, 2022 HR Summit and the opportunity for growth it holds for you and your organization!

As always – Take advantage of the Early Bird Registration and grab your in-person or virtual seat today!

This event will be a hybrid – both in-person and virtually.  








Our 2022 Exceptional Speaker Lineup

World-class speakers brought to you in-person and virtually!



Award-Winning International Speaker, Thought Leader, Violinist

Award-Winning International Speaker and Thought Leader, Violinist

Keynote Speaker Diane Allen 

Violinist Diane Allen is an Award-Winning International Speaker and Thought Leader who speaks on increasing the meaning, joy, and fulfillment in one’s work and life by accessing the flow state.

Years before neuroscientists discovered the positive impact the flow state has on achieving peak performance, Diane had already experienced the power of flow in her own career as a violinist. During concerts Diane easily slipped into flow and performed her best. However, it eluded her during auditions preventing her from being hired for the fulfilling work she was already qualified to do. While flow is known to be elusive, Diane had to figure out how to get into flow, on demand. It was her unique approach to solving this problem that landed her a spot on the TEDxNaperville stage as well as features on TED, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Associated Press, Boston Herald, Authority Magazine, and Thrive Global.

With this “superpower” now reliably accessible, Diane became the Concertmaster of The Central Oregon Symphony for 15 years, a sought-after Violin Teacher of 28 years, and the author of 16 Music Workbooks sold worldwide. Today, Diane is known for her experiential Keynotes, Training and Coaching programs that go Beyond Engagement™. Her three-step Flow Strategy™ system empowers people to get into their flow state, be in their genius, and love their job

Go Beyond Engagement™: Cultivate a Happy and Fulfilled Workforce

How can you create a culture where your people are happy and fulfilled?

When you know how to connect what your people love to do with what they do for work, everything changes.

This gives them the path to apply their best to their work in the same way that a musician gets lost in the music.

It all comes down to learning their Flow Strategy™, a system where people access their best performance anytime, anywhere, no matter how high the pressure, all while experiencing more meaning, joy, and fulfillment in their lives.

A Thought Leader in the Positive Psychology of Peak Performance, Violinist Diane Allen shares her three-step Flow Strategy™ system in this highly experiential program. You’ll learn three simple questions that connect what people love to their work.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain basic knowledge and neuroscience of the Positive Psychology of Peak Performance.
  • Learn the 3 Questions that gives people the path to love their job.
  • Tap into your highest levels of performance, on demand
  • Using the 3 Questions, coach employees to access their Flow Strategy™ for greater productivity, personal fulfillment, and happiness.
  • Include the 3 Questions during job interviews to improve the recruitment process increasing a candidate’s job satisfaction and longevity in the organization


Partner and Co-Owner of Oppenheimer Investigations Group

Vida Thomas, Partner and Co-Owner of Oppenheimer Investigations Group

An AV-rated attorney, Vida has practiced employment law for over 25 years, and spent much of that time advising employers on all aspects of employment law and human resources management.  Vida has conducted hundreds of workplace investigations and teaches human resources professionals how to conduct effective workplace investigations. She also conducts inherent bias and diversity and inclusion training for private and public sector employers.  Clients have complimented Vida’s knack for making the law accessible, explaining complex legal concepts in a way that is both thorough and easy to understand. She believes training is most effective when it provides concrete, useful tips for navigating today’s complicated and highly regulated workplace. She also serves as an expert witness in state and federal employment lawsuits and mediates litigation and non-litigation matters. Vida assists parties and attorneys in resolving employment claims, and routinely conducts sexual harassment prevention training (including AB1825 compliance training) for state agencies and private companies. Before joining Oppenheimer Investigations Group, Vida was an Of Counsel attorney with Stoel Rives LLP and Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin Law Corporation. She began her legal career as an employment litigator at Kronick Moskovitz and then co-founded Carlsen Thomas, LLP, a boutique employment law firm that offered workplace investigations and employee training throughout California for 13 years.

Microaggressions or Dog Whistles? How to Differentiate and Investigate

Join Vida Thomas as she discusses how terms such as “war on terror” and “law and order” sound innocuous, yet can be coded and racially-charged language. Dog whistling is intended to communicate an objectionable idea to some, while escaping the notice of others. By contrast, microaggressions are often unconscious and unintended. They can be harmful nonetheless. “Complimenting” an African American employee for being “articulate” or asking an Asian American employee, “Where are you from?” are problematic, regardless of the speaker’s intent. Left unchecked, this type of conduct can rise to the level of creating a hostile work environment.

Both issues can be challenging to investigate. Important questions for investigators are: How do you investigate these types of allegations and how do you differentiate between the two? What factual findings are helpful to a decision maker? How much evidence is sufficient? What should an investigator do when the list of incidents becomes unmanageable? How do you determine intent?

By the end of this webinar, participants will:

  • Define “microaggression” and “dog whistle”
  • Provide tips on how to distinguish between these two types of complaints
  • Discuss the investigation plan
  • Discuss how to determine meaning and intent and when outside research may be helpful


Attorney and Shareholder at Weintraub Tobin

Beth West, Attorney and Shareholder at Weintraub Tobin

Beth is also the Chair of the Firm’s Labor and Employment Group. She is admitted to practice law in California and Washington and has over twenty years of experience counseling and defending employers in all areas of employment law. Beth also serves as an employment law mediator in private employment disputes and conducts independent workplace investigations. She has regularly been recognized on the Northern California Super Lawyers list, the Top 100 Northern California Super Lawyers List, the Top 50 Northern California Women Super Lawyers list, and the Top 25 Sacramento Superior Lawyers list; as well as Sacramento Magazines Top Employment Lawyers list. Beth is actively involved in her community and serves as President of the Board of Directors for Hope Cooperative, a non-profit organization committed to providing services to those in the region struggling with mental health and homelessness issues.

2022 Employment Law Update

While employers – and particularly HR Professionals –have enough on their plate as they continue to navigate and adapt to the post-pandemic workplace, the CA Legislature, courts, and regulatory agencies remain fast at work implementing even more legal obligations for California employers.  It never ends!

Join attorney, Beth West, as she discusses several important employment law developments from 2022 impacting the workplace. Topics include:

  • Key Employment Cases
    • PAGA claims; meal period premiums at “regular rate” of pay; arbitration agreements; racial hostile work environment; retaliation; COVID-19 disability discrimination; & more
  • Key Employment Legislation and Regulatory Action
    • Restrictions in settlement agreements; state minimum wage more than $15; & more
  • Pending Legislation
    • Discrimination and/or accommodation based on “family responsibilities;” 32-hour workweek; cannabis use discrimination; & more
  • Some Trends and Projections
    • Remote and Hybrid Workers – Are They Here to Stay?
    • Flexibility and Protections for Caregivers – Are They The Next Protected Class?

HR in Real Life: A Panel Discussion on Employee Development, Best Practices, and HR Leadership

Developing employees and growing a strategic HR practice within an organization takes time, patience, and effort. But, when done correctly, it not only brings a sustainable return on investment, but workplace cultures thrive.

In this interactive program, HR professionals from the Northstate SHRM will share their experiences, best practices, answer your burning HR questions, and discuss the complexities of employee engagement, development, and growth. Attendees will submit questions in advance that will be asked to the panel. The audience will benefit from real life examples and our professionals will provide clarity and ideas around common questions we navigate each and every day. Examples include:

  • Leading remote teams while cultivating trust and promoting productivity
  • Hiring, onboarding, offboarding, and training employees
  • Practicing HR in California
  • Inspiring and supporting managers
  • Best HR Tools and Resources

About the Presenters: 


Angela McFall, Northstate SHRM College Relations Director


Scott Dinits, Human Resources Director, Boys and Girls Club of the North Valley

Vida Thomas, Partner and Co-Owner of Oppenheimer Investigations Group

Tim Corey, Director of People Operations, DigitalPath

Panel Discussion – Recruitment Strategies: “Tap the Talent”

The positive impact from the pandemic on the education system is adapting ways to connect with students. Ready to load up your recruitment tool kit? Learn from Butte College, Chico State University, Mendocino College and Shasta College career center experts on how to access, tap, and target the outstanding pool of current students, new college graduates, and alumni with the best training and academic career goals aligned with your Company.  Also learn how to utilize their services to upskill your own employees!  Bring your questions and requests to “Tap the Talent!”


Annie Rafferty, M.S. Training & Organizational Development, Northtate SHRM Workforce Development Director, and Director of Contract Education, Training & Development


Angela Cordell, Shasta College, Senior Project Coordinator of Employer Engagement

Brian Donnelly, Butte College, Career Counselor/Phi Theta Kappa Advisor

Molly Stimpel, College of the Siskiyous, Assistant Director of Employer Partnership

Pamela Heston, Mendocino College, Assistant Director of Employer Partnerships

Megan Odom, Chico State University, Executive Director Career Center & Student Employment Office

2022 HR Summit Agenda


8:00     Registration, Breakfast, Visit Vendors, Complete Passport, Connect

8:30     Welcome from Northstate SHRM, Connections

9:00     Go Beyond Engagement™: Cultivate a Happy and Fulfilled Workforce

Keynote Speaker, Diane Allen 

10:00   Reflections/Connections, Sponsor Spotlight

Break, Visit Vendors, Complete Passport, Connect

10:15   Microaggression v. Dog Whistle? How to Differentiate and Investigate

Speaker, Vida Thomas, Partner/Co-Owner Oppenheimer Investigations Group

11:15   Reflections/Connections, Sponsor Spotlight

11:30   SHRM Foundation, Certification, Membership

12:00   Reflections/Connections, Sponsor Spotlight

Lunch, Visit Vendors, Complete Passport, Connect

Enjoy Chair Massages AND Live music by Tyler Spencer 

12:45   Panel Discussion – Recruitment Strategies “Tap the Talent”

Facilitated by Annie Rafferty

1:15     Reflections/Connections

1:30     Current Employment Law Hot Topics

Speaker, Lizbeth West, Shareholder Weintraub Tobin

2:30     Break, Visit Vendors, Finish Passport, Connect

2:45     Panel Discussion – HR in Real Life: A Panel Discussion on Employee Development, Best Practices, and HR Leadership

Facilitated by Angela McFall

3:45     Wrap up, Opportunity Prize Drawings

4:00     For the Love of Wine – Mini-Wine Tasting Workshop

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The HR Summit is expressively for:

  • Owners
  • HR Professionals
  • Office Mangers
  • Administrative Professionals
  • Supervisors

Together we will ‘sharpen the saw’ and learn new skills, develop new tools and create strategies to continue moving forward.

The HR Summit is designed to give you what you need to support your organization’s growth.

Certified?  Earn re-cert credits during the HR Summit!

Earn SHRM units toward your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certificates and HRCI units toward your PHR or SPHR certificates.

Not certified yet?  Find out more


Would you like help preparing for approval from your board, owner or supervisor?

We’ve got you covered!

1. Review speakers and session topics

  • What are some of the issues your role or your organization is facing?
  • Which of the speakers and topics will discuss the solutions you need?
  • Leverage those connections to reiterate the benefits and actionable items that will help your organization move forward.

2. Focus on the value of continuing education

  • Great leaders understand the value of ongoing education.  Leverage that!
  • Do you need continuing educational credits for your certification?  There will be HRCI and SHRM re-certification credits for the Summit

3. Submit a formal request

  • Some people prefer request to be in writing.  You can use the form letter HERE to jump start the process.
  • Customize it to make it yours and watch them be wow’ed!

4. Plan to share the wealth

  • Commit now to sharing what you learn at the Summit with your team.  Put a date on the calendar now to demonstrate you commitment in implementing the learned objectives!

125 In-Person - 100 Virtual

Seats Available


Extraordinary Event

Continually Supporting our HR Community

Here are just a few of the ways we support our HR community and provide help and support:

  • Maintaining your HR network to connect professionals from all industries
  • Provide professional development in the form of monthly chapter meetings and certification courses
  • Facilitate mock interviews for high school students, college students and professionals in career transition
  • Offer mentoring opportunities for new professionals
  • Host study groups for those looking to certify as PHR/SPHR/CA
  • Resume review for those searching for career placement
  • Free job postings for HR and Office management positions
  • Legislative updates for Federal and State laws
  • Access to the SHRM toolkits for the workplace as well as the vast information vault SHRM provides for all members

Next steps

Come and see what we are all about.  Our monthly luncheon training events are a great way to meet and see us in action.

View the calendar and pick an event or two (or three or ten).

Come a be a part of Northstate SHRM.  You can join the group, join a study group working toward certification and you can even join the Board!  Discover for yourself why Northstate SHRM continues to draw devoted fans and wiser members.

REFUNDS: If you need to cancel your registration your request must be received in writing and emailed to One hundred percent (100%) of the registration fee will be refunded for cancellations received by 10/01/21. Refunds will not be granted after 10/01/21 nor will they be given for no-shows. Credits will not be issued towards future events.

SUBSTITUTIONS: If you need to send a substitute please submit the information in writing and email it to by 9/28/21. We will also process substitutions onsite at the registration tables. If a SHRM member transfers his/her registration to a non-member the non-member must do one of two things: pay the difference between the member and non-member price at the time of the transfer or become a SHRM member at the time of the transfer.