UC Berkeley's Corporate Education Advisory Board series brings professionals together to share ideas and best practices. The Advisory Board convenes quarterly through in-person meetings or webinars.

The in-person meetings—hosted at firms around the San Francisco Bay Area—present an excellent opportunity for senior leaders to meet and share insights about trends and innovative solutions. Each event features a moderated panel discussion with leaders from a range of industries.

There is no cost to participate, but attendance is by invitation only. Contact Robert David for more information.

Recent Events

HR/LAB - 6-21-18 @ Sephora

Speakers from our June, 2018 evantTopic:  'Valuing Inclusion, Belonging & Engagement'

Moderator - Corrie Conrad, VP Social Impact, Sustainability, Diversity & Inclusion @Sephora

Panelists : 
  • Jennifer Betti, Head of Employee Experience @ HERE Technology
  • Mark Lipscomb, VP People @ 23andMe
  • Maria Wayne, Head of Global Diversity @ Seagate
  • Jolen Anderson, SVP, HR and Chief Diversity Officer @ Visa
  • Adelmise Warner, Chief Counsel – Employment, Compensation and Benefits @ Pandora

HR/LAB 2-20-18 @ Intuitive Surgical

Speakers from our February, 2018 eventTopic: "The overall talent management landscape -- integrating performance, engagement, and development."

Moderator - Stacey Porter, Director, Global Talent Development @ Intuitive Surgical


  • Shveta Miglani - Sr Director, Talent Development and Performance Management @ Axciom
  • Heather Hoerdermann - VP Talent and Leadership Development @ Synopsys
  • Amy Hayes - Global Head of L&D @ Facebook
  • AJ Thomas - VP of People @ Auction.com

HR/LAB 10-17-17 @ EllieMae

Speakers from our October, 2017 eventTopic: "Transforming Performance Management"

Moderator - Rick Jensen, SVP Chief Talent Officer - Intuit


  • Levent Arabaci, EVP HR @ Hitachi
  • Susan Page, Global Head of L&D @ Jazz Pharma
  • Jonathan Levy, Director of Training and Organizational Development @ Autodesk
  • Rachel Kleban, Performance Management Lead @ Airbnb
  • Gita Asuti, Director/ Sr. HRBP @ EllieMae

HR/LAB 6-20-17 @ UC Berkeley

Communications Workshop with Keen IO.

HR/LAB: January 17, 2017, at UC Berkeley

Topic: HR & L&D Internal Communication Strategies

Moderator: Jennifer Chizuk, Manager, Staff Learning and Development @ UC Berkeley


  • Chris Henry, Corporate VP of Talent and Change Management @ Sutter Health
  • Linda Moss, VP Global Enablement @ Palo Alto Networks
  • Lesley Hoare, VP Global Talent Development @ VMware
  • Marguerite Kunze, VP Talent Management & Org Dev; HRBP Product & Strategy @ Plantronics
  • Corinna Snyder, Director, Learning and Development at PwC


April 19, 2016, at ADP

Classroom lecture at our April, 2016 eventTopic: Building a Productive Learning Culture

Moderator: Carrie Beckstrom, VP Learning & Performance @ ADP


  • Scott Morgan, Dir. L&D @ LinkedIn
  • Matt Morgan, VP People Practices @ Pandora
  • Kate Mason, Director, People Readiness @ Federal Reserve Bank of SF

October 20, 2015, at UC Berkeley Extension's San Francisco Campus

Topic: Learn about the latest research from UC Berkeley faculty and lecturers in HR and L&OD

Moderator: Robert David, UC Berkeley Extension

Below, find a video segment from Greater Good Science Center science director Emiliana Simon-Thomas, who talks about the science behind "sustained happiness."

Visit the Corporate and Professional Programs YouTube page.

June 24, 2015, at Kaiser Permanente (Oakland)

Topic: HR+L&D Analytics and Continuous Learning

Moderator: Bob Sachs, VP National Learning & Development, Kaiser Permanente


  • Blaine Ames, AAA, Workforce Planning & Analytics director
  • Craig Ramsay, Symantec, Organizational Insights & People Analytics director
  • Cherie Woodbury, Robert Half International, VP Enterprise Learning & Staff Development

Feb. 24 2015, at Charles Schwab (San Francisco)

Topic: Discussing the McKinsey & Company article "Decoding Leadership: What Really Matters," which indentifies the four top behavior traits found with high-quality leadership teams:

  • Supportive
  • Operating toward strong results
  • Ability to see different perspectives
  • Effectively solves problem

Moderator: Dawn Kimball, Charles Schwab VP Education & Learning


  • Antonia Galindo, Pandora VP Learning & Development
  • Keami Lewis, Facebook Leadership Development Partner
  • Lisa Zuegel, Agilent Technologies Leadership Development Program Manager

Nov. 18, 2014, at LinkedIn (Sunnyvale, Calif.)


  • Developing leaders in a distributed workplace.
  • Ramping up productivity in new and early-career employees.
  • Assessing an organization's future readiness and agility.
  • Doing business globally and the impact on HR and L&D.
  • Being inclusive and the impact we have on the communities in which we operate.

Moderator: Pat Wadors, LinkedIn VP of Global Talent Organization


  • Deary Duffie, Genentech Senior Director of Learning and Organization Development
  • Dianne Mills, Walmart Global e-Commerce SVP of Human Resources
  • Lisa Paul, Oclaro EVP of Human Resources
  • Kelly Porter, Commune Hotels VP of Learning and Employee Brand
  • Jennifer Saavedra, Visa VP of Learning and Development

Aug. 12, 2014, at Trulia (San Francisco)


  • Positioning HR as a business partner and staying relevant.
  • Scaling HR and L&D during rapid growth and collecting feedback.
  • Leveraging social media in HR and L&D programs.
  • Bridging the gap between hiring and onboarding.
  • Building learning into the organization.

Moderator: Elizabeth Brown, Trulia VP of HR


  • Corey Barker, Medallia Director of Growth and Development
  • Emily Couey, Eventbrite Head of People
  • Greg Pryor, Workday VP of Leadership and Organization Effectiveness
  • Beth Steinberg, BrightRoll SVP of People