In keeping with HARRT at UCLA’s mission to help our members by offering shared experiences for best practices and trusted experts they can call upon to develop their responses, we have reinstated the HARRT IMPACT Series. The focus of these interactive virtual-meetings focuses on how HR is specifically being impacted by COVID-19. We’ve developed individual topics with the help of experts on policy, leadership, crisis communication, safety, employee engagement, training, well-being, anxiety, etc… and have delivered them twice weekly since March 16, 2020. Additionally, we have developed a members-only, HARRT COVID-19 online repository for shared resources from the series. Members can access the repository through the Senior Member Homepage using your login and password.


  1. Thursday, June 11, 12:00 – 1:00: The Irvine Company’s Guide for Return to Work: “Come Back With Confidence”
  2. Thursday, June 4, 12:00 – 1:00: Pandemic to Protests: Return to Work Disruption
  3. Thursday, May 28, 12:00 – 1:00: MercerSensing with Science; the use of talent analytics to make informed workforce decisions.
  4. Thursday, May 21, 12:00 -1:00: Ann Marie Zaletel from Partner Member Seyfarth Shaw will review their Return to Business and Post-Pandemic Planning Checklist: Developing a Return to Business Action Plan
  5. Tuesday, May 19, 12:00 – 1:00: Dr. Scott Snyder, Partner, Digital, and Innovation, Heidrick Consulting, Senior Fellow, The Wharton School, Co-Author Goliath’s Revenge: COVID-19 and the future of work – 2023: Four scenarios
  6. Thursday, May 14, 12:00 – 1:00: Dr. Kevin Riley, Director of Research and Evaluation, UCLA Labor Occupational Health & Safety: Part 2 – Preparing for the New Normal: Guidance for Employee Safety and Health During Return to Work. *Thursdays are IMPACT SHARE sessions with Q&A (Whiteboard is saved in the repository.)
  7. Tuesday, May 12, 12:00 – 1:00: Jen Stroud, from Partner Member ServiceNow, will discuss Empowering Your People to Lead.
  8. Thursday, May 7, 12:00 – 1:00: Dr. Kevin Riley, Director of Research and Evaluation, UCLA Labor Occupational Health & Safety: Preparing for the New Normal: Guidance for Employee Safety and Health During Return to Work. *Thursdays are IMPACT SHARE sessions with Q&A Whiteboard and PPT are saved in the repository.
  9. Tuesday, May 5, 12:00 – 1:00: Cassie Mogilner Holmes, Professor, Marketing and Behavioral Decision Making, UCLA Anderson School of Management, will discuss her award-winning research in the growing field of happiness studies and share her best recommendations for “Responding to COVID-19 with Positive Leadership.
  10. Thursday, April 30, 12:00 – 1:00: Keith Ferrazzi, NYT Bestselling Author, and Founder & Chairman Ferrazzi Greenlight, Succeeding in a Virtual Workplace
  11. Tuesday, April 28. 12:00 – 1:00: Partner Member Mercer will discuss, A Framework for Recovery: Respond. Return, Reinvent with Don Bobo – Southern California Market Leader and Kevin Poff – Southern California Career Business Leader
  12. Thursday, April 23, 12:00 – 1:00: Carmen Allison, Head of HR, The Hoover Institution, Stanford University, COVID-19 Disruption: Developing a Workplace Reentry Strategy. WHITEBOARD collaboration was saved to the repository*Thoughts to consider for the whiteboard before joining the discussion: Topic 1: What are you learning about your workforce during this pandemic?  What has been surprisingly good?  What have you discovered that needs attention? Topic 2: Re-Entry- return to work.  What questions are you asking your leadership and your team?  What work have you done thus far to prepare for re-entry?  Describe what will change in the new normal.
  13. Tuesday, April 21, 12:00 – 1:00: Jeanne Schad, Talent Solutions and Practice Leader, Randstad RiseSmart, Best Practices in Rapid Upskilling and Redeployment, Responses to the COVID-19 crisis to meet business and employee needs.
  14. Thursday, April 16, 12:00 -1:00: Heidrick Consulting experts from partner Member, Heidrick & Struggles, How to Lead in a Virtual & Uncertain World – The New Normal for 2020.
  15. Tuesday, April 14, 12:00 – 1:00: Michal Rinkevich, Vice President, Wellness Services, McGriff, Cultivating Mindfulness Amid Change and Uncertainty.
  16. Thursday, April 9, 12:00 -1:00: Jerry Nickelsburg, Director, UCLA Anderson Forecast, Adjunct Professor of Economics, UCLA Anderson School of Economics, The Impact of COVID-19 on the Golden State
  17. Tuesday, April 7, 12:00 – 1:00: Thought Leader, Professor Patrick Wright, Thomas C. Vandiver Bicentennial Chair, Director of the Center for Executive Succession at Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina: Leading Into, Through, and Out of the COVID-19 Crisis.
  18. Thursday, April 2, 12:00 – 1:00: Back by popular demand, experts from the global communication firm, Edelman, will discuss Delivering Trusted Employee Communication as COVID-19 Evolves: What’s Working and What’s Not.
  19. Tuesday, March 31, 12:00-1:00: Best-selling Partner Member author Sandy Asch, will lead an interactive session: Leadership Resiliency During Uncertain Times.
  20. Thursday, March 26, 12:00-1:00: Partner Member Ann Marie Zaletel and Tracy Billows of Seyfarth Shaw, will expand on their previous IMPACT call session: COVID-19: Legal Challenges for Employers-Part 2. 
  21. Tuesday, March 24, 12:00-1:00: Partner Member Willis Towers Watson’s Health & Benefits Leader, Sandy Ageloff, will discuss: COVID-19 Implications for employers– Potential impacts on benefit, reward, mobility, and other business programs, and how to prepare.
  22. Thursday, March 19, 11:00-12:00: Partner Member, Ann Marie Zaletel and Tracy Billows of Seyfarth Shaw, will lead an IMPACT call on COVID-19: legal challenges for employers.
  23. Monday, March 16,12:00-1:00: Experts from the global communications firm, Edelman, will address Crisis communications best practices for HR leaders: how to maintain trust during evolving public safety concerns.

If you would like to be part of this group and apply for membership, please contact us.

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HARRT at UCLA, established in 1986, serves as a forum for the exchange of cutting-edge ideas and academic research affecting the practice of human resources. HARRT at UCLA is a subunit of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) and is affiliated with Anderson School of Management, Luskin School of Public Affairs, and UCLA School of Law.

HARRT Events

HARRT at UCLA Executive Round Table: Februrary 27, 2020

With the beginning of a new decade, HARRT examined various transformation initiatives including the employee as a stakeholder and how to prepare HR to become innovators and change agents over the next 10 years. In this session, Peter Matthies, founder of the Conscious Business Institute, discussed how to build an organization of the future by applying specific steps to take your people strategy from vision to implementation. In this workshop presentation, Peter shared insights on how to refine organizational culture and purpose by creating a better way to work and live for 2020 and beyond. Also, Denise Spatafora, CEO of BeClear Inc. and UCLA instructor, led a session that focused on creating an individualized HR road map, to include identification of organizational “pain points” affecting transformation in your company as well as, personal strategies to prepare you to become an effective leader in the future.