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HARRT at UCLA celebrated a milestone; 2016 marked our 30th year as a forum for the exchange of cutting-edge ideas and academic research affecting the practice of human resources.

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HARRT 2018 – A Year in Review

October 23, 2018 – Associate Symposium

Three exciting topics were presented by UCLA faculty Bob McCann and Janna Shadduck-Hernandez, Victor Narro, and attorney Kathleen Erskine of Cohen Williams LLP. Professor McCann  discussed the impact that effective communication can have on your organization and the implications for your personal leadership. They were able to help attendees develop the knowledge, perspective, and skills needed to lead their teams and produce tangible results. The goal was to understand and practice cross-cultural communications,  learning how to create a framework for leading a multicultural team to high performance.

The theme of our 2018 Retreat was: Human Resources Innovation: Now to Next. Building on previous topics of transformation, disruption, and change; this year we explored specific ways to strategically move our organizations into the future. Our speakers brought the latest thinking on approaching innovation with an entrepreneurial mindset, applying technology for organizational innovation, keeping the “human” in human resources with empathy and compassion, the changing CHRO profile, and the next frontier of employee experience.

Vacit Arat, CEO, HIA Technologies
Corinne Bendersky, Professor of Management and Organizations, UCLA Anderson School of Management
Ben Dewar, Partner, TrueSearch
Henrik Fisker, Chairman and CEO, Fisker Inc.
Martha Josephson, Senior Partner, Egon Zehnder
Terry Kramer, Professor of Decisions, Operations & Technology Management, UCLA Anderson School of Management; Faculty Director of UCLA Anderson’s Easton Technology Management Center, Former Vodafone Group Executive, Former U. S. Ambassador
Amy Levoie, People Scientist, Glint
Paul Leonardi, Professor, Duca Family Endowed Chair, Technology Management; UC Santa Barbara
Mark Levy, Fmr CHRO, Airbnb, Head of  Employee Experience, Allbirds
Francis (Fran) Luisi, Partner, Head of Human Resources Practice, Odgers Berndtson
Kathy Mandato, Former VP Human Resources, Snapchat, Inc., HR Advisor
Arthur Mazor, Principal, Deloitte Consulting
Klaus Schauser, Chief Strategist and Founder, AppFolio
Stefanie M. Tignor, People Scientist, Humu
Jennifer Vena, Vice President, Bright Horizons
Pat Wadors, Chief Talent Officer, ServiceNow
Monica Worline, Faculty Affiliate, Center for Positive Organizations, University of Michigan; Research Scientist, Center for Compassion and Altruism, Stanford University; Founder and CEO of EnlivenWork, Author, Awakening Compassion at Work
Michael Yang, Managing Director, Comcast Ventures

May 22, 2018 – Creating a Magical Employee Experience!

“How do organizations do it?” Join insightful thought leaders from Willis Towers Watson and the Disney Institute to learn the latest insights to better understand and shape the employee experience. We will examine how technology and data analytics support continuous listening to directly impact employee engagement and commitment while re-defining “engagement ownership” in your organization.  Also, we will explore the Disney approach to talent management, leadership and culture that creates a nurturing environment and fosters Cast Member motivation and engagement.

Click Here for one of the research articles from the event

Additional research and the slide deck for the event can be accessed here.

April 25, 2018 – Day of Learning HARRT and WTW Recap

Reinventing Work: People. Technology. Time.

Today’s realities are shaped by a growing digital revolution. Technologies are fusing, blurring lines between the physical, digital and biological worlds, and technological breakthroughs like artificial intelligence and robotics will continue to evolve.

These changes are dramatic compared to previous revolutions in that they are already disrupting almost every industry in every country and having a major impact on work and jobs. The result is a complex work environment characterized by significant job creation as well as job displacement, heightened labor productivity but also a widening skills gap.

The Future of Work is becoming an important topic for many organizations, both for its HR implications and its impact on overall business strategy. Is your company prepared?

On Wednesday, April 25th, David Rock, Michelle McKinney, Ravin Jesuthasan, and Professor Craig Fox joined HARRT at UCLA and Willis Towers Watson for a Day of Learning. This annual event offers new perspectives on the volatile marketplace and workforce challenges. Attendees are HARRT Senior Executive members and their teams. If you would like to become a member of HARRT at UCLA and attend next year’s event, please contact us through this form. Materials from the event are available for members in the research section of the website.

Click here to see the event’s agenda.

  • Group Photo

  • Ravin Jesuthasan Willis Towers Watson

  • David Rock NeuroLeadership Institute

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HARRT at UCLA with the RAND Corporation

With the rapidly changing workplace, new technology and multi-generational workforce to name a few, Human Resources needs to become more innovative and agile in the way services are delivered and programs are developed. How would you rate yourself on the resilience scale? Sandy Asch, thought leader and author will lead us in a discussion on personal skills and development. You will be given a self-assessment to identify personal development opportunities. You will also hear from a CHRO panel: Allison Elder, Vice President, Human Resources, RAND and David N. Heath, Fmr. Vice President, Global Human Resources, Panasonic Avionics Corporation who will share their insights about how they assess HR talent and the skills needed for future success in the field. The latest Bersin Report, HR Technology Disruptions 2018, will be used as the foundation for the conversation, and participants will be encouraged to consider these trends within their organization.

Click here for a preview from speaker Sandy Asch.

UCLA Anderson Spotlight

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UCLA Anderson: Minimum Wage Increase

Professor Ed Leamer talks with Bob Moffitt on Capital Radio News about the impact of the California Minimum Wage increase, which into effect January 1st.

UCLA Professor Edward Leamer is studying minimum wage hikes, specifically Pasadena’s increases over the last two years to $13.25. He says the impacts depend on a variety of factors, including how employees spend their money.

“In Los Angeles, 40 percent of the work force or more are directly affected by a minimum wage that goes to $15,” he said.

Listen to Ed Leamer Speak on radio here.

Internet Wages

“Worry over a widening gap between America’s rich and poor makes the issue of pay ratios a dicey problem for many companies. Laws in place since 2015 require every public company to openly compare its chief executive compensation to average employee earnings and, in some cases, to pay a city surtax for big differences.”

This article features research by Christopher Poliquin, Assistant Professor of Strategy, and explores the effect that new technology can have on pay for all employees.

Check out this article written by Dee Gill.

UCLA Anderson Research Spotlight

STUDY BY CORINNE BENDERSKY: Making U.S. Fire Departments More Diverse and Inclusive

DECEMBER 07, 2018

Picture a typical firefighter. Who comes to mind? If you imagined a white man, that’s understandable: 96% of U.S. career firefighters are men, and 82% are white. This homogeneity is striking, especially when you compare it to the U.S. military, which is 85% men and 60% white, and local police forces, which are 88% men and 73% white.

Many fire departments recognize that their lack of diversity as a problem and say they’re committed to increasing racial and gender diversity. “We have to diversify, because it actually improves our organization. It helps us address the needs of the public better,” says Derek Alkonis, the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) assistant chief.  Ralph Terrazas, chief of the Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD), agrees:  “[We] will provide a higher level of service to the communities we serve when the people of that department respect the culture, language and beliefs of the people within that community.”

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Anderson Special Event

Technology and the Business of Entertainment

March 2019 Economic Outlook

The March Anderson Economic Forecast is open to HARRT members!

The U.S. and California economies remain on track to avoid a recession in 2019, though elevated risks abound. These risks point to key factors to watch as the latter part of the year unfolds. And the soft housing markets, jitters on Wall Street and trade disputes all point to uncertainties in 2019. One key to continued growth in Los Angeles is the health of the tech industry, and in particular the transformation of the entertainment industry with new technologies. The March 2019 UCLA Anderson Forecast presents an analysis of these and other issues with the rollout of its next report. Agenda.

Thank you to the following members for providing outstanding thought leadership for our program development.