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.

October 9-11, 2019 – HARRT at UCLA 2019 Senior Executive Retreat

As is tradition, we were honored to have outstanding speakers join us at the annual Retreat.

Speaker overview:

  • Bob Johansen, from the Institute For the Future, presented and workshopped his new book “Full Spectrum Thinking”, to be published in 2020. All attendees recieved a copy to use with a “part two” follow-up session with Bob next year.
  • Dr. Matt Lieberman  discussed his ground breaking neuro-cognitive research that aims to quantify the way people see the world in order to provide a new language for understanding bias, team performance, and workplace conflicts.
  • We also had world renowned Berkeley professor, Dr. Christina Maslach, who pioneered research on “Burnout”. She  discussed how to recognize, prevent, and banish burnout in the workplace.
  • The Edelman Group  shared data from their Annual Global Trust Barometer Survey which reveals that “trust” has changed profoundly in the past year with “my employer” emerging as the most trusted institution. They presented data and recommended steps to leverage a trust advantage by developing a new employee/employer value contract. Plus so much more.

June 4, 2019 – HARRT at UCLA Leadership Simulation

This event served as an excellent opportunity to get feedback on leadership skills and test the acumen of direct reports. The main discussion areas of focus were: Leadership, Cross-Functional Collaboration; Breaking-down Silos; and Decision Making under Conditions of Ambiguity.

This simulation was created and run by Abiltie.

May 2, 2019 – HARRT at UCLA Day of Learning Transforming HR Through Transparency: Unlocking Visibility and Value

Today, creating a transparent work environment is a critical requirement for sustaining a high-performance culture. It leads to higher employee engagement, and sparks innovation and builds trust, all of which are paramount to an organization’s financial success. Today’s leaders are feeling pressure from employees who are demanding a more transparent workplace.

What is transparency? How can organizations embrace it? What does transparency lead to and what value does it have?

On Thursday, May 2, HARRT at UCLA and Willis Towers Watson offered a unique event offering new perspectives addressing the volatile marketplace and workforce. Some key topics for the event included

  • Gaining insights from leading employers and academic professors on the current HR landscape and future of the workplace
  • Hearing proven strategies to optimize the workforce through trends and best practices for effective leadership
  • Networking with executive peers across industry sectors from leading global organizations

Keynote Speakers:

  • Jerry Kang, Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, UCLA
  • Ian Larkin, Associate Professor, Strategy, UCLA Anderson School of Management

General Session and Other Speakers

  • Don Delves, Managing Director, Executive Compensation Practice Leader, North America, Willis Towers Watson
  • Dean Carter, Vice President, Shared Services, Patagonia
  • Anne Mersereau, Vice President, Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion, Portland General Electric
  • Milt Ezzard, Vice President, Global Benefits, Activision Blizzard, Inc.
  • Berry Carpenter-Kingi, Vice President Human Resources, VCA, I
  • Group Photo

  • Jerry Kang, Keynote Speaker

  • Ian Larkin, Keynote Speaker

  • Don Delves, General Session

  • Milt Ezzard, Bruin Talk

  • Berry Carpenter-Kingi, Bruin Talks

  • Ann Mersereau, Bruin Talk

  • Dean Carter, Bruin Talk

April 10, 2019 – Senior Member Roundtable: Digital Disruptors

Keynote Speaker:

Scott Snyder, Author of Goliaths Revenge, Partner Heidrick & Struggle

March 27, 2019 – Associate Member Roundtable: HR’s Impact on Corporate Culture

Keynote Speaker:

Jeff Birk, Manager of Speaking and Training at O.C. Tanner

Panel Speakers:

Brandi Britton, District President for Robert Half
Megan Sutton, VP of HR for Morley Builders
Nooshin Nathan,Chief Talent Officer for the Natural History
Museum of Los Angeles County
Victor Pagdan VP of HR for Universal Studios Hollywood

February 27, 2019 – HARRT 2019 Diversity and Inclusion Round Table

Learn, be inspired, share, and connect with fellow HR Executives at HARRT’s “Second Annual
Diversity and Inclusion Round Table”. This full day session included lecture, employer panels,
round table discussion, and informal opportunities to collaborate with peers on the D&I
challenges and opportunities facing HR Leaders. We discussed the creation of a culture that supports a
diverse workplace, inclusive leadership, the impact of #Metoo on corporate strategy, building blocks to
address unconscious bias, and intersectionality in the workplace. We also shared programs that organizations have adopted to meet inclusion goals.

Speakers Included:

Lise L. Luttgens, Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles
Miguel M. Unzueta, Professor of Management and Organizations, UCLA
Corinne Bendersky, Professor of Management and Organizations, UCLA
Kwame Cooper, Assistant Chief, LA Fire Department
Abbe Land, Executive Director, LA County Women and Girls Initiative
Carolyn Yashari Becher, Co-Founder, HopSkipDrive
Jamie Dolkas, Director of Women’s Leadership, Adjunct Law Professor, Center for WorkLife Law, UC Hastings College of the Law
Allison Elder, Vice President, HR, RAND Corporation
InaMarie Johnson, Chief People Officer, Zendesk
Rich Richardson, Associate Vice President HR, American Honda Motor Co.
Julia McCallin, Associate Vice President Human Resources, Caltech
Devon Dickau, Chief Of Staff, Diversity And Inclusion Client Service Center Of Excellence Deloitte Consulting LLP

HARRT 2018 – A Year in Review

UCLA Anderson Spotlight

UCLA Anderson: Teamwork and Status

Michael Totty’s featured piece covers UCLA Anderson School of Management professor Corrine Bendersky’s recent research on status in the workplace.

The study shows that status within the workplace is dynamic, not static.

“Researchers have seen that high status can be gained both through self-promotion and unselfish dedication to the group. Further study can indicate whether the most effective approach depends on the makeup of the team or on the nature of the assignment.” -Totty

Read the full article here.


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New York Times Article Written by Adam Grant:

“A few years ago during a break in a leadership class I was teaching, a manager named Michael walked up looking unsettled. His boss had told him he needed to be more productive, so he had spent a few hours analyzing how he spent his time. He had already cut his nonessential meetings. He couldn’t find any tasks to drop from his calendar. He didn’t see an obvious way to do them more efficiently.”

Check out this article written by Adam Grant.

UCLA Anderson Research Spotlight

Article by Carla Fried: Vacation Mindset: How Weekends Can Be More Refreshing

When it comes to time off, America is definitely not a world leader. A review of mandated vacation policy in 21 countries with advanced economies by the Center for Economic and Policy Research reports that the United States is the only country that doesn’t guarantee workers paid time off, and about one quarter of U.S. workers don’t receive paid holidays and vacation days.

Among the lucky ducks who have paid time off, the workaholic zeitgeist is a strong headwind. According to the U.S. Travel Association, Americans in 2017 on average used 17 of the 23 paid days they were entitled to. That’s actually better than Glassdoor’s 2017 survey of 2,000 workers, in which participants reported using barely more than half their vacation days, on average.

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Anderson Special Event

Commercial Real Estate in a Slowing Economy

June 2019 Economic Outlook

The June Anderson Economic Forecast is open to HARRT members!

While the forecast of 2019 likely escaping a recession is not much changed, commercial real estate, having enjoyed a decade long expansion since the financial crisis, is headed for a “crunch” with increasing supply coming from the flow of investment dollars searching for yield encountering a slowing increase in employment growth (from 200,000 down to 100,000 jobs a month). The panel will also discuss the potential impact of the proposed rent control legislation and split roll property tax proposals.. Agenda.

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