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2020 RETREAT Series – HR Leadership: Creating Future-Ready Organizations (Virtual)

Over the past several months, HR has been challenged with COVID-19, social justice issues, and dealing with multiple problems relating to business survival. During these chaotic times, human resources leaders have been responsible for a magnitude of outcomes including operational efficiencies, virtual workplaces, employee well-being, digital technology, and major innovations on how work is now being performed. Equally important to navigating the current day to day issues, is evaluating how work will be reinvented for the future based on today’s disruptions. What innovations need to be created to ensure success in the future? How do we avoid slipping back into the “old” way of doing things? What has worked well and what needs to be transformed going forward?

Since our founding 34 years ago, HARRT at UCLA has hosted a retreat for our Senior Executive Members every fall where we would discuss strategic issues and future innovations. Since we can’t meet in person this year, we have planned a virtual retreat that is designed to explore the disrupted workplace and reimagine the future of work. Additionally, this virtual event will provide members with several opportunities to network with HARRT peers, share ideas, and create solutions for these critical topics.

The theme of our virtual retreat is HR Resilience: Creating a Future-Ready Organization. The topics for the sessions are Transformative Leadership, Cultural Adaptability, Distributed Workforces, Agile Transformation, and the Trust Paradigm. These topics are designed to address today’s immediate challenges as well as go-forward strategies to implement in your future-ready organization. These virtual round tables will contain two parts; Part 1 is a general session with Q&A presented by a subject matter expert that will be immediately followed by Part 2, an exclusive HARRT Executive Member-only workshop to discuss practical, innovative, relevant, and actionable initiatives.

Virtual Series:

Session 1: September 8, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM Transforming Future Leadership Through Co-Elevation featuring Keith Ferrazzi, NYT Bestselling Author, and Founder & Chairman Ferrazzi Greenlight.

Session 2: September 23, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM Cultural Adaptability: A Blueprint for the Future featuring Charles Muttillo, President, and Megan Sutton, Vice President, Human Resources, Morley Builders.

Session 3: September 30, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM– Top Challenges in the Shift to Remote Work – Elisabeth Watson, Chantelle Egan, and Elizabeth M. Levy, Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

2020 HARRT at UCLA Associate Symposium (Virtual):  October 15, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Management Challenge Simulation, presented by Abilitie.

Willis Towers Watson Presents: October 22, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM– BruinTalk  – Reimagining Future Work: A Distributed Workforce – featuring Kerrie Peraino, Vice President, People Operations, Business HR & Googler Experience, Google.

Willis Towers Watson Presents: October 29, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM– BruinTalk  – Reimagining Future Work: A Distributed Workforce – featuring Holly May, SVP, Global Total Rewards & Partner Resources Service Delivery, Starbucks.

Session 4: November 12, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM – Doing Agile Right: Transformation Without Chaos featuring Sarah Elk, Partner and Global Leader, Bain & Company.

Session 5: December 9, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM – Building the New Business Paradigm with Trust featuring Robb Holman, Bestselling Author, and CEO of Holman International.

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


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 reinstated the HARRT IMPACT Series on March 16 – July 9, 2020. Over a four month span, HARRT members we offered 23 interactive virtual-meetings focused on how HR is specifically being impacted by COVID-19. Members were also given exclusive access to the 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.

Virtual Series:

  1. Achieving Racial E
  2. The Irvine Company’s Guide for Return to Work: Come Back With Confidence
  3. Pandemic to Protests: Return to Work Disruption
  4. Mercer – Sensing with Science; the use of talent analytics to make informed workforce decisions
  5. Seyfarth Shaw: Developing a Return to Business Action Plan
  6. Dr. Scott Snyder, COVID-19 and the future of work – 2023: Four scenarios
  7. Dr. Kevin Riley: Preparing for the New Normal: Guidance for Employee Safety and Health During Return to Work (Part 2)
  8. ServiceNow: Empowering Your People to Lead
  9. Dr. Kevin Riley: Preparing for the New Normal: Guidance for Employee Safety and Health During Return to Work (Part 1)
  10. Professor Cassie Mogilner Holmes: Responding to COVID-19 with Positive Leadership
  11. Keith Ferrazzi: Succeeding in a Virtual Workplace
  12. Mercer: A Framework for Recovery: Respond. Return, Reinvent
  13. Carmen Allison: COVID-19 Disruption: Developing a Workplace Reentry Strategy
  14. Randstad RiseSmart: Best Practices in Rapid Upskilling and Redeployment, Responses to the COVID-19 crisis to meet business and employee needs
  15. Heidrick Consulting: How to Lead in a Virtual & Uncertain World – The New Normal for 2020
  16. McGriff: Cultivating Mindfulness Amid Change and Uncertainty
  17. Professor Jerry Nickelsburg: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Golden State
  18. Professor Patrick Wright: Leading Into, Through, and Out of the COVID-19 Crisis
  19. Edelman: Trusted Employee Communication as COVID-19 Evolves: What’s Working and What’s Not
  20. Sandy Asch: Leadership Resiliency During Uncertain Times
  21. Seyfarth Shaw: COVID-19: Legal Challenges for Employers (Part 2)
  22. Willis Towers Watson: COVID-19 Implications for employers- Potential impacts on benefit, reward, mobility, and other business programs, and how to prepare
  23. Seyfarth Shaw: COVID-19: Legal Challenges for Employers (Part 1)
  24. Edelman: 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.