Annual Associate Symposium: Hosted by UCLA Executive Education

Hosted by UCLA Executive Education

Join us for an invitation-only event featuring three exciting topics presented by UCLA faculty Bob McCann and Janna Shadduck-Hernandez and attorney Kathleen Erskine of Cohen Williams LLP. Professor McCann will discuss the impact that effective communication can have on your organization and the implications for your personal leadership. Develop the knowledge, perspective, and skills needed to lead your team and produce tangible results. Understand and practice cross-cultural communications. We will learn how to create a framework for leading a multicultural team to high performance.


Professor Shadduck-Hernandez will present research findings from The Institute for Research on Labor and Employment on challenges of today’s 18 -29 years old Earners and Learners. These young workers are often working to support family members rather than have additional personal money for discretionary activities, as has been the practice in the past. Also, it is more difficult to find employment that will allow this generation to work and attend school. We will explore the issues these workers face, and discuss what employers can do to engage these workers today while developing the workforce of the future.


Ms. Erskine will discuss substance abuse and addiction in the workplace and the essential legal concepts surrounding an employee’s rights and employer’s obligations. She will provide an overview of how drug and alcohol abuse is treated under today’s laws, including the limitations placed on employees with substance use issues by the disability laws, which are generally protective of employees with physical and mental disabilities. Additionally, she will explain the basic legal framework related to drug testing, the impact of workplace drug policies and provide real-world employer examples including options in specific circumstances.


The day will involve a mix of faculty lecture, group conversation, and small-group simulations – lunch is provided.