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2016 HR Symposium

How HR Organizations Make an Impact in Public and Private Companies: April 26, 2016

Happy 30th anniversary, HR Symposium! For three amazing decades, human resources experts have been coming together to share expertise, build community, and propel our profession forward. Please join us to celebrate this milestone at the upcoming 2016 HR Symposium on April 26, 2016 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Here, we will discuss HR’s impact across a diverse set of premier Silicon Valley companies in the public and private sectors. Specifically, we will compare and contrast the roles, challenges, and opportunities HR teams face in these two environments, including:

  • How HR is practiced

  • How HR teams manage high-level change

  • How employer brand is built

  • What HR leadership looks like

  • How to prepare for IPO


2016 Keynote

Ben Silbermann, Pinterest CEO



Ben Silbermann grew up in Iowa, where he spent a lot of time collecting bugs. Today, he helps millions of people collect things they love as co-founder and CEO of Pinterest. Before Pinterest, Ben worked at Google on AdSense and studied at Yale. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and son. He was recently named in Fortune magazine's "40 Under 40."

2016 Speakers
2016 Scholarship Winners

2016 Winners

The HR Symposium awarded scholarships to the following recipients in 2016:


Ruucha Bhave - MS in HR - Golden State University

Lois Bukowski- MS Org Development - University of San Francisco

Andrea Sanchez Chavez - MS in Industrial & Org Psychology - San Jose State University

Kristin Davi - MS Org Development - University of San Francisco

Alejandra Delgadillo - BBA with concentration in HR - California State University, Stanislaus

Jessica Garcia - BBA with concentration in HR - California State University, Stanislaus

Angela Griffin - MS in HR - Golden State University

Lisa Hanson - MS Org Development - University of San Francisco

Lauren Lightbody - MS Org Development - University of San Francisco

Jason Wilkinson - MS Org Development - University of San Francisco

2016 Event Photos

2016 Event Photos

2016 Excellence Awards 

JoAnne Taylor,


Rich Potter,


Dr. Edward Hernandez,

CSU, Stanislaus

Oracle Women's

Leadership Initiative

2016 Award Winners

2016 Event Summary

Making A Difference: Silicon Valley HR leaders celebrate 30 years of vision, insight, and professional expertise at HR Symposium


SANTA CLARA CONVENTION CENTER—APRIL 26, 2016—Pinterest, one of the companies that routinely shows up in the lists of great companies to work for, was center stage at the HR Symposium last week as top executives shared insight into what helps its creative workforce thrive in the highly competitive tech arena.


The event drew close to 550 HR professionals from all over the San Francisco Bay area who enjoyed diverse perspectives on the changing world of HR as well as personal insights into the journeys of numerous Silicon Valley HR executives.


The annual event also celebrated its 30th anniversary of bringing topical discussions among industry leaders to their colleagues at all stages of their careers. The event, which raises scholarships funds, also awarded funds to 10 promising students for their achievements and vision.

2016 Event Summary
2016 Sponsors

2016 Sponsors

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