2016 HR Symposium

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

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 Winners

2016 Event Photos


2016 Excellence Awards 

JoAnne Taylor,


Rich Potter,


Dr. Edward Hernandez,

CSU, Stanislaus

Oracle Women's

Leadership Initiative


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 Sponsors

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