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Congratulations to the Class of 2018 Emerging Leaders!

Updated: Nov 8, 2018

CalGovHR's second Emerging Leaders Retreat was held between October 12 - 14, 2018 at Harris Ranch, California. As part of our Class of 2018, 18 California public sector and nonprofit human resources professionals were selected to participate in an all-expenses paid Retreat experience to receive executive-level mentoring and individualized career coaching to help them reach their aspirations of becoming public sector's next Chief Human Resources Officer. They also worked collaboratively in cohort groups and competed in Project HR, a real-life simulation into the role of being a CHRO and solved complex HR challenges under the guidance of our Faculty Mentors.

Under the leadership of CalGovHR's President, Gene Boucher, and Vice President, Selina Zapien, CalGovHR continues to operate the nation's first-of-its-kind initiative in developing the leadership traits and competencies to succeed in the role of a CHRO. Based on national, state, and local statistics, retirement and succession planning continues to be a focus for government service, and the Retreat was designed specifically to meet the industry needs for CHROs in the public sector.

Please join us in congratulating our Class of 2018 HR Emerging Leaders: Tori Anthony (City of Palo Alto), Cindy Barron (South Orange County Community College District), Karen Bernard-Guerin (City of Cupertino), Melanie Chavez (CSU Monterey Bay), Lorena Cholula (County of Santa Clara), Antoinette Conteh (BART), Conrad Fernandes (County of San Mateo), Derek Ford (Modesto Irrigation District), Bill Jacox (County of Alameda), Laty Johnson (Oakland Unified School District), Laura Kirby (City of Belmont), Waylen Leopoldino (City and County of San Francisco), Zaneta Luna (Castro Valley Sanitary District), Sharlene Shikhmuradova (City of San Jose), Aaron Slater (City of Ceres), Rachael Smith (City of Woodland), Amanda Strand (City of Chico), and MJ Tueros (City of Napa).

We also express our most sincere gratitude to this year's Faculty Members: Christopher Boucher, Esq. (Wiley Price & Radulovich, LLP), Gene Boucher (Union Sanitary District), Georg Krammer (Koff and Associates), Rachel Shaw (Shaw HR Consulting), Kandice Taylor-Sherwood (City of Long Beach), Frances Trant (Koff and Associates), Loretta van der Pol (State Mediation and Conciliation Service, Public Employment Relations Board), Teresa Webster (CPS HR Consulting), and, Joseph Wiley, Esq. (Wiley Price & Radulovich, LLP).

On behalf of CalGovHR, we extend our warmest congratulations to the Class of 2018. As a result of the Retreat's continued success, we have extended our agreement to hold the Retreat at Harris Ranch through 2021. Visit for additional information. The 2019 Retreat will be held between October 11 and 13, 2019; application will be available shortly.

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