The HR SIG Presents... A Special Event

Employee Engagement During Turbulent Times

The CEO's Perspective


It has been proven time and time again that high employee engagement and morale will drive business results in the long run. By simply improving workforce commitment to corporate goals and generating exceptional individual performance, company returns can and will skyrocket. 
 
However, during tough economic environments such as we are seeing today, where organizations are striving to do more with less, and employees are paying close attention to how their employers go about cutting back – especially when they are cutting back on talent – employee engagement proves to be even more of a daunting challenge.  Research results released by Telonu found that those still employed after a layoff, 81% believe their job security is poor, and 74% rate the morale of survivors as poor.
 
So how do you keep your employees engaged, productive and looking positively towards their future with your company? Leap Wireless and Solekai Systems strive to keep employee confidence high even through difficult times, and pride themselves on implementing workable retention strategies.  At this CommNexus event, the Doug Hutcheson, CEO, Leap Wireless and Martin Caniff, President, Solekai Systems, will talk about some their implemented techniques and tactics in the workplace, and will teach you some ideas on how you can follow their lead. 
 
If you are an executive, director, manager or professional, you can’t miss this event.


KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
Doug Hutcheson
CEO, Cricket Communications
Doug Hutcheson is responsible for overseeing the corporate and local business operations for the Company. A business strategist with more than 23 years of management experience, Mr. Hutcheson developed the initial concept and led the core team that pioneered Cricket, Leap’s innovative, all-you-can-talk local wireless service.

Previously, Mr. Hutcheson established and led the marketing and international operations group in the Wireless Infrastructure division at QUALCOMM Incorporated. At QUALCOMM, in addition to directing the marketing efforts, he led multiple teams negotiating equipment sales, financing arrangements and joint ventures throughout the world. His work also included developing market research, proposals, pricing, and contract development policies. Prior to QUALCOMM, Mr. Hutcheson was with Solar Turbines, Inc. from 1982 to 1991. While there, Mr. Hutcheson held various positions including General Manager, Technical Service Manager, and Regional Customer Service and Operations Manager.

Mr. Hutcheson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Irvine, where he graduated Beta Gamma Sigma.


MODERATOR:

Jean Center
President,
The Center Group
Jean is a noted management consultant and trusted advisor who has helped organizations build and develop their workforce as well as scale them down. Jean has planned and implemented workforce downsizings while managing the needs of the remaining
employees. To learn about Center Group programs and consulting services (including customized Outplacement Employment Assistance), visit the company's website at www.centergroupconsulting.com.


PANELISTS:
Martin Caniff
Founder/ President,
Solekai Systems
Martin has over 30 years of experience in leading high performance teams of talented engineers. Prior to founding Solekai Systems, Martin was president of Doctor Design Inc., a provider of engineering design services for a variety of industries including consumer electronics. He has also served in senior management and engineering positions at DocuFile Inc., Optigraphics Corp., Megatek Corp., and Boeing. Martin possesses a keen focus on making his customers successful by assembling extraordinary teams and getting multi-million dollar development projects done on schedule and within budget.

Vicki Krantz

Director of Business, Science & Technology Programs, UCSD Extension
Vicki Krantz has been an active member of San Diego’s HR community for over 25 years. She started teaching in UC San Diego Extension’s HR Management Program in 1981, the same year that she served as president of the local chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management.  Krantz, who earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and her master’s degree in communication from Cal State University Northridge, began her career with the RCA Corporation, where she ran their employee publications group. From there, she went on to earn her stripes as an HR generalist by handling a variety of assignments at the company’s many divisions throughout the U.S., including NBC and Random House books. After six years with RCA, she returned home to California to join Title Insurance & Trust, as vice president of personnel. Later, she joined Central Federal Savings & Loan as vice president of human resources, eventually becoming the firm’s chief administrative officer and president of several of its subsidiaries. She continues to teach and is a frequent speaker at professional association meetings. The title of her newest class reflects a newfound passion, “Corporate Social Responsibility: Preserving People, Profits and the Planet.” San Diego Extension receives no state support and relies on the funding generated from fees, contracts, grants, sponsors and donors for its annual budget of approximately $30 million.


DATE:
Thursday, May 7, 2009

TIME:
5:30PM Registration/ Networking/ Refreshments
6:00PM Program Begins
7:30PM Program Ends

COST: **New Event Pricing**
Pre-Registration:
$10.00 - CommNexus Sponsor*
$20.00 - Non-Sponsor
FREE -  Mentor Sponsor

At the Door:
$20.00 - CommNexus Sponsor*
$30.00 - Non-Sponsor
FREE -  Mentor Sponsor

Students, Military & Press: FREE

*You are considered a Sponsor if you are an employee at one of CommNexus' Sponsor companies.  If you are not sure if your company is a Sponsor, please view our current list at:
http://www.commnexus.org/sponsors-members/sponsors/


HOST:



3580 Carmel Mountain Road, Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92130


(see directions below)

DIRECTIONS:
From the North
  • Take I-5 South to the Local (I-805) Bypass (on the right just past Carmel Valley Road)
  • Exit at Carmel Mountain Road
  • At the end of the off ramp turn left (East) onto Carmel Mountain Road
  • Proceed under the freeway and, at the second signal light, turn left into Gateway at Torrey Hills
  • Mintz Levin is in the second building (# 3580). Make sure to turn right at the second driveway and pull into the parking structure.
  From the South
  • Take I-5 North to the Local (I-805) Bypass (on the right just past Genesee Road)
  • Exit at Carmel Mountain Road
  • At the end of the off ramp turn right (East) onto Carmel Mountain Road
  • Immediately at the first signal light (one-half block) turn left into Gateway at Torrey Hills
  • Mintz Levin is in the second building (# 3580). Make sure to turn right at the second  driveway and pull into the parking structure.
From the East
  • Take I-15 South to Hwy 56 (Ted Williams Parkway)
  • Proceed West on Hwy 56, which will turn south just past El Camino Real and merge onto the Local (I-5/I-805) Bypass
  • Exit at Carmel Mountain Road (on the right just after Hwy 56 merges into the Bypass to I-5/I-805)
  • At the end of the off ramp turn left (East) onto Carmel Mountain Road
  • Proceed under the freeway and, at the second signal light, turn left into Gateway at Torrey Hills
  • Mintz Levin is in the second building (# 3580). Make sure to turn right at the second driveway and pull into the parking structure.
SIG CO-CHAIRS:
Madonna Bentz, Solekai Systems
Jean Center, The Center Group
D. Loc Epsten, UCSD Extension
Jean Freeman
Reid Marquand, Barney & Barney
Brandon Willenberg, Mintz Levin
Suzanne Zoumaras, Entropic Communications


Questions? Contact Andrea Parker at aparker@commnexus.org

Date:

Thursday, May 07, 2009
5:30PM - 7:00PM
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Location:

3580 Carmel Mountain Road, Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92130