The HR SIG Presents...

Motivating Employees in a Fragile Economy:
Providing New Tools to Ensure a Successful Workforce

What are your biggest challenges on Monday morning at 8 am? For many of us in the fragile economic climate it's the hard and fast facts of business: How do I make sure that employees are performing at a high level? How do I keep employees engaged in the midst of working harder and longer hours, possibly before and after RIFS? How do I cut costs but drive ROI? Let's leave theory behind us and focus on what matters most today- making the best with what you have. The panel will provide you with insights on what initiatives to undertake and tools to utilize that will enable your employees to take ownership of their career development and skill enhancement opportunities today to prepare for business needs tomorrow.

Jan Cummings, M.S. MCC Principal Consultant with Career Management Strategies will discuss development tools for employees, review resources to support management coaching, and provide an overview of strategic mentor programs that can be catalysts for retooling initiatives, while Judy Issokson, Ed.D, will provide information on best practices in succession planning and career development, and Patty McKay, Sr. Manager, OD & Learning at LG Electronics MobileComm USA will round out the panel by discussing how strategies can be implemented in a corporate environment.


Duncan Mathison
VP, Senior Consultant
For 18 years Duncan served as a Vice President and senior consultant for, a leading global provider of transition and executive coaching services.   His practice area expertise includes work with organizations and their employees during critical business inflection points of radical change and upheaval caused by mergers, acquisitions and restructuring.  He has created custom solutions with clients to identify and implement successful leadership and communication strategies during reductions-in-force (RIF’s) to retain essential employee commitment during and after difficult change.  In addition, he has worked with senior executives with their own careers including exit strategies and opportunity development.

Mr. Mathison has worked across a wide range of industries including technology, bioscience, finance, education, health care, retail and entertainment.  His work with hundreds of companies and their executive teams has included emerging and mid-size companies to Fortune 100.   He is often quoted in public and business media and is a speaker to professional groups regarding organizational and professional development issues.  He has served as the host and speaker with the Human Capital Institute series of professional development web-seminars on such topics as high potential development, coaching and post-layoff turnaround strategies.  He is a contributing author to Building High-Performance People and Organizations by Martha Finney (Praeger, 2008), a contributor to Rebound: A Proven Plan For Starting Over After Job Loss (FT Press, 2009) and author of The Truth About the Hidden Job Market (FT Press. 2009) due out later this year.

Receiving his undergraduate degree from University of Washington and Masters Degree in Psychology from Washington State University, Duncan spent the early part of his career in the non-profit and public sector as a family therapist as well as an organizational development consultant.  His interest in technology drew him to the business world where he had a successful career in marketing and management in the telecommunications and computer industries.  His unique blend of experience with people, business and organizational consulting serves him well in enabling organizations, their leadership, and their employees achieve their potential in rapidly changing and challenging environments.


Jan Cummings, M.S. MCC

Jan Cummings has more than 20 years of effective experience in the fields of Human Resources and Organizational Development (HROD) with an emphasis on Internal Consulting, Management and Leadership Development as well as Organizational Career Development Programs and Systems designed to drive and support business success. Prior to transitioning to her current role as an external consultant, Jan spent 15+ years in the Financial Services and Health Care Industries. During that time, she had 10 years of demonstrated results in management positions within corporate human resource functions in companies both in California and Pennsylvania.

Ms. Cummings’ HROD background also includes implementation of large scale Human Resource Programs related to Organizational Change and Leadership Development. She was the lead on such projects as: a company-wide Performance Management System, a Team Based Incentive Compensation Program within a sales environment and Employee Opinion Surveys. In addition, she designed Career Development Systems and Succession Planning and Development Programs, including Skills Development Guides to guide succession for targeted positions. While implementing these systems, Jan created workshops, tools and tailored resources that enhanced the coaching skills of managers so that they could more efficiently guide their employees’ development.

As an external consultant, she has designed, implemented and evaluated Mentor Programs at all levels of the organization within a wide spectrum of industries. 

Patty McKay
Sr. Manager, OD & Learning, LG Electronics MobileComm USA
Patty McKay is the Senior Manager, OD and Learning At LGE MobileComm U.S.A. in San Diego. She has a 25 plus year history of corporate experience leading teams such as OD and Learning, Leadership and Professional Development, Change Management, Assessment and Selection, eLearning, and Sales Management. She joined LGE MobileComm U.S.A., a global electronics company that is Korean owned, in May of 2009 and is responsible for leading the OD and Learning group. She is currently focused on two major initiatives: 1) Creating a coaching culture with a true global mindset and 2) building a virtual Learning Center for LGE North America.

Prior to LGE MobileComm, Patty was the Senior Manager for Learning and Development with Guidant Corporation for 9 years. During her final 2 years, Abbott acquired Guidant, so from the inside, Patty experienced first-hand what it was like to live through an historic takeover battle. Ultimately Boston Scientific won the bidding war and acquired Guidant in April of 2006. In order to finance the takeover, Boston Scientific sold off the Vascular division to Abbott Corporation. Patty spent the next two years with Abbott before moving to LGE MobileComm. Prior to her tenure at Guidant/Abbott, Patty’s diverse professional experience included: recruiting at Medtronic Corporation, HR consulting with DDI, sales and sales management in the corporate relocation industry and sales at Xerox Corporation.

Patty’s experiences in South America began her lifelong passion for working cross culturally as she attended her final two years of high school in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has worked with in-country groups in many different countries all over the world. Patty truly embraces the importance of seeing and processing all things with a global filter. She graduated from the University of San Diego with a major in Psychology and minor Speech Arts. Patty has also earned numerous professional post-graduate certifications such as being a Graduate of Leadership Best Practices executive education at the Harvard Business School; a Certified Coach in the Marshall Goldsmith methodology; a DDI Master Trainer; and she has obtained numerous other certifications.

Judy Issokson, Ed.D
Judy Issokson, principal of Issokson and Associates,  is a senior organizational effectiveness practitioner who brings over 20 years of industry and technical services experience in small, mid-size, and Fortune 500 companies – including Sun Microsystems, Apple, and Hewlett-Packard. She also provides consulting to non-profit and government organizations. Judy works with leading organizations in multiple industries to improve leadership performance, align people and processes, identify emerging issues, and assess the effectiveness of organizational interventions.  She works directly with executive teams, senior staff, and line managers facing diverse strategic business challenges such as unprecedented growth, dramatic market shifts, mergers and acquisitions, and developing the next generation of leaders. She possesses the capabilities to readily adapt to the dynamics of the engagement—functioning as consultant, coach, facilitator, program designer, or advisor. Judy has worked with internal and external clients who are eager to align organizational structure to emerging business needs, improve global implementations, define improved strategies for effective transitions, and fine tune business integration processes. Clients appreciate her attention to designing actionable solutions and her willingness to adapt to doing business in their terms.

Friday, September 25, 2009

7:30AM Registration/ Networking/ Refreshments
8:00AM Program Begins
9:30AM  Program Ends

Pre-Registration: Please pre-register by noon on 9/24
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3580 Carmel Mountain Road, Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92130

(see directions below)

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.
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

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Friday, September 25, 2009
7:30AM - 9:30AM
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3580 Carmel Mountain Road, Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92130