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For strategic HR leaders to proactively lead the rapidly changing world of work.


Michael Kent

Committee Co-Chair 


Independent Mediator, 

Executive Coach and HR

Consultant Oakland, CA

After more than 30 years as an HR practitioner, Mike has used that experience to develop a portfolio career as an independent executive coach, HR consultant and mediator.  As a coach, he provides coaching services to his own clients as well as through several prominent consulting organizations.  In his mediation practice, he has resolved numerous cases for the San Francisco Police Department Office of Citizen Complaints and for several departments of the Alameda County Superior Court.

Previously, at Jeitosa Group International, Mike provided strategy consulting in all people-related functions for global clients.  He bought his experience as a business professional, with broad and deep expertise in virtually every function of HR and Administration, to assist Jeitosa clients with their strategic challenges in areas including change management, talent management, business ethics, global diversity, mergers and acquisitions, organization effectiveness and metrics.

Before that Mike was a long-time HR practitioner, having headed HR at leading companies, including, Farmers Insurance Group, Zurich Personal Insurance and Empire Blue Cross & Blue Shield.  While at Farmers, his department won first place in the large company category of the National HR Service Excellence Survey.  Mike started his career at ITT Corporation, then the largest and most diverse conglomerate in the world. 

He has lived and worked overseas on several occasions and is conversant in French, German and Portuguese.  In 2005, Mike authored the chapter on Business Partnering in The Successful HR Executive, published by Aspatore Press. He is certified by SHRM as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and by UC Berkeley in Mediation for Dispute Resolution.  He is a member of the Boards of Directors of the HR Strategy Forum and the Hale Foundation and a member of SHRM’s Measures and Metrics Taskforce.

Mike has an MBA in International Business from Columbia and a BA in Psychology from Yale.  He is certified in dispute resolution by UC Berkeley and in negotiation by Harvard University.  He and his wife reside in Oakland, CA, named by Rand McNally as the city with the best weather in the US.

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