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

Radical Change Through Agile HR

  • 23 Jan 2020
  • 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • UC Berkeley Extension


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Agile is a philosophy, a culture, and a set of management practices.

In a world of rapid change, organizations must be able to respond faster. Quick responsiveness does not come from prepared agendas. It comes from creating an agile organization, one in which people, teams and business functions have the capacity to embrace change, and to create advantage out of the unexpected and unplanned.

Join us for an interactive, stimulating panel discussion to discuss how they have taken the academic underpinnings of Agile HR by thought leaders in the field such as Dave Ulrich and Josh Bersin into practice within a variety of organizations.

Specifically, you will walk away with new insights, knowledge, and tools:

  • Learn how agile people strategies are defined
  • Gain an overview of diverse perspectives: How do you lead a transformation from traditional HR to HR Agile?
  • Perspectives:  What is the role of an Agile, coaching agile teams, culture change
  • Business Impact: Executing the shift to internal innovation, growth, profitability

Our Panelists


Barbara Baill, M.A

Executive Coach

Principal of Perceptus, Inc  

Barbara Baill, M.A., is the Principal of Perceptus, Inc. As an Executive Coach, Barbara brings to her clients the wisdom and learning from 25 + years of Human Resources and line management experience in the fast-paced environments of high-tech industries. This included 5 years leading HP’s Global Executive and Management Development function and 7 years as the VPHR for Quantum Corporation’s Disk Drive Business; both assignments resulting in driving large scale organization change initiatives. Barbara began her coaching career in 2002, dedicated to helping leaders increase their leadership impact and find more personal satisfaction in both their business roles and personal lives.

Brian Almas

SVP Human Resources – CHRO

Fortinet, Inc

Executive Human Resources leader bringing over 25 years of international HR and C-level management experience.  Drives innovative programs contributing to achieving company growth and success across multiple industries including:  Cyber Security and Networking, Cloud Computing, Software, Hardware, Manufacturing, Life Sciences and Internet Communications.  Brian has built and led HR functions in pre-IPO and public technology companies enabling businesses to scale and grow, while maintaining healthy company cultures.  A mighty advocate for business partnering that positively impacts all aspects of talent.  He is committed to building great companies that truly value and foster employee's experience where all people can contribute their best.  Most recently, he was CHRO at Fortient, and previously VP HR at Flextronics and Director HR at VMware.  He currently serves on the Governing Body Chair/Member for the Evanta HR Summit.  

Shirley Braun, PhD

Chief People Officer

Callisto Media 

Shirley Braun serves as the Chief People Officer at Callisto Media, a data and technology company that harnesses the power of big data in the publishing industry to provide relevant and high-quality content to its customers. Shirley hasover 25 years of experience working across diverse industries (High Tech, Pharma and Retail) and in growth and Fortune 500 companies as an HR executive and organizational development consultant.

Shirley is recognized as a Change Agent, Strategic HR Business Partner, Executive Advisor and People Champion – proactive in creating the DNA required to drive cultural transformation, institute best practices, execute C-suite agendas and support rapid corporate growth.  Prior to joining Callisto, Shirley served as an HR and OD Executive and Consultant at companies such as: Adverum Biotech, Sony Network Entertainment, Magma DA, Lam Research, Microsoft and Ikea.

Shirley received her Ph.D. in organizational psychology from CSPP and her M.A in Organizational Psychology and B.A. in Psychology from Bar-Ilan University.  

John Herb

Vice President, Human Resources

ARC Document Solutions, Inc.

John is Vice President, Human Resources at ARC Documents, a global full-service print and document management provider that has delighted customers for over 30 years. Operating in 190 locations with 3,000 employees, ARC produces dazzling prints and graphics for commercial and consumer customers.  John is deeply involved with helping the company transform its business to the digital age.

Prior to joining ARC, John gained extensive experience as a Senior Human Resources leader at Global CHRO at Menlo Worldwide Logistics, Cerberus Capital Management, Kaiser Permanente and Frito-Lay.

John is a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP).  He has a Master’s degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from the University of Michigan, and undergraduate degree from SUNY College in Buffalo, NY. 

Michael Jones

Chief Human Resources Officer

American AgCredit

Michael Jones is the Chief Human Resources Officer at American AgCredit and is responsible for leading the end-to-end HR function, dedicated to building a world class employee experience.

Prior to joining American AgCredit in 2019, Michael spent over 18 years as a global executive driving strategic transformation. He has held HR leadership roles in the USA & UK at Medtronic, Oakley and Gap Inc. where he fostered significant gains in organizational productivity through linking people, process and systems to the business strategy in order to drive organization effectiveness.

A certified Change leader, Michael was a founding member of the Association of Change Management Professionals and previous Board member of the Northern California Regional Chapter.  He is an ICF certified Executive Coach, has a MBA from the University of Liverpool and a BA(Hons) in Creative Arts from Manchester Metropolitan University.

Shana Sweeney

Chief Human Resources Officer

Sugar CRM

Shana Sweeney, CHRO of SugarCRM, leads the long term strategy for this organization, focusing on attracting and retention of high-quality talent; developing HR strategy, defining efficient and scalable operations; as well as driving a culture of employee engagement.  Prior to SugarCRM, Shana was Sr HRBP at Xactly, and overseeing Benefits at Google, with prior roles at Aetna and BMC Software.

In parallel with her HR career, Shana was a Co-founder of Nuna, a venture-backed company building data analytics solutions that will serve 75+ million of the most vulnerable Americans to improve how people use healthcare through data.

Shana has a M.S. in Human Resource Management from Fox School of Business at Temple University, and a B.S. in Politics from the University of California at Santa Cruz. 

 Members only access:

View Presentation

View Photo Gallery

Link to Ulrich Agility Playbook Draft

Link to Agile HR model

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