Southern California CHRO Community


Join a powerful network of C-level peers

Connect with a local community of like-minded peers who share similar challenges and priorities. Access the collective expertise of CHROs from diverse experiences, backgrounds and industries. Members of the community come together several times a year to connect with each other, exchange ideas and best practices, and validate strategies and solutions.

Join your local community for exclusive access to:

  • Participate in year-round gatherings both in person and virtually with your local peer group
  • Engage in unparalleled collaboration through in-depth discussions on the most critical and relevant issues
  • Network with like-minded peers facing the same challenges as you
  • Exchange ideas, strategies and solutions validated by peers
  • Gain exclusive access to community insights, including best practices and survey results, to benchmark your organization with others
  • Learn how other leaders approached their challenges by leveraging peer-recommended partners
  • Make new connections through facilitated networking opportunities, including curated 1:1 peer meetings
  • Grow and enhance your career through an exclusive network and mentorship
  • Build lasting relationships and stay connected with peers and colleagues

Southern California CHRO Governing Body

A regional Governing Body leads the Southern California CHRO community, shaping the topics and agendas for your local programs and ensuring that all content is driven by CHROs, for CHROs.

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Dina Barmasse-Gray

The Cheesecake Factory
Chief People Officer

Deborah Cegielski

Cubic Corporation

Kari Durham

SVP, Human Resources

Tonya Jackman Hampton, EdD

UC San Diego Health and Health Sciences
Chief Human Resources Officer

Samantha Khoury

Los Angeles Lakers
VP, Human Resources

Grace Lee

EVP Chief Human Resources and Diversity Officer

Tracy Ting

Encore Capital Group

Governing Body Members

Michael Adamson

UST Global
VP, Global HR Operations

Kimberly Allain

Cal Poly Pomona
Sr. AVP, Chief Human Resources Officer

Anne Buchanan

Guitar Center

Colleen Butler

VP, Global Human Resources

Randy Clark

Sempra Infrastructure

Brooke Coffey


Chris Courneen

MSI Surfaces
Vice President, Global Head of HR

Lindsay Crawley-Herbert

SCAN Health Plan
Chief People Officer

Jamila Daniel

Chief Diversity Officer & SVP, Human Resources

Jodi DiCenzo

Global Head of Human Resources

Bob Eisen

Western Dental

Julie Fletcher

Matrix Medical Network

Jeff Fraley

Big 5 Sporting Goods
SVP, Human Resources

Lisa Garrett

Los Angeles County, CA
Director of Personnel

Edie Givens

Sony Pictures Entertainment
SVP, People and Organization

Ellen Goldsmith

Deluxe Media
Chief People Officer

Ursula Guzman

The Ensign Group
Vice President, Head of Human Resources

Jim Hazboun

ITS Logistics

Michele Hoff

Epson America
VP, Human Resources, Americas

Alex Kweskin

Banc of California
EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer

Heather Laychak

Aerospace Corporation
VP, Chief People Officer

Alexandra Levin

The Car Group
Chief People Officer

Shaun Mayo

Arizona Cardinals
Chief People Officer

Julia McCallin

California Institute of Technology
AVP & CHRO, Human Resources

Rian Medlin

College of the Canyons
Assistant Superintendent/Vice President, Human Resources

Tasmin Plater

SVP, Global Head of People & Culture

Ross Pollack

Lionsgate Entertainment

Neela Rajendra

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

Jenny Rhodes


Ellen Sheehan

Executive Director, HARRT

Pearl Shiue Luu

SVP - Head of Human Resources

Michael Sloan

CommonSpirit Health
Market VP of California Human Resources

Ekta Vyas

Keck Medicine of USC
Chief Human Resources Officer

Mark Welch

Farmers Insurance
Chief People & Diversity Officer

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CHROs today.

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  2. Reshaping a Corporate Culture that Thrives in a Hybrid Environment
  3. Investing in the Right HR Technology to Drive Growth and Meet Business Expectations

Upcoming Programs


June 27, 2024 | 1 hour

Southern California CHRO Town Hall

Better Together: Powering Talent Acquisition with AI

An interactive, peer-led discussion on current topics and priorities.

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August 23, 2024 | 1 hour

Southern California CHRO Town Hall

Southern California CHRO Town Hall

An interactive, peer-led discussion on current topics and priorities.

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December 5, 2024 | 1 day

Southern California CHRO Executive Summit

Long Beach Marriott

Walk away from this peer-led program with new connections and with actionable insights.

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