HR Leaders Gathered Oceanside for the West Coast Iteration of the 2022 HR Management Institute

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JULY 26 – 28, 2022

HR Leaders Gathered Oceanside for the West Coast Iteration of the 2022 HR Management Institute

By Jennifer Holmes on August 30, 2022

Over the last two years, the scope of the HR function has unquestionably risen in visibility and significance, which means now more than ever HR professionals must be laser-focused on strategies that will keep them ahead of the game in a fast-paced world often wrought with uncertainty And as the arguably – pause for dramatic affect  – post-apocalyptic summer of 2022 continues to zoom by filled with earnest plans to reunite with long-distance relatives, visit that office or new hire one has yet to meet, or at long last embark on extended travel plans, it is necessary to also pencil-in time for self reflection, personal growth and professional development.  

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The collective sentiment of the times would likely sound something like “just keep moving,” but amidst the current ‘new normal’ chaos we must remember the remarkable achievements made across the HR function in response to the many challenges sparked by COVID-19. Reflection can be a powerful tool, used to strategize and build roadmaps that will help charter the course, and the 2022 HR Management Institute created an encouraging atmosphere to step away from everyday life and do just that. 

On July 24th – 26th, set against a backdrop of ocean views and salt-water breezes, like-minded HR leaders from Fortune 1000-sized organizations gathered at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort for two and-a-half days of information exchange and networking. The program sought to channel the lessons learned from the past in an effort to tackle the workplace dynamics of today, opening with an inspirational Keynote Address from Greg Hoffman, former Chief Marketing Officer at Nike, author of Emotion By Design and One of Fast Company’s Most Creative People In Business. Greg set the tone for the program through a call-to-arms that challenged culture-builders and people leaders to internally reflect on their leadership style and how it effects the workforce, providing strategies for cultivating cultures of curiosity, innovation, and engagement in today’s workplace. 

The Institute continued to carry-out the theme of using reflection to fuel innovation through an address by seasoned economist Matthew Kahn, Ph.D., Provost Professor of Economics at the University of Southern California. Melding extensive years of research in labor, family and urban economics, the session explored macroeconomic trends that will impact the future of remote, flexible and hybrid work environments, and the implications for the US workforce.  

The Institute also highlighted multiple perspectives from various HR strategists through the launch of the new HR Talks segment, designed to creatively showcase the latest insights on new concepts, cutting-edge technologies, and creative solutions to help in both day-to-day challenges and overall organizational performance. Benefits Programs centered around the growing importance of employee wellbeing along with digital and AI tools for driving employee development and workforce planning initiatives were shared.  

The Main Stage also showcased fireside chats and interactive panel discussions. Esteemed Chief Human Resources Officers took the stage to discuss their leadership visions for 2023 and how their role will continue to evolve. Audiences learned about varying priorities within workforce redesign, adopting and implementing digital innovations, and reporting-out on commitments within employee wellbeing, DEI and ESG.  

Keeping the event running smoothly as the Chairperson of the program was Ron Storn, Chief People Officer of Booster and long-time, valued collaborator of the HR Management Institute. Ron moderated a productive discussion on creating cultures of innovation. Discussion highlights included a close look into the importance of diversity in the workplace, leadership’s accountability in encouraging creative thinking, how to source untapped skills and capabilities in the talent market, and creative ways foster and grow the current workforce.   

Stepping away from the Main Stage, attendees broke out into intimate Think Tanks and Roundtables for closer, candid, and deep-dive discussions into some of today’s hot HR topics including how to act on DEIB pledges, utilize employee engagement tactics to enhance employer branding, reimagine the employee experience and tackle high turnover rates in a complicated talent market.   

Relaxed networking breaks and opportunities to engage in one-on-one strategy discussions helped breakup the days, each of which ended with oceanside receptions filled with delicious food, beautiful sunset views and even a few dance floor moments!  

A heartfelt thank you goes out to our Advisory Committee Members, esteemed Speaker Faculty, Sponsoring Partners and attending Delegation for creating a high-energy, productive atmosphere,  making the West Coast iteration of the 2022 HR Management Institute a huge success. The next program will take place July 23rd-25th, 2023 at the J.W. Marriott Anaheim Resort, and if there is one thing we know for sure, it will be here in the blink of an eye. We look forward to once again stealing a moment with our HR community to reflect on all the achievements that have yet to develop in the year ahead. See you in 2023!  

To contribute to the next West Coast iteration of the HR Management Institute, whether sharing some insights and experiences as a member of the Speaker Faculty, suggesting topic areas for the agenda, or joining the waiting list for attendance, please contact Jennifer Holmes at 


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HR Leaders Gathered Oceanside for the West Coast Iteration of the 2022 HR Management Institute
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