Executive Talent Management Forum 2018

2019 Forum will be held on September 12th. Go HERE for information and registration.

Identifying and Retaining Talented and High-Potential Employees:
The Role of Analytics and Best Practices

Thursday, October 25, 2018
7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Lundring Events Center (Google Maps


This event is the third installment of a series of events organized by the California Lutheran University School of Management that is dedicated to managing talent in modern organizations. It is well known that talent is a key competitive advantage for any organization, but almost a half of US employers cite finding, engaging, and retaining qualified talent to staff skilled positions as their biggest and most pressing concern.

The main objective of this event series is to establish a forum that will help build a solid bridge between industry and higher education by taking advantage of participants’ extensive knowledge and experience in managing human talent. Both the world-class expertise present at the School of Management and the collective brain power of industry leaders attending this series will certainly help us to move closer to achieving that objective.

The first event in the series was devoted to the issues of engaging and retaining Millennials. The second event focused on how to leverage organizational culture to attract and retain top talent. The third event, scheduled for Thursday, October 25th, will center on identifying and retaining talented and high-potential employees: the role of analytics and best practices.

We hope you will bring your expertise and join the discussion. Feel free to contact Dr. Vlad Vaiman with questions or comments you may have about this talent forum. We are open to your thoughts and ideas on building a successful program.


C-suite executives along with some of the foremost experts on talent management from organizations such as Mercer, MannKind, Cydcor, PennyMac and other leading companies in Southern California.


Be a part of the collective brain power of industry leaders and world-class experts from the School of Management with a goal of building a solid bridge between industry and higher education through taking advantage of participants’ extensive knowledge and experience in the area of managing human talent.


Thursday, October 25, 2018
7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Lundring Events Center at California Lutheran University
60 West Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, CA




 Academia and Keynote Speakers:

Vlad VaimanDr. Vlad Vaiman

Associate Dean and Professor, School of Management, California Lutheran University


Dr. Vlad Vaiman is professor of international management at California Lutheran University in the USA and is a visiting professor at several top universities around the world, including Aalto University School of Business and Hanken School of Economics (both in Finland), Danube University of Krems and Management Center Innsbruck (both in Austria), Reykjavik University (Iceland), ISEG (France), etc. 

He holds a PhD degree in International Management from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland and has received his MBA in Strategic Management and Human Resources at the School of Business of the University of Wyoming, USA.  His professional experience included working on various consulting assignments for a number of major organizations throughout the world, including USA, Canada, Switzerland, Austria, Russia, and some other European countries.  Dr. Vaiman is a long-time member of the Canadian Association of Management Consultants and a highly sought-after speaker on topics of talent management and cross-cultural communication and negotiations.

Dr. Vaiman has published five very successful books on managing talent in organizations – Smart Talent Management: Building Knowledge Assets for Competitive Advantage (Edward Elgar Publishing); Talent Management of Knowledge Workers: Embracing the Non-Traditional Workforce (Palgrave MacMillan); Managing Talent of Self-initiated Expatriates (Palgrave MacMillan); Macro Talent Management: A Global Perspective on Managing Talent in Developed Markets (Routledge); and Macro Talent Management in Emerging and Emergent Markets: A Global Perspective (Routledge).

Dr. Vaiman’s academic work has appeared in several top academic journals including Academy of Management Learning & Education, Academy of Management Perspectives, Human Resource Management, Thunderbird International Business Review, International Journal of Human Resource Management, and others. He is also a co-founder and Chief Editorial Consultant of the European Journal of International Management (EJIM), an ISI/SSCI indexed publication (www.ejim-global.org), and a member of editorial boards of three other major international academic and practitioner peer-reviewed journals.


Jeff Higgins PortraitJeff Higgins

Founder & CEO, Human Capital Management Institute


Jeff Higgins is the CEO of the Human Capital Management Institute, a driving force in Workforce analytics helping companies transform data into intelligence via workforce planning and predictive analytics. With his unique experience as both a senior HR executive and former CFO, Jeff helps organizations rapidly advance their analytics & workforce planning journey to unlock billions of dollars in workforce ROI.

Mr. Higgins is a founding member of the Workforce Intelligence Consortium, a member of the ISO Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on human capital, board member of the Center for Talent Reporting (CTR) and editorial committee member of IHRIM’s Workforce Solutions Review (WSR) magazine.

Previously, Mr. Higgins was EVP of client services at Inform a global workforce planning and analytics provider, EVP of Workforce Planning at Countrywide Financial Corp., and held senior HR leadership roles driving workforce analytics and planning at The Irvine Company and OneWest Bank.

Mr. Higgins also spent 15 years in finance and accounting roles of increasing responsibility for Johnson & Johnson, Baxter International, Colgate Palmolive and Klune Industries, ultimately as a Controller, VP of Finance and CFO.

In November 2011, Mr. Higgins and HCMI were featured on a cover story in CFO.com magazine on Human Capital Financial Statements Power from the People



Roundtable and Moderated Panelists:

Jeannie FinkelJeannie Finkel

Senior HR Executive, Cydcor


Jeannie Finkel is responsible for leading various functions for Cydcor, including strategy, organization, governance, talent, and corporate services. In this capacity, she develops the strategies and people management practices to drive Cydcor’s future growth. With more than twenty-five years of business experience, Jeannie is a seasoned senior team executive with particular expertise in all aspects of talent management, organization design and change management.

Prior to joining Cydcor, Jeannie was a Partner with a leading global retained search firm, Heidrick & Struggles, active in the Financial Services and Human Resources Officer practices. In addition, Jeannie served as Head of Human Resources and Administration for Trust Company of the West (TCW), a leading asset management firm.

Her previous positions included serving as Managing Director, Talent Management Systems and Strategies for a Fortune 100 organization. Prior to this, Jeannie was with Charles Schwab & Co. for nearly twelve years as a Senior Vice President of Human Resources, and served as Chief of Staff to Schwab's CEO and Executive Committee. Her early career roles were in commission-based sales as a recruiter.

Jeannie received her BA in Comparative Literature from Brandeis University and completed the Executive Program in Human Resources at the University of Michigan. She serves on the National Board for INROADS, a national non-profit organization providing leadership development services and internships to increase access, experience and exposure opportunities for high potential students from diverse backgrounds.

Stacey GordonStacey Gordon

CEO & Diversity and Inclusion Strategist, ReWorkWork


Stacey A. Gordon is CEO of Rework Work which rethinks diversity and reimagines inclusion. Her ideas
about leadership and talent management are unlike most, in that her business philosophy revolves
around helping women and professionals of color become visible in their careers. She has worked with
Disney, KPMG, LinkedIn, USC, Pepperdine University and has been invited to write career and diversity
related articles for Forbes, Essence, Monster.com and other publications.

Stacey earned her MBA from Pepperdine University, Graziadio School of Business & management. She is
an Adjunct Professor at Phillips Graduate University, the former President of the Los Angeles Chapter of
the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources and manages programs for
Professionals In Human Resources Association, the largest SHRM affiliate in the country. She is the
author of a book titled The Successful Interview: 99 Questions to Ask and Answer (and Some You
Shouldn't) and four LinkedIn e-learning courses titled Recruiting for Diversity, Awareness of Unconscious
Bias, Making a Career Change and Writing a Resume, which collectively are well on their way to one
million views. 

Kevin Poff
Kevin Poff

Principal & Career Business Leader, Mercer


Kevin Poff, a Senior Principal, is the Leader of Mercer’s Career business in Los Angeles.

After graduating from UCLA, Kevin started with Mercer in 2006 as an analyst and left in 2010 to attend the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern. After obtaining his MBA with distinction, Kevin rejoined Mercer in 2012.

Based in Los Angeles, he provides executive compensation, broad-based compensation, talent management, and performance management advice to public and privately-held organizations. Kevin’s areas of technical knowledge include designing market-competitive incentive programs, aligning employee compensation programs with strategic goals, managing people-related changes stemming from M&A activity or business transformations, and leading performance management/ talent management re-designs.



Stuart TrossStuart Tross

Chief People & Workplace Officer, MannKind Corporation


Stuart Tross is currently the Chief People and Workplace Officer at MannKind Corporation, with leadership responsibilities over four areas of the company: Human Resources, Information Technology, Corporate Communications, and Office Facilities. He serves on the company’s Executive Leadership Team.

Stuart possesses over twenty years of experience in the life sciences industry, in companies large and small, established and emerging, broad and narrow in focus. He has been with MannKind since 2016. Prior, Stuart moved through roles of increasing responsibility over ten years with Amgen, ultimately serving as their Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. Earlier, he served in a series of leadership roles over eight years at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, culminating as the Vice President and Global Head of Human Resources for Mead Johnson Company. Prior to BMS and for three years, he was a management consultant for what is now Willis Towers Watson.

Stuart received a B.S. degree from Cornell University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Stuart, his wife Linda, and their two teenagers, reside in Westlake Village, CA.

MannKind Corporation (NASDAQ:MNKD) focuses on the development and commercialization of therapeutic products for patients with diseases such as diabetes and pulmonary arterial hypertension. MannKind is currently commercializing Afrezza® (insulin human) Inhalation Powder, the only inhaled rapid-acting mealtime insulin in the United States. MannKind is headquartered in Westlake Village, California, and has a state-of-the art research and manufacturing facility in Danbury, Connecticut. The Company employs sales and medical representatives across the U.S. For further information about MannKind and to review our currently open positions, please visit www.mannkindcorp.com.





Nick ShauerNick Shauer

Managing Director of Human Resources, Penny Mac


Nick Shauer is the Managing Director of Human Resources at PennyMac (NYSE: PFSI & PMT) a high growth mortgage banking institution where he is responsible for all facets of HR including the challenges of supporting two public entities and boards.  As is the case in many financial services firms today, HR at PennyMac focuses heavily on talent management.  A re-structuring of the mortgage banking industry, the impending recovery of the real estate and mortgage industries and the imbalance of talented and skilled professionals have created an exceptionally challenging and exciting opportunity for PennyMac to assume a strong leadership position in talent management.  

The executive team, Nick and the HR leadership team have developed a People Management strategy designed to execute the company’s aggressive strategy within a heavily regulated post-mortgage-crisis environment.  The company’s people strategy seeks to confront and compete against large, established institutional financial services competition in talent acquisition, leadership development, succession planning and total rewards motivators.  

Nick’s career path includes significant tenure and increasing responsibilities among a set of diverse people management leadership roles:

  • Vice President, Human Resources - Guitar Center
  • Vice President Human Resources - Specialty Laboratories
  • Director Human Resources - Kinko’s
  • Recruitment Manager and Senior Auditor - Price Waterhouse

Nick earned an MBA and BS, Accounting from California State University Northridge and holds an SPHR certification. His volunteer efforts have supported the YMCA, Boy Scouts of America and INROADS.





7:00 am
Breakfast Reception

7:30 am
President's Welcome
Dr. Chris Kimball
President, California Lutheran University

School of Management Welcome
Dr. Gerhard Apfelthaler
Dean, School of Management

7:40 am
Academia Speaker
Dr. Vlad Vaiman
Associate Dean, School of Management

Keynote Speaker
Jeff Higgins
Founder & CEO, Human Capital Management Institute

Panelists Introductions

9:30 am
Roundtable & Moderated Panel Discussion
Jeannie Finkel, Senior HR Executive, Cydcor
Stacey Gordon, CEO & Diversity and Inclusion Strategist, Rework Work
Kevin Poff, Principal & Career Business Leader, Mercer
Stuart Tross, Chief People & Workplace Officer, MannKind Corporation

Nick Shauer
Managing Director of Human Resources, Penny Mac



See our 2017 Event: Leveraging Organizational Culture to Attract & Retain Top Talent here
See our 2016 Event: Engaging, Developing, and Retaining Millennials here