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Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, September 28, 2022
    • 4:30 PM - 9:30 PM (PDT)
    • Fairmont Grand Del Mar: 5300 Grand Del Mar Ct, San Diego CA 92130

    Online Registration for this event is now closed. If you have any questions, please email info@sdhrforum.com.

    San Diego HR Forum 2022 Executive of the Year Gala

    Join us for our 7th Annual San Diego HR Forum 'Executive of the Year' event on September 28, 2022. We can’t wait to celebrate San Diego's amazing HR community and its accomplishments! This year will be a black and white themed event celebrating all categories again including the HR Teams of the Year, Rising Stars and HR Executive at the luxurious Fairmont Grand Del Mar.

    Sponsorship Opportunities

    Would you like to be a an event sponsor and show your support for the San Diego community, please find details here or email dena@ignite-hc.com for more information.


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    • Tuesday, October 18, 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (PDT)
    • Joya Kitchen - 10275 Science Center Dr #150, San Diego, CA 92121
    • 198

    “I think I got on the wrong cruise ship!”

    What’s next for YOU in HR?

    ***Please note our event location and time has changed***

    Start Time: 8am

    New location: Joya Kitchen - 10275 Science Center Dr #150, San Diego, CA 92121

    None of us anticipated the change and expectations that have come from the pandemic and how this has significantly impacted the human resources profession.  With much courage, we have all spent time and energy simply surviving this phenomenon.  Now, we must strategize what happens next.  We will spend some time exploring what we must become in the future to continue the journey to the next performance level of human resources.  Should we stay on course with this cruise ship or do we need a new ticket and journey plan? 

    What will participants learn?

    • Understand how to think like a psychologist – the truth is that all of us have some form of PTSD from the last two and ½ years.  How are we going to continue to thrive? 
    • Strategize your next steps.  What will you need to do to make a difference and stand out? 
    • Learn from Barb’s Courage Plan.  What will your courage plan look like?  Do you have a plan for taking care of yourself?


    Barb Krol is a results-focused Human Resource Executive with a progressive tenure developing and directing strategic corporate initiatives in dynamic, high-growth environments.  Her experiences have shaped her as a change leader and strategic business partner with proven success translating organization business requirements into functional HR programs aligned with corporate culture and future growth.  Her focus now is on strong team building and coaching and developing executives and teams to achieve reduced turnover, maximize potential/productivity, and champion change and advancement. 

    Barb is the Chief Human Resources Officer at California Coast Credit Union and has been with the credit union since April of 2016.  From July, 2012 to April, 2016 she served as Vice President, Human Resources at Tilly's, Inc.   From 2008 to April, 2012, she served as Vice President, Human Resources at The Wet Seal, Inc., a specialty retailer.  From 2007 to 2008, Barb served as the Director, Human Resources at The Home Depot.   From 2002 to 2007, she was in several progressive Human Resource management positions with Pacific Sunwear of CA., Inc., with the last position held as Director, Human Resources.   Prior to Pacific Sunwear, Barb served in several management titles in Human Resources with The Walt Disney Company and Bath and Body Works, a division of Intimate Brands. 


    She has extensive experience in the retail and consumer products industries and is passionate about integrating HR strategies with growth in many forms.  Barb holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. and is certified as a Professional in Human Resources through the Human Resources Certification Institute.  She was the past President of the National Chapter of the National Human Resources Association.  She was a former Board Member for the San Diego Workforce Partnership here is San Diego, which matches with her passion for elevating the employment experiences for minorities in our communities.  She was also a finalist for the San Diego Business Journal Business Women of the year awards in 2021. 

    Barb, and her husband, Jan Jitze, live in Oceanside, CA. and enjoy the beach community and all that is has to offer!  They enjoy exercise, travel, off-roading, hiking, their dogs (and assorted other animals), gardening, cooking and good friends.

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Past events

Tuesday, September 20, 2022 Privacy – HR’s Role
Tuesday, August 16, 2022 A People First Approach to M&A
Tuesday, July 19, 2022 Summer Social - Please Join Us!
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 Bringing the Human back into Human Resources
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 Performance Discussions 100 years later (in-person meeting)
Tuesday, April 19, 2022 Working Better as Hybrid Teams (in-person meeting)
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 The Anti-Fragile HR Executive (in-person meeting)
Tuesday, February 15, 2022 Culture as a Competitive Advantage (in-person meeting)
Tuesday, January 18, 2022 San Diego Economic update and forecast 2022
Tuesday, December 07, 2021 Employment Law, COVID, and Privacy—Oh My!
Wednesday, November 03, 2021 2021 HR Teams of the Year Award (in-person event)
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 The Everyday Leader: 14 Marine Corps Leadership Traits to Unlock Your Leadership DNA (in-person meeting)
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 Impostor Syndrome (in-person meeting)
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 “Leave” Me Alone! (in-person meeting)
Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Return to Office – Challenges, Successes and Opportunities
Wednesday, July 14, 2021 Career Transition Support - Summer 2021 (free service)
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 Seizing Opportunity with the 2021 Global Culture Report
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 How to Beat Burnout
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 Culture Conversations with Jamie and Hema
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 Do you know that California is the leader of COVID-related lawsuits?
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 Show Me the Talent!
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 RENEW 2021
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 What's Coming in 2021? Come and learn from our Law Day!
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 HR Team of the Year Celebration (free event)
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 CEO Panel Discussion: How to Leverage Your HR Leaders in this New 2020 Workplace
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 Story Culture: The Art & Science of Engaging Your Team
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 Dealing with conflict at work? Strategies to go from destructive to PRODUCTIVE!
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 HR Strategies to Build Authentic, Inclusive Workplaces that reflect our World, not our Biases (free live webinar)
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 The Slow Extinction of Performance Reviews (free live webinar)
Wednesday, June 03, 2020 Career Transition Support (free service)
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 INSPIRE. RESTART. GO (free live webinar)
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 (Postponed) “Leave” Me Alone: The Intersection of California Leave Laws
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 (Postponed) Dealing with conflict at work? Strategies to go from destructive to PRODUCTIVE!
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 Impactful & Engaging Facilitation
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 Ready for a Front-Row Seat?
Tuesday, December 03, 2019 What's Coming in 2020? Come and learn from our Law Day!
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 Do you want to DEVELOP INTO A COURAGE BRAND?
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 Financial Statements and Business Strategy for HR Professionals
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 Do you have Awkward & Taboo? What Do You Do?
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 Building a Dynamic and Positive Culture July -2019
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 Increasing Employee Engagement through Data Science - June 2019
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Create an Award-Winning Corporate Culture - May 2019
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 Performance Management: From Annual Review Apathy to a Culture of Coaching
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Tips from the Top: Insights from Award Winning HR Leaders
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 Risk Management: Improving Outcomes through Health & Safety Programs
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 Wellness Programs: Designing for Impact
Tuesday, December 04, 2018 2019 SDHR Forum Annual Employment Law Update
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 SDHR Forum 2018 Executive of the Year Awards
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 It’s Time For A Mini-Vacation! How to Reduce Stress, Increase Engagement, and Live More Mindfully
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 The Drama-Free Workplace
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 Motivational Listening
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 2018 Total Rewards Panel
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 This Thing Called Happiness - Linking Positive Brains to Positive Performance and Engagement
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 Utilizing Assessments to Drive Strategy
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 VOICE: Unleashing your Story & Presenting with Impact
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Embracing Feedback, Even if it Hurts
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Next Chapter = Best Chapter
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 2018 SDHR Forum Annual Employment Law Update
Tuesday, December 05, 2017 The Future of Talent in the Gig Economy
Thursday, November 16, 2017 SDHR Forum 2017 Executive of the Year Awards
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 Courageous Conversations
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 What Does Strategic HR Really Mean and How Do I Get There?
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 Achieving Harmony (balancing work and life)
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 Great Minds Think Unalike – How to Build a Gender Intelligent Culture
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 SDHR Forum Summer Social
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 The Difference Between Diversity and Inclusion
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 The Evolution of Total Talent Management
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 Power & Engagement - What Great Communicators Get Right
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 State of Cybersecurity
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 Credibility: Why Should Anyone Follow You?
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 2017 SDHR Forum Annual Employment Law Update
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 SDHR Forum Social: Farmer & The Seahorse, 5:00-8:00pm
Tuesday, November 08, 2016 Women Who Mean Business in HR
Thursday, October 13, 2016 San Diego's 1st Annual HR Executive of the Year Awards
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Solutions to Recognizing and Driving Engagement in your Organization
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 The Futurist Leader
Tuesday, August 09, 2016 Recruiting and Interviewing in the Post “Great Recession” World! A Reliable Formula Identifying High-Probability Hires
Thursday, July 21, 2016 SD HR Forum Social: Farmer & The Seahorse, 5:30-8:00pm
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 When Medical Marijuana (Cannabis) comes to the workplace
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 Building better TA Systems: The Imperative is Now!
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 ROAR: How to Build a Resilient Organization The “World Famous” San Diego Zoo Way
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 The Key Driver to Achieving Success as an HR Leader
Tuesday, March 08, 2016 Employer Branding: What You NEED to Know Now
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Don’t Be Left Behind: What's Coming Down the Road with HCM Technology
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 2016 SD HR Forum Annual Employment Law Update
Wednesday, December 02, 2015 December Social Event
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 Unwritten Rules - Presented by Alan Collins, Founder of Success in HR
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 Rethinking Performance Reviews
Tuesday, September 08, 2015 Rise of the Crowd: Democratizing Performance Management
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 The Business Value of Talent & Succession Management
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 Unconscious Bias: Impact on Talent and Business Performance
Thursday, June 18, 2015 San Diego HR Forum Social Event
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 Mentoring "Speed Date"
Tuesday, June 09, 2015 Employee Culture - It's Right in Front of you, but HOW do you do it?
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 The WHY of "Y": Insights into Millennial's in the Workplace
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 How to leverage your Diversity & Inclusion Strategy as a Resource
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 Agents Aren’t Just for Hollywood
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 Getting Paid to Grow the Bottom Line
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 2015 SD HR Forum Annual California Employment Law Update
Thursday, December 04, 2014 December Social Event
Thursday, November 20, 2014 BUNCO FOR BREAST CANCER
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 2015 –The HR Playbook, Presented by Michelle Dente, VP Member Service - Ace Parking Management, Inc.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 Your Companies Wellness as a Competitive Advantage
Tuesday, September 09, 2014 From Turnaround to Transformation: The Benefits of a Strong Corporate Culture
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 The Role of the HR Business Partner in Making Talent and Engagement a Core Value and Competitive Advantage
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 Today’s Talent Acquisitions three legged stool: Sourcing, Recruiting and Selection, Presented by Lizz Pellet
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 'Next Practices' Leadership: Driving Growth & Innovation in a People-Led Economy
Thursday, June 05, 2014 San Diego HR Forum Summer Social Event
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 Building a Sustainable Talent Strategy
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 Behavioral Interviewing for HR professionals
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 A Seat at the Table
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 BUNCO FOR BREAST CANCER
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 Victims, Villains and Heroes: Managing the Emotions at Work
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 2014 SD HR Forum Annual California Employment Law Update
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 December Wine Night!
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 Veteran Hiring Techniques: How to Implement Effective Veteran Hiring Strategies for HR Professionals
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 Forging HR Practice Into a Rock Solid Strategic Partner
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 Creating an Injury Prevention Program That Works - HR That Works Webinar
Tuesday, October 08, 2013 Leadership Talent Review: The Illumina Story
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 Creating Personal and Team Brands to Drive Company Goals
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 Strategic HR Leadership for Small-Size Companies
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 The Journey to a Customer-Focused Culture
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 Use On-The-Job Training to Drive Profit
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 COMPETENCY MODELS in Performance Management
Tuesday, April 09, 2013 SUCCESSION PLANNING For Long-Term Success
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 Creating an HR Structure to Achieve Bottom-line Results

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Joya Kitchen
10275 Science Center Dr #150
San Diego, CA 92121

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