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    • 26 May 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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    What the CEO, Board, & Compensation Committee Expects From the Total Rewards Function

    Live Webinar

    FREE for OCCABA members.

    Non-OCCABA member may register for $30.

    Thursday, May 26, 2022 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (Pacific Time)

    In this session, our expert speakers, with first-hand experience managing C-Suite and Board of Director relationships, will dig into what Executives and their Boards really want from the Total Rewards function as identified in 2022 Global Talent Trends data:

    • The Rise of the Relatable Organization – investing in Organizational Purpose and Culture to address multi-stakeholder interests and leverage in talent attraction and retention
    • Deliver on Total Well-being – Engage the whole person to drive sustainability while addressing Flex Working and the heightened need for Data Security
    • Talent Acquisition – Development and Succession planning

    Join us for a lively discussion on these hot topics with our speakers Lorna Larson, Sr. Director, HR Avid Bioservices and Don Bobo, Mercer’s SoCal Business Leader and your Southern California peers.

    Presenting at this meeting will be:

      Lorna Larson is the Senior Director Human Resources for Avid BioServices Inc. Lorna’s experience includes: organizational development, training and development, talent acquisition, compensation and benefits, employee relations and international human resources. In her past roles, Lorna has developed and executed organizational strategies both to start up and turn around organizations across industries including pharmaceutical, medical device, manufacturing financial services and internet commerce. Her track record of building business specific solutions includes experience in the US, Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific.

    Her undergraduate degree is from the Business School at California State University at Long Beach, with an emphasis on Human Resources. She holds a Master’s degree in Business from Pepperdine University. She has earned SPHR and CCP designations. She serves as a Corporate Mentor for business students at CSULB and on the Human Resources Management Advisory Committee for the Extension Program at UC Irvine.


     Don Bobo is a Partner and leader of Mercer’s Southern California and Nevada Market. He has more than 25 years of consulting and corporate experience across the spectrum of HR services and functions in domestic, regional, and global capacities. His primary areas of focus have been on total rewards, talent management, and HR function strategy and service delivery, with an emphasis on the people-related aspects of business transformations. In addition to his office leadership responsibilities, Don manages a portfolio of large client relationships across Southern California.

    Prior to joining Mercer, Don spent fourteen years in HR leadership roles in multinational energy and engineering companies, including as head of human resources and communications for operations in the Americas. He has had a broad array of responsibilities and has led several successful large-scale organizational change initiatives. His experience includes an expatriate assignment in Paris, France where he was in charge of leadership development and succession planning for a global enterprise.

    Don has an M.B.A. from Houston Baptist University and a B.S. in Business from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. He has also completed leadership development programs at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

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    All registrations must be completed by 9:00 pm the night before the webinar to ensure the participant will receive the webinar link and/or dial-in information.

    Attendance counts toward WorldatWork re-certification.

    • 23 Jun 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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    Pay Transparency is Coming -- Are you Ready?

    Live Webinar

    FREE for OCCABA members.

    Non-OCCABA member may register for $30.

    Thursday, June 23, 2022 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (Pacific Time)

    Pay transparency is coming — in a big way. California’s “Fair Pay Transparency” law is one of the more recent additions to the growing number of cities and states mandating more disclosures.  We’re also seeing a shift toward more employees sharing their pay on any number of sites, from RepVue to TikTok.  This much is clear: What you pay your people will be public very soon.  With compensation under the microscope, employers are changing the way they approach compensation management and thinking about how they can best demonstrate they value their employees. This session will address some of the existing and emerging disclosure requirements and how organizations are building greater analytical capabilities to rethink and refine their pay programs and prepare for pay transparency.

    In our session we will:

    • Discuss the current landscape
    • Outline approaches by leading companies
    • Hear from UCI directly about their journey in becoming Fair Pay Workplace
    • Answer your questions! 

    Our panel of speakers will be:

    Nancy Romanyshyn, Syndio

    Nancy is the Director of Pay Strategy and Partner Success at Syndio. She is a Fair Pay thought leader, speaker, and compensation expert. With 25+ years of experience, both as an in-house Compensation leader and leading engagements as a broad-based compensation consultant. She joined Syndio after over 20 years with Willis Towers Watson where she led their global fair pay program for 5+ years. 

    Shantel Pieratt, Syndio

    Shantel is a Senior Account Executive at Syndio and is a lawyer turned analytics and tech guru. With over a decade of experience practicing law and advising clients, Shantel’s works with companies in their fair pay journey in helping them achieve internal and external workplace equity. 

    Summer Houssainy, UC Irvine

    Summer is a Certified Global Remuneration Professional (GRP), and a seasoned expert in Compensation and Pay Equity with over a decade of experience in Total Rewards. Summer earned her undergraduate degree in Business with an emphasis in Human Resources Management from California State University in Long Beach (CSULB) and Master of Business Administration from the University of California in Irvine (UCI). After earning her MBA, Summer was recruited by UCI as a Fair Pay Specialist to implement their first Fair Pay Program, taking the lead in the UC system in driving efforts to close the gender pay gap.

    Prior to UCI, Summer served as a Compensation subject matter expert in various industries including software, financial services, and real estate. Summer is well versed in data analytics, audit and compliance, and compensation policies and practices.

    Dawn M. McKinley, UC Irvine

    Dawn is the Senior Director of Total Rewards and Strategic Workforce Planning and a member of UCI’s HR Partnership for Strategy and Innovation, Dawn leads and manages a variety of HR programs such as ACHIEVE Performance, Merit Pay, Career Tracks Classification, and Fair Pay.  

    Dawn has over 30 years of compensation experience with a focus in compensation strategy and program design, and is a Certified Compensation Professional and a SHRM Senior Certified Professional.

    Dawn has worked in higher education for over 15 years with 10 of those years being at UCI.

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    All registrations must be completed by 9:00 pm the night before the webinar to ensure the participant will receive the webinar link and/or dial-in information.

    Attendance counts toward WorldatWork re-certification.

    • 01 Jul 2022
    • 8:00 AM
    • 31 Jul 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Mercer, 17901 Von Karman, Suite 1100, Irvine, CA 92614
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    Benefits 101 - Introduction to Health, Welfare & Retirement Benefits Strategy in Support of a Winning Employee Value Proposition

    July 2022 date TBD

    8:00 am - 11:45 am PDT

    Location: Mercer, 17901 Von Karman, Suite 1100, Irvine, CA 92614

    Program content / agenda to be added shortly.

    Please arrive between 8:00 and 8:30 for breakfast & networking.  Instruction will start promptly at 8:30 a.m.  We will finish at 11:45 am. 

    • 21 Jul 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Hornblower South, 2527 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA 92663 ... Parking at: 2436 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA 92663
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    OCCABA Summer Social - Member Appreciation - Hornblower Sunset Cruise – Newport Harbor

    Thursday, July 21, 2022

    5:30 pm to 8:15 pm

    • Free for Member (option to bring a guest for $40)
    • Glass of Champagne upon Boarding
    • Complimentary Soda & Juice Bar
    • Cash Bar including one (1) Free Drink Coupon
    • Appetizers
    • Multi-Course Plated Dinner

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    Our Hornblower Yacht is the Dream Maker and it is located at:

    2527 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA 92663

    Parking is across the street at Offshore West Parking

    2436 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA 92663

    Parking $10.00 per car – CASH ONLY (paid by Member)

    Yacht Boards by 5:45 p.m. SHARP – Plan for Traffic

    Do Not Be Late!!

    Wear comfortable clothing and shoes

    Member (and guest) MUST be registered in advance to attend


    • 25 Aug 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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    Pay Equity Legal Update

    Live Webinar

    FREE for OCCABA members.

    Non-OCCABA member may register for $30.

    Thursday, August 25, 2022 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (Pacific Time)

    Program information to follow shortly. 

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    All registrations must be completed by 9:00 pm the night before the webinar to ensure the participant will receive the webinar link and/or dial-in information.

    Attendance counts toward WorldatWork re-certification.

    • 29 Sep 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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    Trends in Employee Benefits

    Live Webinar

    FREE for OCCABA members.

    Non-OCCABA member may register for $30.

    Thursday, September 29, 2022 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (Pacific Time)

    Program information to follow shortly. 

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    All registrations must be completed by 9:00 pm the night before the webinar to ensure the participant will receive the webinar link and/or dial-in information.

    Attendance counts toward WorldatWork re-certification.

    • 27 Oct 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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    Sales Compensation

    Live Webinar

    FREE for OCCABA members.

    Non-OCCABA member may register for $30.

    Thursday, October 27, 2022 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (Pacific Time)

    Sales Compensation—Latest Trends Results

    What’s happening with seller turnover, wage inflation, staffing challenges and pandemic-altered customer contact methods? Attend this session to learn the latest practices from the most recent Sales Compensation Trends Survey. What are enduring patterns? What trends change often? We will share benchmark data you can use to advise your sales compensation stakeholders as they evaluate, operate and update the sellers’ pay programs. Get the latest global sales compensation benchmark practices, too. 

     Speaker: David Cichelli, The Alexander Group, Sales Compensation Practice Leader

    David Cichelli is a leading authority on sales compensation. Widely recognized by world class sales teams, national professional associations and trade publications for his work in linking sales compensation to management’s objectives, David is a frequent speaker on sales compensation topics. He is author of Compensating the Sales Force (3rd edition) and Revenue Growth Model; Chief Revenue Officer’s Guide to B2B Sales Success., published by AGI Press. He is also the author of the Sales Compensation Almanac, published by AGI Press.   He is the author of WorldatWork’s sales compensation classes.

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    All registrations must be completed by 9:00 pm the night before the webinar to ensure the participant will receive the webinar link and/or dial-in information.

    Attendance counts toward WorldatWork re-certification.

    • 28 Oct 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Orange County, CA - venue TBD
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    Compensation 101 for the HR Professional

    Orange County, CA - venue TBD

    Friday, October 28, 2022 from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm PDT

    Would you like to  understand the mystery and magic behind Compensation?

    Then this is the workshop for you!

    Topics covered will include:

    • Compensation Strategy/Philosophy
    • Grade Structures
    • Market Pricing
    • Incentive Compensation
    • And More!

    Presenters:

    MAE LON DING, MBA, CCP

    PRESIDENT, PERSONNEL SYSTEMS ASSOCIATES INC.

    Mae Lon Ding is President of Personnel Systems Associates in Anaheim, California.  She has consulted for over 30 years in the areas of employee compensation and performance management.  Her clients have included organizations in a wide variety of industries from Fortune 1000 to small business and nonprofit. She also provides expert witness testimony about compensation and performance issues in employment cases. 
    Ms. Ding is an instructor for WorldatWork.  She has also taught classes in employee compensation management at the University of California at Irvine, the California State Universities, and at Chapman University
    Ms. Ding has had articles published in the Journal of Compensation and Benefits, in Personnel, in The Personnel News, and in the Chapman University Economic Review.  She is author of Survey Sources, For U.S. and International Employee Pay and Benefits a bibliography of over 1500 surveys.

    KIAN BOLOORI, MBA, CCP, GRP, CSCP

    DIRECTOR OF COMPENSATION, ASSEMBLY


    Kian Boloori is the Director of Compensation for Assembly. Assembly is a global e-commerce software and data platform powering Helium 10, Pacvue, and Refersion. He heads compensation globally and leads the effort to create a uniform companywide jobs infrastructure and compensation infrastructure.

    Mr. Boloori is also the President of the Orange County Compensation and Benefits Association.

    Mr. Boloori is a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP), Global Remuneration Professional (GRP), and Certified Sales Compensation Professional (CSCP). He has been an instructor for Compensation 101 since 2013.

    Mr. Boloori received his MBA at the UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business and his B.A. in History at UCLA.


    • 17 Nov 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Webinar
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    Annual Wage & Hour Legislative Update

    Thursday, November 17, 2022

    Live Webinar

    Meeting: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)


    Join us for our annual legal update meeting where we will cover the latest updates on wage and hour regulations and cases and implications for 2022.


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    All registrations must be completed by 9:00 pm the night before the webinar to ensure the participant will receive the webinar link and/or dial-in information.

    Attendance counts toward WorldatWork recertification.

Past events

28 Apr 2022 Total Rewards Solutions to Support Your Talent Strategy
31 Mar 2022 How Total Rewards is Responding to the Turnover Avalanche
24 Feb 2022 Feedback: The Unsung Hero of Rewards
27 Jan 2022 Remote Work: Practices Research and Survey Results
18 Nov 2021 Annual Wage & Hour Legislative Update
28 Oct 2021 Sales Compensation
07 Oct 2021 Coming Soon - OCCABA Fall Social
04 Oct 2021 WorldatWork 2021 Total Rewards Conference & Exhibition AND the 2021 Total Rewards Virtual Conference
24 Sep 2021 Compensation 101 for the HR Professional
23 Sep 2021 Is There A Doctor In the House? Our Incentive Plans Aren’t Doing Well
26 Aug 2021 Pay Equity Panel: Latest Views on Employer Progress and Challenges
23 Aug 2021 Sales Comp 2021
24 Jun 2021 COVID-19 Impact on the current Total Rewards climate ... What to consider in the coming months
15 Jun 2021 Benefits 101 for the HR Professional
27 May 2021 The Future of Pay
29 Apr 2021 Future of Benefits / Impact from November Election
25 Mar 2021 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) Analytics and Total Rewards
25 Feb 2021 Executive Compensation Strategies in the Era of COVID-19
28 Jan 2021 What Every Employer Needs to Know About U.S. Health Benefits Trends
04 Dec 2020 All Member Luncheon
19 Nov 2020 Annual Wage & Hour Legislative Update
22 Oct 2020 Performance Management Employer Panel - HR Execs Talk About What They're Doing, How They Got There, What Is Working Best, and Where Performance Management is Heading
25 Sep 2020 Compensation 101 for the HR Professional
24 Sep 2020 Pay Equity Panel: Latest Views on Employer Progress and Challenges
08 Sep 2020 T2 – Accounting and Finance for the Human Resources Professional
27 Aug 2020 Pay Equity: How To Protect Yourself With Pay Equity Audits. Don't Wait To Get Sued
30 Jul 2020 Total Rewards COVID-19 Perspectives: Analytics, Compensation, and Benefits Considerations
23 Jul 2020 Summer Social - Virtual - Member Appreciation
25 Jun 2020 Compensation Changes in the New Environment
16 Jun 2020 Benefits 101 for the HR Professional
28 May 2020 Health Benefits Innovation, Well-being and Consumerism
30 Apr 2020 Trends in Executive Compensation
06 Apr 2020 C12 – Variable Pay – Improving Performance with Variable Pay
27 Feb 2020 Employer Health Benefits Design Trends and Issues
23 Jan 2020 7 Awful Mistakes; 7 Awesome Sales Compensation Solutions
21 Nov 2019 Richard Simmons returns for our Annual Wage & Hour Legislative Update
18 Oct 2019 Round Table Discussion
10 Oct 2019 Not Just How Much, but How Itself: The Many Ways in which Compensation is Being Delivered Today
07 Oct 2019 C8 – Business Acumen for Compensation Professionals
26 Sep 2019 Benefits Trends Survey
20 Sep 2019 Compensation 101 for the HR Professional
29 Aug 2019 Trends & Updates in Executive Compensation
25 Jul 2019 Summer Social - Member Appreciation - Hornblower Buffet Sunset Cruise – Newport Harbor
27 Jun 2019 Wage Orders (IWC): How to Understand Them
25 Jun 2019 Benefits 101 – For the HR Professional
30 May 2019 Pay Equity Legal Update
25 Apr 2019 Total Rewards Communication: How to get it right
15 Apr 2019 T2 – Accounting and Finance for the Human Resources Professional
28 Mar 2019 The Power of Appreciation and Recognition
28 Feb 2019 2019 Health and Welfare Plan Legal Update
31 Jan 2019 Trends and Issues in Sales Compensation Planning and Design – What are companies doing for 2019 and beyond?
29 Nov 2018 Richard Simmons returns for our Annual Wage & Hour Legislative Update
25 Oct 2018 Unique Benchmarking Tactics for Defining Jobs and The Competitive Labor Market
08 Oct 2018 WorldatWork - T4 – Strategic Communication in Total Rewards
27 Sep 2018 Annual Benefits Survey: Learn What the Best of the Best Are Doing with Latest Benefits Trends and Practices
14 Sep 2018 Compensation 101 for the HR Professional
11 Sep 2018 Free Career Lab Workshop
30 Aug 2018 Designing Long Term Incentive Plans for Organizational Success
26 Jul 2018 Summer Social - Member Appreciation - Hornblower Buffet Sunset Cruise – Newport Harbor
28 Jun 2018 Telecommuting-Sustaining the Virtual Workplace
31 May 2018 Talent Wars: U.S. and Global Pay Growth in a Time of Low Unemployment and Preparing for the Workforce of the Future
26 Apr 2018 Trends in Medical Costs and Prescription Drug Management
09 Apr 2018 WorldatWork - T3 – Quantitative Methods - Understand HR Statistics
29 Mar 2018 Strategies To Maximize Employee Engagement: Modernizing Total Rewards - presented by John Bremen (of Willis Towers Watson)
22 Feb 2018 Securing Unique Talent: Bonus, Equity and other Leading Attraction and Retention Strategies
25 Jan 2018 Pay Equity: Latest Views on Legislative and Case Law and Employer Progress & Challenges
30 Nov 2017 Richard Simmons returns for our Annual Wage & Hour Legislative Update
26 Oct 2017 Free for Members - OCCABA Networking / Social Hour
26 Oct 2017 EEO-1 and Employer Compliance
02 Oct 2017 WorldatWork - C12 - Variable Pay – Improving Performance with Variable Pay
28 Sep 2017 Employee Value Proposition & Total Rewards
22 Sep 2017 Compensation 101 for the HR Professional
31 Aug 2017 Avoiding Controversy In The Board Room
27 Jul 2017 Summer Social - Member Appreciation - Hornblower Buffet Sunset Cruise – Newport Harbor
29 Jun 2017 U.S. Benefits Survey by Mercer - Practices, Trends, & View of the Trump Administration and Congressional Revisions to the Affordable Care Act
25 May 2017 Sales Compensation: Dark Side of Sales Quotas
27 Apr 2017 OCCABA Networking / Social Hour(s)
27 Apr 2017 Making Performance Management Systems Work
25 Apr 2017 Fiduciary Training Program - No cost to attend, space is limited.
30 Mar 2017 Fair Labor Standards Act - Shifting Flood Waters
23 Feb 2017 Webinar - Job Architecture and Career Frameworks For Employee and Employer Success
26 Jan 2017 Transparency in Executive Compensation- Proper Reporting Tools and Controls
17 Nov 2016 Richard Simmons returns for our Annual Legislative Update
28 Oct 2016 Compensation 101 for the HR Professional
27 Oct 2016 Social Hours / Networking
27 Oct 2016 Webinar - Global Retirement Planning: New Strategies For A Multinational Workforce
26 Oct 2016 Fiduciary Training Program - No cost to attend, space is limited.
03 Oct 2016 WorldatWork C8 - Business Acumen for Compensation Professionals
29 Sep 2016 Effective Sales Compensation – Adopt Best-Practice Building Codes
25 Aug 2016 Webinar - Long-Term Incentive Plans For High Growth Companies
28 Jul 2016 Summer Social - Member Appreciation & Special Guest: Dr. Bob Nelson
23 Jun 2016 Webinar - Executive Compensation - Judging Organizational & Individual Success
19 May 2016 Annual Mercer Benefits Survey: A Close Look at U.S. Practices and Trends
28 Apr 2016 Social Hours / Networking
28 Apr 2016 Webinar - Unique Salary Benchmarking In the Financial Sector and Other Technology Applications
04 Apr 2016 T2 – Accounting & Finance for the Human Resources Professional
31 Mar 2016 Hoag Health and Cigna Health Care – A Population Health Management Success Story
29 Mar 2016 Free - Join The Plan Sponsor University (TPSU) For An Exclusive Half-day Fiduciary Training Program
25 Feb 2016 Social Hours / Networking
25 Feb 2016 Webinar- The Fair Labor Standards Act: Worker Misclassification and Hours & Earnings Effects of Expanded Coverage
28 Jan 2016 Affordable Care Act Check-Up For 2016 - Where Do We Stand?...and a HUGE raffle!
19 Nov 2015 Legislative Update with Richard Simmons: A View of Critical Laws and Case Decisions
29 Oct 2015 Surviving an OFCCP Compliance Audit--Best Practices to Limit Liability and Costs
24 Sep 2015 Rising Minimum Wage Rates and Employer Strategies
18 Sep 2015 Compensation 101 for the HR Professional
27 Aug 2015 Recognition Strategies for Millennials
16 Jul 2015 Member Appreciation Summer Social
25 Jun 2015 Are we reining in executive compensation? Examining the impact of SEC Requirements and the Dodd Frank Act on Executive Compensation
28 May 2015 Mercer Benefits Survey: Understanding Global Trends and Issues
30 Apr 2015 Does Pay for Performance Really Motivate Employees?
26 Mar 2015 Total Rewards Tactics for "Hot Jobs"
26 Feb 2015 Market Compensation Benchmaking Strategies For High Technology Companies
29 Jan 2015 Exploring the Myths & Misconceptions of Employer-Sponsored Healthcare Plans
18 Dec 2014 Human Capital Benchmarking and Budgeting Trends- Are You Ready For 2015?
05 Dec 2014 Compensation 101 for the HR Professional
20 Nov 2014 General Employment Law/Legal Update for 2015

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