Speaking Gigs

Allison West, Esq., SPHR, is both an employment attorney and HR Consultant and a nationally recognized, top-rated speaker with experience speaking to groups of all sizes, various industries and on a variety of topics.  Allison was ranked one of the top 10 highest rated presenters at the 2012 SHRM Annual Conference (the world’s largest HR conference) and is the only presenter at the HR Star Los Angeles and San Francisco conferences to receive a perfect evaluation score back-to-back for two years.  Aditionally, Allison has been one of the top four-highest rates presenters at the Northern California Human Resources Association’s HR West Annual Conference for several years. She is also a frequent speaker at diversity, industry and SHRM Chapter conferences around the country

Call today to book Allison for your next conference or meeting.

What you get with Allison:

  • Expertise in both employment law and employment practices
  • Engaging style filled with practical tips, tools and humor
  • Proven ability to deliver engaging presentation from the C-Suite to new supervisors
  • Experience as a key-note and general session speaker

Upcoming Speaking Gigs


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Past Speaking Gigs


    Association of Workplace Investigators' Annual Conference

    Oct 24, 2015     

    ASIS Annual Conference

    Sep 29, 2015     

    American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Association (ASHHRA) Annual Conference

    Sep 20, 2015     

    The Bully and the Bottom Line


    PIHRA Annual Conference

    Aug 31, 2015     

    Just the Facts: Perfecting the Investigation Interview


    HR Star – Cleveland – Keynote Speaker

    Jul 29, 2015     

    HR Star – San Francisco

    Jul 16, 2015     

    SHRM Annual Conference

    Jun 29, 2015     
    • Seven Steps for Creating Bulletproof Documentation
    • California: The Golden State for Big HR Mistakes

    SHRM Employment Law and Legislative Conference

    Mar 24, 2015     
    • The Bully and the Bottom Line
    • What You Need to Know About Investigating Sexual Harassment Complaints Before the EEOC Comes Knocking

    HR Star – Los Angeles

    Mar 19, 2015      Los Angeles

    NCHRA HR West Annual Conference

    Mar 3, 2015      Oakland

    Seven Steps to Creating Bulletproof Documentation.

    Hope to see you there!


    CA Employment Law Update: Opening Keynote: Fix that Broken Employee Engagement Program by Building a Culture of Personal Accountability

    Oct 22, 2014      Anaheim, CA

    To register for the California Employment Law Update, please click here:

    https://celuonline.com/register/register.cgi?code=


    CA Employment Law Update: Workplace Investigations: A Step-by-Step Guide for Taking and Resolving Employee Complaints

    Oct 21, 2014     

    Employee complaints can run the gamut from reports of annoying conduct among coworkers to more serious allegations of thefts, harassment, discrimination, and intimidation. When a complaint is made it’s imperative that you respond in a timely and thorough manner so you can adequately address the issue and work toward an appropriate resolution.  The probability for litigation is high and a sound investigation can frequently reduce liability.  So, the quality of your investigation is critical and you to have a solid game plan for how you’ll tackle what are often highly sensitive, and in some cases, legally protected activities here in California. For instance, your choice of words, your body language, and the timing of witness interviews could leave your organization vulnerable to expensive litigation. During this intensive workshop, you’ll learn from a seasoned attorney investigator the key elements of an investigation so you can be prepared when the next complaint heads your way.

    • Effective questioning techniques
    • How to diffuse employees’ fears of retaliation
    • How to assess the likely legal issues that could surround an internal complaint
    • The type of documentation you’ll need to move your investigation forward
    • Creating a strategy
    • How to decide who to interview
    • Proven techniques for uncovering facts behind an allegation
    • Communicating your findings to relevant parties, including the complainant

    To register:

    https://celuonline.com/register/register.cgi?code=


    CA Employment Law Update: Opening Keynote: Fix that Broken Employee Engagement Program by Building a Culture of Personal Accountability

    Oct 16, 2014     

    There’s a strong link between employee engagement and personal accountability. Holding employees accountable is a powerful tool that should be part of every performance management strategy, as it can help you create a built-in process for documenting achievements and shortfalls.  Learn how to build a culture that mends that broken employee engagement processes and get on the road to achieving winning results.

    To register:

    https://celuonline.com/register/register.cgi?code=

     


    CA Employment Law Update: Workplace Investigations: A Step-by-Step Guide for Taking and Resolving Employee Complaints

    Oct 15, 2014     

    Employee complaints can run the gamut from reports of annoying conduct among coworkers to more serious allegations of thefts, harassment, discrimination, and intimidation. When a complaint is made it’s imperative that you respond in a timely and thorough manner so you can adequately address the issue and work toward an appropriate resolution.  The probability for litigation is high and a sound investigation can frequently reduce liability.  So, the quality of your investigation is critical and you to have a solid game plan for how you’ll tackle what are often highly sensitive, and in some cases, legally protected activities here in California. For instance, your choice of words, your body language, and the timing of witness interviews could leave your organization vulnerable to expensive litigation. During this intensive workshop, you’ll learn from a seasoned attorney investigator the key elements of an investigation so you can be prepared when the next complaint heads your way.

    • Effective questioning techniques
    • How to diffuse employees’ fears of retaliation
    • How to assess the likely legal issues that could surround an internal complaint
    • The type of documentation you’ll need to move your investigation forward
    • Creating a strategy
    • How to decide who to interview
    • Proven techniques for uncovering facts behind an allegation
    • Communicating your findings to relevant parties, including the complainant

    To register:

    https://celuonline.com/register/register.cgi?code=


    Keynote Speaker: HR Association of Central OH Annual Conference

    Oct 14, 2014     

    Keynote Speaker


    PIHRA CA HR Conference: The Bully and the Bottom Line

    Aug 25, 2014     

    HR Star Conf: Investigating Sexual Harassment Claims and Creating Bulletproof Documentation

    Jul 16, 2014     

    To register:

    http://www.hrstarconference.com/register.html


    SHRM Annual Conference – Creating Bulletproof Documentation and CA: The Golden State for Big HR Mistakes

    Jun 23, 2014      Orlando, FL

    Silicon Valley Women in HR – The Bully and the Bottom Line

    May 21, 2014      Mountain View, CA

    To register:

    http://ourhrsite.blogspot.com/p/event-registation.html

    Location: SETI Institute
    189 Bernardo Ave, Suite 100
    Mountain View, CA  94043


    Int'l Assoc. of Interviewers – Elite Training Day: “Top 10 Things You Need to Know When Investigating High Level Executives”

    May 13, 2014     

    NCHRA HR West Annual Conf: Investigation Interviews: How To Get Critical Evidence From Your Witnesses

    Apr 28, 2014      Oakland, CA

    HR Star Conf: Investigating Sexual Harassment Claims and Creating Bulletproof Documentation

    Mar 19, 2014      Los Angeles, CA

    Highest rated presenter at the conference!


    SHRM Employment Law and Legislative Conf: The Bully and the Bottom Line and The High Cost of Getting Even: Understanding and Preventing Retaliation Claims

    Mar 17, 2014      Washington, DC

    The Bully and the Bottom Line

    The High Cost of Getting Even: Understanding and Preventing Retaliation Claims


    Bay Area Human Resources Executive Council – Strategies for Conducting Investigations in the C-Suite

    Jan 22, 2014      Palo Alto, CA

    There is a lot at stake for HR Leaders in any investigation, but what could be more critical than an investigation in the C-Suite.  Key points involving some real life situations:

    • Understand the complexities of investigating senior level executives.
    • Take steps to prepare their organization for the legal risks that can occur before, during and after the investigation
    • Create an effective strategy that covers retaliation concerns, evidence, privilege and technology issues.

    Join me on 1/22!

    http://bahrec.shrm.org/events/2014/01/strategies-investigations-c-suite


    BLR – Conducting Workplace Investigations

    Jan 14, 2014      Dallas

    http://store.hrhero.com/events/master-classes/investigations-workshop


    BLR – Conducting Workplace Investigations

    Jan 13, 2014      Houston, TX

    http://store.hrhero.com/events/master-classes/investigations-workshop


    BLR – Conducting Workplace Investigations

    Nov 12, 2013      Scottsdale, AZ

    http://store.hrhero.com/events/master-classes/investigations-workshop


    Association of Workplace Investigators Annual Conference

    Oct 25, 2013      Glendal, CA

    Understanding and Investigating Retaliation Claims


    How to Conduct an Internal Investigation: A Hands-On Workshop for HR Leaders

    Oct 10, 2013      Chicago

    An employee complains of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, or worse: you hear a rumor about workplace misconduct… company property goes missing… you face a “she said vs. he said” conundrum … an employee is gaming FMLA intermittent leave… another is disparaging your company on her Facebook page…

    Situations that demand an inquiry, report, and response from HR arise all the time. But where do you start? What questions get to the truth, fast, and which ones can create a legal crisis? And how can you turn answers into action, and put the situation to rest once and for all?

    Join your colleagues for a one day learning and networking event and get the very latest techniques for conducting a comprehensive workplace investigation that’s safe, effective, fair, and defensible. You’ll learn how to:

    • Intake an employee complaint
    • Execute an internal investigation strategy
    • Conduct witness interviews
    • Draft an investigative report that wins support from other key leaders
    • Avoid legal danger zones before, during, and after your investigation
    • Reach defensible conclusions and take appropriate action

    Click to register: http://store.hrhero.com/investigations-workshop


    ASIS Annual Conference

    Sep 26, 2013      Chicago

    How to Conduct an Internal Investigation: A Hands-On Workshop for HR Leaders

    Sep 13, 2013      Fort Lauderdale

    Coming to Chicago, Illinois: Thursday, October 10, 2013

    An employee complains of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, or worse: you hear a rumor about workplace misconduct… company property goes missing… you face a “she said vs. he said” conundrum … an employee is gaming FMLA intermittent leave… another is disparaging your company on her Facebook page…

    Situations that demand an inquiry, report, and response from HR arise all the time. But where do you start? What questions get to the truth, fast, and which ones can create a legal crisis? And how can you turn answers into action, and put the situation to rest once and for all?

    Join your colleagues for a one day learning and networking event and get the very latest techniques for conducting a comprehensive workplace investigation that’s safe, effective, fair, and defensible. You’ll learn how to:

    • Intake an employee complaint
    • Execute an internal investigation strategy
    • Conduct witness interviews
    • Draft an investigative report that wins support from other key leaders
    • Avoid legal danger zones before, during, and after your investigation
    • Reach defensible conclusions and take appropriate action

    Click to register: http://store.hrhero.com/investigations-workshop


    How to Conduct an Internal Investigation: A Hands-On Workshop for HR Leaders

    Aug 1, 2013      Boston

    Coming to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida: Friday, September 13, 2013

    Coming to Chicago, Illinois: Thursday, October 10, 2013

    An employee complains of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, or worse: you hear a rumor about workplace misconduct… company property goes missing… you face a “she said vs. he said” conundrum … an employee is gaming FMLA intermittent leave… another is disparaging your company on her Facebook page…

    Situations that demand an inquiry, report, and response from HR arise all the time. But where do you start? What questions get to the truth, fast, and which ones can create a legal crisis? And how can you turn answers into action, and put the situation to rest once and for all?

    Join your colleagues for a one day learning and networking event and get the very latest techniques for conducting a comprehensive workplace investigation that’s safe, effective, fair, and defensible. You’ll learn how to:

    • Intake an employee complaint
    • Execute an internal investigation strategy
    • Conduct witness interviews
    • Draft an investigative report that wins support from other key leaders
    • Avoid legal danger zones before, during, and after your investigation
    • Reach defensible conclusions and take appropriate action

    Click to register: http://store.hrhero.com/investigations-workshop


    HR Star

    Jul 17, 2013      South San Francisco

    SHRM Annual Conference

    Jun 17, 2013      Chicago

    Seven Steps for Creating Bulletproof Documentation
    California – The Golden State for Big HR Mistakes


    How to Conduct an Internal Investigation: A Hands-On Workshop for HR Leaders

    May 8, 2013      Atlanta, GA

    Coming to Boston, Massachusetts: Thursday, August 1, 2013

    Coming to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida: Friday, September 13, 2013

    Coming to Chicago, Illinois: Thursday, October 10, 2013

    An employee complains of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, or worse: you hear a rumor about workplace misconduct… company property goes missing… you face a “she said vs. he said” conundrum … an employee is gaming FMLA intermittent leave… another is disparaging your company on her Facebook page…

    Situations that demand an inquiry, report, and response from HR arise all the time. But where do you start? What questions get to the truth, fast, and which ones can create a legal crisis? And how can you turn answers into action, and put the situation to rest once and for all?

    Join your colleagues for a one day learning and networking event and get the very latest techniques for conducting a comprehensive workplace investigation that’s safe, effective, fair, and defensible. You’ll learn how to:

    • Intake an employee complaint
    • Execute an internal investigation strategy
    • Conduct witness interviews
    • Draft an investigative report that wins support from other key leaders
    • Avoid legal danger zones before, during, and after your investigation
    • Reach defensible conclusions and take appropriate action

    Click to register: http://store.hrhero.com/investigations-workshop


    Assisted Living Federation of America – Annual Conference

    May 7, 2013     

    NCHRA HR West Annual Conference

    Apr 24, 2013      Oakland

    Beyond Discrimination Claims – What Else Can You Be Sued For?


    CA State SHRM Annual Conference

    Apr 18, 2013      Sacramento

    HR Star

    Mar 20, 2013      Los Angeles

    SHRM Employment Law & Legislative Conference

    Mar 11, 2013      Washington, DC

    Beyond Discrimination Claims – What Else Can You Be Sued For?
    The Bully and the Bottom Line


    How to Conduct an Internal Investigation: A Hands-On Workshop for HR Leaders

    Feb 13, 2013      Los Angeles

    For registration information:

    http://store.hrhero.com/investigations-workshop


    How to Conduct an Internal Investigation: A Hands-On Workshop for HR Leaders

    Feb 6, 2013      San Francisco

    For registration information:

    http://store.hrhero.com/investigations-workshop


    How to Conduct an Internal Investigation: A Hands-On Workshop for HR Leaders

    Jan 29, 2013      Dallas

    For registration information:

    http://store.hrhero.com/investigations-workshop


    How to Conduct an Internal Investigation: A Hands-On Workshop for HR Leaders

    Jan 28, 2013      Houston

    For registration information:

    http://store.hrhero.com/investigations-workshop


    San Joaquin HR Assoc. Annual Conference

    Jan 16, 2013      Stockton

    Beyond Discrimination Claims: What Else Can You Be Sued For?


    California Employer Resources – California Employment Law Update 2012

    Nov 15, 2012      Berkeley, CA

    Keynote Speaker:  The Top HR Risks You Can’t Ignore


    CPA Education Foundation Employment Law Conference

    Oct 26, 2012      San Francisco

    Effectively Conducting HR Audits


    Human Resource Compliance Conference 2012

    Oct 16, 2012      San Francisco

    Workshop: How to Effectively Conduct Internal Workplace Investigations
    Session: Workplace Bullying: The Bully and the Bottom Line


    2012 Association of Zoos and Aquariums Annual Conference

    Sep 13, 2012      Phoenix, AZ

    Religious and Political Discussions in the Workplace


    PIHRA Annual Conference

    Aug 27, 2012      Anaheim

    Beyond Discrimination Claims – What Else Can You Be Sued For?


    HR Star – San Francisco

    Jul 18, 2012     

    The Top 10 Investigation Mistakes


    SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition

    Jun 25, 2012     

    Creating Bulletproof Documentation
    California: The Golden State for Big HR Mistakes


    NCHRA HR West Annual Conference

    Apr 25, 2012     

    Dealing with Documentation Dilemmas: How to Properly Document Hiring, Performance, and Disciplinary Situations


    SHRM Employment Law and Legislative Conf.

    Mar 6, 2012      Washington, DC

    Beyond Discrimination Claims: What Else Can You Be Sued For?


    HR Star – Los Angeles

    Feb 29, 2012     

    The Top HR Risks You Can’t Ignore
    Beyond Discrimination Claims – What Else Can You Be Sued For?


    Diversity Leadership Alliance

    Feb 23, 2012      Phoenix, AZ

    Handling the Minefield of Religion and Politics in the Workplace 

    http://www.diversityleadershipalliance.net/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=91473


    CA CPA Education Foundation

    Nov 15, 2011      Burbank

    Perfecting Your Documentation


    California Association of Workplace Investigators

    Nov 14, 2011      Glendale, CA

    You Want Me to Investigate Who?


    San Joaquin HR Association

    Nov 9, 2011     

    Creating Bulletproof Documentation


    California Employment Law Update

    Nov 2, 2011      San Francisco

    Conducting Workplace Investigations


    Diversity Leadership Alliance

    Oct 19, 2011      Phoenix
    The Bully and the Bottom-Line

    HR Star

    Jul 13, 2011      San Francisco
    General Session: Top 10 HR Risks You Can’t Ignore
    Creating Bulletproof Documentation

    SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition

    Jun 27, 2011      Las Vegas, NV

    California: The Golden State for Big HR Mistakes – What You Need to Know About Policies, Training and Key Statutes

    Document, Document, Document


    NCHRA HR West Annual Conference

    Apr 12, 2011     
    Your Employees are PRAYING For a Big Verdict: What You Need to Know About Religious Accommodation

    SHRM CA Legislative Conference

    Apr 10, 2011      San Diego
    Beyond Discrimination Claims: What Else Can You Be Sued for in California?

    HR Star

    Mar 30, 2011      Los Angeles, CA

    Creating Bulletproof Documentation


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