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Managing Large Scale Organizational Transitions in Public and Private Sectors (NorCal)
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When: 12/6/2016
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where: UC Berkeley Extension San Francisco Campus, Classrooms 608 & 609
160 Spear Street
San Francisco, California  94105
United States
Contact: Andrew Finn

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PBS NEWSHOUR: In a presidential transition, there’s no time for mistakes
Interview with Max Stier, Partnership for Public Service

Managing Large Scale Organizational Transitions in Public and Private Sectors:
A Dialogue with leading CHROs and the Partnership for Public Service


The election of our new U.S. president heralds a critical transition when a small group of leaders will be charged with seating the executive leadership of the largest and most complex organization on the planet, the U.S. government, an organization with over 4 million employees.  The peaceful transfer of power from one president to the next has been a hallmark of American democracy but this hand-off may be rushed and chaotic, often leaving a new president unprepared to govern. In the past there was no blueprint for how to do this effectively. The inability to run this process smoothly and quickly has challenged the launch of each administration, just when a new president should be best positioned to focus on key responsibilities and implement a strategic agenda.  The nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service in Washington D.C. has been charged with the responsibility for managing the successful execution of this next presidential transition and the President-elect’s top administration staff.


Eva Sage Gavin, former CHRO at Gap Inc., through her active engagement in the public sector, both with the Partnership for Public Service in Washington D.C. and the Aspen Institute’s Skills for America’s Future is expanding her presentation scheduled for HRSF’s December 6 program in Northern California to facilitate a dialog on the transition. She will be joined by John Gilbert, VP, Partnership for Public Service and former Senior Managing Director, JPMorgan along with a panel of 5 leading CHROs who have managed large scale organizational transitions in the private sector.


John will discuss the Partnership’s efforts to advise both the outgoing and incoming administration on the challenges they will face with re-staffing 4000 positions in a very short period of time, initiating strategic approaches, addressing challenges and the lessons learned so far.  The Partnership is interested in engaging in a discussion on how they can continuously improve this often chaotic transition process, itself one of the potential root causes of poor government performance. The 5 CHRO panelists will share their key learnings on how to do this successfully and share their insights on best practices in navigating strategic change.


This is an interesting opportunity for all attendees to engage in a dialog between the public and private sector. This session represents a unique historic exchange that to our knowledge has never occurred before. Following the recent election this appears to be an opportune time to contribute to a dialog on the skills and capabilities needed from leaders to reunite the nation and navigate a particularly challenging transition.


CHRO Panel Members:


·      Susan Lovegren, CHRO Appdynamics; former CHRO, Juniper Networks 

·      Marianne Jackson, former CHRO, Blue Shield; now Chief Talent Development Officer for eBay

·      Kelley Steven-Waiss, CHRO, HERE
·      Kim McEachron, CHRO, Genomic Health

·      Gabriella Toleanda,CHRO Electronic Arts



Eva Sage-Gavin, Board Director, Senior Advisor and former CHRO, Gap Inc. 

Eva Sage-Gavin is a Board Director and BCG Senior Advisor with broad experience in top leadership roles in Fortune 500 global Consumer, Technology and Retail corporations, including Gap Inc., Sun Microsystems, PepsiCo, Disney Consumer Products and Xerox. 

Sage-Gavin is a public Board Director for BroadSoft, a global unified communications software service provider and for TalentSky, a private professional skills networking company. She was also the first woman elected as a Board Director for Sapient Inc. in 2013 and served on the Compensation Committee through the successful acquisition by Publicis in 2015. 

Sage-Gavin currently serves as a BCG Senior Advisor focused on the Consumer, Technology & Media and Public sector practice areas. She also serves as a Senior Advisor for the G100 Network and Talent Consortium. Sage-Gavin is the former Vice Chair of the Aspen Institute’s Skill for America’s Future Advisory Board and a member of the UpSkill America Coalition, working with public and private partnerships to build skilled workforces. 

Previously, she was Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources and Corporate Affairs, at Gap Inc. responsible for the company's internal and external communications, government and public affairs, social and environmental responsibility, foundation, as well as serving as the Chief People Officer for over 136,000 employees worldwide. 


John Gilbert, Vice President, Business Strategy at The Partnership for Public Service
As vice president of business strategy, Gilbert leads an initiative to engage a cadre of private sector companies and executives with the Partnership’s mission and growth strategy to improve the execution capability of our government. This includes educating the business community about the organization’s proven track record of impact and working together to help government inspire and hire mission-critical talent, develop strong leaders, engage employees and modernize its decades-old civil service system. Gilbert is also responsible for the Partnership’s strategic planning and financial management.
Gilbert joins the Partnership after a 28-year career with J.P. Morgan in New York and London. He most recently served as managing director and senior country officer in London, where Gilbert was responsible for investment banking in the Benelux and Nordic regions of Europe, in addition to acting as a senior client banker. Gilbert is a graduate of Duke University with a degree in public policy studies. He also serves as a visiting lecturer at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, and is a trustee and instructor for the New England Handicapped Sports Association.

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