2021 AMG Leadership Conference: Shaping the Future of UCLA

Coaching, Career Navigation, Communication, Diversity, Networking, Succession Planning

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1 p.m. – 1:10 p.m. Welcome

  • Britanny Lewis-Porchia & Sim Grewall, AMG Conference Co-Chairs
  • Lubbe Levin, Associate Vice Chancellor, Campus Human Resources
1:10 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. Chancellor’s Welcome

  • Gene D. Block, Chancellor, UCLA
1:20 p.m. – 2:05 p.m. Keynote: Dr. Anne Dela Cruz, Director, UCLA CHR & Payroll Operations Center

Career Coaching – Bringing Out the Best in Others

This session will focus on how leaders can coach employees to greater performance and how to sustain a supportive and efficient group environment for working teams. In additional to skill sharpening, this conversation will focus on helping employees identify and harness their strengths.

2:05 p.m. – 2:10 p.m. Break (5 Min)
2:10 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Communication – Bridging Best Practices  (35 min)

Communications and common understanding are key to the development of solutions for the modern academy. A panel of campus leaders will discuss techniques for fostering communication within teams as well as initiatives for enabling collaboration and understanding across department lines.  

Panel Discussion:

  • Judy Fortin, (Moderator) Executive Director of Communications, UCLA Health & David Geffen School of Medicine
  • Allison Baird-James, Associate Vice Chancellor, UCLA Business and Finance Solutions
  • Scott Carter, Deputy Director, UCLA Enrollment Management
  • Mits Yamahata, IT Director at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
2:45 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. Break (5 Min)
2:50 p.m. – 3:25 p.m. Career Navigation – The Importance of Knowing Where You’re Going (35 min)

Whether you are a new hire or a have been in your department for several years, navigating your career may be the single most important factor determining your career path. This fundamental session encourages the audience to begin plotting next steps in their career journey.

  • Steve Yu, Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Dean, UCLA School of Law
3:25 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Break (5 Min)
3:30 p.m.3:55 p.m. Resources for Professional Development (25 min)

From University Extension courses, learn at lunches, and e-learning courses to best practices for working remotely, this panel discussion will explore various resources available to UC staff and helpful tips from a panel of experts.

Panel Discussion:

  • Caroline Kong, (Moderator) Instructional Designer and Technologist at the Center for the Advancement of Teaching
  • Alberto Alquicira, Technology Director, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design
  • Katrin Kaehler, Director of Human Resources, UCLA Extension
  • Rejeana Mathis, Lead Manager, UCLA Campus Human Resources, Learning & Organizational Development
3:55 p.m. – 4 p.m. Day 1 Closing Remarks/Survey
TIME (THURSDAY) MAY 20, 2021 – DAY 2
1:00 p.m. – 1:05 p.m. Welcome Back!
1:05 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Keynote: Anna Spain Bradley, Vice Chancellor, UCLA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The Necessary Evolution of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

1:45 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. Break (5 Min)
1:50 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. Diversity – Fostering Inclusivity in the Workplace (35 min)

In this panel discussion, campus leaders share the importance of having a diverse staff, fostering an inclusive environment, and growing a sense of belonging in an organization. What considerations are being made in your organization? What’s working and what needs work?  This panel will discuss matters of Diversity.

Panel Discussion:

  • Russell Davis, (Moderator) SPHR and SHRM SCP, Chief of Human Resources, Equity & Engagement (CHREE), UCLA Hammer Museum
  • Andy Cofino, Director, UCLA LGBTQ Resource Center
  • Dr. Francesca Fajinmi, Senior Director, UCLA Business Finance & Solutions
  • Dr. Elizabeth “Liz” Yzquierdo, Ed.D, Associate Dean for Student Affairs at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences Department
2:25 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Break (5 Min)
2:30 p.m. – 3:05 p.m. Succession Planning/Talent Management – Creating Successful Futures by Empowering Development Today (35 min)

For UC to be successful in recruiting and retaining talent, it’s important to focus on how today’s talent can lead the success of the university in the future. You can act now to help develop, support, and engage leadership that is prepared to face tomorrow’s challenges. This session provides  a high-level, general overview of how succession planning fits into the broader picture of talent management.

  • David Fuller, Training Consultant, UCLA Campus Human Resources, Training & Development
3:05 p.m. – 3:10 p.m. Break (5 Min)
3:10 p.m.3:45 p.m. Networking Activity (35 min)

After a year of remote work, what methods of networking are most effective? This session will focus on building relationships that yield opportunities mutually.


  • Patty Gonzales-Johnson, Senior Manager of Academic Services & Operations, UCLA Anderson School of Management
  • Ashley Pech, Accountant, UCLA Research Administration, Extramural Fund Management
3:45 p.m. – 4 p.m. Closing Remarks/Survey

  • Britanny Lewis-Porchia & Sim Grewall, AMG Conference Co-Chairs