HR’s Got Talent

Thursday,  December 4, 2018
8:00am Breakfast,  8:30am – 10:30am
Concord Clarion Hotel – 1050 Burnett Ave, Concord



This Breakfast Seminar is a Members Appreciation event – complimentary to CCCEAC Members and CCCEAC Guests. Space is limited and registration is required. By email invitation only.

We’ll have a nice hot breakfast. EDD will give their update. We’ll get into the Program with our HR Expert Panel – Audience participation is welcomed. We’ll have a chance to meet and greet, and end with our traditional Thank You’s.

HR’s Got Talent

Please join us for a moderated panel discussion, along with a lively display of Human Resource talent that has out-maneuvered dangerous situations with the EDD, danced over hot coals of harassment, and sang songs celebrating the end of open enrollment! CCCEAC Members and Guests are welcome to participate. Figuratively.

Enjoy a hot breakfast with other HR Talent professionals and Hiring Managers to share your stories, ask questions of our HR Talent panelists, and learn ideas on how to gain a seat at your organization’s strategic table.


 Marlo Johnston

Marlo Johnston, SPHR, is a seasoned Human Resources professional with over 25 years’ experience. She newly joined the Contra Costa County Employer Advisory Council Board. She attended undergraduate and graduate school in the California State University system, obtained her SPHR in 2009 and has worked primarily in the Healthcare industry.  She has extensive experience in Employee and Labor Relations, Management Coaching, Training & Organizational Development, Recruitment & Retention, Leave Administration, Comp and Benefits, and is passionate about Employee Safety.  She enjoys mentoring growing HR professionals and sharing her knowledge with others at seminars and conferences. Marlo lives in the East Bay with her husband, 2 children, and one very active Labrador Retriever.

 Leslie Lozano

Leslie A. Lozano is the Recruiter of Hospice of the East Bay. Leslie has a recruiting background in the wine industry and in healthcare. Leslie is responsible for full cycling recruiting and has built great working relationships with hiring managers at Hospice of the East Bay in just 2 months. Leslie is passionate about connecting with candidates and making sure the organization finds the right fit. Leslie came to Hospice of the East Bay because she believes in what the organization provides to the community and wants to help support clinicians and staff that are supporting the community. Leslie holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources from California State University, Stanislaus and is currently enrolled at Brandman University, where she is obtaining her Masters of Science in Human Resources, MSHR.

  Lawrence Lindisch

Lawrence Lindisch is a Senior Human Resources Analyst at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) (Since June 2015)

He negotiates labor agreements with recognized employee organizations, administers eight (8) Agency Service-Critical and ten (10) CC-SF labor agreements for eighteen (18) bargaining units with the Agency. He oversees litigation, binding arbitration, investigations, executive staff development, mediation, disciplinary actions, policy development, develop and directs the implementation of administrative monitoring practice and controls. He has been a human resources professional for 20 years. He has previous business partner experience as an internal consultant and working for Fortune 500 companies in transportation and health care.

Lawrence holds a Master of Science degree in Human Resources Management from Golden Gate University and attended the Boston University overseas program in HR Counseling. His undergraduate degree is from the Ohio State University. Lawrence previously served in the USAF in Western Europe.

He is currently working on his ABA-paralegal certificate at San Francisco State University.

Barbara Trumbly, J.D., SPHR, SCP

Barbara has 25 years of diverse human resources and management experience that spans start-ups and established organizations. She has extensive hands-on experience leading HR initiatives including policy design, compensation, performance management, recruiting, compliance reporting, HRIS implementations, HR workflow development, training and development, and benefit management.

Barbara has spent the last several years delivering consulting and outsourced human resources services to successful businesses throughout the Bay Area in various industries including high tech, insurance agencies, law firms, medical, marketing, and finance.

Barbara holds a Juris Doctor Degree in Law from Northwestern California University, is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources – SPHR/SHRM-SCP. She holds her California Life license and is a Certified Group Benefits Associate through the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist program.


Mark S. Whitehouse

Mark has been a resident of California since 1999.  He originally was the director of Talent Acquisition for Storage Tek from 1995 to 1999.  He then was the Western Divisional Director of Talent Acquisition and Human Resources for EMC corporation from 1999 to 2002.  He consulted in Human Resources for companies such as Wilbur Ellis in San Francisco, Imerys Global Mining in San Jose, and Dental Practice Management Solutions from 2002 to 2010.  He accepted a position as Global Human Resources Director for Black and Veatch which took him over to Afghanistan for three years as the on-site HR working on the Kajacki Dam project.

Mark is currently working for Ravenswood Solutions, a defense contractor since 2015.  He carries a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s College and an MBA in International Relations.


2019 Employment Law News and Update

Prepare for the New Rules in the New Year

Thursday,  January 24, 2018
8:00am Breakfast,  8:30am – 10:30am Program
Concord Clarion Hotel – 1050 Burnett Ave, Concord

Eventbrite - 2019 Employment Law


Find out what are the new employment laws, bills signed, and updates that will impact how you:

*  Recruit and hire talent
*  Manage diverse employee needs
*  Compensate employees
*  Prevent sexual harassment
*  Develop and execute policies and procedures


Meet The Speaker

Yen P. Chau
Senior Counsel

Yen Chau is a  member of the firm’s Employment practice group, Senior Counsel Yen Chau handles a variety of employment-related matters. Her experience includes virtually all aspects of employee-employer relations. Yen is also a registered patent attorney and is based in our Oakland office.

A Valuable Asset to Employers

A seasoned employment law litigator, Yen handles claims involving alleged FEHA/Title VII violations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, failure to accommodate, and wrongful termination. She also represents her clients in cases involving trade secret misappropriation and wage and hour violations. She litigates in state and federal courts, as well as before administrative boards and the appellate courts. She has significant experience advising clients on performance management, disability accommodation, non-competes, and other issues associated with the terms and conditions of employment. A guiding force and advocate for her employer clients, Yen provides advice and guidance to avoid potential pitfalls, drafts employment handbooks, and designs processes to ensure legal compliance while minimizing risk and expense.

Letters of the Law

As a knowledgeable author and speaker, Yen presents and writes on labor and employment topics. Since 2014, she has served on the Board of the Contra Costa County Bar Association Employment Section, and in 2017 was President of the Board.

Before Donahue Fitzgerald

Prior to joining the firm, Yen handled a wide range of employment and commercial litigation cases including corporate dissolution, will and trust contests, professional malpractice, toxic torts, and personal injury and wrongful death actions. She has a strong scientific background and has worked in biotech as a research associate for a gene therapy company.


  • Member, Asian American Bar Association
  • President, Employment Section, Contra Costa Bar Association, 2017
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Scholarship


  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit


  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, 2002
    • UCLA Intellectual Property Journal, Articles Editor
  • B.S., University of California, Berkeley, 1997

Recent News/Articles

Past News/Articles

  • “California’s Wage Equality Law: Will a Rise in Social Awareness and Litigation Lead the
    Way to a Rise in Pay?” Contra Costa Lawyer Magazine, July 2017
  • “Admissibility of Immigration Status in Employment and Personal Injury Cases,” Contra
    Costa Lawyer Magazine, September 2014

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • 2019 Annual Employment Law Update, San Rafael, CA, December 13, 2018
  • 2019 Annual Employment Law Update, Walnut Creek, CA, December 11, 2018
  • 2019 Annual Employment Law Update, Berkeley, CA, December 6, 2018

Past Speaking Engagements

  • Association of Legal Administrators, East Bay, Yearly Update, January 2018
  • 2018 Annual Case and Statutory Update, January 2018
  • CCBA MCLE Spectacular on CA and Federal Leave Laws, November 2017
  • Retaliation in the Workplace: 2014 Statutory Updates, Speaker, March 6, 2014

Yen P. Chau
Senior Counsel
1999 Harrison Street, 25th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 451-3300


Sexual Harassment Prevention – In the Age of #MeToo and #TimesUp

Sexual Harassment Prevention – In the Age of #MeToo and #TimesUp

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
7:30 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.
Concord Clarion Hotel
1050 Burnett Ave, Concord, CA 94520

This will be an interactive two-hour sexual harassment training with:

  • Current examples, dilemmas
  • Best practice strategies
  • Update on new laws/requirements including bullying, gender identity and gender expression, and social media issues.
  • Bring your current harassment policy and your complaint procedure and see how they compare to recommended policies.

This program will satisfy California training requirements for supervisors.
Eventbrite - Sexual Harassment Prevention - In the Age of #MeToo and #TimesUp

Meet our Speakers:

Andrea Kelly Smethurst photo
Andrea Kelly Smethurst

Andrea Kelly Smethurst

  • Andrea Kelly Smethurst is an employment law attorney specializing in workplace investigations. She regularly conducts outside workplace investigations into alleged employee misconduct for private and public employers of all sizes. Ms. Kelly Smethurst is fluent in Spanish.  In addition to conducting investigations, Ms. Kelly Smethurst also serves as an expert on workplace investigations, serves as an EEO Monitor, and provides employers with legal advice on personnel matters, employment practices, and policies. She represents employers in administrative matters before the DFEH, the EEOC, the DLSE, and the DOL.
  • Ms. Kelly Smethurst has trained supervisors, human resource professionals and employment attorneys through various organizations including the State Bar of California, the Bar Association of San Francisco, the Association of Workplace Investigators, the Practising Law Institute, the Northern California Human Resources Association, the Council on Education in Management, the Contra Costa County Bar Association (CCCBA), Northern California Employers Roundtable, and the California Employers Advisory Council. Her articles have been published in the California Labor & Employment Law Review (an official publication of the State Bar of California), the California Business Law Practitioner, the Contra Costa Lawyer, and in the HR Bulletin.
  •,   925-932-4955
James Wu photo
James Wu

James Y. Wu

  • James Y. Wu, is an Employment Law/HR Attorney with over 22 years of experience providing day-to-day advice and counsel to businesses of all sizes regarding employment law compliance and HR issues, including Employee Handbooks, policies, hiring, leaves of absence, discrimination, harassment, and employee termination. He helps employers comply with the complex maze of federal, state and local employment laws.
  • James also defends companies when they face claims from current or former employees, contractors, and government agencies. James is currently the President of the Board of Directors of the Contra Costa County Bar Association (CCCBA). He is also a past President of the CCCBA’s Employment Law Section. James also served as the President of the Northern California Employment Roundtable (sponsored by the CA Department of Fair Employment and Housing) for two years. James earned his BA and MA from Stanford University and his JD from Boston College Law School.

Eventbrite - Sexual Harassment Prevention - In the Age of #MeToo and #TimesUp