2019 Human Resources Gathering


The Human Resources Gathering will be hosted at Biola University in La Mirada, CA from June 10-12 in conjunction with the annual CFO Gathering and Facilities Directors Working Group. The intent of the gathering is to provide a space for CCCU human resources professionals to gather, share best practices, and discuss topics and challenges facing your campus.



9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Registration/On-Campus Housing Check-in

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch on Flow for Arrivals

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Joint Opening Plenary Session: The Challenges of Christian Higher Ed/Remaining Relevant
Dr. Corey will be discussing how to lead a faith based institution within today’s political environment, including strategies to navigate state and local legislatures, and how to understand the political climate, the institution and the options.

Barry Corey, President, Biola University

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Group Introductions & Hot Topics
Facilitated by: Samantha Tyler, Director of Human Resources, Evangel University

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Refreshment Break

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Joint Session with CFO GroupTrends and Updates on Benefits
Michael Rask will speak to Chief Financial Officers and Human Resources professionals about the most recent and upcoming benefit trends that colleges and universities should consider for their faculty and staff.

Mike Rask, Senior Vice President, Higher Education Practice, Aon Risk Solutions

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Tour of Biola (optional)

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm


7:00 am – 3:00 pm

Registration/Information Desk

7:00 am – 7:45 am


8:00 am – 8:45 am

Worship & Devotion
Todd Pickett, Dean of Spiritual Development, Biola University

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Joint Plenary Session: Whole and Intentional Leader Development
As leaders, the job of developing other leaders is one of our most important charges, but so few of us were given the tools to effectively scale our efforts. We may have been trained in a specific profession, but have been forced to rely on our experience alone when it comes to investing in and inspiring faithful leaders all around us. Dr. Rob McKenna is the Founder of WiLD Leaders, Chair of Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Seattle Pacific University, and author of numerous publications including his most recent book Composed: The Heart and Science of Leading Under Pressure. A unique combination of scholar and leader, Dr. McKenna will offer us practical and research-based insight for developing whole leaders on our campuses and in our communities.

Rob McKenna, Chair and Associate Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Seattle Pacific University

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Transition & Break

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Building a Culture of Whole & Intentional Leader Development
It is one thing to be inspired to intentionally develop the leaders around us, and another to put processes and systems in place to actually get it done. In this session, Dr. Rob McKenna and Dr. Daniel Hallak will present a simple and scaleable process for developing whole leaders – leaders who bring a unique combination of effectiveness, inspiration, direction, adaptability, effectiveness, and faith. If developing leader-disciples for the sake of Jesus Christ is our “why”, this session answer the question of “how”.

Daniel Hallak, Chief Commercial Officer, WiLD Leaders and Rob McKenna, Chair and Associate Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Seattle Pacific University

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Title IX Proposed Regulations: What You Need to Know
The release of the proposed regulations in November has understandably left many institutions anxious about compliance in the ever-changing Title IX legal landscape.  The proposed regulations touch on many different aspects of an institution’s policies and procedures, providing increased flexibility in some areas while also imposing significant new requirements for an institution’s student and employee complaint resolution process, including mandated live hearings with cross-examination conducted by advisors.  Learning objectives of this presentation include gaining an understanding of the content of the proposed Title IX regulations and the next steps in the rulemaking process.  The presenter will also provide practical advice on whether and to what extent institutions should update their policies and procedures in light of the changes to the legal landscape.

Kathryn Nash, Attorney, Gray Plant Moody

2:15 pm – 2:45 pm

Refreshment Break

2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

From Capitol Hill: Legislative & Legal Updates
What happens in Washington doesn’t stay in Washington. The decisions made in D.C. impact your work and your ability to be faithful to your Christian mission. Shapri will give an update on where LGBT rights are in the federal landscape and the implications for higher ed. She’ll also give other relevant legislation and legal updates that can help equip you to serve your institution well.

Shapri D. LoMaglio, Senior Vice President for Government & External Relations, CCCU

4:15 pm – 5:00 pm

Break before outing

5:00 pm

Outing to Splitsville lanes 

7:30 am – 11:30 am

Information Desk 

7:00 am – 7:45 am


8:00 am – 8:45 am

Worship & Devotion
Todd Pickett, Dean of Spiritual Development, Biola University

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Tabletop Group Conversations

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Refreshment Break

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Diversifying Your Faculty and Staff: A Case Study
George Fox has seen steady improvement in the hiring and retention efforts of diverse (racial/ethnic, gender, ability) employees and will share what has and hasn’t worked within their strategies over the past 5 years.  Rebecca Hernandez and Nichole Drew will lead the group through a discussion on strategies to diversify your Faculty and Staff.  This forum will provide an opportunity for HR professionals to discuss their successes and failures in the pursuit of a diverse workforce, as well as gain the perspective of a Chief Diversity Officer who has spent her career navigating these issues.

Nichole Drew, Employee Empowerment and Rebecca Hernandez, Associate Provost of Local & Global Engagement, Chief Diversity Officer,Director, Center for Peace & Justice, George Fox University

12:00 pm

Grab ‘n Go Box Lunch



Register Now


Conference Rates Early Bird

(by 4/5/19)


(4/6/19 – 5/10/19)


(5/11/19 – 5/31/19)

Member w/ 2 nights housing $375 $425 $475
Member (no housing) $295 $345 $395
Non-member w/ 2 nights housing $425 $475 $525
Non-member (no housing) $345 $395 $445
Spouse/Guest w/housing $375 $425 $475


Your registration fee includes:
Access to all conference sessions, meals, and materials, and on-campus housing unless you choose the package without housing included.

Registration Eligibility and Process:
CCCU conferences and events are a benefit to faculty, staff, and administrators at our CCCU institutions, so they are typically closed to non-member individuals and institutions unless they are sponsors or speakers. There are some exceptions to this rule, so if you are a non-member interested in attending, please send your request to conferences@cccu.org

All registrations are reviewed to ensure they meet the CCCU eligibility policies.  The CCCU reserves the right to refuse or cancel all ineligible registrations at any time and shall not be held accountable for any outside fees associated with this cancellation.

Only individuals who register and present a badge may attend conference events. A badge is required for all conference sessions and events. For security reasons, badge swapping is not permitted. Anyone found wearing a badge that does not match his/her identification will be removed from the conference without a refund. In addition, the badge/name will be cancelled without a refund.

To register for the conference, click the Register button and sign in to your CCCU account. If you have any issues or if you forgot your log-in information, please call our office at (202) 546-8713 for assistance.

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Full payment must accompany your registration. Please call the CCCU office at (202) 546-8713 if you need to make payment by check.

Cancellation Policy:
You may cancel your registration at any time prior to the start of the program. If you must cancel, email conferences@cccu.org. Full refunds will be given for cancellations received by close of business April 26, 2019. Refunds for cancellations received after April 26, 2019, will be issued minus a $50 processing fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after May 18, 2019. Substitutions will be honored at any time. No-shows are not refunded.

Photo/Video Disclaimer:
By registering for and attending this event, you agree that your image may be used at any time, without further notification, for printed materials, websites, social media, and other marketing purposes. If you do not want us to use any photo that includes you, please contact the CCCU conference coordinator at jrascoe@cccu.org.

Travel & Accommodations

Biola’s campus rests on the border of Orange and Los Angeles counties, putting students just minutes from all that Southern California has to offer — including entertainment, cultural riches and a wealth of internship and career opportunities. Surfing and sunbathing are a mere 25 miles away. Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm are even closer. Half an hour up the freeway in Los Angeles, students can catch TV tapings, peruse the Getty Center’s vast art collection or soak up live music at historic theaters and concert halls. Baseball, basketball, hockey and soccer fans can find major-league entertainment throughout the year.

If you’ve selected a registration option that does include housing, you will be housed in a two bedroom, suite-style dorm. Each suite includes a private bathroom, and each room includes a sink and vanity. Each registrant will receive their own bedroom, but will share a bathroom with a suite mate. Linen packages are included (you will not need to bring your own sheets, towels, or pillows). Toiletries are not included.

If you have selected a registration option that does not include on-campus housing and are looking for nearby hotels, please refer to the links below:

  • To see a list of local accommodations near Biola University’s campus, click HERE.
  • To see a list of local airports near Biola University’s campus, click HERE.