July 20 @ 4:00 pm 5:00 pm Orange County, CA

The Metaverse is opening a new path to the future of work. With the expansion of hybrid work, organizations are already adapting. The next step into the Metaverse will expand engagement beyond just email and Zoom. More organizations are exploring immersive tech to recruit, onboard, engage and retain talent. In this virtual session, Manisha Dhawan will explore how the Metaverse, AR and VR will impact the role of HR and the overall employee experience. Manisha will share mindsets and watch-outs in preparation for an ever-evolving digital and hybrid world.

Manisha Dhawan

Manisha Dhawan is an ICF-accredited coach, facilitator, and speaker with over 2 decades of experience across multiple roles and industries.  She started her career in her family business, Applied Membranes, working across every function.  From there, Manisha spent several years leading global digital transformation and change management initiatives at PwC, Deloitte, and Slalom Consulting. 

Manisha played a pivotal role in launching delivery, kiosks, e-commerce, and mobile app at Taco Bell Corp. as part of their first innovation team.  In addition, she served as Director of Client Development at RGP, supporting enterprise accounts and providing strategic talent solutions. 

Manisha is passionate about the intersection of people, technology, and the future of work.  Through her company MPath Coaching, she empowers individuals and organizations with customized coaching programs and leadership development training including emotional intelligence and effective communication. 

Manisha holds a B.S. in Chemistry and MBA from University of California, Irvine, and her coaching certificate from iPEC.  She is an EverythingDiSC authorized partner, patent holder, certified in Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Design Thinking, DEI, CliftonStrengths, and Energy Leadership Index (ELI). 

May 19 @ 5:30 pm 8:00 pm America/New York

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February 17 @ 8:30 am 9:30 am EST

Join us for a lively discussion regarding The Great Resignation (what can we do to attract/retain talent?), Remote Workforces (how to maintain culture, productivity and motivation?) and much more! All attendees will receive a Starbucks gift card and be submitted into a drawing for prizes, including AirPods, Gift Cards and much more! We hope to see you there.



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November 10, 2021 @ 8:30 am 10:00 am EST

The WNY NHRA is excited to announce our November Virtual Event!

Hot Employment Law Issues for 2021

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

A portion of the proceeds for this event will be donated to Heart, Love & Soul, an organization dedicated to feeding those in need.


We will hear from Daniel Forsyth, Esq. on the following hot topics in employment law to finish out 2021 strong and prepare for 2022:


Daniel P. Forsyth Esq. with Bond, Schoeneck & King  

Daniel is a labor and employment law attorney.

He represents employers in National Labor Relations Board proceedings including unfair labor practice charges and over 30 union organizing campaigns. Daniel has extensive union experience in: labor arbitration, collective bargaining, jurisdictional disputes, strike preparation, strikes, slowdowns, reaching impasse, reserved gates, salting, decision & effects bargaining, decertification, deauthorization, lockouts, picketing, double-breasting, responding to union information demands, successorship, accretion, card signing and NLRB injunctions. Daniel regularly appears before various federal and New York state agencies, including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division, OSHA, New York State Division of Human Rights, New York State Department of Labor and New York State Workers’ Compensation Board. Full Bio is available here: Daniel Forsyth, labor and employment law lawyer, Bond, Schoeneck & King, Buffalo, New York (bsk.com)   HRCI/SHRM This program is pending approval for recertification credit hours toward recertification through the HR Certification Institute and  the Society of Human Resources Management. 

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November 10, 2021
8:30 am – 10:00 am EST
$10.00 – $30.00
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Who's coming?

26 people are attending Virtual February Social – WNY

April 9, 1pm PST
The New Normal: COVID-19 Legal Developments Employers Should Know 
The Coronavirus has now spread to every state in the U.S and is causing significant disruptions in workplaces. Because of this significant and growing impact, HR professionals must balance a complex combination of issues to respond to and effectively manage workplace issues related to the coronavirus, including: the Family First Coronavirus Act (FFCA), the CARES Act, paid sick leave laws, unemployment insurance, notice requirements, managing a remote workforce, and many of the fast-paced developments at the federal, state, and local levels. Employers need to know what their responsibilities are, available resources, and recommended approaches under the law.
Join NHRA for this 60-minute webinar, presented by Fisher Phillips attorneys Nicole Kamm and Hannah Sweiss as they review some of the key issues and prepare HR professionals with up-to-date news and recommendations. What policies and recommendations should employers put in place? What are an employer’s legal responsibilities and liabilities? What are the workers’ compensation implications? You’ll learn answers to these questions and more during this important session.
Speakers Representing:
Speaker: Nicole Kamm
Nicole has handled a full range of labor and employment matters, including claims before the Department of Labor, EDD, EEOC, and California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE).
Speaker: Hannah Sweiss
Hannah Sweiss represents a broad range of clients, from small businesses to national companies, in a variety of industries including trucking, hospitality, travel, manufacturing, and healthcare.


Updated Details to come.


Future of HR for a Truly Digital Organization



Kieran Nolan is the Founder and CEO of The Nolan Group a strategy and transformation consulting firm.

Prior to this he was with AT&T for 39+ years.  His last assignment was Vice President – Human Resources supporting AT&T’s Mobility and Entertainment organization.  Organizations supported include AT&T’s Content Acquisition, Strategy and Business Development, Technology, Consumer Marketing Broadband and Entertainment, Postpaid and Prepaid Wireless and Over-the-top streaming.  Kieran also had responsibility for AT&T’s Management Compensation for the 120,000 domestic and international managers in AT&T. In addition, he managed AT&T’s Policy organization responsible for all policies impacting AT&T’s employee base.

Past positions include Vice President Construction and Engineering, Vice President and General Manager for the Los Angeles Market area, Vice President Marketing for AT&T’s 14 million Broadband customers, Vice President for AT&T’s initial entertainment platform – Uverse, Vice President for Corporate Strategy, and Vice President for wireless and wireline operations in the Western United States.  Kieran was also Vice President for Service Operations, SBC West and implemented new processes and tools to enhance the overall customer experience. In addition, he was Sales Vice President for SBC/Pacific Bell’s Health Care Market group and Shared Service Provider organizations. In this role he had national responsibility for all sales and service for healthcare accounts as well as Internet network providers.  He was also the AT&T Executive liaison to DirecTV, Dish Network, early Facebook, Yahoo and AOL. 

Kieran has been responsible for over $2.5 billion in annual capital expenditures, $500 million in annual expense, and $2.8 billion in annual revenue generation.  He has managed organizations as large as 6500 people.

Kieran has extensive experience in development of wireline, wireless and out-of-territory applications.  He created Pacific Bell’s out-of-franchise organization (CLEC) in 1996 and led the efforts to enter non-traditional Pacific Bell markets throughout California.  He was involved in the creation of early health information networks in California.

He held previous positions as Regional Marketing Manager for data communications and data sales, Engineering Manager, Operations Manager, Capital Budgeting Director and Technical Support Director.

Kieran received his B.A. in Economics from UCLA in 1981 and his M.B.A. from Pepperdine University in 1989.  He is a graduate of USC’s Management Development Program in Health Care. He has served on numerous not-for-profit Boards including Board of Director for St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Los Angeles, Board Member – Junior Achievement Los Angeles, Board Member – Los Angeles Boy Scouts, UCLA Dean’s Advisory Board, Board of Director for the National Health Foundation and Trustee for Woodbury University.  Kieran has additional experience as a Director for a for-profit corporation, Akimbo Inc.

Kieran is married to Patricia and they have two married sons and two grandchildren.