Orange County Workplace Investigation Basics Seminar
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When: Monday, July 29, 2019
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Center Club Orange County
650 Town Center Drive
Garden Level
Costa Mesa, California  92626
United States

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This popular, fast-paced, interactive program is designed to introduce the participants to the theory and the practical skills necessary to conduct impartial investigations of allegations of employee misconduct. Among other things, you will learn how to: ask effective questions, interview reluctant witnesses, obtain relevant evidence, assess credibility, and arrive at a legally defensible decision. You will also learn how to prepare and utilize all of the necessary documentation during the investigative process. Each attendee will receive program materials containing valuable checklists, forms, and templates that will assist them in carrying out investigations. The seminar runs from 9 am to 4 pm and includes continental breakfast and lunch. Previous sessions of this seminar have sold out, so register now to secure your place.

Registration includes complimentary breakfast and lunch.

CE Information

5.5 Hours – California MCLE pre-approved
5.5 PDCs – SHRM pre-approved
5.5 General HR – HRCI pending approval


Members: $275
Sustaining Members: $137.50
Non-Members: $425

Please note that pre-payment is required. Download a PDF registration form to pay by check, or register online above.


Donna R. EvansDonna R. Evans, AWI-CH is a Director at EXTTI, Inc, where she conducts workplace investigations, training and expert witness review. Donna has  years of expertise in the following areas: (1) investigation of claims of harassment, discrimination, and employee misconduct, including complaints made under Title VII and Title IX, EEOC and FEHA; (2) executive and staff training on respectful workplace conduct, leadership, communication, ethics, performance management and bullying; and (3) expert witness testimony and consulting in sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination litigation — particularly on workplace investigation issues. Donna’s background includes civil litigation and trial experience in healthcare, insurance as well as labor and employment law.  She served as a Director with Aon Corporation where she managed a work group responsible for contract review and regulatory compliance. She is an adjunct instructor at California State University of Fullerton, where she has taught labor and employment law. Donna is a member of the State Bar of California (Labor and Employment Law Section). She is a Sustaining Member of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI) and a Certificate Holder (AWI-CH). She has been a faculty member for AWI Training Institutes in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Donna also holds Title IX certificates of training from ATIXA and T9 Mastered (basic and advanced). In addition, she also received special training from the National Center for Campus Public Safety for trauma-informed sexual assault investigation and adjudication.

ebra SchroederDebra Schroeder is vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary, and ethics and compliance officer at the RAND Corporation. As general counsel, she serves as the legal adviser to the Office of the President, providing internal legal advice and counseling for both research and support functions, including but not limited to contracts and leases, human resources, intellectual property and licenses, export controls, human subject protection, memoranda of understanding (MOUs) and of agreement (MOAs), and adherence to regulatory requirements. She also serves as RAND's corporate ethics officer, overseeing our conflict-of-interest avoidance and adjudication process and the overall corporate integrity program. Ms. Schroeder has broad experience as corporate counsel, with special expertise in the areas of labor and employment, intellectual property, health care, risk management, and compliance and training. She was senior counsel at the Aerospace Corporation from 2006 to 2010, where she gained firsthand insights about federally funded research and development centers and government contracting. Her other experience includes time in private law firms and as deputy general counsel of a medical and dental financial services and consulting firm; as corporate counsel and director of risk management at Parkview Health, the largest health care delivery system in northeastern Indiana; and as manager of industrial relations with the Essex Group of manufacturing concerns. Ms. Schroeder is a member of the California and Indiana state bars and a registered patent attorney. She earned her B.A. in chemistry and French and her J.D. from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Cancellation Policy: If you must cancel your seminar registration and do so before Monday, July 22, your seminar registration fee will be refunded, minus a $50 USD processing fee. To cancel your registration, email Julia Renner at There will be no refunds for cancellations received after Monday, July 22.

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