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|New Orleans 2020 Institute Faculty|
Stacey Caplan, AWI-CH brings over 20 years in-house legal experience with a passion for human rights to emphasize a work culture of care, respect, accountability and trust. Her current global role oversees Employee Relations and HR Compliance best practices for 87,000 employees in over 130 countries. She is responsible for establishing global HR Compliance policies and best practices to help employees understand and model appropriate behaviors to support a positive, engaged work environment. She is known for fair and objective workplace investigations, her candid personality, and her ability to resolve issues effectively and efficiently as a compassionate listener, investigator, collaborator and thought leader.
Kirsten Doolittle, AWI-CH is the founder and Managing Shareholder of Aequitas Counsel, a law firm that investigates allegations of misconduct in workplaces, institutions and universities. Ms. Doolittle is board certified in labor and employment law and has practiced exclusively in this field for 19 years. Prior to launching Aequitas Counsel, Ms. Doolittle worked as a solo practitioner representing employees, labor unions and employers in the state and federal courts and administrative agencies of Florida. In addition to her work as a practicing attorney, Ms. Doolittle serves as a neutral for parties seeking to resolve their disputes outside of litigation. She is a Florida Supreme Court Circuit Civil Mediator, Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator, and serves on the pro bono mediators’ panels for the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Ms. Doolittle graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Minor in Education. In 2000, Ms. Doolittle graduated from the University of Southern California Law School where she served on The Law Review. She was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 2000, the District of Columbia Bar in 2001, and the Florida Bar in 2004.
Kathryn M. Hartrick, AWI-CH is the founder and managing partner of Hartrick Employment Law, Ltd. She delivers legal solutions in the areas of investigations, training/coaching, and employment law counseling. She has recently supported many clients in implementing investigation programs, updated policies and training programs to deter discrimination/harassment and foster positive workplace cultures. She has been involved in several investigations addressing perceived bias and harassment. She has also coached several individuals where investigations have found violations of company policies. Kathryn combines over 25 years of employment law expertise with training in investigations and executive coaching. She has over 15 years first-hand knowledge of business needs as a senior corporate counsel and HR officer with global publicly traded corporations such as Career Education, Wolters Kluwer and United Stationers/Essendant. She is also General Counsel/Vice President for the global coaching firm, Robertson Lowstuter. In addition to being a former law firm partner, she taught Employment Discrimination at Loyola University School of Law, and served as Deputy Commissioner for the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations discrimination agency. She is a member of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI), International Coach Federation (ICF), and a Fellow to the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. She’s a certified mediator and former volunteer with Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR), EEOC and IDHR. For the past 15 years, she has chaired the North Shore Labor & Employment Counsel (NSLC), and serves on the Board of Directors for NISHRM. She frequently speaks and writes on sexual harassment/respect in the workplace, investigations, executive coaching topics, and employment law topics. Her law degree is from Case Western Reserve University School of Law where she served on the Law Review, and she has a BBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.
Sydney Howell, AWI-CH Bio coming soon.
Andrea Kelly Smethurst, AWI-CH has conducted hundreds of investigations for both public and private employers in response to employee complaints of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, bullying, and alleged misconduct. Andrea also serves as an expert on workplace investigations, training, and other employment-related matters. Andrea has served as an Equal Employment Opportunity Monitor and Decree Monitor for employers required to implement a monitoring program. As a monitor, Andrea has overseen employer compliance with harassment and discrimination training requirements, developed complaint procedure policies and procedures, and overseen employer response and investigation of employee complaints. Andrea 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. Before forming her firm, Andrea was associated as an employment attorney with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton and Dillingham & Murphy. At these firms, she represented employers in court, and provided advice and counsel on employment matters.
Lynn Lieber, AWI-CH is an expert workplace investigator, having conducted hundreds of such investigations for all types of employers. She is an active member of the international organization AWI (Association of Workplace Investigators). Lynn has been designated as an AWI Certificate Holder, having passed an examination administered by AWI. From 2014-2019, Lynn served as an Adjunct Faculty Member at AWI’s Workplace Investigation Training Institute, as she will in 2020. In 1987, Lynn began practicing management-side employment law in San Francisco at Littler, the renowned world leader in the field of employment law. She later practiced at Fisher & Phillips LLP, where she became a full equity partner in 1995. For a decade, Lynn was the Founder and CEO of Workplace Answers, Inc., a full-service employment law training company specializing in Web-based training solutions. Lynn’s mission was to provide high quality, scalable training on a worldwide basis to Fortune 500 companies as well as educational, public and non-profit organizations. Workplace Answers trained millions of employees around the globe in preventive employment practices. Lynn successfully sold Workplace Answers in 2010; it is now owned and operated by EverFi, the largest web-based training company in the world. For the past decade, Lynn’s primary professional focus has been conducting workplace investigations that are efficient, cost-effective and objective. Lynn brings neutrality to her role after her decade of owning and managing a preventive training company. She conducts 15-25 investigations per year. Lynn earned a B.A. degree, Cum Laude, from the University of the Pacific in California. She earned a J.D. degree from Santa Clara University School of Law, where she served as the Technical Editor of the Computer and High Technology Law Journal.
Judy Mims, JD, AWI-CH has been active in AWI since she joined in 2012 and attended the 2013 AWI Training Institute in Santa Barbara. Judy served on the AWI Board of Directors in 2015 through 2018. Judy has been a speaker about internal investigations at the annual AWI conference, and co-presented annual AWI Investigations Basics day-long trainings in Seattle, WA, and in Vancouver, BC. Judy has taught at AWI Institutes since 2014 including the east coast institutes in Mystic, CT, Niagara, Ontario, Canada, Baltimore, MD, and Atlanta, GA. Judy values her involvement with AWI as she sees conducting workplace investigations as an emerging profession and wants to contribute to AWI’s efforts to continue setting the standard for this body of work. Judy brings 25+ years of experience in employment and labor law to her investigation practice. Currently, Judy is an investigator in HR for the Amazon Corporation and is based in Seattle, WA. Previously, Judy was an EEO internal investigator at the Microsoft Corporation for seven years; HR/ER professional for medical faculty, staff and students for the School of Medicine as well as formerly in-house labor/employment counsel for the University of Washington and an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Washington. Judy has served as the chair of the Executive Committee for the Labor & Employment Section of the Washington State Bar Association as well as chair for the Young Lawyers Division Board of Directors for King County in Seattle, WA. Judy received her Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law.
Michael A. Robbins, AWI-CH is President of EXTTI Incorporated—a company he founded 21 years ago. EXTTI provides Expert Testimony, Training and Investigation services in employment matters. Michael has conducted and/or supervised well over 500 workplace investigations. He has served as an expert witness in over 600 employment cases—primarily on workplace investigation issues. Also, he has served as a Consent Decree Monitor in Federal District Court. Prior to forming EXTTI, he was a labor & employment attorney for 20 years, including four years as in-house counsel and 16 years in two nationally recognized law firms. Mr. Robbins graduated Phi Beta Kappa from San Diego State University and received his JD degree from UCLA School of Law. He is a Past President of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI), a Past Chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Section and a member of the California Lawyers Association Labor & Employment Executive Committee. In 2013, he was elected as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.
Keith Rohman, AWI-CH has been an investigator in the public and private sectors for more than 30 years. As president and founder of Public Interest Investigations, Inc. (PII), a Los Angeles-based investigations firm, Rohman investigated many high-profile cases, including litigation related to the torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib; allegations of shootings of Iraqis by Blackwater, Inc.; the enslavement of dozens of Thai workers in an El Monte, California, sweatshop; and the trial against Los Angeles police officers accused of beating Rodney King. Rohman has conducted defense investigations in death penalty cases in California, Utah, Alaska, Arizona, and Washington. His work has taken him throughout the United States, as well as to Mexico, Germany, Jordan, South Africa, and Turkey. Under Title IX, Rohman has conducted and overseen investigations of sexual assault complaints at numerous Southern California colleges and universities. He was the principal investigator for attorneys in landmark litigation filed on behalf of service women and men sexually assaulted in the U.S. military. He is a senior trainer with T9 Mastered Training for Campus Investigators. In the workplace, Rohman has conducted third-party investigations into allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault, discrimination, and retaliation for private- and public-sector employers, including school districts and universities. Previously, he was appointed by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors to the Equity Oversight Panel (EOP) of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, a civilian oversight board that oversees Internal Affairs investigations at the Sheriff’s Department. Rohman also served as a court-appointed monitor in a federal lawsuit addressing the treatment of disabled inmates in the Orange County jails. The City of Los Angeles retained Rohman to serve as the executive director of its Office of Discrimination Investigation, which conducted more than 300 employment discrimination investigations, and provided recommendations to the City Council on restructuring how the City handled these matters. These recommendations led to the establishment of a new City agency to oversee this work.In addition, Rohman has served as an expert witness and testified in court proceedings on investigative issues, both in civil and criminal cases. Rohman is the president of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI), an international professional association of more than 850 attorneys, human resource professionals, and private investigators who conduct or manage workplace investigations. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, where he teaches fact investigation. He is a Senior Faculty member at AWI’s accredited Training Institute for Workplace Investigators, and has conducted trainings throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Caroline Schuyler, AWI-CH is an experienced employment law attorney and workplace investigator who has maintained a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2003. Caroline is a skilled workplace investigator who conducts investigations for both private and public employers concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower claims, bullying/abusive conduct and many other employment related issues. Caroline also has extensive experience providing speaking engagements for employers and other organizations concerning employment related topics including how to conduct effective workplace investigations, the landscape of claims of sexual harassment and training employers on how to prevent and respond to complaints of sexual harassment. What sets Caroline’s practice apart from the traditional law firm is that she does not represent her employer-clients in any litigation arising from the initial complaint. Employers benefit from having Caroline conduct the workplace investigation, not only because of her legal experience and expertise, but also because she acts as an impartial fact-finder, providing answers to what likely occurred concerning the workplace conflict that are helpful to employers and their outside counsel when making employment related decisions. When employers are not in need of her investigation services, Caroline provides advice and counsel to those employers concerning all aspects of the employment relationship. Her experience includes working closely with executives and human resources directors to craft customized policies and procedures and guiding her clients through a myriad of employment issues as they arise. Caroline also works with employers and executives in drafting and negotiating complex employment and severance agreements. Prior to establishing her own practice, Caroline gained extensive experience as an Associate Attorney at Hanson, Bridgett in San Francisco, where she represented employers before the EEOC and DFEH, as well as defended employment litigation matters before state and federal courts. Caroline also presented many training sessions to rank and file employees and supervisors on issues of discrimination and harassment. Caroline received her law degree from Golden Gate University, where she earned the American Jurisprudence Award in Legal Writing and a Specialization Certificate in the area of Employment Law. She also worked as the Judicial Extern for the Honorable Stuart Pollak of the San Francisco Superior Court and as the Law Clerk to the Administrative Law Judges for Fair Employment & Housing Commission. Prior to law school, Caroline attended U.C. Berkeley, received a B.A. in Psychology, was on the Varsity Crew Team and competed post-collegiately on the National level.
Shivani Sutaria, AWI-CH is an attorney with over twelve years of labor and employment law experience. In 2014, she formed Shivani Sutaria Law Offices where her focus is on conducting workplace investigations, training employees and management on employment law issues, and counseling employers and employees. Prior to starting her own firm, Shivani litigated employment disputes in state and federal court as well as before administrative agencies such as the EEOC, DFEH, WCAB and DLSE. Shivani received her Juris Doctor from University of San Francisco School of Law, her Master of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Southern California, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from University of California, San Diego. Shivani is a graduate of AWI's Training Institute for Workplace Investigators, an AWI Certificate Holder (AWI-CH), and the co-convener of the AWI Silicon Valley Local Circle.
Vida L. Thomas, AWI-CH Vida Thomas is an Of Counsel attorney in Stoel Rives’ Labor & Employment group. An attorney who has practiced employment law for over 20 years, Vida advises employers regarding all aspects of employment law and human resources management, serves as an expert witness in state and federal employment lawsuits, and mediates litigation and non-litigation matters. Vida assists parties and attorneys in resolving employment claims, including but not limited to: harassment, discrimination, and retaliation claims; wrongful termination claims; failure to accommodate and statutory leave violations; whistleblowing claims; wage and hour violations; invasion of privacy claims; and other statutory, tort and contract claims. Vida also maintains a substantial workplace investigations practice, conducting impartial investigations into allegations of employee misconduct for private and public employers. She has conducted well over 100 workplace investigations and is experienced in complying with Title IX, Title V, the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights, and the Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights. She has considerable experience investigating matters within a union setting and is particularly adept at investigating complex matters involving high-profile employers and individuals. Vida has been certified as an expert on investigations in federal court and frequently trains attorneys and human resources professionals on how to conduct legally effective workplace investigations. Vida also routinely conducts sexual harassment prevention training (including AB1825 compliance training) for state agencies and private companies. She teaches human resources professionals and EEO officers how to conduct effective workplace investigations, and teaches managers and supervisors how to implement legally effective performance reviews. Clients have complimented Vida’s knack for making the law accessible, explaining complex legal concepts in a way that is both thorough and easy to understand. She believes training is most effective when it provides concrete, useful tips for navigating today’s complicated and highly regulated workplace. She has advised clients and conducted dozens of seminars on the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, employee drug testing and sexual harassment investigations. Before joining Stoel Rives, Vida was an of counsel attorney with Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin Law Corporation. She began her legal career as an employment litigator at Kronick Moskovitz and then co-founded Carlsen Thomas, LLP, a boutique employment law firm that offered workplace investigations and employee training throughout California for 13 years.
Lizbeth West, AWI-CH is a shareholder at Weintraub Tobin and is the Chair of the Firm’s Labor and Employment Group. She is admitted to practice law in California and Washington and has years of experience counseling and defending employers in all areas of employment law. Her practice focuses on counseling and training employers, human resource professionals, and management staff on laws relating to hiring; performance improvement; disciplinary actions; privacy; terminations and lay-offs; employment policies and contracts; protection of trade secrets; wage and hour laws; leaves of absence and accommodation laws; discrimination, harassment and retaliation; and compliance with other state and federal employment laws. Beth also has extensive experience defending employers in various forms of employment-related litigation in state and federal court, and in administrative actions before a number of state and federal agencies. In addition to her employment practice, Beth serves as a neutral workplace investigator for private companies and public agencies. She is a charter and sustaining member of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI) and has passed the rigorous AWI exam to obtain a certificate in workplace investigations. Also, with her years of experience as an employment attorney and her specialized training and certification from Cornell University's ILR School in employment mediation, Beth provides trusted and effective mediation services to resolve various employment-related disputes.
Lori Wolner, AWI-CH leads the human resources strategy and function across the company enterprise. Wolner joined Good Source in November 2018, after serving as Founder and Principal of Renlow Associates, LLC, a company dedicated to providing expert HR consultant and workplace investigation services. Prior to Renlow Associates, Wolner worked in multiple senior-level HR leadership positions for 23 years with Sysco Corporation, a Fortune 100 company, where her responsibilities included leading and managing the enterprise’s HR compliance work relating to EEO, AAP and Diversity, as well as performing in the field as a Vice President of HR for two distribution centers. Wolner is certified as a Senior Certified Professional of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM-SCP) and Certificate Holder of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI-CH). Wolner is an active member of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI) where she serves as a faculty member for AWI’s 5 day training Institutes on conducting workplace investigations. Wolner has been a member of the Society of Human Resources Management Association (SHRM)since 1995. She is a past board member of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), MFHA (Multicultural Foodservice Hospitality Alliance), and SER (SER - Jobs for Progress). Wolner also served as conference co-chair in 2007 for the Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF).