A nationally known expert on making organizations employers of choice as well as attracting and retaining superior talent will be the keynote speaker at Leadership Forum 2024, hosted by Fresno Pacific University.

The FPU Leadership Forum calls Valley leaders to transformational leadership that inspires innovation and collaboration, building a shared vision for the flourishing of our region. The event, including presentations on multi-generational workplaces and the future of AI, will take place from 8:00 a.m. to noon Friday, April 12, 2024, in Warkentine Culture and Arts Center, 4838 E. Butler Ave., on the main FPU campus. Register at Leadership Forum - 2024 | Fresno Pacific University  or fresno.edu/leadershipforum. Sponsorship options are available.

The keynote, “Psychological Safety in the Workplace,” will be by Janine Hamner, founder of J&J Consulting Group, LLC. Additional speakers are Daniel Larsen, PHR, senior human resources consultant, and Todd Vasquez, Ph.D., instructional designer.

Psychological safety in business fosters an environment where individuals feel secure to take interpersonal risks, express dissenting opinions openly and voice concerns without worry about negative consequences or pressure to soften criticisms. 

Janine Hamner Holman brings more than 30 years’ experience using scientifically proven strategies to help great organizations create thriving workplaces with engaged, emotionally intelligent, high-performing teams led by dynamic, innovative and compassionate leaders. She has worked with clients from Fortune 200 companies to local non-profits to create great working environments while also honoring the bottom line. She is especially focused on assisting organizations to become an employer of choice to attract and retain superior talent in the coming (and in many industries already here!) era of increased labor competition.

Other speakers:

Daniel Larsen, PHR - Senior Human Resources Consultant
Multi-Generations in the Workplace

This workshop will discuss broad generational preferences of Zoomers, Millennials, Generation X and Boomers. Participants can also explore how to help organizations facilitate positive environments, even with generationally diverse workgroups.

Dan Larsen is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR). He is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a degree in business management, emphasizing human resources and organizational behavior. Before joining Sierra HR Partners in 2014, he worked as an HR generalist for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. He is currently a senior consultant, specializing in employment law compliance, leadership development and full HR management support for clients.

Todd Vasquez, PH.D. - Instructional Designer 
Leading with Purpose: Addressing the Impending AI Divide

This pragmatic discussion will look at how AI disrupts traditional power dynamics and control within organizations. Leaders will gain insights into how they can adapt to this changing landscape and understand their evolving role in navigating the complexities of AI-driven systemic change.

Todd Vasquez, Ph.D., is an AI enthusiast and educator with a passion for technology, philosophy and theology. He holds a doctorate in Constructive Theology, an M.A. in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics and a B.A. in Philosophy and B.A. in English Literature. As an instructional designer for Fresno Pacific University, he helps faculty create engaging and effective courses. Todd is passionate about AI’s impact on society. 


  • 7:45-8:15 a.m.—Registration and breakfast buffet
  • 8:15-8:25 a.m.—Welcome message and prayer - Fresno Pacific University President André Stephens, Ph.D.
  • 8:30-9:15 a.m.—"Multi-Generations in the Workplace" - Dan Larsen, PHR
  • 9:30-11:00 a.m.—Keynote address: "Psychological Safety in the Workplace" - Janine Hamner Holman
  • 11:00-11:15 a.m.—Intermission and refreshments
  • 11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.—"Leading with Purpose: Addressing the Impending AI Divide" - Todd D. Vasquez, Ph.D.
  • 12:00 p.m.—Session adjourned

The Leadership Forum is supported by generous organizations. This year’s sponsors include:

 Dean's List

  • Johanson Transportation Service
  • Reliable Business Technology, Inc.
  • Shehadey Family Foods, LLC.


  • Christian Business Men's Connection
  • Kings View

For more information, contact Sharon Starcher, D.B.A., assistant professor of business and undergraduate program director, at 559-453-3689 or Sharon.starcher@fresno.edu




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