2017 California HR Conference FAQs

Q: When will the conference take place and where is it located?

A: The 2017 CA HR Conference is August 28th – 30th

Long Beach Convention Center 

300 East Ocean Blvd Long Beach, CA 90802

(562) 436-3636


Q: What days will conference be held?

A: Monday August 28th, Tuesday August 29th and Wednesday August 30th.


Q: How can I register?

A: Register online HERE. You can also REGISTER HERE using our paper registration form.  


Q: Is there a deadline to register and pay for conference?

A: You can register and pay for conference up until the morning of the very last day – Wednesday August 30th, 2017 at 7:00 am.


Q: Do I have to attend all three days of the Conference?

A: You can opt to pay for any of the days individually or purchase all three.


Q: Can I pay to attend just one session?

A: We do not offer the option to register for one session; registration is only available per day.


Q: How Do I reserve a Hotel room?

A: Visit our Hotel Page for information about our headquarter hotel.


Q: Where can I find information about the Social Events?

A: You can find information about CAHR17’s unique social experiences on this page: SOCIAL EVENTS


Q: Will there be any events on Sunday?

A: Yes! Visit our SOCIAL EVENTS page to learn more.


Q: Who can attend the President’s Welcome Reception?

A: All paid attendees can participate in the President’s Welcome Reception on Sunday.


Q: Where is the schedule for the conference?

A: The Schedule At a Glance is on this page: SCHEDULE AT-A-GLANCE


Q: What topics will be discussed?

A: You can access the 2017 Concurrent Sessions List HERE


Q: Do I need to pre-select the concurrent sessions I plan to attend at conference?

A: You can get a headstart and plan ahead by reviewing session information before the conference, but you have the flexibility to choose which sessions you want to attend upon your arrival. Review the 2017 titles, descriptions and speakers HERE.


Q: How can I view the speakers and session ahead of time?

A: The 2017 speakers and sessions are posted on the SESSION DIRECTORY and SPEAKER DIRECTORY


Q: Is there a book signing?

A: The SHRM Bookstore will have book signings throughout the conference.


Q: Is there a refund available if I can no longer attend conference?

A: CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations must be received in writing and faxed to (310) 416-9055 or emailed to programs@pihra.org.  Fifty percent (50%) of the registration fee will be refunded for cancellations received by 5/31/17. Twenty-five percent (25%) of the registration fee will be refunded for cancellations received by 7/31/17. Refunds will not be granted after 7/31/17 nor will they be given for no-shows. Credits will not be issued towards future PIHRA EVENTS.

Alternately, you can have another guest attend in your place. Please contact our programs@pihra.org to change the attendee name.


Q: Are there any discounts available?

A: You can find information about discounts on our SPECIAL RATES page. Special rates for PIHRA members or SHRM members are located directly on the REGISTRATION page.


Q: How long will the Marketplace be open?

A: Monday, August 28     10:30am – 4:00pm

     Tuesday, August 30     10:30am – 4:00pm

Learn more about the Marketplace HERE.


Q: Can I attend the Marketplace only?

A: Yes, you can register and pay for the Marketplace passes when they become available.


Q: Is there a dress code?

A: We highly recommend that guests come in professional or business casual attire.  There will many opportunities for photo ops and networking and we want you to leave a great impression.


Q: How do I become a presenter?

A: Visit the PRESENTER page to learn more about how to become a presenter for next year’s conference.


Q: How Can I reserve an exhibitor space in the exhibit hall?

A: Contact Kristyl Smith at kristyl@pihra.org and Brian Allain at brian@pihra.org with any questions about exhibiting or sponsoring at CAHR17. 


Q: Can I still sell/promote my products and pass out fliers even if I am not an exhibitor?

A: NO. Any attendee found selling products or passing out business materials other than business cards will be asked to leave conference and/or materials confiscated.


Q: How can I become a Volunteer?

A: The volunteers for 2017 have not yet been identified. Visit THIS PAGE to learn more about volunteering.


Q: What are the benefits of being a Volunteer?


  1. Invaluable professional and personal development as you network with peers.
  2. Connecting with PIHRA leadership and staff.
  3. Access to the volunteer lounge on the day you volunteer.
  4. A one-day conference registration with full access to all activities that day.
  5. Complimentary lunch, snack breaks, and evening receptions (within your shift) on the day of your volunteer assignment.

Visit THIS PAGE to learn more about Volunteering.


Q: What is the Signature Program?

A: Our Signature Program provides the most exclusive CA HR Conference experience. As a Signature Attendee, the perks certainly enhance a guests’ opportunity for networking, access to the most popular breakout sessions, and the exclusive opportunity to access Senior and Executive level training. Visit THIS PAGE to learn more.


Q: How many people will be at conference?

A: We are expecting over 2,400 attendees this year.