Announcing CAHR19 Mega Session Speaker Dan Schawbel

We’re excited to announce Dan Schawbel will present Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation in his Mega Session at the 2019 California HR Conference, taking place August 25-28 in Long Beach, California.

Dan Schawbel is a New York Times bestselling author, Partner and Research Director at Future Workplace, and the Founder of both Millennial Branding and You may have read, heard, or seen his work on NBC’s “The Today Show,” The Wall Street Journal, Wired Magazine, GQ, The Economist, NPR, or hundreds of other media outlets. Schawbel has conducted dozens of research studies, worked with dozens of major brands, and interviewed over 2,000 of the world’s most successful people such as Warren Buffett, Anthony Bourdain, Jessica Alba,, and Sheryl Sandberg.

He is the bestselling author of two career books: Promote Yourself and Me 2.0. His third book, Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation, published by Hachette, is out today, November 13th, 2018!

Honestly, we’re barely scratching the surface of his achievements. His portfolio is stacked and certainly qualified, but more importantly, his research is just what we need in 2018.

Through his book and his #CAHR19 Mega Session, Schawbel is going to help us and our companies get Back to Human in this digital age.

Have digital initiatives accelerated your organization’s growth? Do your employees communicate with email or instant messaging tools more often than face-to-face conversations? Have you ever witnessed an email thread that went 10 different directions without resolving the original issue?

If you answered yes to any of these, then you already know that technology has impacted our workplaces in ways that weren’t possible a decade ago. We feel “highly connected.” But are we, really? Instead of strong bonds, we have weak ties. Instead of productive meetings, we have distractions.

Despite the illusion of 24/7 connection, in reality, most workers feel isolated from their colleagues, their organization and its leaders. What they crave most — and what research increasingly shows to be the hallmark of the highest-performing workplace cultures — is a sense of authentic connection with others. They want to get Back to Human.

Dan Schawbel will show us how — while still optimizing all the benefits of technology.

Plan to attend Dan’s Mega Session at #CAHR19 and learn:

  • Why the highest performing and healthiest teams are the ones that are the most connected.
  • How technology can negatively impact work relationships — and how to radically improve them.
  • How to recognize and support employees who feel isolated from the team.
  • How team connectivity impacts business outcomes and can increase loyalty and organizational commitment — and ways to encourage it.

Dan’s book, Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation will be a great companion to his Mega Session, and it’s available for order today!

Join more than 3,000 HR and business professionals and earn up to 16+ recertification credits at PIHRA’s largest event of the year. To register at our Early Bird Rate and save $150, complete your registration by February 28, 2019!


About the California HR Conference

Created and curated by the Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA,) the California HR Conference (CAHR) is a hub of human resource content for professionals who either practice or are responsible for HR management in California. We offer a unique experience committed to your understanding of the trends and laws affecting the future of your business, to opportunities for purposeful networking, and to connecting HR communities. The California HR Conference celebrated its 60th annual conference in 2017. In 2018, the California HR Conference was eligible for 17.25 general recertification credits, 12.5 California-specific credits, 12.5 Business credits, and 7.5 Global credits.


The Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA) is dedicated to the continuous enhancement of human resources through networking, learning, and advocacy. We serve the human resources industry with 17 chapters in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura. As the largest affiliate of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), PIHRA represents more than 4,000 individual members. In 2019, PIHRA is celebrating its 75th anniversary.