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Grow Your HR Community – You Belong at CAHR19

On the value of HR Community and being seen by your peers
Why get lost in a crowd when you can make genuine, lasting connections?

Belonging & Community at CAHR19As the backbone of company culture, talent, and compliance, HR deserves better than to work in isolation. We love seeing thriving professional relationships formed at the California HR Conference where people uplift and support each other in their current role, in career transitions, and in personal transitions. We love seeing HR professionals realize they’re not alone – and meet new friends or form their personal board of directors. These relationships can deepen your enjoyment of CAHR19 experiences as you debrief and share a variety of takeaways together. The best part? You’ll look forward to seeing and catching up with your HR community at the next HR event.

So why attend a learning event that’s too big to facilitate genuine connections? CAHR19 provides that sweet spot of conference experience that offers both leading content and best practices with 2,700 other HR professionals, plus tons of opportunities to foster true community among your peers. 

Don’t take our word for it. We gathered some stories from CAHR attendees about how they found value in networking at the California HR Conference. Learn more about the impact of HR community on past attendees, and the social experiences you’ll enjoy at CAHR19. After gaining these insights, register today and save on your (and your team’s) CAHR19 registration. Our $50 Standard Rate savings expire July 31!

Rose Wanjohi, PHRca, SPHR, SHRM-CP, HCM Director

I love being in HR because I get to impact the business, and develop people in their careers every day. I love giving back to the community and giving back to the HR profession. I have met some incredible HR professionals through the learning sessions and networking events at CAHR19.

My networking tips for CAHR19? Come with an open mind to learn, make a connection with someone that you didn’t know and make a personal or business impact with your knowledge by applying it.

Nolan Mariano, PHR, SHRM-CP, Regional HR Manager

I really enjoy meeting people at the conferences. The most meaningful for me have been with the Young Professional (YP) group. There I can meet and network with YP’s eager to grow their careers and help them out like others have helped me.

My CAHR19 networking tips? Don’t just sit quietly in the sessions then go back home or to your hotel. Talk to people. Everyone around you is there to learn, and so much more learning happens when you’re talking to one another and sharing your thoughts and experiences.


Carol Box, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Senior HR Leader

When I was a new member of the HR community, I met people at the California HR Conference that I could network with and make connections. Those connections came in very handy when I had questions or concerns, just being able to send an email or make a call were often critical to my success. 

The ability to meet others with unique ideas has been amazing. The HR community that attends the conference is dynamic, eager to share ideas and best practices and very welcoming! 

In addition, meeting vendors at the Expo provided resources for my employers that I could not necessarily have found on my own – for unique wellness ideas, employee events, benefits and even HRIS options.

Wayne Munyer, PHR, SHRM-CP

Attending the California HR Conference helped me develop lifelong relationships that I could not have done anywhere else. I’ll always remember the year I had a suite and invited a group of people come over to play pool and just hang out. A fellow HR professional from England, who was one of the speakers at the conference came with a mutual friend. We connected immediately and today we still stay in touch. 

My networking tips for CAHR19:
– Check out the PIHRA Foundation Silent Auction. Support our future HR leaders.
– Network, network, network. Exchange at least 10 business cards a day. If you are in transition, make sure you have business cards available.

Virginia Flores, SHRM-SCP, Director of HR

I met Mike Deblieux in the early 90’s at this conference. We met having lunch at the same table in back of the exhibit hall. Over the years, we have maintained a connection and built a friendship. Mike has been a valuable resource for me over the years. I obtained my SPHR because of Mike!

My networking tips for CAHR19? Be prepared to network, make eye contact and conversation with other attendees! To make the most out of your time in the Expo, highlight vendors you are interested in meeting at the exhibit hall, and give yourself extra time for those vendors you hadn’t planned on meeting.

Kayt Reardon, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Director of HR

The California HR Conference allows me to feel more connected to the HR community as a whole, which is especially important when you work as an HR department as one. 

Through the conference, I’ve made professional and personal connections that will stay with me forever. Last year I was considering new opportunities and mentioned this to a vendor that I’d never met before. He asked a few key questions about what I was looking for, and then took me around the exhibit hall introducing me to tons of other vendors who may have connections that could land me a dream job. My networking tip? Many vendors have cool events and parties in the evening that you’ll miss out on if you don’t stop and say hi to everyone at the Expo!

Herb Callahan, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, VP of HR

I always arrive early to network with other “early birds.” I never miss an opportunity at lunch to network with as many folks as I can. I might be a little different in that I typically don’t look for old friends, but look to find new ones at lunch. 

My networking tips for CAHR19? Make a commitment to meet a certain amount of new folks each day. Break away from the colleagues you work with and sit next to someone new, eat lunch at different tables, talk to the presenters…and don’t forget to have some fun!

Must-Attend Social Events at CAHR19

Now that you’ve learned how much value you can experience from growing your network and building relationships at the California HR Conference, get a taste of our social events offering for this year in Long Beach! Don’t forget to save $50 on your registration before July 31.

Sunday Night Comedy Show

Start off your conference experience with an evening of uproarious laughter! Our Sunday Night Comedy Show features comedian Al Madrigal, famous for his HBO specials and most recently, “Night School.” Doors open at 7:00 for games, music, and enjoyment!

Amtec, CAHR19 Sponsors & Exhibitors
Comedy Show Sponsor

New Member Reception

Sunday Afternoon

The New Member Reception is an opportunity for new PIHRA members and new conference attendees to make connections. If this is your first time attending, don’t miss this dynamic event for a warm welcome and an experience to remember!

Refreshment Breaks

Morning and afternoon refreshment breaks in the Expo provide opportunities to meet exhibiting companies, and fellow attendees. Attendees got a kick out of our Donut Wall in 2018!

Meet to Move

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Monday, August 26 at 6:15am – 7:00am
Lighthouse & Lake Walk

As an HR leader are you tasked to bring ‘Wellness’ to your employees and curious about best practices? Or do you just want to get in a good morning walk to jump start CAHR19 Day 1?

Join the official CAHR19 Health & Wellness partner, FitPros a workplace wellness service provider, as they lead an interactive and collaborative Wellness Walk along the waterfront. FitPros’ Wellness Specialists will depart the main entrance of the Long Beach Convention Center at 6:15am and lead attendees around the lake, to the lighthouse and back. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to network with your fellow CAHR attendees on this roundtrip 2 mile walk. You will leave feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and informed!

Oh and did we mention there is a one big giveaway, and everybody will leave with a gift!

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Monday from 12:30pm – 2:00pm

Here at CAHR19, we LOVE lunch. What you eat mid-day can greatly impact your ability to focus in the afternoon, so we source the best-tasting, balanced meals you crave after a morning of learning. Plus – the connections you make at lunch could energize and support you in your career! Fill up your plate with a delicious hot meal, and find a table to meet new connections and share insights from the day so far. Why not exchange business cards, while you’re at it?

CalChamber, CAHR19Lunch Sponsor
Monday Lunch Sponsor

Meet to Eat

Monday Night

Meet to Eat is a signature event here at CAHR19. It’s an amazing experience founded on a simple premise: sharing a meal with a group of (friendly) strangers can shift the trajectory of your career – and make your professional development at CAHR19 so much more meaningful. Once the conference attendee app is available, you’ll be able to sign up to join a group at one of the fabulous Long Beach restaurants nearby the convention center.

Young Professionals Event

Monday Night

The PIHRA Young Professionals program was launched in 2015, and has grown tremendously to serve and support the future of HR! If you’re within the first few years of your career and not sure where to find others at your level – or slightly ahead – you won’t want to miss this gathering! Add this to your registration before space fills up.
Cost: $20

Meet to Move

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Tuesday, August 27 at 6:15am – 7:00am

We suggest BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat) but don’t be afraid to join in regardless. You’ll receive a gift for simply showing up and trying!

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Meet to Eat

Tuesday Night

The social so nice, we decided to do it twice! Enjoy a meal out with fellow attendees before the Tuesday Night Music Show! If you need some “you time” on Monday night but don’t want to miss this opportunity to engage with new friends, we’ve got your back.


Tuesday from 12:30pm – 2:00pm
See above. Lunch is the best, especially at CAHR19!

Tuesday Lunch Sponsor

Tuesday Music Show

Tuesday Night

This year at CAHR19, get excited to rock’n’roll all night – and HR every day! We’re serving you rock & pop hits at our Tuesday Night Music show with supergroup Ezra Ray Hart; three chart-topping, award-winning frontmen from Sugar Ray, Tonic, and Better Than Ezra will sing the songs they wrote that dominated radios. Doors open at 7:00pm, so feel free to come early to hang out, play ping pong or foosball with new friends, enjoy a beverage, and try on some new dance moves with DJ Noble’s tunes to set the mood for a night to remember!

CAHR19 Music Show Sponsored by SullivanCurtisMonroe
Music Show Sponsor

CAHR19 Keynote Speakers

Learn from world-class experts and save $50 with Standard pricing before July 31!

Wednesday Keynote

CEO, Clovyr, former Blockchain Program Lead at JP Morgan 

Tuesday Keynote

Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School & Bestselling Author of Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation
Sponsored by Ultimate Software

Monday Keynote

Bestselling Author of When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, To Sell is Human and Drive
Sponsored by GlobalUpside

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