Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center

Join California’s top-level HR and business leaders for an exclusive summit at #CAHR18. 

This summit is intended for HR executives with 15+ years of  HR experience. Attendees will find value in tailored content, sessions, speakers, and breakout groups providing valuable insight and interactions, and networking with experienced peers.

Don’t miss this chance to refresh your business strategies while developing cross-industry relationships over insightful content, conversations, and networking.



Monday, August 27, 2018

6:00pm – 7:30pm

HR Executive Reception (Invitation Only)

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 

7:00am – 5:30pm


7:30am – 8:45am

CEO Panel Breakfast
 Janet McCarthy, President & CEO, Goodwill
Garry O. Ridge, Chief Executive Officer and Director, WD-40
This senior leader-only session is exclusively designed for HR executives. With limited availability, participants will have the opportunity to mingle with cross-functional leaders at the top level of organizations from around the southern California area. Explore the latest thinking and business strategies that are driving innovation and harnessing organizational success. By bringing together the best and the brightest, you’ll attend a program with valuable networking and practical learning.

9:00am – 10:30am General Session with Afdhel Aziz
How to Love Your Work in the 21st Century
Worldwide, a Gallup poll showed that 87% of people are dissatisfied and disengaged with their jobs. We are in a moment where doing meaningful work with ladders up to a higher social impact has become the goal of many people. But how do you go about finding your purpose in your work? How do you find ways to link it to the purpose of your organization? How do you inspire purpose in your teams? In this honest and inspiring talk, best-selling author Afdhel Aziz (author of ‘Good is the New Cool’) reveals insights and tips to help you find meaning in your work.
10:30am- 11:15am

Networking & Refreshment Break

11:15am – 12:30pm

Leading Without Authority
Keith Ferrazzi, New York Times Best-Selling Author
The world of business has changed and is now radically interdependent. In a marketplace that demands more and more innovation and agility, all of us collectively are facing increasing pressure for continuous transformation. But even increased collaboration isn’t enough. Keith Ferrazzi’s research will show us how co-elevation — both internally between individuals and departments within our own organizations and externally — can equip us for the transformations needed to sustain growth and avoid disruption. Keith Ferrazzi, the #1 New York Times best-selling author and coach to CEOs of the most powerful companies in the world, will reveal the research from his upcoming book and help guide us in our own efforts to navigate this complex and evolving world for greater professional success and personal joy.

12:30pm – 2:00pm


2:00pm – 3:15pm

General Session
CHRO TED-Style Talks
Why hear from one senior HR leader when you can hear from three? This year, you’ll have access to top executive HR leaders who will bring you strategies, tools and actionable plans they have used to drive organizational success. 
Paul Wolfe, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Indeed
Laurie Shakur, Sr. Director, Global HR Processes & Programs, Nielsen Portfolio Division
Mindi Cox, Senior Vice President, People & Great Work, O.C. Tanner Company

3:15pm – 4:00pm Networking & Refreshment Break
4:00pm – 5:15pm

HR Executive Panel
End the day with a final senior leader-only session designed to maximize your time with other top leadership. HR has earned their seat at the table and in this critical, forward-thinking session, you’ll see why. Hear from a group of senior HR leaders who have the ability to lead their organization into the future with influence, but also by their willingness to be influenced. Explore how they have used their skills to extract the best from their workforce, discuss strategies to prepare for the future and delve into the critical need for a defined organizational culture. Featuring: 
Paul Wolfe, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Indeed
Laurie Shakur, Sr. Director, Global HR Processes & Programs, Nielsen Portfolio Division
Mindi Cox, Senior Vice President, People & Great Work, O.C. Tanner Company


We offer discounted rates for PIHRA Members, California SHRM Chapter Members, SHRM Members, and CalChamber Members. If you do not have a membership with the above chapters/organizations, you may register as a Nonmember.

The California HR Conference is proud to offer a 100% money-back guarantee.

View current rates and register for a one-day pass.  


Become an Insider!

Sign up for the newsletter to get the latest conference info.

California HR Conference™ by Professionals In Human Resources Association ©PIHRA All rights reserved.