More Featured Speakers for the 2019 California HR Conference Announced!

We know summer is still a ways off, but we just couldn’t resist telling everyone about the featured speakers we have confirmed for the 2019 California HR Conference. These individuals are leaders in their fields, experts at providing insight and inspiration to help you reach greater heights at work and in life. That’s one of the biggest reasons you attend an HR conference, right? To be exposed to remarkable content that will give you actionable takeaways! Whether you work in HR, run your own business, or anything in between, these speakers alone provide enough value to justify attending #CAHR19. Stay tuned for more updates on our featured speakers and don’t forget that Early Bird pricing for the California HR Conference ends on May 31st. Register here to get in on these super low rates, and guarantee yourself a spot to see these presenters! 



Daniel H. Pink 

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

Daniel H. Pink is one of the best-selling nonfiction authors of the last decade. His books on work, business, and behavior have been translated into 35 languages and have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. Pink was host and co-executive producer of Crowd Control, a National Geographic Television series on behavioral science. He also appears frequently on NPR’s Hidden Brain, the PBS NewsHour, and other TV and radio networks in the US and abroad.

He has been a contributing editor at Fast Company and Wired as well as a business columnist for The Sunday Telegraph. His articles and essays have also appeared in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The New Republic, and other publications. In 2007, he was a Japan Society Media fellow in Tokyo, where he studied the country’s massive comic industry. In 2015, London-based Thinkers50 named him, alongside Michael Porter and Clayton Christensen, as one of the top 10 business thinkers in the world.

His TED Talk on the science of motivation is one of the 10 most-watched TED Talks of all time, with more than 19 million views. His RSA Animate video about the ideas in his book, Drive, has collected more than 14 million views. He currently serves on the advisory boards of Hubspot, Heleo, Betterment Institutional, and RiseSmart. 

His books include:

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing (January 2018), which explores the science of timing in our lives.

To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others. A #1 best seller on The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post lists and winner of the American Marketing Association’s Berry Book Prize for the year’s best book on marketing.

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. #1 New York Times best seller. 159 weeks on the New York Times best seller lists. National bestseller in Japan and the UK.

A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future. 96 weeks on the New York Times best seller lists. Freshman Read at several US colleges and universities. In 2008, Oprah Winfrey gave away 4,500 copies of the book to Stanford University’s graduating class when she was the school’s commencement speaker.



Linda A. Hill 

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

Linda A. Hill is the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and chair of the Leadership Initiative. Hill is regarded as one of the top experts on leadership. Hill is the co-author of Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation, co-founder of Paradox Strategies, and co-creator of the Innovation Quotient. She was named by Thinkers50 as one of the top ten management thinkers in the world in 2013 and received the Thinkers50 Innovation Award in 2015.

Hill’s research focuses on implementing global strategies and leading innovation; building innovative organizations and ecosystems; developing leaders for innovation; and the role of the board in governing innovation. Her book, Collective Genius was named by Business Insider as one of “The 20 Best Business Books” in 2014 and received the Gold Medal for Leadership, Axiom Business Book Award. Hill is also the co-author of Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives of Becoming a Great Leader, noted by the Wall Street Journal as one of the “Five Business Books to Read for your Career in 2011” and author of Becoming a Manager: How New Managers Master the Challenges of Leadership (2nd edition).

Hill has been at the forefront of developing various innovative learning programs for managers, including Breakthrough Leadership, the winner of the 2013 Brandon Hall Group Award for Best Advance in Unique Learning Technology, and the award-winning multimedia management development programs such as High Performance Management.

Hill’s consulting and executive education activities have been in the areas of leadership development, talent management, leading change and innovation, implementing global strategies, and managing cross-organizational relationships. Organizations with which Professor Hill has worked include the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, General Electric, RELX, Accenture, UnitedHealth Group, IBM, MasterCard, Merck, Mitsubishi, Morgan Stanley, National Bank of Kuwait, AREVA, The Economist,, and The World Economic Forum.



Julian Lute 

Consultant at Great Place To Work, Entrepreneur, Designer, Facilitator, and Moderator

With more than 15 years of experience as an operational leader and consultant, Julian D. Lute knows what it takes to build high-performance teams. Working with top leaders from Fortune 100 companies, he helps connect the dots between superior business performance and a best-in-class employee experience. He has a deep history working with some of the largest businesses in manufacturing, information technology, and retail. Some clients include AT&T, McDonald’s, Dow Chemical, 3M, Workday, Princess Cruises, Weight Watchers, Activision Blizzard, Virgin America/Alaska Airlines, and he holds an MA and MBA from the University of San Francisco.

Julian was the moderator for the 2018 California HR Conference Great Place To Work panel, one of the most valuable and well reviewed mega sessions of the conference, titled “High Trust Culture Blueprint.” 

CAHR19 Mega Session Presenter Dan Schawbel


Dan Schawbel 

New York Times bestselling author, Partner and Research Director at Future Workplace, and the Founder of both Millennial Branding and

We’re excited to announce Dan Schawbel will present Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation. You may have read, heard, or seen Schawbel’s 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, was released November 13th, 2018.

Honestly, we’re barely scratching the surface of his achievements – and most 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.

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 anniversary 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.

Register to attend the 2019 California HR Conference before May 31st to reserve your spot with Early Bird prices!