HR Education Tracks to Level Up at CAHR19

While we love highlighting our host city, affordabilityComedy show, Music show, and DJ/Emcee, the greatest value you’ll find at the California HR Conference is our top-notch HR education tracks.

You never know which life-changing career connections you’ll make in your time at CAHR19, or which speaker and session will spark fresh ideas for you. Whether you’re a compliance aficionado hungry for the latest California and federal resources, or a VP of HR seeking to connect with high-level HR professionals for tailored executive learning, there’s a CAHR19 education track for you. Whether you’re going all in on California specific content or want to pick and choose between our total rewards, professional development, and talent management sessions, these education tracks are your tools to shape an HR experience that will level up your career!

Each education track offers something vital for navigating the current and future landscape of human resources, unleashing innovation, increasing retention, and better positioning HR as the strategic partner it is. But before we dive into our tracks, we have a few new features to reveal.

NEW at CAHR19: Learning Levels

Each year, the California HR Conference’s curated education tracks attract HR professionals at all levels of their careers. From students and YPs to CHROs, we love seeing the complete HR community coming together to advance the profession, get ahead of best practices, learn from each other, and make meaningful connections.

Our new Learning Levels will make it easier than ever to identify the CAHR19 sessions that will address the unique pain points you’re facing in the office and in your longterm career.

FOUNDATIONAL |  The focus on these topics is on awareness. It is appropriate for those with limited experience of the subject who are seeking introductory understanding of the content area.

APPLIED | The focus of these subjects is on understanding and comprehension. It is appropriate for those with some experience who may be seeking to build on, apply, or enhance existing knowledge using content in practical applications to master concepts.

STRATEGIC | The focus is on application and implementation of highly technical or detailed topics. Appropriate for those with substantial prerequisite knowledge who are seeking the most up-to-date information to heighten their expertise.

Not sure which level is for you? Don’t worry. All of our sessions and education tracks are designed to help you level up in your HR career, and better position yourself as a strategic HR partner to your business.

NEW at CAHR19: Learn Outside

BREAKING NEWS – Outdoor learning opportunity at the California HR Conference!

Our host city right on the ocean is the perfect intersection of summery warm and breezy, even in late August. It just wouldn’t seem right to spend all of your time at CAHR19 indoors. That’s why we’re working on designing a learning opportunity for you to learn outside in the Long Beach sun!

Stay tuned for more information about our HR Sunshine Sessions.

Here’s what you came for – the scoop on our education tracks!

CAHR19 Education Tracks

At CAHR19, you can create your own custom HR education with our education tracks! While the full session details will be posted soon, we’re providing this sample of our educational offering so you can rest assured that your registration will cover a slew of timely, cutting-edge, and actionable HR content.


Sessions in this track offer insight to HR legal issues specific to California. Don’t let the complexities of California employment law derail the success of your HR management. With so many sessions and speakers focusing on the pulse of HR in California, there is ample continuing education and development for executive, director, and managerial-level professionals.

The focus areas are on California Employment Law and Compliance.


With constantly changing labor laws, increasingly tougher privacy rules, and new developments in federal policy, it’s never been more important to keep pace with the latest HR laws and legislation. Help protect your company from liability and avoid legal risk before it arises by staying current with the latest changes in labor legislation. We offer a broad range of sessions presented by some of the top legal minds in the country. We help you remain federally compliant and stay on top of today’s legislative priorities.

The focus areas are Compliance, and Legislative Update.


Strategic planning. Innovation. Business competencies. This conference track has them all. Today more than ever, companies rely on HR to play a key role in creating sound strategies to achieve their objectives. Here, you can learn from leading experts how to build a roadmap to your goals. Discover how strategic planning can maximize employee performance and create business value. Learn how to support your business case, measure results and gain buy-in from your C-suite.

The focus areas are Strategic Alignment, Business Competencies, Innovation, and Measurement.


Talent is your company’s greatest asset and often HR’s greatest challenge. One of the biggest obstacles companies continue to face is retaining their best talent. Leading experts in this track will share best practices during these sessions — so you can create an environment where your best people will thrive. Learn how to attract, recruit, manage and inspire A-list employees who can move your organization forward. Discover how to handle the most difficult HR situations with ease and engage employees to increase morale, productivity and retention. See how you can leverage the latest technology and techniques to find, train and retain the best workforce possible.

The focus areas are Recruiting & New Media, Communication Strategies, Engagement & Morale, and Workforce Planning.

Talent Management Track Sponsor:


As the global market expands, so does the role of HR. In a global economy, where organizations and employees span countries and continents, keeping pace with international HR issues is not just important: it’s ESSENTIAL. Today’s HR leaders need to have a global mindset and understand how cross-cultural issues can impact their business. Experts from around the globe join us in Long Beach to share their ideas, experiences and successful practices. From managing diverse teams to communicating across the world to recruiting and cultivating foreign talent, you will learn how to leverage the strengths and overcome the challenges of an international workforce.

The focus areas are Global Compliance, Global Talent Management, and Cross-Cultural Insights.


Total rewards packages can attract and retain top talent. Or drive it away. As the economy recovers, benefits and compensation packages must keep pace. Yet health care and other costs are rising. So how do you compete without crossing the line from black into the red? From plan design to cost containment, learn how to leverage total rewards to achieve superior organizational performance. Leading experts will teach you how to implement sustainable rewards strategies — to remain competitive and increase employee satisfaction while steering clear of common issues that can get you and your company into trouble.

The focus areas are Employee Benefits, Total Compensation, Health Care, and Wellness.

Total Rewards Track Sponsor:

Professional Development Track Sponsor:


Today’s HR leaders are strategic counselors who must be prepared for what’s next. That means having the right set of tools, skills and traits to be an exceptional leader. Even the most experienced HR professionals benefit from continued skill development. This track will give you the opportunity to learn from experts on leadership, recertification, career advancement, and more. So whether your goals center on cultivating your company’s employees or taking your own career to the next level, these sessions can help you achieve them.

The focus areas are Leadership, Career Development, and Skill Enhancement.


We can’t mention our educational offering without our highlighted speakers! You’ll find our Keynote and Mega Session speakers on the Main Stage, delivering world-class expertise and business advice.

While these sessions may not be part of a track, our Keynote & Mega Sessions bring hand-selected prominent business leaders, industry innovators, and intersectional HR insights to the biggest California HR Conference stage yet. Keep this in mind when you’re looking for an engaging session with ample seating!

Learn more about our currently confirmed Main Stage speakers at

HR Summits


For the third year, the California HR Conference is partnering with the Center for Nonprofit Management to present a one-day track with nonprofit HR-specific sessions!

For nearly 40 years, the Center for Nonprofit Management has stood as the premier resource for the Southern California nonprofit community. By providing assistance in a variety of areas, the Center has supported thousands of organizations as they meet the needs of their communities.


Join California’s top-level HR and business leaders for an exclusive cohort at #CAHR19. This summit is intended for CHROs and HR executives with 15+ years of HR experience. Senior executive 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.

Recertification Credits

California HR Conference attendees are dedicated to the craft. They love investing in their HR career – and that includes maintaining their HR certifications! We’re proud to provide an estimated 18.0 HR (General) Credits, 15.0 California-specific and MCLE credits, 13.75 Business credits, and 8.75 Global credits to our 2019 attendees.

GENERAL Conference Credits | Attending all 4 days of the 2019 California HR Conference can earn you 18.0 PDCs and 18.0 HR (General) Credits.

CALIFORNIA Employment Law Track | These sessions will be submitted for a total of 15.0 California-specific credits through HRCI.

BUSINESS & HR Strategy Track | These sessions will be submitted for 13.75 Business credits through HRCI.  

GLOBAL HR Track | These sessions will be submitted for 8.75 Global credits through HRCI.

Earning your HR Certification?

Speaking of HR Certifications, we also provide opportunities to prepare for many HR certification exams! For the second year in a row, we’re hosting pre-conference preparation courses. Work toward earning your HR certification with expert instructors and friendly peers.

CAHR19 Pre-Conference Courses offered: aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP

Only a few weeks left to save $100!

Invest in your 2019 professional development experience at the California HR Conference. Until May 31, you’ll save $100 off our final rates with our Early Bird pricing.

Download our Attendee Justification Letter to gain approval and save on this uniquely excellent HR learning experience!

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