Parking & Beginning Your Journey at CAHR18

Within 48 hours, 2,500 HR professionals and community members will roll into Long Beach, ready to connect, revitalize their career, enjoy Southern California to the fullest, and gain a wealth of insight to bring back to their organizations.

This guide will prepare you to make your way to Long Beach, California – and make the most of #CAHR18!

Basics | Parking | What Do I Do When I Arrive? | What’s Good? | Conference Food | Marketplace Expo


Let’s start with The Basics…


Sunday, August 26 – Wednesday, August 29
Registration opens at 12:00pm-5:00pm on Sunday, and the conference concludes at 12:00pm on Wednesday.


Long Beach Convention Center, 100 S Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

How To Get Here:

View parking information below (and visit our Travel Page)

Recertification Credits for 4-Day Attendees:

Up to 17.25 HR (General) Credits & PDC’s.

#ProTip: Keep track of your credits by using the “Design Your CAHR18” section in the Conference Guide! Check the CAHR18 App for the most up-to-date accreditations for each session.


Parking at CAHR18

There are three lots available for you to park at CAHR18. Each lot costs $15 per day.

Those who arrive early **may** get a spot at the closest lot:

Option 1 – Only 200 spots at the Convention Center Lot

Use This Address: Long Beach Convention Center, 100 S Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

We do not recommend parking here as the lot will fill up quickly. For the first lucky few attendees who get a spot here, well done!


Option 2 – 1,400+ spots at the Terrace Theater Garage

Use This Address: 66 S Collins Way, Long Beach, CA 90802-4801

Parking at the Terrace Theater Garage is your best bet – plus, you’ll get to walk the brand-new elevated pedestrian Rainbow Bridge from the top of the parking lot to the Convention Center!

Once you park, take the elevator up to the Rainbow Bridge and enjoy a breezy, scenic walk. Here’s how & where to park at the Terrace Theater Garage and walk down the Rainbow Bridge. Click the first picture and use the right arrow key to continue:

Parking Option 3 – If you’re staying at the Hyatt Regency:

Use this address: Hyatt Regency Long Beach, 200 S Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802


What Do I Do When I Arrive?

If you’re an Attendee:

After walking across the Rainbow Bridge, enter the Convention Center and make your way down the hall to visit the Registration Desk.

At Registration, you can check in by giving us your name, or bringing your printed barcode to self-scan. The Registration Area also has an Info Booth: the Info Booth is our place for Q&A, Lost & Found, and the best way to reach a staff. If you see any issues to be addressed, this is where to take them!

We’ll print your CAHR18 badge, and our helpful staff and volunteers from Kelly Services will hand you your CAHR18 bag, which includes:

  • Your Conference Guide – a printed guidebook to help you navigate #CAHR18 and contains the information you need to enter your HR recertification credits. Please keep this book safe until you log your certification! You can use it to keep track of your credits during the conference as well.
  • A mixture of important information & cool HR swag, including Bombas socks!!
  • Your Passport Card for the Marketplace Expo Passport Game

The next step as an attendee is to find out what you want to attend first, put your best self forward, and go for it! Connect with your peers on the app. Tweet or post your #CAHR18 experience on social media using hashtags #CAHR18 or #MyCAHR. Build meaningful, in-person connections with local California peers. And live your best life in Long Beach.

If you’re an Exhibitor:

Visit the Exhibitor Line at Registration to print your badge. Need to know where your booth is? View the CAHR18 Booth Map in advance! Your conference guide will be brought to you at your booth by our Deputy Executive Director & Exposition Coordinator so they can welcome you and ensure you’re all set to rock.

If you’re a Speaker:

Head straight to the Speakers Lounge to pick up your badge, check in, and prepare for your session! Check your inbox for additional details from the CAHR18 Team including parking & where the Speakers Lounge is located.

If you’re a Mother:

Our Mothers Lounge is available in Room 103A for your convenience. To locate Room 103A, use the CAHR18 App maps, Conference Guide, or ask at the Info Booth!


So, I’ve downloaded the CAHR18 App, and picked up my badge & conference guide… Now what?

What’s Good at CAHR18?

CAHR18 App Reminder

If you are registered, login to the CAHR18 App today! The App is the most up-to-date resource for all sessions, credits, information, and connecting with fellow attendees. Turn push notifications ON so you can receive helpful reminders and tips!

Your login becomes usable within 24 hours of your registration. Use the email that you registered for the conference with, and password CAHR18.

Friday & Saturday

This year CAHR18 starts even earlier than ever with our HR Certification Preparation Courses! These courses are for the go-getters pursuing their HR certification & preparing for the exam this fall. If you didn’t make it this year but are interested in earning your aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, SHRM-CP, or SHRM-SCP, check back for our other course offerings or plan to add this to your conference experience at CAHR19!


Our Pre-Conference Extravaganza is an invitation to skip the early Monday lines! Check in between 12pm – 5pm on Sunday to receive your badge, conference guide, & bag, and attend an afternoon session to earn credit! Plus, don’t miss our New Member Reception and/or President’s Welcome Reception. View the details here.


Monday at the California HR Conference is always filled with brilliant energy, buzzing excitement, sweet reunions, and new connections.

First on the agenda for Monday is Meet to Move (sponsored by Cleo) where you can participate in a Vinyasa Yoga progream with fellow attendees led by a FitPro instructor! Meet at the West Lobby from 6:15pm – 7:00am, and afterward you’ll have thirty minutes to refresh yourself before the early morning sessions kick off at 7:30.

Speaking of early mornings, our coffee carts will come out from 7:00am – 9:00am on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday – so enjoy a cup of joe on us!

If this is your first time at the California HR Conference, please attend the New Attendee Orientation in Room 103C (presented on Monday & Tuesday) and enjoy coffee & pastries with staff & volunteers while getting the inside scoop on all things CAHR18. Plus, you’ll have the chance to engage in interactive segments to help you get to know your peers!

If you’re looking for recommendations for where to go on Monday at CAHR18, there is simpy too much to list out here. Our fabulous speakers will inform you at our Concurrent Sessions; Mel Robbins (sponsored by GlobalUpside) will wow you at the Main Stage for the morning keynote; the Marketplace Expo will dazzle and surprise you (check the section below if you want to know more); the morning refreshment break offers Porto’s Pastries for some local Southern California #1 Yelp-Rated indulgence, and Founding Director of the USC Annenberg Center for Third Space Thinking is presenting a must-attend Mega Session all about the 5 essential traits to look for in 21st century employees. And that’s just the morning…

HR in a Nonprofit Organization?

Monday also offers specialized sessions for Nonprofit HR professionals in our Nonprofit Track, so be sure to attend those sessions before the track closes down! RSVP here to attend the Nonprofit HR Monday Morning Session & breakfast at 7:30am.

If you’re a PIHRA member, don’t miss the PIHRA Annual Meeting from 5:30pm – 6:00pm!

Finally, the PIHRA Young Professionals event with Upright Citizens Bridgade has extra tickets available for purchase. Their event is from 6:15pm – 8:30pm in the Hyatt Regency.


We love Mondays at CAHR18, but some insist Tuesdays are even better! While the schedule may look quite similar, here are some key differences…

Our Tuesday Meet to Move (sponsored by Cleo) is a kickboxing session with FitPros, so you can burn stress away and try something new if you’ve never kick-boxed. The FitPros instructors will be there to coach you!

Tuesday also features two keynote sessions: Afdhel Aziz (sponsored by Kindle) in the morning and CHRO TED-Style Talks in the afternoon. We’re also excited for our Tuesday Mega Session with the CEO of WD-40, Garry O. Ridge! He has some impressive employee engagement insights to share with us from the Main Stage.

Tuesday is also the last day of the Marketplace – your last chance to win prizes, bid on a PIHRA Foundation Silent Auction item, get your professional headshot taken, and receive professional coaching at the Career Advancement Zone. The Passport Game Prize and auction winners will be announced in the afternoon break in the marketplace.

After a full day of learning on Tuesday, get ready for a full evening of savoring, connecting, & laughing!

Meet To Eat on Tuesday Night

Join a group to go out to dinner before the comedy show! Sign up at the Info Booth (at Registration) by 3:00pm on Tuesday. Meet in the Main Lobby at 5:30pm to depart.

Want to attend a special Meet to Eat with PIHRA VP of Professional Development Darlene Cohen, Pamela J. Green, and HR Girlfriends’ Sana’ Rasual? Learn more & register for their HR NIGHT OUT Meet to Eat held at Rock Bottom. Limited seating available and registration closes Tuesday, August 27.

Tuesday Night Event: An Evening with Colin & Brad from Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Here’s a wellness tip: experts say that laughing is literally good for you! Join us for our Comedy Show with stars from Whose Line is it Anyway? at the Main Stage (where the keynote sessions are held) and follow the steps below to get ready for some serious laughs.

Step 1. Pick up your ticket from SullivanCurtisMonroe at Booth #207 in the Expo before 3:00pm on Tuesday.

Step 2. Text your friends to see if they want a guest ticket! Available for purchase at Registration. If you have an Expo-Only pass or your badge doesn’t have a “T” on it for Tuesday Night Event, you can also purchase a ticket at Registration.

Step 3. Remember that the Main Stage doors open at 7:00pm with foosball, ping pong, and more! Feel free to come early to reserve your seat and mingle – there will be plenty of seating available. Cash bars will be available throughout the night.

Step 4. Get ready for an interactive improv show! The show starts at 8:00pm and – after plenty of entertainment – will end with enough time for you to get some good sleep before the Wednesday early morning sessions.


Wednesday features some killer speakers and sessions. Come for coffee at 7:00am before the Early morning sessions, and if you’ve been too distracted by the Marketplace, Wednesday is a good time to browse the SHRMStore before the conference closes down. Attendees receive SHRM discounts on books & training tools, so check it out while you can!

Our Wednesday Mega Session High-Trust Culture Blueprint – Building a Great Workplace for All features senior executive HR leaders, moderated by Julian Lute from Great Place to Work. It is going to be an excellent discussion at the Main Stage.

Our conference closes out with Astronaut & Author, Captain Scott Kelly whose keynote session will earn you Business credit!

Get ready to make new connections while refueling!

Lunch & Snacks & More at CAHR18



CAHR18 is proud to serve coffee to attendees every morning from 7:00am – 9:00am in the Main Lobby by Registration, SHRMStore, & concurrent session rooms.

What’s new with our coffee this year? We’ve upgraded from small 8oz cups to a more sizable 12oz cup! Now you can fill your cup to the brim and enjoy the perfect amount of coffee. You’re taking the time to invest in yourself, so we raise our 12-oz coffee cup to you!

But wait, there’s more…we’re offering dairy-free options at our morning coffee table! Choose from Half & Half, Fat-Free Milk, Almond Milk, and Soy Milk to your liking.

Morning Refreshment Breaks in the Marketplace Expo

Our morning refreshment breaks are breaking the mold. Enjoy Porto’s pastries (#1 Rated on Yelp) in the Marketplace break area on Monday Morning, and on Tuesday Morning… check out the Donut Wall by the PIHRA Booth! We’ll have plenty of donuts on regular tables, too.

Gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan snack options will be available at the PIHRA Booth – sponsored by KIND. Thanks KIND!



Don’t go hungry at CAHR18. Feed your mind, body and soul while sharing insights with your peers at our lunch tables.

Monday Lunch features delicious Hawaiian BBQ Buffet with Hawaiian sweet rolls, tropical green salad, Kalua Pork with marinated onions and cilantro, Toasted Coconut Rice, and Mandarin Orange Cake.

Vegan and Gluten/Dairy-sensitive folks: you have your own lane! Find the Vegan/GF/DF-specified table in the lunch area. Your Monday lunch option includes gluten-free Hawaiian sweet rolls, Tropical green salad, Quinoa-stuffed pepper with roasted garlic tomato, Kalua Tofu with onions, peppers and cilantro, and Vegan/gluten-free Mango Mousse Cake.

Tuesday Lunch features an elevated Italian buffet with Antipasto salad, Penne Pasta alfredo bake, Parmesan and Herb Crusted Chicken breast with a light tomato sauce, garlic bread, and tiramisu. Yum!

Vegan and Gluten/Dairy-sensitive folks: you have your own lane! Find the Vegan/GF/DF-specified table in the lunch area. Your Tuesday lunch option includes Antipasto salad, Zucchini Lasagna with blistered tomatoes and mushrooms, Gluten-Free pasta with seasonal vegetables and sundried tomatoes, Gluten-Free bread, and Vegan/Gluten-Free Raspberry and Chocolate Mousse Cake.

Click here for a few preview pictures of lunch!


Meet to Eat

Sign up by 3:00pm on Tuesday at Registration to join a group! Choose from the restaurants below. Groups will meet at 5:30pm at the Convention Center Main Lobby & leave together.

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Exhibitors, Solutions, Headshots, Coaching, Prizes…

All About the CAHR18
Marketplace Expo!

You won’t want to miss all the HR goodies and exhibits at the CAHR18 Marketplace Expo! This year the Expo is bigger than ever, offering you tons of HR swag, creative exhibits from our sponsors & solutions providers, 36 fifteen-minute Solutions Stage sessions, countless conversational opportunities, and even a new Career Advancement Zone. Check out more information below!

170+ Sponsors & Exhibitors

Passport Game: get your passport card (located in your conference bag) stamped, and submit your card to enter to win the Grand Prize!

PIHRA Foundation Silent Auction

Solutions Stage Sessions (15 minute TED-Style) on 3 themed stages

The Headshot Truck

– The NEW Career Advancement Zone featuring Professional Coaching, Resume Reviews, Mock Interviews & more

Prizes, prizes, prizes!

We can’t wait for you to build your #HRTribe, connect with engaging speakers, take home practical tools & resources, and have a blast with us in Long Beach.

If you’re still looking for more information, check out our Session Directory & Agenda, and when in doubt, visit us at the Info Booth at Registration onsite to ask away.

Did you miss the boat, find this page, and decide you want to join us at #CAHR18? It’s not too late to register – register online at or come to Registration onsite and we’ll take your payment there!

See you in Long Beach!

– The CAHR18 Team