CAHR18 Pre-Conference Extravaganza

The Skinny on #CAHR18 Pre-Conference Experience

Every year when the California HR Conference closes down, we hear you all say you wish it could last forever. While we can’t quite do that, we did expand the pre-conference experience to make it better than ever before. This year, getting the most out of #CAHR18 means joining us on Friday and Sunday for the early-arrival advantages and pre-conference parties! 

Showing up early means you can take advantage of all this:

  • HR certification preparation classes Friday, August 24 – Sunday, August 26, for those of you taking an HRCI or SHRM exam this fall.
  • High-demand Sunday afternoon sessions so you can skip the full room when everyone else wants to attend them on Monday.
  • Registration opens up from 1pm – 5pm so you can skip the lines on Monday morning, pick up your badge, and read through your conference guide as you drift to sleep Sunday night.
  • The SHRMStore is open from 1pm to 5pm as well so you can get first dibs on the hottest titles.

And of course, the receptions! But you can’t take enjoy all these early-arrival perks unless you register for the 2018 California HR Conference. 

More details on all the pre-conference activities below. 

The President's Welcome Reception at the Hyatt PoolPresident’s Welcome Reception (sponsored by Amtec)

Sunday, August 26 from 5:30pm-7:00pm
Location: Hyatt Pool, outdoor.
Features: Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles – The World’s First LGBTQ Mariachi, appetizers (The menu will include grilled tacos, beef fajitas, chicken strips on your choice of corn and flour tortillas with cabbage slaw, fresh limes, jalapenos, cilantro/onions, plus tri tortilla chips, roasted tomato salsa, tomatillo salsa, guac salsa on the side.), drinks, and a welcome address from PIHRA President Patti Sprinkle. Live it up before 3+ days of learning! Join PIHRA volunteer leaders, staff and fellow attendees as we kick off the California HR Conference experience.


New Member Reception: Aloha Networking! (Sponsored by Justworks)

Date: Sunday, August 26 from 4:00pm-5:00pm
Location: Gladstone’s Long Beach
Features: During this complimentary reception, you will receive a warm welcome from the PIHRA community and have an opportunity to meet and get to know some of the best HR pros in Southern California. We want to make sure you get the most out of your #CAHR18 experience and the PIHRA membership. This is a must attend if you want to plug into the community and find your #HRTribe to explore #CAHR18! Don’t miss out on our signature drink – The PIHRA Aloha Margarita. 


HR Certification Prep Classes
Dates: Friday, August 24-Sunday, August 26
Location: Long Beach Convention Center
What better way to kick off your conference experience than with career fortifying certification prep classes. Our Pre-Conference Education Sessions are a surefire way to prepare for your HRCI or SHRM certification exam. Acquiring these certifications will validate your experience and credibility in the HR profession, making it easier to advance in your career. Sign up for a preparation course as an add-on during your CAHR18 registration. Learn more about HR Certification preparation classes or begin your CAHR18 registration.

Pre-Conference Sessions on Sunday
Time: 2:30pm – 3:45pm
Long Beach Convention Center
Being an early bird has its advantages at CAHR18. Not only can you register on-site from 1pm to 5pm on Sunday, but you can attend your choice of two high-demand sessions being presented as well (see below). These sessions will also be offered on Monday the 27th, but you won’t have to worry about finding a seat in those crowded rooms because you were smart and attended early on Sunday. Good for you! 

Sunday Concurrent Sessions 

  • Business Financial Intelligence for today’s HR Professional 
    Credit Type: Business
    Speaker: Paul Butler
    2:30pm – 3:45pm 
  • Practical Applications: Navigating California’s Ban The Box Law
    Credit Type: California 
    Speakers: Alan Crivaro & Teresa McQueen
    2:30pm – 3:45pm


Don’t Forget About Our Suite Deal
Time is running out for the Suite Deal contest! The Hyatt and Renaissance are all sold out. Head to our hotels page to reserve your room.


Register for the 2018 California HR Conference today, and be sure to join us for all the Pre-Conference learning & fun!

Invest in your yourself and your career.