HR Conference 2018

Conference Legal Update 2018 postcard

Registration and Sponsorship Information for our 2018 HR Conference will be available soon.

Inland Empire SHRM will hold its 5th Annual HR Conference this year. The Future of the Workplace promises to be our best conference yet. We are offering more speakers and more topics to better meet your professional development needs. Our conference is designed for all HR practitioners, from early career to the more experienced HR executive.

Reasons To Attend

We believe that there are countless opportunities why you should attend the Annual HR Conference; we've managed to narrow it down:

Hear from the experts.

Our speakers are business experts, practitioners and peers who know what you need to know. You'll get a solid grounding in tried-and-true HR fundamentals and unique insight into the innovative new practices that will change how the world does business.

You will hear the latest news on current and emerging HR topics presented by attorneys from Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo (AALRR), our conference sponsor. For the first time, our conference will have two concurrent tracks of sessions with professional speakers sharing information on topics that matter to you.

Learn skills and stay up-to-date.

No matter how long you've been in HR or what position you hold at your company, chances are there is still something you need to learn. Trends, new strategies, and innovations in HR happen all the time; to stay up-to-date you need an educational opportunity that provides you with the full range of HR knowledge.

Protect your company from liability - avoid legal risk before it arises by staying current with the latest changes in labor legislation. From federal legislative compliance, to HR legal issues specific to California, we help you stay on top of the most important legislative priorities.


Your attendance earns you credits toward maintaining your valuable certification – your SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, PHR, SPHR, or other general designation. Inland Empire SHRM’s Annual HR Conference provides a full day of professional education and development, as well as six (6) recertification credits and professional development units.

Meet with new vendors and suppliers.

Our exhibitors are industry experts and solution-providers who truly know what is happening in the world of HR and business - and they have answers to your questions. Our vendors are some of the best people for you to get to know if you want to learn more about what's happening in HR now - and what's going to happen in the future. Trust us: discovering innovative products and services is necessary to stay competitive in today’s business world.

Have fun with your HR peers from around the region.

Let's be honest - the Annual Conference is a lot of learning packed into a short amount of time. But you’ll also have opportunities to relax and get to know your peers. With an anticipated attendance of 300 HR professionals from the Inland Empire region, you have an opportunity to collaborate, hear new ideas, and validate or change your perspectives. You may hear what others are doing and be inspired to implement something similar - or you might find a mentor or even become one.

Conference Information

Topics & Sessions

Some of our topics this year include:

The Future of the Workforce covers how to navigate emerging workforce issues such as: discrimination against LGBT, deconstructing the EEOC’s strategic plan and protections under Title VII. Receive tips to address potential issues before they become problems.

 Zap the Gap: From Boomers to Linksters will provide information on to manage a multi-generational workforce with as many as five generations currently in the workplace.

Best Practices for Hiring in the Future will explain how an employer can manage hiring while remaining compliant with recent changes in the rules associated with background checks and criminal history.

Mastering the Storm of Change, How to Stay up, Stay Positive will help you navigate the changing work environment we all face every day.

Wage & Hour Concerns in the Next Decade will provide insights into the current status of wage & hour laws and how they will evolve with an eye toward minimizing your exposure to claims. We will discuss changing in minimum wage laws, paid sick leave, the Fair Pay Act, FLSA, and more.

The Future of Flexible Workplaces will cover strategic ways to handle the new gig/freelance worker, the remote worker and issues that arise with your flexible work options.  This session will analyze the risks employers should consider when managing a detached workforce, including unsecured data, violations of wage & hour laws and workers’ compensation issues.

Identity Theft in the Workplace and its Impact on HR will cover how to prevent and protect against the risk of losing protected and confidential employee information.

Public Employer HR Updates - Latest on PERB covers current legal issues in the public sector and trends as well as compliance strategies for 2018.

Re-igniting the Flame of Disengaged Folks will help you re-engage employees that seem to be disengaged.

Identifying Toxic People at Work and How to Work With Them will help you quickly identify the difference between the 4 types of employee engagement and understand why your organization must take action before it's too late.


Bob Wenzel is a Partner with AALRR and represents a diverse clientele which includes health care providers, residential construction companies, restaurants and hotels, and more.  He focuses on employment law and defense of management in personnel and labor relations claims such as sexual harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, and wage and hour issues.. Bob was also awarded the Excellence in Human Resources Award and the President’s Award by PIHRA (Professionals in Human Resources Association). He is a Past President of Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA) and has served on the Board of Directors of the Employers Group.  Bob is a well-known speaker to various organizations around the country on labor and employment issues.

Meagan Johnson graduated from Arizona State University Business School with a BS in Marketing. Her clients include: Harley-Davidson, Dairy Queen,, American Express, Loreal, Pepsi, Cadillac, Burger King, THE C.I.A. and Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. She has been quoted in The Chicago Tribune,, US News & World Report and many other publications.

Bill Betley a Senior Partner at AALRR, practices in all areas of employment law, including unlawful harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, employee classification, and wage and hour. Bill is a frequent speaker on numerous employment issues, such as unlawful harassment, disability discrimination, leaves of absence workplace violence, employment handbooks and hiring and firing issues. He is also the Chairman of the Inland Valleys Employer Advisory Council and a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Larry Johnson For twenty five years, Larry has helped organizations build more productive and profitable working cultures through the development of strong leaders and dedicated employees. He has received rave reviews from more than150,000 business, government, and health-care professionals in every state in the union, as well as in Great Britain, China, Indonesia, Central America and Australia for his presentations on the topics of leadership, change, customer service, and honesty in business. Additionally, Larry has eight years of real life experience as a manager in health care, three years as a manager in city government, and 26 years as president of his own consulting firm.

Amber Solano is an accomplished litigator who represents employers in both the private and public sector in all areas of labor and employment law, including wrongful discharge, wage and hour (including class actions), discrimination/harassment, retaliation, leaves of absences, privacy, and the First Amendment.  Amber handles matters in state and federal courts as well as before various administrative agencies.  She has achieved remarkable results for clients in hearings, arbitrations, trials, and appeals. Amber also counsels clients on a variety of employment issues, including employee discipline, wage and hour compliance, and adherence to federal and state family and medical leave laws.  Amber is a Board Member of the Professionals in Human Resources Association, North Orange County District.

Paul Fleck is the Chair of AALRR’s Private Labor and Employment Practice Group, covering eight offices throughout California. Paul regularly represents employers in California and federal courts and in matters brought by the U.S. Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and California’s Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. Prior to his legal career, Paul worked in the human resources field at both Fortune 500 and small California firms. Paul is the Chair of AALRR’s employment Law Conference and the board of directors for the Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce and is the Chairman of its Human Resources Forum.

Rebecca Barker, Risk Management Consultant at Harvard Risk Management Corporation began her career in financial services in 1995.  Currently she consults corporations, employees, government entities and the general public throughout diversified industries, from high tech and energy to educators, and police departments. Identity theft protection has become her passion. She enjoys empowering people with data from the FBI, Secret Service and the Federal Trade Commission.

Brent Garrett is a partner at AALRR at the Cerritos and Irvine offices and is a member of the firm’s Private Labor and Employment Group.  He exclusively represents management in labor and employment matters. He is also a frequent contributor to the Firm’s Labor Relations Blog, providing analysis and commentary about new developments in the area of traditional labor law. Brent has extensive experience in traditional labor law matters, including representing employers in unfair labor practice (ULP) charges, union elections, administrative hearings, grievance arbitrations, and collective bargaining.  Brent routinely appears before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).  He regularly trains management teams on the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).  Brent is currently serving as Legislative Chair for the Inland Empire SHRM board of directors.

Carol Marzouk is a bilingual Communications & Employee Engagement Behavior Strategist, Speaker, Certified Coach, and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. Carol is also the CEO of Leadership "n" Soul whose mission it is to inspire, train, educate, and coach executives to operate with a conscience and put in place a proven process that allows for every single employee to be 100% psychologically committed to the success of the company. An expert on Employee Engagement, she is committed to equipping and inspiring leaders and their teams globally, from the Boardroom to the Mail room, who want to improve employee engagement, teamwork, and communication to impact the top and bottom line.  She is known for her engaging and enthusiastic style, as well as her practical, real-world, and customized approach.


Registration and Sponsorship Information for our 2018 HR Conference will be available soon.


Registration and Sponsorship Information for our 2018 HR Conference will be available soon.

Sponsor Information & Application

Registration and Sponsorship Information for our 2018 HR Conference will be available soon.

2017 Sponsorship & Application

Inland Empire SHRM has sold out of Platinum and Gold sponsorship options. We still have Silver sponsorship and advertising options available.

Please contact to inquire about available sponsorships or advertising opportunities.


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