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    • 17 Jan 2024
    • 12:00 PM (PST)
    • 14 Mar 2024
    • 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom

    • At NHRA LA AI, we understand the transformative potential of artificial intelligence to reshape the workforce and future of HR. However, for many HR professionals, leveraging AI can feel overwhelming given the complex capabilities and steep learning curve.
    • Our goal is to demystify AI and equip you with applied skills to enhance workflows, access insights, automate tasks, and enrich employee experiences.
    • That's why we're excited to propose a comprehensive AI training series tailored specifically for HR teams looking to harness the power of AI in a strategic way.
    • Attendees will build a foundational understanding of core AI concepts, hands-on prompt writing skills, and practical applications across the employee lifecycle.
    • Each session balances educational instruction with interactive exercises based on real-world HR scenarios.

    • More Info

    Harnessing the Power of AI for HR (60 minutes)

    January 16th 9-10am

    January 17th 12-1pm

    January 18th 9-10am

    Hands on with AI for Talent Acquisition (90 minutes)

    January 30th 9-10:30am

    January 31st 12-1:30pm

    February 1st 9-10:30am

    Hands on with AI for Onboarding and Goal Setting (90 minutes)

    February 13th 9-10:30am

    February 14th 12-1:30pm

    February 15th 9-10:30am

    Hands on with AI for Employee Development (90 minutes)

    February 27th 9-10:30am

    February 28th 12-1:30pm

    February 29th 9-10:30am

    Hands on with AI for Performance Management (90 minutes)

    March 12th 9-10:30am

    March 13th 12-1:30pm

    March 14th 9-10:30am

    Members of NHRA are offered discounted pricing with half off for the AI workshop series. Simply enter the promo code NHRAMEMBER50 when registering for this valuable workshop. We look forward to seeing you there!

    • 29 Feb 2024
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (PST)
    • Zoom

    California has passed SB 553 requiring that employers create and implement a Workplace Violence Prevention (WVP) Plan by July 1, 2024. The new law applies to practically all California employers, large and small – except for healthcare employers already covered under the existing healthcare WVP Standard. 

    In this webinar, we will cover the elements that must be incorporated into the Plan document and implemented.

    Register for Zoom here

    • 5 Mar 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EST)
    • Zoom (Virtual)

    Join us on March 5, 2024, to hear from Wes O'Donnell, a Veteran of both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force.
    Discounted pricing available for Veterans!

    Presentation Overview:

    Veterans are some of the best employees you can hire, but their retention rate is low. Why are veterans so great and how can your company recruit, onboard, and retain them? With a tight job market, companies are increasingly interested in motivating employees and attracting the best talent. Forward-thinking companies see the value of military veterans in the workforce and want the best tools to recruit, onboard, and retain top veteran talent. In this one-hour talk, Wes explains the top five reasons why veterans are good for business, dispels myths and misconceptions about veterans, compares the differences between military and corporate culture, and gives key takeaways so audiences can take action.

    Presentation Objectives:

    • Connect Veterans: Veteran-ERGs, veteran affinity groups, and voluntary, employee-driven support channels can increase camaraderie, boost morales, and help build an organization's external reputation. 
    • Corporate Basic Training: Most veterans are mission-focused. Share your organization's mission, vision, values, and goal. How does their job affect the big picture? 
    • Assign a Veteran Peer Advisor: Assign the veteran new hire a veteran of a similar age and similar title (Sr. Mgr, Director, etc.) who can guide the new hire through initial onboarding and acclimate to the new role. 
    • Train the Entire Team: Don't force veterans to adapt to corporate culture until you make a good-faith effort to understand military culture and language. It should be a two-way street.  

    Speaker Bio:

    Wes O'Donnell is a veteran of both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force, serving for ten years on active duty. Wes now works with HR departments, recruiters, and senior leaders at companies of all sizes to set up recruiting and onboarding programs for veterans. Wes is the founder of Warrior Lodge, a corporate training firm that's been building high-performing teams since 2013.

    Wes is also in his last year of law school at Western Michigan University and he's the author of a book about public speaking called "Own the Crowd." Wes has spoken at TEDx, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and dozens of corporate clients like United Health Group and Monster Worldwide. In addition to keynotes, Wes also offers an HR boot camp (workshop) where he teaches hiring managers how to write job descriptions that attract veterans, questions to ask in the interview, and how to translate military jobs to corporate requisitions.

    You can learn more about Wes at https://wesodonnell.com

    This program is approved by SHRM and HRCI for 1 recertification credit hour toward aPHR™, aPHRi™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) or SHRM.

    • 5 Mar 2024
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (PST)
    • Orange County United Way 18012 Mitchell South Irvine, CA 92614
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    NHRA-OC, in partnership with our annual sponsor, Orange County United Way, invites you to our Social Connections Happy Hour! Enjoy networking, hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and a fun volunteer activity.

    This year, Orange County United Way is celebrating 100 years of community impact and we welcome everyone to come mix, mingle and celebrate. They will also share with us a hands-on social impact experience to create no-sew blankets for local veterans in need. Handmade no-sew blankets are a simple and rewarding way to give the gift of compassion, warmth and comfort during cold winter months and chilly spring nights. Orange County United Way will provide all the supplies needed and instructions for this easy and fun activity.

    We look forward to seeing you there!



    Orange County United Way is committed to breaking barriers and improving lives for everyone who lives here. Through our key initiatives — United for Student Success℠, United for Financial Security℠, and United to End Homelessness℠ — we are working to ensure local students succeed, families gain financial security, and our unhoused neighbors find a place to call home. We also offer vital support via 2-1-1 Orange County (211OC), a key service that connects thousands of our most vulnerable residents with health and human service resources. We are committed to caring for one another. That’s #TheOCWay.

    This year, Orange County United Way celebrates 100 years of purpose and impact in Orange County. To learn more or discover how you can help, visit UnitedWayOC.org.


    Annual Sponsors

    • 12 Mar 2024
    • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM (EDT)
    • Jackrabbit Club (40 Anderson Avenue Rochester, NY 14607)
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    Join us for our in-person March Program: Psychological Safety: Welcoming Everyone to the Table.

    Program Schedule:

    7:30 am – 8:00 am - Registration, Networking & Breakfast

    8:00 am – 9:30 am - Welcome, Sponsor Recognition & Program Presentation

    About this Program:

    In this session we will review the four quadrants of psychological safety. We will discuss inclusion, learning and development, our individual contributors at all levels of the organization, and finish with challenger safety. Participants will hear about the above four fundamental areas on psychological safety and how to move between them. 

    This event is pending approval for HRCI/SHRM credits 

    o Learning Objective 1: Hearing all Voices. As we begin we will talk about the importance of a safe space for employees at any level of the organization to have their voice heard. You will learn about tactics that other company’s have taken to increase these levels of two way communication to ensure it is safe for any employee to speak and share their voice.

    o Learning Objective 2: Self Awareness. If we want our teams to be more self-aware, it starts with us. You will learn about unconscious bias and how it may be interfering with not only your team, but with you as well.

    o Learning Objective 3: Normalize Vulnerability. Creating an environment where employees understand the importance of vulnerability can help shift company culture. Story telling can be a powerful tool in personal and professional development. We will share examples of how story telling has helped change the trajectory of wellbeing and DEIB programs in specific industries.

    Meet Our Presenter!

    Brian Quinn is the Sr. Global Inclusion & Diversity and Wellness Specialist for CooperCompanies. He has been helping employees feel a sense of belonging while at work, along with helping to provide a supportive environment for their physical, mental, and emotional health for 12 years. Brian has been in the Wellness field for over fifteen years, working with kids at local schools with before-school activities focused on nutrition and movement, as well as senior citizens in varying communities where he provides guidance with aging healthfully. Brian is also involved in the recovery movement, helping to bring wellness to the recovery process when it comes to addiction.

    He has his B.S. in Social Work from the University of Buffalo and is currently finishing up his Masters in Public Health from Southern New Hampshire University.

    Thank you to our Sponsors!

    • 12 Mar 2024
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (PDT)
    • San Jose State University (SJSU) Student Union, 211 S 9th St, San Jose, CA 95112
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    Building a Thriving Distributed Culture

    Take Slack off Your Phone and other Tips

    The way and the where of work, for many of us, has changed, but most of our operating practices haven't, which means we’re spending too much time in meetings and we’re unable to disconnect. In this talk, we’ll explore best practices from leading remote companies that will help you develop an asynchronous approach to work. Some outcomes may include enabling better collaboration, having more transparency and a thriving culture. Attendees will learn practical ways to infuse these methods into their daily routines.


      • Current trends regarding productivity, remote work, and engagement

      • Pillars, best practices and ways to incorporate asynchronous work & collaboration

      • Ways to measure impact of shifting to more flexible culture.


      5:30 PM IN-PERSON NETWORKING (dinner included)


       6:00 PM LEGAL UPDATES

      6:15 PM PROGRAM

      7:15 PM Q&A


      Kim Minnick

      Kim Minnick is a long time People Operations leader with a focus in early stage start-ups. She has spent her career building elegant HR functions for scrappy companies. Since 2020 she’s been obsessed with best practices for fully remote orgs. As a part of this journey, she’s become a Certified Practitioner for Gitlab’s Team Ops philosophy and hosted several People Ops leaders offsites.


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      • 13 Mar 2024
      • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM (PDT)
      • Palm Garden Hotel, 495 N. Ventu Park Rd. Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
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      Managing Employee Leaves of Absence and Time Off Requests

      (In Person and Virtual Attendance available)

      What should employers do when an employee says “I need a leave of absence,” or “I’m too stressed to work”? Are employers required to provide leave to new hires who are pregnant? Can employers condition leave requests on a doctor’s note? Do SDI and PFL provide protected time off?

      Employee leave requests can be confusing, particularly in California, where rules sometimes overlap. We will provide helpful guidance for HR professionals to understand when leave rules are triggered, how to manage employee leave requests, employees’ obligations concerning requesting a leave of absence, and more.

      Sue M. Bendavid

      Lewitt Hackman

      Sue M. Bendavid is an employment attorney, Shareholder, and the Chair of the Lewitt Hackman Employment Practice Group.  Working exclusively with employers, Ms. Bendavid handles employment litigation, counseling and transactions, representing employers in matters from claims prevention and training, to individual and class action lawsuits.

      Tal Burnovski Yeyni

      Lewitt Hackman

      Tal Burnovski Yeyni is a Shareholder in the Employment Practice Group.  She earned a Master of Law degree (LL.M.) from the University of California Los Angeles School of Law, where her primary concentration of study centered on labor and employment law. She earned her initial law degree (LL.B.) from Bar Ilan University School of Law in Israel.

      She exclusively represents employers and focuses her practice on reducing the risk of employee claims (wage and hour, harassment, discrimination, etc.)

      Additional Event Details

      7:20 AM Registration & Networking

      7:30 AM Breakfast & Introductions

      7:45 AM Legal Update

      8:00-9:00 AM Program and Q&A

      • 14 Mar 2024
      • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
      • Zoom (Virtual)

      Join us on March 14, 2024, to hear from Mineral. Mineral brings together the best of two HR and compliance powerhouses: ThinkHR and Mammoth. Mineral frees you to focus on what you do best. 

      Did you know? 
      As an NHRA member, you have unlimited access to Mineral, a cloud-based HR resource center and live hotline! They can help you and your business navigate the complexities of compliance and workforce management.  Visit their website and enjoy your benefits including FAQ's, workbooks, templates, state and federal updates, etc.  

      Program Objectives

      Join us for a walk-through of the Mineral Platform, which will include: 

      • How to consult you Mineral HR Experts
      • How to easily create your Employee Handbook that's never out-of-date 
      • How to assign training to your employees from a catalog of hundreds of interactive courses 
      • How to navigate a multitude of HR compliance resources, tools, & templates 
      • Plus, much more!

      *This is an event for current NHRA Members.  Interested in Membership or want to learn more about the NHRA?  Click here

      • 19 Mar 2024
      • 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM (PDT)
      • UCI Research Park // Olive Room 5301 California Avenue Irvine, CA
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      In today's dynamic workplace landscape, the departure of rising stars and the stumbling of new leaders have become all too common. It's a phenomenon where talent exits just as quickly as it enters, leaving organizations grappling with a perpetual leadership vacuum.

      Join NHRA-OC and featured speaker Marrisa Waldman, CEO  of FromJump and Leaderology, on March 19 as she brings brings perspective on how simply filling the recruitment pipeline with diverse talent isn't sufficient. Learn about how the journey from recruitment to retention, from potential to proficiency, demands a deliberate and strategic approach—an approach driven not by quotas, but by intentionality.

      Discussion Points:

      • Learn why new leaders are getting rejected by the organization and how to mitigate the risk of rejection by the system. 
      • Uncover current challenges and roadblocks in order to purposefully onboard new leaders. 
      • Explore the research-backed L.A.U.N.C.H. framework to successfully assimilate new leaders into your organization in a smooth and scalable way.


      Annual Sponsors

      • 21 Mar 2024
      • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
      • Northland Workforce Training Center - Entrance A 683, Northland Ave. Buffalo, New York 14211