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When: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Where: Volcom Headquarters
1740 Monrovia Ave
Costa Mesa, California  92627
United States
Presenter: Various Speakers
Contact: Lili Arguello

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PIHRA #RealHR-OC - Don't Fear the Deep End of the Talent Pool

PIHRA #RealHR-OC Presents: Don't Fear the Deep-End of the Talent Pool - April 2019


Don't Fear the Deep-End of the Talent Pool

SOLD OUT! - No Walk-Ins


You’re invited to attend PIHRA #RealHR-OC, a high energy social combined with a learner centric panel ready to discuss recruiting and retaining talent in a tight labor market. Grab your colleagues, business cards, experiences and ideas, and JOIN US!

You will not want to miss this event, which will be take place at one of the coolest venues in Orange County – the Volcom Skatepark located at Volcom’s headquarters.

The first hour of the event will be dedicated to mixing, munching and sampling spirits with soul. The interactive panel will begin at 7:00pm.

Thanks to our sponsors, Robert Half and Volcom, your registration will include a light meal, an open bar and at 50% off Volcom merchandise at their employee store (open until 7:00pm).

Panel Program Objectives:

  • Discuss ways to remain flexible as the nation experiences record low unemployment and future hiring needs fluctuate.
  • Learn ways of accessing untapped talent that has been traditionally overlooked by employers.
  • Explore ways of shaping organizational culture to promote inclusivity in the workplace where untraditional talent can thrive and make an organizational impact. 


Grand Prize Drawing! Just drop a business card at the Lockton table for a chance to win an Apple Watch or $300 Gift Card!




Event has sold out. We are not accepting any walk-ins onsite.


Program Agenda

5:45pm:             Registration Opens

6:00-7:00pm:    Mixing, munching and sampling spirits with soul

7:00-8:00pm:    Interactive Panel: Don't Fear the Deep-End of the Talent Pool

8:00-8:30pm:    Wrap-Up


Event Sponsored By:







Thelá R. Thatch, MBA, PHR has more than two decades of experience in human resources, talent management, organizational development, and diversity and inclusion initiatives. Currently, she owns and operates Management Resource Solutions Human Resources (MRS HR), a full-service human resources consulting firm. In addition, she is a PhD candidate in Public Policy and Administration with a Law specialization at Walden University. As Chief Diversity Officer for Live Nation Entertainment (LNE), she laid the foundation and implemented the very first Diversity initiative within LNE. She has worked with various Fortune 500 organizations such as UPS, Devro, ADC, Paychex, Cablevision, and Fox Television.
  Romarilyn Ralston, M.L.A. is the project lead for Project Rebound out of California State University, Fullerton. For three decades she has organized for gender and racial justice and against the violence of imprisonment––first while incarcerated, and more recently as an advocate on the outside. In her current position, she helps provide formerly incarcerated students with tools and opportunities to help them thrive as scholars. She is also an organizer with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners, a recent graduate of the Women’s Foundation of California’s Women’s Policy Institute, and a graduate of JustLeadershipUSA’s Leading with Conviction Program and 2014-15 Coro Fellow in Public Affairs alumni. Romarilyn holds a B.A. with honors in Gender and Feminist Studies from Pitzer College and an M.A. in Liberal Arts from Washington University.
  Michaela I. Mendelsohn is a transgender activist, public speaker, and businesswoman with over forty years of entrepreneurial leadership experience. She is currently the CEO of Pollo West Corp, one of the larger franchise groups for El Pollo Loco restaurants in the Western Region of the United States and was recently chosen as the 2018 Nation's "Face of Diversity" for the restaurant industry. She led this year's LA Pride Parade as the Grand Marshall, and founded TransCanWork whose mission is: "Building a culture nationwide for transgender people to thrive in the workplace.”


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, and the First Amendment. Ms. Solano 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. She 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. She regularly drafts employment agreements, employee pay plans, proprietary information agreements, employee handbooks, and other personnel policies. Ms. Solano is also a sought-after presenter. She has provided training seminars and presentations to various entities and professional associations on various topics such as: preventing discrimination, retaliation, and harassment; conducting disciplinary investigations; responding to EEOC and DFEH complaints; managing employee leaves; and employee discipline.



This program is valid for 1.0 PDC for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit www.shrmcertification.org.

Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA) is recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM.

This program has been approved for 1.0 HR (General) recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute homepage at www.hrci.org.

The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.


Registration Rates

Category Pre-Registration Onsite
PIHRA Member $25 N/A
Guest/Nonmember $40 N/A
PIHRA Member In-Transition $20 N/A
PIHRA Student Member $20 N/A

We are no longer taking registrations - event is sold out! We will NOT be accepting onsite registrations.


Cancellation Policy

There will be a 50% administration fee for any cancellation. If you need to cancel, we must receive it in writing (email or fax) 2 business days prior to an event during normal business hours. Refunds will not be given to no-shows. Credits will not be issued for use towards future PIHRA events.


Additional Sponsor

 Beverage Sponsor


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