PIHRA Chapters and Communities

PIHRA Ventura County

Chapter Meetings:

Every 3rd Thursday of the Month (7:30am-9:30am)

Sonesta Select Hotel
4994 Verdugo Way
Camarillo, CA 93012


Times and locations of PIHRA Ventura County events are subject to change.

The health and safety of our community is our top priority. We are committed to continue to keep you safe as we reopen our educational events.


Breakfast & evening events include:

• Great speakers with HR related topics
• Current legal updates
• Webinars – lecture-style for HRCI and SHRM recertification credits
• Full breakfast (hot/cold menu)
• Networking opportunities

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HR Career Services – In Transition Resources

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Human Resources In Transition

Being in transition can be difficult, confusing and an emotional place to be in. PIHRA Ventura County Career Services has designed this web page to help you by bringing as many local resources as possible while you search for your next HR position. In this section, you will also find a number of discounted and no-cost opportunities to help keep you engaged in your continuing education and professional life while you are looking for work.


PIHRA Ventura County Career Services is here to provide resources, information, learning and networking opportunities to chapter members who are looking to begin a career in human resources, who are in transition or underemployed or who are looking to transition from one human resources discipline to another. Our goal is to help you fulfill your career goals.

Connect with HR Peers

Keep your HR connections alive by taking part in our many PIHRA sponsored learning and networking events. SHRM and HRCI credits are available for many of these events.

  • PIHRA Ventura County Career Services Events (quarterly) – Meet your peers at our quarterly after-hours events and enjoy good food, good professional company and lots of learning about topics that can directly impact your career in a positive way! These events are FREE TO PIHRA MEMBERS. SHRM credit may be available for certain events. Click here to register for our next event.
  • PIHRA Ventura County General Meetings (monthly) – Join your HR peers every 3rd Thursday morning at Spanish Hills Golf and Country Club for breakfast, networking and listening to expert local guest speakers and share up-to-date information on current HR topics. SHRM and HRCI credits are available for these events. Visit pihra.org/calendar to register for our next event.
  • California HR Conference – As part of your ongoing HR development and expanding your networking efforts, why not consider investing in attending the California HR Conference? I hope you can join us for the California HR Conference in 2022 held on May 24-26, 2022 at the Riverside Conference Center (limited capacity). We will host the conference both In-Person and Virtually. Visit cahrconference.org for more information.

Connect to Local Career Networking Events:

Are you aware of any local career networking events in Ventura County that we can share with our members on this site? Contact Mary Valdivieso, Chair at venturacounty@pihra.org with the event details.

Connect with Outplacement/Recruitment Services:

→ Aerotek Staffing – Oxnard

→ AppleOne Employment Services – Oxnard, Thousand Oaks, Ventura

→ Employers Depot, Inc. – Oxnard

→ Express Employment Professionals – Oxnard

→ Kelly Services – Oxnard

→ Lee Hecht Harrison – Woodland Hills

→ On Demand Employment Group – Oxnard

→ Robert Half – Oxnard

→ Volt Workforce Solutions – Oxnard

Upload Your Resume

Let the PIHRA website bring employers to you! Upload your resume to the PIHRA Career Center where many nearby employers come to search for their next great HR professional.

PIHRA Discounts for In Transition Members

When you are looking for work, you need all of the financial support you can get. PIHRA understands this, and offers members who are in transition or underemployed a discounted rate on annual membership dues: $150.00 for a new or reactivated membership, or $75.00 if renewing an existing PIHRA membership. To learn more about this discounted rate, email through the website at pihra.org.

Once your PIHRA Ventura County membership has been converted to an in-transition membership, your will receive three complimentary general meeting coupons so you can continue to network with your peers and stay current in you HR knowledge. To receive your three complimentary general meeting coupons, contact Mary Valdivieso, Chair at venturacounty@pihra.org with the event details.

Please note: This offer is only available to those PIHRA members who have designated Ventura County (0030) as their chapter of record.

PIHRA Ventura County members in transition also receive a significant discount on the monthly general meetings to help you stay in touch with your local HR peers. $19.00/meeting – regular member rate is $35.00/meeting. To take advantage of this discounted rate, please ensure that your PIHRA membership is converted to an in-transition membership before registering for a meeting.

Discounted rates for In-Transition members will be available a month prior for the 2022 California HR Conference. Please visit cahrconference.org for more information.

As always, the PIHRA Ventura County Career Services Events are FREE to all PIHRA members.

SHRM Membership Discounts for In Transition Members

Being in transition doesn’t have to keep active SHRM members from being able to take advantage of SHRM’s many resources when membership renewal time rolls around. If you are in transition, you have an active SHRM membership and you have not exceeded your membership expiry date by 90 days, SHRM is offering a free transitioning membership for up to one year as a way to help its members stay current on HR issues and provide them with the resources they need in their job search.

This transitioning membership offer applies to both the SHRM Professional membership and the SHRM Global Online membership.

To learn more about SHRM’s transitioning membership offer, contact SHRM directly at 1-800-283-7476 or email through their website at shrm.orgPIHRA is an independent organization from SHRM. PIHRA is the largest local affiliate chapter of SHRM in the world. PIHRA and SHRM memberships are separate entities. 


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Become a Volunteer Leader with PIHRA Ventura County

Have you thought about becoming a PIHRA Ventura County board member? Volunteering your skills and talents to help support your HR peers can be a great way of giving back to your professional community, learning valuable leadership skills and helping you really connect with like-minded HR professionals in your local area.

Worried about time?

The time commitment includes attending one dinner board meeting (2nd Tuesday of the month) and one breakfast learning session (3rd Thursday of the month).

Currently, PIHRA Ventura County is looking for highly motivated individuals to lead in the following Board roles:

  • Social Media Chair: Responsible for ensuring that PIHRA Ventura County activities, accomplishments and achievements are well-presented on all of PIHRA’s social media platforms (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram) and observing social media best practices for PIHRA Ventura County by participating in the monthly PIHRA Social Media & Communications Call (30 min).
  • Hospitality Chair: Responsible for sourcing and working with site vendors for PIHRA monthly general meetings and all other PIHRA Ventura County events. Responsible for coordinating on-site registration and set up at events, while ensuring that members and guests feel welcome and comfortable.
  • Career Services Chair: Responsible for providing resources and information to Chapter members who are looking to begin a career in Human Resources, who are in transition, or who are looking to transfer from one HR discipline to another. Responsible for sharing local job openings with members and creating events that support and promote career development.

If you are interested in learning more about a Board role, send a copy of your resume along with an email expressing which Board position you are interested in to Mary Valdivieso, Chair at venturacounty@pihra.org.


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Volunteer Officers

For additional information, please contact us at

Chair:   Mary Valdivieso, SHRM-CP

Vice-Chair:   Cheryl Johnston, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Treasurer:   Shannon Robledo, SHRM-CP

Secretary:   Lori Burke

Membership Chair:   Open

Program Chair:   Patricia Douglass

Technology Chair:   Paul Dryman

Legislative Affairs Chair:   Ryan Haws

Hospitality Chair:   Open


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Partners & Sponsors

"PIHRA has been the backbone of my career in HR.  Throughout my 12 year membership I have benefited from continuing education with an array of knowledgeable speakers, networking opportunities, affordable rates, and most of all a sense of support and belonging." -Irma Kason, PHRca, SHRM-CP

Partner with PIHRA Ventura County!

By targeting a market composed of Professionals in Human Resources and related areas, PIHRA Ventura County is pleased to partner with our business community for their marketing efforts by providing advertising opportunities.

Interested in Sponsoring?

Sponsoring a PIHRA Ventura County event is without a doubt, the best way to reach Ventura County Human Resources Professionals. For more information contact Darlene Gonzales, Ventura County Sponsorship Chair.

“When I joined PIHRA I was only a few years into my career. I did not know what to expect or what to do. My PIHRA Chapter took me in and assisted me in a many different issues that popped up with my position as a Human Resources Manager. I served as the membership chair for my local chapter and loved to get other individuals excited about PIHRA. I even sat for my SPHR because of the people there that encouraged me to continue to learn and grow!”

– Christina Gonzalez-Hicks, MBA, SPHR (LEAPROs, Corona, CA)

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Get Involved

There are many ways to volunteer with PIHRA & hone your leadership skills.