Volunteer Opportunities

"I love what PIHRA provides to the HR community. Without the endless education, amazing networking, friendships, and opportunities to hone my leadership skills, I don't think I would have been as successful as an HR director. Thank you PIHRA. I feel honored to be leading this worthwhile organization and giving back a small portion of what I was given." Patti Sprinkle, PIHRA President

Hone Your Leadership Skills

It is a well-known fact that the most powerful way to develop as a leader is to volunteer. PIHRA provides members with opportunities to hone their leadership skills through volunteerism in various functional areas at our 17 chapters and at the executive board level. Our leaders gain visibility in the community and the skills necessary to advance their career.

We have a variety of opportunities for you to choose from based on your preferred type of involvement and time commitment which can span of months or years. PIHRA needs you to continue to provide communities, professional development, and resources to advance human resource professionals.


Ways to Volunteer with PIHRA

Committee Position

Typically, these are short term commitments serving on a committee with the PIHRA board or on the board of a PIHRA Chapter or as part of a group of people working within one of our specialty groups (i.e., PIHRA Emerging Leaders). As a committee volunteer, you will have an opportunity to contribute your expertise, strength and passion in an area that you select such as programs/professional development, membership recruitment or engagement, event coordination and sponsorship management.

Chapter Board Member

As a voting member of PIHRA, you are able to assume a formal officer position on the board of one of our 17 chapters. Each of our chapters have a full board which consists of the key positions listed below. These positions usually consist of a one year commitment, and the positions are appointed or elected by existing board members.

The chair and vice chair positions of each of the chapter boards are selected through an election. The nominations for these positions are underway, and elections occur in October.

The additional board positions available (below) are discussed during the October- December time frame at the chapter level. PIHRA members who are logged into their membership can view *ALL* Chapter election documents here.

2021 Chapter Chair & Vice Chair Elections

As a reminder, it is time for PIHRA Chapters to begin the nominations process for chapter officers. These include:

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair
  • Membership
  • Programs
  • Secretary
  • Hospitality
  • Treasurer
  • Social Media/ Communications
  • Student Chapter Liaison
  • And More!

Chapter members will participate in an election in October 2020 to elect their Chair and Vice Chair.

Chapter Nominations Form for Chair & Vice Chair positions:

2020-2021 Chapter Nominations Form (PDF)

Please look for a separate announcement to the entire membership regarding chapter officer nominations. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to Brenda Trujillo at secretary@pihra.org or Chapter Engagement at wayne@pihra.org if you have any questions or need further assistance.


Some positions that exist include:


The chair presides at all district meetings and communicates with each member of the District/Board committees during the month to ensure responsibilities are being handled effectively.

Vice Chair

The Vice Chairperson serves in the absence of the Chairperson that includes all of the Chairperson’s responsibilities. The Vice Chairperson is responsible for closely monitoring the activities of the District’s committees and assisting as needed in all areas.


The secretary takes minutes of all District meetings and provides notice of meeting dates and times. Maintain the current administrative files of the District and historic files.


The treasurer is responsible for all aspects of the financial functions of the District including, issuing of payments, record keeping, collection of fees, creation of monthly financial documents and tracking and reporting of all credit card use.

Membership Development

Responsible for annual recruitment and retention efforts of the District, including the implementation of the ongoing campaign developed at the Association level.


Has the responsibility for the development of all district programs. Work closely with the district leadership and the PIHRA Home Office Programs Manager to ensure that relevant topics and speakers are selected for presentation.

Social Media & Communications

This position is responsible for ensuring that PIHRA Chapter 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 by participating in the monthly PIHRA Social Media & Communications Call (30 min).


This position is responsible for the selection of location for monthly meetings and coordinate menu selections.


The Sponsorship Chair is responsible for developing effective and affordable sponsorship opportunities and organizations to support the districts in their meeting and education efforts.


Please do not hesitate to reach out to Brenda Trujillo at secretary@pihra.org or Chapter Engagement at wayne@pihra.org if you have any questions or need further assistance.


PIHRA Board of Directors

As a voting member of PIHRA, you can also decide to run for a position on the PIHRA Board of Directors. These positions are typically a two year commitment. Some of the roles that are available include:





Regional Representation

There are also standing committee chair positions that are available in Professional Development, Membership Development, Organizational Continuity, Legislative Affairs and Emerging Leaders.

To be eligible to serve on the Board of Directors, the individual must be a current voting PIHRA member in good standing and have previously served or currently serving in any one of the following positions:

A voting member of the PIHRA Board

A voting member of a PIHRA Chapter Board

A member of a standing committee or an ad hoc committee of the Board of Directors

The board position nominations are currently underway and will be voted on in October 2020. See below for details!

2020 PIHRA Board of Directors Election


If you meet the eligibility requirements listed above, please consider applying to any of our open positions before October 2.

  • President (2-year term)
  • Vice President (2-year term)
  • Treasurer (2-year term)


Executive Board Forms & Documents:

2020 Nomination Form for President, Vice President & Treasurer (PDF)

2020 Board Conflict of Interest Form (PDF)

2020 Board Commitment Form (PDF)

Send your completed Executive Board Nominations Form (PDF) to secretary@pihra.org before October 2.

2020 PIHRA Regional Representatives Election

We are also looking for volunteers that are members in good standing who have held a chapter position and would like to apply for the following Regional Representative openings:

  • Valley Region – Burbank/Glendale, Pasadena, Woodland Hills
  • Eastern Region – Riverside, Temecula Valley, Coachella Valley
  • Western Region – West Los Angeles, South Bay, Long Beach

Regional Rep Forms & Documents:

2020 Nomination Form for Regional Representatives (PDF)

2020 Roles & Responsibilities for Regional Representatives (PDF)

2020 Regional Representative Commitment Form (PDF)

Please send completed forms to secretary@pihra.org by October 2, 2020.

Interested in learning more about PIHRA Chapter positions & elections? Click here!


Please do not hesitate to reach out to Brenda Trujillo at secretary@pihra.org or Chapter Engagement at wayne@pihra.org if you have any questions or need further assistance.



Speaking at PIHRA

There are numerous benefits to speaking at PIHRA events, including exposure to a wide audience of Human Resources and business decision makers, and positioning yourself as an expert among your peers. PIHRA welcomes presentation proposals from professionals with expertise in Human Resources and those who are committed to advancing the HR profession who are willing to share best practices.

With more than 4,000 members, you’ll be in great company as a PIHRA member who is also a speaker. Members who are also speakers will be listed in our speaker directory, which is only searchable by members. To access the searchable Speaker Directory, please click below.

→ Login to search the Speaker Member Directory*

*Note: It is not required that you become a PIHRA member to speak at a PIHRA event. Membership is only required to appear in the directory.

If you are not currently a PIHRA member, you can join as a Speaker Member at an annual membership of $150. Benefits of being a Speaker Member include becoming searchable in our Member Directory as well as receiving all of the additional member benefits which can be found here. Please click here to join now.

If you are currently a member and would like to have your profile updated to be searchable in the Member Directory, please email programs@pihra.org.

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Program Criteria & Guidelines

For all programs, speaker proposals are reviewed and selected by a committee of volunteer HR professionals according to the evaluation criteria below:

Review Criteria:

Originality of content (new/original proposals are prioritized over previously selected ones for other PIHRA events/CA HR Conference)

An engaging session title – you want people to show up to your session

Current topic – demonstration of knowledge of current hot topics, trends and laws (as applicable)

Well-defined focus, clearly listing a minimum of 3 key takeaways/learning objectives

Practical ideas and application of material without the promotion or advertising of your company’s products/services – the audience wants to hear your expertise not a sales pitch

Ability to deliver an innovative, impactful, and stimulating presentation

Evaluations at prior speaking engagements (if applicable)

Presentation Guidelines

Handouts are strongly suggested – we consistently receive requests for tangible and actionable takeaways in addition to the PowerPoint presentation. At the minimum, a PDF of your presentation is required. A great presentation includes worksheets/tips/tools for the audience.

Power Point is the required format in 16:9 perspectives (widescreen)

Less is more- keep your slides simple with impactful images, texts and charts

Leverage multi-media sources such as video, polls, music, visual aids to get your point across and engage the audience


Program List & Speaker Submission Form

PIHRA will accept submissions from speakers for our annual programs, including Chapter meetings, on a rolling basis. The deadline to submit for the 2021 California HR Conference passed on Friday, February 12, 2021.

To submit a program topic for upcoming PIHRA Events, click here.

18 Quarterly PIHRA Chapter Meetings (Virtual)

Annual California Employment Law Update (#CELU)

PIHRA #RealHR Interactive Panel Collaborations

HR Department of One

Strategic LeadHR

The 2022 California HR Conference (2021 applications closed 2/12/2021)


Frequently Asked Questions

How to do I best engage the audience?

Tell great stories! People tend to remember stories that are personal and told well.

Context is important (industry company size) but make sure it connects to the overall point you are trying to make. Too many irrelevant details detract from an impactful story. When appropriate, let the audience engage with you in Q&A. Encourage interactions between audience members with roundtable discussions or activities. Ensure you are clear on learning objectives stated at the beginning and summarize before you close out the session.

What format should I use for my presentation?

Microsoft Power Point is the required presentation software used by all PIHRA programs and files should be in .ppt or .pptx. Be sure your deck is set to 16:9 perspective (widescreen).

How do I obtain HR recertification credit for my session?

Obtaining HRCI and SHRM recertification credit is the responsibility of PIHRA.

However, for us to submit your session to obtain the recertification credit, it needs to be an educational session of interest and applicability for HR professionals. It should provide educational professional development and contain a minimum of 3 key learning objectives/audience takeaways, which would make the program eligible for general credit.

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“PIHRA has been instrumental in my career. From the networking to the worthwhile program offerings, and the recertification credits to the opportunities to give back – I have thoroughly enjoyed my time and truly seen the value time & time again.”

– Liz Consuegra, SPHR, PHRca, SHRM-SCP, Vice President of Field Human Resources (Petco, Southern CA)

Get Involved

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