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 18 chapters, three specialty groups and at the executive board level. Our leaders gain visibility in the community and the skills necessary to advance their career. Find out more about growing your career through volunteerism. 

PIHRA has a variety of opportunities for you to choose from based on your preferred type of involvement and time commitment.  Volunteer opportunities can span several weeks to several years – it’s all up to you. PIHRA needs your talent and time to provide communities, professional development, and resources to advance human resource professionals in California.


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2022 Nominations Committee

PIHRA cannot do all that it does without its trusted volunteer corps. PIHRA is pleased to announce the 2022 Nominations Committee. This committee is responsible for leading and executing the PIHRA board officer and chapter level nominations and election process. They will be working as a team along with our communities to help take the association forward and answer any questions the PIHRA community may have with respect to governance and  volunteer leadership.

Please email valleyregionrep@pihra.org to contact the 2022 Chair of the Nominations Committee with questions.

Ways to Volunteer with PIHRA

Committee Position

Typically, these are short term commitments serving on a committee connected with the PIHRA board, a PIHRA Chapter board or a PIHRA specialty group (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 current, voting member of PIHRA, you can assume a formal officer position on the board of one of our 18 chapters. Each of our communities has a  board which consists of the key positions listed below. These positions are usually a one year commitment and are appointed or elected by the Chair or the existing chapter board members.

In contrast, the chair and vice chair positions of each PIHRA chapter board are elected by the chapter’s membership. The nominations process for these positions typically takes place in August/September and elections occur in September/October.

The additional board positions available are discussed throughout the year and selections typically occur during the October- December time frame at the chapter level.

PIHRA Board of Directors

As a current, 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:


Vice President



Regional Representative

There are also standing committee chair positions that are available in Programs (Professional Development), Membership Development, College Relations, Government Affairs and Emerging Leaders.

Candidate Eligibility

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 PIHRA board of director nominations process has begun.  The election will occur in October 2022. See below for details!

2023-25 PIHRA Board of Directors Election


If you meet the eligibility requirements listed above, please consider applying to any of our open positions before Monday, October 17, 2022.

  • President (2-year term)
  • Vice President (2-year term)
  • Regional Representatives (2-year term)
      • Valley Region – Woodland Hills, Burbank/Glendale and Pasadena
      • Western Region – West Los Angeles, South Bay and Long Beach
      • Eastern Region – Riverside, Temecula Valley, and Coachella Valley

Executive Board Forms & Documents:

2022 Nomination Form President, Vice President and Regional Representatives 

2022 Board Conflict of Interest Form (PDF)

2022 Board Commitment Form (PDF)

Send your completed Board of Director Nominations Form to Karen Boublis at valleyregionrep@pihra.org by Monday, October 17, 2022.


It is time for PIHRA Chapters to begin the nominations process for chapter officers. The only positions elected by chapter members are the Chair and Vice Chair. All other positions are typically appointed by the Chair.

Chapter members will participate in an election in October 2022 to elect their Chair and Vice Chair.

Chapter Nominations Form for Chair & Vice Chair positions:

If you’re interested in the chapter chair or vice chair position, please submit the nominations form by Monday, October 17, 2022.

2023 Chapter Nominations Form (PDF)

Please do not hesitate to reach out to Karen Boublis at valleyregionrep@pihra.org or Member Services at membership@pihra.org if you have any questions or need further assistance.

Below are brief summaries describing each of the chapter board roles.


The chair presides at all chapter meetings and communicates with chapter leaders and board committees during the month to ensure responsibilities are being handled effectively.

Vice Chair

The vice chair serves in the absence of the chair covering all of the chair responsibilities, as necessary. The vice chair  is responsible for closely monitoring the activities of the chapter committees and assisting as needed in all areas.


The secretary takes minutes of all chapter board meetings and provides notice of meeting dates and times to chapter leaders. Maintains the current administrative files of the chapter including historic files.


The treasurer is responsible for all aspects of the financial functions of the chapter including accounts payable, 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 chapter, including the implementation of the campaigns developed at the association level. Participates in the monthly PIHRA membership chair call (30 minutes).


Has the responsibility for the development of all chapter programs. Work closely with the chapter leadership and the PIHRA Home Office Programs Team to ensure that relevant topics and speakers are selected for presentation. Participates in the PIHRA program chair calls (30 minutes).

Social Media & Communications

This position is responsible for ensuring that PIHRA chapter activities  and achievements are well-presented on all of PIHRA’s social media platforms (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram). Observes marketing, communications and social media best practices by participating in the monthly PIHRA Social Media & Communications Call (30 min).


This position is responsible for the selection of monthly meetings locations and coordinates menu selections.


The sponsorship chair is responsible for developing effective and values-centered sponsorship opportunities.  Seeks organizations which support the chapter in their meeting and education efforts.




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 $175. 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.

PIHRA Chapter Meetings 

Annual California Employment Law Update (#CELU)

PIHRA #RealHR Interactive Panel Collaborations

HR Department of One

Strategic LeadHR

The 2023 California HR Conference

To submit a program topic for CAHR23, click here.


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)