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PIHRA #RealHR-OC Recap & Resources

Monday, April 15, 2019   (0 Comments)
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PIHRA #RealHR-OC: Don't Fear the Deep End of the Talent Pool

Event Recap & Resources

April 10, 2019 | Volcom Skatepark, Costa Mesa


Thank you to everyone who attended the #RealHR–OC on April 10th at Volcom Headquarters. The topic, Don’t Fear the Deep End of the Talent Pool, was well received and was attended by a SOLD OUT crowd of nearly 170 PIHRA members and sponsors.

Our expert panelists provided such a wealth of information that we created this page to provide all of the resources to you. Please be sure to share this resource page with your fellow HR professionals and the community at large!

Panelist Testimonial

The PIHRA #RealHR-OC event, Don't Fear the Deep End of the Talent Pool, exceeded my expectations as a panelist. As an HR professional, I will be the first to admit that it has been difficult to advocate for applicants that do not meet what some consider standard role requirements. I have been challenged throughout my career to think outside of the box and to recognize any biases that may create obstacles for diverse applicants that have unusual circumstances.

During the event, I was proud to see a standing room only room full of fellow HR professionals willing to tackle stigmas and societal norms that have created barriers for applicants deserving a second chance. The positive response from my Orange County HR colleagues and their willingness to get real talent back to work reminded me of why I became an HR professional. Thank you again PIHRA for providing a platform to discuss such a bold topic!

- Thelá R. Thatch, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP, #RealHR-OC Panelist

Attendee Survey

If you attended the event, please take our attendee survey. Click below to begin. 


Event Resources

Sign the SHRM Pledge: Getting Talent Back To Work

As an individual and/or as a company, PIHRA invites you to participate in SHRM's Getting Talent Back to Work initiative. 


Resource: Helping Formerly Incarcerated Individuals


Resource: Fair Chance Hiring Laws

This is a one sheet to share with interested participants that will connect them to resources around the Fair Chance Hiring Laws, Thelá's upcoming 'Fair Chance' job site, and Community Based Organizations that specialize in making sure applicants receive a fair chance.


Resource: DFEH Transgender Rights in the Workplace



Learn more about the organizations our panelists work with:

Follow our Panelists

Thank you to our Sponsors

This event could not have happened without our sponsors. Thank you for supporting PIHRA #RealHR-OC's gathering & dialogue about this important topic!


Event Sponsor

Event Sponsor

Grand Prize Sponsor


Venue Sponsor

Beverage Sponsor

#RealHR-OC Photos

We encourage you to post photos of the event on your social media channels - include #PIHRA and #RealHR-OC hashtags so that your fellow attendees can find them! 

PIHRA members gathering by the Wahoo! Fish Taco Truck

Checking into #RealHR-OC.

Scott Ripley, Chair of PIHRA South Orange Co, welcomes the crowd & kicks off the main event!

Romarilyn Ralston takes the mic.

A vibrant night discussing how HR can lead by example and consider nontraditional candidates.

Michaela Mendelsohn has the mic.

Thelá has the mic.

Our panelists shared deeply moving stories and impressive insights.

The social part of PIHRA #RealHR-OC!

Attendees mingling at #RealHR-OC.

Someone's about to dig into some seriously fresh Wahoo! fish tacos.

One last photo of our wonderful panelists - and our moderator, Amber Solano. Brava!


Matt Paletz, Lockton and Stacey Gordon, PIHRA get ready to ollie!

Rafael Rivera announces that PIHRA has signed SHRM's Getting Back To Work initiative.

Rafael Rivera and Scott Ripley.

Attendees taking notes.

PIHRA & Volcom Staff ready for #RealHR-OC!

Who would have guessed 150+ HR professionals would fill up Volcom Skatepark?

Attendees mingling & enjoying tacos.

Our incredible PIHRA #RealHR panelists.

Attendees mingling at #RealHR-OC.

Wayne Munyer, PIHRA Past President, poses with PIHRA Executive Director Rafael Rivera.

Scott Ripley, PIHRA South Orange Co., addressing the crowd.

Photo credit: Cami Hamilton, Stacey Gordon, Maddy Apple (c) PIHRA 2019

What's next with PIHRA #RealHR? Meet us in La Jolla!

#RealHR-La Jolla: HR. THC. CBD. OMG!

#RealHR is a fusion of learning, discussing, and networking. It's the place where you can exchange real stories & insights, gain practical & strategic takeaways from dynamic panelists, and engage with your local HR peers.

Join us for PIHRA #RealHR-La Jolla on May 29 where we'll learn and discuss future trends of the cannabis industry, and its multi-dimensional effect on HR.

We hope to see you there!


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