Reflections on the 25th Annual Seasonal HR Conference

QAJLThe Seasonal Human Resource Association’ 25th Annual Conference – REJUVENATE, REFLECT and RELAX was held November 10 -14, 2013 at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in beautiful Monterey, California.

What makes SHRA so special? “Human Resource Professionals are constantly being inundated with invitations to attend KevinMegKelcyconferences, seminars, and trainings. It can be difficult to sort through the barrage of information and select the best ones. If you’re in the seasonal HR industry you need not look any further! The Seasonal Human Resources Association (SHRA) is the best, most helpful, and most fantastic and fun seasonal HR training you could possibly attend! Over my seven year tenure with SHRA, I gained countless helpful skills and had access to information and trainings designed specifically for professionals in the seasonal HR world.” – Joe A, former HR Director, YMCA of the Rockies

Asilomar is a breathtakingly beautiful 107 acres of protected beachfront land within the scenic town of Pacific Grove on the world-famous Monterey Peninsula. Ecologically diverse, the grounds are a mix of California’s most pristine sand dunes, unspoiled beaches and towering pine forests. Asilomar welcomed SHRA with open arms, just as it’s done for other groups since 1913, playing host to conferences seeking a productive environment in a unique and natural setting.

The Conference setting was a wonderful way to refresh, relax and rejuvenate after a Cut&Pastelong summer season.  The real beauty of the conference was the networking and the camaraderie that came from mixing it up with other HR professionals in the seasonal hospitality industry. Countless opportunities for networking were interwoven during the week – from meals around the “wheel of fortune” to sessions to small group activities; a campfire discussion about Housekeepers, an arts & crafts session in the Social Hall, buddy walk break, sparkly notes, sightseeing and sea kayaking, beachfront walks, runs and get togethers. The 2013 SHRA participants laughed mightily, and left with a renewed sense of purpose and passion. Friendships were born or refreshed, and connections were made.

Over the years, SHRA has seen many talented HR faces smile their way through conferences, packing a wealth of knowledge, insight, wisdom along with “stories from the trenches”. The 25th Anniversary Event showcased SHRA Alumni, in a “Where Are They Now?” fashion, in addition to a virtual tour of the beautiful places we’ve seen in 25 years of SHRA. The 2013 Conference certainly added its own memories to the mix.AnnaMegAmy

The conference was packed with tidbits of information and educational sessions. The Keynote was our Employment Law Update, which focused on broad HR topics as well as rulings and changes that effect the seasonal industry specifically. SHRA 2013 brought “Putting the HUMAN Back in HR”, Up to the Minute Affordable Care Act, Work & Travel / J1 Student Program Update, “Pop Culture HR”, “Inside The (SHRA) Actor’s Studio”, Situational Leadership, “Tech Yes or Tech-No”, “Cash Crab” and more.

HRCI_ApprovedForCreditSealThe 2013 SHRA Conference has been approved for 6.75 hours of HRCI Certification Credits. A special event code is available to attendees to include on the recertification documentation. Email for details.

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