Team SHRA is working on Building a brilliant agenda for the 2019 conference. Below is the 2018 Fall Conference Agenda for an idea of typical content and schedule.


Travel to Stanford Sierra Conference Center
– Air travel to Reno-Tahoe Int’l Airport (RNO)
– Shuttle Bus Transportation is available from Airport to South Lake Tahoe
– Stanford Sierra Conference Center provides van pick up from South Lake Tahoe

Check in at Stanford Sierra Conference Center at Fallen Leaf Lake
5:00 – 6:00 PM – SHRA Social Hour
6:00 – 7:00 PM – Group Dinner


7:30 – 8:30 AM – Group Breakfast

CONFERENCE WELCOME 9:00 – 9:45 AM – Opening Session, SHRA and Tahoe Tidbits
BIZ CARD EXCHANGE – 9:45 – 10:30 AM – Hello, My Name Is …

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE  – 10:30AM – 12:00 PM – Zero in on key strengths, competencies and skills needed to lead yourself and dynamically lead others.

Virginia-Berry-325x325A recently retired Dean at Lake Tahoe Community College, Dr. Virginia Berry has been developing and delivering customized leadership development workshops for a wide variety of organizations since 2003.  She holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology as well as a certificate in Human Resources Management.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Group Lunch

ONBOARDING / ORIENTATION / ENGAGEMENT – 1:30 – 4:45 PM – Dina Cipollaro Beck presents “You’re Hired! (Now What?!)” – In the seasonal world, teams gather and scatter faster than the blink of an eye. Dina will inspire creative thinking, and share fabulous insights to help you prioritize and plan these crucial relationship-building opportunities.

dinaheadshot2Dina Cipollaro-Beck, MA, is a trainer, consultant, and adjunct faculty member in the areas of hospitality and the art and science of work styles and leadership. Well known for her innovative approach to training, Dina has fifteen years of human resources experience, a Masters degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology and was the Internship & Outreach Coordinator at Lake Tahoe Community College. With her fresh approach, Dina excels at creating energetic training workshops that both inspire and entertain

Group Dinner -5:30 – 6:15 PM

Relax and Unwind – Paint and Sip Activity – 6:30 – 9:00 PM – Create your own unique, spectacular SHRA Tahoe take-away – Starry Night Tahoe Style! You’ve never painted before? No sweat. You only dress in black and white because color scares you? No worries. You need a Christmas Gift for a hard-to-buy-for BFF? We’ve got you covered. Virginia and Dina will have you all fired up – keep the SHRA Monday Mojo alive! Grab a beverage from The Fountain (so you can sip away) and join our Lake Tahoe Paint and Sip instructor and your SHRA pals for this session. Everything you’ll need to create your masterpiece is provided.

Camp Karaoke Sing-Along and Have S’more – 7:30 PM


Group Breakfast – 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT – 9:00 – 9:15 AM – Reflections on Leading from the Heart


Amy Kennedy is the Interim Co-Executive Director/Director of Placement & Communications at A Christian Ministry in the National Parks. She led a Women in Wilderness Retreat at Mount Rainier this summer, and is Certified in a Behavior-Based Leadership Assessment.

INTERNATIONAL JEOPARDY – 9:15 – 10:15 AM – Team up for a SHRA version of this fast paced quiz game – test your knowledge about Work and Travel regulations, countries, traditions and cultures

Shawna Pye from Greenheart Exchange, Mallory Carpentier from GeoVisions, Dax Masterson from JANUS International and Hanna Mower from CIEE

Morning Break – 10:15 – 10:30

AND NOW, A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR – 10:30 – 10:45 AM – Check out What’s Hot and Cool at!

THE HIDDEN COST OF TURNOVER – 10:45 – 11:30 AM – A dishwasher goes MIA. What happens beyond the pile-up at the kitchen sink? Take a deep dive into the murky waters of employee turnover.

Matthew Moore is the VP at He’s a self-proclaimed spreadsheet junkie, an outdoor enthusiast, and has a camper named Gordy. Previous work experiences as a Resort Operations Manager with a National Park Concessionaire, a buyer with the City of Denver, and a stint with an up and coming tech startup, combined with his Bachelor of Science and Business Administration Degree from UNC help inform his unique business lens.

Group Lunch – Noon – 1 PM

NO SHRA LEFT BEHIND – CAMP EXPLORATION! – A “you call it” of afternoon adventures, options include: hiking (variety of levels – we’re just one mile from the Pacific Crest Trail!), waterfalls, tree house, tennis, stand-up paddle boards, single and double kayaks, rowboats, pedal boats, sailboats, (BYO) Mountain Bike, playground, nature trail, pre-scheduled massage.

Networking Social Hour – 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Group Dinner – 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Fireside SHRA Friend Festivities – 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM


Group Breakfast – 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

RECRUITMENT MARKETING – 9:00AM – 10:30 AM – What does it take to make a job seeker take action and click the Apply Now button? This session will fire up your inner Marketing Wizard.  This Marketing and Communications pro will give you plenty to ponder and then will facilitate discussions to help you better Assess, Strategize, Execute, Analyze, and Repeat in today’s challenging staffing environment.

SarahSarah Bierschwale is the Manager of Marketing and Communications for Yellowstone National Park Lodges. Sarah has worked in some mighty great places, as a seasonal and as a full-time employee, bringing the unique perspective of both applicant and employer to our session. She’ll share best practices and help you strengthen your recruiting efforts with marketing, communications, and social media tips and tricks.

Morning Break – 10:30 AM – 10:45 AM 

UNDERCOVER HR – THE MAGIC AND MYSTERY OF STANFORD SIERRA – 10:45 – 11:45 AM – Get the inside scoop on the culture, the communication and the crew at “camp” through three different lenses.


Tegan Ludwig is the Human Resources and Administrative Manager, at Stanford Sierra. She’s a SHRA Alum, and has also held HR positions with Aramark and HardRock Cafe.


Group Lunch – 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM 

EMPLOYMENT LAW – TOP 10 HOT LIST ITEMS AND THE HR OBSTACLE COURSE – 1:00 – 4:30 PM – Challenge your Skills, Knowledge and Human Resourcefulness and gain confidence in Navigating the Tricky Bits.


Mark Berry is a Partner at Davis Wright Tremaine, LLC. Mark advises employers on all aspects of the employment relationship, including employment agreements, policies, and challenging workplace situations. He truly understands our unique 24/7 employment paradigm and spells out what you need to know in user-friendly terms.

YAPPY HOUR AND YANKEE SWAP – 5:00 – 6:00 PM – A beloved (and optional) SHRA tradition is to exchange gift items related to your property or region (~$20 range) and beware, sometimes White Elephant items make it into the pile. Be ready for some twists and turns before taking home your treasure.
Dinner and The SHRA Wrap – 6:30 – 8:00 PM


Group Breakfast – 7:30 – 9:00 AM
Boat docks open 9 – 12
Departure from Fallen Leaf Lake and travel day

“The annual SHRA conference is a “must-attend event” for any Seasonal HR professional! The three-day conference provides outstanding opportunities for education, networking, and fun in iconic locations with peers from across the nation who face the same HR challenges you do. The conference is dynamic and interactive, and skillfully helps both new and old attendees feel part of the SHRA family – 2017 was my 8th SHRA! I’m anxious to find out where the next destination will be and am looking forward to attending many more events in the coming years!” – Dax M.