The 2017 agenda is in the works and will be debuting soon!

Here’s a look at the 2016 conference agenda from Scottsdale, Arizona.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

  • Travel to Scottsdale – check in at The Saguaro Scottsdale
  • Casual Meet and Greet Reception – 7 – 8 PM  Agave East – Street Taco Bar + Beer, Wine and Margaritas

Monday, OCTOBER 24, 2016

  • Group Breakfast – 6:45 – 7:45 AM – La Plaza Room
  • Conference Welcome – 8:30 AM – Mariposa Room
    • SHRArizona – Reflections on the Grand Canyon State, Meg Rudge, Grand Canyon South Rim
    • SHRA Faces and Places
  • Investing In Your Team  – 10:15 – 11:00 AM –
    Amy Kennedy -Director of Placement & Park Relations
    and Dave Degler – Director of Program & Leadership, A Christian Ministry in the National Parks
    ACMNP took a giant step in empowering their 2016 team members by introducing The Pathway To Exceptional Leadership™.  Amy and Dave will share their reflections and inspirations from before, during and after the program implementation. While their team focus may differ from a development toolbox vision you may have, the principles are broad-based and widely applicable and will inspire you to think outside the box.
  • A moment of SHRAspiration
  • Work and Travel Program Updates  – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Kathy Thomson, International Recruitment Consultant, CIEE;
    Dax Masterson, Corporate Director of Business Development, Janus International Hospitality Student Exchange;
    Shawna Pye, Work and Travel Employer Relations Manager, CCI Greenheart;

    Mallory Carpentier, Program Coordinator, GeoVisions
    Program updates (“final rulemaking”) for the J1 Visa / Work and Travel Program were expected this summer, but not yet released. These updates could be hot off the press at Conference time! In addition, the State Department has put an increased focus on the cultural aspect of the Program, as well as volunteering. These industry leaders will answer specific attendee questions as well as offer the current “state of the union” address.
  • Group Lunch – 12:00 – 1:00 PM – La Plaza Room
  • Leadership Training – Human / Resource – Be Both! – 1:00 – 5:00 PM
    Dina Cipollaro Beck, FUNdamental Training Solutions
    You’ve seen the t-shirt with the phrase “Human Resources Team Leader – Because Freakin Miracle Worker Isn’t An Official Job Title”?  The Human Resource Manager is a powerhouse of skills and talents, along with a treasure trove of resources, and a keen sense of people power. In today’s world, the HR Manager provides both Leadership and Vision to their workplace.Dina will super-charge this interactive training session, empowering you to tackledinaheadshot2 the HR challenges that lie ahead and bring the best of who you are to the table. Dina has a Masters degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology and was the Internship & Outreach Coordinator at Lake Tahoe Community College. Dina brings fifteen years of human resources experience and a fresh approach to all her training sessions. Her trainings deliver a fresh perspective through in-depth knowledge of the seasonal industry.
  • Group Dinner – 6:00 – 7:30 PM – Agave East Room 


  • Group Breakfast – 6:45 – 7:45 AM – La Plaza Room
  • SHRA’s On The Run- 8:30 – 9:30 AM
  • HR’s Got Talent – Facilitated Panel Discussion – Recruiting and Engagement – 9:30 – 11:15 AM
    Master of Ceremonies – Matt Moore,
    Matt and his panel will present best practices and challenges of recruiting in our seasonal operations: Recruiting Trends/Techniques, Job Ads, Job Seeker/Employee/Candidate Perspectives, Onboarding/Benefits, Employee Engagement/Recognition. With unemployment rates at all-time lows, competition for applicants has become more intense. For employers, this includes attracting the ideal candidate, concentrating efforts on engagement, reducing turnover, increasing the pool of returning employees and building a strong supervisory foundation. Formulate your plan for the coming year, with insight and guidance from industry partners.
  • A moment of SHRAspiration
  • SHRA Snap Chat – 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM – Quick – before it’s gone – your chance to interact with others who haven’t been sitting next to you or in your small groups!
  • Afternoon Adventures in Scottsdale and the greater Phoenix Area – 12:00 PM ++
    Do we have a hit list for you! Grab a new (or old!) SHRA friend and take in an afternoon and evening of Art, Culture, Nature, Shopping, Dining. Ready, set, go! Check out Things to Do in Scottsdale

“The SHRA conference is very empowering. The opportunity to compare notes with others in the industry and learn together makes me feel more prepared to take on the day to day challenges of the job.”
– Beth, Human Resources Manager at Signal Mountain Lodge


  • Group Breakfast – 6:45 – 7:45 AM – La Plaza Room
  • Employment Law Update with a Seasonal Employer Focus  8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Mark Berry,
    Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP

    markMark Berry advises employers on all aspects of the employment relationship, including employment agreements, policies, and challenging workplace situations. Mark gives a lively and informative overview of the hottest topics and most relevant changes to keep you up to date, including FLSA Update: Practical Strategies for the New White Collar Exemption Rules and social media – Tech Meets Work, and key laws from states that are represented at the conference. (Attendees: if you have specific areas of concern, share those in advance and we’ll ask Mark to dig in !)
  • Group Lunch – 12:00 – 1:00 PM – La Plaza Room
  • The Culture Club – Make Your Message Meaningful – 1:00 –  2:30 PM
    Chris Haro, Director of Digital Marketing, Forever Resorts
    Prepare to explore marketing and social media tips and tricks chrisharothat will help you build your employment brand. By showcasing your culture, effective messaging will make your job easier and bring the right people to your door. Chris has over 15 years of marketing experience to bring to our table in this interactive session, and he’s eager to give you a handful of takeaways for instant implementation.
  • Strength in Numbers – Leveraging SHRA Brainpower – 3:15 – 5:00 PM
    Throughout the conference, attendees will have the opportunity to capture specific questions, concerns, and topics that are relative to our unique industry but may not have been covered in one of the sessions. We’ll take the time to hear from one another, and pull in the power of networking to get you the information and encouragement you need.
  • Conference Wrap Up
  • Join us for a no-host event – 6:00 – 7:30 PM
    at Cien Agaves Taco and Tequila Bar (7228 E 1st Ave – walking distance from The Saguaro). We invite you to participate in the optional (yet traditional!) SHRA Gift Exchange, grab a drink and a bite to eat, celebrate the week and say thanks and so long to your new SHRA friends.

Thursday, OCTOBER 27, 2016

  • Departure (Check out time by Noon / no conference activities)

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