Become a speaker for CalSHRM
CalSHRM accepts speaker applications and presentation submissions on behalf of itself and the 17 SHRM affiliates in three regions across the state. Speakers wishing to be placed on the CalSHRM Speakers list must read all the criteria listed below and then complete the online application process.
Accepting conference and general applications
Below are the CalSHRM Conference Topic Categories. Please complete a separate Speaker Application and Submission Form for each topic you wish to present on.
Legislative and Legal Compliance
California and Federal Employment Law Topics and Compliance Practice Guidelines, Strategies, Tools and Form.
HR Risk Management
Top 10 California and Federal HR Risks and strategies, guidelines, recommended practices and options to mitigate and minimize risk.
Regulatory Agencies & Processes
Updates from California and Federal employment related regulatory agencies on 2024 focus areas, guidelines for best practices, and tips on interfacing with agency.
Identifying and delivering effective advocacy of the HR profession on selected hot topics to the California Legislature.
California State HR Advocacy & Legislative & Conference
The mission of the CalSHRM California State HR Advocacy & Legislative Conference is to - Enhance attendees' abilities to understand HR's advocacy role in California employment and legislative issues, and implement employment practices that sustain organizations.
In 2024, CalSHRM is offering several presentation opportunities throughout the Conference that support HR Legislative Advocacy and bring real-time learning to the state. These presentations include 1.0 hour general sessions and 1.5 hour opening/closing/keynote sessions.
This conference provides an opportunity for attendees to network with each other, share ideas, visit legislators at the Capitol, and connect with service providers within the human resources industry.
Presentations provided should be focused on take-away tools for members to apply or modify in their businesses.
CalSHRM’s California State HR Advocacy & Legislative Conference brings attendance of about 500+ human resource professionals. Attendees include HR professionals, SHRM members, workplace learning and performance (WLP) professionals, business owners, HR directors, HR managers, HR supervisors, students and those transitioning to the profession, as well as consultants and service providers. All are involved in one or more aspects of human resources field and managing people, ranging from analysis, to development, to implementation, to evaluation. Experience levels vary as well ranging from those new to the profession to those with several decades of experience.
Proposals will be reviewed and scheduled according to best fit of topic and availability of presenter determined by our Conference Strategy Committee. General session lengths are approximately 50-55 minutes with 5-10 min Q&A or 1.0 hours without Q&A. Opening/closing/keynote sessions are approximately 1.3 -1.4 hours with optional 5-10 min Q&A or 1.5 hours without Q&A.
CalSHRM will work closely with the speakers to validate methodology and program objectives, content and materials to ensure that the session will support the SHRM HR Body of Competency and Knowledge.
Resources provided to the speaker include:
CalSHRM Conference Committee
CalSHRM Conference Topic Categories
Promotion, registration, venue arrangements, PowerPoint presentation set up/templates. All materials are provided electronically to attendees.
CalSHRM Affiliate Speaking Opportunities
Many CalSHRM affiliates offer several presentation opportunities throughout the state ranging from 1 hour learning sessions to technical keynote and motivational sessions at local HR conferences and events.
Whether virtual or in person, affiliates provide an opportunity for speakers to network with attendees, share ideas, and business information.
There are over 30,000 HR and business professionals involved in chapters an communities in the state. Organization sizes vary from small. local markets with under 100 members to super-mega organizations with thousands of members. A full listing of state affiliates and communities is listed on the website. Chapter and community attendees include HR professionals, SHRM members, workplace learning and performance (WLP) professionals, business owners, HR directors, HR managers, HR supervisors, students and those transitioning to the profession, as well as consultants and service providers. All are involved in one or more aspects of human resources field and managing people, ranging from analysis, to development, to implementation, to evaluation. Experience levels vary as well ranging from those new to the profession to those with several decades of experience.
Applications and submissions will be placed on the CalSHRM Speaker Listing, accessible to all chapters and communities for a period of 1 year if approved. Chapters and communities will reach out to speakers of interest directly to discuss potential scheduled sessions and availability. Typical sessions are 1-hour, 1.25-hours, 1.5 hours and 2-hours in length. Longer sessions should be identified as Seminars.
Chapters and communities will work closely with the speakers to validate methodology and program objectives, content and materials to ensure that the session will support their membership needs.
Speakers typically share as a member of the business community. Typically, there is no compensation for a learning session or reimbursement for personal expenses. However, certain seminars, education courses and keynote session fees and expense reimbursements may be considered on a case-by-case basis for speakers. Speakers wishing to seek fees and reimbursement for travel/lodging should note this in their speaker application.
Speaker Requirements & Qualifications
Demonstrated excellent presentation skills and tools/technology
Provide Proof of performance in the form of testimonials or references.
Provide tools to implement theories, processes, and techniques addressed during the program (i.e. sample tools, planning documents, templates, etc.)
Act as a role model in presentation excellence and participant engagement
Share experiences: both challenges and successes
Energetic, dynamic and engaging. Must possess length and depth of experience and be an expert in their topic.
Relevance and timeliness of topic to attendees and high level of interactivity
Presentation and topic have been successfully developed and delivered for other audiences.