The deadline for submitting session proposals for the 2019 Annual Conference was March 27.
CALPELRA's Annual Conference Program Committee invites you to submit
proposals to present at CALPELRA's 2019 Annual Conference. Consistent with CALPELRA's goal of
providing its members with the highest quality professional development opportunities, the
Program Committee encourages CALPELRA members, practitioners, and attorneys to submit
proposals for Conference sessions on the best practices for successful labor relations and
employment law leaders and problem solvers.
CALPELRA's Annual Conference offers a unique opportunity for labor relations and human resources
professionals to listen to, interact with, and learn from California's leading labor relations experts,
including practitioners and attorneys. The Conference provides an interactive forum for sharing the
experiences of professionals with diverse knowledge, skills, and abilities in hands-on training
sessions. Held in Monterey, California, the Annual Conference is the training conference of choice
among California's labor relations and human resources professionals. During its 44 year
history, the Conference is consistently well-attended, in 2018 by over 1,400 individuals representing agencies from all corners of the state.
The 2019 Annual Conference will be held the week of November 18 - 22 in Monterey, California.
Your presentation will reach an audience of public agencies at all levels of government throughout
California, including CALPELRA's membership base of over 1,300 individuals. CALPELRA members and
Conference participants work in city, county, and state government, transit agencies, state colleges
and universities, trial courts, special districts, and school districts. They are a diverse group, but
they share a common interest in learning more about employee relations, bargaining, human
resources, and other activities involving public employees, unions, and associations.
CALPELRA's Annual Conference offers a wide variety of session topics of interest
to public sector labor relations and human resources professionals, including educational and skill-building presentations that discuss new and critical issues and that encourage audience interaction
The Annual Conference Program Committee is especially interested in
proposed sessions that will best prepare CALPELRA's members and Conference participants for the
challenges and opportunities public agencies are facing, including:
Pension costs, pension reform, and pension plan disparity;
Potential future recessions;
The impact of changing workplace demographics;
The evolution of workplace expectations;
Effective communication with employees;
Union relevancy and activism; and
Other current topics you identify.
CALPELRA welcomes presentation proposals from individuals or groups,
CALPELRA members or practitioners.
In making program recommendations to the Board of Directors, the Program
Committee will consider the educational value of each proposed session, the expertise of the
proposed speakers, the experience of the proposed speakers, the proposed speakers' demonstrated
ability to attract an audience, and the proposed speakers' past Conference evaluations. You must
clearly identify each proposed speaker in your presentation proposals. Your proposed speakers
must be available on Wednesday, November 20 through Friday, November 22, 2019.
Although CALPELRA will receive 150 - 200 proposed sessions in response to its
Call For Speaking Proposals, CALPELRA will offer between 60 - 70 sessions per Conference. Please make your session proposals as complete and detailed as
possible, and with enough interesting elements to appeal to CALPELRA members and Conference
The Annual Conference Program Committee will work with you to tailor your
session titles and descriptions to CALPELRA's program needs. The Program Committee reserves the
right to establish session titles and/or modify session descriptions, and/or request that presenters
address specific concepts during a presentation. CALPELRA may also assign sessions to specific
While the Program Committee selects Conference presentations independently
of CALPELRA's sponsor/exhibitor program, CALPELRA may consider speakers' past and current
contributions (time and/or money) to CALPELRA. Program sessions may not include sales or
CALPELRA issued the 2019 Call For Speaking Proposals on January 15, 2019. The deadline for submitting session proposals for the 2019 Annual Conference was March 27. The Program Committee will give first preference to proposals submitted on or
before the deadline; proposals submitted after the deadline may be considered.