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HR Workshop 

 Sunday, May 5, 2024
The Garland Hotel, North Hollywood

We are so excited to offer some incredible workshops for you to broaden your HR knowledge as we know there is never a shortage of HR topics to discuss! This interactive program is designed for both new and seasoned HR professionals, as well as business officers who also wear the HR hat.  Sessions cover a breadth of HR topics from compliance to strategic HR thinking.

SCROLL DOWN to the bottom for the full schedule.

Preliminary Topics

The workshop will feature a variety of compelling topics such as:
  • Make Your Life Easier: Human Resource Efficiencies
  • Building Your Toolbox for HR: Developing a hiring and retention framework with a DEIJ focus
  • How to Conduct a Workplace Investigation
  • Mining Generational Gems: A Facilitated Conversation About How to Navigate Generational Interactions at Work

Session Descriptions, Schedule, Room Assignments and Presenter Information

General Session

with Ashley Virtue, National Conflict Resolution Center

Handling Conflict through the ARTful Conversation

Communication is a big part of our daily lives – in the workplace, in the community and at home. Yet we sometimes find ourselves unable to express what we intended or needed to say. Perhaps this is because we are reluctant to offend the other person, or we don’t want to escalate a situation.

The National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) understands: The desire to avoid conflict is natural. That’s why they developed The ARTful Conversation, an interactive method that helps leaders communicate their needs in a way that builds relationships, rather than hurting them. This session uses real examples, developed with the participants in mind, to help you practice the ARTful Conversation structure in a practical way. You will gain a deeper understanding of how others perceive and process conflict and learn how to adapt your own style to work more effectively with others in all settings.

By the end of this session, you will have new tools to:

• Apply the principles of collaborative communication in interactions with others;

• Utilize new communication skills that reduce tension;

• Express your perspectives in non-confrontational ways;

• Resolve differences, even when engaged in confrontational dialogue.

Continuing Education credits (3.5 hours offered):

Each of the breakout sessions are intended to be eligible for and are pending approval for  SHRM and HRCI continuing education credit.

Hotel & Travel Information

The 2024 HR Workshop will be held at

The Garland Hotel

4222 Vineland Avenue

North Hollywood, CA 91602

For details about this historic property and to book your room at the discounted rate of $229/night plus tax in the Cal-ISBOA room block click the buttons below.

Please note that the reservation cut-off date is Thursday, April 11, 2024 or sooner if our block fills.

The Garland Hotel

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Interested in more professional development?

Don't miss the Annual Conference on Monday, May 6!

Can't attend the sessions on Monday, but want more time to break bread with friends? Register for the Reception & Kick-Off Dinner only on Sunday, May 5 following the HR Workshop!

Annual Conference

Meet Ashley Virtue, Director of External Affairs, National Conflict Resolution Center

Ashley Virtue has been with the National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) since 2005. She has been instrumental in the development and promotion of multiple mainstay programs at NCRC and has focused much of her career expanding NCRC’s work nationally and internationally. In recent years, Ashley has worked diligently to position NCRC as a global thought-leader in the field of conflict resolution. NCRC has appeared on hundreds of local, regional, and national media outlets, oftentimes with Ashley as the spokesperson. She has been featured in media outlets such as Forbes, The Washington Post, C-SPAN, NPR, PopSugar, and many others. Ashley has also helped expand NCRC’s reach to clients around the U.S. and abroad and has led hundreds of workshops. As one of the senior leaders at the organization, Ashley has also helped develop training curriculum and some of NCRC’s signature communication methodologies.

Ashley has received a number of awards recognizing her commitment to the community, including being a finalist for San Diego Magazine’s Woman of the Year and being honored as a “KNX Hero” by Los Angeles’ KNX 1070 News Radio station. 

Tentative Schedule

Sunday, May 5, 2024

8:15am – 8:30am                          Newcomers Registration, Welcome & Orientation

8:30am – 9:15am                          General Registration – Coffee and light breakfast served

9:15am – 9:55am                          Welcome, Introductions & Warm-up Activity with Supporting Sponsor (Liebert Cassidy Whitmore): 

      Test and expand your HR knowledge in a fast-paced AND informative round of HR Kahoot       

10:00am – 11:30am                      General Session: Handling Conflict through the ARTful Conversation

      Ashley Virtue, National Conflict Resolution Center

11:30am – 12:45pm                      Lunch, Networking and Industry Update from Premier Sponsor (Gallagher)

12:45pm – 1:45pm                        Breakout Sessions 

1:45pm – 2:00pm                          Break

2:00pm – 3:00pm                          Breakout Sessions  

3:00pm – 3:15pm                          Break

3:15pm – 3:30pm                          Closing Remarks

6:00pm – 9:00pm                          Annual Conference Welcome Reception and Kick-Off Dinner (separate registration required)

HR Workshop Sponsors

Cal-ISBOA thanks the following HR Workshop Sponsors for their generous support that helps underwrite the cost of providing Cal-ISBOA members with affordable access to up-to-date professional development opportunities in a relaxed, collegial environment. Thank you!

Registration Fees

HR Workshop:

(includes sessions, breakfast and lunch)

  • Member Rate: $240 
  • Non-Member Rate: $305

Annual Conference

Kick-Off Reception & Dinner:

(held following HR Workshop)

  • Member Rate: $110
  • Non-Member Rate: $160

Cal-ISBOA accepts Visa and Mastercard (preferred) or check; we are unable to accept American Express.

Substitution and Cancellation Policy

  • Substitutions and/or registration transfers may be made among members at the same school any time prior to the conference. 
  • Cancellation requests submitted by March 20, 2024 will be granted a full refund, less a $25 processing fee. Cancellations received March 21- April 1, 2024 will be granted a refund of 50%. No refunds will be granted after April 1, 2024.
  • Please email transfer and cancellation requests to Membership Engagement Manager Peggy Marshall at

Thank you to the HR Planning Committee!

  • Rebecca Rowland, Campbell Hall, Committee Chair
  • Marya Davis, Head-Royce School, Vice Chair
  • Cliff Hahn, Harvard-Westlake
  • Elizabeth Hoffman, Providence High School
  • Jeanne Honig, Castilleja School
  • Michelle Jones, Branson School
  • Jessica McCullagh, Archer School for Girls
  • Juana Ochoa, St. Matthew’s Parish School
  • Angela Oliver, Sage Hill School
  • Kim Rojas Rodriguez, Urban School of San Francisco

Please contact us for more information or questions:

Workshop Registration:

Peggy Marshall, Membership Engagement Manager

818-731-0342, ext. 701

Corporate Sponsorship:

Scarlett Vanyi, Executive Director

818-731-0342, ext. 702

Cal-ISBOA is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

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