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San Francisco Regional Meeting - June 26, 2018


Sir Francis Drake Hotel
450 Powell St.
San Francisco, CA, 94102

A limited number of sleeping rooms are available at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. Please email Sarah Gornik at if you are interested in booking a hotel room. Rooms are based on availability.

Registration Rates

$49 for Members and Non-Members

Schedule at a Glance

  • Registration: 5:30 pm
  • Panel Discussion and Q and A: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Reception: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

2018 Panelists

Topic: Challenges and Solutions in HR


Michelle Maller, Oregon State University

Michelle Maller is an education and internship coordinator with the Wood Science and Engineering department at Oregon State University. She has a background in curriculum assessment in higher education and has spent the last 2 years working with undergraduates to connect them with job opportunities. In addition to working with students, Maller also works with Career Technical Education teachers in Oregon.

Session Description: How can you make you company attractive to students and young people?  Students coming out of college today have a different set of ideals than the generations before them. With this changing environment, companies need to build strategies and reconsider old standards to help entice young people to their team.

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Claudia St. John, Affinity HR Group

Claudia St. John, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, is founder and President of Affinity HR Group, Inc., a national human resources and management consulting firm specializing in hiring and recruiting, HR compliance and employee engagement.   Affinity HR Group is NAWLA’s endorsed HR partner and resource.  As a consultant and frequent speaker, Claudia has given hundreds of presentations and workshops on such topics as how to recruit like a pro, common management mistakes, employee engagement, and multi-generational workplace challenges.  She is the author of the bestselling book Transforming Teams – tips for improving collaboration and building trust.  Her weekly HR Minute e-mails and monthly articles are followed by thousands of business leaders nationwide. 

Session Description: Recruiting Staff in Challenging Times

With low unemployment rates, recruiting for hourly and salaried positions has never been more challenging.  Claudia will present an overview of the current state of the labor market, along with some top tips for how to recruit in these challenging times.  She will present some effective strategies for reaching potential candidates, screening them and hiring them, along with some thoughts on employee engagement and retention. 

Thank you to our 2018 San Francisco Regional Meetings sponsors!