Event Registration Details


Join Your Peers at the CUPA-HR SoCal Chapter Conference


Save the date for our Fall Conference at University of California, Irvine

on September 20, 2019!

Thank you to everyone who attended our Summer Conference at Westmont College!

SoCal CUPA-HR Chapter 18/19 Summer Conference:

Westmont College, Santa Barbara
Friday, June 14, 2019 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.)

Join us for a full day of learning and networking! We are pleased to announce the theme for our upcoming SoCal CUPA-HR conference, Attracting and Retaining Amazing Talent.


9:00 – 9:30 a.m. – Check-in (Breakfast will be provided.)

9:30 – 9:45 a.m. – Opening Comments and new Board announced

9:45 – 10:45 a.m. – Plenary speaker #1 – The Benefits of an Amazing Place by Leslie McKee from Aon l Email: 

Bio: Leslie is a Senior Vice President located in Aon’s Los Angeles office. She manages the health solutions practice for Southern California. Leslie also manages large, complex client relationships helping employers identify and implement strategies to support organization need. During her career, she has supported public, not for profit and private sector organizations.

Leslie has worked with her clients to develop and implement total rewards strategies and benefit strategies that balance employee retention and engagement strategies with financial and operational business objectives.

Session Description: Leslie McKee will share perspectives and data on what employers are doing and considering to make their workplace stand out. Hear what employers are doing to meet the needs and expectations of an increasingly diverse workforce.

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. –  Break with sponsor visits

11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. – Plenary speaker #2 – How to Implement Positive Psychology in the Workplace by Caroline Adams, Esq. from University of California, Santa Barbara l Email: 

Bio: Caroline Adams has been delivering presentations and workshops on how to thrive in the workplace for over 10 years. Having worked in the areas of labor relations, employee engagement, and conflict resolution, she has seen first hand what helps people be their best, what gets in their way, and the amazing -or devastating- effects. Caroline has a BA in Psychology and a JD, and is currently Director of the Office of the Ombuds at University of California, Santa Barbara.

Session Description: “Are you interested in being happier, healthier, and more successful? We spend nearly half of our waking hours working. What can we do to make the most of those hours, as well as the hours when we aren’t at work? Research in positive psychology demonstrates what we need for lasting well-being and happiness. We have the potential to move beyond average to really thrive at work, and in life in general. Building on the work of Martin Seligman and Shawn Achor, we will look at how different factors interact with our happiness, and learn some simple changes that you can make to flourish in work and life.”

12:00-12:45 p.m. – Lunch

12:45 – 1:00 p.m. – Sponsor introductions and prize raffles

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. – Roundtable discussion to share best practice related to attracting and retaining amazing talent.

1:45 – 2:45 p.m. – Plenary speaker #3 – Positively Reducing Conflict by Paul Butler from NewLeaf l Email: 

Bio: Paul Butler is a Client Partner with Newleaf Training and Development, based in Valencia, CA. Paul is a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) and a Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA), having qualified with Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Prior to starting Newleaf Training and Development in 2005, he served as a Regional Finance Director for Marriott International Hotels and Hilton International Hotels. Paul also served as the Director of Finance for Hilton Honors. Paul is a very engaging facilitator, able to take the complexity of a subject and distill it into simple, memorable concepts that can be immediately applied.

Session Description: Successful organizations know that negative conflict within an organization creates morale problems, slowdowns in work and employee dissatisfaction. Conflict in the workplace often arises as a result of differences in personalities and approaches to solving problems and accomplishing goals. Everyone is needed — analytical thinkers, creative thinkers, people who hone in on the details and people who stand back to see the big picture. When different types of people truly comprehend their differences need not lead to conflict… the workplace yields more flexibility and better synergy.

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. Closing comments and dismiss

Networking Dinner:

On Thursday, June 13, 2019 there will be a CUPA-HR members-only complementary networking dinner the evening before the conference.  Space is limited to the first 25 who register, so please register early if you plan to attend.

Housing in Santa Barbara:

Please note the it will be a busy weekend in Santa Barbara with other local universities having their graduations that same weekend, so make a hotel reservation early if you plan to stay in the area for the conference. Here is a link to local lodging.

Information on securing a room on Westmont’s campus:

Options: Queen, single/double twin deluxe, and basic twin single/double available for nights before and after conference through the weekend in on campus newer residence hall.

Per night rates: Queen=$150; Single twin deluxe=$95; Double twin (two twin beds) deluxe = $75/pp; Basic Single twin = $70; Basic Double twin=$60/pp.

All above rooms have private bathrooms and air-conditioning and are immediately adjacent to meeting location. Deluxe set up offers more comfort and amenities than standard linens.

Deluxe =Sleep in comfort on a 2” memory foam mattress topper, premium cotton linens, lightweight down alternative duvet and an extra pillow. Also included are 2 luxury cotton bath towels, essential bath amenities, bottled water, and a reading lamp. Available upon request, at no charge (as available): desk fan or floor fan, coffee maker with all you need for a morning cup of coffee, and mini-fridges.

The number to call to make a reservation is 805-565-7254. There will not be a link for individual reservations. Housing reservations will be managed through calls to the Conferences office.

Campus and Parking Maps

Directions to the campus here.

Link to interactive campus map here.

Downloadable map here – Westmont-campus-map.

Our conference is being held in the Global Leadership Center (and there is extra parking for Van Kampen Hall which is adjacent). By clicking on the link to the campus map it will highlight the Global Leadership Center, on the right-hand side of the map. There will be signs directing from the parking area to our meeting location the day of the event.

Conference registration is free.


 *Special Note for Registration:

This registration form is for individuals from higher education institutions only.  If you are not employed with a higher education institution, you must sponsor the meeting in order to attend. Contact a chapter officer to learn about sponsorship opportunities. If you are a sponsor, an officer will reach out to you with special registration instructions.

Cancellation Policy: Please cancel one full week (7 days) before the date of the event. Any “no shows” on the day of the event will have a direct financial impact on the Chapter, which is a non-profit organization. All event coordination occurs from confirmed RSVP’s such as yours. Send an e-mail cancellation to Ramona Agrela at ragrela@uci.edu.