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Join Your Peers at the CUPA-HR SoCal Chapter Conference


Registration for our Winter Conference is now open!

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SoCal CUPA-HR Chapter 18/19 Winter Conference:

University of California, Riverside
Friday, February 15 | 9:30 a.m. – 4:55 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, Human Resources: Your Personal and Professional Wellness Partner.


9:00  – 9:30 a.m. – Check-in and continental breakfast

9:30 – 9:45 a.m. – Opening comments

9:45  –  10:15 a.m. – Travis Gregory, CUPA-HR Western Region Board, will review CUPA-HR National tools available for members

10:15 – 11:15 a.m. – Plenary Speaker #1 – Legal Update with Judith Islas, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore

11:15 – 11:30 a.m. – Break and visit with sponsors

11:30 – 12:15 p.m. – Plenary Speaker #2 – Julie Chobdee, MPH, Wellness Program Coordinator at UC Riverside, will talk about how the UCR model of the seven wellness areas and their healthy campus initiatives.

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. – Lunch and visit with sponsors

1:15 – 1:30 p.m. – Sponsor introductions and raffle

1:30 – 2:15 p.m. – Roundtable Activity – Seven Dimensions of Wellness best practices sharing

2:15 – 2:30 p.m. – Break

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. –  Plenary Speaker #3 – Dave Jones from Purdue University and the CUPA-HR Midwest Region Board will present “Miserable at Work? Don’t Tap Out, Tap Into the Power of Influence.”

3:30 – 4:45 p.m. – Plenary Speaker #4 – Justine San Filippo, Happy Healthy People

4:45 – 4:55 p.m. – Closing comments and dismissal

5:30 p.m. –  Networking dinner

Speaker Information:

Speaker #1 – CUPA-HR National Resources with Travis Gregory, California State University, San Marcos

Travis Gregory has served as the Associate Vice President for Human Resources at California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM) since Jan 2014. Prior to his current role, he served as the Chief Human Resources Officer for Imperial Valley College from 2007-2014. He has served in HR leadership positions across private and public industries including casino gaming, healthcare, and higher education for over 15 years.

Travis previously served as president for two different chapters of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and was a member of SHRM’s national special expertise panel on Labor Relations. Travis is currently an At-Large member of the western regional board for CUPA-HR (College and University Professional Association for Human Resources).

Travis will be walking attendees through some of the valuable resources provided by the CUPA-HR National office in order to maximize the value of your organizational membership.

Plenary Speaker #1 – Legal Update with Judith Islas, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore

We are pleased to have Judith Islas join our conference once again. Judith is no stranger to SoCal CUPA-HR. She is a popular speaker and a valuable resource for our Chapter members. Judith is a Partner at Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, a California law firm that represents hundreds of private and public entities in all aspects of labor and employment law. Judith works with educational institutions on a daily basis and provides legal counsel to human resources administrators, top leadership, and governing boards, on the full range of employment and education issues. Judith is a leader in the firm’s private education law practice, and is a member of the firm’s Private School Practice Group Executive Leadership Team.

Judith is also an experienced investigator and as a leader in the firm’s investigations practice, heads the firm’s Investigations Executive Committee. Judith regularly conducts investigations on employment and student issues and is certified as a level III ATIXA Civil Rights (Title IX) Investigator. Judith conducts a variety of different types of employment investigations, including high profile, complex, and politically sensitive investigations. Judith is also part of the Council of International Schools (CIS) workgroup that is developing international protocols for responding to claims and allegations of sexual harassment.

Judith will be sharing the latest legal updates most relevant for attendees and will no doubt help to best prepare us for the year ahead.

Plenary Speaker #2 – Julie Chobdee, MPH, Wellness Program Coordinator at UC Riverside

Julie Chobdee, MPH, currently serves as the UC Riverside Wellness Program Coordinator responsible for the overall administration and oversight of the UCR Faculty and Staff Wellness Program with the goal to create a healthy workplace environment that supports healthy lifestyles and risk reduction. In addition, she serves as the co-chair of UCR’s Healthy Campus leading an Advisory Committee to form partnerships with staff, faculty, students, and the surrounding community to develop, implement, and institutionalize policies and environments essential for sustainable behavior change.

Julie has over 20 years of experience in the Worksite Wellness/Health Promotion industry. Prior to UCR, she worked for 11 years as the Wellness Program Manager for Johnson & Johnson Global Health Services. Julie has a Bachelor’s in Biology from UCLA and a Master’s in Public Health from UCLA.  In addition, she taught a “Worksite Health Promotion” course at Cal State Fullerton for 4 semesters, has a Professional Designation in Human Resources Management from UCLA, and is a certified Fitness Instructor through ACE (American Council on Exercise).

Plenary Speaker #3 – Dave Jones from Purdue University and the CUPA-HR Midwest Region Board

Dave Jones from Purdue and the Midwestern Regional CUPA-HR Board who will present on the topic – “Miserable at Work? Don’t Tap Out, Tap in to the Power of Influence.”It’s not a mystery that employee engagement continues to sink. The Gallup organization reminds us every couple of years that nearly 70 percent of employees are actively disengaged. It’s also not a mystery that generational differences, and the shift of leadership, continues to elicit headlines—revealing to all of us that the only thing we can truly count on is change.

As leaders, it’s our responsibility to take action, look for ways to promote positive change, and, if we have to, build practices, policies, and procedures that inspire change. That is our job. We’re responsible to inspire the best in people. And it starts with you!

Plenary Speaker #4 – Justine San Filippo, Happy Healthy People

Justine San Filippo, MS, CHC has been a Health & Wellness Coach and Nutritionist for 15 years.  She first went on her own weight loss transformation by losing 45 lbs. and 4 sizes and has kept it off! 

She is also the author of the book Lose Your Inches Without Losing Your Mind! – 10 Simple Weeks to a Slimmer Waistline and a Healthier You.  Available at www.happyhealthypeople.com.  She found her passion for helping others achieve their health and weight loss goals, and now she is also helping clients on a spiritual level to balance their mind, body and spirit.

She enjoys teaching others about how to navigate their spiritual path and wants to reassure them that all this “weird” stuff is normal!  She is a Certified Reiki Practitioner and loves to help her clients cleanse and clear their energy, release emotional blocks, and guide them on their life path.  She offers Intuitive Reiki Energy Sessions and Health Coaching sessions both in-person and remotely.

Networking Dinner:

On Friday, February 15, 2019 there will be a CUPA-HR members-only complementary networking dinner immediately following the conference from 5:30 – approximately 7:30 p.m.  Space is limited, so please register early if you plan to attend.

Campus and Parking Maps

Will be sent to registered attendees.

Conference registration is free.

The registration deadline is Friday, February 8. 



 *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.