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Hospitality Human Resources Association

San Diego Chapter—Quarter 2 2018

The newly restyled US GRANT, a Luxury Collection

Hotel, San Diego has enthralled its guests with histor- 2018 Board of
ic grandeur and an unmatched dedication to excel- Directors
lence for over 100 years. You'll find our hotel in down-
town San Diego's lively and historic Gaslamp Quarter,
Dawn Myers, SHRM-SCP
just steps from shopping, dining, and entertainment,
and a short drive from beautiful beaches and famous
family attractions.

Immaculately designed accommodations offer both refined luxury and unsurpassed Dari DeSousa
serenity. Grant Grill and Lounge is a beloved treasure in the San Diego dining and Vice President
cocktail scene. And our spectacular meeting and event venues set the tone for re-
markable occasions. Whatever your reason for visiting our luxury hotel, you can rest
Jeff Berger
assured that your experience here at THE US GRANT will be etched in your memory
Vice President of Events
for a lifetime.
Even before they arrive at THE US GRANT, guests experience attentive service via our
exclusive Luggage Liaison baggage transport service. Additionally, both prior to and Christina Jeffries, PHR
throughout their stay, our Les Clefs d’Or Concierge and his team work to ensure they Vice President of
experience the very best of San Diego, including nearby shopping and sightseeing. Membership
For guests who prefer to stay closer to home, our exceptional Celebration Fine Art
Gallery and Cultural Center, which details the hotel’s legendary past along with the
Ricardo Abarca
heritage of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, provide stimulating learning
Director of Communications
opportunities. When it comes time to relax, our 24-hour In-Room Dining offers a de-
lectable meal in the comfort of
guest rooms or suites, while our Website:
Business Center, Wi-Fi, and
Newspaper. Direct service make
sure guests stay in touch with the
326 Broadway, San Diego, CA
Reception: 619-232-3121
About Don Phin
Catalyst for Great HR,
Attorney, Speaker, Coach
& Investigator
HR Catalyst
I believe in the opportunity represented by
Great HR. I am passionate about people,
culture and process. 30 Years as an
employment lawyer also motivates me to
help companies avoid compliance
problems and other nonsense that gets in
the way of doing Great Work.

As a Vistage Chair I help top end HR
executive become better leaders, make
better decisions and produce better
results. This is a unique opportunity for San
Diego HR executives!

I've been a top-rated speaker for Vistage
International since 1997, where I speak to
CEOs and Key Executives about the
opportunity represented in Great HR
practices. My most popular presentations
are The Inspired Workforce, Getting Paid
to Grow the Bottom Line and Victims,
Villains and Heroes: Managing Emotions at
Work. I also speak on compliance subjects
such as AB1825 sexual harassment training
and at HR meetings and industry events.

I have self-published several books
including: Victims, Villains and Heroes:
Managing Emotions in the Workplace;
Upcoming Events Lawsuit Free! How to Prevent Employee
Lawsuits; Building Powerful Employment
Relationships; Job Security; From Chaos to
Quarter 2 - Meeting Order: How to Protect Your
Entrepreneurial Business from Today's
When: Tuesday, April 17th Crazy Economy; Time Management,
Where: The US Grant Making Mistakes and more. My next phase
of writing will involve future technologies
Time: 8:00am and their impacts on the workforce.

HHRA Spring Mixer
I am using the skills acquired over 30 plus
When: Tuesday, May 15th years to help companies get to the truth of
Where: Grand Hyatt San Diego - Sally’s Fish House & Bar their circumstances by conducting
independent and thorough investigations.
Time: 5:30pm

High school students are taught personal finance curriculum in

class that culminates in a visit to our Mission Fed JA Finance Park
facility in Mission Valley. Volunteers guide groups of 8-12 students
through the adult life simulation, where students learn to budget,
save, and spend for themselves and their virtual families.

Date: Friday, April 20th

Typical Day: (approximate times, subject to change)
8:00am-9:00am Volunteer Training
9:00am-1:30pm Simulation
Location: 4756 Mission Gorge Place, San Diego, CA 92120

Please respond to Christina Jeffries at by

Wednesday, April 4th if you would like to join!
in the News?

Read the article HERE to learn more about what motivates a

recently graduated student to work for an international
hospitality brand! If you are unsure about the answer to this
question, you might risk losing the race for talent. Review some
key takeaways such as career path analysis, communication & HR
practices, retention and brand awareness.
A Look Back at our Q1 Meeting
2018 Legal Update | Stokes Wagner

The new year is always a busy time for HR professionals grappling with new laws and 2018 was an
especially busy year. HHRA hosted Jacqueline Godoy and Peter Maretz from Stokes Wagner, an
employment law firm specializing in the hospitality industry, to review the effects of new legislation
and the #MeToo movement. In an hour and thirty minutes, Ms. Godoy and Mr. Maretz touched on
how employers should prepare for prohibitions on salary and criminal background inquiries in the
interview process, expanded coverage of the existing parent leave act, new topics to be added to
mandatory harassment training, and employers’ legally-mandated responsibilities in responding to
federal immigration enforcement agencies—and that was just California! The presentation also
covered changes in policies and rules by Department of Labor and implications of rulings from Grubhub
vs. ADA resulting in increased litigation around the accessibility of websites. Ms. Godoy and Mr. Maretz
also addressed the issues that employers may be facing with the media surrounding the #MeToo
movement and Times Up. Ms. Godoy and Mr. Maretz’s presentation was engaging and interactive,
with HHRA members feeling free to ask questions during their presentation and clarify points. Not
included in the official presentation but one of those topics that came up in discussion was best
practices for handbooks to promote a positive, engaged culture. This presentation and all quarterly
meetings of the San Diego HHRA are free to members.
Aireanne Hjelle
HHRA Sub-Committee Member

A lovely reminder of how beautiful
change can truly be.”

Isn’t that the truth!?! Sometimes we avoid change at all costs, but when we think
about spring, we are reminded that change is something to look forward to! If
that’s the case, why is it that so many of us dread change? We could be in the
middle of a cold, dark, miserable winter and yet we find comfort in our misery and
lean into the darkness rather than looking toward change. Maybe we’re not
miserable, but we have just become too comfortable and are resistant to a new
season. I think it’s time to challenge one another to breakthrough into spring and
embrace change!! Are you with me?
Dawn Myers
2018 Executive Board

Dawn Myers Dari DeSousa Jeff Berger Christina Jeffries Ricardo Abarca
2018 Membership
Our purpose is:
To promote exceptional performance
in the field of Human Resources with-
in the Hospitality Industry
Membership Benefits By:
Contributing to the professional
Quarterly Meeting Attendance
growth of its members via educational
This is a great opportunity for networking as well as receiving information on an interesting and experiences and exchanges of
relevant topic. All meetings will include your meal. TOPICS include: 2018 Legal Update, Profes- knowledge; Providing a social outlet
among Human Resource Professionals
sional and Personal Development Meetings, Networking Mixers and a very fun Holiday Event. who share common interests; Creat-
ing greater industry recognition of the
Networking Opportunities importance of the Human Resource
function as an integral part of man-
Someone once said: “The Way of the World is meeting people through other people.” With agement.
membership, you’ll be in touch with others like you who experience trends and challenges unique
to our industry. Knowing others that you can call for ideas, advice and inspiration is an indispen-
sable competitive advantage. You’ll meet peers at our quarterly meetings and of course you’ll
have access to our membership directory.

Open Positions Solicitation

Members are able to send us: job fairs, management openings– for any discipline as well as HR Event Hosting:
openings and we will “blast” email to our membership group. For those that have a job opening
Members may host an event show-
they need to fill, this can be a valuable recruiting resource. Please keep in mind, we will only send
casing their properties, share a dis-
out specific job openings—we can’t send general “head hunter” solicitations. count or test out a new menu you
have the freedom to set up either a
Survey Requests breakfast, lunch time or after work
If you are a member, you can send us a “mini-survey” on benefits, office hours, Banquet Gratui- meeting with a $30.00 reimburse-
ties—pretty much any topic OTHER than sending out requests for specific wages for a specific ment per person in attendance.
position. If you are not a member, you may receive and respond to these surveys, but you won’t Referral Incentive:
be able to generate one.
For every NEW Member that you
refer to us that joins HHRA at a mini-
HHRA Roster Access mum of Level 1 (Full Year) YOU will
As a member, you will receive the HHRA Member roster with names, companies, addresses, receive a $25.00 credit towards your
phone numbers and emails. This can be a valuable to networking or if you need to benchmark next year’s membership. There is no
against a small set of companies—you can contact them directly. maximum on referrals.

HRCI Recertification
Many of our meetings are approved for recertification credits through the Human Resources
Certification Institute. HRCI is a professional accreditation for HR professionals.

San Diego HHRA

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