• Virtual Conference
  • 10.5.20 - 10.7.20

Education Sessions

Education Sessions

2020 Education Sesssion Schedule


Monday, October 5, 2020

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

“What’s the Problem?” 5 Strategies to Talk to the C Suite!   BAS

Presented by: Bruce Waller

This interactive session will be about how HR pros should consider using your sales team’s strategy and process to get more “buy-in at the top level by using the following process:

  1. Build trust
  2. Solve a problem
  3. Developing a business case
  4. Demonstrating value
  5. Handling resistance

Attendees will learn 3 things you will learn to use the sales process to support challenges and get change in the workplace, how to build trust in the organization as a business leader, and the steps to present a business case and demonstrate value to “get to yes.

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

5 Ways to Engineer a Powerful Day 1 Experience   TAW

Presented by: LeAnne Lagasse & Joy O’Steen

  • Understand current research about new employee preferences and expectations for the onboarding process
  • Create a powerful Day 1 experience that improves employee engagement and retention
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

Ageism in the Workplace – Like a Fine Wine, Some People Get Better with Age (2020 Speaker Hall of Fame Inductee)   ELL

Presented by: Michael DePonte

  • Identify conscious and unconscious biased against older workers
  • Recognize the contributions and advantages of hiring older workers
  • Learn to retain older workers and develop succession plans for retiring employees
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

How to Build Better Bosses   HRD

Presented by: Mack Munro

  • Describe how critical thinking and careful diagnosis are key skills for HR professionals to properly develop and communicate a management training strategy.
  • Discuss guidelines for identifying performance gaps in managers and techniques to remedy them.
  • Develop the skills and ability to communicate the needs, design, process, and results, and how they align with corporate strategic initiatives to senior leadership.
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Preparation & Communication: The Role of HR in Keeping Employees Safe   RSK

Presented by: Peter Steinfeld

  • Identify key components of an employee emergency communication plan
  • Create an emergency communication plan
  • Demonstrate how a sound emergency communication plan ensures business continuity, maintains employee morale, and supports employee loyalty and retention
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

So You Have Employees in California: What You Need to Know   CA

Presented by: James McDonald

  • Identify risks based on California wage and hour laws
  • Understand and navigate California’s complex leave laws
  • Understand and facilitate required harassment training in California
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Building an Inclusive Culture on Purpose   HRD

Presented by: Tony Bridwell

  • Define psychological safety and its role in the experience cycle
  • Dig into brain science and learn what we tell ourselves about perception and personal narratives
  • Understand and identify the Imposter Syndrome and learn simple tools to disrupt a fixed mindset
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

When Jane Becomes John – LGBTQ Issues in the Workplace   ELL

Presented by: Mark Smith

  • Develop understanding regarding the current state of LGBTQ law as it relates to the workplace
  • Develop understanding regarding legal trends regarding LGBTQ employees
  • Analyze factual situations and develop practical solutions for LGBTQ employment situations
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Can “Hal” Really Help Employees Make Better Decisions About Their Employer Benefits?   REW

Presented by: Kelly Majdan

  • Demonstrate how to evaluate financial wellness programs for their organization
  • Describe what to look for in their employee base in order to select an effective wellness program
  • Define what the ROI is on implementing a wellness program for the organization.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

Employee Offboarding Matters – 3 Reasons Why HR Should Give Exiting Employees the Red Carpet Treatment   TAW

Presented by: Raymond Lee

  • Develop an effective offboarding strategy that will impact your bottom line and employer brand
  • Develop an effective employee alumni networks to engage your alumni employees in being brand ambassadors
  • Create policies and practices that drive successful offboarding, giving employee the ‘red-carpet treatment’
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

Five Trends Shaping the Employee Experience   REW

Presented by: Theresa Harkins-Schulz

  • Understand current employment trends and identify those currently affecting your organization
  • Take a deep dive into trends with staying power
  • Deploy actionable steps to incorporate these trends into their organization’s programs
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

What Can You Learn About Inclusion & Diversity from an Old, White Male?   HRD

Presented by: Tom Barton

  • Personally live a more inclusive life while demonstrating that example to the employees in their organization
  • Create initial D&I training sessions that allow for more open discussion without fear
  • Develop a plan beyond initial D&I training that continually reinforces the inclusiveness of an organization.
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Accelerated Leadership: Developing Influence Up, Down and Across the Organization   LPD

Presented by: Carolina Caro

  • Explore three dimensions of personal power and assess how they may amplify or detract in influencing others.
  • Recognize personal power contributions to manage up, down and across the organization
  • Create an action plan to strengthen personal power, and increase your level of influence across the organization
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Employee EnCAGEment or Engagement? 6 Tactics to Unleash the Potential of your Employees   BAS

Presented by: Davis Robinson

  • Understand the difference between enCAGEment strategies and engagement strategies
  • Explain the psychological enablers of employee engagement
  • Apply at least two tactics to their engagement strategies
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

That’s What She Said: Managing Workplace Speech   ELL

Presented by: Dustin Paschal

  • Learn the relevant laws that address workplace speech
  • Learn what policies to put in place in the workplace and what policies to avoid
  • Learn when and how they can restrict the speech of their employees
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

6 Key Components of Organizational Excellence   BAS

Presented by: Randy Anderson

  • Revisit the importance of your organization’s foundational principles and assess how well they permeate your culture
  • Evaluate how your people, processes, products, and performance are contributing to or detracting from organization’s ability to achieve its mission and vision
  • Multiply employee engagement and effectiveness
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

A Legal Review About Mental Health in the Workplace   ELL

Presented by: Paul Simon

  • Understand the ramifications of mental health issues within the ADA, including how to avoid “regarded as” claims and how to engage in the reasonable accommodation process with mental health disabilities
  • Understand relevant leave issues involving the ADA, FMLA leave and gratuitous leave such as PTO
  • Recognize the potential for workplace safety issues and prevent negligence claims
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

5 Keys to Unlocking Your Leadership Potential – The Magic of Leadership   LPD

Presented by: Summer Jelinek

  • Learn why managing yourself is a critical piece of leadership
  • Learn the difference between management and leadership…and when to use each
  • Learn why high morale is directly tied to holding employees accountable

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Take Your Succession Plan From Good To Great   TAW

Presented by: Michael Timms

  • Discover the talent mindset that sets industry-leading companies apart from their competitors
  • Learn the key characteristics of a world class succession plan and what it takes to get there
  • Identify the most common mistakes organizations make insuccession planning and strategies and tools to avoid them
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

The “Next Normal” in HR: The Future Workforce   GLO

Presented by: Debi Dault

  • Compare the 2050 future workforce to 2020 reality
  • Learn the top five “Next Normal” priorities in HR
  • Discuss the current and future status of virtual training for employees
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Want Unlimited PTO? Things to Consider before Implementing Such a Program   REW

Presented by: Marina Galatro

  • Learn how to rethink paid time off
  • Learn the catch of having an unlimited paid time off program — the pros and cons
  • Does it really work for everyone? Learn tips on how to make such a program successful at your organization
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Anatomy of a Lawsuit   ELL

Presented by: Scott Roloff & Kirte Kinser

  • Appreciate that the best result is not to win the lawsuit, but to avoid it
  • Learn how to hire (and manage) a lawyer
  • Understand how a lawsuit works, and what you as the client need to do (and not do)
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Hiring in a COVID World

Presented by: Aaron Holt

  • Describe the legal framework implicated by workforce and hiring disruption caused by the Coronavirus.
  • Discuss federal guidance on the best practices to minimize legal liability and new employment claims relating to the Coronavirus or a related leave of absence.
  • Explore pro-active strategies to minimize the possibility of litigation arising from an employer’s response to pandemic events.
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Bringing Employees Back to Work in the Aftermath of COVID-19 Speaker Hall of Fame Inductee   ELL

Presented by: Michael DePonte

  • Identify potential issues and claims by employees when they return to work
  • Address the unique concerns raised by employees because of COVID-19
  • Prepare for future issues if/when the virus resurges
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

How to Fire Without Getting Burned   ELL

Presented by: Adam Dougherty & Sean Urich

  • Assess whether it is appropriate to proceed with terminating an underperforming employee
  • Ask the appropriate questions to determine whether there may be a legal risk in proceeding to termination
  • Carry out a termination meeting with confidence
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Step it Up: Getting Ahead of Emerging COVID 19 Related FMLA and ADA Challenges   ELL

Presented by: Kristin Bauer & Katrin Schatz

  • Navigate recent FMLA trends and emerging issues and apply case law developments of significance to their leave management practices
  • Prepare for the latest EEOC enforcement priorities and disability issues making the news, such as pandemic preparedness and the impact of the opioid crisis and marijuana legalization on the workplace
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Top Ten Issues Keeping HR Up At Night   ELL

Presented by: David Barron

  • Identify important areas of legal risk under FLSA, ADA,FMLA and other employment laws
  • Learn best practices for preparing a plan to respond to a pandemic
  • Identify practical steps for responding to sexual harassment and discrimination claims after the #MeToomovement
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

What to Do When an Employee Gets Arrested   RSK

Presented by: Mike Coffey

  • Recognize the kinds of off-duty employee conduct that may affect a business’ operations
  • Understand the elements of an arrest/incident self-reporting policy
  • How to investigate suggestions of red-flag off-duty conduct
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

Creating a Culture of Inclusion   BAS

Presented by: Penny Miller

  • Define what we mean by the terms “diversity” and “inclusion”
  • Articulate the business case for diversity and inclusion
  • Identify micro aggressions common in the workplace and to identify a number of ways to build an inclusive culture
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

Future Leader or Future Loser? – Training Your Supervisors to Supervise   HRD

Presented by: Barbara Cervantes

  • Customize supervisor training
  • Implement an effective training program for supervisors
  • Utilize a mix of delivery methods – traditional presentation, individual exercises & gamification
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Should I Stay or Should I Go: Drafting and Enforcing Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation Restrictions in Texas   HRD

Presented by: Stephen Fox & Jonathan Clark

  • Draft and recognize enforceable non-competition and non-solicitation restrictions
  • Conduct exit interviews that protect the employer’s trade secrets and goodwill
  • Assist in-house and external counsel in bringing a lawsuit to enforce non-competition and non-solicitation restrictions
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Why Diversity? – Creating A True, Sustainable Diverse Workplace   ELL

Presented by: Mark Downey

  • Have a greater understanding as to the essential nature of diversity to their organization
  • Have a new way of approaching diversity initiatives in their organization
  • Have a new way of instituting sustainable change in their organization
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Pay Equity in Today’s Workplace- Watch Out for Red Flags & Red Herrings   RSK

Presented by: Allison Hoeinghaus & Judy Garner

  • Identify steps to conduct a pay equity analysis
  • Recognize common fact patterns that can hide or fail to uncover a real issue
  • Understand legal considerations and best practices to limit legal exposure
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

HR: Victim, Villain, or Hero in the Talent Shortage Saga?   TAW

Presented by: Ryan Kohler

  • Learn how failures in hiring don’t lead to an HR failure–it leads to a company’s failure
  • Discover how HR can either hurt their efforts to hire the best and how to tell if they’re acting like a victim, villain, or hero in their hiring quest
  • Learn the five steps necessary to become the hero of hiring and the biggest reason for the company’s success
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

What the CEO Wants You to Know   BAS

Presented by: Danyelle Ackall

  • Define business acumen
  • Identify the importance of speaking in monetary terms
  • Look at the business as an investor for important new perspective

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