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General Sessions

The American Dream

Alpana Singh; Master Sommelier, TV Personality, Entrepreneur & Restaurateur
Hear Alpana’s story of overcoming modest beginnings as the daughter of Fijian immigrants to become a Master Sommelier, successful restaurateur and television personality. The valuable lessons she learned from the immigrant experience helped her develop the grit, determination, and tenacity to achieve her high level of success. She’ll share stories of her childhood, navigating her parents’ expectation that she become a doctor, while always wanting to pursue her own passions. Discover why wine, diversity and her role on television today is so important! 

Altogether Now
Mary Lynn Fayoumi, CAE, SPHR, GPHR, SHRM-SCP, President & CEO
Kelly Hayden, JD, Chief Legal Counsel
HR Source

The employment landscape continues to grow in complexity, and employers are more challenged than ever to keep pace. Talent is hard to find and harder to engage. Add in the proliferation of government regulation and ever-expanding compliance requirements, and it’s clear that our role as HR leaders at our organizations is more important than ever. Mary Lynn and Kelly will share their unique perspectives on the current menu of issues facing employers and how to be smart about selecting the best approach to each. 




Breakout Sessions

5 Insights into the Trump Administration’s OFCCP
Angela Adams, CEBS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Director, HR Services; HR Source
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), the division of the U.S. Department of Labor that audits government contractors & subcontractors for compliance with affirmative action regulations, has undergone adjustments over the last few years. Angela Adams will share five key ways the Trump Administration’s OFCCP is different than in years past. Topics will include new types of audits, how the OFCCP is looking at compensation for pay equity, and why asking for extensions during an audit may now result in problems.  

Battling Compliance Conundrums  
Sonal Shah, JD, Senior Employment Counsel; HR Source
As HR professionals and organizational leaders, we often face unexpected compliance challenges that leave us scratching our heads and searching for answers. In this session, Sonal Shah will break down a variety of scenarios and provide guidance and best practices to help you prepare for these tricky situations. Sonal will discuss handling unusual religious or disability accommodation requests (fragrance-free workplace, anyone?), dealing with an employee who lied to you through social media, what to do following an employee death, a threat of suicide, and more. 

Benefits 101
Heidi Kaplan, Director, Client Services; OneDigital Health and Benefits
Benefits are complicated, and unless you specialize in this area, it’s nearly impossible to recognize all the alternatives, weigh all the options and understand all the nuances. Long ago, HR Source chose OneDigital Health and Benefits as our employee benefits partner, and now’s your chance to find out why! Heidi Kaplan will wow you with her knowledge and insight as she breaks down the key benefits compliance issues, highlights common errors made by employers, and provides you with a clear understanding of what you need to do and how to get it done. 

Cut the Crap
Beth Nyland, Corporate Poet & Cutter of Crap; Story Mode
You write to make things happen: to motivate action, improve performance, influence change. To get that kind of response from your audience, you’ve got to speak their language. Since corporate-ese is no one’s mother tongue, you may need to do some translating. In this session, you’ll commiserate over hilariously complicated messages, identify words that probably don’t belong in your audience-focused vocabulary, practice translating complex messages into simple ones (and vice versa, just for fun), and study and imitate some of the best models for clarity and brevity. You’ll learn what it takes to be a plainspoken voice of reason for your organization.

How to Hire for Cultural Fit
Sue Winkler, SPHR, Director, EngageHR; HR Source
Jim Griffin, JD, Employment Council; HR Source
Your organization has a unique culture, whether it was developed with intention or simply blossomed naturally over time. Hiring people who fit your culture is a key aspect of the evaluation process, but it’s not always an easy assessment. Sue Winkler and Jim Griffin will discuss how to define cultural fit and how to weigh an applicant’s potential in the limited time you have with them. They’ll delve into the risks inherent in the process and explore ways to incorporate the right tools and techniques to ensure you’re making the right hire. 

Leading a Multi-Generational Workforce
Candace Fisher, Director, Organizational Development; HR Source
Lauren Soderstrom, PHR, Senior Organizational Development Partner; HR Source
“Millennials have RUINED the workplace!” Perhaps not, but they have shaken things up a bit. We’ve talked enough about the differences between the generations - it’s time to move on and form an action plan for working more collaboratively in our organizations. And it doesn’t stop there, because (spoiler alert!) Generation Z is ready to take the workforce by storm. Candace and Lauren will provide insight and tips to embrace the diversity in your organization, make the most of your multi-generational workforce and prepare for the impact of Gen Z.

People Analytics – From Insight to Action
Chris Broderick, Founder and President; B.near Global, Inc.
According to a recent study by Deloitte, 71% of companies see people analytics as a high priority in their organization. HR leaders today have access to more metrics and analytics than ever before, yet many organizations are struggling to turn those insights into action. In this session, you’ll learn how to deliver value from people analytics by shifting the focus from data to decisions. You’ll see real-world examples illustrating how companies are using data to drive action that gains traction and yields a measurable impact on business outcomes. Whether you’ve been using people data for ages, or you’re relatively new to the space, you’ll discover leading practices you can apply at once.

Personal Branding for Success
Julius E. Rhodes, SPHR, Vice President of Human Resources; American Osteopathic Association
Founder and Principal; mpr group
In life, it isn’t a question of if people will brand you, but when. And, the brand others assign will never be as beneficial as your own, self-identified brand. In this session, Julius Rhodes, HR Source member and Vice President of Human Resources at the American Osteopathic Association, will discuss what a personal brand means and identify its essential components. Using examples from his book, BRAND: YOU Personal Branding for Success in Life and Business, Julius will provide tools to help you craft a personal brand statement that is consistent with how you present yourself and how you want others to perceive you. 

Why Employee Engagement Matters
Joy Lynn Hyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CCP, Compensation/Survey Analyst; HR Source
Suzanne Kozlovsky, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President of Human Resources; Marmon Foodservice Technologies
We all know that an engaged employee is a productive employee, but what do you do after you have measured employee engagement in your organization? How can you increase engagement among employees? The answer isn’t (always) free snacks and ping pong tables. Joy Lynn Hyer, HR Source’s employee engagement guru, will help participants understand the keys to employee engagement and why it should be a high priority at your organization. We’ll cover ways to boost and maintain employee engagement from HR Source member, Suzanne Kozlovsky, and how she’s acting on the results of Marmon Foodservice Technologies’ recent employee engagement survey.