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March 24, 2022 9:00 AM - 12:45 PM Presented via Zoom

This content-rich, “everything HR” event delivers all you need to know, just when you need to know it. Our timely topics will focus on trending themes in human resources and address prevailing challenges faced by today's employers.

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 9:00 AM - 9:15 AM Welcome
 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Communicate Like a Warrior
Presented by Jeanie Coomber

Presence is crucial to credibility. Your opportunities, reputation, and ability to be seen and heard as a leader are all linked directly to your “presence.” Join executive performance expert Jeanie Coomber for this interactive session where she provides a model, tools, and strategies to enhance presence so you can be seen as a more credible, confident, and effective communicator. Jeanie will provide targeted practice and coaching to balance competence and connection behaviors while helping you recognize your own presence strengths and gaps. Participants will also learn strategies to project presence and create impact when communicating virtually.

 10:15 AM - 10:25 AM Break
10:25 AM - 11:25 AM

Should I Stay or Should I Go? – Retaining Employees and Hiring Great New Ones
Presented by Candace Fisher, Director, Organizational Development, HR Source
and Jackie Throop, Director, EngageHR, HR Source

The Great Resignation. The Silver Tsunami. The Great Sans-demic. Is COVID to blame for all our problems, or are we in a “perfect storm”? If you’re looking for a refuge, focusing on employee engagement and retention may be the shelter you need. In this session, HR Source team members will address why employees are leaving their organizations and what they’re looking for. We'll focus on stemming the tide of exiting employees through tactics that will ultimately help you attract new talent too.

 11:25 AM - 11:35 AM Break
 11:35 AM - 12:35 PM

Now What?
Or: How Murphy’s Law Left Employers Pan(dem)ic Stricken and What to Do About It in 2022 

Presented by Mary Lynn Fayoumi, President & CEO, HR Source;
Kelly A. Hayden, Chief Legal Counsel, HR Source;
Kathryn O’Connor, Director, Compensation, HR Source

Two years after the onset of the pandemic, organizations continue to struggle with the relentless challenges and shifting compliance obligations affecting the employment landscape. Mary Lynn, Kelly and Kathryn will discuss the current state of employment affairs within their respective areas of expertise, and suggest strategies for successfully staffing and piloting your organization in the year ahead.

 12:35 PM - 12:45 PM  Closing

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Who's who:

Jeanie CoomberJeanie Coomber

With over 25 years of business experience, Jeanie Coomber is an expert in the areas of executive performance, executive presence, relationship building and team empowerment and has coached countless individuals across the globe on how to make significant leaps forward in their careers and lives. Jeanie earned her Warrior stripes through her own journey of stirring her intellect and evoking her soul; she is as relentless today about her personal growth as she was when she began her entrepreneurial journey. She's a leader in creating thought-provoking media and content in support of working professionals.

Jeanie’s ultimate vision is to create a band of warriors in the workplace who are ready to go from the predictable to the potent. As part of achieving this vision, Jeanie launched Warriors at Work, a weekly show that discusses all aspects of the working professional’s life. From executive leadership practices to couple’s therapy, Warriors at Work provides a community where we discuss all the dimensions of our lives inside and outside of the office.

Jeanie has been recognized by NJ Biz as one of the Best 50 Women in Business and holds certifications from Corporate Coach U, The International Coaching Federation, The NeuroLeadership Institute and is a graduate of Columbia University Business School’s Personal Leadership program.


Mary Lynn FayoumiMary Lynn Fayoumi, CAE, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
President & CEO, HR Source

Mary Lynn Fayoumi, CAE, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is the President and CEO of HR Source. She is a highly respected and sought after speaker, trainer and advisor and is an accepted authority on a variety of organizational issues including workplace culture, employment trends, people management and leadership. Countless organizations have benefited from her expertise during her twenty plus years at the association.

Mary Lynn is a prolific writer, quoted and published regularly in a variety of local and national publications. She is a Past Chair of the Board of Directors for both the Association Forum of Chicagoland and the Employer Associations of America. She is also an Advisory Board Member of the Community Memorial Foundation and Family Shelter Service. Mary Lynn is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Industrial Relations/Human Resources. She also holds an MBA in International Management with Honors from the Thunderbird School of Management. 


Candace FisherCandace Fisher, SHRM-SCP, Certified Coach
Director, Organizational Development, HR Source

Candace Fisher is the Director of Organizational Development at HR Source. In this role, her responsibilities include assisting members with design and implementation of training and development programs for their Human Resource staff, supervisory and non-supervisory employees. In addition, Candace facilitates various training sessions at HR Source, including sessions in Spanish. She advises members and assists with organizational issues such as management coaching, change and performance management. She provides human resource, employee relations and supervisory/management services for member organizations via the HR Hotline. 

Prior to working for HR Source, Ms. Fisher was a Human Resource Manager and an HR Generalist for various organizations in the greater Chicagoland area. Her background includes work in training and development, employee relations, labor relations, benefits negotiation and administration, recruiting, workers’ compensation and overall strategic management of the Human Resource function. 

Ms. Fisher obtained a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Illinois, Urbana, as well as a master’s in Business Administration from the University of Illinois, Chicago. She is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) as designated through the Human Resource Certification Institute, a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) as designated through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and a Certified Coach.


Kelly HaydenKelly Hayden, JD
Chief Legal Counsel, HR Source

Kelly Hayden is Chief Legal Counsel for HR Source. In her role, Kelly provides representation to employers before the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Illinois Human Rights Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Department of Labor, the US Department of Labor and other state and federal agencies. She also assists employers with hiring, discipline, and termination procedures; preparation of employment agreements; and the drafting and reviewing of employment policies and handbooks. She provides employment law compliance training for managers, supervisors, and HR professionals covering many topics including harassment, discipline and discharge, the FMLA, ADA, social media, employee handbooks, interviewing and hiring and drug and alcohol testing. As a representative of HR Source, Kelly frequently lectures to professional organizations on numerous employment law topics and contributes to the association’s website and has authored articles in numerous trade journals.

Kelly has a J.D. from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and a B.A. in English and psychology, also from Indiana University. Kelly is admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois and before the Northern District of Illinois, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. Kelly came to the Association from a large Chicago law firm where she practiced for nine years defending employers in employment discrimination trials. Kelly is a member of the American Bar Association and its Section on Labor and Employment Law. Kelly has also served as a fire commissioner for the Village of Frankfort Fire Protection District for more than 10 years.


Kathryn O'ConnorKathryn O'Connor,  PHR, SHRM-CP, CCP, GRP 
Director, Compensation Services, HR Source

Kathryn O'Connor, PHR, SHRM-CP, CCP, GRP is Director, Compensation Services, for HR Source. Kathryn consults with employers on compensation system design, job evaluation systems, market benchmarking practices, and performance management systems. Kathryn also provides compensation, human resource, and supervisory/management training services for employers a consultant and via the association’s HR Hotline. Kathryn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Northwestern University.


Jackie ThroopJackie Throop,  SPHR
Director, EngageHR, HR Source

Jackie has over 25 years of experience in Human Resources as well as her Senior Professional in Human Resources designation. Currently, at HR Source, Jackie leads the EngageHR team. In her role she works as somewhat of a matchmaker connecting our EngageHR Staff with a member that has an HR Project that they need assistance with. This requires actively engaging with the member to identify what help they need. Additionally, Jackie needs to stay on top of latest HR trends to be able to meet the needs of our members.

In her previous role as a U.S. Corporate Benefits and HRIS Manager, Jackie was responsible for HRIS system administration and Benefit administration for U.S. employees. Jackie was integral at rolling out and maintaining their payroll, human resources, and benefit enrollment systems. She was also responsible for security administration for all products. This management included sourcing potential vendors when needed, participating in RFP’s and working with the chosen vendor during and after implementation. Jackie was also responsible for being the main point of contact for the HR Representatives around the U.S. in relation to the HRIS products.


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