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Conference Program

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General Sessions

Leading in Times of Crisis
Kristen Ziman, Chief of Police; Aurora Police Department 
Your people are your greatest assets, and nothing confirms this more than when your organization experiences a crisis. In this powerful opening session, Chief Kristen Ziman of the Aurora Police Department will chronicle the events of the mass shooting at the Henry Pratt factory in Aurora in February as they unfolded and in the days that followed. Through her unique perspective as an organizational leader and public servant, she will share insight into the lessons learned about workplace safety and taking care of your people.


The Straight Dope on Legal Marijuana
Chris Halsor, Understanding Legal Marijuana LLC 
The legalization of medical and recreational marijuana in Illinois is still in its infancy, and there are many issues and considerations that affect employers in every industry. Join Chris Halsor, Colorado attorney and one of the country’s foremost experts on legal marijuana, as he discusses the major provisions of the law, including what’s permitted and what’s prohibited. Chris will educate you on the drug itself, including its many derivatives, as well as addressing many foreseeable – and some unforeseeable – issues that will impact employers for years to come.


Employment Law Update
Kelly Hayden, JD; Chief Legal Counsel, HR Source
Kathryn O’Connor, PHR, CCP, GRP; Director, Compensation Services, HR Source  

With so much happening in employment law, it’s hard to stay current and compliant. With a special emphasis on wage and hour updates, Kelly Hayden and Kathryn O’Connor will present an up-to-the-minute session reviewing new information from the courts, administrative agencies, the United States Congress and the Illinois General Assembly. Learn what you should be addressing right now and get a firsthand look at what’s in the pipeline for the future.

Breakout Session 1

Managing the Risks of Workplace Violence 
Ray McGury, Principal, RJM Strategy Group
Mike Zegadlo, Deputy Chief of Police, Lewis University Police Department  

The thought of a violent act occurring at your organization is unimaginable, but awareness and prevention are key steps to mitigate the risk of an active shooter event. These acts of violence are the behavioral destination of an individual’s pathway to violence. Along the way, attackers typically display observable behaviors that others should learn to recognize. Ray McGury and Mike Zegadlo will lead this eye-opening session that will provide you with a basic understanding of the behavioral evolution of an active shooter – and help you recognize the cues that may indicate a need for intervention.

Recruiting Through the Ages
Sue Winkler, SPHR; Director, EngageHR Services, HR Source 
Panelists: Ginny Blake, SWAN Libraries; Nadia Spawn, MSN, RN, American Brain Tumor Association; Melodie FisherLewek, Diamond Assets; Abby Winkler, American Academy of Periodontology; Maribel Rice, LeadingAge
Join us as we discover what job seekers are really looking for in the recruiting and onboarding process. Our panel of real, live (actual!) candidates, both current and recent, will talk about what excites them about an opportunity, what frustrates them about the process, and how to engage them starting with their first day of work. Participants will take away ideas from multiple generations on how to improve the recruiting process and develop a strategy that’s effective for candidates at various stages of their careers. 


When the DOL Comes Knocking
Jim Griffin, JD; Employment Counsel, HR Source 
Are you 100% confident in your wage and hour practices? Probably not. That’s why it’s so stressful when the Illinois or U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) starts asking questions. Breathe a little easier after this session: Jim Griffin will discuss the steps you can take to avoid facing the DOL in the first place, and what to do if you are subject to a complaint or an audit. Jim will walk through the typical complaint and audit processes, so that you’ll be prepared if or when the situation arises. 

Breakout Session 2

Extreme Employee Benefits
Angela Adams, CEBS, SPHR; Director, HR Services, HR Source 
Health insurance and retirement plans are a given, but today’s employees (and candidates) expect more. They want offerings that make their lives easier and meet the needs of a modern family. From paying down student loans, donating paid time off to other employees, and offering unlimited vacation time, Angela Adams will explore the regulatory and workplace culture impacts of some unique benefits that are gaining in popularity.


#MeToo: Turning Awareness into Action
Sonal Shah, JD; Sr. Employment Counsel, HR Source  
Approximately two years after the #MeToo movement, sexual harassment remains a pervasive problem in the workplace. What can we do to combat this issue and ensure we have a workplace where everyone is valued and treated with respect? In this session, Sonal Shah will discuss the beginnings of the #MeToo movement, where things stand now, and what actions employers should take (including bystander intervention training) to ensure their workplace does not become another statistic. 

Getting a Seat at the Breakroom Table
Candace Fisher, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Certified Coach; Director, Organizational Development, HR Source
Lauren Soderstrom, PHR; Sr. Organizational Development Partner, HR Source
Panelists: Kate Temple and Katie Keel, Bostrom; Sue Ashe and Jeanne Harrison, Naperville Public Library; Kim Schulke and Michelle Selander, The Clarke Group
Organizational leaders must strike a difficult balance between supporting managers and operational decisions while keeping the interests of employees top of mind. HR is often challenged with building trust among managers and supervisors while conveying that we’re here to guide and advise, not police their daily decisions. This panel discussion, led by Candace Fisher and Lauren Soderstrom, will explore how several HR Source members have built a foundation of trust, encouraged managers to work closely with HR, and maintained credibility with managers who act on the guidance provided by HR leadership. You’ll hear real examples of how to stay “in the know” and keep the lines of communication open with managers and employees.