October 5th - 6th, 2017

Dover Downs

Dover, Delaware



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Thursday, October 5

9:00 - 10:15 AM General Session with Richard Gough, Functional Leader for Global HR Team, W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.  

The session will provide an overview of WL Gore & Associates and how our unique culture has evolved over 60 years to position ourselves for future success.  As part of this organizational evolution the session will focus on the role that HR has played in supporting this culture and how the HR function at WL Gore has had to evolve to appropriately have organizational impact.  The session will go deeper into the change process HR has experienced, our current state and where we are heading.  We will consider the challenges the function has made in making this change and aspects that have enabled the change.

10:30 - 11:30 AM  Concurrent Sessions

Keys to Developing a more Inclusive Workplace: Diversity Trends, Beth Zoller, More Information Coming Soon 

Build Team Trust and Alignment and Create Results, Cindy Davidson, Corexcel

This session will introduce you to the concepts of "The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team",  an assessment-based program based on Patrick Lencioni's Five Dysfunctions of a Team.  We'll facilitate robust discussion on the importance of building trust and why having healthy conflict is critical for producing results. Participants will be engaged in exercises that will help them identify healthy and unhealthy behaviors in their own organizations.  

MineFit: An Innovation in Wellness and Scalable Applications, Monica L Pampell, PentaFit LLC

Join Monica Pampell MS, President of PentaFit LLC, for an interactive speaking event and a comprehensive overview of innovative wellness program design using the case study: MineFit.This presentation will help guide your wellness program foundations and provide scalable applications. MineFit, specifically, seeks to offer workers the amenities and guidance they need to stay healthy,engaged, and sustained while at work. This presentation will also take you through important regulations to be aware of when implementing your new program features. You will leave with a wellness starter guide and the do’s and don'ts of wellness programming.

1:45 -2:45 PM Concurrent Sessions

Managing Threats of Violence: Best Practices Using EAP in High-Risk Situations, Matt Verdecchia, Health Advocate

Incidents involving violence, threats of violence, and other misconduct due to domestic issues, volatile employees and other causes are all too common in the workplace. Understand the potential impact of violence on your organization. Learn how to identify, investigate and possibly prevent violent incidents and related misconduct involving employees, as well as create an effective prevention and response plan to address this critical issue. Matt will also discuss available resources to help HR leaders manage these issues within the workplace.

Session II Check back for details!

Legislative Session, Jon McDowell, Delaware SHRM State Council, More Information Coming Soon!

3:30 - 5:30 PM General Session

Mega Session: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: An Overview of Labor and Employment Issues, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP., Barry Willoughby, Bill Bowser, Scott Holt, Michael Stafford, Margaret DiBianca and Lauren Russell

Friday, October 6

9:00 - 10:15 AM  General Session, TBA

10:30 - 11:30 AM  Concurrent Sessions

Demonstrating the ROI of HR for your Business, Warren Cook, SymbianceHR, LLC

HR Practitioners work diligently each day to perform a wide range of tactical and strategic activities to support their employer. Leadership can often struggle with recognizing the impact or value of the HR practitioner’s contributions. Is leadership to blame for this perspective? It is time to reinvent your value proposition for your organization and leadership by learning how all the tactical and strategic activities you perform directly impact the success of the business.

This session will help you understand how to develop and effectively articulate the ROI of HR for your business, strengthening your engagement with leadership and opportunity to become a more influential member of the organization.

Performance Management, Helene Wiswall, ModernThink

More Information Coming Soon

Concurrent Session  III  More information Coming 

12:45 - 1:45 PM Concurrent Sessions 

Hot Topics in Employment Discrimination Law with a Focus on Pregnancy and LGBT Issues, Jennifer C. Jauffret, Esquire and Lori A. Brewington, Esquire, Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A.

This presentation will provide participants with an understanding of the content and evolving employment discrimination legal landscape primarily related to pregnancy and LGBT issues. This presentation will provide HR professionals with a breakdown of the applicable lawsgeneral guidelines, best practices and the necessartools to decrease the likelihood of claims of discrimination and retaliation made bemployees who are members of these particular protected classes and who may require accommodations under federal and state laws. To learn to better apply the law to the workplace, the speakers and participants together will discuss difficult cases and scenarios of claims of discrimination, retaliation and/or an employer's failure to accommodate its employees inthe workplace.

Amplify Your i-Q (Innovation Quotient), Michael Brenner, Ed.D., Right Chord Leadership

Experts are calling on today’s HR departments to embrace innovation. Dr. Michael Brenner of Right Chord Leadership will demonstrate how HR practitioners can increase their “i-Q” to become more valuable contributors. The program examines two unique pathways to innovation: design thinking and jazz. Dr. Brenner, a professor of organizational behavior and a professional musician, will demonstrate how to connect the dots from the world of creativity to the world of HR to foster bold, paradigm-busting ideas.

Breaking Through Barriers: Creating Retirement Plans that Work, David Sandstead, Principal Financial Group®

Are your Employees Able to Retire? Breaking Through the Barriers: Creating Retirement Plans That Work will cover the evolving focus of human resources professionals to that of employee retirement readiness. Plan evaluation + high employee participation and savings rates + an outcomes-focused investment strategy are the formula for retirement plan success. David Sandstead of the Principal Financial Group® will discuss how to plan for, implement, and deliver an optimal retirement plan.

1:45 - 2:45 PM Concurrent Sessions

Employee Health & Welfare Benefits - A Practical Guide, Wendy K. Yoss, Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP

Designed for the hands-on benefits specialist up to the executive director of HR, this presentation will educate the attendee regarding the universe of documentation required to establish and appropriately administer employee group benefit plans. It also will update you on the latest legal developments in the employee benefits arena. The knowledge gained will allow your company to guard against the risks attached to a compliance failure, and will position the HR professional to provide guidance on benefits issues to key stakeholders and advice to management.

Starting the Dialogue: Depression in the WorkplaceCarol A. Kivler, MS, CSP, CMT, Kivler Communications

It’s time for an open dialogue about depression and mental illness in the workplace. An estimated 1 in 5 adult Americans suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder. The number one cause of adult disability worldwide is psychiatric disease. The decrease in productivity, increased errors, absenteeism, presenteeism, short/long term disability cause staggering financial losses to corporate America. Carol equips attendees with strategies to create an atmosphere that respects and responds to a workforce affected by depression and mental illness and addresses the pervasive stigma that prevents employees from admitting they are suffering from a mental illness.

Containing Costs in 2017: What Can Employers Do?Anthony Carlozo, Trion Group, a Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC

Healthcare premiums have spiraled out of control – continually rising with no relief in sight! Unfortunately, during this challenging period, employers need to shift all or part of these costs to employees. The fact that wages are stagnant or rising slowly, puts great pressure on many company's workforce.

Join Anthony Carlozo as he expands on the dilemmas companies face. Learn how to address imbalances as he shares industry benchmarks, common negotiation practices, and the levers employers can break down by employer size.