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November 1 and 2, 2018

Dover Downs Conference Center

Dover, Delaware

 

Conference Session Descriptions

 Thursday, November 1, 2018

Track Definitions:

Talent Acquisition and Retention: these sessions are geared toward how to find and retain the right talent for your business.  These sessions will offer solutions and best practices on how to recruit and maintain your workforce.  Sessions will cover emerging trends, and innovative approaches to the age old practice of recruiting and retention.

Personal & Leadership Development: these sessions are all about you and helping you grow and develop as a professional and as a person.  These sessions focus on leadership, communication, and the development of new skills.  This track will challenge you to think outside of the box and become the best professional you can be!

Total Rewards: these sessions are all about benefits programs; from health benefits, to voluntary benefits, retirement plans, to the technology that supports these programs.  These sessions will cover the challenges we face today with our current benefit programs and how to prepare for the future with the evolving landscape of ‘Total Reward’.

Business Acumen & HR Strategy:  these sessions are all about emerging trends in business and how Human Resources can support the evolution of business.  From the changing dynamics with our workforce, to being a true strategic Human Resources partner, these sessions will help you better understand how to support your organizations both from a granular and global level.

Employment Law & Legislation: these sessions will cover the many changes in employment law, both locally and nationally, and how employers should prepare.  Sessions will cover recent court cases, as well as, best practices on how to stay compliant!

 

Mega Session

8:30 am – 9:45 am

 

Track:

Business Acumen & HR Strategy

Session Title:

Re-thinking Equality in the Workplace

Session Description:

In 2012, Sarah McBride made national headlines when she came out as transgender while serving as student body president at American University. A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Sarah serves on the Board of Directors of Equality Delaware, the state’s primary LGBTQ-advocacy organization. In that capacity, Sarah helped lead the successful effort to add gender identity and expression to her state’s nondiscrimination and hate-crimes laws. In 2008, Sarah worked for Governor Jack Markell (D-DE) and, in 2010, for former Attorney General Beau Biden (D-DE). Prior to coming to HRC, Sarah interned at the White House, the first out trans woman to do so.

Sarah became the first openly transgender person to address a major party political convention when she spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. She is the author of Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality.

Sarah will be presenting her personal story, as well as, an array of topics that impact the LGBTQ workforce and best practices for employers creating inclusive workplaces.  This will include topics such as inclusive benefit offers that are important to LGBTQ workforce.  Sarah will speak about the importance of programs and policies that support people in transition to ensure an inclusive work environment. 

Learning Objectives:

1.   Discuss topics that impact LGBTQ workforce such as total rewards, leave policies, and support programs.

2.   Discuss best practices for creating inclusive workplaces for everyone that includes educations and training programs and support programs.

Target Audience:

Entry/Mid-level/Senior/Executives

Presenter:

Sarah McBride from the Human Rights Campaign

Bio:

In 2012, Sarah made national headlines when she came out as transgender while serving as student body president at American University. A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Sarah serves on the Board of Directors of Equality Delaware, the state’s primary LGBTQ-advocacy organization. In that capacity, Sarah helped lead the successful effort to add gender identity and expression to her state’s nondiscrimination and hate-crimes laws. In 2008, Sarah worked for Governor Jack Markell (D-DE) and, in 2010, for former Attorney General Beau Biden (D-DE). Prior to coming to HRC, Sarah interned at the White House, the first out trans woman to do so.

Sarah became the first openly transgender person to address a major party political convention when she spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. She is the author of Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality.

 

Session 1

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Track:

Talent Acquisition & Retention

Session Title:

Will Gen Z Want to Work for Your Organization?

Session Description:

Generational literature has been fixated on the Millennials for over a decade.  Enter Gen Z – those born starting in the mid-1990s.  It is easy to assume that Gen Z employees will just be an extension of Millennials, but this is not the case. Gen Z is different and has distinctive expectations of employers.  This generation has been described as wired differently. Is your organization an employer of choice for young workers entering the labor force?

By 2020, it is estimated that Gen Z will comprise 20 percent of the American workforce.  This is a critical mass that cannot be ignored.  Meeting the needs of Gen Z can be easier if employers are prepared. To attract this generation, and even more importantly to retain them, organizations must begin now to re-assess key elements of their workplace.   Just as Gen Z is referred to as disruptors, organizations will need to disrupt their own organizations to attract this generation.  The war for talent is far from over. 

When asked what keeps executives up at night, talent management continues to top the list globally.  Those organizations that accommodate Gen Z workers sooner (rather than later) will be better positioned to more effectively wage that war.  Organizations should begin preparing now by providing unique career advancement opportunities, delivering continuous learning, focusing on face-to-face communication, revamping training, creating hybrid work environments, and re-thinking recruiting approaches.  Gen Z is the future.  And the future is now! 

 Learning Objectives

 1.  Learn what differentiates Gen Z from other generations

2.  Assess your own organization’s ability to attract members of Gen Z

3.  Learn to design workplace approaches that increase the likelihood of retaining Gen Z

Target Audience:

Entry/Mid-level/Senior/Executives

Presenter(s):

Dr. Pat Buhler & Dr. Nicole Evans from Goldey-Beacom College

Bios:

Dr. Pat Buhler is a professor of management at Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington, Delaware, is a certified SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) and a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). Pat teaches in the graduate and undergraduate programs specializing in management and human resource management. She has received the institution’s Excellence in Teaching Award twice and was named to Whos Who Among America’s Teachers twice. In addition, Pat was the 2005 recipient of Delaware’s Ron Shane Lifetime Achievement Award for Human Resources and the 2015 recipient of the Delaware Valley HR Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2011, she served as the Director of the Delaware State Council for SHRM. Prior to that, she served as the College Relations Director for the State Council. In addition, she has also served for two years as an item writer for SHRM’s certification exams. Pat is author of over 125 articles and has published six books including two SHRM published books: Destination Innovation: HR’s Role in Charting the Course and Up, Down, and Sideways: High Impact Verbal Communication for HR Professionals (with Dr. Joel Worden). Pat has been conducting reading on the subject of generational differences for over 10 years. Within the last year, the focus has been on Gen Z entering college and the workplace.

Dr. Nicole Evans began her career in the financial services industry. In 2015 she joined Goldey-Beacom College as a professor, teaching business management courses. Dr. Evans serves as the faculty advisor for The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and Women in Networks (WIN). She also provides state-of-the-art training and offers HR consulting services to organizations. She is passionate about her research which is focused on innovative management topics. Two of her most recent publications include: Why EQ Is as Important as IQ in Supervision Magazine and Strategic Human Resources Management:  A Comparative Analysis in the US and Egypt in the Academy of Business Research Journal. Nicole is actively involved in The Society of Human Resources Management and serves on 2 boards in Delaware.

 

Track:

Business Acumen & HR Strategy

Session Title:

Millennialize It: How to Refresh Your Millennial Employee Development Strategy

Session Description:

Companies must move beyond “lunch-and-learns”, networking mixers, and personality assessments to engage their millennial employees.  In this interactive session, talent leaders will have an opportunity to assess the impact of their company’s professional development offerings, and discover new ways to develop their millennial talent. Brainstorm ideas, share best practices, and receive on-the-spot advising on how to “millennialize” your professional development strategy.

Learning Objectives:

1.  Learn the latest trends in millennial engagement

2.  Identify weaknesses in your company’s current employee development strategy

3.  Create a plan to refresh and update their millennial development programming

4.  Identify ways to implement programs that appeal to multiple generations

Target Audience:

Senior/Executives

Presenter(s):

Brandi Baldwin-Rana, PhD from the Center for Millennial Engagement

Bio:

After spending over six years in higher education as a Psychology and Business professor at institutions such as Temple University, Lancaster Bible College, and Johns Hopkins, Dr. Brandi turned in her grade-book and started her entrepreneurial career. Today, she's a published author and the founder of Millennial Ventures, the parent company to a growing suite of brands laser-focused on providing professionals with tools for career freedom.   Dr. Brandi speaks at over 30 corporations and conferences annually to share her philosophy on leadership and career freedom. She is tapped by company leaders to provide her unconventional insights on how to enhance the employee experience, what it means to "put in work", and why leadership (or "leader-ish" as she calls it), is the great equalizer in life and business. She has been highlighted in the Philadelphia Business Journal's "People on the Move" campaign, and was appointed to Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney's Millennial Advisory Commission. She was recently named as one of Philadelphia's Most Influential African American's by the Philadelphia Tribune.  Although her formal accomplishments are noteworthy, Dr. Brandi says that she was "put on earth to impact, not impress" those who she meets along her life's journey.

 

Track:

Total Rewards

Session Title:

Helping Your Employees Retire ON TIME: Creating Retirement Plans That Work

Session Description:

This session will cover the evolving focus on human resources professionals to ensure employees are retirement ready. Plan evaluation, plus high employee participation and savings rates, plus an outcomes-focused investment strategy are the formula for retirement plan success. This session will discuss how to plan for, implement, and deliver an optimal retirement plan to have your employees ready for retirement.

Learning Objectives:

1.  Gain understanding of the changing retirement environment

2.  Utilize strategies to maximize your employee’s ability to retire successfully

3.  Establish the retirement tools so you are known as the employer of choice

4.  Measure your retirement program against your competitors

Target Audience:

Mid-level/Senior/Executives

Presenter(s):

David Sandstead from the Principal Financial Group

Bio:

David Sandstead, Vice President of Sales, Principal Financial Group, has more than 20 years of experience providing technical and sales support to financial advisors and retirement plan sponsors.  He further assists financial advisors and plan sponsors by keeping them current on industry trends, major changes, and current topics, such as plan sponsor fiduciary responsibilities.  David began his career with the Principal Financial Group in 1997.  David received a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from University of Iowa.

 

Session 2

11:15 am – 12:15 am

Track:

Talent Acquisition & Retention

Session Title:

Hiring Superstars: Using Assessments to Put the Right Person in Every Job

Session Description:

Quality candidates are becoming harder to find and the cost of hiring mistakes is increasing. Fortunately, using an appropriate assessment can help. This fun and interactive workshop will show you how to use assessments and other technologies to get an edge in your hiring by identifying the exact skills, thinking patterns, behaviors, motivations, and other factors that will make someone a top performer in your organization and how to use assessments to match potential candidates to these characteristics.

Learning Objectives:

1.  Understand how to use profiles, surveys, and assessments to help acquire and retain a high-performing workforce

2.  Evaluate the suitability of different types of hiring assessments for different purposes and select from different products available in the marketplace

3.  Gain a better understanding of the use of technology to enhance the interview process and uncover hidden candidate weaknesses

4.  Know if an assessment is valid and reliable and why this is important under EEOC regulations

5.  Avoid the five most common pitfalls of using assessments and take advantage of the five biggest benefits

Target Audience:

Mid-level

Presenter(s):

Paul Endress from Maximum Advantage

Bio:

Paul Endress is an in-demand thought leader, speaker, and founder of Selection Sciences, a company dedicated to using the latest advances in psychology and technology to help companies improve profitability and solve problems by hiring and developing top performing employees.  An inspiring speaker, Paul helps companies of all sizes maximize their investment in human capital by refining their hiring processes to increase the quality of their work force.  Paul is the author of The Executive's Guide to Assessments and The Hiring Secrets of Google, has spoken at dozens of SHRM events, and been quoted on the front page of USA Today, as well as in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes magazine and dozens of other leading business publications.

 

Track:

Personal & Leadership Development

Session Title:

Developing Your Executive Presence!

Session Description:

Whether you are in the boardroom, around the proverbial water cooler, at a conference, on the phone, or anywhere else: your ability to speak with confidence will drive your career forward; just as a lack of confidence will frustratingly hold you back. In Develop Your Executive Presence, you will learn a set of powerful insights and practical strategies that will rapidly enhance your poise and polish. Get ready to develop your executive presence in a way that will advance your career and even change your life!

Learning Objectives:

1.  Become aware of the five elements of executive presence

2.   Assess which of the five elements are your strengths and weaknesses

3.   Identify ways to enhance your strengths and improve your weaknesses

Target Audience:

Entry|Mid-level

Presenter(s):

Christine Clapp from Spoken with Authority

Bio:

Christine Clapp is the author of Presenting at Work: A Guide to Public Speaking in Professional Contexts (www.presentingatwork.com) and the president of Spoken with Authority (www.spokenwithauthority.com), a presentation skills consultancy that trains professionals to achieve a personal best every time they present. Since 2008, Christine and her team have helped thousands of speakers at associations, law firms, consulting firms, and corporations craft memorable presentations and deliver them with confidence.  Christine holds two degrees in communication: a bachelors degree from Willamette University, and a masters degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. Early in her career, she worked on Capitol Hill for two years as a communications aide to a senator and three years as a communications director for a member of Congress. Christine also taught public speaking to undergraduate and graduate students at The George Washington University for over a decade. 

 

 

Track:

Employment Law & Legislation

Session Title:

Alphabet Soup (DOL, NLRB, OSHA, ACA, ADA, FMLA, FLSA, PDA, among others):  What Is Happening in Federal Enforcement?

Session Description:

A lot has changed under the Trump administration.  In this session, participants will learn what rules and guidance have changed in the various federal agencies, and how these changes will impact HR administration. Participants will be provided with practical tips for complying with existing laws and determining when a change in company policy or procedure is advisable.  In addition, participants will learn about those areas in which state and federal law differ, and what additional changes may be on the horizon.  

Learning Objectives:

1.  Learn the latest regulatory requirements that apply to employers

2.  Learn the distinctions between state and federal law, and when and why it matters

3.  Learn practical considerations when altering company policies to align with regulatory requirements

Target Audience:

Entry/Mid-level/Senior

Presenter(s):

Wendy Voss J.D. from Potter Anderson & Corroon, LLP

Bio:

Wendy Voss concentrates her practice in the areas of labor and employment law and employee benefits.  She represents management in a wide variety of industries, providing counsel on legal compliance, personnel policies and best practices, and benefit plan design and compliance.  She represents clients before the EEOC, the Delaware Department of Labor, and other state agencies, as well as before the NLRB and the Delaware Public Employee Relations Board. Her experience includes first-chair trials in the Delaware courts, and she has successfully presented cases to the Supreme Court of Delaware and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Wendy frequently provides strategic counsel to officers and directors and the entities they serve on both state and federal law issues, with a focus on on-going or anticipated litigation and litigation-avoidance.  Her prominence in the field has been recognized by Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Best Lawyers in America, and Martindale-Hubbel, which awarded her its highest, AV Preeminent rating.  She was named by Best Lawyers, a preeminent peer-review based referral guide to the legal profession, as both the 2015 Wilmington, DE Litigation - Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year" and the 2016 Wilmington, DE Employment Law - Management Lawyer of the Year."  

 

Mega Session

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

 

Track: Business Acumen & HR Strategy

Session Title:

Leadership Is About Purpose, Not Position

Session Description:

Achieving the breakthroughs we want for our organization is based on a three critical factors. First is our approach in how we align our infrastructure for how people are supposed to succeed with the business model for how we best create value and grow as a result. The second is in how we improve the processes we have to run and drive our organization to be the most efficient and productive we can. The third is how we truly evaluate and improve our people throughout the year not just for year-end reviews. The impact is having people at every level take ownership for how to drive breakthrough results and capability that everyone will replicate going forward.

Learning Objectives:

1.  Approach- Be able to evaluate and re-engineer the infrastructure of your department or organization based on the capability needed to drive results not the job functions we need to hire for while then fully integrating that into the business model for how your organization best creates value to drive growth

2.  Processes- Learn the simple approach to evaluate any individual or collection of processes against specific results and how to mobilize people to buy into and execute on improving them the way they need to be

3.  People- Implement a more adaptable and precision-based system for evaluating and improving people more frequently that will target real pain points for your organization and drive solutions more efficiently towards that

Presenter(s):

Jack Gottlieb from Total Solutions Group, LLC.

Bio:

Jack Gottlieb is a results generating executive with 18 years of proven high level success in building and turning around organizations to achieve their optimal potential and performance.  Jack is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of the Total Solutions Group a strategic consulting, training and coaching firm he founded in 2004 to create and deliver what is Really Most Important™ for an organization to fully thrive in the marketplaces they operate while delivering the value their customers truly need. They ensure this generates the results that their people will take ownership of and replicate going forward for their organization.

Total Solutions Group’s work is centered around becoming a strategic partner to their clients to uncover, build and drive forward the change they need while holding them accountable throughout the process. They bring distinct capability & breakthrough thinking in culture/organizational transformation, organization wide strategic planning & alignment, leadership development (executive level down to first time managers), performance optimization and large-scale change management.

Under Jack's leadership they have had the honor to work with over 150 companies ranging from organization’s who are small scale start up to mid-size organizations who are in hyper growth mode too large and publicly traded. These organizations have been domestic and global and occupy a variety of industries. Some of their clients include: Bosch, Formosa Plastic, Gaming Labs International, Genentech, Microsoft, Comcast, Treasury Executive Institute, Mountain America Credit Union and Wakefern Foods (Shoprite Supermarket). They have driven over $125 million in ROI for their clients in profitability, performance, and cost reduction. The growth and impact has led to the following recent awards due to their work

Two of their clients: Genentech & Mountain America Credit Union were awarded the prestigious Learning Elite Award by Chief Learning Officer Magazine in having outstanding learning functions/practices that generate top and bottom line results for the 5th year in a row. Mountain America Credit Union was #10 in 2017

Jack also was personally awarded in February 2015 The World HR & Training Congress’s Global Training & Development Leadership Award

Prior to launching the Total Solutions Group Jack served as the Executive Team Lead for Collegiate Empowerment which under his leadership became the leader in student & professional development in colleges and universities. They served over half of the 4000+ universities/colleges across the United States. He also was a senior consultant & trainer for Dale Carnegie Training where his focus was growth in their corporate on-site training as well as their public programs. 

In addition to his executive career Jack has a relentless passion for higher education and is actively involved with two universities. The first is Kutztown University where he is the Chair of the College of Business Advisory Board. Under his leadership they have transformed their culture and approach to now strategically lead the business school over the next 5-7 years to be one of the top in the state of Pennsylvania. The second is with Rider University with their Center for the Development of Leadership Skills. Jack helped build their core leadership skills program which provides students the real-time skills and practice to develop the confidence, skills and plan to truly succeed when they graduate. Rider University since then has consistently been ranked one of the top 20 in the country by Leadership Excellence Magazine for outstanding leadership development at a University/College.

Jack received his Bachelor of Science from Kutztown University in Marketing/Management with a concentration in I/O Psychology. He is married living with his wife Jennifer in Jackson, New Jersey with his 2 children Allison & Brandon and their new puppy Baymax. 

Session 3

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

 

Track:

Business Acumen & HR Strategy

Session Title:

Growing Your Human Capital Analytics Capabilities

Session Description:

Human Capital Analytics (HCA) is a rapidly growing field and one that can be daunting for many HR professionals.  The sophistication and capability of organizations today varies considerably, with each organization being in their own stage of development. Some organizations are just starting to get a handle on their data and improve the quality of their data, while others are at the cutting edge of predictive analytics.   The analytics journey can start anywhere from assessing your current data streams and reanalyzing data, to enhancing HR information systems, identifying key drivers of engagement or intent to leave, and tying employee engagement data to operational and financial metrics. Regardless of where your organization begins its analytics journey, it is important to take an in-depth approach to understanding employee attitudes and the context in which they exist in order to predict behaviors and outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

1.  Identify where your organization is on the measurement and analytics maturity mode

2.  Learn best practices for applying analytics and how these best practices can inform both business strategy and the bottom line 

3.  Understand the process for building human capital analytics capabilities in house

Target Audience:

Senior|Executives

Presenter(s):

Fiona Jamison from Spring International

Bio:

Dr. Fiona K. Jamison, CEO of Spring International brings 20 years of experience conducting research and providing solutions to both for-profit and non-profit organizations with specific expertise in employee engagement, employee relations, change management and human capital analytics. For the last 25 years, Spring International has provided custom research and analytics for Fortune 100 companies across the United States and internationally.  Born and raised in Britain, Fiona has provided research and consultancy services in the U.K., Europe, and North America. This international experience adds a unique perspective to understanding employee relations and organizational culture.  In the U.K. Fiona worked mostly in the aerospace, energy and telecommunications industry.  She is the author of numerous articles on human capital analytics, change management, effective downsizing and understanding the role of line managers during organizational change.   Fiona’s Ph.D. is in Human Resource Management from the University of Bristol, was an Honorary Research Fellow for the University of Wolverhampton (U.K.).  In the USA, she has been an adjunct professor at Arcadia University and is actively involved with leading HR think tank organizations such as the Wharton Research Advisory Group, University of Pennsylvania and more recently the Philadelphia Society for People and Strategy Human Capital Analytics Group.  She currently sits on the Senior HR Advisory Board for Fox Business School.   Outside of running Spring International, Fiona is currently working on progressing the literature on employee engagement, by working on a benchmarking study that is exploring the impact of business ownership (family, non-family, public and private) on employee engagement and associated best practices.   When not working she can be found kayaking and exploring the outdoors with her two kids and crazy dog. 

 

Track:

Personal & Leadership Development

Session Title:

The Human Side of Ethics: The Truth About Emotions & Ethical Behavior

Session Description:

What causes an otherwise intelligent person who knows the difference between right and wrong to make a choice that will negatively impact themselves and their organization? This fascinating presentation on human values and ethics illuminates the reasons why. While other presentations tend to focus on legal and compliance issues, the reality is that ethical choices have far more impact on a company long before the issue of legal or illegal comes into play. Chuck Gallagher uses his unique personal experience to expose the truth about emotions and ethical behavior. With pinpoint accuracy, he brings to light why we do what we do and how to change. When companies help their management and employees understand The Human Side of Ethics, the roadmap to success becomes that much easier to follow.

Learning Objectives:

1.  Understand specific human dynamics when it comes to ethical decisions

2.  Identify key components involved in making ethical choices

3.  Review the phases of ‘The Unethical Continuum’

4.  Establish a road map to keep employee’s behavior between the ethical lines 

Target Audience:

Entry/Mid-level/Senior/Executives

Presenter(s):

Chuck Gallagher from Chuck Gallagher LLC. Ethics Resource Group

Bio:

Every choice has a consequence!  This universal law is one that Chuck Gallagher knows well.  Having learned lessons about choices, ethics and consequences the hard way, Chuck Gallagher shares his experience so that others do not have to.   You may have seen Chuck on television, or heard him on CNN, CBS or NPR radio programs or read about him in the Wall Street Journal.  His business insights are sought after for his strong position on choices, leadership and ethics. Chuck’s focus is business but his passion is empowering others.  Currently COO of a national company and former Sr. VP of Sales and Marketing for a public company, Chuck’s programs have been described as creative, insightful, captivating, and a person that connects the dots between behavior, choices and success.  Chuck’s personal experience in building businesses and sales teams while leading companies provides a practical and powerful framework for success, both personally and professionally. What Chuck shares in his presentations, whether training, keynotes or consulting are understandings of not only how to, but also what motivates behavior of individuals that can unlock the secret to incredible success.   Chuck gives his clients what they need to turn concepts into actions and actions into results.

 

Track:

Total Rewards

Session Title:

Total Rewards Innovation Panel: The Future of Total Rewards and Technology

Session Description:

Hear from industry experts on emerging trends in the Total Rewards space and gain a better understanding of what Total Rewards packages could/should look like now and in the future, so employers can continue to attract, retain and enegage the workforce.  Panelist will discuss the use of technology as it pertains to Total Rewards, and trends to be aware of to position your businesses as an employer of choice.

Learning Objectives:

1.  Gain a better understanding of the changing face of ‘Total Rewards’

2.  Walk away with the knowledge of the ‘Total Rewards’ package of the future

3.  Provide best practices on how technology will assist in offer ‘Total Rewards’

Target Audience:

Entry/Mid-level/Senior/Executives

Presenter(s): TBA


Mega Session

3:34 pm – 5:15 pm

 

Track:

Employment Law & Legislation

Session Title:

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Sexual Harassment Update:  Delaware Equal Rights Amendment, HB360, and its implementation, etc.

 

Summary: This is the first leg of an amendment to the Delaware Constitution to provide equal rights on the basis of sex. There is no Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution. While Congress passed the Amendment in 1972, it was not ratified by the requisite number of states by the 1982 deadline. Delaware, however, was one of the first states to ratify the Amendment. About half of the states across the country have passed Equal Rights Amendments to their state constitutions in order to provide protection against discrimination based on sex. Without an Equal Rights Amendment, women's rights and protections are limited. This Amendment is necessary to correct a constitutional shortcoming, reduce sex-based disparities and to codify our State's value of equality.

 

State WARN Act:  The Essentials

 

Summary: When a Delaware employer conducts a mass layoff, downsizes, closes a plant, or otherwise cuts a significant number of jobs, employees have certain rights. Unfortunately, employees are not legally entitled to keep their jobs, be hired into open positions within the company, or be considered for rehire. Employers are not prohibited from laying off workers when financial times get tough.  The law does give employees the right to a certain amount of notice before a plant closing or large-scale layoff. If the employer fails to give proper notice, employees are entitled to damages.  The federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act gives employees these rights. Almost half of the states have similar laws; some go further to require that employers pay a small severance or continue employee health benefits for a short period after the layoff. However, Delaware is not among them: Delaware employees are protected by the federal WARN Act only.

Drugs in the Workplace:  the opioid epidemic, an update on the Delaware Medical Marijuana Act, etc.

 

The mission of the Office of Medical Marijuana (OMM) is to protect Delawareans  through proactive monitoring and enforcement of the Delaware Medical Marijuana  Act and accompanying regulations.Rigorous inspection of the regulated vendors  minimizes the risk to human health and environmental impact. OMM accomplishes  this mission by:

  • Working with the regulated vendors to ensure safe and effective products are available to Delaware’s registered patients
  • Stringent control of product inventory to eliminate diversion and use of Medical Marijuana products by non-patients
  • Briefing the medical community on their protections and limitations involving the Medical Marijuana Program
  • Involving state and local community leaders in discussions pertinent to issues affecting communities
  • Close coordination with state and local law enforcement on concerns dealing with the Compassion Centers
  • Responsiveness to Delaware’s registered patients

 

Federal Law Update:  what’s up at the NLRB (hint:  it’s a lot!), implementing Janus, and a summary of several key case law developments

 

    Target Audience:

    Entry/Mid-level/Senior/Executives

     Presenter(s):Bill Bowser, Scott Holt, Barry Willoughby

     Bio(s):  

     Friday, November 2, 2018
     

    Day Two

    Mega Session

    8:30 am – 9:45 am

     

    Track:

    Business Acumen & HR Strategy

    Session Title:

    The Future of HR: Strategies to Meet Business Challenges & Deliver Maximum Impact of Results

    Session Description:

    To thrive in the business environment of the future, the competencies and capabilities of human resources professionals must evolve. HR leaders must know the business, focus strategically, solve business problems and understand how to influence change in order to effectively align the human resources strategic plan, establish key relationships and drive maximum impact on results. HR leaders who master these skills will deliver more value – and find greater executive support – within their organizations. 

    Learning Objectives:

    1.  Increase - understanding of the business and take a longer term, "big picture" approach to HR 

    in order to participate as a contributing partner in the organization’s strategic planning process. 

     

    2.  Improve capabilities to align people strategies with organizational objectives. 

     

    3.  Collaborate effectively with internal and external partners to deliver products and services that enable the organization to be agile, innovative and responsive to the needs of customers and employees. 

     

    4.  Use data to develop systems and processes to measure and quantify results in order to gain executive support.

     

    Target Audience:

    Entry/Mid-level/Senior/Executives

    Presenter(s):

    Jennifer McClure from Unbridled Talent & DisruptHR

    Bio:

    Jennifer McClure is an entrepreneur, international keynote speaker, leadership success coach, and former HR executive who works with business leaders to build careers that they love, and lives that matter.

    As CEO of Unbridled Talent LLC, Jennifer is recognized as an influencer and expert on the future of work, innovative people strategies, and strategic leadership. She is a top-rated keynote speaker and trainer who has delivered high-impact programs to over 50,000 people in 9 countries, and on 4 continents. Jennifer has coached and mentored multiple leaders and executives in small, medium, and Fortune 100 companies, and understands what it takes to succeed in today’s rapidly changing world.

    Jennifer is also the CEO & Chief Excitement Officer of DisruptHR LLC, an information exchange designed to energize, inform and empower HR leaders, business professionals, and community leaders who are interested in disruptive ideas, and moving the collective thinking forward when it comes to talent in the workplace. The DisruptHR global community includes events held in over 120 cities, and over 27 countries, which have produced over 1,800 informative, entertaining, and disruptive 5-minute talks that have been shared with the world.

     

     

     

    Session 4

    10:00 am – 11:00 am

     

    Track:

    Business Acumen & HR Strategy

    Session Title:

    Excelling as a Strategic Business Partner

    Session Description:

    Attendees will learn strategies, tactics, and best practices in providing guidance and counsel to internal business stakeholders in the successful execution of talent acquisition, performance management, succession planning, employee relations, corrective action, and separation.  This session will teach you how to take a consultative approach to the delivery of HR services to your internal customers and operational business partners.  Mastery of these techniques will increase your real and perceived value from your operational counterparts, and improve communications and workforce outcomes.  Time will be spent reviewing the development and communication of your HR subject matter expertise, building rapport and credibility, establishing mutual goals, setting boundaries, and clearly defining your role as a leader in your organization.

    Learning Objectives:

    1.  Enhance consultative approach to becoming a successful Strategic HR Business Partner

    2.  Improve communication style and articulation of HR guidance to business partners

    3.  Expand knowledge of inclusive and collaborative activities in support of human capital goals

    Target Audience:

    Entry/Mid-level/Senior/Executives

    Presenter(s):

    Warren Cook from SymbianceHR

    Bio:

    Warren is a member of the DE SHRM Board, and partner with the DE State Bar Association on delivery of CLE courses that overlap with HR.  He is a co-founder of SymbianceHR and leads all client consulting engagements.  He is a human capital strategy management subject matter expert with over 20 years of experience as a strategic business partner, project manager, and people leader across private and public sectors organizations.  Warren is responsible for all client consulting engagements from initial needs assessment and compliance review through delivery of customized complex human capital strategy solutions that meet the client's business goals.   He has a proven track record of providing executive coaching and guidance to business leaders and human resource professionals at all levels including the C-Suite of Fortune 100 companies.  Warren combines his human capital, project management, and business management experience with a philosophy of solving business challenges through the strategic implementation of policies, processes, and procedures to deliver sustainable solutions that demonstrate ROI, mitigate and manage risk, and empower organizational success.  He is the author of Applicant Interview Preparation a Practical Coaching for Today and holds a B.S. in Human Resource Management, an MBA in Project Management, and a M.S. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.  Warren is also a SHRM Certified Professional.

     

    Track:

    Personal & Leadership Development

    Session Title:

    Creative Problem Solving: A Strategic HR Imperative

    Session Description:

    Be productive or be creative, which is it?  Both!  For decades, organizational leaders have been surveyed by top consulting organizations, such as Boston Consulting Group, Price Waterhouse Coopers and Adobe as to their most important strategic priority, or competency, necessary for sustainable success in the years and decades to come.  Their response?  Thousands of organizations from around the world report CREATIVITY is absolutely imperative in order to navigate the complex competitive marketplace of the future.  Simultaneously, managers are under growing pressure to be PRODUCTIVE, i.e. More! Better! Faster!  The reality for HR is that, more often than not, our workdays are filled with daily struggles of conflicting goals and persistent, recurring problems, leaving little time (or motivation) to have an actual creative thought!  BUT, if we could become creative problem solvers, HR could lead the charge in changing the culture, cultivating cooperation and generating positive, creative results.  It is possible!  In this fun and highly interactive presentation, we will explore what creativity is and what is not, how to tap into our creative tendencies and how to apply specific creative problem-solving techniques that will enrich the working lives of all in attendance.

    Learning Objectives:

    1.  An understanding of creative problem solving as an organizational imperative

    2.  An understanding of the conditions in which creative thinking thrives with specific diagnostic tools to identify organizational barriers and enablers that impact effective creative thinking

    3.  How to lead and develop creative problem solving skills through the application of proven tools and techniques

    Target Audience:

    Mid-level/Senior

    Presenter(s):

    Dr. Deanna Merritt from Goldey-Beacom College

    Bio:

    Deanna Merritt holds her Ph.D. in Management, in the subject areas of Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior from the University of North Texas.   As a "practitioner-minded" professional, her passion is speaking and teaching on those topics of greatest relevance to organizational professionals in today's competitive marketplace. Recent work includes exploring strategies for building organizational trust, developing cooperative organizational relationships and creating an environment where creativity and innovation can thrive.  Her relaxed and humorous style makes her a popular speaker in academic, and in both private and public-sector organizational settings.   Deanna is also a certified trainer for AAUW's Salary Negotiation Workshops through which she empowers young women with tools and techniques necessary to successfully negotiate in salary and promotion discussions, with the goal of closing the wage gap!      As an assistant professor at Goldey-Beacom College in the areas of both marketing and management, her goal is to bring relevance, excitement and even a little humor to the classroom through a variety of interesting and engaging techniques. She is committed to establishing and maintaining high academic standards.  As a result of her dedication to her students and the educational process, Dr. Merritt is an honored recipient of the distinguished Excellence in Teaching and the Innovative Teaching Awards.  Dr. Merritt is blissfully married and ready to embark upon a life in the "empty nest" with 2 children in college. Road trip!  

     

    Track:

    Total Rewards

    Session Title:

    Cost Containment in Healthcare: What can Employers Do?

    Session Description:

    Containing Costs in Healthcare - What Can Employer's Do? Healthcare premiums have spiraled out of control continually rising with no relief in sight. During this challenging period, employers have needed to shift all or part of these costs to employees. The fact that wages are stagnant or rising slowly, puts great pressure on the company's workforce. The dilemma companies face: how to address this imbalance. This is where HR, Controllers, and Finance can play a major role - by helping to cut back costs and thus narrow the gap between employee premiums and compensation. In this session, Anthony Carlozo of Trion will present the benchmarks, levers employers can pull, and demonstrate various case studies to illustrate the impact of some of the techniques he will discuss.

    Learning Objectives:

    1.  An understanding of different strategies employers can do to help reduce cost

    2.  An understanding of different types of programs that help reduce cost

    Target Audience:

    Mid-level/Senior/Executives

    Presenter(s):

    Anthony Carlozo from Trion, A Marsh McLennan Agency

    Bio:

    Anthony Carlozo is a Relationship Manager / Consultant at Trion, a Marsh McLennan Agency, LLC.  Anthony came to Trion with more than 25 years of sales experience in the healthcare consulting and technology industries. During his professional career, Anthony has built a solid reputation a significant book of business practicing with the following principles: Treating clients like family, building trust and collaborative relationships, ethics, morals, and transparency.  Specific to benefits consulting, Anthony has experience with strategies for containing costs, which include areas like: Strategic Planning, Contribution Modeling, Alternative Funding Analysis, RX Coalitions, Healthcare Captive Strategies, Referenced Based Pricing, On-Site Clinics, and Voluntary Benefits integration.  Anthony has a passion and his customers experience him going mile after mile, where he will not rest until his clients grasp the value of a new idea. Simply put, every company, every situation offers Anthony a chance to create something tailored and special that will fit the unique needs of their employees.   Prior to his time with Trion, Anthony was the Director of Sales at ATX Communications Services Inc., responsible for leading all new revenue efforts including management supervision of the company sales model. During his 15-year tenure there he spent half in direct sales and the other half in management, where much of his focus was on the development of others around him.  Anthony serves on Beacon: Chair of NJ Subgroup, HRA SHRM (Southern New Jersey)- Diversity Chair & Board Member, PSPS: Philadelphia Society of People and Strategy, and Tri-State SHRM  

     

    Session 5

    11:15 am – 12:15 pm

    Track:

    Employment Law & Legislation

    Session Title:

    Preventing and Handling Harassment Claim in the Wake of “#MeToo” and “Time’s Up”

    Session Description:

    This seminar will include a panel discussion about an employer’s duties both in and outside of the workplace to prevent and promptly correct harassment of employees.  The panel will discuss real-life examples, scenarios and current case law to provide participants with a thorough understanding of harassment and an employer’s obligations.  The panel will also discuss the culture shift with regard to acceptable and unacceptable behavior, including the challenges of managing the conduct of C-level executives.  The panel will also solicit feedback and questions from the audience to ensure participants are actively engaged in the discussion.  The panel will consist of a moderator (Jennifer C. Jauffret) and panelists, including legal counsel, Lori A. Brewington, one- two Human Resources professionals and possibly a representative from the Delaware Department of Labor and/or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. 

    Learning Objectives:

    1.  To understand what constitutes harassment, including sexual harassment, under the law in order to identify and prevent such conduct in the workplace

    2.  Learn best practices for preventing harassment in the workplace

    3.  To assist in the development of effective complaint procedures

    4.  To learn how to conduct a proper investigation of a harassment complaint

    Target Audience:

    Entry/Mid-level/Senior/Executives

    Presenter(s):

    Jennifer Jauffret & Lori A. Brewington from Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A.

    Bios:

    Jennifer Jauffret is head of the firm’s Labor and Employment Group. She represents a wide variety of management clients in labor and employment issues in Delaware and neighboring states, including appearances before state and federal agencies and courts.  Jennifer has experience litigating breach of restrictive covenant cases (including nondisclosure, noncompetition, and nonsolicitation restrictions) in the Delaware Court of Chancery, defending WARN Act and other employee claims in bankruptcy court, and defending clients before the EEOC, the Department of Labor, and in federal and state court with regard to Title VII, ADEA, ADA, FLSA, and FMLA claims, as well as related state law claims.

    Jennifer is also a certified mediator with the Superior Court of Delaware.  An integral part of Jennifer’s practice is helping employers prevent and reduce exposure to lawsuits. She provides employment advice on major corporate transactions and on general employee issues, such as noncompetition agreements and discipline/termination situations, and drafts employment agreements, separation agreements, noncompetition agreements, and employee handbooks. Jennifer trains both managers and employees regarding compliance with evolving employment laws. 

    Devoting significant time to her community, Jennifer’s pro bono work includes providing legal advice to Delaware nonprofit agencies, assisting domestic violence victims in obtaining protection from abuse orders, leading the firm’s Office of Child Advocate (OCA) volunteers, and working with OCA as a guardian for abused or neglected children.

     Lori A. Brewington represents a wide variety of corporate and business clients in labor and employment issues, as well as intellectual property and commercial disputes, in Delaware and Pennsylvania. A member of the Litigation Department and the Labor and Employment Group, her practice includes appearances before state and federal agencies and courts.    Lori provides employment advice on major corporate transactions and on general issues such as noncompete agreements and discipline/termination situations. She trains both managers and employees regarding compliance with employment laws.

    Lori devotes a large portion of her practice to assisting clients before the EEOC and the Delaware Department of Labor and in federal and state courts with regard to disputes involving hiring practices, wrongful discharge, whistleblowing, family leave, disability leave, and wage and hour claims, as well as state and federal discrimination claims. Prior to her career in the legal profession, Lori worked in the area of human resources in the banking industry. 

    Born and raised in Delaware, Lori devotes significant time to providing legal advice to Delaware nonprofit agencies. She also serves as guardian ad litem in family court to neglected and abused children through the firm’s partnership with the Office of the Child Advocate. 

     

     

    Track:

    Personal & Leadership Development

    Session Title:

    Get the Agility Edge: 5 Methods for Developing Your Staff (and Your Own) HR Competencies

    Session Description:

    Agility involves more than just knowing about HR - it includes the ability to effectively adapt knowledge to respond to constant change. Competencies are the key to this agility. HR managers are often aware of the competencies they need for a great HR function but not sure how to best use available - often limited - resources to grow their reports and themselves. Unlocking the mystery of development is critical for current and future HR leaders.  This session will provide HR current and future managers with strategies, tools and tips for building competencies to create an agile HR function.

    Learning Objectives:

    1.  The connection of HR competencies to HR business success in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) world

    2.  How to use 5 methods to develop proficiency in HR reports beyond just "taking a class."

    3.  Considerations and methods for developing their own HR competencies to be a future focused leader

    Target Audience:

    Senior/Executives

    Presenter(s):

    Phyllis Hartman, SHRM-SCP from PGHR Consulting, Inc.

    Bio:

    Phyllis G. Hartman, SHRM-SCP, President of PGHR Consulting, Inc., has 25+ years in HR.  PGHR provides HR consulting in Recruitment, Employee Relations, Policy Development and Affirmative Action. Clients include engineering, medical, not-for-profit and manufacturing.  Prior to PGHR Phyllis was a manager in manufacturing and not-for-profit organizations. She has an MS in HRM from La Roche College.  She has presented sessions at the SHRM Annual Conference; chapter and state council events; and AIA; Adhesives & Sealants Council and other business groups. She’s an adjunct professor at several colleges and universities.   Phyllis has written 3 SHRM-published books: A Managers Guide to Developing Competencies in HR Staff; Looking to Hire an HR Leader? and Never Get Lost Again: Navigating Your HR Career.  She is a SHRM volunteer leader and is currently a SHRM A-team Captain for PA’s 12th District.  She volunteers with the Ward Home and Bayer Center for Non-Profit Management.

     

    Track:

    Talent Acquisition & Retention

    Session Title:

    Cracking the Code on Closing Leadership Gap

    Session Description:

    Wish you could focus your time, money and energy more effectively in order to hire and retain world-class leaders?  During this interactive, engaging and highly-participative session, you will acquire the skills and tools necessary to design a successful leadership development program by: Examining the characteristics of an extraordinary leader, Exploring the preferred leadership style profile, Understanding the different types of assessment tools and Analyzing assessment results and learn how to put them into action.

    Learning Objectives:

    1.  Gain proficiency in maximizing human capital investment      

    2.  Understand how to build a more robust recruitment and retention roadmap

    Target Audience:

    Entry/Mid-level/Senior/Executives

    Presenter(s): Mike Nally from Lead Your Way Solutions

    Bio:

    Mike Nally is the Founder and CEO of Lead Your Way Solutions (LYWS), a management consulting and leadership development company that specializes in developing aspiring leaders to master the principles of extraordinary leadership. LYWS' proven, yet tailored, principle-based methodologies help organizations solve complex problems, accelerate workforce productivity, and generate sustainable results.   For more than 30 years, Mike's mission has been to help all leaders reach their full potential and to help create the next generation of responsible and resourceful leaders.

    Mike's passion, unique blend of experiences and education and his unwavering commitment to leadership growth create a winning formula for accelerated results.    Mike's interest for leadership potential was sparked in Ranger Class 11-83, where he realized that he was involved in more than just a commando course.  It was also a leadership course that would teach him the importance of no-excuse leadership and the true value of self-awareness and leading by example. 

    He served as a Small Unit Leader in the 3/75 Ranger Battalion, and in the Maryland and Pennsylvania National Guard Units. His seven years of diverse military leadership experiences created a foundation of guiding principles that he continued to refine in the classroom and in the business world.   Mike advanced his study in leadership with a B.A.in Military History from University of Maryland and an M.A in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University.  He participated in renowned professional development and leadership development programs including the Disney Institute and GAP Executive Challenge and International Executive Challenge programs. 

    During his 15 years of working in corporate environments, Mike practiced those elite principles of extraordinary leaders that were inherent in the best leaders.  He ascended to multiple corporate executive positions including Executive Vice President, President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Executive Officer before creating Lead Your Way Solutions in 2003; aptly named after the Ranger motto: Rangers Lead the Way. 

    Mike currently serves as Board President of the Sussex County Habitat for Humanity. He has also served on a number of non-profit boards including La Red Health Center, Carl M. Freeman Foundation, River Soccer Club, and Delaware Tech Entrepreneur Program.  Mike treasures his time with his wife Liz, his four children, and his two Labrador Retrievers in Ocean View, Delaware.

     

    Session 6

    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

    Track:

    Employment Law & Legislation

    Session Title:

    Marijuana – “Under the Influence” of “Impairment”

    Session Description:

    Although marijuana is federally illegal, at least medical use is permissible under Delaware law.  Such law creates potential liability in how employers deal with marijuana use; and more law is at least in the works in Delaware.  But the standards can be unclear, creating ambiguity that makes compliance difficult.  As Chairman of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce’s Employer Advocacy and Education Committee, Timothy M. Holly, Esquire, served as an active member of the taskforce created by the Delaware General Assembly to consider broader legalization of marijuana in Delaware.  Perspective from that experience will be shared as information is provided regarding what we know, what we know we don’t know, and what we might expect as the issue of marijuana unfolds. 

    Learning Objectives:

    1.  Review current case law

    2.  Gain a better understanding of the law

    3.  Develop best practices

    Target Audience:

    Entry/Mid-level/Senior/Executives

    Presenter(s):

    Tim Holly from Connolly Gallagher

    Bio:

    Tim Holly focuses his labor and employment law practice on diverse areas of law impacting human resources. Having earned a master’s degree in industrial /organizational psychology before entering law school, Tim’s approach to labor and employment law incorporates not only legal considerations but also matters of broader business concern (e.g., return on investment, leadership, team synergy, etc.).

    Tim’s client counseling, negotiation, and employment transactional services, including the drafting of human resources policies, non-competition / solicitation /confidentiality covenants, and employment and severance agreements, help prevent litigation and labor disputes. However, when necessary, Tim zealously represents clients in alternative dispute resolution, before administrative agencies, and in state and federal courts, as lead and local counsel.

    Tim has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for employment law. Chambers USA: Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has ranked Tim among Delaware labor & employment practitioners. In addition, Tim is consistently identified in Delaware Super Lawyers and Delaware Today Top Lawyers for employment law (both for individuals and for management).

    Also, Tim is AV® rated in Martindale-Hubbell's PreeminentTM Peer Review and as a “Client Champion” based on client review.

     

     

    Track:

    Business Acumen & HR Strategy

    Session Title:

    Changing of the Guard: How Millennial Leaders Differ from Previous Generations

    Session Description:

    There is a shift taking place in the workforce.  Baby Boomers are retiring and Millennials are stepping into their shoes as leaders. It is imperative HR professionals understand how and why Millennials are leading differently from their predecessor.  This workshop will show participants in 3 simple steps how to partner with their Millennial leaders to guide the direction of their organization.

    Learning Objectives:

    1.  Understand how Millennials differ from Current Generations in the Workforce

    2.  Understand the impact Millennials will have on the future direction of their organization

    3.  Understand ways to enhancing the leadership skills of their Millennial executives 

    Target Audience:

    Mid-level/Senior/Executives

    Presenter(s):

    Krishna Powell from HR 4 Your Small Biz, LLC

    Bio:

    Krishna Powell is a leading subject matter expert on Managing a Multi-Generational workforce and restoring sanity to the workplace.  Krishna has worked extensively with leaders and their employees in universities, corporations and various job placement and career development programs.  Over her 20-year career, she has traveled the world extensively managing the HR/Talent Management function in various Fortune 500 companies throughout the United States, France, China and Singapore.   

     

    Track:

    Total Rewards

    Session Title:

    The Changing Face of Substance Abuse in the Workplace: How to Respond?

    Session Description:

    Substance abuse among employees, including prescription opioids, costs organizations billions of dollars each year, yet it is often challenging to identify the issue or know how to effectively work with employees to address potential problems. Employees misusing or abusing drugs or alcohol are at a higher risk of workplace accidents and contribute to reduced productivity.  Through this session, learn how to identify potential misuse or abuse among employees, as well as strategies to guide employees toward resources to help. Understanding how changing laws impact risk management for organizations, as well as how to evaluate and update existing policies to better address the changing needs of the workforce. Identify how HR professionals can take steps to create a safe workplace for all.

    Learning Objectives:

    1.  Identify indicators of potential substance abuse or misuse among employees

    2.  Implement best practices and policies to create a safe and healthy work environment for all employees

    3.  Incorporate effective training and communication strategies to address potential substance abuse or misuse issues

    Target Audience:

    Mid-level/Senior/Executives

    Presenter(s): Matthew Verdecchia, MS, CEAP from Health Advocate

    Bio:

    Matthew Verdecchia, MS, CEAP is Senior Trainer/Organizational Development with Health Advocate EAP+Work/Life division. Matt works to assess needs of clients and prospects and deliver superior services and systems. He focuses on the development and delivery of training programs at all organizational levels, risk assessment and consultation, as well as mediation.   Matt has more than 30 years of experience in the behavioral health field, including both clinical, consulting and administrative duties in various settings. Previously, Matt worked as Senior Clinical Manager and Account/Marketing Executive for several different hospitals and facilities Employee Assistance Programs.   Matt received his BS in Psychology from St. Francis College and his Masters of Science in Organizational Science/Human Resources from Villanova.

     

    Mega Session

    3:30 pm – 4:45 pm

     

    Track:

    Business Acumen & HR Strategy

    Session Title:

    C-Suite Panel Discussion: Future of HR, the Role of Technology and Observations from Local C-suite Leaders about the Changing Tides in our Workforce.

    Session Description:

    We saved the best session for last!  Closeout an action-packed conference with our C-suite panel discussion around the future role for Human Resources, with our Keynote speaker, Jennifer McClure,  and other outstanding local C-suite leaders including; Deborah Bagatta-Bowles, CEO of the YMCA of Delaware, Doneene Damon, EVP of Richard Layton & Finger, and Todd Bavol, CEO of Integrity Staffing!  Wali Rushdan from Fox Rothschild will be leading the discussion.  The panel will discuss business trends they see that will impact the role of Human Resources now and in the years to come.  They will cover the role of technology and how Human Resources professional should be leveraging these assets to help move their organizations forward.  The panelist will also discuss how Human Resources Professionals can continue to support their leadership teams as we look to the future.  There will be no shortage of best practice sharing and strategizing for the future.  We have also built in time for Q&A, so our audience members can ask any burning questions they might have from this tremendous group of leaders. 

    This session will be one for the books, so don't miss it!

     Learning Objectives:

    1. Gain an understanding of business trends in Delaware and how HR can support those efforts

    2. Best practice sharing around technology and the employment experience in a digital age

    3. Understand the partnership between C-suite leaders and Human Resources

     Target Audience:

    Entry/Mid-level/Senior/Executives

    Presenter(s):

    Wali Rushdan, Moderator

    Jennifer McClure from Unbridled Talent & DisruptHR (Panelist)

    Doneene Damo, EVP of Richards Layton & Finger (Panelist)

    Deborah Bagatta-Bowles, CEO of YMCA Delaware (Panelist)

    Todd Bavol, CEO of Intergrity Staffing (Panelist)

    Bios:

    Wali Rushdan, Moderator

    Wali handles a variety of litigation and transactional matters in the areas of commercial law, intellectual property law, real estate condemnations and entertainment law.

    Prior to law school, Wali served as a federal caseworker for the Office of U.S. Senator Thomas R. Carper, and was a former intern for the Attorneys General Office of Delaware.
    During law school, Wali was a Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Law Fellow, a student attorney in the Rutgers Camden Children’s Justice Clinic, President of the Black Law Students’ Association, and Business Editor for the Rutgers Journal of Law and Public Policy. Wali was selected for the school’s competitive Mock Trial Team in 2011, and was also a Finalist and Best Oralist in the 2012 Rutgers Camden Law School Hunter Moot Court Competition. Wali spent time studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa and Caen, France.
    Wali also served as an extern for the Honorable Karen Williams of the District Court of New Jersey.

    Wali has a wide range of experience assisting organizations in volunteer and leadership capacities. Wali has organized large auctions benefiting students pursuing public interest law careers, as well as banquets supporting access to higher education for disadvantaged youth. He is a former co-chair and current board member of the Achievers Inc., a self- development and leadership training program for young men in Delaware. Wali is a former chairman of the Provincial Political Awareness Committee of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., as well as a former board member for Mainstream Leadership LLC.

     

    Jennifer McClure

    Jennifer McClure is an entrepreneur, international keynote speaker, leadership success coach, and former HR executive who works with business leaders to build careers that they love, and lives that matter.

    As CEO of Unbridled Talent LLC, Jennifer is recognized as an influencer and expert on the future of work, innovative people strategies, and strategic leadership. She is a top-rated keynote speaker and trainer who has delivered high-impact programs to over 50,000 people in 9 countries, and on 4 continents. Jennifer has coached and mentored multiple leaders and executives in small, medium, and Fortune 100 companies, and understands what it takes to succeed in today’s rapidly changing world.

    Jennifer is also the CEO & Chief Excitement Officer of DisruptHR LLC, an information exchange designed to energize, inform and empower HR leaders, business professionals, and community leaders who are interested in disruptive ideas, and moving the collective thinking forward when it comes to talent in the workplace. The DisruptHR global community includes events held in over 120 cities, and over 27 countries, which have produced over 1,800 informative, entertaining, and disruptive 5-minute talks that have been shared with the world.

    Website: http://jennifermcclure.net

    Website: http://disrupthr.co

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifermcclure

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/JenniferMcClure

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UnbridledTalent

     

    Doneene Damo

    Doneene Keemer Damo is the executive vice president of the firm   and vice chair of the Corporate Trust and Agency Services group. She focuses her practice primarily on formation and operational issues relating   to Delaware statutory and common law trusts in all types of commercial and business transactions, representing issuers, underwriters, investors, and trustees. Doneene also represents banks and trust companies in connection with their trust and agency services under Delaware and New York law in various commercial transactions, including their roles as trustee, collateral agent, custodian, master servicer, depository agent, and exchange agent.

    Doneene’s varied corporate trust transactional practice includes asset- backed securities, including auto loans and leases, credit cards, student loans, residential mortgages, home equity loans, equipment leases, litigation settlements, insurance policies, and intellectual property; royalty trusts; liquidation trusts; and voting trusts. Doneene is also experienced in capital securities and hybrid capital securities; mutual funds,  exchange  traded funds, and private equity funds; and collateralized loan obligations, cross- border leasing transactions, project finance transactions, and defeasance transactions. In addition, Doneene represents health-care clients in all types of commercial and transactional matters, including the purchase and servicing of health-care receivables and the issuance of tax-exempt bonds.

     

     

    Deborah Bagatta-Bowles

    Deborah Bagatta-Bowles currently serves as President and CEO of the YMCA of Delaware, a leading non-profit organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. She is not only the first woman to hold the President & CEO role in Delaware but she was also the first women to fill her three previous roles which include  CEO of YMCA of Central and Northern Westchester, NY;  Vice President for the West Side YMCA in New York City;  and  CEO of the YMCA of Middletown, NY. Deborah has been highly successful in advancing the Y cause in both urban and suburban settings through double digit membership growth, rebuilding community connections and trust, focused board development, all while restructuring debt and leading large annual and capital campaigns. Her passion is closely aligned with the Y Mission and Values as a place where people of all ages and backgrounds blend seamlessly, where different languages and cultures join together in the quest for a healthy life, and children and teenagers always have a safe place and caring adults. 

    Through her leadership, the Y of Delaware serves over 100,000 people each year and awards nearly $5.6 million dollars in financial assistance to its members and program participants.

    They are the largest nonprofit provider of healthy living programs in the state, providing families and individuals of all ages and abilities with evidence-based programs, including Diabetes Prevention and Healthy Weight and Your Child. Their newest program, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, assists those who are living with, through, or beyond cancer to regain strength, fitness and quality of life.

    Deborah is dedicated to reducing summer learning loss and to closing the achievement gap - ensuring all children, regardless of their ability to pay, have access to quality after school care and summer day camp programs. In 2017, more than 16,500 youth were empowered through YMCA programs including After School Care, Preschool, Camp, Youth In Government, Black Achievers, Teen Leader Clubs, Counselors In Training and Summer Leadership Programs.

    Deborah is described as a tough but fair leader who enjoys her work and does her best to include an element of fun.  Because the work of the Y is so important to the entire state and our future, she continually challenges the staff and herself every day to seek new opportunities and to serve with excellence.  

    Deborah received her Bachelors and Masters degrees at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. She lives with her husband in North Wilmington and has two adult daughters who were blessed to grow up surrounded by great role models in the YMCA.

     

    Todd Bavol

    Todd Bavol has built a company that specializes on the staffing industry niche of serving large, high-volume fulfilment facilities of leading online and traditional retailers.

    Todd has guided Integrity’s growth at double-digit rates for every one of the 21 consecutive years since its founding in 1997. He takes pride in that fact that Integrity has helped hundreds of thousands of people find work throughout the U.S. 

    In 2017, Integrity’s national footprint grew to 110 client locations in 23 states and provided over 170,000 job opportunities for its associates at various client locations all over the country.

    Integrity Staffing has been recognized by Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) as the 11th largest light industrial staffing and talent engagement firm in the U.S., and currently has an overall market share of 2% of the entire U.S. Staffing Market.

     


     


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