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2016 HR Leadership Conference

    Tuesday, October 11, 2016

    The Decatur Area SHRM Chapter #0555 Annual Conference provides opportunities for you to learn, share and connect with local human resource professionals. This year's agenda includes focusing on the big picture, legal updates, recruiting, leadership, health plan metrics, and identity theft. Again this year you will have an opportunity to visit with vendors providing resources for the human resource professional by visiting our MarketPlace.

    • SHRM will grant 7.25 PDCs (credits) toward either certification (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP).
    • HRCI will grant up to 7.25 hours of credit. This could all be General, or participants can earn up to 1.25 hours of Business (SPHR) credit by attending specific workshop sessions.

    Conference Location:

    National Sequestration Education Center
    Richland Community College
    1 College Park
    Decatur, IL  62521

    Earlybird Rates: Deadline - September 12th

    SHRM Member: $100

    Non-SHRM Member: $125

    Regular Rates

    SHRM Member: $125

    Non-SHRM Member: $150

    Click here for hotel locations


    Gold Sponsors


     Bradley University

    Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

    Ultimate Software

    Land of Lincoln Credit Union


    Silver Sponsors


    Decatur Foundry

    Stratas Food

    Brechnitz Group of Raymond James


    Sponsorship opportunities still available - click here to sponsor

    Conference Schedule

    Welcome: 8:00 am

    Morning Keynote:  8:15 am

    HR Superheroes - Leading With The "Never Give Up" Perspective

    Scott Lesnick, President, Successful Business Solutions LLC

    Scott Lesnick is a high content speaker who is motivational, instructional and educational in style and tone. He presents powerful keynotes and breakout sessions and is a consultant and author. Also, Scott is a professional member of the National Speakers Association as well as the Dean of the Academy for Professional Speakers. He is a graduate of The University of Miami, Florida. His memoir, “Kidjacked – A Father’s Story” was recently published to critical acclaim. He devised a daring plan to reunite with his two small children who were kidnapped to the Middle East. No laws required them to be returned. The abduction and how he ultimately retained custody of his children led to the principles of tenacity and persistence displayed in this customized presentation.

    • HRCI General Credit: 1.25

    Break:  9:30 am

    Session 1:  9:40 am - 10:40 am

    A. HR Leaders: Understanding and Implementing the Big Picture - Scott Lesnick, President, Successful Business Solutions LLC.  Participants will learn three ways to avoid getting hung up on the details, three methods to assist them in looking down the road towards the big picture, improved abilities to focus on the end result, and tools to use when faced with constant changes in rules and laws. (HRCI General Credit: 1.25)
    B. 2016 Emerging Workforce Study - Patti Dunning, Senior Vice President, Franchise/License Division, Spherion Staffing.  HR Professionals will gain intriguing new insights into the U.S. workforce and the issues that drive employment decisions, engagement levels, and employee retention. Understanding these trends can help reshape the HR strategies they employ to attract, engage, and retain today's top performers. (HRCI General Credit: 1.25)

    Break:  10:40 am

    Session 2:  11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    A. Running an HR Department of One - Donna Rogers, HR Educator at University of Illinois at Springfield and HR Consultant with Rogers.  Participants will learn how to be more prepared for the demands of their job, make a positive impression on others in the organization, organize the job into manageable segments, and be provided with tips and tricks which will help the single-person HR prioritize their work and know what to contract with a consultant. (HRCI General Credit: 1.00)
    B. The 7 Health Plan Metrics Every HR Professional Must Know - Nicole Pfeiffer, Vice President, Employee Benefits.  Attendees will learn seven metrics that you should be monitoring to determine the financial well-being of your health plan, discover how to calculate these metrics with your own health plan data and compare to benchmarks, and come away with strategies to reduce health plan overspending. (HRCI General Credit: 1.00)

    Lunch and Vendor Presentations: 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm

    Afternoon Keynote:  12:50 pm

    "Workin' Nine to Five: What a Way to Make a Livin'"

    Richard A. Russo & David G. Lubben, Davis & Campbell LLC

    Richard A. Russo and David G. Lubben concentrate their legal practice on representing management in labor and employment matters and commercial litigation. Mr. Russo earned his B.A., cum laude, at Augustana College, and his J.D., magna cum laude, at the University of Illinois College of Law. Mr. Lubben received his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his J.D., with honors, from Stanford University. This presentation will educate attendees on the Department of Labor’s new final rule impacting the white collar exemption to the FLSA overtime requirements, hot button issues in the wage and hour arena, and the requirements for compliance with wage and hour laws.

    • HRCI General Credit: 1.25

    Break 2:00 pm

    Session 3:  2:10 pm - 3:10 pm

    A. Identity Theft - Kris Evans, Harvard Risk Management Corporation.  At the conclusion of this course, participants will have a better understanding of what identity theft is and how it affects HR professionals, have a better understanding of what to expect if their organization is a victim, and understand how to educate employees on protecting company data and safeguarding non-public information (NPI). (HRCI General Credit: 1.25)
    B. Mastering the I-9: Basic Principles for Maximum Compliance - Esther Contreras, Masuda Funai.   Participants will master proper Form I-9 completion procedures, learn the most common employer mistakes, the potential liability associated with violations, and the best practices to manage risk. Participants will also understand when and how to proceed with a company self-audit. (HRCI General or Business Credit: 1.25)

    Break: 3:10 pm

    Capstone:  3:20 pm

    Helping Employees to Become A.W.A.R.E. (Able, Wise, Accepting, Reliant, and Empowered)

    Ron Lewis, Prairie Quest Consulting

    Mr. Ron Lewis is an experienced trainer and speaker who has passionately presented to thousands about taking personal responsibility and accepting personal leadership. He graduated from Barry University with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast communication and a master’s degree in sport management. After four years in the non-profit industry, Mr. Lewis transitioned to higher education, where he’s had an opportunity to teach, lead and manage at several colleges and universities locally in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In January 2016, Mr. Lewis began working with PQC as the program manager for leadership development. This presentation will use the A.W.A.R.E. system to help attendees to support the growth and development of employees within the organization. 

    • HRCI General Credit: 1.25

    Closing Remarks: 4:30 pm