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Inspiring Leaders to Achieve Results Through People

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

    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 Legal Updates, Inspirational Speakers, and ways to improve your career.  This year you will also have an opportunity to visit with vendors providing resources for the human resource professional by visiting our MarketPlace.

    6 Re-certification credits APPROVED

    Conference Location: Mt. Zion Convention Center 1410 Mt Zion Parkway , Mt Zion, IL 62549
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    Exclusive Platinum Sponsor

            

    Davis & Campbell LLC


     

    Titanium Sponsors

     


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    Schedule

    Welcome: 8:00 am

    Ellen Hearn, President; Decatur Area Chapter SHRM #0555

    Morning Keynote:  8:15 am
    A Fresh Look at Performance Management: Why Traditional Methods Are No Longer Effective

    Recertification Credit Hours Awarded: 1.0
    Specified Credit Hours:     General

    For the last 20 years, most companies have operated in a ”compliance-driven” work culture-in which standardization and policy adherence were the key strategies. However, with the rapid onset of social media, shrinking markets, the credit crunch, mass product recalls, and global outsourcing, it has become very apparent that we must re-think how we lead our organizations.  In the current knowledge-based economy, talent is a critical component of success. But traditional management principles are no longer sufficient to drive performance in the modern workplace. 

    Companies are constantly stating “our employees are our biggest asset”, and this is true today more than ever.  As we are continually being asked to do more with less, it is HR’s responsibility to ensure that we maximize performance.  Therefore, strategic HR professionals must embrace the concepts of Employee Psychology to fully engage each individual in their organization. 

    1)     Attendees will explore the benefits of focusing on employee engagement .

    2)     Attendees will be introduced to the 3 key differences between “compliance-driven” and engagement-driven”performance management perspectives.

    3)     Attendees will discuss how to utilize Employment Psychology in order to better engage employees and drive performance.

    Sara Christiansen, Ideation Consulting: 

    During her 20 year career as a Social Scientist, Sara Christiansen has had the privilege to work with very diverse companies in the private and public sectors.  Sara has vast experience working with professionals at all levels in an organization. Whether delivering a formal presentation to a room full of managers, or providing one-on-one guidance to a new employee; Sara's passionate style allows her to connect with all audiences in a way that energizes individuals to perform at a higher level.

    Recently Sara has been commissioned by many local SHRM chapters to facilitate Human Resource Development seminars. The feedback for these sessions has been overwhelmingly positive and Sara has been invited by many of the chapters- and member companies- to come back and present at future seminars.

    Over the past few years, Sara has had the privilege of collaborating and co-facilitating Leadership Seminars with National Best-Selling Authors and Management Consultants: MARCUS BUCKINGHAM (First Break all the Rules, Now Discover your Strengths, The One Thing You Need to Know, Go Put your Strengths to Work, The Truth About You, A Strong Life) CALI ROESLER and JODI THOMPSON of CultureRx (Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It) and CHARLES JACOBS (Management Rewired).  

    Break:  9:15 am
    Session 1:  9:30 am -10:30 am
    A.  Leadership: How to Influence
     

    Recertification Credit Hours Awarded: 1.0
    Specified Credit Hours:     General

    This session will introduce foundational concepts of leadership within organizations and in life.  Participants will be led through a deeper understanding of their own leadership abilities in four critical areas. Participants will develop action items to promote change and create accountability for themselves to ensure they reach their goals in leadership skills development.  Mrs. Carmichael’s approach and belief for training is: learning without action is useless and change is essential to growth. Participants will learn what it takes to be an effective leader in four critical areas of leadership.  And have coaching tools to help meet their personal growth goals.

    Heidi Carmichael; CCC & MBTI Certified

    Heidi Carmichael, CCC has a masters in Management and Human Relations, is a certified coach and MBTI practitioner.  She has coached professionals in all levels of organizations.  Heidi has facilitated training in local colleges, organizations around the US, and in international high schools.  Her passion is guiding individuals through a discovery process of their best fit in the world of work and to grow to their full potential. 

    B.  Healthcare Reform UPDATES

     

    Recertification Credit Hours Awarded: 1.0
    Specified Credit Hours:     Strategic

    March 23, 2012 marked the two year anniversary of the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  This session will cover new regulatory guidance about major provisions of the act affecting employers that go into effect over the next few years.  There will also be some discussion on the issues related to the act that were argued before the United States Supreme Court in March 2012.  Attendees should be in a better position to respond to employees questions about health care reform and to make informed decisions related to the implementation of the portions of the health care reform legislation that go into effect over the next few years.

     Derek Schryer; Davis & Campbell LLC (Platinum Sponsor)

    Derek A. Schryer, an attorney with the law firm Davis & Campbell L.L.C., graduated summa cum laude in 2007 from the University of Illinois College of Law where he was selected for the Order of the Coif and served as an Associate Editor of the University of Illinois Law Review. His practice concentrates in the areas of employment benefit plans, tax law, corporate transactions and estate planning.  He is chair of the Illinois State Bar Association Employee Benefits Section Council.

    Break:  10:30 am
    Session 2:  10:45 am - 11:45 am
    A.  Termination of Employment Best Practices
     

    Recertification Credit Hours Awarded: 1.0
    Specified Credit Hours:     General

    This session will cover how to manage and minimize the risks, what is required of employers after the discharge decision is made, additional requirements for plant closings and mass layoffs, and issues relating to reductions in the workforce through elimination and consolidation of positions.  Attendees will learn what information to review in the course of applying consistent disciplinary policies; alternatives to discharge; details to attend to in the event of discharge; proper elements of severance agreements and early retirement programs; WARN notice requirements; and how to perform RIFs legally and safely.

    David Lubben; Davis & Campbell LLC (Platinum Sponsor)

    David Lubben is a 1988 graduate with honors of Stanford Law School.  His practice includes representation of employers in all facets of employment-related lawsuits, and counseling employers on how to manage personnel.  He has practiced with the law firm of Davis & Campbell since 1993.  His most recent community involvement includes serving as the Vice President of the Northern Illinois Hockey League for several years, and serving on the Workforce Education Committee of the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce.

    B.  Performance Management
     

    Recertification Credit Hours Awarded: 1.0
    Specified Credit Hours:     General

    This session is a continuation of the Morning Keynote Session.  Attendees will participate in an activity that will explore their personal beliefs about performance management.  Discussion will also take place regarding the 5 critical components of an “engagement-driven” performance management system. 

      Sara Christiansen; Ideation Consulting

    During her 20 year career as a Social Scientist, Sara Christiansen has had the privilege to work with very diverse companies in the private and public sectors.  Sara has vast experience working with professionals at all levels in an organization. Whether delivering a formal presentation to a room full of managers, or providing one-on-one guidance to a new employee; Sara's passionate style allows her to connect with all audiences in a way that energizes individuals to perform at a higher level.

    Recently Sara has been commissioned by many local SHRM chapters to facilitate Human Resource Development seminars. The feedback for these sessions has been overwhelmingly positive and Sara has been invited by many of the chapters- and member companies- to come back and present at future seminars.

    Over the past few years, Sara has had the privilege of collaborating and co-facilitating Leadership Seminars with National Best-Selling Authors and Management Consultants: MARCUS BUCKINGHAM (First Break all the Rules, Now Discover your Strengths, The One Thing You Need to Know, Go Put your Strengths to Work, The Truth About You, A Strong Life) CALI ROESLER and JODI THOMPSON of CultureRx (Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It) and CHARLES JACOBS (Management Rewired).

    C.  Grow Decatur

    Three general areas of improvement have been identified in past and current discussions on the topic of growth in Decatur. They are Economic Development, Education, and Quality of Life.  Attend this breakout session to learn more....

    Lunch: 12:00 pm
    Afternoon Keynote:  12:30 pm
    Non-exempt, the FLSA, and new technologies
     

    Recertification Credit Hours Awarded: 1.0
    Specified Credit Hours:     General

    Technological advances, while helping improve business operations, have also increased the risk of employer liability for wage & hour violations. With the federal government ramping up enforcement against employers for wage and hour violations, and an increasing number of wage and hour lawsuits being filed, it is important for employers to be provided with up-to-date guidance in this rapidly developing area. Attendees will be made aware of hot button issues and will have a better understanding of the requirement for compliance with wage and hour laws in the 21st century.

    Richard Russo; Davis & Campbell LLC (Platinum Sponsor)

    Richard A. Russo is a member of Davis & Campbell L.L.C., in Peoria, Illinois.  He concentrates his practice on representing management in labor and employment matters and commercial litigation.  He has been admitted to practice in all Illinois state courts, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and in the U.S. Supreme Court. He is currently a member of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section Council, serving as the Council’s Illinois Department of Human Rights Liaison.  He was named to the 2010 and 2011 Rising Stars lists for labor & employment law by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine.  Richard earned his B.A., cum laude, at Augustana College in 2000, and his J.D., magna cum laude, at the University of Illinois College of Law in 2003.

    Break:  1:30 pm
    Session 3:  1:45 pm—2:45 pm
    A.  Top 10 Background Check Mistakes

    Recertification Credit Hours Awarded: 1.0
    Specified Credit Hours:     General

    This session will address common, but avoidable, mistakes employers make when conducting pre-employment backgrounds. Employers making these mistakes subject their organization to the risk of poor hiring decisions, higher turnover, and in extreme cases, litigation. Specific areas covered include, Criminal Record Checks, Employment Verification, Education Verification, Professional Reference Checks, Social Media, EEOC/Civil Rights Act Considerations, and Credit Checks and Regulatory Restrictions. Attendees will learn how to conduct effective and compliant pre-employment background checks and protect their organization from costly hiring mistakes.

    Alan Kinsey; Inquirehire

    Alan Kinsey is Vice President of Inquirehire, a national provider of talent screening and selection solutions. Alan is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with Bachelor of Science in Marketing, and he has more than 25 years of Fortune 500 level executive management experience in computer software, outsourced services and consulting. At Inquirehire, Alan is responsible for the company’s overall growth strategy with a particular focus on technology driven hiring process solutions. Alan has spoken on the topic of talent acquisition optimization to a number of local and state SHRM chapters, several state banking associations, and many other organizations with an interest in improving talent screening and selection decisions.

    B.  Pay or Play in 2014, the Mathematics of Healthcare Reform

    Recertification Credit Hours Awarded: 1.0
    Specified Credit Hours:     Strategic

    The mathematics of healthcare reform as it applies to employer sponsored coverage will be discussed.  The presentation begins with background regarding the key terms in the Affordable Care Act and the impact of reform on employers and employer sponsored coverage.  Tax issues are then discussed followed by details about the workings of health insurance exchanges, subsidies and penalties to employers for not offering affordable coverage.  The final portion of the presentation is dedicated to presenting an in-depth case study of Pay or Play modeling, which is financial modeling done to help an employer determine what strategy best fits their needs.  This case study reviews the impact to both the employer and employees of the optional strategies including dropping coverage and increasing salaries to offset the lost benefits. Attendees will learn not only the basics of healthcare reform as it applies to them as employers and HR professionals, but also a comprehensive method by which they and their employer can analyze the strategies available to them regarding group medical benefits.

    Brad Vernon, Principal and Consulting Actuary; Benefit Innovators, Inc.

    Brad Vernon has over 7 years of experience as a group health actuary at a national insurance company, regional brokerage company, and currently as an actuarial consultant to group health brokers and their clients.  He is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA).  His expertise is in the area of group health pricing and program design.  He has experience as a speaker and writer regarding healthcare reform and health insurance exchanges.  He has also built and used a comprehensive Pay or Play model to help employers strategize around healthcare reform.

    Break:  2:45 pm
    Capstone:  3:00 pm
     

    The Carrot Principle

    Recertification Credit Hours Awarded: 1.0
    Specified Credit Hours:     General

    This session will present a keynote that builds its foundation on the research found in The Carrot Principle. Mr. Bishop will speak from the groundbreaking findings of a 10-year, 200,000-person study on leadership effectiveness in addition to global data from Towers Watson. Mr. Bishop will  also highlight compelling examples of leaders from ordinary organizations that have positively transformed business results through the use of employee recognition. Mr. Bishop will then lead a lively discussion of how your organization can build high performance teams that outperform their peers by adopting the Carrot Principle. The presentation concludes with specific examples and ideas for leaders who are ready to get started on a recognition strategy or enhance their current recognition abilities. Particpants will learn how to:

    • Empower managers to become effective recognizers, utilizing data to drive the culture of recognition down through the organization.
    • Unitlize effective methods of recognition to ensure increased productivity, retention, and innovation.
    • Know the difference between praising effort and rewarding a result and the utilization of both in recognition efforts to ensure optimum success within the organization
    • Create a culture of "thrivability" with employees who have had to do more with less driving dedication, teamwork, and accomplishments with the organization for win-win effect

    Joel Bishop; O.C. Tanner

    For nearly two decades, Joel Bishop has delighted corporate leadership audiences from companies across the globe, including American Express, Newell-Rubbermaid, SC Johnson, Aeropostale and many more. His background as a former comedy improv performer, film and television actor and voiceover artist have made him an instant favorite, engaging audiences internationally from Amsterdam to Atlanta, and Calgary to California with his energy, enthusiasm and humor. As one of O.C. Tanner Learning Group’s elite presenters, Joel speaks annually to hundreds of prestigious clients. Blending humor with rich content and solid global data from The Carrot Principle and the recently released The Orange Revolution, Joel teaches how appreciating great work and implementing the principles of teamwork drive employee engagement and delivers breakthrough results.

    Closing Chapter Comments: 3:45 pm

    Ellen Hearn, President; Decatur Area Chapter SHRM #0555

    A networking cocktail hour with door prizes will occur at the conclusion of the conference.

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