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Mike Figliuolo | Managing Director, thoughtLEADERS, LLC
If you want to get to “yes” efficiently and effectively, this course is exactly what you need. Learn a method for defining and analyzing an idea as well as how to successfully create, communicate, and gain support for initiatives through the application of an efficient, effective analytical approach.
Judson Laipply | Award-Winning Speaker and Inspirational Comedian
Instead of asking, “What is the meaning OF life” we should ask “What is the meaning TO life” as that question lends itself to an ongoing process. The answer to “What is the meaning TO life” is Evolve. The meaning to life is to grow and evolve: to consistently become a better version of ourselves, our companies and our organizations and communities.
Dr. Shelton Goode | Executive Director of Diversity and Inclusion, MARTA
The work, workers, and workplace of the future will continue to undergo dramatic transformation. Research suggests that by 2030 workers will be older and younger at the same time, more educated and less skilled, hyper-connected through new technologies, and more ethnically diverse. Dr. Goode will detail the megatrends and business implications that will shape the workforce of the future. Additionally, he will provide practical strategies that business leaders should employ if they expect to achieve greater Inclusion by 2020.
Wrap up your first day at SOAHR 2018 at the Happy Hour Welcome Reception in the Resource Partner Showcase Exhibit Hall. Enjoy beverages and appetizers in the convention center as you mingle with friends and colleagues and make some new connections. The Exhibit Hall will be open during this time, giving you exclusive access to exhibitors.Find out more
Alex Alonso, Ph.D, SHRM-SCP | Chief Knowledge Officer, SHRM
Have you ever wondered what successful HR looks like in the future? Do you find yourself pondering the best ways to develop? Dealing with macrotrends like the GIG economy, shifting labor forces, and the reintroduction of aging workers call for a nimble and agile form of HR. During this session, Dr. Alexander Alonso, SHRM’s Senior Vice President for Knowledge Development & Certification, will describe ways in which the HR profession can focus development to address these trends and develop like other leaders.
James D. Levine | Partner, BakerHostetler
The Trump Administration’s focus on enforcement and “Hire American Buy American” has created new challenges and greater risks for employers throughout the United States. This presentation will focus on I-9 compliance – an existing and likely greater target of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. We will discuss the newest I-9 form, highlight current I-9 requirements and outline common mistakes.
Robert Shindell , Ph.D. | President & CEO, Intern Bridge, Inc.
Everyone can agree on the value of internships, but does your organization have a strong intern program that maintains a pipeline of highly qualified candidates for full-time roles? Has your talent acquisition strategy realized the full ROI that a well-run internship program can provide? Internships and other forms of experiential education help students make a seamless transition to your world of work and are a perfect vehicle to increase retention rates, complete short-term projects, and identify future talent.
Jeanette Maister | Americas Managing Director, WCN
Recruiters can spend in excess of two months reviewing initial candidate applications. Big Data can radicalize this process. It offers recruiters the opportunity to take evidence-based decision making to an entirely new level by factoring in an unprecedented amount of data from a wide array of sources, some of which might never have been considered previously.
Mike Figliuolo | Managing Director, thoughtLEADERS, LLC
To lead change, you must embrace change. As a catalyst, the change may need to start from within. Leadership expert Mike Figliuolo shares a robust, authentic model for creating and clearly articulating a personal leadership philosophy. During this session, we will have an in-depth discussion on specific aspects of leadership. You’ll create your own set of maxims that you can apply immediately.
Brandon Smith | "The Workplace Therapist", The Worksmiths
Is your culture "customer-centric?" If your organization is like most, the answer is "no." In the vast majority of cases, corporate cultures are designed with the goals of creating a compelling and effective work experience for employees. While this is a noble and important effort, it doesn't make the culture strategic.
Dan Erling , CPC | President & CEO, Accountants One
In need of a savvy, executable recruiting strategy to conquer these talent wars? During this session you will learn how to analyze your corporate culture effectively to attract only the best talent to your organization. Attendees will be presented with a top 10 list of alternative recruiting strategies that will have your candidate pool knocking down your door--including the hard to reach Millennials.
Greg Hare, JD | Managing Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm
Curious HR professionals are wondering how changes in government enforcement will affect their businesses throughout 2018 and beyond. This presentation will offer HR leaders valuable insights on what to expect in recent developments at the EEOC, DOL, NLRB, ICE and recent court decisions affecting HR. How should companies adjust their HR procedures to account for anticipated changes? What are today’s best practices?
Matteo Valles | Retired Special Agent, FBI
Are the Trade Secrets of your business safe ? What are the threats to your Trade Secrets and what is the impact if stolen ? What can senior human resources professionals do to help their business protect its Trade Secrets ? There is an ongoing and concerted effort to steal the Trade Secret of U.S. businesses. This poses not only a threat to the targeted business, but to U.S. economic security. The majority of businesses in the U.S. do not have dedicated security professionals, and as such it is incumbent upon senior management to be aware of the threat and make every effort to safeguard that which is critical to the company's success.
David Forman | Author of "Fearless HR" and President, Sage Learning Systems
As HR’s role in organizations strengthens, there is an increasing need for HR leaders to step up, build upon the profession’s past, embrace HR’s purpose to drive business results; and be more data-driven, a lead-time ahead and a force multiplier. Using the latest research, industry-leading examples and practical tools, David presents ten different ways in which HR practices save time, reduce costs and improve productivity. These HR Levers must be conveyed in the language of the business—money—for them to be fully appreciated by other business leaders.
Jennifer Kahnweiler, Ph.D., CSP | Global Speaker & Author
In our extroverted business culture, it is easy for introverts to feel excluded, overlooked or misunderstood. Did you know that introverts often make the best leaders? Introverts succeed as leaders by building on their strengths, not by changing who they are. This practical workshop demonstrates how introverts can use their quiet strengths to conquer leadership challenges.
Jonathan Martin | Equity Partner, Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP
As many employers are all too aware, over the past several years the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has pursued an aggressive agenda, through case decisions and agency rulemaking, to make it easier for labor unions to organize workers and to otherwise expand employee rights to engage in concerted, protected activities. This session provides an entertaining and educational look at the future of the National Labor Relations Act, the “new” National Labor Relations Board, and what they mean for your business.
Geoffrey Scheer | Managing Director, Access Communications
During this engaging and hands-on workshop Geoffrey Scheer and his team of professional actors will reenact scenes of discrimination, harassment, challenges to leadership and other workplace issues, live and in front of you. Then you, the audience, will have the chance to offer up your expertise as we guide our characters toward effective resolutions of each challenge.
Join us as we discuss People Science, what it is and what it means for the future of HR. People Science is bringing all of the People Data together to move from “gut feel” decision making to truly understanding what is happening with the People in your organization. This session will help lay the groundwork for your People Science initiatives and discuss the technology, training and change management involved.
Gavin Appleby | Shareholder, Littler
Every good HR professional and in-house lawyer knows that some HR risks are worth taking while others are not. This session focuses on the balance between business need and legal compliance. The session will be scenario-based, using videos and other tools. Each scenario will involve a specific risk-related decision where a legitimate business need seems at odds with a legal constraint.
Nancy Wolk, MBA | Principal, eMentorConnect
Tasked with human capital management initiatives to improve employee retention, engagement, leadership development, onboarding, and more? We know that knowledge alone does not guarantee behavior change. Targeted mentoring solutions that are facilitated by smart technology provide a key differentiator in the overall success of these initiatives.
Sean MacHale | Atlanta Career Office Business Leader, Mercer
In this session, senior leaders will explore what "work" will look like in 10-20 years and beyond. What will constitute a "job"? And how do you pay for those jobs in a gig economy? Looking into the future, decision makers and influencers will have to redefine business and hiring models to take advantage of contract or contingent workers, in part to address the talent scarcity challenge but also in response to what people say they want out of a job.
Dan Schawbel | Partner and Research Director, Future Workplace
Technology has impacted our workplaces in ways that weren’t possible a decade ago. We feel “highly connected.” But are we, really? Instead of strong bonds, we have weak ties. Instead of productive meetings, we have distractions. Despite the illusion of 24/7 connection, in reality, most workers feel isolated from their colleagues, leaders and organization. What they crave most—and what research increasingly shows to be the hallmark of the highest-performing workplace cultures—is a sense of authentic connection with others. They want to get Back to Human. Dan Schawbel shows you how—while still optimizing all the benefits of technology.
Doug Layman | President, Gilsbar, LLC
Considering how much money employers spend to offer a "competitive" benefits package they should be able to expect substantial outcomes for the investment. During this session we will discuss the 5 areas to focus on to help employers establish and execute a clear and sustainable benefit strategy.
Moderator: Damon Elmore | Muncie Power Products
Panelists: Katherine Williams, Diaz Foods, Inc. | Suzanne Deddish Taylor Aaron’s Inc.
Join this discussion, and a panel comprised of 3 lawyers caught in the middle of it all – two with direct HR responsibility, and one as a partner to the associate relations department. As a part of this panel session, attendees will be guided through the framing and shaping of people strategy and culture with the help of legal. Then, we’ll navigate how challenges from other parts of the business, and society in general, can mess up the formula.
Jeanne Artime | Chief Executive Officer, SHRM-Atlanta
Calling all new, current or future SHRM-Atlanta members! Come early, grab a cup of coffee and join SHRM-Atlanta CEO Jeanne Artime as she discusses how your membership can help take your career to new heights. This session will highlight how your membership will help you foster key relationships, develop in your career, enhance your professional brand, grow your business acumen, and drive thought leadership throughout your organization.
Jamilla Greely, SHRM-CP, PHR | Director, Learning and OD, Hospitality Staffing Solutions
In this session we will discuss the deep value in building a powerful HR brand. Learn how to develop and confidently educate stakeholders on the differentiated value add of your expertise. You will leave this session with tips and techniques for assessing your brand and cultivating the brand you desire.
Mia Chester | Volunteer and Outreach Manager, Alzheimer's Association
The warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease are often dismissed as side effects of normal aging. If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes, it’s time to learn the facts. Early detection gives you a chance to begin drug therapy, enroll in clinical studies and plan for the future. Attend this interactive workshop to learn the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
Scot Whigham | Director of Global IT Services and Support, Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG)
Scot Whigham presents a business case experience that highlights specific uses of artificial intelligence. Scot’s story will define what AI means for HR and business process functions, show you how to determine if AI platforms are right for your organization, and demonstrate how HR leaders can leverage AI technology in operations strategy and business processes.
Marty Martenson| Managing Partner, Martenson, Hasbrouck & Simon LLP
If you are looking for a practitioner guide to creating effective avoidance mechanisms and protocols in response to situations giving rise to Employer liability in 2018 – this is the session for you. This presentation will identify five employment-related areas giving rise to significant employer liability in the workplace. Situations involving legal compliance efforts, internal wage and hour audits, leave management, cyber security and post-employment covenants will be examined.
Dana Brownlee, PMP | Corporate Trainer, Professionalism Matters
HR professionals are often pulled in many directions trying to serve different stakeholders. While senior level leaders are there to champion efforts and provide critical support, managing them can sometimes be an ordeal. What do you do when your senior level executive is part of the problem?
Robbin Jorgensen, CPCC, PCC | Founder & CEO, Women Igniting Change
Driving Social Change will explore significant topics impacting our world and offer participants the opportunity to drive productive conversations forward through bold actions. Through the lens of "The Bigger Game" innovative framework, participants will take a deeper look at comfort zones we have as a society, the hunger we have for change and the courage we need to create forward momentum.
Monica Wofford, MBA, CSP | CEO & President, Contagious Companies, Inc.
Difficult people can exist at all levels and dealing with them takes time and effort. Wouldn’t it be easier if you could just make them disappear? Make Difficult People Disappear™ is a powerful session that will provide you with advanced level communication and emotional intelligence strategies appropriate for use with difficult people at the highest levels.
Ryan Kohler | CEO, ApplicantPro
Don't let a lack of knowledge surrounding rapidly changing technology hinder your success by foregoing the latest trends in recruiting. Follow Ryan as he helps you develop a mobile recruiting plan that fits both your hiring needs and the needs of your applicants.
Sarah Lamar | Partner, Hunter Maclean
The Harvey Weinstein scandal prompted similar revelations of misconduct by many actors, comedians, celebrities, politicians and .com executives. It then sparked a broader national conversation about sexual violence, emboldened by the #MeToo movement. But sexual harassment claims have been around the American workplace for decades. This program will explore how social media has changed the ways employers respond to sexual and other harassment allegations; what happens when the alleged harasser is a key figure in the company; and what the best practices are for investigating harassment claims and, conversely, the worst practices to avoid.
Karen Eber | Global Leadership and Talent Development Executive, GE
We often think of culture as the “soft,” optional parts of work that don’t require priority or focus. Culture isn’t about wearing jeans on Friday or bringing in ice cream trucks to give away free ice cream. Culture creates the daily environment impacting how work gets done. It influences whether employees share concerns, discuss and reflect upon mistakes, build trust, or are empowered. If you are facing quality issues, missing revenue targets or receiving customer complaints, take a hard look at your culture. There are likely challenges with employees not raising issues due to fear of retaliation or blame, poor communication channels, or a lack of empowered employees. Culture enables the right behaviors to eliminate issues and drive performance. It can also be one of the most difficult things to change.
Jeff Carr | COO, Zenefits
Employees today are more technically savvy than ever before and expect workplace technologies to provide the same connected experiences they expect in their personal lives. Mobile is a primary way that people access and share information, yet research shows HR technology is woefully lagging behind -- only 8% of 1,000 office workers surveyed say they access HR information via mobile devices. To meet employee expectations, companies need to reevaluate their HR processes from the employee viewpoint.
Lori Fiore | HRIS Consultant, Resource Advisory
Join us as we demystify and solve the HRIS "puzzle." Many vendor solutions are available that provide comprehensive HRIS applications -- but their suitability varies by organization size, local/global focus, industry expertise as well as functional depth and breadth. In this session we will explore Digital HR trends, discuss how to view your employees and candidates as your "HR Customer", and review what it means to serve this customer considering Digital HR.
Lepora Menefee, SHRM-SCP, SPHR | Managing Director, Nextgen People
We all want to ensure that we are retaining the best leaders, creating the appropriate programs to develop top talent, and maintaining a talent pool of high performers and future leaders. This session will allow you to overcome succession planning challenges and do just that. We examine how succession planning will become more challenging and require far more dynamic management and collaboration outside of your organization to survive. In this session, we take a journey from past practices to current best practices and next practices of Succession Planning.
Speakers: Alisa Cleek, Partner and Ann Schildhammer, Partner | Taylor English Duma LLP
The FMLA, ADA and Worker’s Compensation laws are so complicated and riddled with problems that they are often referred to, collectively, as the Bermuda Triangle of Employment Law. This presentation will provide attendees with best practices for handling accommodations for work restrictions and reducing the risks of lawsuits for discrimination and retaliation claims under workers’ compensation, FMLA, and/or the ADA.
Robert Grashuis | CIO, OneSpring
In this presentation, you will learn about Human-Centered Design and how it can help drive a successful “people-first” IT project. We will review a powerful and effective method, called Customer Journey Mapping, to identify and prioritize capabilities for any HR IT project. Finally, we will walk through the key steps to performing an HR Technology Road Mapping project. These tools and techniques will help your HR organization create more meaningful and effective IT projects that provide value to better meet the needs and goals of your customers.
Ryan Downey | Director of Recruitment & Admissions, Year Up Greater Atlanta
This session will provide information about hiring trends such as upskilling and the credentials gap that have led to challenges in hiring and retaining talent in our companies, and it will provide the business case for re-thinking our talent sourcing practices to be more inclusive and wide-reaching. Participants will walk away with actionable steps that they can take to open up their talent pool to Opportunity Youth along with the knowledge needed to influence key stakeholders within their organizations to shift toward a model based on competencies over credentials.
Matteo Valles | Retired Special Agent, FBI
The threats from those “already inside the fence” continue to exact significant damage to our companies. The Insider Threat, whether acts of Violence, Sabotage, or Theft of Trade Secrets, can and should be mitigated. Building on Tuesday's presentation, Your Trade Secrets Under Attack, we will continue to focus on protecting your company’s more critical assets, Trade Secrets.
Danielle Humphrey, JD, CELA | Attorney, Hurley Elder Care Law
Every 67 seconds someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer's, and one in three seniors will die with Alzheimer's or another dementia. The purpose of this presentation is to analyze the financial impact of the disease to families and employers as well as those affected by it. Knowing the options available and planning for the unexpected loss in functional and cognitive capacity is the best way for human resources professionals to advise their employees and their families.