Get more out of your SOAHR 2021 experience!

Every SOAHR registration includes an On-Demand Library of carefully curated, exclusive content vetted for YOU by your HR colleagues.

This library will be available to registered attendees September 20 – October 31.

Available On-Demand Sessions

Kim Ades

There is no question that COVID-19 has triggered feelings of fear, insecurity and uncertainty. Chances are, you and your team are feeling like you’re at the mercy of whatever new developments this pandemic throws your way.

With so little in your control, it can be challenging to keep your team feeling motivated, productive and secure. In this highly interactive and engaging session, you will discover the thinking strategies that the most successful leaders leverage during difficult times.

You will also take a deep, personal look at your own thinking to determine how it is impacting your results both personally and professionally. You will walk away with tangible techniques for overcoming your current leadership obstacles. Come prepared to be challenged! You are guaranteed to see the world through a new lens – the lens of an exceptional leader, even in moments of crisis.

Quionna Allen

Closing the deficit between organizational leadership needs and those who are prepared to fill them, has been a top priority for senior leaders and HR Professionals for many years.  In fact, pre-pandemic, Harvard Business Review reported that on average, managers get their first leadership training about 10 years after they were promoted to a supervising role.  Post pandemic, this leadership gap has only widened.  Today, newly promoted leaders are not only managing a new role, but they have also been charged with managing change, new business strategies, and employee well-being.  In fact, since last year, employees have an even greater need for empathetic leadership.   In this session, Quionna Allen, will share actionable solutions to close the leadership gap with newly promoted leaders.

Randy Anderson

Between technological advances, the competitive challenge of hiring and retaining the best talent who may want to telecommute or refuse to relocate, and Covid19, managing remote employees has become much more common.  However, this new dynamic presents different challenges, and many managers are struggling to oversee people they can’t see.  This presentation delivers 10 ways to manage remotely and help keep team members engaged who aren’t physically present in the main office.

Julie Burch

Have you ever had a conversation with someone that made you so mad? You just wanted to scream, throw something or just burst in to tears? Well, you are not alone! And this is the program for you! In this dynamic, high energy, and highly interactive program the audience will learn what emotional intelligence is really all about. Where do those pesky emotions come from? What is the process to manage them effectively? And how do you deal with all those other people that just drive you crazy? 

Researchers and business experts agree that people with high emotional intelligence are consistently the top performers in their organizations. They’re more resilient and flexible when things get tough, and are held in the highest regard by their bosses, peers, co-workers, and others. Julie will share why emotional intelligence is far more than just a handy set of “people skills,” and why many executives feel it’s the one skill you must have to be successful in today’s workplace!

Learn real world skills to manage your emotions, deal with other people’s emotions and never lose your cool again!

Kim Farmer

With so many employees working remotely, the ways that we have normally offered wellness programs should shift.   Creating or maintaining a culture of wellness is still a priority although the ways that we engage our staff will likely have a different feel.  According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), more than one-third of Americans (36%) say COVID-19 is having a serious impact on their mental health and most (59%) feel it is having a serious impact on their day to day lives.  Productivity will likely be affected due to family or friend health challenges, work-life balance, loneliness and other factors.    Create  a plan to keep you employees engaged in your virtual, onsite or hybrid program  now and in the  future.


Kim Franklin

Alzheimer’s and other dementias cause memory, thinking and behavior problems that interfere with daily living. The Alzheimer’s Association® developed the new 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s education program to help people recognize common signs of the disease and know what to watch for in themselves and others.  Attendees will also learn how to address memory loss concerns with loved ones.


Robin Holland

The pandemic threw everyone a financial curveball, and many employees were struggling already, living paycheck to paycheck and borrowing from their 401(k) to make ends meet even before COVID-19 introduced a new reality. Recovery is going to take time, but employers have a significant opportunity to help enhance the financial wellbeing of their workforce. In this session, we’ll review 2021 research on employees’ current financial situation and their financial stress. The data affords interesting insight into how their households have been impacted by the pandemic and what they expect things to look like in 2022. We’ll use this information to paint a clearer picture of what employee financial stress really looks like, and we’ll learn ways employers can help. This includes well-rounded benefit packages with an array of voluntary benefits aimed at solving the challenges our employees are struggling with now more than ever.

Aaron Holt

With the dramatic increase in political and social protests, employers face uncertainty as to how they can or should address these situations in the workplace.  This session will explore the legal issues faced by employers when employees protest, both in and outside of the workplace.  It will provide practical guidance for employers to understand the limits of free speech in the workplace and what speech is protected, what is unprotected, and how to avoid common pitfalls.  Finally, we will discuss proactive strategies for addressing these situations, including policy language and best practices.


Jennifer Lee

While everyone cherishes “the good times”, it is often the moments of failure, disappointment, or even loss that ultimately shape who we are. The best HR professionals overcome stress, anxiety, and disengagement in these times through the power of resilience.  But what is resilience exactly – and why is this trait more important than ever?

In this compelling and timely program, we define resilience as the speed and strength of your response to adversity. To kick off the program, participants take a “fitness check” assessment to determine the strength of their “resiliency muscle”.  Next, we detail the business case for resilience to exemplify why this is a critical skill for both leaders and individual contributors.  The bulk of the program unpacks the 5 proven ways every HR person can build their resiliency muscle: It’s all about having a growth mindset, releasing circumstances outside of control, avoiding traps of permanence, preventing spirals, and fostering connection with those around you.  Lastly, we offer insight on how to infuse resilience on your team, by finding the balance between sharing authentically and remaining optimistic.


Sarah Noll Wilson (She/Her)  M.S. CPCC

We know it feels amazing to work on a productive team that can not only meet goals, but support each other while doing it. When we don’t have that experience, it’s easy to feel that we were the victims of chance or to put blame on the other people. But what if there were a way to create powerful partnership by design instead of by chance?     

In this thoughtful session, Sarah Noll Wilson leads you to a new level of insight and thinking about how to design partnerships that are productive, supportive, and resilient.        

Drawing on the work of Adaptive Leadership and Conversational Intelligence, combined with modeling and insights from thousands of hours of coaching teams, Sarah will share practical insights, grounded in science, to help build powerful partnership so you and your organization can thrive.  

After this session, you will have a dynamic combination of theory and tools you can use to create or deepen you connections. Together we will explore:   

  • Shifting our focus on intentional relationship building “from chance to choice”  
  • Key ideas of healthy relationship  
  • Four ways we damage relationship
  • The process of designing alliances

Pilar Prinz

2021 is turning out to be another year full of major transitions.  As we come through the pandemic, the impact of working from home, social isolation, remote learning, and loss of loved ones, is causing a spike in divorces.  

Divorce is ranked the #2 life stressor – just after death of a spouse. It impacts mental and physical health, family, finances, career, and our sense of belonging and community. It also affects the bottom line for companies, through increased absenteeism, distractedness, rates of depression, heart attack, family violence, alcohol abuse, and more.   It’s clear that supporting employees in their personal – not just professional lives – enables them to live well and perform at a higher level. So what can you do to help?  

Join Pilar Prinz, co-founder of Divorce in Good Company and  Forwardly:  the Marital Repair & Divorce Wellness Toolkit, as she unpacks the current workplace trend in which employers shift from managing the employee experience to managing the life experience of their employees as she looks through the lens of divorce.


Tiana Sanchez

In many ways, the future of the workforce rests on the perspective and action of its leaders. Ethical, tactical, and affiliative leaders are leaders who create and sustain equitable workplaces, believe in restorative justice and promote corporate values that reflect a true, realistic, objective appreciation for diversity in both word and deed. And they do it for two reasons alone.  (1) It’s the right thing to do.  (2) Advancing the bottom line. 

 This presentation will help participants combat widespread organizational challenges by examining and discussing ways to transform their workplace and enhance equity for good.


Kim Scholes, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

What is the magic key of sustainability for all organizations, good or bad – branding.  The word derives from the physical act of branding live cattle with hot pokers to signify ownership.  In today’s world, companies are identified by brands of hot ideas, images, communications, and slogans that are durable, strong enough to withstand the structural boundaries that have now evaporated in an instant.

This session will share the comprehensive Employer Brand Strategy Development Process, including brand discovery through research, audit and assessment, understanding what your organization needs to change, and defining, activating, and communicating the brand.  Finally, once the strategy is implemented, I will also share how to measure the effectiveness of the brand through workforce metric KPIs.  How these elements marry the unique characteristics of individual employee brands is of particular note.  This intersection is the key to the success of talent management for all organizations.


Skot Waldron

If you’re new to remote working, or you’ve been working as a remote team for years, this webinar is for you. To be honest, these principles aren’t new. I’ve been teaching leaders and teams these tools for a while, but COVID-19 will change the way we work now and in the future.

The health of your team and company will flourish or be damaged by how you communicate.

David Barron

The pandemic has changed the workplace forever, and work from home policies will now be one of the most important and heavily scrutinized policies within an organization.  This program will identify the crucial elements of a comprehensive policy, including: (1) protocols for compliance with wage and hour and break requirements; (2) information security and confidentiality; (3) training new employees and handling performance issues for remote workers; (4) workplace safety and reimbursement obligations; and (5) addressing reasonable accommodation requests related to remote work.

Bill Wooditch

While success appears everywhere, most people skip on what it takes to get there – failure. Unfortunately, failure is the inevitable process that leads to eventual success. However, how often do people try to encourage failure in the workplace? Almost never. And yet, researchers in Google found that teams that courage failure tend to be the highest performing according to their research in Project Aristotle. Because of this hidden truth, it is no surprised that when Bill Wooditch first came across this principle, his career transformed. Bill became the top producing insurance agent in one year out of one thousand competitors and continued to hold this position because of this mindset. Imagine what you could do if yourself or your team knew how to embrace failure effectively? Would they execute faster? Innovate more? Or would they be more understanding of one another in trying times? This one-of-a-kind presentation helps your audience accept the unknown and turn the sting of failure into the reward of growth.

By embracing failure, not just “getting past it,” you will fly past your competition, whether you’re building a startup, advancing in your career, or improving your personal life. Your next level of achievement will be contingent upon your ability to learn from the lessons of failure and apply them for growth!

Catherine Mattice Zundel, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Everyone in your organization is responsible for exemplifying and reinforcing positive, civil behavior. This means entry level employees, all the way up to C-Suite Executives, play a role in creating an inclusive work environment and culture. In order to do so, they must become aware of their own personal communication style and how it affects those around them, as well as have actionable tools for addressing non-inclusive behavior when they witness it. Leaders who attend this webinar will be able to go back to their organization with tangible tools for creating an inclusive workplace, where every employee is involved in sustaining a positive culture.


Terry Wu, PhD.

Why is America so divided? It seems like we have an endless list of divisions. Republicans vs Democrats. Christians vs Muslims. Blacks vs Whites. Males vs Females. Haves vs Have-nots. Millennials vs everyone else. Is there hope that we, as a country, become united again? What can leaders do to address this divide and help bring us together?

Why do humans have so many ingenious ways to group people into us and them? Is it necessary for our survival? Over the past thousands of years, the divisions of us and them had led to wars, genocides, mass murders, discrimination, and conflicts. Are we hardwired to categorize people based on race, gender, party affiliation, socioeconomic status, age, profession, job description, work responsibility, or something we don’t even notice? How does the brain react to people who may appear different from us? How do our differences turn into beliefs that we are better, smarter than them?

In this talk, you will learn about the Neuroscience of this us-vs-them divide. You will find out how this unconscious divide can be learned or changed quickly. You will discover the impact of us-vs-them on our decisions and judgments. You will gain insights into how we can bridge this divide and create more harmony.

Get the answers to:

• Why do our brains need to make fast decisions?

• What creates the us-vs-them division? How does the brain respond to us vs them?

• Why do leaders need to understand this us-vs-them bias?

• How can we reduce our negative attitudes toward them?

• How can leaders create a diverse and inclusive culture?

Eric M. Bailey 

Understanding Why They Don’t Understand You

Economists tell us that given the opportunity, people will behave rationally. If you’re anything like me, you have countless examples DAILY of people behaving irrationally! What would the world look like if we could cure the stupidity around us? Imagine freedom from frustration. Imagine the peace. This session, based on Eric M. Bailey’s bestselling book, can fix that. This session can change your life.


These highly individualized sessions are included in your conference registration, and are available to view until the end of October.