Get MORE out of your conference experience!

Start your learning exploration a day early with these highly interactive, focused pre-conference workshops. These sessions are a great way to stay ahead of the curve by gaining access to information you won’t find anywhere else. Plus, you’ll earn while you learn. All pre-conference workshop attendees will earn an additional 3 SHRM PDCs/HRCI CEUs per workshop.

Space is limited to ensure small group interactions, so be sure to register for the pre-conference workshops early!*

*Additional registration fee applies – please see below.

Morning Workshop

Delivering Compelling Influence at Work

Monday, March 25, 2019 | 8:00am – 11:30am | Cobb Galleria Centre
Recertification Credits: 3 SHRM PDCs/HRCI CEUs
Speaker: Karan Ferrell-Rhodes | CEO & Lead Organizational Strategist, Shockingly Different Leadership

Creating new results as a leader often requires new tools and insights to remain agile and cutting-edge in today’s hyper-competitive business environment. Retraining your brain and stepping into courage will allow you to take the right actions to become a more influential leader in your profession, organization, or industry.

Based on the research for her upcoming book, “Lead at the Top of Your Game”, Karan Ferrell-Rhodes demonstrates how applying one or more of her 7 Principles of Differentiating Value will foster your leadership power in organizations, by accelerating both your ability and the ability of others to become more influential leaders who quickly gain credibility with those that matter. You will also learn how to avoid common influence traps which negatively impact your leadership effectiveness and leadership brand.  She will outline strategies on how to build trusted relationships, how to avoid sabotaging your “moments of power”, and how small, strategic influence tactics will “wow” others in a way that they are compelled to follow your lead.

As a result of participating in this workshop, you will become a more agile and effective leader, communicator, and team member.  You will also gain key strategies to avoid potential success inhibitors that can unknowingly destroy your professional reputation. This engaging, interactive workshop gives a sounder understanding of the dynamics at play between yourself and others during critical leadership initiatives.

In this workshop you will: 

  • Identify the differentiating characteristics of your own innate strengths
  • Gain insights on the 7 methods elite leaders use to demonstrate irreplaceable influence and impact at work
  • Learn how to give feedback to people in a style they can understand, accept, and ultimately flourish

Afternoon Workshop

A Deep Dive into the FMLA and ADA

Monday, March 25, 2019 | 12:30pm – 4:00pm | Cobb Galleria Centre
Recertification Credits: 3 SHRM PDCs/HRCI CEUs
Speakers: Scott Blews | Partner, Taylor English Duma LLP
Tamika Nordstrom | Partner, Taylor English Duma LLP

In this tutorial, Tamika Nordstrom and Scott Blews will address best practices for handling leaves of absence, return to work issues, accommodations for work restrictions, the interactive process, the interplay between these statutes, and other thorny issues under the ADA and FMLA.

The program will include an emphasis on reducing the risks of lawsuits for discrimination and retaliation. Focusing on the key requirements of each law, this presentation will enable you to better understand strategies for complying with an employer’s legal obligations while curbing abuse. Having litigated employment cases and counseled businesses for decades, Tamika and Scott will approach these topics from legal and practical perspectives, assisting you to weigh legal risk against critical business needs and goals of your organization.

This program is geared toward experienced human resources professionals and in-house legal counsel providing advice with respect to human resources matters.

In this workshop you will:

  • Gain practical insights with respect to navigating the legal minefields created by the ADA and FMLA
  • Review leaves of absence, return to work issues, accommodations for work restrictions, the interactive process, the interplay between these statutes, and other thorny issues that often arise


These highly individualized sessions are not included in the conference registration.

SOAHR attendees pay a discounted rate of $79 per workshop and your discounted rate will be available for you to purchase when you register for your general admission.

Register for SOAHR

Those not wishing to attend SOAHR will pay the rates below:

  Advanced Standard Onsite
  11/1/18 – 2/4/19 2/5/19 – 3/11/19 After 3/11/19
Member $129 $159 $189
Future Member $279 $309 $339
Student Member $65 $95 $125
Register for the Workshops without SOAHR