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The NHRC Forum 2018




Sessions

Sid BalaCreating Employee Engagement with a Unified Vision

In a time where talented employees are looking for their next opportunities and “bad hires” take time to uncover, recruiting is becoming a challenge for companies. Learn from veteran entrepreneur Sid Bala on how to grow a team of engaged employees through a shared vision.

Presenter:  Sid Bala, President & CEO, aligatortek

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Christine Clapp

Speak Like a Leader


How often have you marveled at presentations by great leaders of this or a previous generation, and imagined that it was you connecting with a rapt audience hanging on every word? In Speak Like a Leader, Spoken with Authority will take you on a remarkable tour of the five habits that influential leaders – from political heavyweights, to business icons, to entertainment moguls – rely on to convey confidence, command a room, and transform their listeners. Get ready to open doors, opportunities, and possibilities by speaking like a leader!

Presenter:  Christine Clapp, President, Spoken With Authority

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Alison Crane

Mid-Year Legal Review:  Is Your Company Doing All It Can To Prevent Employment-Related Claims?


As we approach the halfway mark of 2018, it is the perfect time for a legal check-up.  This workshop will provide practical tips to help your company minimize its chances of receiving an employment-related claim, and where a claim is inevitable, maximize its chances of being in a position of strength.  Attendees will leave this workshop with helpful information about their company’s legal obligations, as well as the employment law trends we’ve been seeing so far this year.

Presenter:  Alison Crane, Principal, Jackson Lewis PC

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Jody Kahn Mason

Mid-Year Legal Review:  Is Your Company Doing All It Can To Prevent Employment-Related Claims?


As we approach the halfway mark of 2018, it is the perfect time for a legal check-up.  This workshop will provide practical tips to help your company minimize its chances of receiving an employment-related claim, and where a claim is inevitable, maximize its chances of being in a position of strength.  Attendees will leave this workshop with helpful information about their company’s legal obligations, as well as the employment law trends we’ve been seeing so far this year.

Presenter:  Jody Kahn Mason, Principal, Jackson Lewis PC

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Michael Hahn

From Surviving to Thriving: How to Enable a Culture that Drives Sustainable Business Results


The rate of change is more rapid than ever before. Whether your implementing a new strategy, integrating a recent acquisition or some other change, change requires people to act differently and they typically respond in one of three ways: AMBASSADORS of the Change, RESISTORS of the Change or ON THE FENCE'ers.  Michael will reveal the four essential elements to create a sustainable culture that drives business results. His case study will show how a leading insurance company made the transition from surviving to thriving. Michael will discuss why senior leader alignment is required for sustainable culture change, how employees can be the change agents who drive change and why a strategy change requires a simultaneous top-down & bottom-up approach.  Senior leadership must be ALIGNED before they can get CLARITY on their vision for the future. Once leaders have clarity on the why, what, and by when; they can begin to ENGAGE others in the journey. Employees become local change agents that can be catalysts for the critical first actions that will SUSTAIN the culture change. Attendees who are experiencing dramatic change or are preparing for a cultural transformation will learn how to:
• Align leadership with the culture and business strategy
• Clarify the vision, guard rails and success metrics
• Engage culture teams, change ambassadors and employees
• Sustain the momentum by creating feedback mechanisms, highlight the bright spots and leverage strategic storytelling.

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Navigating Culture Change

 Change is happening faster than ever and many times companies and employees are just trying to survive, let alone thrive. During this interactive workshop, we will dive into the four stages of Culture change, reveal the critical components of each stage and highlight the fatal flaws most companies experience.  We will also share two change models and discuss how leaders stories can enable or disable the case for change.  An interactive table activity will allow you to assess your current culture and identify potential challenges in making the shift to your aspirational culture. As a participant you will:
 - Deepen your knowledge of the four stages of culture change and learn the fatal flows in each stage
 - Discover the next steps to create culture teams, engage employees and create buy-in
 - Learn how storytelling can support change and drive sustainability results

Presenter:  Michael Hahn, CEO, Beyond Good Teams

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Marc Klemencic

Success Built on Omron Principle


Building a strong culture at an organization takes many years to accomplish. It is a journey.  A lot of hard work gets put in to making a company employees are proud of and will continue to be a part of in their work lives and beyond. Learn how Omron leverages their company mission and values in daily work, what Omron has done to become a Best and Brightest organization and where they feel companies should focus going forward.  Participants will be able to see how Omron has taken their Talent strategy, focus on Employee Engagement and commitment to Community and Educational Outreach to the next level.

Presenter:  Marc Klemencic, Manager of Talent Management – Americas, Omron Management Center of America

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Mike LoPresti

Taking the Scare out of Hiring


The hiring landscape has shifted, and we’re in a candidate-driven market.  Unemployment rates are their lowest in 10 years, and the gig economy is revolutionizing the way we work.  Although we are unable to control external variables, we can control the manner in which our organizations actively position themselves to acquire talent. During this session, you will learn to analyze your internal hiring needs, evaluate evolving market conditions, and create an effective recruiting and selection plan that removes guesswork from the decision-making process. Also, you will develop an organized on-boarding process that guides candidates down the best path toward ongoing satisfaction and retention.

Presenter:  Mike LoPresti MBA PHR SHRM-CP, Regional Business Manager, Superior Group

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(For Exhibitors Only) How to Lead the Sales Dance and Avoid Tripping


Too often even experienced sales people lose control of the sale and get tripped up when the prospective customer dictates terms, timeframes, and decision-process. It costs the sales person time, money and often their dignity. In this session learn how to effectively lead the sales process and avoid the traps by being nurturing and assertive. The First Rule STOP SELLING. Join us to learn more secrets.

Presenter:  John Maxwell, Sandler Training SM

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Michele McDermott

The Value in Creating a Best Place to Work Culture


You will learn that creating a “best place to work” culture is one differentiator you can take on that elevates your company to the next level. 

Building a culture where you can drive profitability through retention, recruitment and employee engagement is an important differentiator. Assurance has been a repeat Top 10 Best Place to Work in the Chicago award recipient, and their Senior Vice President of Human Resources will describe why the company made the strategic business decision to make this a priority for the company.  She will dive into areas where investing in employees can be financially beneficial to you. For example, you'll hear case studies on “wooing talent” through other engagement factors, such as wellness and corporate social responsibility initiatives.

Presenter:  Michele McDermott, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Assurance Agency

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Joe Slawek

Creating a High-Performance Culture by Making Values Real


Joe Slawek, founder and Chairman of FONA International, will share his experience in creating and leading a values-driven culture and how culture drives an organization’s ability to deliver value for customers, employees, and stakeholders. Joe will cover the roots of organizational values and how to make them the foundation for a thriving culture and business results. Joe will also share the power of investing “generatively” in employees and the community.

Presenter:  Joe Slawek, Chairman & CEO, Fona International

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