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Conference Schedule: Wednesday, April 6th

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10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION:  CREATE MILLION DOLLAR CONNECTIONS – HUMAN CONNECTIONS COUNT MORE THAN EVER
Dustin James

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Human Connection plays a pivotal role in the world—because people are truly the only thing that differentiates one business from another. Organizations may replicate processes, materials and structures of other successful organizations, but only the talent of an organization makes it unique and distinguishes it from all its competitors. Understanding the power of EMOTION, EDUCATION and EXPERIENCES are influential in building relationships. In order to achieve greater success, we must utilize creative thinking and enhance market differentiation. Make every Connection Count!

This keynote will benefit your organization in gaining a better understanding and communicating with team members at all levels in your organization. The benefits are understanding the impact of Emotion in our professional lives, expanding our Educational horizon, and understanding the value of life Experiences.

Learning Objectives:

  1. The Power of a Conversation
  2. Connections Count
  3. The power of Emotion on a daily basis
  4. Create confident connections through our Experience

 

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector


Corporate ENERGIZER-CEO
Moments Leadership

Dustin E. James is America’s Top Corporate Energizer.   He is on a mission to elevate the workplace by helping corporations increase performance by building resilient, connected and creative leaders.

This motivational speaking powerhouse takes energy and engagement to an entirely different level.  Dustin has presented to over 500,000 individuals in-person and virtually throughout the United States.

Dustin’s interactive learning experiences motivate and inspire through massive crowd engagement, creativity, and professional story telling. Creativity is his calling cards, with over 200+ plus stories to tailor for each of his events.  Dustin has been a TOP PERFORMER in 4 different industries, he is a proud husband and father of two, he is a serial entrepreneur, a TEDx Speaker, and John Maxwell Certified Coach.

www.dustinspeaks.com

VENDOR NETWORKING: 11:00 AM – 11:15 AM

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Background Checks, Medical Information & Other Confidential Employee Information
Hugh Cain, Brent Hinders, Eric M. Updegraff

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Background Checks, Medical Information, and other Confidential Employee Information for Public Employers is designed to assist public employers in fulfilling their obligations to keep certain employee information private and confidential. The presentation will deal with the potential pitfalls of conducting criminal background checks and credit checks which can occur pursuant to the FRCA and discrimination laws. Those attending will also learn about ADA and FMLA issues that can arise from medical records and inquiries along with common law privacy issues. Finally, the presentation will cover Open Records issues that arise with disclosure of personnel records.

Learning Objectives:

  1. How to correctly perform consumer reports for background checks
  2. Problems from discrimination standpoint with using criminal background history
  3. How to handle medical records and medical history
  4. How to comply with Open Records Act for personnel and discipline records

Hugh Cain
Attorney
Hopkins & Huebner, P.C.

Areas of Practice

General practice including but not limited to:

  • Employment Law
  • Government

Bar Admissions

  • Iowa, 1983
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, 1983
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, 1983

Education

  • University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
    • Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1982
  • Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
    • Bachelor of Arts, History, Summa Cum Laude, 1978

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Iowa Municipal Attorneys Association
  • American Bar Association
    • Member, Labor and Employment Section
    • Member, Government Practice Section

Honors and Awards

  • Chambers USA, Leader in Iowa Labor and Employment (Band 3),
    2017 – 2018, 2021
  • Lawyer of the Year, 2014, 2017 – 2018, 2021
  • Selected to Best Lawyers in America, 2012 – 2021
  • Selected to Iowa Super Lawyers, 2007 – 2019

Published Works

  • “Evolution of Implied Covenant Exception to the Employment at
    Will Doctrine in Iowa,” Drake Law Review (1994)
  • Co-Author, “Evolution of Hostile Environment Claims,” Drake
    Law Review (1999)

Public Service

  • Vice Chair, Warren County Zoning Commission

Classes / Seminars Taught

  • Frequent seminar speaker covering a broad array of topics, such as
    Employment Law and Government Practice

Brent Hinders
Attorney
Hopkins & Huebner, P.C.

Areas of Practice

General practice including but not limited to:

  • Employment Law
  • Government and Municipal Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law

Bar Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court, 2011
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2011
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, 2006
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, 2006
  • Iowa, 2005

Education

  • Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa
    • Doctor of Jurisprudence, Certificate in Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2005
    • Master of Public Administration, Concentration in Human Resources and Public Policy, 2005
  • Simpson College, Indianoloa, Iowa
    • Bachelor of Arts, History and Criminal Justice, 2001

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Norwalk Chamber of Commerce
    • Board Member, Former President, 2015 – 2016
  • Leadership Iowa Member Class of 2015 – 2016
  • Former Assistant Warren County Attorney, 2007 – 2011
  • Warren County Bar Association
  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Iowa Supreme Court Grievance Commission
  • Iowa Municipal Attorneys Association
  • Iowa Association of Justice
  • Warren County Leadership Institute Alumni
  • Iowa State Bar Association
    • ISBA Government Practice Section Council
    • ISBA Criminal Law Legislative Subcommittee
  • Norwalk Schools Watch D.O.G. Organization
    • Board Member
  • Norwalk Board of Adjustment
    • Vice Chair
  • Iowa County Attorneys Association
    • Former Member
  • Warren County Prosecuting Attorneys Association
    • Former President
  • Indianola Noon Lions Club
    • Former Member

Honors and Awards

  • Selected to Best Lawyers in America, 2021

Published Works

  • “If You Steal my Sunshine: Local Government and Iowa’s ‘Sunshine
    Laws.’”, Iowa Living Magazines – Adel Living, 2015
  • “Ice, Ice Baby: Limiting Your Premises Liability in the Winter
    Months.”, Iowa Living Magazines – Adel Advice Column, Norwalk,
    Perry, 2014
  • “Veterans Employment: Laws and Benefit, Protect Veterans.”,
    Iowa Living Magazines – Adel Advice Column, 2014

Classes / Seminars Taught

  • William Penn College for Working Adults
    • Adjunct Instructor, 2012 – Present
    • Courses Included: Conflict Resolution for Managers, Business
      Law, Leadership for Law Enforcement Members, Criminal
      Justice in Society, Global Business Leadership and Business
      Ethics
  • Frequent speaker regarding employment-related issues at seminars
    and advising regarding governmental law statutes and ordinances
    Des Moines

Eric M. Updegraff
Attorney
Hopkins & Huebner, P.C.

Areas of Practice

General practice including but not limited to:

  • Employment Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Family Law

Bar Admissions

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Iowa, 2012
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, 2006
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, 2006
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2006
  • Iowa, 2004

Education

  • University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, IowaDrake University, Des Moines, Iowa
    • Doctor of Jurisprudence with Distinction, 2004
  • Simpson College, Indianoloa, Iowa
    • Bachelor of Arts, Economics

Honors and Awards

  • Iowa Rising Stars List, Super Lawyers, 2013-2019

Published Works

  • Co-Author, Terminations Under Veterans Preference Law
  • Working with Disability
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act and Exempt Employees
  • Your Employee Handbook and You

L&D Advancing DEI: Relearning & Reengineering for Culture Change
Heather Schott & Cindy Gerjets

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Have you noticed the increased focus on culture and purpose?  Over the last few years, we’ve learned we need to approach differently. We know associates want to live their purpose and see how they are making the world better through their work.  At Krause Group, are trying to rethink how work is done. Our goal is to build diverse teams, meaning we need to prioritize Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work and embed it across our onboarding, training and programming. Come learn more about our DEI journey & how we are leveraging a partnership between L&D and DEI to drive culture change for embedded inclusion and equity. 

Learning Objectives:

  • How to get started in DEI
  • Creating key relationships with a small DEI team
  • Creating space to facilitate individual & organizational DEI journeys
  • Embedding DEI into all HR, starting with L&D

 

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector


Heather Schott
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager

Krause Group/Kum & Go

Heather Schott has a brand and leadership style founded in problem solving, influence, innovation and disruption.  She received her undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Business from Morningside College.  Over her career, she has held a variety of roles in IT, HR and Actuarial functions.  Heather completed a Diversity & Inclusion leader certification with The Conference Board as she began leading a Fortune 500 Diversity & Inclusion program.   In October of 2020, Schott joined the Krause Group to build a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion program across all of their organizations including Kum & Go.

Heather is a proud Kia (pronounced Ki-ya or Mom) with two great kids, 9 and 17 years, at home!  She and her partner, Erin, live in West Des Moines where Heather serves on the West Des Moines Chamber Board.

 


Cindy Gerjets
Director of Learning and Development

Krause Group/Kum & Go

Cindy Gerjets is the Director of Learning & Development at Kum & Go located in Des Moines, IA. In this role, she provides thought leadership, processes, tools and resources to support the creation and implementation of high-value learning and development programs to all levels of associates and leaders in both the retail stores and corporate office.

Cindy has held a variety of positions within HR and has expertise in organizational design; talent acquisition; retention & recognition; total rewards; talent planning & assessments; learning & development; and diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is known for her motivational, high-energy style of teaching and her ability to quickly connect and build relationships. She has a determined interest in developing people, building strong teams, and identifying and adjusting processes that interfere with capturing the value diversity can bring to an organization.

Cindy received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Iowa State University and an MBA from the University of Iowa. She also currently holds a Professional Human Resource (PHR) certificate.

The Leadership Challenge – Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership
Angie Chaplin

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The Leadership Challenge® Workshop is a journey of self-discovery based on the internationally best-selling and most widely researched leadership resource, The Leadership Challenge by Jim Kouzes & Barry Posner. Based on The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership, this interactive experience engages participants in assessment, development, and reinforcement through reflective exercises and thought-provoking discussions.

By the end of the workshop, leaders will be able to:

  • Embrace an evidence-based framework for leadership development
  • Describe the primary characteristics of admired leaders
  • Clarify their values and communicate their impact on leadership behavior
  • Strengthen their abilities to enable and encourage peak performances
  • Pursue continued improvement through Leadership Growth Action Plans

 

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector


Chief Leadership Officer
Mindful Leadership

Founder and owner of Mindful Leadership + Mindful Recovery, Angie Chaplin is a speaker, facilitator, educator and author with more than 20 years of work in human resources and organizational development. Leveraging her own journey from alcohol addiction to business owner, Angie coaches leaders to live, love, and lead extraordinary lives of their own design.

Grounded in research and guided by behavior, Mindful Leadership expands in 2022 to lead recovery at a higher level through Mindful Recovery. With live online courses including the flagship program, Lead Yourself First: 10 Practices for Leading an Extraordinary Alcohol-Free Life, Mindful Recovery combines mastery in leadership and higher education with Angie’s own experiences as a sober leader.

As a sought-after values expert, speaker, facilitator, educator and consultant, Angie exemplifies authenticity, resilience, and compassion as she inspires audiences to live out their values everyday with intention and action. She is a well-respected Certified Master for The Leadership Challenge; a contributing author to The Leadership Challenge Workshop Facilitator’s Guide and The Leadership Challenge Activities Book; and her Values to Vision Cards guide leaders in exploring and expressing their values at work, at home, and in life.

Mastering the Art of Resilience
Clarence Hudson & Leisa Fox

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Our employees today are expected to survive amongst volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA). To be successful today our organizations must be flexible to pursue market opportunities, which requires them to be adept in creating teams to solve specific business issues. These teams can differ in key characteristics: geographic and cultural span, mix of skills, objective, size, virtual or hybrid nature, and more. Whatever the industry, people working together to reach common goals need good organizational leaders to guide and empower them to overcome adversity and rise to new challenges.

Learning Objectives:

  1. How to better manage your time while empowering your team
  2. Tempering optimism with hard reality to build credibility
  3. Mastering Conflict
  4. Building Resilience by allowing failure
  5. Creating a corporate culture to embrace the Resilient Team concept

 

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector


Clarence Hudson
Partner

Fox Growth Strategies

Deeply connected lifelong coach and business leader who thrives in complex, dynamic environments.  His uncanny ability to recognize others’ talents and strengths equips him to connect the right people to reach goals never imagined. With more than 40 years of sales, business development and leadership, his experience is unmatched.

 

 

 

 


Leisa Fox
Partner

Fox Growth Strategies

Experienced leader with a demonstrated history of developing collaborative business relationships and networks. Insightful organizational innovator and business strategist with a reputation for identifying and leveraging new opportunities and expanding market presence and market share. Strong community and social services professional with expansive networks throughout Iowa and the country.

Understanding Retention: The Power of Roles and Recognition within your Teams
Dustin James

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Team members are the backbone of any organizational culture.  This interactive session will identify new ways to help identify team member roles and identify new creative ways to recognize their value to help elevate company culture, communication, and company growth.

ROLES:

They are the ones who contribute effectively towards the successful functioning of an organization. They strive hard to deliver their level best and achieve the assigned targets within the stipulated time frame. The employees play an important role in deciding the culture of the workplace.

In order to truly change your company’s culture, every member of your workforce must know the answer to the following questions:

  1. What is the overall mission of the organization?
  2. What role do I play in helping us achieve that mission?
  3. What behaviors am I expected to demonstrate in order to fill that role?
  4. What specific tasks must I accomplish to make those behaviors a reality?

Employee recognition is an important part of any workplace. It improves morale, brings a sense of positivity and appreciation, and your employees will be more likely to stay at your organization. Every company should strive to make it a part of their company culture, and many could take advantage of the benefits.

When your staff members are engaged, they perform at higher levels. They also strive to go above and beyond, are more inclined to focus on intrinsic factors such as personal growth and long-term goals.

This session will give individuals a better understanding of keeping team members.  After this session you will gain a better understanding of a job description vs the employee role.  By understanding and identify the bigger picture each team member brings to the company and culture.  Identifying each team members role will enhance their overall value to the company.  This session will also give you new and creative ways to recognize team members and the importance of recognition as it relates to company culture and retention.  Learn 100+ ways to creatively recognize your team!

 

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector


Corporate ENERGIZER-CEO
Moments Leadership

Dustin E. James is America’s Top Corporate Energizer.   He is on a mission to elevate the workplace by helping corporations increase performance by building resilient, connected and creative leaders.

This motivational speaking powerhouse takes energy and engagement to an entirely different level.  Dustin has presented to over 500,000 individuals in-person and virtually throughout the United States.

Dustin’s interactive learning experiences motivate and inspire through massive crowd engagement, creativity, and professional story telling. Creativity is his calling cards, with over 200+ plus stories to tailor for each of his events.  Dustin has been a TOP PERFORMER in 4 different industries, he is a proud husband and father of two, he is a serial entrepreneur, a TEDx Speaker, and John Maxwell Certified Coach.

www.dustinspeaks.com

Fully insured medical plan? It will cost you!
Cara Kirsch

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Summary: Tired of fully insured renewal increase with little control and limited information? During this presentation, employers will understand how self-funding can be used to control cost, risk, and strategy.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Overview of health care costs and reasons for the significant increases
  2. Fully Insured vs. self-funding
  3. The self-funded solution for those with 50 or more enrolled in the health plan
  4. Case study to review with the class which helps them understand how to evaluate their current medical plan

 

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector


Area Vice President
Gallagher Insurance | Risk Management | Consulting

Cara Kirsch is a seasoned employee benefits expert with more than 20 years of experience. Her passion is helping employers of all sizes build employee benefit plans that employees find valuable while still adhering to the company’s bottom line. In her role as Area Vice President, Cara is responsible for business development as well as consulting her clients. Cara has specific experience with developing provider networks, using direct primary care strategies and managing self-funded plans. The combination of her keen eye for detail and her ability to navigate the complicated employee benefit vendor arena gives her an arsenal of solutions to deliver huge results.

Cara is community oriented with a focus on the needs of women and families. She currently sits on the Executive Board of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce and is the treasurer for the Nebraska Association of Health Underwriters. Cara was a Midlands Business Journal 40 under 40 winner and is a graduate of Leadership Nebraska Class X. Cara created the annual conference “Ignite! Women in Insurance” in 2018 to establish a place for over 200 women in insurance to feel empowered and supported as they learn and develop in their work. She also authors articles that have been published in various employee benefit magazines such as Employee Benefit News.

Cara lives in Bellevue, Nebraska, and spends her time reading, cooking and enjoying time with her three children, Mariyah, TJ and Sean. She loves the outdoors and her favorite season is summer. Sunday family dinners with her children have become one of her favorite parts of the week, and she loves taking her dog Oliver for walks.

LUNCH BREAK: 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Employee Benefit Trends and Forward Thinking Ideas
Nataliya Stone

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We are learning continuously as businesses have been adjusting to COVID pandemic and modifying employee packages post pandemic.  During this session we will discuss what changes we are seeing in the marketplace, compliance updates, recruitment challenges, remote work landscape and emerging employee benefit solutions. We will also discuss three take away steps to improve your benefit offering.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Compliance/legal update
  2. Post COVID employer recruitment and engagement challenges
  3. Remote Work Considerations
  4. Emerging employee benefit solutions
  5. What to expect in the next 24 months?

 

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector


Shareholder/Employee Benefits Team Co-Leader
Holmes Murphy & Associates

As a key player of Holmes Murphy & Associates, Nataliya is dedicated to providing creative solutions and tools her clients need to design their employee benefit programs. A native of Ukraine and fluent in three languages, she has the skills necessary to communicate and implement employer sponsored benefits and initiatives to diverse organizations.  Nataliya specializes in healthcare data analysis, health care reform and legal compliance, cutting edge wellness programs as well as a full suite of employer sponsored benefit programs.  Nataliya is also a Holmes Murphy shareholder.

Nataliya joined the Employee Benefits Division of Holmes Murphy in 2006.  Prior to joining Holmes Murphy, she worked for Wells Fargo in Consumer and Business account management where she held a variety of advisory capacities involving life and health, investments and business financial services.

Nataliya is a frequent speaker on Health Care topics at local, regional and national industry events. She is currently working on her Doctorate Degree and also enjoys teaching employee benefits to the graduate students at Drake University as an Adjunct Professor. Nataliya earned her bachelor’s degree in Finance and her master’s in Business Administration at Drake University.  In addition, Nataliya holds her Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS), Group Benefit Associate (GBA), and Retirement Plan Associate (RPA) designations.

Nataliya is an active member of Greater Des Moines community, currently serving as the Board President on the Board of Directors for The Employee and Family Resources. In 2020 Nataliya was honored as the 2020 Emerging Woman of Influence by Business Record and The Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines.  In 2017 Nataliya was one of 15 executives who graduated from the Executive Education Center at Drake University’s Leading Others program. In 2016, Nataliya received a Community Vision Award from the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute and in 2012, she was honored as one of the Des Moines Business Record’s Forty under 40 for her professional achievements and community involvement.

Combating Workplace Stress, Using the 9 Types of Enneagram
Barb Ranck

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Stress is a given component of modern life, and workplace stress is on the rise. During COVID, 40% of employees report feeling burnt out and 65% say the stress is impacting their ability to work.

This issue has become increasingly important for employers with multiple generations now part of the workforce.

Stressed out employees are bad for profits and morale. Here’s how to use the 9 Lenses of the Enneagram to help your team manage their own stress and perform at their very best.

Learning Objectives:

  1. The ROI of Stress Management
  2. Generations in the Workplace
  3. Predictable Stressors of the 9 Types, Regardless of Generation
  4. Cultivating Accountable Environments

 

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector


Owner
Courageously Imperfect Coaching & Development, LLC

Training and Coaching for 23+ years

Certifications:

  • Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through the International Coaching Federation (ICF)
  • Certified Enneagram Coach through Your Enneagram Coach, LLC
  • Certified Facilitator, Data Dimensions International (DDI) Leadership Training

About

I’m a working mom and wife, having held a career in training and development at a Fortune 500 company while also serving and giving back to the community.

I also know what it’s like to work hard for what I have, and look successful by the world’s standards, yet still feel empty & unfulfilled inside.

My solution? “Put my head down” and keep pushing ahead. Work harder.

It was taking a toll – on my health, on my relationships, and on my energy.

The biggest realization I had was that I didn’t have to work harder or wait for something (or someone else) to change in order to have the fulfilling life I wanted. When I gained clarity on the best path forward for me, the emptiness left and the energy returned. My health and relationships improved.

This discovery has been so impactful for me that I’ve made it my life’s mission to help others create the fulfilled version of their lives so they can have it all, too.

Be Curious – Create a Culture Where Mental Wellbeing is OK
Ali Payne & Michelle Weil

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Work-related stress is common in the workplace, and a company’s culture and an employee’s relationship with their supervisor plays a major role in how an employee performs their job and manages their stress. Company culture and the employee-supervisor relationship impacts an employee’s confidence, motivation, stress levels, and mental health.

So, whether they want to or not, organizations and leaders play an important role in mental health. Millions of people in the U.S. are affected by mental illness every year and everyone has a different way of looking at mental health. For many, there is still a stigma around mental health and mental health challenges. The good news is that stigma seems to be changing as more and more successful organizations are creating a culture where talking about mental wellbeing is ok.

Today, many successful organizations are addressing mental health issues head on and are empowering their leaders to be curious, be human, and lead with their hearts. Highly inclusive and curious organizations and leaders have an open mindset, a desire to understand how others view and experience the world, and a tolerance for ambiguity. They treat employees with dignity and respect rather than the traditional command and control method. They build trusted relationships with employees and a company culture that is safe and open.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will gain an understanding of how COVID-19 has impacted mental health and what support employees really want and need from their employer.
  2. Attendees will gain an understanding of how organizations can make a positive impact on employee mental wellbeing through culture and leadership.
  3. Attendees will gain an understanding of employee burnout – what causes it, telltale signs of burnout, what to do on an organizational level, and what to do on an employee level.
  4. Attendees will gain an understanding of the dimensions of wellbeing (including emotional wellbeing), and how the tools and resources they offer their employees fit within those wellbeing dimensions and influences the employee experience.

 

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector


Ali Payne
President
ethOs

As the President for ethOs, Ali Payne leads a team of engagement and wellbeing experts who work with clients to not only develop a strategy to drive employee engagement, but also to help them focus on the right employee experience and resources for all of the demographics in their workplace.

Ali has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the organizational wellbeing, culture, and employee experience industry. Prior to joining Holmes Murphy, Ali spent 15 years with Gallagher Benefit Services as Divisional Vice President, Practice Leader, Wellbeing and Engagement building a team of wellbeing and engagement professionals. Through this experience, she understands first-hand the value and importance of integrating organizational goals with strategies to engage talent. She helps her clients improve their employee retention and productivity through successful strategy development, implementation, and execution.

Ali is also an organizational engagement/culture expert and an award-winning thought leader. Recognized for her work in the industry, Ali was named the Employee Benefit Adviser’s Wellness Adviser of the Year in 2018.
Ali received her undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology from The University of Iowa and her Master of Science degree in Health Promotion and Human Resource Management from Nebraska Methodist College. She also holds a certificate in Leadership from Harvard Business School.

Outside of work, Ali enjoys spending time with her husband Charlie, daughter Olive, and twin sons Fritz and Otto.


Michelle Weil
Consultant, Organizational Engagement/Shareholder

ethOs

As a Business Development Consultant on our ethOs team, Michelle Weil’s main focus is on the career development side of wellbeing –connecting people to their purpose and helping employees determine what impact and value they bring to their organization. Her main goal is to create a culture where people can show up as themselves and bring value through their talents.

Prior to joining ethOs, Michelle worked for Holmes Murphy as a Learning and Development Consultant for 7 years. She also spent several years as a social worker specializing in a adult mental illness.

Michelle attended Iowa State University, where she earned degrees in Psychology and Sociology. In addition to her education, Michelle is certified in Gallup Strengths and has her Thriving Workplace Culture Certification.

In her spare time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband and blended family of three girls and one boy. She is also actively involved in her church and her children’s arts and sports activities.

Why Should I Work for You? Do your top candidates know your UCP (Unique Culture Proposition)? How to increase your talent pool and talent acquisition with your employer brand
Kellie Gottner

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Businesses spend countless hours defining their value proposition, or USP (Unique Selling Proposition) and how to capture more market share related to their products and services. An equal amount of attention should be focused on defining your UCP (Unique Culture Proposition) to attract the most qualified individuals. Top talent delivering top products and services equals increased market share. In this presentation, we will take an in-depth look at each aspect of the employee life cycle and what you can do as a hiring manager or business owner in these areas to define your employer brand and why individuals should want to work at your company instead of a competitor.

Learning Objectives:

  1. How to define your unique culture proposition.
  2. How to communicate internally and externally your employee value proposition
  3. How to evaluate and assess each aspect of your employee life cycle to ensure market-competitiveness and differentiation
  4. Best practices to create an employee referral program

 

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector


HR & Client Experience Officer
Connectify HR

Kellie believes in the power of connection through relationship in her personal life, business, and community. Her passion for leadership, HR, and the people experience promotes the power of these connections and the ability for everyone to perform their best.

 Kellie has over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources in various roles and industries. Kellie most recently served as Chief People Officer at Aureon, an Iowa-based telecommunications and IT services company, prior to joining Connectify HR in September 2021 as Chief HR & Client Experience Officer. Connectify HR is a Des Moines-based PEO focused on providing HR, payroll, and benefits solutions and services to businesses in Iowa and nationwide, www.connectifyhr.com.

 Kellie is a life-long Iowan and grew up in the Des Moines area. Kellie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Human Resource Management from the University of Northern Iowa. She is a Talent Management Certified Professional and is a Senior Certified Professional through the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI).

The Best Way to Be Profitable is to Be Protected
Buzzy Castonguay

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In the seminar, we cover the following topics in a very interactive, fun, and enjoyable experience. We try to take a very serious topic and educate the participants in an experience that they will learn from and enjoy.

  • What elements need to be an in a due diligent background check package
  • Describe the importance of the FCRA – Fair Credit Reporting Act / EEOC -Equal Employment Opportunity Commission / CFPB
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • How to limit your liability in the screening space
  • The current landscape of the screening industry – what legislation and litigation is happening right now that could affect your company.
  • The top three areas of current lawsuits and how to avoid this (Consent forms, Adverse Action, and Proper Hiring Procedures (Ban the Box, etc.)) 

Learning Objectives:

  • Be able to identify the three most important searches in a background check.
  • Upon completion of the seminar, a learner will be able to explain what a screening package needs to be considered due diligence.
  • Participants will be able to evaluate their companies process for screenings and limit their liability.
  • Based on their knowledge of the screening process from this seminar, students will be able to design, build and implement a screening process for their companies to find more qualified applicants than they can retain.

 

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector


President and CEO
C4 Operations

Buzzy is President and CEO of C4 Operations, a family owned and operated national background check firm operating out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He works attentively with clients nation-wide to ensure they receive comprehensive and high-quality due diligence background checks, so employers can build powerful teams of their own. With over 18 years of experience, Buzzy works with his team side-by-side, using his expertise and knowledge of the industry to personally work with clients on a daily basis. Leading by example, Buzzy brings his enthusiasm to the table, not only for the work he does but for his company and the people he works with.

As an avid entrepreneur, Buzzy takes his company a step above the rest to offer 24/7 support for his services. He holds a master’s degree in Education from Chapman University in Orange, CA. He is a member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), Concerned CRAs, and both the national Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and local Eastern Iowa Human Resources Association (EIHRA) chapter. Buzzy, his wife, Sheree, and his children, Kelsee, Kyle and daughter-in-law Amy, are all devoted Hawkeye fans.

Designing Winning Teams
Scott Burgmeyer

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All organizations have teams and strategies – some crush it, while others may struggle – even in the SAME organization!!  On average senior leaders agree on just 70% of the strategic goals.  This misalignment can create chaos at the bottom resulting in organizations not achieving their strategic goals, disengagement, turn over and less than optimal results. 

Join this session to learn how self-awareness – Organizational Impact Awareness and Strategy are interconnected and tactics to take for your team and organization that will boost your overall performance.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discover how self-awareness, Organizational Impact Awareness and Strategy are interconnected
  2. Identify the type of strategy you are working to implement on your team/organization
  3. Outline tactics you can take to align people, teams and strategy.
  4. Predict the impact of implementing tactics for your organization

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector


Founder & CEO
Creative Solutions Group

Scott is a Leadership, Excellence, Lean, Six Sigma & Baldrige Guru, is the founder & CEO of Creative Solutions Group. For over 30 years, Scott has worked and consulted in manufacturing, technology, education, finance and health care industries. Scott has held Quality Manager, CI Manager, Human Resources & Talent Director, SVP Quality & Improvement, and Chief Improvement Officer titles.

As a Master Black Belt and creator of The DMAIC Way®, Scott’s goal is for everyone to Make it Better! Make it Stick!

BREAK: 2:00 PM – 2:15 PM

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Avoiding Pitfalls in Your Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives
Frances Haas

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We all understand there is a business case to be made for promoting diversity and inclusion in our organizations. What sometimes surprises us are the hidden liability issues that arise or relate to diversity and inclusion initiatives. Understanding these issues will help organizations work strategically toward diversity and inclusion initiatives that minimize risk and enhance the important work on diversity and inclusion.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the value of diversity initiatives from a legal perspective
  2. Understand there can be hidden liability traps in diversity and inclusion initiatives for the unwary.
  3. Using what we’ve learned about other diversity initiatives that went sideways for other employers.
  4. Promote diversity and inclusion and minimize risk in your corporate culture.

 

Intended Audience: Private Sector


Shareholder
Nyemaster Goode, P.C.

In her labor and employment practice, Fran Haas encounters a fair share of difficult cases, but in each matter, she’s determined to reach a conclusion that satisfies her clients. “I’m able to handle all the issues my clients might encounter,” she says. “It’s about being resourceful.”

Fran litigates for employers in cases related to harassment, discrimination, retaliation, Family and Medical Leave Act, equal pay, and wrongful termination. She negotiates collective bargaining agreements on behalf of management, as well as other labor disputes. She also takes on higher education cases in matters involving Title IX, Title VII, the Violence Against Women Act, and the Iowa Civil Rights Act. These cases often involve difficult facts relating to sexual misconduct or assault by employees or students—facts that she understands make people uncomfortable. “There are certain ways to handle cases that have delicate issues, and it often requires a soft touch and a lot of nuance,” she says.

While Fran enjoys litigating, she emphasizes consulting before issues arise. Whether she consults through a phone call, conducts in-person training, or reviews policies or anticipated employee terminations, she’s with the client from start to finish. “It’s not just about pointing out the problem but getting them to the finish line so they don’t have to worry about it at all.”

In addition, Fran leads webinars and speaks frequently on employment and higher education issues, with an emphasis on mental health and substance abuse issues in the workplace.

On a daily basis, Fran takes satisfaction in seeing the legal system at work. As a former law clerk for a federal judge, Fran saw firsthand how the court provides an important service to citizens, something that drives her in her practice. “It’s very rewarding to me when the system works the way it should and we get the outcome for the client,” she says. “It’s not just winning but being part of a process that works.”

Embracing the Informal:  Healthy teams.  Healthy culture.  Healthy bottom line.
Bill Dean

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As organizations are focusing on and feverishly trying to keep up with recruitment strategies, more efficient onboarding plans, and finding the perfect retention program, we are losing focus on the core of the business. In this session, we will touch on organizational dynamics, understand how normative gaps can catapult or cripple an organization, and support the idea that task & process can work hand in hand to maximize outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will gain a basic understanding of the 6 points of emphasis and their impact on an organization (Onboarding)
  2. Participants will better understand how to identify organizational gaps and how to positively impact its structure (Team(s) focus)
  3. Participants will better understand Task vs. Process. How to create a culture of coexistence (Professional development)

 

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector


Owner
COSMH, LLC (Can’t Out Scheme Mental Health)

Bill Dean founded COSMH, LLC in January of 2021.  COSMH focuses on helping organizations identify their system gaps between the formal & informal.  COSMH supports organizations in creating a seamless process in recruiting, to onboarding through retention focus areas.  This approach allows leadership teams to achieve maximum outcomes while focusing on the business and minimizing daily process challenges.

In Bill’s first 24-year career he was an accomplished senior executive across the Behavioral Health & Healthcare industries.  Areas of expertise & focus included: YOY growth, customer service, operations management, team development & change management.

Bill is a husband, father of 3 (one golden retriever), and lifelong coach…#KeepPracticing is more than a hashtag to Bill & COSMH, it’s an engrained way of life that supports maximizing each day!!!

Understand the Concept of Servant Leadership as a Guiding Leadership Principle
Ralph Mason

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Servant Leadership has been defined as a desire to serve. By studying “what you do” and “why you do it” organizations can address and develop the tools necessary to understand their leaders (or themselves) from the perspective of Servant Leadership. Learn to incorporate Servant Leadership into a sustainable strategy, this session will raise Servant Leadership from a concept to a strategic organizational strategy.

Learning Objectives:

  1. While every organization has its systems and procedures (which will change over time), the core concepts of Servant leadership are timeless.
  2. The bottom-line results of reduced attrition, increased productivity, increased employee satisfaction and increased profitability will take care of themselves if you drive the higher level, essential concepts of Servant Leadership.
  3. To encourage your leadership by providing them with the tools they need to be successful emerging as Servant Leaders. Including the 5 levels of Leadership.
  4. Understand the concept of Servant Leadership as a guiding leadership principle.

 

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector


CEO
Positive Zone Corporation

For the last 25 years, Ralph Mason has served as the Lead Presenter and CEO of The Positive Zone Corporation.  As a professional speaker, trainer, edutainment specialist, entrepreneur, musician, and Notary Public for the State of Missouri.   Mr.  Mason uses his extensive skillset to engage and elevate corporations and educational institutions.  He has authored the inspirational books Ralphisms: A Short Book of Quotes and Affirmations and Diffusing Bullying in the Board Room and School Yard, which both intend to help these organizations move from good to great.  Hire Mr. Mason to help support your vision and mission; you will be pleased and feel professionally connected.  Mr. Mason knows that there is no I in TEAM, but there is an I in WIN.  His interactive speaking engagements illustrate how if we all play as a team, we will always win.

Networking with Style
Todd McDonald & Danny Beyer

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Networking is easier than you think! Danny Beyer of Iron Horse Wealth Management and author of “The Ties that Bind: Networking with Style” joins Todd McDonald, ATW Training Solutions for this interactive session to show how easy it is to network no matter how comfortable, or uncomfortable, you are with it. Learn how to move beyond boring small talk and build relationships that will result in both professional and personal success.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify when and where you network
  2. Recognize the personal and professional benefits of networking
  3. Explore “the skills” for networking and utilize them whether in person, virtually or when using social media

 

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector


Todd McDonald
President

ATW Training Solutions

Todd McDonald has been a community and business leader for over 30 years. From 1989-1998 McDonald served as Vice-President of Research, Marketing and Sales for American Media, Inc., ultimately becoming Executive Vice President from 1995-1998. In 1998, McDonald founded his own training and development firm, ATW Training Solutions, Inc. ATW provides tailored training solutions to clients on a local, national and international basis. Todd is also owner of New Horizons Computer Learning Center of Des Moines.

Thought of as being results-oriented, some of McDonald’s other accomplishments include:

  • Developing and delivering training programs and speeches to audiences throughout the world on topics such as teamwork, customer service, change management, communication, time utilization, and leadership.
  • Assisting organizations in development of strategic initiatives and plans in industries such as banking, finance, manufacturing, insurance, hospitality and education.
  • Authoring two books: one on communication between managers and their employees, “I Wish You Would Just…” and the other on time management, “How to Find 100 Extra Minutes a Day.”
  • Assisting in the development of the training and development profession through volunteering on ATD committees on a local and national basis. He has been a National Advisor for Chapters for ATD, served on two International Conference planning committees and was named Volunteer of Year on a national level.

Currently McDonald serves on the Board of Directors for the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, Iowa Entrepreneurs Association, Waukee Betterment Foundation and Urbandale Chamber of Commerce. He is also on the Advisory Committee of the Ken Blanchard Companies.


Danny Beyer
Partner
Iron Horse Wealth Management LLC

Danny Beyer is a networking specialist and bow tie aficionado. He has achieved both professional and personal success thanks to the network and people in his life.  His book, “The Ties that Bind:  Networking with Style” was published in 2015.

Danny is a keynote speaker on networking and building relationships. He has been a contributor to the Business Record and DSM Magazine.  In 2013 he was chosen as the Amy Jennings Young Professional of the Year through the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s Young Professionals Connection and was selected to the 2014 Business Record 40 Under 40 group.  In 2015 he was elected to the Dallas Center City Council and was recently elected Mayor.  In 2021 he became a partner at Iron Horse Wealth Management.

Globalization & Ethics -What this Means to Iowa Businesses
Tyler Coe

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Due in large part to advancements in technology, transportation, and trade, businesses now operate in an ever-expanding global economy, where communities and countries rely on one another to buy and sell needed goods and services. While many believe that globalization produces more opportunities for businesses to expand, grow, and profit, others have witnessed tremendous inequalities, harsh working conditions, and the environmental impact of globalization. This course examines the qualities of globalization and the issues and ethical challenges that can arise when businesses and organizations participate in the global economy.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Overview of globalization
  2. Issues and ethical challenges to participating in a global economy
  3. What it means to Iowa businesses, specifically HR professionals

 

Intended Audience: Private Sector


Shareholder
Dentons Davis Brown

Tyler Coe is a family lawyer known for his honest guidance, approachable demeanor, and high-conflict cases. Tyler emphasizes collaboration and communication to understand and unravel his client’s often complicated situations, relationships, and work toward the best possible outcome for each client.

Tyler is experienced in managing cases involving divorce, child custody, modifications, and high conflict disputes. He is adept with the unique needs and issues that arise in a mid-to-high asset divorce. He routinely represents young professionals, established professionals, business owners, executives, and stay-at-home spouses.

He assists in matters involving children and can help establish plans that prepare for their future. Tyler also understands that family frequently includes pets, and the issues families face regarding custody.

Tyler focuses his practice on his client’s personal needs they may have both during and after dissolution. He often works closely with clients’ financial advisors, accountants, and therapists to provide a full spectrum of services and assistance.

Optimization Manifesto
Scott Burgmeyer & Tammy Rogers

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Most organizations have a set point. A place where they COMFORTABLY get work done. It is the place and pace that the organization has become accustomed to. It is what we do and how we do it. It is our comfort zone. And while we may want to reject this idea: when we are in our comfort zones, we’re complacent. We’ve embraced the status quo and then we begin to justify the status quo.

“Our numbers aren’t awesome – but they are good enough.”

“Our staff may be disengaged and indifferent – but at least they show up.”

“We may not be pushing the envelope – but we’re paying the bills.”

In that moment, the WAY the organization does things seems very appealing. In fact: the systems, processes, people, and even the organization itself is fighting to remain the same. The problem however is that maintaining the status quo is the riskiest thing an organization can do!

The Optimization Manifesto: 

  1. Describes the key skills sets and methodologies that eliminate organizational complacency.
  2. Illustrates how to bake optimization into the fabric of the organization.
  3. Explains how an organization can level up – day after day, month after month, and year after year.
  4. Clarifies how an organization can BE more and DO more with the resources it has RIGHT NOW – all without creating chaos.

 

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector


Scott Burgmeyer
Founder & CEO
Creative Solutions Group

Scott is a Leadership, Excellence, Lean, Six Sigma & Baldrige Guru, is the founder & CEO of Creative Solutions Group. For over 30 years, Scott has worked and consulted in manufacturing, technology, education, finance and health care industries. Scott has held Quality Manager, CI Manager, Human Resources & Talent Director, SVP Quality & Improvement, and Chief Improvement Officer titles.

As a Master Black Belt and creator of The DMAIC Way®, Scott’s goal is for everyone to Make it Better! Make it Stick!

 

 


Tammy Rogers
Certified Coach
Aveea Partners

Tammy Rogers is best known for helping leaders experience “Aha” moments in order to develop new ways of thinking, new attitudes and new behaviors that transfer to the real world.

Tammy is a certified coach. She’s been instrumental in nine business start-ups. She’s held Vice President titles in both Human Resources and Operations – and has had the opportunity to lead more than 200 employees in remote offices from Boston to Los Angeles and Minneapolis to Atlanta.

Tammy has written more than 50 internationally distributed training programs. She has worked with best-selling authors like James Autry and Bob Nelson. And she has partnered with hundreds of companies – both large and small – to help them improve results through the building of people, processes and procedures.

BREAK: 3:15 PM – 3:30 PM

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Global Mobility & Immigration Compliance Trends for HR and Legal Corporate Leaders
Danielle Atchison

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In this presentation, we will walk through the top labor and employment law immigration issues we are seeing in the current immigration climate. This presentation will examine the latest coming from the White House on proclamations and executive orders affecting U.S. immigration. We will discuss the status of consulates, ICE worksite enforcement, work visas, and DOJ enforcement against employers. The goal of the presentation is to bring to light the latest updates and potential future changes in the U.S. immigration system.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Big 3 trends in global mobility & immigration compliance.
  2. Business goals, strategic thinking, threats, and opportunities.
  3. Checklists and Takeaways.

 

Intended Audience: Private Sector


Business Immigration Attorney
Midivani Corporate Immigration Compliance Institute

Danielle practices in corporate immigration law. She assists employers with immigration compliance plans, policies and procedures, I-9 audits, E-Verify compliance, and immigration related defense from ICE worksite enforcement investigations. Danielle assists the firm’s clients with visas for international personnel, investors, and executives, including E-1, E-2, L-1, H-1B, P, O visas, and employment-based green cards.

Disability Discrimination Claims in Iowa
Ryan Stefani

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This presentation offers an overview of disability discrimination claims in Iowa, including both traditional disability discrimination and failure-to-accommodate claims. The speaker will incorporate lessons from his experience in representing employers in defense of these claims to assist HR professionals in understanding and mitigating the risks associated with these claims on the front end.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the elements of disability discrimination claims in Iowa.
  2. Gain a better understanding of potential strategies to mitigate risks associated with disability discrimination claims.
  3. Gain some insight into the ways in which COVID may be treated as a disability under the ADA.

 

Intended Audience: Private Sector


Attorney
Nyemaster Goode, P.C.

Crafting an argument for the court—especially one that ultimately wins the day for his client—is one of the most satisfying elements of Ryan Stefani’s practice. “What is the most fulfilling and meaningful to me is being able to take a client’s problems and craft a very thoughtful and well-reasoned argument to the court,” Ryan says, “I particularly enjoy writing briefs that are easy to understand in a way that is persuasive, logical, and easy to follow.”

That’s valuable in his intellectual property litigation practice. Ryan helps clients protect their intellectual property through patent and trademark litigation, and he has assisted with IP litigation in federal courts around the country. Ryan has assisted clients to obtain dozens of consent judgments against patentand trademark-infringing defendants. Ryan also helps clients protect their trade secrets and other confidential information from disclosure in open records requests. In addition in his labor and employment practice work, Ryan assists employers who face discrimination claims from current employees, former employees, and job applicants.

Although Ryan comes from a family of lawyers, that wasn’t the only reason he decided the law was the right career path. An in-depth conversation with a mentor and successful businessman guided Ryan to law school. It turned out to be the right fit and exactly what he wanted to do.

He’s used his law degree and an undergraduate communication degree as strong foundations for his approach to the law, and Ryan has also applied elements he’s learned from an unexpected source: comedy.

“I think to be really successful, the best comedians are usually very smart and clever and witty,” Ryan says. “That, I think, feeds into effective communication and effective delivery in public speaking settings.”

While he takes the law and its practice seriously, Ryan also makes sure to apply the principles of effective communication to his work with thoughtful, logical arguments that help his clients’ cases succeed.

The Heard and the Heard-Nots: The Impact of Listening at Work
Erika Sandoval

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According to global research from The Workforce Institute at UKG, four in five employees feel that not all colleagues are heard equally, and one in three would rather quit than speak up about challenges and common concerns that keep them from performing at their highest levels. Where have organizations dropped the ball on this important exercise? And which employees are most at risk of not being heard? Employee listening extends well beyond annual engagement surveys. For high-performing organizations, it’s a daily activity for people managers and executive leadership alike that is core to a great employee experience.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn why the voice of the employee is central to an engaged workforce with a strong sense of belonging
  2. Discover which employees do and do not feel heard today, and who wants to be heard more going forward
  3. Develop strategies to create a culture of listening that supports retention and drives individual and organizational performance

 

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector


Partner
HCM Advisory Group at UKG

Erika Sandoval (she/ella) is a Partner, for the HCM Advisory Group at UKG. She brings a strong background in DEI, HR, organizational and professional development, and facilitation and consulting. Erika is passionate about helping organizations through strategic and inclusive workplace initiatives to improve and enhance the employee experience in global workplace environments. Having lived and worked in North America, South America, Europe and Asia, Erika has over a decade of experience in providing guidance in cross cultural complexities impacting organizations while driving business success. Outside of work, Erika is an active volunteer and mentor in various spaces that elevate and bring underrepresented voices to cultivate positive social change.

Erika holds various DEI and training certificates, and she received an MSc in Human Rights Law from the University of Birmingham in the U.K.

The Clear Advantage: Why Clarity is a Leader’s #1 Asset
Crystal Neubauer

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The absence of clarity in the workplace results in confusion, conflict, unnecessary mistakes and rework, and high turnover. On the contrary, organizations that prioritize clarity see increases in engagement, commitment, productivity, and morale. This presentation teaches leaders how to create clarity for their teams and organization in practical ways.

Learning Objectives:

  1. The importance of leading with clarity
  2. Common obstacles of clarity, such as complexity and ambiguity, and how to overcome them
  3. “Clear” action steps for how to create clarity that can be implemented right away

 

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector


Speaker and Author
Growing Forward, LLC

Crystal is fiercely passionate about helping individuals, teams, and organizations get “unstuck” so they can fulfill their potential. She brings more than 20 years of training and speaking experience. In addition, she has 15 years of leadership experience which includes the oversight of training departments, event planning teams, and non-profit volunteers. Her experience in the corporate world involves the development and implementation of successful leadership development programs from the ground up.

She released her first book, “Unstuck: Overcoming the Thresholds that Limit Us” in December of 2020. She is currently writing a leadership book with an anticipated release date in mid-2022.

Crystal is a sought-after speaker for corporate conferences, association conferences, retreats, training workshops, and leadership events and has been a featured speaker on webinars, podcasts, and virtual events.

Her many years of leadership experience in financial services, ministry, and education provide her with a wealth of experiences, insight, and knowledge. In addition to holding a bachelor’s degree in theology, Crystal is also a Registered Corporate Coach (RCC™) and a Certified Professional in Training and Development (CPTD).

Power, Privilege, Leadership & More
Daniel Zinnel

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In this session, participants will reflect on their own experiences and identities as a starting point. Participants will then learn about best practices and tools related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and how to guide your organization to identify and leverage their privilege and power for good. This session will assist you with developing an integrated diversity strategy and implementing it throughout your organization. We will review the “why,” discuss the ROI of a strong DEI program and how it will ultimately affect your organization’s bottom line.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine experiences and identities that have shaped your worldview.
  2. Understand privilege.
  3. Learn best practices on how to use privilege and power for good.
  4. Plan for the future on how to use privilege and power.
  5. Strategically examine, develop, or revise your DEI plans to incorporate throughout your organization and review ways to move DEI to positively affect not only your workforce but also your organization’s balance sheet.

 

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector


President and Founder
Growth & Joy

Dr. Daniel Zinnel is a facilitator, speaker, and learner. Authenticity, intentionality, humility, compassion, and joy are his leadership values. In 2020, he launched Growth and Joy, LLC to help individuals, businesses, and organizations develop proactive, practical, and purposeful leaders. He has trained and spoken to over twenty thousand individuals on a variety of topics including leadership, power and privilege, LGBTQ inclusion, and building your personal brand. Daniel was previously on faculty as an adjunct at Des Moines University and Iowa Central Community College. He developed One Iowa’s LGBTQ Leadership Institute, was part of a team that created the 4Equity Tool, and has previously served on the curriculum committee of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute. Daniel has over 10 years of nonprofit administration and leadership including currently serving as the CEO of Proteus, Inc. and previously as the Executive Director of One Iowa. He serves as Tri-Chair of the Social Capital within Capital Crossroads, Vice Chair of the John Stoddard Cancer Center, Vice Chair of the Iowa Primary Care Association, and is on a variety of other community boards and advisory councils.

What’s Next with Wellbeing
Leia Spoor

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The past two years have led organizations to pause and reset on many initiatives, including wellbeing. This session will provide insights into the future of well-being and what employers will want to consider to help manage their health of their people.

Employers will leave with understanding of the hottest trends – from fads to forever, how to determine your organization and individual’s specific needs, and how to measure what’s really working in your population.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Hottest trends – from fads to forever
  2. How to determine your organization and individuals’ specific needs
  3. How to measure what’s really working in your population

 

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector


Sr. Clinical Consultant/Shareholder
Holmes Murphy & Associates

Leia Spoor joined Holmes Murphy in 2019 as Senior Clinical Consultant. In her role, Leia is a resource for all the EB clients and works closely with our Clinical Learning and Understanding Engine (CLUE).  She is responsible for bringing disease-specific reporting to approach data from a new perspective to drive decision-making and identify interventions that will have impact for clients.

Prior to joining Holmes Murphy, Leia was Director of Health and Wellness at Baylor Scott & White Health. At Baylor, she was responsible for developing the first comprehensive wellness program for the organization, achieving measurable results and numerous national recognitions for its success in improving health in the lives of employees and family members. Leia is also one of the Top 100 Wellbeing Leaders for the Corporate Health & Wellness Association.

Leia earned her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science and Master of Public Health from Texas A&M University. She is also a Diplomate from the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine. Active in her community, Leia is a member of many clubs and organizations related to her church and children’s school. In her time outside of work, she enjoys traveling to Costa Rica and spending time with family and friends.