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Conference Schedule: Thursday, April 8, 2021

Thursday, April 8th

TIME

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION – CONNECTING THE WORKPLACE AND LIFE THROUGH F.U.N.
Paul Long

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

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Organizations around the globe are challenged right now to create engaging experiences in a society heavily dependent on virtual interactions. Speaker, author, podcaster and master of shenanigans, Paul Long leverages his concept of “Fundamism” to deliver a live keynote, virtual experience or workshop unlike anything you’ve experienced before.

Paul’s message will lead you through a wealth of emotions as you laugh, think, and have FUN as a team. Through his FUNdamentals, Paul will empower you to make strides in improving your quality of life at home and work. When applied, these tactical behaviors are proven to create more joy, FUN and fulfillment in life while improving key performance indicators like customer experience, employee engagement, performance and a whole host of others.

At a time where society appears to be more focused on what’s not working as opposed to what is, embrace the opportunity to experience “what’s GOOD!”

Learning Objectives:

  1. Outline core behaviors that aid in creating a purpose driven life at home and in the office while maximizing fulfillment
  2. How to maximize communication effectiveness through specific FUNdamentals that aid in creating more meaningful interactions
  3. Driving resiliency through change by identifying tactical ways to embrace awkward moments and thriving in uncertainty

 

Intended Audience: Intended Audience: Private Sector/Public Sector


Speaker
L1FE, LLC

Paul J Long travels the world delivering high-content keynotes and training to Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and trade associations. His engaging, inspirational and unbridled energetic style is unlike any speaker you’ve experienced before. Paul’s thought-provoking content, tactical solutions for growth and humor that rivals that of a stand-up comedian consistently generates feedback from participants.

Paul is the author of Fundamism: Connecting to Life Through F.U.N. which guides you on how to live your whole life—at work and at home—with FUN, joy, and fulfillment as the driving force. The book does so through Paul’s entertaining real-life stories, researched-based recommendations, and practical exercises.

Engage in transformation and connect to life through F.U.N. (an acronym used to drive individual and organizational improvement). Laugh and learn in Paul’s sessions while solidifying your foundation, understanding of others and identifying next steps to maximize fulfillment!

Paul will have your attendees engaged with humor and FUN from the beginning to the end. Not only are his presentations engaging and interactive, he leaves audiences thinking about how to change their mind and heart to lead more fulfilling lives.

He is a top-rated speaker at every event and consistently receives high marks by attendees, meeting professionals, and organizational leaders. He focuses on connecting with the attendees and creating a message that is customized specifically for your group and industry.

Paul challenges audiences to move beyond the traditional avenues of achieving happiness — money, title, status — and develop their own core values that create fulfillment.

If you are looking to create inspiring energy at your event, attendees and meeting planners will attest that Paul’s presentation will leave you feeling upbeat, inspired and leaving with tools to improve quality of life both at home and in the workplace

BREAK: 9:00 AM – 9:15 AM

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

Approved for 1.0 Legal Credit

The Fundamentals of an Ethical Workplace Investigation
Mary Funk

Intended Audience: Private Sector/Public Sector

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In the middle of a pandemic, you are called upon to conduct a simple workplace investigation. Easy, right? You hope it won’t take too long…you need to get back to answering all those FFCRA questions. Fast forward two years…you are being deposed by the attorney of a former employee – the harasser you decided to fire. The attorney focuses on YOU as the inept investigator, not the facts that justified termination. You are criticized for not knowing what witnesses said about key issues because your notes either aren’t clear or you don’t have the recording any longer, or you failed to make a credibility determination, or you are being accused of being biased or not sufficiently skilled. It is time to get back to basics. In this session, you will identify top mistakes investigators make and how to avoid them, determine who the right investigator will be and why that matters, receive tips on how to conduct a thorough interview even with an uncooperative witness and understand the practical techniques for documenting information and preparing a report. All while considering proper attention to the numerous ethical issues confronting the investigator in the workplace.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify top mistakes investigators make and how to avoid them
  2. Determine who the right investigator will be and why that matters, depending on the investigation, privilege, confidentiality
  3. Identify tips on how to conduct a thorough interview even with uncooperative witnesses
  4. Understand practical techniques for documenting information and preparing a written report
  5. Work through the stages of an investigation, the challenges presented by each, and the best practices for conducting lawful investigations while keeping the ethics of the investigation in mind.

 

Intended Audience: Private Sector/Public Sector


Attorney
Nyemaster Goode, P.C.

Mary E. Funk is a shareholder with Nyemaster Goode, P.C., handling almost exclusively employment and labor matters. She litigates on behalf of management in state and federal courts, administrative agencies and before arbitrators concerning employment contract disputes; sexual harassment; race, sex, age, national origin and disability discrimination; wrongful termination; Family and Medical Leave Act; Fair Labor Standards Act; non-compete agreements; and unemployment. In addition to litigating cases, Mary proactively counsels clients on issues such as hiring and firing, drug testing and policies, harassment and discrimination investigations, employment policies, wage and hour issues, employee leave issues, and company handbooks. She also negotiates collectively bargained contracts and drafts corporate documents related to employment such as contracts, non-compete agreements, policies and procedures, company handbooks, and settlement agreements and releases.

Mary is a native of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, and a 1995 graduate with distinction of the University of Iowa College of Law. During law school, Mary served as a Note and Comment Editor for the Iowa Law Review. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Drake University, graduating magna cum laude, in 1992.

Approved for 1.0 Insurance Credit

Account Based Health Plans
Barbara Barenholtz Present / Nate Brolliar

Intended Audience: Private Sector/Public Sector

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Health Savings Accounts and HSA-qualified health plans have grown exponentially in the last several years and most experts agree that the rate of growth will continue to increase under health reform. The number of client questions about these tax advantaged accounts will almost certainly increase as well. This course is designed to provide agents with the information they need. The highlight of the presentation will be the examples we will run through to make sure attendees understand the eligibility and contribution rules as well as the frequently and not-so-frequently asked questions about account-based health plans HSAs, HRAs & FSAs.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn the basics of HSA, HRA, FSA and LPFSA
  2. Understand the eligibility and contribution rules for each account
  3. Understand the tax benefit of each account
  4. Compare the advantages and disadvantages for employers and employees

 

Intended Audience: Public Sector


Barbara Barenholtz Present
Vice President Enterprise Sales
HealthEquity

Barbara joined HealthEquity in 2019 and is currently the Vice President, Enterprise Sales for the Central Region with responsibility for Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. Barbara specializes in all consumer-driven benefits administration including health savings accounts (HSA), flexible savings accounts (FSA), commuter benefits, integrated retirement accounts, and COBRA administration.

With over 20 years of industry-related experience working with insurance brokers, financial consultants, employer groups and employees, she helps to implement employee benefits accounts with a deep knowledge of consumer-directed healthcare. Prior to joining HealthEquity, Barbara spent 22 years with ADP in a variety of payroll, HCM and benefit administration roles.

Barbara is graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia. She resides in St. Louis,
MO with her husband, two children and dog.

 



Nate Brolliar
Regional Sales Director
HealthEquity

Nate joined HealthEquity in 2018 and is currently the Regional Sales Director in the states of Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Nate specializes in consumer-direct benefits including health savings accounts (HSA), flexible savings accounts (FSA), health reimbursement arrangements (HRA) and COBRA administration.

Nate retains a close working relationship with the employer benefits community, serving as a liaison between clients, health plan providers, and the broker community. Nate has 8 years of industry experience. Prior to joining HealthEquity, he worked at ADP helping small to mid-market clients streamline and integrate their human capital management systems.

Nate is a graduate of Bellevue University. He resides in Omaha, NE with his wife, two boys, and yellow lab.

Activate your Genius Mode – How to have better ideas and implement them
David Dubczak

Intended Audience: Private Sector/Public Sector

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The top CEOs agree: a creative workforce is their biggest asset. But most people don’t have the tools to be creative, and many think they’re just simply not creative people.

The good news is there are tools, proven to work over decades, that can help anyone think creatively! We’ll use the Creativity Formula to evaluate our workplace’s ability to promote creativity and learn to use the Creative Problem-Solving Process to solve our biggest problems and learn from our failures – Activate our Genius Mode!

Learning Objectives

Participants in this seminar will be able to:

  1. Understand the difference between intentional and accidental creativity.
  2. Evaluate their workplace’s creative environment using the Creativity Formula.
  3. Implement changes to their environment and thinking habits by boosting elements of the Creativity Formula.
  4. Use the Creative Problem-Solving Process to define problems, generate solutions, and then develop and implement those solutions.

 

Intended Audience: Private Sector/Public Sector


Creativity Coach
Creative Dave/Conjunction Media

David Dubczak, a.k.a Creative Dave, loves helping people be more creative. He believes everyone has their own secret “Genius Mode,” and creative thinking is the key to unlocking it.
As a coach and consultant, his passion is teaching people let their minds explore possibilities. “The way we do things” is the enemy of progress, and turning problems into possibilities opens the door to innovation.

David is also an award-winning playwright, and his video productions have won several awards with organizations such as the Iowa Motion Picture Association, Broadway World, and the Festigious International Film Festival Los Angeles.

David earned his Bachelor of Science in Education at Drake University, and his Master of Education in Instructional Design and Technology at Iowa State University. He loves to speak and workshop on creativity and productive failure.

Book him at CreativeDave.net, and see his other productions at ConjunctionMedia.com

Surge Capacity, Perseverance, and Moving Forward After a Year of Unbelievable Stress and Disaster(s)
Jason Haglund / Renee Schulte

Intended Audience: Private Sector/Public Sector

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The compounding trauma of the pandemic and other natural disasters have continued to increase stress, anxiety, depression, and disruption for many.  As we reflect on the past year of turmoil, change, innovation, and opportunity how has your business capitalized?  Your number one asset is your employees!  Have you taken advantage of this opportunity to invest in people, increase mental health literacy, support emotional wellbeing, and make wellness a priority. Join us to hear about the important return on investment in putting people first and talking about “it” in the workplace.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize the impact of long-term stress in the workplace
  2. Identify the importance of mental health literacy in the aftermath of major disasters
  3. How do you foster resilience of each and every employee
  4. Assess how your workplace culture has changed over the course of the past year and what you can expect in the next year

 

Intended Audience: Private Sector/Public Sector


Jason Haglund
Ag Rural Mental Health & Addiction Specialty Coordinator
COVID Recovery Iowa

Haglund is a fifth generation Iowa farmer and co-owns the Boone County-based Hickory Grove Family Farm, where he and his family oversee nearly 500 acres of corn, soybeans, hops, and aquaculture. Haglund, a behavioral health subject matter and systems expert based in Story City, develops and delivers educational trainings on suicide prevention, mental illness, addiction, behavioral health policy and youth development.

Haglund is a motivated and proven leader within the behavioral healthcare field and was recently elected to his second year as the co-chair of the State Medical Assistance Advisory Council. Having recently launched Haglund Consulting, LLC., Haglund believes he can make a difference by doing his part in impacting systems and creating change through educating policy makers, businesses, and communities on the impact of wellness, behavioral healthcare reform, stigma, and related policies.  Haglund regularly provides consultation, education, and guidance on behavioral healthcare system implementation, design, and quality improvement.

Haglund earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa and his master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania.  Haglund is a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor (CDAC) and is authorized to deliver numerous nationally recognized evidenced based trainings.

 


Workforce Specialty Coordinator
COVID Recovery Iowa

Renee Schulte has over 20 years of leadership experience in the mental health field at the national, state, and provider levels. Her work in the public and private sectors has given her a unique understanding of the complexities in this area. Renee is nationally recognized for her expertise in behavioral health policy, system design, policy and financial analysis, and strategic consulting. As a licensed mental health therapist, Renee has worked in many levels of care including psychiatric hospital, child welfare, and therapeutic foster care. As a legislator, she spearheaded the passage of mental health redesign in Iowa. She began Schulte Consulting, LLC in 2012. As a consultant she has worked with multiple states creating strategic plans, legislation and regulations. She has also used her expertise and unique background in government relations and consulting for both non-profit and for-profit providers of healthcare services. She is presently working as the Specialty Coordinator for Workforce: Essential/Non-Essential, and unemployed for Covid Recovery Iowa. She and her husband, Brent reside in Urbandale, Iowa.

VENDOR NETWORKING: 10:15 AM – 11:00 AM

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Approved for 1.0 Insurance Credit
Approved for 1.0 Legal Credit

Navigating Complex Return to Work Situations: Pandemic Issues and Beyond
Elizabeth Coonan

Intended Audience: Private Sector/Public Sector

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Learning Objectives:

  1. We will discuss the underpinnings of disability, FMLA, Worker’s Compensation and other laws in the context of return-to-work situations
  2. We will discuss how these laws intersect and the rights employers and employees have with respect returning to work
  3. Using an elemental approach, participants will learn how to analyze these situations while reducing liability
  4. We will also discuss real scenarios

 

Intended Audience: Private Sector/Public Sector


Attorney
Dentons Davis Brown Employment Lawyers

Elizabeth A. Coonan is an employment and immigration lawyer at Dentons Davis Brown. She represents clients across a variety of industries from technology to manufacturing to agriculture and partners with employers of all sizes to find solutions to their workforce-related challenges. She works in the areas of employment, workers’ compensation and business immigration law and assists employers with complex medical return to work situations, policy development and enforcement, restrictive covenants, business visas and compliance with immigration laws, litigation and workers’ compensation strategy and conducts trainings on topics including drug testing, harassment and FMLA.

Elizabeth also counsels clients regarding discipline and termination situations and compliance with local, state and federal employment and civil rights laws and regulations. She represents clients in proceedings in front of various courts and administrative bodies including the Iowa Civil Rights Commission and the Iowa Division of Workers’ Compensation. Elizabeth also assists clients in dispute resolution using alternate forums and is a certified mediator. She also serves as an independent investigator for harassment and other claims.

She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Iowa State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section. She is also a member of the Iowa Association of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers and the Polk County Bar Association. She is an editor of the Iowa Human Resource Manual, has been recognized by Chambers USA for her work in Labor & Employment law, has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America® for her work in Workers’ Compensation law and Super Lawyers® in the area of Labor and Employment Law on the management side.

Elizabeth’s community work is focused on mental health and advocating for improved conditions for women and girls across Iowa. She serves as the Chair of the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women and as a member of the Board for the Iowa Department of Human Rights. She is also a member of the Drake University Law School Board of Counselors, the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center Board of Directors, a member of the House of Mercy Board of Directors and a member of the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s Talent Development Board. She also serves on the Iowa Center for Economic Success Strategic Advisory Committee.

Elizabeth received her B.A. in Political Science and B.A. in International Studies from Miami University and received her J.D. with honors from Drake University Law School, where she was an editor of the Drake University Journal of Agricultural Law and served on the Moot Court Board. She is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa and the United States Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Beth joined Dentons Davis Brown in January 2021 after practicing as an employment and immigration partner at BrownWinick law firm and chairing the firm’s Employment Practice Group. Prior to that, Beth practiced exclusively as a litigator with an insurance defense law firm.

 Approved for 1.0 HRCI Global Credit

Global Mobility and Immigration Compliance Trends for HR and Legal Corporate Leaders
Leyla McMullen / Danielle Atchison

Intended Audience: Private Sector/Public Sector

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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.

  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/Public Sector


Business Immigration Attorney
Corporate Immigration Compliance Institute

Leyla Galmarini McMullen practices corporate immigration law with the Mdivani Corporate Immigration Law Firm. Her corporate immigration compliance areas of expertise are internal I-9 audits and immigration compliance training for corporate counsel and HR professionals. Leyla’s global mobility practice covers L-1, H-1B, E-3, O-1, and TN visas for international personnel sought by U.S. employers for their executives, management, and specialty occupation employees, and E-2 visas for entrepreneurs and key personnel. Leyla’s pro bono work includes providing counsel and legal assistance to immigrant survivors of domestic violence and other violent crimes in obtaining legal immigration status through the Mdivani Corporate Immigration Law Firm’s Pro Bono Program. As Spanish is her first language, Leyla’s pro bono work is focused primarily in serving women and children victims from the Hispanic community. In addition to practicing business immigration, Leyla is a certified Diversity & Inclusion/Unconscious Bias speaker and trainer. She recently completed her Diversity and Inclusion certification through Cornell University. Leyla is a member of the Kansas Bar Association’s Diversity Committee, the Hispanic Bar Association of Greater Kansas City, the Hispanic National Bar Association, the Association of Women Lawyers, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

 

 


Business Immigration Attorney
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.

Enable Your Managers for Virtual Leadership
Stephanie Smith

Intended Audience: Private Sector/Public Sector

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Are your managers struggling to be their best in a virtual environment? Are you wondering how you can help them excel? Calling on The Ken Blanchard Companies Leading Virtually™ program materials, ATW will introduce you to three key practices proven to boost manager effectiveness in a virtual environment. Walk away with fresh ideas to help your managers stay connected and increase the effectiveness and productivity of their remote team members.

Objectives:

  1. Sample techniques to help your leaders communicate intentionally, to structure conversations for maximum impact, and to honor each other’s work preferences
  2. Explore ways to help your managers build trusting and supportive relationships that stay positive and involve all their people, using the technology available
  3. Discover ways your leaders can build the resourcefulness and autonomy of staff members and help them move forward in their careers

 

Intended Audience: Private Sector/Public Sector


Training Consultant
ATW Training Solutions

Stephanie Smith is a training professional with over 20 years of training and leadership development experience. She came to ATW from the banking industry where she specialized in both virtual learning and classroom facilitation.

She is skilled in designing and developing management programs that upskill and reskill leaders at all levels. Stephanie is versed in adult learning styles which increases learner engagement and enhances overall comprehension. Stephanie’s ability to work in a fast-paced, agile environment and commitment to building strong partner relationships has proven to lead teams and organizations to success.

Stephanie has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Nebraska Lincoln, College of Business, majoring in Marketing. She enjoys volunteering in the local community and spending time with her family.

START Starting – Learning to reset and move forward in all areas of your life
Katherine O’Keeffe

Intended Audience: Private Sector/Public Sector

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We are experiencing an epidemic of distraction, overstimulation, and disconnect that affects every area of our adult lives. The remedy starts with the individual and expands from there. START-Starting will teach you how your mind works, how to focus and concentrate all day, how to stay on track with your priorities at home and at work and how to transfer those skills to your employees.

You get to decide to the terms! In this talk Katherine O’Keeffe guides audiences to understand the theories of Disconnect/Connection on a personal level and how that impacts all their priorities including: health, finances, relationships, employees and the workplace. Using the patented START-Starting ™ Process you are invited to Move Forward in YOUR LIFE by: Choosing the Vehicle,

Companies that choose to thrive instead of survive have begun to understand that the wellbeing and integrity of their company lies in the alignment of the individual. Nothing can be achieved that is sustainable without alignment, the power of choice, accountability, and ability to create as an individual. In the context of that alignment the individual is offering his/her personal best.

  1. Learn to Use the GPS, and Committing to Your Personal Priorities.
  2. Practical and experiential processes are introduced and practiced throughout the talk.
  3. Audiences will leave with specific tools, follow up references, and as part of a supportive learning community.
  4. Learn the techniques to help management understand the importance of the Start-Starting concept.

WHEN EMPLOYEES OFFER THEIR VERY BEST, EVERYONE BENEFITS!

 

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President
The MENTOR System

Katherine brings a portfolio of experience, humor, and a practical sense of humanity to assist people in all walks of life, with challenges to their creativity, application of innovative thinking, and forward movement in the professional and personal lives. She has developed a process that addresses how the mind works, and how to reset and recalibrate throughout the day. Her ability to align groups with broad goals, find common ground, and move forward is rooted in her belief that the starting line is always with the individual and their ability to understand their mind. Unlocking untapped human potential is her specialty!

LUNCH BREAK: 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Approved for 1.0 Insurance Credit
Approved for 1.0 Legal Credit

Q&A on the legal risks of WFH: identifying and reducing the risks
Frank Harty

Intended Audience: Private Sector

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One hour (40 minutes plus Q&A) on the legal risks of WFH (Work from Home): identifying and reducing the risks. The presentation will highlight the fact that allowing employees to scatter to the virtual winds might subject an employer to numerous new laws. For example, if an employee moves back home with family in California to WFH, is an Iowa employer suddenly “a California employer?!” I’ll quantify and explain worker’s compensation, tax, wage and hour and discrimination risks. I’ll use my Jahncke verses Deere real life experience to explain the fundamentals of employment laws focusing on the actual location of the employee as opposed to language in a contract or policy.

 

Intended Audience: Private Sector


Attorney
Nyemaster Goode, P.C.

Frank Harty put himself through college and law school by playing football and working.

A commitment to professionalism and blue-collar roots—he’s from a family of cops and firefighters—sparked his interest in workplace issues and his specialty in labor and employment litigation. “Next to faith and family, the workplace is the most important part of most lives,” he says.

Frank has tried almost 100 cases to verdict. He regularly represents companies, nonprofit organizations, and institutions of higher learning in day-to-day and complex labor and employment issues.

Employers with litigation or other labor and employment needs can rely on his experience, knowledge, and persistence. Frank is equipped to address a broad range of labor and employment issues. “I’m primarily a trial lawyer who focuses on labor and employment, but I also have an office practice and provide preventive advice that relates to the workplace,” he says.

His passionate desire to win shows in his record of success and his recognition by leading guides such as Chambers USA and Benchmark Litigation. “I like finding ways to win for my clients.” Frank says, “and that might include winning by losing the right way. It might include winning by avoiding a fight. Very often, it includes going to trial and winning at trial.”

Approved for 1.0 HRCI Business Credit

Safety First: The New Cost of Doing Nothing in HR
Julie Develin

Intended Audience: Public Sector/Private Sector

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Abstract: Who could predict that the world of work—and our lives as we knew them—would change so immensely due to the pandemic, and the fallout surrounding it? HR and business leaders have had to rapidly shift strategy and workers have had to adapt to ever changing and uncertain working requirements and environments. This has led to a new set of priorities for HR and business leaders—priorities focused on safety and security, from a physical and psychological perspective. This time has provided many valuable lessons that HR and business professionals can take into the future to mitigate the impact of additional workplace disruptions, assuming the opportunity is seized. Based on shifting expectations, this session will focus on key actions that HR practitioners can take now to improve workplaces and the employee experience. It will explore how there is a new cost of doing nothing in HR from the perspective of not focusing on what matters in terms of assuring safety and security for employees and their families. Now is not a time to be passive. HR is in the spotlight…so it’s time to lead, and act!

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify key elements to focus on regarding your organization’s response to disruption from a safety perspective using the benefit of hindsight.
  2. Understand the significance of proper change management procedures on promoting a safe and healthy company culture.
  3. Learn about the psychological contract and why this is the key to providing a great employee experience.
  4. Reimagine business continuity plans to provide for disruptions to the workforce in the future.
  5. Leverage technology to ensure your business is in line with current trends and expectations in safety and security at work

 

Intended Audience: Private Sector/Public Sector


Sr. Partner, HCM Advisory
UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group)

An expert on employee relations, workplace flexibility, and workforce development, Julie Develin is a Sr. Partner, HCM Advisory at UKG, a global leader in workforce cloud solutions. With more than 17 years of experience as an HR practitioner focused on improving workplace culture and enhancing the employee experience, Develin helps organizations implement strategic employee technology and workplace initiatives to enhance productivity, improve communication, and increase satisfaction across the workforce. Develin holds an M.S. in human resources development from McDaniel College, where she continues to work today as an adjunct professor in the human resources management and human services management programs.

The Resilience Recipe
Tammy Rogers

Intended Audience: Private Sector/Public Sector

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Prior to 2020 burnout had been called the occupational hazard of the 1st century.  Why?

  • The pace of work is increasing
  • The amount of information needed to be successful at work is multiplying
  • Many of us respond to workplace demands – anytime and anywhere

This year has only added fuel to a fire that was already burning.  We’ve all had to face:

  • COVID-19
  • Working from home
  • Returning to work
  • Isolation
  • Racial Injustice
  • Civil Unrest
  • Political divisiveness
  • New job expectations
  • Economic uncertainty

That’s the bad news.  The good news is that resiliency and tenaciousness can be learned and earned.

Come discover the steps you can take – right now – to recover from adversity, bounce back from difficulties, thrive in the midst of chaos, and excel, even under the most difficult circumstances.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the impact of burnout
  2. Discover the steps you can take to recover
  3. Identify your resiliency level

 

Intended Audience: Private Sector/Public Sector


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.

Simple Steps to Achieving Optimal Health & Wellbeing in A Covid-Crazy World!
Dr. Amy Willcockson

Intended Audience: Private Sector/Public Sector

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Are you tired of not getting where you want to go in life or not living the life you love?

Are you tired of not looking and feeling and functioning at your VERY BEST?

Are you ready to have FUN with getting healthy and achieving goals?

Are you ready to learn how to adopt and anchor the habits of health that create lifelong lifestyle transformation… ONCE AND FOR ALL??!!

If you are looking to create optimal health and well-being in your life, come explore the possibilities with Dr. Amy to get healthier during this interactive inspiring presentation. Finish 2020 strong, despite the challenges/obstacles that this global pandemic environment has thrown at us!

Take-aways from investing your time and making YOURSELF a priority to attend:

  1. “Get REAL”: Take stock (honestly) of your current reality… personally and professionally!
  2. “Visioneer” your best life ever! Start to dream about what is possible!
  3. “Create optimal days” and master your micro habits in pursuit of your ultimate goal!
  4. Simple immediate applicable “things to-do-today Take Aways”

Intended Audience: Private Sector/Public Sector


Owner
Happy Health Habits

Dr. Amy Michelle Willcockson, D.C., CCWP, owns the consulting firm, Happy Health Habits, P.C., and is the statewide liaison for Live Healthy Iowa. Since receiving her Doctorate in Chiropractic in 1999, she has been a leading authority of the wellness movement. As a natural health care practitioner at the cutting edge of wellness science, she was among the first in the World to become a Certified Chiropractic Wellness Lifestyle Practitioner and serves on the Council on Wellness Lifestyle Science with The International Chiropractic Association.

Dr. Willcockson is a visionary health and wellness leader whom is gifted in building businesses, leaders and teams. She traveled the state as Director of Live Healthy Iowa from 2016-2018. Since the beginning of her career, she has been a successful doctor, business owner, co-author, coach, consultant, trainer and public speaker in her 20-year career, specializing in prevention education while motivating others to transform their choices and lives.

As chronic illness is the single greatest threat to our country, she is devoted to shifting the culture of society by creating communities of families living wellness lifestyles. Please join her transformation vision during this critical time to help make Iowa the #1 healthiest state!

BREAK: 1:30 PM – 1:45 PM

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Approved for 1.0 Legal Credit

When to Hold Pre- and Post- Discipline Hearings for Public Employers
Hugh Cain, Brent Hinders, Eric Updegraff

Intended Audience: Public Sector

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Learning Objectives:

  1. Public employers are required to hold pre- and post-discipline or deprivation hearings by the United States Constitution and certain Iowa statutes.
  2. The U.S. Constitution requires such hearings when an employee’s property rights or liberty interests are adversely impacted. This presentation will teach public employers how to recognize property rights and liberty interests.
  3. Iowa law requires hearings for certain veterans and peace officers. This presentation will teach public employers who qualifies as a veteran or peace officer and what procedures must be followed.
  4. Law enforcement officers must be provided certain warnings prior to some investigations. This presentation will teach what is a Garrity warning and when it must be given.

Intended Audience: Public Sector


Hugh Cain
Shareholder Attorney
Hopkins & Huebner, P.C.

Hugh Cain is a shareholder at Hopkins & Huebner, P.C.  A graduate of the University of Washington School of Law, he has practiced in the state and federal courts of Iowa since 1983, and primarily works in employment and local government law.

Hugh has litigated legal disputes and advised for Iowa private employers and local governments on a wide variety of employment, civil rights, safety, and wage issues. He has negotiated collective bargaining agreements and assisted local government boards with governance, open meetings, and open records issues. Hugh has substantial experience representing and advising Iowa municipalities regarding city and state code as well as state and federal law compliance.

Hugh is listed as a Super Lawyer in employment law by Super Lawyers magazine and is listed by Best Lawyers in America for employment and municipal law.  Hugh is the past chair of both the Iowa Bar Association’s Employment Law Section and the Government Practice Section.

 

 


Brent Hinders
Shareholder Attorney

Hopkins & Huebner, P.C.

Brent Hinders has been practicing law in Iowa since 2005, and joined Hopkins & Huebner in 2011. A graduate of Simpson College and Drake University Law School, Brent now practices in the areas of labor, employment, criminal, and government law.

Brent is a member of the Iowa State, Polk County and Warren County Bar Associations. He is licensed to practice law in both the state and federal courts, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

Brent has substantial experience in advising boards on legal matters, interpreting ordinances and statutes, writing policies, reviewing and recommending modifications to ordinances, negotiating collective bargaining agreements, representing municipalities in court and has tried numerous jury and non-jury trials.

 

 

 


Eric Updegraff
Shareholder Attorney

Hopkins & Huebner, P.C.

Eric Updegraff has practiced law in Iowa since 2004, and started at Hopkins & Huebner in 2016. A graduate of Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, and the University of Iowa College of Law, Eric primarily practices in workers’ compensation defense, personal injury and employment law.

Eric is admitted to the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Approved for 1.0 HRCI Business Credit

Awareness: Strengths and Blind Spots in the Workplace
Scott Burgmeyer & Tammy Rogers

Intended Audience: Private Sector/Public Sector

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When we drive – we know what our cars can do, and we know where our blind spots are. But do you know the extent of your personal power? And do you know where your professional blind spots are?

Many people do not really know themselves. Carter Cast, professor of business management for the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University says we have “blind spots because most of us have a hard time being objective about ourselves.” In fact, 95% of us BELIEVE we are self-aware. Research, however, proves that only 15% of us are ACTUALLY self-aware.

Isn’t it time to truly identify your personal strengths and blind spots as well as in the corporate setting.

Objectives:

  1. Identify their personal & professional strengths
  2. Identify their personal & professional blind spots
  3. Learn how to maximize their strengths
  4. Learn how to minimize their blind spots

 

Intended Audience: Private Sector/Public Sector


Scott Burgmeyer
Founder & CEO

Creative Solutions Group

Scott Burgmeyer, Leadership Excellence, Quality, 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 QA 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.

Approved for 1.0 Insurance Credit

Employee Benefit Plan Takeaways from COVID-19 Pandemic
Nataliya Boychenko Stone

Intended Audience: Private Sector/ Public Sector

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Our world turned upside down during the pandemic, we have been learning and adjusting for the last year.  Employers have found creative ways to adjust their benefits to help their employees.  Many employers also had to change to the remote workforce and learn how to lead in that environment affectively.  During this session we will touch on many insights and takeaways, as well as discuss how the pandemic may have changed our world of employee engagement and benefits as we know it.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand organizational and employee culture effects from the pandemic
  2. Discuss employee communication challenges and solutions
  3. Take a look at additional benefits employers are introducing as a result of the pandemic
  4. Long-term effects on employee benefit plans from the pandemic

 

Intended Audience: Private Sector/Public Sector


Employee Benefits Consultant, MBA, CEBS
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 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 Finance Chair on the Board of Directors for The Employee and Family Resources and a mentor for some of the most progressive global insurance startup companies through the Global Insurance Accelerator. 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.

Lean 101: Managing Your Processes for Efficiency
Deb Oliver

Intended Audience: Private Sector/Public Sector

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The content of this session includes several critical Lean concepts that will help ALL office employees, regardless of position, see the value of improving their office processes.

Takeaways for attendees from this session are:

  1. Ability to understand and apply Lean principles/concepts.
  2. Understand the importance of Value to your Customer.
  3. Identify the 8 types of deadly Waste within processes.
  4. Ability to share Process Mapping methods (Exercise).

Besides the takeaways listed above, two valuable tools are introduced and demonstrated:

  • SIPOC – assists in seeing your organization as a system (Systems Thinking)
  • RASI Matrix – helps to clarify Roles & Responsibilities within processes

 

Intended Audience: Private Sector/Public Sector


Adjunct Professor
University of Dubuque and Upper Iowa University

Dr. Deb Oliver has a rich history of employment in several different fields of business. Her passion about organizations and management have focused on “why do people do the things they do?”. This passion led her to earn a master’s degree from BYU in Utah in Organizational Behavior in 1996 and a PhD in the field of Organizations and Management PhD in in 2009 from Capella University . After serving as the first MBA Program Director at Mount Mercy University from 2008-2016 and developing the Master of Strategic Leadership degree in 2012, Dr. Oliver returned to earlier employment at the Iowa Quality Center as the Executive Director. Retiring from FT employment in 2019, Dr. Oliver now teaches as an adjunct for evening MBA programs at the University of Dubuque and Upper Iowa University.

BREAK: 2:45 PM – 3:00 PM

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

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Approved for 1.0 Legal Credit

Employment Discrimination: The Law, The Complaint Process, and Case Studies
Holly Corkery / Laura Williams

Intended Audience: Private Sector/Public Sector

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The Program begins with a brief review of applicable federal and state discrimination law. It provides an in-depth analysis of key definitions and real-world considerations. Then, the Program will address best practices and employers’ legal duties when they learn of a discrimination complaint. It will also run through the Iowa Civil Rights Commission (ICRC), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Complaint Processes. Finally, it transitions to judicial review and walks through recent jury verdicts and case law. At each stage, the Program stresses take-aways from real cases that can be applied by employment professionals to avoid liability related to discrimination.

 Participants should gain an increased awareness and understanding of:

  1. federal discrimination statutes, including Title VII and the Americans with Disabilities Act and steps they can take to avoid liability under such statutes;
  2. applicable Iowa discrimination statute, including the Iowa Civil Rights Act and steps they can take to avoid liability under such statutes;
  3. bona fide occupational qualifications; and
  4. the EEOC and ICRC complaint processes.

 

Intended Audience: Private Sector/Public Sector


Attorney, Shareholder
Lynch Dallas, P.C.

Holly Corkery is a shareholder at Lynch Dallas, P.C., in Cedar Rapids. Ms. Corkery received her bachelor’s degree from Coe College in 2009 and graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2012, following which she began practicing with Lynch Dallas, P.C. Ms. Corkery regularly practices in the areas of employment and labor law and general litigation defense for both public and private sector clients. In addition, Ms. Corkery routinely assists public and private employers with internal investigations involving civil rights and employee misconduct allegations.

 

 

 

 


Associate Attorney
Lynch Dallas, P.C.

Ms. Williams is a litigation attorney who practices in the areas of insurance defense, civil litigation, employment law, and municipal law. She represents public clients for matters such as litigation defense, collective bargaining, open records disputes, and open meetings laws. Ms. Williams also works with private sector clients on matters such as workers’ compensation, automobile accidents, and breach of contract.

Approved for 1.0 HRCI Business Credit

The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership
Angie Chapin

Intended Audience: Private Sector/Public Sector

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Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to name The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership
  2. Participants will be able to describe the importance of alignment between values and behaviors
  3. Participants will be able to list the top two characteristics of admired leaders
  4. Participants will be able to implement creative ways to encourage others

Intended Audience: Private Sector/Public Sector


Certified Master Facilitator & Coach
Mindful Leadership

Known across the country for her mastery of content and infectious charisma, Angie Chaplin is a leadership coach, facilitator, consultant, author, and educator with more than two decades of work in organizational leadership and human resources. Angie founded Mindful Becoming LLC and owns Mindful Leadership, a coaching and consulting practice grounded in leadership research and guided by mindful behavior.  She launched the company after returning to her passion and fulfilling her purpose through recovery from alcohol addiction.

As one of only 40 in the country, Angie is a Certified Master Facilitator for the internationally best-selling book The Leadership Challenge©  by Jim Kouzes & Barry Posner, Angie has been endorsed by the authors to facilitate in-person and virtual workshops, coach leaders in the Leadership Practices Inventory©, and deliver The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership©, in academic settings. She is also a contributing author to The Leadership Challenge Workshop Facilitator’s Guide, and The Leadership Challenge Activities Book.

Certified in administering and analyzing DISC behavior assessments, Angie works with leaders at all levels to achieve their goals in strong families, thriving community organizations, successful small businesses, and high-performing companies. Active in recovery communities, Angie also leads alcohol addiction peer support groups as a virtual meeting facilitator and mentor.

Angie earned a master’s degree in strategic communication and leadership from Seton Hall University and holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from Buena Vista University. She is a native of Decorah, raised her family in Waverly, and resides in Marion, with her two sons currently in college at the University of Northern Iowa and University of Iowa.

Reach out to Angie for inquiries on leadership coaching, behavior assessment, leadership workshops, and speaking engagements. She can be reached at angie@angiechaplin.com or 319-404-7357.

Succession Planning that Works
Skye Mercer

Intended Audience: Private Sector/Public Sector

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Succession Planning That Works Identifying future leaders is critical to the success of any organization. As employees continue to change jobs on average less than every 7 years and with future retirements at an all-time high, succession planning is more important now than ever. Succession planning can also be a great way to provide professional development opportunities and advancement for employees at all levels of the organization. In this workshop, participants will receive information and resources to create an effective succession plan.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Deepen your understanding of why succession planning is important and how having a solid succession plan will boost your workplace culture
  2. Learn best practices for creating a people-centered approach to succession planning
  3. Identify the most important steps to creating an effective succession plan
  4. Receive a succession planning template and guidance on how to adapt it to your workplace

 

Intended Audience: Private Sector/Public Sector


HR Consultant/Leadership Coach
Skye HR Consulting, LLC


Skye Mercer, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is an Iowa-based Virtual HR Consultant & Leadership Coach who works with small businesses, nonprofits, and local governments all over the US to help offload the overwhelm of HR and create compliant and drama-free workplaces.

Through working with Skye, you will be guided to a clear HR strategy and roadmap to help you implement streamlined, compliant HR policies and processes so you can shift from reactive HR to proactive, strategic HR. With HR running smoothly, you’ll have more time to focus on your mission, revenue/funding, clients, and the overall success of your organization.

Skye has a Bachelor of Arts in HR Management and a Minor degree in Spanish from Western Washington University, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Arizona State University. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and is a Society for Human Resources Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). She is also a Certified Disability Management Specialist (CDMS), which requires significant expertise with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and workers’ compensation.

Skye is a Small Business Counselor with the Small Business Development Center and has recently been featured on the American Nonprofit Academy’s Nonprofit Show and in SHRM Magazine.

Learn more about Skye at www.skyehrconsulting.com or connect on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/skyemercer/.

Balance Your Conflict
Dr. Jody Janati

Intended Audience: Private Sector/ Public Sector

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Learn 101 things to “say and do” during difficult interactions. Maintain your personal integrity through effective communication strategies that really work. Participants will learn step by step responses to transform difficult conversations. Multiple techniques will be discussed to ensure you can find your voice, maintain wholeness, and go unimpaired while engaging others during difficult interactions. Be cool, calm and collected and set healthy boundaries with others and ultimately find your “Conversation Peace.”

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn to Use Assertive Communication as a Fair and Reasonable Response
  2. Make Use of Effective Assertion Models – 101 Things to Say & Do
  3. During Difficult Interactions – Step by Step Guide to Effective Techniques
  4. Identify the Imbalance of Passive, Aggressive and Passive/Aggressive Communication
  5. Learn Common Control Dramas in Which People Engage

 

Intended Audience: Private Sector/Public Sector


Speaker/Training Consultant
Communication Innovation

Jody Janati has a Doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership, and a Masters degree in Speech Communication. She offers a variety of public and professional workshops on conflict reduction tactics and effective communication skills. During her academic career she worked in various leadership roles, taught for over a decade at both the University of Minnesota and the MN state prison system. She currently trains for numerous organizations throughout the US. Dr. Janati is also the author of six books and DailyOm’s best-selling class, Protect Yourself from Control Dramas. Create Your “MasterPeace.”