Conference Schedule

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Thursday, April 9th

SESSION 5: KEYNOTE PRESENTATION 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Steve Hughes: "Influence: The Art & Science of Changing Minds"

KEYNOTE: Influence: The Art & Science of Changing Minds

How would you like to snap your fingers and instantly your supervisors, associates, in fact all shareholders, would agree with your idea? If only it were that easy. But the good news is that you can dramatically improve your chances for success if you understand how people and organizations make decisions and what causes them to act. This dynamic keynote draws on the latest scientific research and real-world stories to illustrate how you can strategically influence others to see things your way without resorting to manipulation. Best of all, you’ll leave with practical ideas you can apply right away.

Specifically, you will be able to:

1.      Discover the 2 things you must have to win over a skeptical mind.

2.      Utilize the four drivers of persuasion to gain leadership buy-in on your ideas.

3.      Overcome the common mistakes most people make when trying to change someone’s mind.
4.      Leave the conventional wisdom about influence behind. (It doesn’t work anyway.)

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

SESSION 6:  9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

Mary E. Funk: "Top 10 FMLA Issues that Plague You and How to Cope"

Can we allow employees to make up their FMLA time? How much time off must we give after the FMLA expires? What do we do if we think our employee isn’t really sick? If these questions are swirling around in your mind and keeping you up at night, this session can help you rest easier. We will look at what you can and cannot ask an employee, how to address the employee who refuses to turn in the certification, how to ensure your policies and practices are compliant, and best practices for handling intermittent leave. This session will be best suited for those who already have a firm understanding of the FMLA basics.

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 

Michele Brott : "Time is Money: Wage & Hour Common Q&A"

Employment attorney Michele Brott will lead a discussion of updates to the law and use practical examples and hypothetical scenarios to remind/teach attendees how to solve the everyday wage and hour questions.

The session will also cover: 

  1. Classification issues
  2. Overtime
  3. Wage deduction matters

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

Dr. Warren Phillips: "Leveraging Your Stress with Emotional Intelligence"

This presentation provides a unique approach to understanding and handling life stress based on recent research from behavioral and health psychology. We will review research from the American Psychological Association’s Stress in America Survey and address the impact of stress at work and in our daily life. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and apply three sets of powerful Emotionally Intelligent coping skills including skills for self-awareness, self-management, and self-direction to use in their personal lives. This presentation uses multiple teaching styles including didactic presentation, discussion, and hands-on experiential exercise.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define the key characteristics of stress and the top 5 stressors in America
  2. Describe the impact(s) of chronic stress
  3. Describe a “modern” approach to “Leveraging Stress” and how it differs from the “traditional” approach to stress
  4. Use three key skills of self-awareness, self-management, and self-direction to “leverage” your stress into an asset
  5. Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 

Scott Burgmeyer: "Aligning Talent with Strategy"

​What’s your organization’s strategy?

Do you want to drive market penetration and increase market share?   Are you interested in maximizing results?  Do you want to improve innovation and bring new products and services to the market?  Or are you focusing on employee engagement?

Many organizations fail to achieve their objectives because they have not aligned their talent with their strategy.

In this workshop attendees will learn how to:

  1. Reduce friction from misalignment
  2. Simplify how to think through complex talent and strategy questions
  3. Increase employee confidence and improve employee execution
  4. Learn how to maximize their strengths and minimize their weaknesses

 Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

Denise Forney: "Please Understand Me! How to Use the Enneagram as a Tool to Unlock Human Potential"

The Enneagram is a model used to educate nine different personalities exhibited by humans. Among these nine personalities, one is most dominant. Understanding human behavior using the Enneagram Model can help you unlock your own gifts and fine-tune yourself when dealing with others. Similarly, you can better understand the challenges that may hold you back because of your dominant personality traits.

During this session participants will learn:

  1. The theoretical framework on which the Enneagram is based and how the pieces fit together
  2. The key features of the nine styles: what they look, sound, & feel like
  3. Strategies to work effectively together as a team

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

Nataliya Boychenko: "3 Ways to Transform Your Employee Communication"

3 Steps to Transform your Employee Communication

During the session, we will discuss the various generation groups, their characteristics, behavior patterns and unique communication challenges and needs.  We will talk about the business workforce transition and what should be kept in mind when designing benefit package.  During the session, we will also discuss the likes and preferences of all the generation groups and the best ways of communicating and educating those uniquely different groups.

Outcomes:

  1. Understand the behavior patterns and desires of five generations working side by side in the modern employer’s workforce (Traditionalist, Boomer, Gen X, Millennial and Gen Y generations).
  2. Learn 3 practical strategies for addressing each employee generation to improve understanding and appreciation of employer benefit package.
  3. Learn how to adapt your business practices for each generation including technology, employee communication, training and employee benefit packages.

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

SESSION 7: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Breanna Young & Katelynn McCollough: "What to Do When an Employee Dies or Is Injured"

Whether sudden or expected, a death in the workplace can feel like a death in the family. This interactive session will provide tips that may help you navigate the needs of your company and your staff during a difficult time as well as address what to do when an employee is hurt on the job.

Attendees will discuss an action plan on how to address common concerns:

  1. Required communication and notifications for employees, OSHA, workers’ comp, and more
  2. Issues relating to insurance
  3. Managing social media, gossip, and internal PR
  4. How payroll, insurance, benefits, property, and employee work should be addressed

 Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 

Patrick Smith: "Strategies for More Effective Discipline Documentation"

Documentation is an essential tool for managing HR issues and reducing the legal risk associated with employee discipline and discharge. This session will discuss strategies for making discipline documentation simpler, faster, and more effective.

Topics and learning objectives include:

  1. The four rules of discipline documentation
  2. Learn more than just “what,” but also “why” and “how.”
  3. Examples of effective and ineffective discipline documentation

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

Alia Stowers : "Thriving in Change"

Why do 70% of change initiatives fail? Whether you are integrating new software, changing benefits, or restructuring internally, change is often not well-received by employees and therefore, dead on arrival. In this session we will discuss how to successfully implement change in your organization to create initiatives that are lastingly successful.

You will:

  • Learn the guiding principles of effective change
  • Understand how to communicate well during change
  • Discover new ways to be excited for change in your organization

Learn how to not just survive change but thrive in it!

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

Alan Kinsey : "Recruiting and Hiring Top Talent"

Recruiting and hiring top talent is critical to the success of every organization. Doing it well can differentiate an organization and lead to improved results. Conversely, hiring mistakes can be the most-costly mistakes an organization can make, in dollars, lost opportunity, and brand identity. In this session we will discuss some important things an organization needs to know in order to successfully reach, attract, and hire top talent now.

Specific topics include:

  1. Understanding and Sizing the Opportunity
  2. Obstacles and Challenges – understanding applicant preferences and requirements
  3. 5 Best Practices
  4. The Quantitative Impact of Success

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 

Lori Day: "COMMUNICATION SKILLS TO MAXIMIZE EFFECTIVENESS: Adapting to the 4 Primary Communication Styles "

Excellent communication skills have always been important for leaders; however, they have become increasingly significant as a key component of career advancement.  Today’s business professional is expected to be highly effective communicating with a wide range of situations, audiences, individuals, and topics.  With so much work being done through cross functional teams, remote workers, multiple generations, and tight deadlines and budgets, the ability to communicate effectively is even more important. 

In this interactive workshop, communications expert, Lori Day, focuses on specific communication skills that are rarely taught.   You will understand the 4 primary communication styles and how to adapt your communication to each style. 

Key Take-Aways:

  • How to be effective with the four primary communication styles
  • How to quickly assess the preferred styles of others across ages and stages
  • Understand and maximize your communication style, needs, preferences, and blind spots 
  • Triggers that can cause negative reactions and block communication with each style
  • Tips to adapt your style to meet the unique needs of others
  • Small group exercises for practice and reinforcement 

Intended Audience: Private Sector

Dr. Amy Willcockson : "The Science of Motivation and Lasting Behavior Change: Finding the "Right WHY"!"

Chronic Disease is the #1 threat to our economy, businesses, families and lives.  Mastering all 6 components of your well-being is critical to achieving our most productive best lives, yet changing our behavior and habits remains the biggest challenge we face as a fad diet and exercise culture.

Do you or your employees ever begin a healthy lifestyle change temporarily, only to fall off the wagon and quit?  Do you feel like you are in a vicious cycle of failure? Do you lack will power to reach your goals?  Do you know what you “should do” for your health, but can’t?   Do you know “what to do” to be healthy, yet don’t?  Do you feel like your health or lack of it is beginning to or already effecting your productivity and engagement at work?

If this sounds familiar, don’t miss this opportunity to join Dr. Amy on her mission to educate & inspire as many people as possible toward optimal health through lifelong lasting lifestyle transformation…. one healthy habit at a time!

In this session, you will learn:

  1. The truth about health in our country and the health care crisis.
  2. What are the 6 components of well-being and how you would rate yourself in balancing these.
  3. Learn about “the WRONG why & the RIGHT why” and its effect on your ability to reach your health desired outcomes.
  4. Learn a game changing strategy for creating sustainable motivation and behavior change that will truly last a lifetime.
  5. Take home simple solutions & ideas to implement today, personally or professionally.

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 

SESSION 8: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Melissa Wright : "Fair Labor Standards Act – Major Provisions and Most Common Mistakes"

FLSA Major Provisions and Latest Updates – Coverage, minimum wage, overtime, child labor, and Overtime Final Rule

Hours Worked – Common mistakes of travel, training, on-call, and break deductions and how they result in violations

Errors to Avoid – Overtime hours and regular rate issues, pre/post shift work, illegal deductions

Most Common violations and the Investigative Process – Violations that most employers make and what to expect in an investigation

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 

Thomas M. Cunningham: "Labor Law for the Non-Unionized Employer"
Employers who are unaware they may be covered by labor laws even though they have a non-unionized workforce are at great risk of violating those laws. It is critical for human resource professionals to have an understanding of the fundamentals of federal labor relations laws as they apply to the non-unionized workplace, and this presentation will provide you with that knowledge. The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) impacts even the non-unionized employer’s authority in certain areas: 
  1. Social media policies and policies that regulate use of company email systems
  2. Ability to monitor employee activity, especially in connection with terms and conditions of employment
  3. Rules that impact disruptive behavior in the workplace
  4. No recording / photography rules
  5. The use of temporary employee agencies and independent contractors
Intended Audience: Private Sector
Skye Mercer: "How To Write A Compliant Work-From-Home Policy"

Among many unique challenges in today’s work environment, one of the biggest facing leaders right now is quickly setting up a compliant work-from-home program that adheres to important Company policies and requirements, such as confidentiality, safety, timekeeping, and workers’ compensation. A compliant policy is the vital foundation for any effective work-from-home program. If you are new to managing a remote workforce or you want to quickly scale and improve upon your existing telecommuting policy, this workshop is for you.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the critical information you must include in your compliant work-from-home policy.
  • Discuss the complex nuances of remote work, including confidentiality, safety, work equipment, data security, and non-exempt employee timekeeping rules.
  • Understand best practices for setting up your work-from-home program to ensure remote workers stay engaged and productive.
  • Receive sample policy verbiage you can use in your policy.
  • Receive a checklist of next steps for successfully implementing your policy.
 
Intended Audience: Private Sector
Michael E. Puck, SHRM-SCP : "Invest in Yourself: Personal Development While Working from Home"

Working from home can be a great perk or a daunting challenge.  Regardless of which camp you are in, creating a Personal Development Ecosystem will give you a field-tested roadmap on how to be ready for the many changes and challenges ahead. You will learn how to enlist the help of critical enablers and steer clear of powerful distractors while working from home and for your personal development in general. With your personal development ecosystem in place, you can supercharge your time working at home and prepare yourself for future opportunities because SHIFT HAPPENS.

  • Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the three components of the Personal Development Ecosystem and how to apply it for personal and professional development.  
  • Participants will learn how to identify their unique set of enablers and distractors that are instrumental in becoming a life-long learner.  
  • Participants will be able to create their unique resource matrix in alignment with their learning preferences to achieve a sustainable and productive learning experience. 

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

Dwight Taylor : "Recognizing Drug Use in the Workplace"

Drug use is costing U.S. businesses more than $81,000,000,000.00 a year and that cost will be going up.  How much of that number is coming out of your bottom line?

This discussion will show how to:

  1. Recognize drug impaired workers
  2. Understand the importance of having a strong Drug Policy
  3. How to have a powerful Drug Testing Procedure in Place

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

Ali Payne : "The Whole Journey = The Whole Employee Experience"

High-performing organizations realize the benefits of building a culture that promotes the holistic wellbeing and engagement of their workforce. There has never been a time in history that five generations are in the workforce, so organizations need to be mindful of the employee journey through five key pillars of wellbeing to drive engagement and enhance culture. Organizational success is directly linked to employee engagement, and thriving, engaged employees can reduce your human capital risk as they often cost less in annual benefit spend, perform and produce at higher levels, stay with their employer, and drive the organization forward.

  1. Attendees will gain insights and ideas into ways they can approach employee attraction, retention, and engagement issues within their organization.
  2. Attendees will gain an understanding of the five pillars of wellbeing (career, financial, social/emotional, community, and physical), and how the tools and resources they currently offer their employees fit within those wellbeing pillars.
  3. Attendees will gain an understanding of the difference between organizational culture and organizational climate / environment.

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 

SESSION 9:  1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Ann Holden Kendell & Jordan Nickerson: "Worker Classification"

With worker misclassification becoming an increasingly common issue within the realm of wage and hour requirements, unemployment benefits, workers’ compensation, and more, this presentation thoroughly examines employer best practices when utilizing independent contractors on the job.  Specifically, upon consultation of the hour, attendees will

  1. Understand how independent contractors are classified under Iowa law, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Internal Revenue Service requirements, and other relevant guidance
  2. Observe the benefits from engaging independent contractors
  3. Recognize penalties for misclassification
  4. Identify methods their respective organizations can implement today to mitigate risk and avoid misclassification moving forward.

Intended Audience: Private Sector 

Lori Chesser : "Preparing Your Business for an I-9 Audit"

I-9 audits are on the rise.  Besides fines for incomplete forms, audits have resulted in workforce disruptions, loss of revenue and productivity, bad publicity, and debarment from federal contracts. In some cases, criminal charges have been filed against owners and employees accused of knowingly employing unauthorized workers. Companies requiring too many documents or limiting their hiring pool have been fined for unlawful discrimination. Companies using electronic I-9s have been tagged with fines for their vendor’s system errors. All this and a labor shortage.

The session will teach you to:

  1. Determine if your hiring process is compliant with I-9 and anti-discrimination laws
  2. Identify common I-9 errors you can correct before an audit
  3. Handle Social Security “no-match letters”
  4. Take steps to assure contractor compliance
  5. Understand the risk of electronic I-9 systems
  6. Be prepared for a visit from ICE or other law enforcement, including when to hand over information and when not to

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 

Skye Mercer: "How To Write A Compliant Work-From-Home Policy"

Among many unique challenges in today’s work environment, one of the biggest facing leaders right now is quickly setting up a compliant work-from-home program that adheres to important Company policies and requirements, such as confidentiality, safety, timekeeping, and workers’ compensation. A compliant policy is the vital foundation for any effective work-from-home program. If you are new to managing a remote workforce or you want to quickly scale and improve upon your existing telecommuting policy, this workshop is for you.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the critical information you must include in your compliant work-from-home policy.
  • Discuss the complex nuances of remote work, including confidentiality, safety, work equipment, data security, and non-exempt employee timekeeping rules.
  • Understand best practices for setting up your work-from-home program to ensure remote workers stay engaged and productive.
  • Receive sample policy verbiage you can use in your policy.
  • Receive a checklist of next steps for successfully implementing your policy.
 
Intended Audience: Private Sector
Michael E. Puck, SHRM-SCP : "Four Hacks To Maximize HR's Business Impact"

Description
As an HR professional, you can play a significant role in promoting the success of your organization by understanding your business objectives, workplace issues, and the changing environment in which you compete. But how do you know what strategic HR work is mission-critical for your business? The Four Hacks to Maximize HR’s Business Impact demonstrate through real-life examples of how HR functions, regardless of size, industry, or geographic location, can apply the four hacks to achieve full alignment with the most critical business goals, the things that keep CEOs up at night. But let’s not stop there, the presentation also covers in detail how to translate the right HR actions into CEO language. The Four Hacks is a field-tested approach to shift HR’s work from transactional to transformative so that you can create a competitive advantage for your business.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the “Four Hacks” and how to apply them to their organizations.  
  • Participants will learn how to identify and align with key business objectives and create a line of sight on how HR is driving business performance.  
  • Following the Four Hacks framework, participants will be able to initiate and accelerate their HR journey from transactional to transformative so that they can actively contribute to the success of their organization. 

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

Lori Day: "Legacy Leadership: Coaching Best Practices to Help Employees Navigate Increasing Complexities "

Employees and leaders are navigating increasing expectations, pressure, and complexity in their personal and professional lives, and many are never “off the clock.” Even the most resilient and experienced people are caught in the “ceiling of complexity”—working harder won’t reconcile ever greater business demands with competing needs and priorities. Leaders today are seeking best practices for maximizing results while helping their employees meet their goals. This session provides tools and a fresh approach on developing staff potential and results while aligning diverse objectives—ultimately improving the work environment and quality of life for all.
Key take-aways:

  1. 7 C’s of coaching to develop potential and maximize goals—personally and professionally
  2. Integrating diverse needs, interests, and priorities
  3. Confronting difficult situations with clarity, respect, and results
  4. Eliminating the frustration of waste and rework with standard operating procedures
  5. Accelerating a culture and legacy of leadership

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 

Ali Payne : "The Whole Journey = The Whole Employee Experience"

High-performing organizations realize the benefits of building a culture that promotes the holistic wellbeing and engagement of their workforce. There has never been a time in history that five generations are in the workforce, so organizations need to be mindful of the employee journey through five key pillars of wellbeing to drive engagement and enhance culture. Organizational success is directly linked to employee engagement, and thriving, engaged employees can reduce your human capital risk as they often cost less in annual benefit spend, perform and produce at higher levels, stay with their employer, and drive the organization forward.

  1. Attendees will gain insights and ideas into ways they can approach employee attraction, retention, and engagement issues within their organization.
  2. Attendees will gain an understanding of the five pillars of wellbeing (career, financial, social/emotional, community, and physical), and how the tools and resources they currently offer their employees fit within those wellbeing pillars.
  3. Attendees will gain an understanding of the difference between organizational culture and organizational climate / environment.

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

SPECIAL SESSION: COVID 19 : 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Emily Pontius & Kendra Simmons - Fredrikson & Byron P.A.: “COVID-19 Employment Issues”

COVID-19 has resulted in a torrent of interconnected state and federal legislation, executive orders, unemployment benefit changes, and leave entitlements.  Employees (fearful of losing their jobs) are working remotely for the first time, coping with school and childcare closures, and navigating the societal effects of a global pandemic.  In this session, we will discuss the Families First Coronavirus Response and CARES Acts, the changes to unemployment benefits in Iowa, and the challenges ahead. 

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector