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2020 North Texas SHRM Conference Speakers


Julie Burch Envision The Future. Change The Future. Be The Future. Becoming a Change Leader in the New World of Work

Change is happening at breakneck speed: the competition is tougher, the customer is more sophisticated, margins are shrinking, entire industries are disappearing, and everybody is downsizing—trying to do more with less. And as always, HR is leading the way. In this dynamic, highly interactive, and enlightening seminar Julie Burch will show you how to keep ahead of change, not just keep up. Julie will help you to see that change is a constant, so we MUST embrace it to succeed. In this dynamic, high energy, and highly interactive session the audience will get ideas and techniques to succeed at the change game and so much more! Julie will entertain them and educate them! They will leave with solid, real world techniques they can apply immediately to handle change like a pro!

The audience will learn: To Identify and Master the 3 Key Areas of Change Why Change is a Constant in Today’s Business Environment and How to Embrace it Master the 3 Areas Where You Have the Power in the Change Process


Ryan Kohler – HR: Victim, Villain, or Hero in the Talent Shortage Saga?

Successful companies succeed in hiring. Failures in hiring lead to failed companies. So as you seek to slay the beast that is the talent shortage, how is your HR team helping or hurting you? Are they playing a victim? Viewed as the villain? Or willing to become the hero? Join hiring expert Ryan Kohler as he teaches how HR can help OR hurt your company and the blueprint to heroically beat the talent shortage. 


Kirstie Settas-Jones – Delivering Value to the Modern Workforce: Realigning your Approach to Employee Wellbeing

Employees are your greatest asset. But do they feel that way? They will if your organization’s culture and wellbeing programs send that message. An integrated wellbeing strategy that makes employees feel good — even brag about — their employer, can significantly impact employee attraction and retention and, possibly, the business outcomes. Join us to review how to build a sustainable wellbeing strategy for your organization. During the session we will review:

  • What is an effective wellbeing program, and why it’s so important to have one that works for your specific organization
  • Realigning your approach to employee wellbeing so that it connects the physical, financial, emotional and social components with visible leadership support
  • The ways in which a good wellbeing program positively affects attraction, retention, engagement and productivity


Mallory Herrin More Than a Manager: Becoming a True Leader

Excellent management skills are great, but management skills and experience doesn’t automatically turn anyone into a true leader.  In this session, participants will begin their path to true leadership as they learn what it means to be a leader, the qualities of great and effective leaders, how to build credibility and trust with their teams, leadership styles, and leadership techniques.


Kathryn Orford – Recover from "screw ups" and turn them into "set ups" for future success.

We aren’t robots, we’re human beings, so it's inevitable that along the way you’re going to make mistakes.  How you respond in those moments  will have a massive impact on your emotional state,  your  productivity and your ability to move forward with confidence. 

In this Break Out Session you'll learn: 

  • How to take charge of your thoughts by re-programming your inner critic and negative self talk and turning it into a cheer squad. 
  • Why failing can be a good thing.
  • HOW TO RE-FRAME SCREW UPS.  (The meaning you give something has a massive impact on not only your emotional state but your ability to move forward with confidence and conviction.)


Bo Stults – Is My Compensation Data an Almanac, a Novel, or a Crystal Ball?

The development and display of HR or People analytics play a critical role in addressing the challenges of containing costs, remaining competitive, all the while developing a high performing workforce. The primary roadblock facing most organizations today, is creating people “probabilistic” analytics as well as business analytics and presenting them in a way that they have an impact on the business’s decisions. HR professionals must also ensure that the measures and the display of the data go straight to the heart of what executives need to know and align with the overall businesses strategy.



Mike Mirarchi – Reset the Clock: Replace the Liability with Credibility: Practical Employee Relations for HR Professionals 

Professionals will learn how to coach leaders to resolve a wide variety of policy violations and misconduct by employees fairly and professionally.

Learning Objectives:

  • How to coach your leaders in effective employee relations practices that minimize employer and personal liability
  • Scripted responses to use in sensitive employee relations situations
  • How to avoid senior managers saying to HR “You should have anticipated this” after an avoidable legal claim


Alice Dedinger – HR Development


Julian Sado – ADAPTATION of Leadership: "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me."

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Words do hurt and, in a physical way. In this seminar, Leaders will learn how employee communication and engagement are the key factors in retention, morale and overall company brand and production. This is not a typical session as you become consciously aware of the cultural-shift with career perception, the repetitive way we have managed the workforce, and why it needs to change with the new type of employee. You will receive a crash course on Neuroscience and NLP in a practical, interactive, and FUN way so that you may apply these new insights and strategies.



Alexis Knapp – Navigating New and Existing FMLA Challenges

This program will focus on some of the most significant challenges HR and business professionals face in managing the realities of FMLA-whether the organization uses a third party administrator, or does it all in-house. Topics will include medical certification and re-certification challenges, handling employees who do not cooperate with the FMLA process, common misstep employers make in managing FMLA, and more. 


Mike Coffey - The Business Case for Becoming a Second Chance Employer



Bob Cartwright – Translating Business Planning, Strategy & Performance Management into Business Excellence

The effective development and delivery of excellent products and services oftentimes starts with an aligned business strategy, a great game plan, effective leadership, and engaged employees. By attending this presentation, participants will be provided key information on how to execute effective business strategy, business planning, operational and business performance measurement, and performance management processes that can be utilized to execute smart business goals and key initiatives. In addition, participants will learn how these strategies can lead their organizations to business excellence.


April Callis-Birchmeier PMP, CCMP - READY, Set, Change!

READY, Set, Change! provides a framework which compliments traditional organizational change initiatives with an intense focus on advanced preparation and integrated support.  Discover a simpler and faster approach to help individuals and organizations understand and adopt change, to ensure business objectives are met. The insights shared during this interactive and engaging session will be reinforced through a free copy of the READY, Set, Change! Stakeholder Assessment.


Bruce Waller - Level and Create more Influence as a LeadHR

Most HR professionals are so busy helping other professionals they don't take time to invest in their own leadership development. There are many ways to level up as a leader, but one area that is often overlooked is through volunteering. Volunteer leaders build tribes outside the workplace and get to learn what others are doing to get better. They lead committees and find themselves in key roles they might not get in the workplace. Leaders can also create more influence with social media and team member engagement. It’s time to develop more influence and create something bigger in your career. There is nothing new under the son, but there are strategies we can use in a purposeful way to level up our leadership and create more influence in our organization to be in the Leadership Lane!



Penny Miller - Winning the War for Profit: Developing Leaders Where it Really Matters

If you could improve the profitability of your organization by 48%, would you invest the time and money to make it happen? Of course, you would. Properly selecting, training, and supporting your front-line supervisors is an investment that pays off. In this presentation, we’ll explore how to design a program to help our supervisors be the kind of leaders that can develop an engaged workforce.  


Thank you to our 2020 Conference Diamond Sponsor


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