Conference Sessions

We are working on a great line-up of sessions and speakers. Please check back for more information coming soon!

Keynotes

 
Dr. Nathan Mellor

Great leaders awaken the potential of others and use their influence to open doors of opportunity. This keynote focuses on the process by which leaders can: 1) activate others and 2) provide access to opportunity.

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Allen L. Hutson, J.D., Mary P. Snyder, J.D,, & Melissa McDuffey, J.D.

This session will address an employer’s responsibility to provide a safe workplace for its employees free from violence and bullying.

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Connie Podesta

Successful people are GREAT influencers. They know how to get consensus, ownership, and buy-in from the people who count--without manipulation, intimidation, sacrificing relationships, or stepping on toes.
Bottom line: Getting the job done the right way hinges on your ability to "sell" yourself and your ideas in such a trusting and positive…

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Pre-Conference Sessions

 
Christine Cave, Esq., SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Establish yourself as a globally-recognized HR expert in 2019 by earning your SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP®) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP®) certification. Prove your value to colleagues and employers with the credentials built on the SHRM BoCK™, which defines the standards for knowledge, strategies and competencies…

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Christine Cave, Esq., SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Establish yourself as a globally-recognized HR expert in 2019 by earning your SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP®) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP®) certification. Prove your value to colleagues and employers with the credentials built on the SHRM BoCK™, which defines the standards for knowledge, strategies and competencies…

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Tracy Spears

This activity is an additional charge, and you must add it to your registration to attend.

This impactful program will help your team identify and embrace the seven keys to organizational culture. Developing a high-performance team is not …

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Concurrent Sessions

 
Scott Robley

The health of any relationship, team, or organization can be measured by the time lag between identifying and discussing problems—the accountability gap. In healthy cultures, that gap is slim. In unhealthy organizations, that gap is often ex…

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Jimmy Taylor, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

HR professionals at any level who are involved in a family-owned business will benefit from the information and discussion in this session.

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Ali Payne

This session will address the linear, disconnected wellness programs still present in organizations today. It will explore the difference between wellness and wellbeing and how engagement is equally important to wellbeing. It will also address wha…

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Robert Benson, SPHR

Everyone knows that culture is important, but unless you're the CEO, what can you do about it? This session empowers HR professionals to move from the role of responder to the role of leader in changing the culture. Based upon the groundbreak…

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Madalene A.B. Witterholt, J.D.

This presentation will address a cavalcade of real-life problems for the HR professional. It is important for HR Professionals to understand the trends in different laws to deal with immediate problems as well as policies that will be needed on a …

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Linda Clark, MHRM, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, CMC

In the world of feedback, the other F words are Frustration with the conversation or lack of action, Fear about how it will be taken or ignored, and Fallout for behavior afterward that is negative or disruptive. Each day, companies and teams aim f…

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Adam W. Childers, J.D.

HR professionals will get a behind-the-scenes look at a hard-fought case from its inception as a state law petition, to its removal to federal court, to its comprehensive discovery phase with scores of depositions taken, to its ultimate conclusion…

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Randall J. Snapp, J.D.

This session will address crucial issues that employers face on a recurring basis and provides suggestions on steps employers can take to mitigate potential problems and liability. HR managers should attend this session in order to help prioritize…

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Josh Ploch, & Mike Shaw

Our children are raised in our home, understanding our expectations, our core values and learning how to interact with various individuals in our household.  When we have a new foster family member, we can’t have the same expectations. …

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David McLaughlin, M.Ed, SHRM-SCP

Business and individuals struggle with the capacity to change. This session will help HR professionals understand how to facilitate radical metamorphosis. The business environment changes quickly. In this session, we will learn transformation tech…

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Bethany Wallace, M.A.

Recruiting talented, interested Gen Z candidates isn't always easy. How do you target the right colleges and universities? Bethany Wallace of Bethany Wallace Communications and Consulting offers solutions to recruiting obstacles, including budget …

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Paula Williams, JD, SHRM, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, & Stephanie Duran, J.D.

With the passage of SQ788 (Oklahoma's Medical Marijuana Act), employers continue to face deciphering what it means for current drug and alcohol policy enforcement. With proposed and actual state and federal laws changes, employers must continually…

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Erin Greilick, Ph.D

Today’s workforce demands a system beyond rewards and punishments to bring their best performance to work every day. In fact, research has repeatedly demonstrated an over-reliance on and over-use of traditional motivators can reduce interest…

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Steve Laswell, MA-SNU

Disruption is the norm. In this session, Steve will help you transform disruption into clarity for life and work. The pace, distractions, and chaos of life make it easy to ignore what matters most.

You can't avoid disruptions in life and b…

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Adria Berry, J.D.

It’s perfect timing to examine the Oklahoma legislature’s actions during this legislative session. Did they agree to raise the minimum wage or increase paid family leave? I’ll update you about bills that were filed and outline wh…

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Randy Anderson, C.S.P.

You'll be able to more clearly and concisely present your ideas and perspectives to internal and external customers.

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Randy Anderson, C.S.P.

You'll be able to more clearly and concisely present your ideas and perspectives to internal and external customers.

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Kevie Mikus, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Instagram boasts 7.5 million photos tagged with #unicorn. YouTube overflows with videos on how to make unicorn slime. The unicorns this session addresses are the hard-to-find, rare candidate profiles that businesses fight for every day. Pricewater…

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Leonard Court, J.D.

Attendees will learn how to respond to the increased number of sexual harassment claims that are occurring after the beginning of the #MeToo movement. This presentation will address how to conduct a sexual harassment investigation.

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Christine Cave, Esq., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, & Max Dubroff, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

We have interviewed numerous HR professionals with 10+ years’ experience who are in senior management, director, VP, and principal roles. They consistently said they recognized gaps in their investigations plans and their ability to teach th…

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Vic Albert, & Sam Fulkerson, J.D.

Federal investigations and audits by federal agencies like the DOL, OSHA, EEOC, etc. are increasing and employers need to be updated on how best to prepare to meet the challenges successfully.

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Jason Treu

Would you like to have every employee and team in your organization performing in the top 1%? What would that do to your key metrics? retention? engagement? innovation? HR is uniquely positioned to take the lead in organizational transformation. A…

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Alan Fine, C.S.P.

Too many employees know the strain of working for a bad manager. Poor management affects their morale AND their opinion of the company as a whole! On the flip side, when employees are engaged and recognized for their achievements, they feel valued…

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Alan Fine, C.S.P.

Too many employees know the strain of working for a bad manager. Poor management affects their morale AND their opinion of the company as a whole! On the flip side, when employees are engaged and recognized for their achievements, they feel valued…

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Phillip Wilson, J.D.

HR Departments often face a bit of a PR problem. Employees and leaders often complain they are the 'no' department. This session provides practical tips on making your HR department more 'approachable' to employees and leaders.

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Jerrod Murr

Does our daily work matter? How does my job fit into the big picture?

In this session, we will discuss true customer service and the implications our daily work holds. How we view ourselves, our peers, our jobs, and our responsibilities is…

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Ellen Adams, J.D.

Since 1963, the Equal Pay Act has prohibited discrimination in compensation based on sex, so why are we still talking about unequal pay practices? In 2009, the Fair Pay Act was signed into law, impacting when a claim for a discriminatory wage prac…

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Jarik Conrad, EdD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

The future of work is at an inflection point. If we don’t unite in putting people first, adapt traditional HR norms across organizations, and adopt smart workforce tools and technologies, we risk becoming irrelevant — or worse. As enli…

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Max Dubroff, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Veterans are disproportionately impacted by assumptions made in the hiring process. Studies report that nearly one-third of veteran job seekers are underemployed—a rate 15.6% higher than non-veteran job seekers—and nearly half of veter…

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Bruce Waller, CRP, PHR, SHRM-CP

Help attendees see our careers as a mission field to serve others, help others, grow others for success... The more we give, the more we get.

This is a leadership strategy session to help identify servant leader traits that make an impact …

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Cory Jorbin, J.D., & Michelle Clark

Motivation gets you started, habits keep you going”. How do you know what will motivate employees to take personal responsibility for their health, and proactively engage in, and appreciate, the programs you offer to help them reach their go…

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Cory Jorbin, J.D., & Michelle Clark

Motivation gets you started, habits keep you going”. How do you know what will motivate employees to take personal responsibility for their health, and proactively engage in, and appreciate, the programs you offer to help them reach their go…

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Frank Smith, Certified Executive Coach

This session should be attended by HR people who want to stop and take a fresh look at their hiring process from the candidates' point of view. The hiring process is an interview for both sides and by forgetting about the needs of the other side, …

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Heather Henshall, PHR, SHRM-CP

Human Resources professionals provide the infrastructure to the daily people production for an organization. Often, there is a disconnect between HR and leadership because the infrastructure can be hard to translate into production without a stron…

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Mega Sessions

 
Tracy Spears

Everyone has a personal brand. It’s their reputation combined with a personal impression they make on the people around them. Professionals need to be deliberate about developing their personal brand. This in-depth and interactive session wi…

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Connie Podesta

In a perfect world, all employees would be high achieving, self-motivated, engaging, team players who see the big picture and always strive to do their best to get the job done on time without complaining. Does that sound like the Twilight Zone?Read more

 
Jimmy Taylor, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

This session is at no additional charge, but you must add it to your registration to attend.

This session addresses the current challenges organizations face in selecting and managing employees so that they become engaged and high performi…

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