Past - May 2017 Topics & Speakers



Schedule at a Glance: 

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Detailed Schedule: 





Healthcare Coverage: Untangling the Confusion for Employers 

Becki Jennings 


We will discuss changes that are already being made through budget reconciliation; as well as changes expected through legislation.  

As we look ahead at the many changes looming, we will discuss time frames for the expected changes and possible ways to prepare. 

With approximately two thirds of the population insured through employer plans, we will discuss the incentive to keep the group market stable.  


         Changes to the law 

         Timelines for pending changes 

         Employers moving forward; navigating through the uncertainty 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 


Moving the Needle on Employee Engagement and Performance Excellence 

Randy Woehl 


Employee engagement is a challenge for organizations as statistics continue to show that nearly 80% of employees are disengaged. This results in high turnover, lost productivity, lack of creativity and innovation and reduced problem solving costing organizations billions of dollars.  


In this presentation; experience how one organization adapted an Employee Engagement model and realized double digit increases in engagement scores and higher profitability in just three short years. This model is different than most employee engagement models. It's considered a business strategy not an HR program.  


After attending this sessions you will learn: 

  1. The business side of employee engagement
  2. How to implement an engagement model in your organization
  3. How an engagement model will drive bottom line profits while improving employee satisfaction

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 


Interest Based Problem Solving for the Business World 

Peg Cochran 


Interest-based problem solving is a collaborative process in which certain groups (usually representing employer and employee) work together to examine and influence professional practices to improve both individual and collective outcomes.  The goals for the training will be threefold: 

     *  Define and understand a process for interest-based problem-solving 

     *  Examine group dynamics that promote effective communication within and between groups 

     *  Develop effective problem-solving skills 

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 


The Power of Words 

Brian Powers 


Brian's seminar will teach and show you that what we actually say may not be what is actually heard by those who we are communicating with and how to correct that. 


His seminars are designed to help you discover the many ways we input information, and why it's significant. How you may be sabotaging your own ability to communicate and why creating new patterns of behavior can help drive you forward. 


Do you know the difference between thoughts and beliefs? Discover why aware ness is the starting point for achieving anything you want to change in life.  


The power of the mind is a remarkable thing! Let Brian teach you how to redirect and focus your attention so that you may become a more effective communicator. 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 


Having Difficult Conversations 

Dan Stalp 


Ever know what you want to accomplish during a difficult conversation only for it to completely backfire? Often it has more to do we how we respond, rather than how they respond. 


During this session, you will: 


      Learn how to deal with angry and upset people. 

      Discover how to not project your own uncomfortableness to others. 

      Modify your technique to resolve conflict without escalating it. 

      Facilitate solving the problem while maintaining your own self esteem. 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 


When Domestic Violence Comes to Work 

Molly Metza 


The pervasiveness and severity of domestic violence affecting the workplace demands the attention of employers, managers, human resources and security staff. Employers and workers often do not recognize domestic violence as a workplace hazard. They may believe that domestic violence is a personal issue and that workplace parties can do nothing about it. Instead of ignoring the problem, companies should be proactive and develop policies and programs designed to address leave for victims of domestic violence, nondiscrimination laws, and workplace restraining orders.  

Attendees will learn: 


1) How domestic violence reduces employee productivity. 

2) Why you should train supervisors to recognize and respond to signs of domestic violence.  

3) What resources are available in your community?  

4) What laws apply to employers regarding domestic violence?  


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 


How to Reduce Worker's Compensation Claims Costs 

Ross Bridges 


Attendees will learn information about how to conduct a proper investigation after a worker compensation accident, the difference between a covered on the job injury versus a non-work injury, and how to get the most from their safety training and drug and alcohol rules. 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 


Hiring Heroes: A Legal and Practical Guide to Employing Veterans 

Scott Beattie 


Veterans and Reservists have a great deal to offer to potential civilian employers. However, for civilian employers, Veterans and Reservists bring with them unique challenges and requirements that may not always be easy to handle. This presentation seeks to provide employers with the practical advice on the legal and management aspects of dealing with military members in your workforce. Upon completion of the presentation, you will be able to: 


1.     Understand the requirements of and recent developments in the Uniformed Service Employment and Reemployment Rights Act; 

2.     The unique benefits of employing veterans; 

3.     The challenges Veterans and Reservists face in a civilian workforce. 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 


Labor Law Updates and What to Expect From the Trump Administration 

Adam Doerr 


The election of President Trump has significantly shifted the labor and employment legal landscape. This presentation will address important legal topics every business professional needs to be familiar with, including: 


1. the current state of labor law issues, such as (a) unlawful work rules; (b) employee and union rights; 

and (c) the expanded "joint employer" doctrine; 


2. how has President Trump already shifted labor and employment laws to a more business-friendly position; and 


3. where we expect President Trump to take us in the next three-and-a-half (or seven-and-a-half) years, and how 

to prepare in the meantime. 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 


The Other Side of the Desk 

Suzanne Bowling 


Suzanne will discuss how asking for reasonable accommodations is hard for many employees, and how to: 


1.     Make it easier,  

2.     What is a reasonable accommodation, and  

3.     What is required? 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 


The Millennial Effect 

Gary Wilbers 


By all accounts, Millennials are unlike any preceding generations. They view the world differently and have redefined the meaning of success, personally and professionally. This has led to misunderstanding among the different generations co-existing in today's workplace. Business leaders are realizing this generation's unique competencies and perspective, and employers are looking for ways to harness their strengths.  


That is why during this session we will define who the millennials are, what they want and how they will change the workplace. The key will be what managers will do to lead them.  Learn the strategies on how you can help make a millennial a leader in your organization. 


            We will share what Millennials want from their employers: 

?  Coaching 

?  Collaboration 

?  Measures 

?  Motivation 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 


Dangerous Intruder/Active Shooter Survival Planning 

Micheal Hestir 


This presentation prepares attendees to: 


1.     Identify weaknesses in their current facility and in their crisis plan 

2.     Recognize signs of a pending attack 

3.     Utilize pre-planning to escape and survive 


The presentation will cover institutional planning, interior arrangement for maximum protection while maintaining a pleasant atmosphere and institutional and personal survival planning strategies. This presentation is a blend of both the A.L.I.C.E model and the Run, Hide, Flight model. 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 


Top 10 Wage and Hour Mistakes (and what you can do to avoid them) 

JT Charron 


The Fair Labor Standards Act governs how (and how much) nearly every employer must pay its employees. It is also replete with exceptions and exemptions that, if not followed closely, can result in disastrous consequences for employers. In this presentation we will discuss the top 10 mistakes employers make when it comes to wages and hours of work, and what actions can be taken now to avoid future problems. 


Topic that we will cover include: 

1.     Overtime requirements and in what cases employers are exempt from paying overtime; 

2.     Classifying individuals as employees versus independent contractors; and  

3.     Defining compensable versus non-compensable time. 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 




WorkSAFE: Protect Your Employees and Your Bottom Line 

Flint Walton 


Slips, trips and falls...we will show you how to prevent them! Understanding and eliminating the causes saves employees' lives and protects your bottom line. Join us for an informative discussion on internal measures, policy development tools, and safety resources you can apply in your small business. Presented by safety experts from Missouri Employers Mutual.  

At Missouri Employers Mutual, we are a safety company that just happens to provide workers compensation insurance. Our dedicated team of Safety Fanatics is always looking for ways to help Missourians eliminate injuries and reduce claims costs. To do that, we have to take a look inside work comp to see just how it works and the different components of it. 


In this session, we will discuss the following: 

         The Basics of Safety 

         Understanding and Controlling Premium Cost 

         How MEM can help You 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 



Return On Investment 

Kat Cunningham 


Businesses that employ people with disabilities turn social issues into business opportunities. These opportunities translate into lower costs, higher revenues and increased profits. Capitalize on the ROI of employing people with disabilities. 



  • Access new markets
  • Improve productivity through innovative and effective ways of doing business.


  • Reduce hiring and training costs.
  • Increase retention.
  • Reduce costs associated with conflict and litigation


  • Capitalize on opportunities to meet business goals.


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 


*This schedule may be subject to change, but we will attempt to keep the final schedule as close as possible to what appears here. 


More to come for 2017!