Conference Schedule: Thursday, May 12, 2022

Please be advised this schedule may be subject to change.

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8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Business

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION – Servant Leadership
Ralph Mason

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

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Servant Leadership has been defined as a desire to serve. By studying “what you do” and “why you do it” organizations can address and develop the tools necessary to understand their leaders from the prospective of Servant Leadership. Learn to incorporate Servant Leadership into a sustainable corporate strategy, this session will raise Servant Leadership from a concept to a strategic organizational strategy.

Learning Objectives:

  •  While every organization has its systems and procedures (which will change over time), the core concepts of Servant leadership are timeless.
  • The bottom-line results of reduced attrition, increased productivity, increased employee satisfaction and increased profitability will take care of themselves if corporate leadership drives the higher level, essential concepts of Servant Leadership.
  • To encourage your leadership by providing them with the tools they need to be successful emerging as Servant Leaders. Including the 5 levels of Leadership.

Understand the concept of Servant Leadership as a corporate guiding leadership principle.

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector


Motivational Speaker
The Positive Zone Corporation

For the last 25 years, Ralph Mason has served as the Lead Presenter and CEO of The Positive Zone Corporation. As a professional speaker, trainer, edutainment specialist, entrepreneur, musician, and Notary Public for the State of Missouri. Mr. Mason uses his extensive skillset to engage and elevate corporations and educational institutions. He has authored the inspirational books Ralphisms: A Short Book of Quotes and Affirmations and Diffusing Bullying in the Board Room and School Yard, which both intend to help these organizations move from good to great. Hire Mr. Mason to help support your vision and mission; you will be pleased and feel professionally connected. Mr. Mason knows that there is no I in TEAM, but there is an I in WIN. His interactive speaking engagements illustrate how if we all play as a team, we will always win.

SESSION 1

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

End Your Frustrations With Cleaning Up The Outcomes
David Porter

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

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The age-old idiom “the squeaky wheel gets the grease” is truer today than ever before. As corporate resources dwindle and complexity increases, organizational leadership solve the challenges that cause the most noise because they create the most noise. The problem is the noise is only getting louder. In this session, you will learn that grease is not what solves the problem. It is what masks the problem. The solution is leadership re-thinking the “squeaky wheel.” Attendees will learn why and how they can solve problems permanently and use that problem solving work to make their organizations stronger, safer, and more compliant.

Learning Objectives:

#1: Understand that chasing squeaky wheels and only correcting unwanted outcomes is a recipe for endless, fruitless frustration.
#2: Apply root cause analysis to go behind the unwanted outcome to understand what really needs to be fixed.
#3: Learn to reposition your approach with internal customers to solve the actual problem and not just the one everyone sees.
#4: Learn to apply process solving to collaborate with internal customers to create sustainable solutions that ultimately strengthen the organization.
#5: Tools for re-thinking that squeaky wheel part of your corporate culture.

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector


Owner/Founder
Porter Law, LLC

David Porter has been supporting businesses for over 30 years in private practice, in-house legal roles and as a compliance officer.  David is first and foremost a businessman who understands that law is a part of business and does not run the business.  So, his advice is focused on achieving business objectives, not checking legal boxes.  In addition to his law practice, David has a coaches and trains business leaders to create sustainable systems to support consistent, positive outcomes.  David spent 20 years as a professor at Webster University and has authored three books on building the elements of successful outcomes for customers and teams.

David is a native of Sunrise Beach and graduated from Camdenton High School.  He has a bachelor’s degree from William Jewell College and his law degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School.  David and his wife, Lydia, have four grown children and live in Four Seasons.

General

Dangerous Intruder / Active Shooter Survival Planning
Deputy Jason Sylvester, Camden County Sheriffs Department

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

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Attendees will receive common sense, easy to implement strategies for work, school and home to increase odds for survival in the face of a purposeful attack from an individual whose intent is to kill or harm one or multiple people. This presentation is a blend of both the A.L.I.C.E. model and the Run, Hide, Fight model. This presentation prepares attendees to:*Identify weaknesses in their current facility and in their crisis plan* Utilize preplanning to escape and survive.

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector


Deputy Jason A. Sylvester, Camden County’s Sheriff’s Officer

I have been a sworn law enforcement officer since 2009. Most time as a patrol officer in the lake area. I have been employed by the Camden County Sheriff’s office since 2014. I have served the sheriff’s office as a patrol deputy, instructor for AS4 blood alcohol instrument, field training officer, A.L.I.C.E instructor, and active shooter response instructor. I am currently assigned as a school resource officer at one of our local elementary schools. I married my wife in 2009 we have 2 sons together and have fostered many children

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From The Bench: Wait…we have to go to Court???
The Honorable Judge Matthew P. Hamner

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

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While lawyers and legal professionals may be used to the legal system and its processes, many litigants are not so familiar. Helping people understand the process is key to achieving positive outcomes, and helps the lawyer avoid hearing the phrase, “well that’s not what they did on T.V.”

In this seminar, Judge Hamner will discuss his experiences both as an attorney and a judge and seek to help you and your clients navigate through a litigation.

Information including:

  • Setting expectations for how the case will proceed;
  • Navigating the discovery process and how to avoid bumps in the road;
  • What to expect if you (gasp!) end up in a trial; and When does it all end?

Presiding Circuit Judge
26th Circuit in Missouri

The Honorable Judge Matthew P. Hamner is currently the Presiding Circuit Judge for the 26th Judicial Circuit in Missouri. The 26th Circuit consists of Laclede, Camden, Miller, Morgan and Moniteau counties. Judge Hamner also served as an Associate Circuit Judge in Camden County prior to becoming a Circuit Judge. He received his Bachelor of Arts and his law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Before taking the bench, Judge Hamner served as a law clerk to the Honorable William Ray Price, Jr., the Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court. Judge Hamner also spent twelve years in private practice, working as an associate for a civil litigation firm in Kansas City and as a shareholder in a general practice firm at the Lake of the Ozarks. Judge Hamner is a member of the Missouri Bar, the Kansas Bar, and the 26th Circuit Bar Association. Judge Hamner is married to his wife, Sherrie, and they have two daughters, Izzy and Emmy. Judge Hamner states that neither his wife nor his daughters are impressed by any of the items listed in this bio.

9:15 AM – 11:30 AM

General

Train The Trainer Nitty Gritties: Understand Your Audience
Ava Wooldridge

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

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Learn key strategies to gain the most from your training sessions. A trainer’s best accomplishment is knowing your audience is learning and engaging with you. Strategies learned in this training session will carry over to group or individual training opportunities.

LEARNING OBJECTIVIES:

  1. Characteristics of the Adult Learner
  2.  Learning Styles
  3. Communication Methods
  4. Utilizing DISC to Gain Engagement

Intended Audience: Public Sector


Owner
Release the You

My background is one that brings 20 years in the Insurance Industry, 9 years in the Retail Industry, 9 years in the Firearms Industry, 3 years in the Direct Sales Industry, 1 year in the Public Speaking/ Training Industry (unfortunately the company contracted with went all virtual due to Covid), and currently in the Real Estate Industry.  With all of this, my position of District Sales Manager encompass 25+ years and 9 years as a small business owner.  In addition, I served as a business consultant for Franchise owners for 7 years and I hold a Bachelor of Science in Training and Development.

Even though I have only had the title of Public Speaker/ Trainer for a bit over a year, it is my passion!  I have always been in a position of training others even in the firearms Industry.  I hold several instructor credentials in the Firearms arena. I have done many public speaking/ training sessions in all my positions from presentations to training programs to planning/presenting large sales meetings and or rallies.

My training abilities shine through when I am in front of the room.  I believe training must be fun for the participants to gain information.  After all, who enjoys sitting in a lecture room or listening to an instructor who is mundane.  My energy level is high and l love to get the room engaged in learning.

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SESSION 2

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Business

What Are All These Numbers? Understanding The Numbers In Your Financial Statements
Jeana Woods

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

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In today’s business climate, financial disorder is a serious factor in many organizations because of downsizing, outsourcing and contracting for services.

This session is designed to give business owners, managers and other non-financial professionals an arsenal of tools for understanding, analyzing and interpreting financial statements. As a result of this session, you’ll have a better understanding of not only financial statements, but of how their information fits into the “big picture” at your organization. You’ll be able to use the information gleaned from financial statements to plan ahead for your organization, ensure that cash flow is regulated and make timely, educated decisions regarding new product lines, equipment purchases, business expansion, increasing personnel, borrowing capital and much more.

  • How to decipher general accounting terminology and gain a clear understanding of the language of finance and accounting
  • Discover how balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow statements are developed and how each interact
  •  How to use your enhanced knowledge of financial statements to develop better budgeting, projection and forecasting skills
  • How to better communicate with accountants, bankers, comptrollers and other finance professionals
  • Evaluate the financial health of a business using financial statements
  • Prepare and evaluate financial forecasts to make strategic decisions

Intended Audience: Private Sector


City Administrator
City of Osage Beach

Jeana Woods is a Certified Public Accountant and an ICMA Credentialed Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Master’s in Business Administration. She is the City Administrator for the City of Osage Beach, MO, where she had held numerous positions over the past twenty years, including Staff Accountant and Assistant City Administrator before being appointed to the City Administrator role in 2014. In addition to her work in City government and active roles with numerous community boards and committees, she has also been a small business owner for many years.

General/Ethics

Responding To Charges Of Discrimination: Position Statement Strategies And Goals
Thomas Chibnall

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

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This presentation will cover strategies for responding to charges of discrimination processed by the EEOC and Missouri Human Rights Commission. It will address various strategies on how to respond to these charges as well as provide insight into the purpose and goals for position statements and how they serve a larger scope of litigation. We will discuss what part ethics should make in your statement.

Learning Objective 1: Understanding the end game at the administrative stage, knowing the agency’s limits.

Learning Objective 2: Providing too much information vs. providing not enough

Learning Objective 3: What your position statement and documents mean for litigation

Learning Objective 4: Involving legal counsel in submitting a response

Intended Audience: Public Sector


Associate
Ogletree Deakins

Thomas R. Chibnall is an associate in the St. Louis, Missouri, office of Ogletree Deakins. He represents and counsels clients of all sizes in a variety of employment related matters before both state and federal courts, as well as administrative agencies, including the Missouri Department of
Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Missouri Commission on Human Rights (MCHR), the Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA), and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Tom is experienced in the phases of discovery, trial preparation, and negotiation of settlements. Tom handles matters involving discrimination, retaliation,
whistleblowing, and many other employment-related matters.

Tom represents clients in a variety of employment litigation matters, including claims arising under Title VII, disability claims under Title III, and claims arising under state law employment statutes. Tom is an experienced litigator, having conducted several jury and bench trials in federal and state courts. Tom also specializes workplace safety law, as he represents and assists clients in investigations, complains, and appeals addressing environmental and work safety conditions under federal and state Occupational Safety and Health Acts and regulations as well as under the Mine Safety and Health Act. Also experienced in traditional labor matters, Tom has represented clients in labor arbitrations, union organizing campaigns, and has provided union avoidance and traditional labor relations training for clients.

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Tom was an associate at a national labor and employment firm. During law school, Tom clerked for a Fortune 500 manufacturing company in St. Louis, participating in the Mergers and Acquisitions department, as well as the company’s real estate, environmental and immigration departments. He also served as a judicial extern to the Hon. Gary M. Gaertner, Jr. of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, and as an intern in the Office of the General Counsel of Saint Louis University.

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Other Duties As Assigned, LOL!
Mark Woodward

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

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I’m not a safety pro! I’m a HR pro! HR is a big job, and now you’re responsible for work comp AND safety TOO? Where do I start?

Many of us have a primary role that takes most of our time, like human resources, maintenance, or department management. You DO understand that injuries are dangerous to your human resources, productivity, and finances. If you have safety as another duty as assigned, join us to learn this simple, 2-part proven strategy to GET SAFETY RESULTS. Content includes strategies for reducing risk and injuries while improving compliance AND reducing the cost of insurance, damage, and incidents. Sample safety materials and strategy documents will be provided.

Here’s what we’ll learn:

  • Specific insurance measures, and how injuries and incidents hurt company personnel, production, and financesHow safety advocates within the company can perform traditional and non-traditional safety activities
  • The purpose of a safety plan, and the challenge of making the plan ACTUALLY reduce risk and injuries
    •  What is the primary purpose of the safety plan? INJURY PREVENTION
    •  The world-famous 2-part safety and workers compensation plan
    •  What about compliance? OSHA, DOT – where do we begin?
  • We’ll discuss how safety can be included as a part of existing company activitiesThe four tenets of any safety plan:
    •  Written for all to understand
    • Communicated well
    • Monitored for compliance
    • Corrective action performed when hazards or noncompliance is discovered

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector


Senior Safety & Risk Services Trainer
Missouri Employers Mutual

Mark Woodward is the Senior Safety & Risk Services Trainer at Missouri Employers Mutual. He is responsible for conducting MEM employee and policyholder training, including customized training for associations, safety conferences and business groups.

Throughout his career, Woodward has instructed tens of thousands of Missouri employees through more than 3,000 safety and risk management classes. He has presented on a national scale, including the American Association of State Compensation Insurance Funds, National Safety Council’s Congress & Expo, Public Risk Management Association Conference, American Society of Safety Engineers and National Common Ground Alliance.

Woodward is a certified safety consultant through the State of Missouri and a National Safety Council CPR, First Aid and AED trainer, defensive driving instructor and OSHA Outreach Trainer for courses including: OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 in Construction. He is also President of the Missouri Chapter of the Common Ground Alliance.

Woodward has a bachelor’s in Safety Management from the University of Central Missouri and a master’s in Education from William Woods University. He is certified through both the University of Missouri and Association for Talent Development. Woodward is a long-time active volunteer in Missouri fire and ambulance districts as a certified firefighter and emergency medical technician.

LUNCH & NETWORKING

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM

SESSION 3

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Business

I Will Always Love Talent Development Programs
Sarah Davidson

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

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It is critical that HR professionals add value to their company, that their C-suite sees the benefits they provide, and we set them up for long-term success within all organizations. This session will provide practical and powerful steps you can take to create, develop, and a grow a talent development program.

My intent is that you will walk away more knowledgeable, confident, and ready to raise the bar of your HR department with practical steps while also increasing your value to the organization, and driving a positive change in the perception of HR.

By end of the session, participants will learn:

  • The power of knowing your business by meeting with all of the different business functions and how to conduct a SWOT analysis, and why it’s not as complicated as you think
  • How to create and the power of a recruiting strategy, an internship program, and a compensation program regardless of your industry
  • Steps to improve and grow all of your employees from the new hire orientation program to executive-bound leadership programs
  • How to identify the leadership competencies that matter to your organization and tying those into a management training program and assessments

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector


Director of Human Resources
Roeslein & Associates

Sarah Davidson is the Director of Human Resources at Roeslein & Associates, an international engineering, manufacturing, and construction firm with 11 entities and over 1,100 employees, since joining them in 2013 they have quintupled in size and have no plans to slow down.  Based on her contributions at Roeslein, Sarah was the winner of the 2020 Human Resources Award by the St. Louis Business Journal.

Additionally, Sarah owns a small human resources consulting company, Strategic HR, LLC. Prior to Roeslein, Sarah served in HR and Safety leadership positions with manufacturing, logistics, and environmental companies in Springfield and St. Louis, MO.  She holds her PHR, SHRM-CP, California micro-credential with SHRM, and is currently earning her MBA from Saint Louis University.

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Are You Sure Your Payroll Company Is Handling Things Correctly
Rex Fennessey

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

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Employers large and small have turned to payroll companies to process and issue paychecks to their employees. However, most employers do not realize what their obligations are under both state and federal when using a payroll company. Often, a United States Department of Labor or Missouri Division of Labor Standards audit is the first time an employer becomes aware of its obligations; often at significant cost.

In this presentation, veteran wage and hour practitioner Rex Fennessey will discuss:

  • Current wage and hour changes in both federal and state law;
  • Employer responsibilities when using a payroll provider;
  • Strategies for ensuring compliance;
  • Checklists for surviving a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division or Missouri Division of Labor Standards Audit.

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector


Attorney
McMahon Berger

Rex P. Fennessey represents the interests of employers in all areas of labor and employment law. Prior to joining McMahon Berger, Mr. Fennessey served for six years as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Missouri, where he defended the interests of the State, its agencies, and its elected and appointed officials in civil rights, employment discrimination, education law, and professional licensing matters.

His current practice includes all facets of employment law, including employment discrimination cases under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, and the Missouri and Illinois Human Rights Acts. Mr. Fennessey also routinely represents both public and private employers in cases brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and state wage and hour laws; such as the Missouri Minimum Wage Law, the Illinois Minimum Wage Law, and Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act. Mr. Fennessey is recognized in the field of wage and hour litigation and has extensive experience representing employers in complex class action lawsuits.

Mr. Fennessey litigates before administrative agencies, Missouri and Illinois circuit courts, the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern and Western District, the Missouri Supreme Court, both United States District Courts in Missouri, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois, the U.S. District Court for the Southern Division of Texas, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Mr. Fennessey further represents employers in U.S. Department of Labor investigations and audits, and represents management before the National Labor Relations Board in representation matters and unfair labor practice charges.

Mr. Fennessey is a sought-after speaker for companies and organizations on a broad range of employment topics. His many presentations include wage-and-hour compliance, how employers can systematically handle complicated ADA, FMLA and Workers’ Compensation leave issues, garnishments, and other continually developing federal and state labor laws.

Mr. Fennessey is recognized for his experience guiding new and existing non-profit organizations on a broad range of issues, and regularly assists these clients in obtaining 501(c) exemption recognition before the Internal Revenue Service.

Education and Certification:

  • B.A., History, University of Missouri, 2003 (cum laude)
  • J.D., University of Missouri, 2006
  • University of Missouri Alternative Dispute Resolution

Certificate Professional Activities:

  • Member, the Missouri Bar
  • Member, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Member, Human Resource Management Association of Greater St. Louis
  • Missouri Bar Foundation Representative (2016 – Present)
  • Member, St. Charles County Bar Association
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Thinking Outside The Box With Workforce Development
Missouri Workforce Development Panel

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

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A panel discussion from representatives of several teams at the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development on engaging under-utilized populations for recruitment. Learn how to recruit and retain veterans and transitioning services members, expand the skills of your current workforce with apprenticeship opportunities, and how to access all the no cost resources the State of Missouri offers employers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Resources available for at no cost to employers.
  • Recruiting opportunities with under-utilized populations such as Veterans, Transitioning Service Members, Reentry, and Youth.
  • Using the Apprenticeship Missouri Program to increase your employee skills and improve company loyalty.

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector


Apprenticeship Coordinator
Office of Apprenticeship & Work Based Learning (OAWBL)

Mike works with a team of dedicated project managers who assist in the development and management of the State of Missouri’s apprenticeships and other training programs designed to strengthen the economic footprint of Missouri’s businesses and citizens. This currently includes Missouri Apprenticeship Ready (MAR), Apprenticeship State Expansion (ASE) and Missouri Industry Recognized Credentials (MIRC) programs. In addition to this Mike has also helped to promote & develop the Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) program which offers assistance to our employer citizens to “skill up” their staff to become more competitive and avoid layoffs.

Formerly, Mike worked as an Industry Training Specialist with Missouri One Start. In this position he specialized in offering & managing grants to companies to develop training curriculum. Also known as the “Customized Training Program” it offered an opportunity for Missouri companies to work in collaboration with community colleges and other outside vendors to develop programs that meet their current training needs. He is a former business representative for the Central Missouri Region and prior to this worked as a frontline staff member with the Springfield Job Center.

Mike is a graduate of Evangel University in Springfield, MO and also holds graduate degrees from the University of Missouri, Columbia and William Woods University. He is a board member of the Missouri Association of Workforce Development, a Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP) and a Certified Toastmaster specializing in public speaking. Mike has lived in Jefferson City for the last seventeen years and enjoys volunteer work, cooking, the outdoors and his beloved Jefferson City community.


Community Development Manager
Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development

Joel McNutt is the Community Development Manager for Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development. In this role, he oversees the Employer Relations and Engagement Team for the State. This team conducts outreach to employers, job seekers, and communities across Missouri, working to identify workforce development needs and providing comprehensive resource and program solutions.

Prior to joining the Office of Workforce Development, Joel spent many years working for State of Missouri in the fields of Economic Development, Procurement, and Utility Regulation.

 


Reentry Coordinator
Missouri Department of Social Services

Marty Meyer holds a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Truman State University. Marty has worked in public service since 2009 as a Corrections Officer at the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, a Youth Specialist II for the Missouri Department of Social Services, Division of Youth Services; a Probation and Parole Officer including working closely with the 13th judicial circuit in Boone County Treatment courts before entering his role as a Reentry Coordinator in 2019. Marty is very passionate about working to make a difference and strongly believes in Improving Lives for a Safer Community.

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The 2 Phases of Economic Development And How Employees Can De-Risk Their Retirement
Burke Anglin

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

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There are generally two economic phases for the typical employee, the accumulation phase and the distribution phase. The strategy during these two phases are completely different and it is critically important that a shift be made from the accumulation phase to the distribution phase to realize a satisfying outcome for your retirement. What you don’t know can hurt you!

  • Learn the methods of accumulation to prepare your employees for a retirement of their dreams.
  • How to prepare to receive retirement distributions and never run out of money.
  • What you don’t know can hurt you!

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector


Director of Financial Solutions
Jennings Insurance

Burke is dedicated to bringing financial comfort and independence to the clients that he works with and serves every day. Working with his clients has become the most rewarding part of his career.

Burke started in the financial services industry in Sacramento, California in 1988 with Northwestern Mutual. He moved into a field leadership position while in Sacramento in 1994. Over the next 20 years, Burke served in various leadership positions in the financial services industry with major multi-billion-dollar companies.

He has held various certifications, including general securities representative, general securities principal, Registered Representative and Investment Advisor Representative, and he is currently a licensed insurance professional.

Burke has been married to Karen for 44 years. They have five daughters and 23 grandchildren. They love living in the country and entertaining all the moving parts of a very busy family.

SESSION 4

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Business

Attracting and Retaining Talent Through Remote and Hybrid Work
Nanette Swarthout

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

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Description:   This session explores the concept of Remote and Hybrid Work as a strategic method to ensure competitive advantage when attracting and retaining talent. For People Leaders to be successful in Talent Acquisition, they must first understand needs of the talent they are trying to attract. The session discusses the current data on worker’s needs, productivity, and methods to align organizations values with workers values. Emphasis in this session is on integrating the current data, reviewing myths and challenges to create a strategic analysis approach to determine the best organizational plan to address the changing talent acquisitions requirements.

Learning Objectives:

  1. How to address Remote and Hybrid Work challenges
  2. Debunk myths about Remote and Hybrid Work.
  3. How to strategically analyze current practices and devise an approach to capitalize on Remote and Hybrid work benefits to attract and retain talent.
  4. How to utilize the current worker data to enhance strategies, work policies and procedures to attract and retain talent.

Senior Instructor

 

Nanette Swarthout SHRM-SCP, SPHR has more than 20 years of corporate and educational experience. As a senior instructor, Nanette has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in management and human resources to adult learners for over 15 years. Previously Nanette was the VP of Human Resources in the healthcare industry, Director of Employment, Employee Relations, and the Director of Training in the airline, insurance, and software industries.  Nanette was a public Commissioner on the DEAC Accrediting Commission, earned an MBA degree from Fontbonne University and a B.S. in Communications from Illinois State University. In April 2011, she was presented the DEAC’s “Distance Education Award” and received the 2010 Fontbonne University Outstanding Faculty award. 

General

Why Leave? FMLA/ADA Leave And Accommodations: Creating Effective Practices When It’s Time To Go?
Joseph Wientge & Benjamin R. Marble

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

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Most employers have encountered situations where a leave or accommodation problem goes beyond the basics. This in-depth practical session will highlight real-world examples of employer missteps, as well as practical solutions, which enable more efficient responses. Attendees will leave armed with examples applicable to common and unique fact situations. Specific takeaways include:

  • Addressing employees who abuse the leave process to avoid work
  • Examining an employer’s obligation after an employee’s leave has expired
  • Using the FMLA regulations to the employer’s advantage to ensure employee compliance
  • Handling situations where the employer did not strictly comply with its obligations under the statutes.

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector


Shareholder
Littler Mendelson

Joe Wientge is a Shareholder with the Littler Mendelson law firm, which combines all the benefits of the largest employment law firm in the world with the partnership of a personal attorney-client relationship.  Joe has over fifteen years of experience in employment law and takes pride in being able to provide his clients with practical and cost-effective advice, whether on routine daily issues, administrative hearings, litigation, and everything in between.  Joe works collaboratively with his public entity clients to tailor solutions to their individual issues.  Employers need partners who understand the many challenges faced in an ever-changing legal landscape.  Joe is proud to be such a partner.

 

 


Associate
Littler Mendelson

Benjamin Marble represents employers before state and federal courts as well as administrative agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, and the Illinois Department of Human Rights. He litigates all aspects of employment litigation, including defending employers against claims of harassment, retaliation, discrimination, wage and hour disputes, and wrongful termination claims brought under the ADA, FMLA, Title VII, MHRA, IHRA, FLSA, MMWL, and other state and federal laws governing employment. During law school, Benjamin was the chairman of the Board of Advocates for the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law and received the CALI Award for Trial Advocacy. Benjamin also competed as a member of the National Finalist Mock Trial Team and was selected to The Order of Barristers while receiving numerous awards for his efforts in the practice of trial advocacy.

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How to use a Wellness Program to Save Money and Improve Employee Benefits
Kent Friend

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

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Developing and implementing an effective Wellness program will actually save employers money and foster healthier employees.

In this session Kent will discuss:

  • The importance of Wellness Programs for both the employers and their employees.
  • The different types of Wellness Programs and incentives to consider
  • How to save money and reduce sick time using a Wellness Program

National Benefit Consultant
Bukaty
Kent joined Bukaty Companies with 30 years of experience building, running and consulting for companies ranging from small to Fortune 500.

He understands what it takes to design an employee benefits program that is attractive to both employers and employees. With all his talents in the finance and operations world, Kent works diligently to provide solutions across the nation the many services Bukaty Companies can assist companies and executives with — Group Health Insurance, Commercial P&C, HIPAA compliance, COBRA administration and payroll, to mention a few.

By keeping the client’s needs as the driver, Kent implements a strategy that allows his clients to stay focused on what they do best.  His new clients have been averaging over a $1,600 per year savings per employee… and they now have better benefits.

Kent is a seasoned public speaker on multiple topics and is known a ones of the nation’s leading expert on Wellness programs, Contributions Strategies, Strategic Plan Design, Direct Contracting and Cost Containment programs. No one brings more passion to their clients than he does.  Kent and his team deliver a world class benefit / insurance experience -so his clients can stay focused on running their company.

Kent graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia, with a combined degree in Marketing/ Management/ Public Relations.

Licensed in Life & Health / Commercial Property & Casualty 

Verticals

All companies over 10 employees – Associations, Auto, Banks, Churches, Construction, Distribution, Food Industry, Gaming and Hospitality, Manufacturing, Marine, Medical providers, Public, Schools, Utilities, 501-c3’s

General

Can We Talk? Difficult Conversations in the Employment Context – Preparing for and Participating in the Talks You Want to Avoid
Sean Oliveira

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

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Not everyone likes confrontation. Most of us actively dislike it. Going around it or avoiding it usually does not work.  This presentation takes a look at strategies for hard discussions in the workplace between employers and employees. Is there really a way to be prepared? We will discuss a variety of difficult conversations from discipline to discharge.  Participants will walk away with the following:

  • Knowing when to have the difficult conversation;
  • Knowing how to prepare for the difficult conversation;
  • Strategies for listening to the other side while remaining steadfast;
  • Strategies for documenting the difficult conversation; and
  • Doing all of this with one eye open that you might get sued

Associate
Ogletree Deakins

Sean Oliveira is an associate in the St. Louis office of Ogletree Deakins. He joins the firm with nearly fifteen years of experience as a federal investigator with the EEOC. During his time as an investigator, he handled all aspects of the administrative process including systemic and class investigations and the negotiation of complex conciliations under every type of discrimination claim. That experience has given him expertise in practicing before state and federal agencies such as the Missouri Commission on Human Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

A California, Bay Area native, Sean received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Philosophy from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He graduated with an employment law concentration from St. Louis University School of Law and acted as Articles Editor with the ABA Labor and Employment Law Journal.

Sean previously lived in Paris for a year teaching English.

SESSION 5

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

General

Controlled Substance Use in the Workplace-Are you Reactive or Proactive?Trends, Testing and Techniques
John Throckmorton

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

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An overview of the benefits, procedures, and protocols of establishing, evaluating, and implementing a Drug-Free Workplace Program. We will address such topics as policies, testing methodologies, supervisory and employee training requirements as well as applicable federal and state regulations.  

At the end of the session, the attendee will:

  1. Be able to identify steps for development and implementation of a drug and alcohol testing policy
  2. Know recent trends in substance misuse
  3. Understand options in drug and alcohol testing methodology
  4. Learn an employer’s responsibility for compliance with state and federal regulations, as applicable
  5. Be able to define training requirements for employees and supervisors
  6. Recognize the potential impact and benefits of a Drug-Free Workplace

Intended Audience: Private Sector


Senior Trainer Consultant
Tomo Drug Testing

John has been with Tomo since December 2000, serving as a collection technician, field manager, breath alcohol and drug collection trainer, operations manager and account executive.  Often referred to as “JT”, John has assisted businesses with the development and implementation of substance misuse testing programs as well as program reviews for compliance with State and Federal regulations. As a Senior Training Consultant, John annually conducts over 100 educational training seminars and webinars. John is a graduate of Baptist Bible College where he met Carol, his wife of 43 years. They have two grown children and three grandchildren. John has been involved in public speaking for over 45 years.

General/Ethics

Workplace Investigation Perspectives
Sean Oliveira and Claudia Tran

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

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Speakers will give a presentation with lots of examples showing that taking complaints of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, failure to accommodate, bullying, general unfairness and nepotism as a chance to perform a workplace investigation, even when the complaint is clearly wrong, can lead to multiple opportunities to align corporate culture, bolster morale, reveal issues before they become full-blown problems, retain employees and other benefits. Bring your hard problems. Anyone who stumps us gets a treat!

Participants will take away/understand:

  • Strategies for how to approach any workplace investigation – how to begin as you mean to go on
  • When and how to consider ethics as part of your investigation
  • Why it is important to listen actively even when you know someone is lying to you
  • Strategies for making the best of a bad situation
  • Strategies for injecting your businesses values into any investigation in order to increase employee morale and retain employees

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector


Associate
Ogletree Deakins

Sean Oliveira is an associate in the St. Louis office of Ogletree Deakins. He joins the firm with nearly fifteen years of experience as a federal investigator with the EEOC. During his time as an investigator, he handled all aspects of the administrative process including systemic and class investigations and the negotiation of complex conciliations under every type of discrimination claim. That experience has given him expertise in practicing before state and federal agencies such as the Missouri Commission on Human Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

A California, Bay Area native, Sean received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Philosophy from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He graduated with an employment law concentration from St. Louis University School of Law and acted as Articles Editor with the ABA Labor and Employment Law Journal.

Sean previously lived in Paris for a year teaching English.


Associate
Ogletree Deakins

Claudia Tran is an associate in the Kansas City office of Ogletree Deakins. Claudia was raised in Overland Park, Kansas, and attended the University of Missouri, where she obtained an undergraduate degree in psychology. She attended Notre Dame Law School in South Bend, Indiana, where she served as the student bar association’s alumni chair for two years, as well as the production and online editor for the Journal of Legislation and the director of public relations for the sports, communication, and entertainment law forum.

While in law school, Claudia also externed in the compliance office of Notre Dame Athletics and the athletics department at the University of North Carolina. After law school, she returned to Kansas City, where she worked for a full service regional law firm as a general litigation associate practicing in insurance defense, civil and business litigation, workers’ compensation and employment law. At Ogletree Deakins, Claudia focuses her practice on defending employers in both pre-litigation matters before administrative agencies and at the litigation stage.

General

Leading According to Patterns
Crystal Neubauer

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

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As leaders, our job is to create alignment between what we say our organizational culture is and what it actually is. In this session, you’ll learn about the relationship between behavioral patterns and organizational culture, values, and mission. In addition, learners will be given tools for productive and empowering coaching conversations regarding behavioral pattern expectations.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learners will understand the role of a leader in creating cultural alignment.
  2. Learners will be able to articulate the relationship between patterns and organizational culture, values, and mission.
  3. Learners will be able to apply the patterns-based coaching methodology to have conversations about behavioral expectations and workplace contributions.

Intended Audience: Public and Private Sector


Speaker, Leadership, Coach, Author
Crystal Neubauer Speaks

Crystal is fiercely passionate about helping individuals, teams, and organizations get “unstuck” so they can fulfill their potential. She brings more than 20 years of training and speaking experience. In addition, she has 15 years of leadership experience which includes the oversight of training departments, event planning teams, and non-profit volunteers. Her experience in the corporate world involves the development and implementation of successful leadership development programs from the ground up.

She released her first book, “Unstuck: Overcoming the Thresholds that Limit Us” in December of 2020. She is currently writing a leadership book with an anticipated release date in mid-2022.

Crystal is a sought-after speaker for corporate conferences, association conferences, retreats, training workshops, and leadership events and has been a featured speaker on webinars, podcasts, and virtual events.

Her many years of leadership experience in financial services, ministry, and education provide her with a wealth of experiences, insight, and knowledge. In addition to holding a bachelor’s degree in theology, Crystal is also a Registered Corporate Coach (RCC™) and a Certified Professional in Training and Development (CPTD).

Business

I-9’s And Global Mobility Update For Busy HR Professionals
Mira Mdivani and Leyla McMullen

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

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This presentation includes latest updates on I-9 compliance, virtual and electronic I-9s, ICE enforcement against employers, I-9 audits, contractor immigration compliance issues, IRCA non-discrimination, and use of employment-based visas as a toolkit for onboarding and retention of qualified international personnel.

Objective 1:  Strengthen knowledge of I-9 and E-Verify
Objective 2:  Update knowledge regarding virtual and electronic I-9s
Objective 3:  Learn of the latest options in employment of international personnel
Objective 4:  Strengthen knowledge of HR compliance under Immigration Reform and Control Act

Intended Audience: Private Sector


Business Immigration Attorney
Mdivani Corporate Immigration Law Firm

Mira Mdivani heads global workforce mobility practice at Mdivani Corporate Immigration Law Firm, leading U.S. employers in strategic planning and risk assessment, including movement, onboarding and retention of international personnel and managing corporate immigration compliance risks.  She is President and CEO of the firm’s training arm, Corporate Immigration Compliance Institute.  Mdivani has served as Kansas Bar Association President, Chair of Missouri Bar Immigration Law Section, and President of Johnson County SHRM Chapter.  She is the author of Corporate Immigration Compliance Plans, Policies and Procedures; I-9 Audits: The Best Way to Prevent I-9 Disasters; and H-1B Visa Demystified, Practical Guide for Employers.  Mdivani’s professional recognition includes the Carol Foreman Medal of Civility Award by the Kansas Women Attorney’s Association; Business Practitioner of the Year by the Missouri Law Media, Best of the Bar by the Kansas City Business Journal, Outstanding Achievement Award by Kansas Bar Association, Robert L. Gernon Award for Outstanding Service to Continuing Legal Education, President’s Award from the Missouri Bar, Johnson County Bar Association’s Earl E. O’Connor Civility Award, and Pro Bono awards from the Kansas Bar Association, University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.


Corporate Immigration Attorney
Mdivani Corporate Immigration Law Firm

Award-winning business immigration attorney Leyla McMullen is a graduate of Kansas University School of Law and Cornell University’s Diversity & Inclusion program. She is an expert in I-9 compliance and visas for international personnel, as well as IRCA non-discrimination policies.