Conference Schedule

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KEYNOTE PRESENTATION 7:45 – 8:45 AM

David Woods Bartley: "From Mental "Hellness" to Mental Wellness"

The truth is, mental illness doesn’t look a certain way. As it stands now, its many evil incarnations are doing harm to people in all demographics and in all parts of their lives; home, worship, school and work. Recent suicides of the famous, the accomplished and the seemingly content points to the fact that much lies behind a forced smile, a distracting joke, or a “perfect” life. This keynote chronicles the 8-year story of my journey from attempted suicide and mental “hellness” all the way to the experience of mental wellness.

As a result of this keynote, attendees will learn:

  • What mental illness feels like, what it is, and what it isn’t.
  • The difference between contact and connection.
  • Simple ways to create what can be a life-saving difference.

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

SESSION 1 – 9:00 – 10:15 AM

The Honorable Judge Scott Beattie: “A View From The Bench”

A person’s perspective matters. Perspective guides a person’s actions and understanding another person’s perspective can help you be a better advocate. This presentation will give you the view of the judge in the litigation of employment cases and administrative appeals. It will include:

  1. The unique pressures and considerations that influence judges in their handling of employment litigation and administrative appeals.
  2. How things such as venue and region can impact your handling of employment cases.
  3. What things you can do to position your case for success both before the judge and the jury.

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

Jennifer Znosko: “The Realities Of Marijuana And The Workplace In Missouri And Other Midwestern States”

In the United States, the recreational use of marijuana is illegal at the federal level, but it is legal in several states, including Illinois. In even more states, while medical marijuana is also federally illegal, there may be a duty to accommodate in relation to an employee’s use of medical marijuana. In this interactive session, we will help navigate the intersecting laws relating to marijuana and the workplace.

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.

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

Claudia Tran: “Thinking Before Speaking: Using Words As Our First Line Of Defense”

This presentation is intended to provide guidance and tips on improving supervisor language and responses when approached regarding employee issues which could lead to litigation, including how to handle potential pre-ADA and FMLA issues such as employee illnesses, injuries, pregnancy and family care. 

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

Randy Wilinski: “Give Your Employees C.R.A.P...The Success Formula For Building Employee Loyalty”

Have you ever wondered why some bosses and organizations have people who are incredibly loyal to them and who will do anything for them while others have a revolving door of employee turnover? Those bosses and organizations people want to follow give their employees lots of C.R.A.P.! (Caring, Respect, Appreciation and Praise).

SESSION 2 – 10:30 – 11:45 AM

David Woods Bartley: "If You Lead, They Will Follow"

Levering connection to create belonging, boost morale, retain talent and increase productivity.

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

Ray McCarty: "Legal and Legislative Updates"

This presentation will cover a range of topics directly impacting employers, and human resources professionals in particular, including:

  1. Informing the audience of legislation that is pending affecting human resource professionals;
  2. Informing the audience or how to engage to help shape pending legislation;
  3. Answering questions regarding human resource and legal reform issues affecting HR managers and personnel.

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

Heather Brown: “Re-Entry: Offering Hope for a Better Tomorrow”

Learning Objectives

  • The power of investing in that one and what that one can do for others.
  • Why collaboration amongst partnering agencies is key to success.
  • Why Re-entry centers is where the future is at.
  • Featuring our client, Joseph Johnson, who has been released for one year. Joseph has faced many trials due to his felony, but has overcome many barriers to remain successful in his freedom. We will share parts of Joseph’s story via video and live. Joseph will be attending the conference with us.
  • Statistics of the clients we’ve served, including employment rate and recidivism rate.
  • The power of collaboration with other agencies to remove as many barriers as possible, including State Technical College (MoStart), Connections to Success, & Aspire.
  • Personal story from speakers about why they choose to invest in this initiative.
  • Background information on the re-entry program (start date, goals, etc.)
  • Introduction of first re-entry center inside Tipton Correctional Center and how it’s changing the future of workforce for the justice-involved.

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

Kent Friend : "The Latest Strategies to use to Improve Your Group Medical Insurance Benefit Program!"
  • Latest trends
  • Benefits you should offer
  • Cost saving strategies
  • Direct contracts/Reference Based Pricing
  • Technology platforms
  • Pharmacy savings
  • Wellness programs that work 

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

Cathy Martin: “Creating Enforceable Arbitration, Non-Compete And Confidentiality Agreements”

Attendees will have the opportunity to consider the pros and cons of mandating that employees sign arbitration, confidentiality and non-compete agreements. They also will learn how to create enforceable agreements in light of the flurry of recent state and federal decisions attacking mandatory arbitration and limitations on competition by employers. Employees will be given insight on: Are arbitration or non-compete agreements right for an employer’s business?

  • How to best draft and enforce an arbitration agreement?
  • How best to draft and enforce non-compete agreements?
  • How to best draft and enforce confidentiality agreements?

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

SESSION 3 – 12:30 – 1:45 PM

Burt Garland: “What You Need To Know About The New Families First Coronavirus Response Act"

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020.

At the end of the session employers will understand:

  • Their obligation under Paid Sick Leave and Paid Expanded Family and Medical Leave.
  • Who is a covered employer? Who is an eligible employee?
  • Qualification Reasons for Leave, Duration of Leave and Calculations of Pay.

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

Jordan Hudspith: “Is It Compensable?”: A Review Of Several Recent Missouri Work Comp Cases

The presentation will review and evaluate different factors in determining whether an on-the-job accident is Missouri is compensable, including several real case examples to help attendees grasp whether different types of injuries are compensable under Missouri law.

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

Randy Woehl: “Strategic Leadership”

Sociologists report that we influence up to 10,000 people in our lifetime.  As an HR professional your platform for influencing employees is vast. 

In this session you’ll learn the importance of strategic influence and how it can benefit the leadership within your organization.  Yes, you can influence up the organizational ladder. 

As John Maxwell says: “Leadership is influence, nothing more nothing less”.

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

Chad Reis: “Is Your Independent Contractor Really an Employee?”

The use of independent contractor is becoming more prevalent with businesses who are trying to meet staffing needs. 

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

Janet Kottman: "Adding a 529 to Your 9 to 5"

Adding voluntary benefits not only strengthen existing benefit programs, but add value at little or no extra cost. Offering a 529 Plan is not only easy to administer, but also empower your employees to achieve an important and expensive financial goal by saving for a loved one’s future education and receive tax benefits. Learn about new benefits to a 529 plan to address student loan debt.  Attend the workshop to learn more about providing a 529 plan as a voluntary benefit.   Providing your employees with information about saving in a 529 plan promotes financial literacy and could provide a positive and significant difference in the lives of your employees and their children/grandchildren.

  1. What is a 529 Plan and its benefits – future education and student loan debt
  2. How easy 529 plans are to implement as a voluntary benefit 
  3. How to get your organization started

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

SESSION 4 – 2:00 – 3:15 PM

Rex Fennessey: “Work Leave: 7 Policies And 7 Strategies Every Employer Should Know”

An advanced presentation on workplace leave from a leading employment defense attorney that outlines the challenging issue of leave under the ADA, FMLA and Workers Comp laws. 

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

Jennifer Nelson: “Confirm With Confidence: The Revised For I-9 And E-Verify”

Employers nationwide are required to complete the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification for new hires.  Employers are experiencing more enforcement and compliance-related inspections in recent years and these inspections can result in fines and penalties if Form I-9 were not completed, fled or stored correctly.  Learn to confirm you new hires with confidence. 

Sarah Davidson: “Let's Talk Numbers Baby!”

I am a firm believer that in order for HR to be successful with the C-suite, you have to understand the business the and the business acumen.  In order to develop the talent of the HR professionals under you, you should encourage them to know the business and understand how their role affects the bottom line.  In order to grow upward and lose the notion of “necessary evil”, we have to make changes. My  intent is that you’ll walk away more knowledgeable, more confident, and ready to raise the bar of your HR Department, along with your perceived and actual value.

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

Emily Cantwell: “Guns In The Workplace: What Employers Need To Know”

An overview of Employer and Employee rights and restrictions to carrying guns in the workplace and on company property. Will include a case study involving the University of Missouri.

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

Gail Carlock: “Maximize Your Impact”

Maximize your Impact will give you a guide to Discovering your Heartwork.  Leadership is impactful when passion, purpose and connection intercede.  Identify your Passion – Understand your purpose and Evaluate your connections. 

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

SESSION 5 – 3:30 – 4:45 PM

Mike Waggett, Sandy Waggett: “Stop Throwing Good Money at Bad Marketing - It's Time to Get Strategic"

Sandy & Mike Waggett, Owners MSW Interactive Designs LLC

Finding your seat at the table involves understanding the role of Marketing in your organization. Until your organization or department has clearly defined your ideal customer, mastered a message that resonates, and created intentional “moments” that define your brand, you’re throwing money away on your advertising.

In this session, we’ll set all tactics aside (radio, print, web, etc.) and talk about what really matters for effective marketing.

  • Understanding the Strategic Marketing concepts of your company.
  • Who really is best your customer, how to make your business messaging resonate with that customer, and how to convert that customer into a brand advocate carrying a megaphone!
  • The average person “sees” more than 3000 marketing messages per day. Slapping another random one into the fray is throwing money out the window. Strategy first (and a well-focused one, at that) is what gets results.
Burt Garland: “What You Need To Know About The New Families First Coronavirus Response Act"

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020.

At the end of the session employers will understand:

  • Their obligation under Paid Sick Leave and Paid Expanded Family and Medical Leave.
  • Who is a covered employer? Who is an eligible employee?
  • Qualification Reasons for Leave, Duration of Leave and Calculations of Pay.

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

Gary Wilbers: “Workplace Communication Analyzer”

In this session we discover how employees give and receive information. We share four styles of communication that will assist organizational leaders understand that when they learn to flex to the communication style of their team members, they get results.

Understanding and using this tool will help your organization change the behavior of its upper managers and its leaders to maximize performance and increase profitability.

We will share techniques to equip your organizational leaders with the skills to modify employee behavior to become more successful by:

  • Understanding how people are different
  • Developing confident self-awareness
  • Learning to identify others’ styles
  • Modifying behavior based on the other person’s style
Tom Chibnall: “Keep Your Workplace Safe - Bullying, Violence And Drugs”

This presentation will cover best practices for avoiding, responding to and managing workplace violence and safety issues, colored by guidance and regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.  This presentation will address basic concerns regarding drug testing and use of drugs such as marijuana and prescription medication in the lens of workplace safety concerns.  It will also address issues leading to workplace violence, including bulling and harassment and identify best practices for how to address those issues in order to avoid escalation.

Mark Woodward: “Heat In The Seat: Strategies For Keeping New Hires Injury-Free”

Keep your new hires safe! Learn simple and effective strategies that all companies can implement to reduce injuries among your newest employees. New hires are the focus of this session because they’re overrepresented in employee injury statistics. The experts from Missouri Employers Mutual will discuss how an improved focus on communication, setting clear expectations, documentation and proper supervision can reduce the risk for injury among new employees. This session is appropriate for anyone responsible for onboarding and training employees, or for anyone that manages employees. Sample safety and workers compensation resources will be distributed.

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector