Conference Schedule

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION 7:45 – 8:45 AM

David Wood Bartley

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

JEFFERSON B

Ray McCarty

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

JEFFERSON B

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

TRUMAN A

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

TRUMAN B

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

TRUMAN C

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

SESSION 2 – 10:30 – 11:45 AM

JEFFERSON A

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

JEFFERSON A

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

TRUMAN A

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

TRUMAN B

Chad Stieferman: “Response To Active Shooters In The Workplace”

If you came face to face with an armed intruder; what would you do, how would you react? Everyone hopes they will never have to implement what they learn in this course, but if that day comes it will save lives. It will not only be useful in the workplace but will be applicable to every aspect of the attendee’s life.

TRUMAN C

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

LUNCH – 11:45 – 12:30 PM

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SESSION 3 – 12:30 – 1:45 PM

JEFFERSON B

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

JEFFERSON A

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

TRUMAN A

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

TRUMAN B

Tom Chibnall: “Keep You 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.

TRUMAN C

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

SESSION 4 – 2:00 – 3:15 PM

JEFFERSON B

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

JEFFERSON A

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

TRUMAN B

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. 

TRUMAN C

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Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

SESSION 5 – 3:30 – 4:45 PM

JEFFERSON B

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

JEFFERSON A

Kenneth Lynch: “Let P.A.P.E.R. Work for You”

A simple solution to keep your skilled talent from application to retirement.

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

TRUMAN A

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Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

TRUMAN B

Jeff Kortes: “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).

TRUMAN C

Jason Herman: “Ch-Ch-Changes - Leading And Succeeding Through Transformative Times”

Managing change is a part of every organization’s reality. Identifying changes needed to meet business needs is just the beginning. The hard work happens after changes are identified and it’s time for implementation. Strategies and techniques for leading effective change initiatives will be explored through popular music. In addition, the biggest reasons why change initiatives fail will be discussed along with ways to overcome them.

Objectives:

  1. Identify best practices for sustaining large scale change.
  2. Identify 2-3 strategies to utilize when implementing effective change.
  3. Describe common challenges and failures organizations face when attempting to implement change.

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector