Conference Schedule

2020SHRM Recertification Provider CP-SCP Seal 2020 (002)
2020HRCI ApprovedProvider-2020


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 language in the workplace and responses when approached regarding employee issues which could lead to litigation, including how to handle potential MHRA, Title VII, ADA and FMLA suits. We’ll be focusing on revising and improving conversational habits between managers and their subordinates and co-workers amongst each other, with the goal of avoiding miscommunications and the potential for non-intentional comments and “that’s what he/she said” to spur discrimination suits.

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?

  • Advocate to senior leadership that the C.R.A.P. Formula (Caring, Respect, Appreciation and Praise) must be at the heart of your employee loyalty or retention strategy.
  • Demonstrate HOW TO best give employees C.R.A.P. (Caring, Respect, Appreciation and Praise).  Many leaders want to give employees C.R.A.P. but don’t know how to do it!
  • Show why the C.R.A.P. (Caring, Respect, Appreciation and Praise) Formula is essential to millennials and Gen Z.
  • Identify which leaders in their organization don’t give their employees C.R.A.P.

SESSION 2 – 10:30 – 11:45 AM

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

It’s safe to say that the feelings of being connected with others is the very essence of mutuality; a state of relatedness that makes life that much better. In all parts of our society, including where we live, work and worship, we are faced with a variety of issues that have the potential to draw us away from belonging and into the cold space of isolation. This fun, fast-paced and interactive workshop teaches three methods that are easy to use and highly effective at creating real and what can be life changing. Moral boosting, talent retaining and productivity enhancing connection in all areas of life.

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!"

Organizations often struggle with the employee benefit questions. 1) What are the benefits employees want and need, 2) what benefits can I afford to offer, 3) what benefits will help me stay competitive in this changing environment?
In this session we will discuss:

  • 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

Burton Garland: “"FFCRA & CARES Act: What It All Means for Employers"

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. Specifically, the presentation will evaluate jurisdiction issues and factors that determine where a claim may be brought. The presentation will also walk through several examples, providing insight as to what factors Administrative Law Judges evaluate when assessing liability for a claim.

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 that Worker your Employee? Recent Changes in Independent Contractor and Joint Employment Principles”

A company’s legal obligation to workers under the various employment and labor laws depends primarily on whether the workers are considered employees under applicable laws. Determining the status of workers is a critical consideration for any business. A company’s obligations to a worker depend on whether the worker is an employee or an independent contractor with respect to the company. Additionally, joint employer status can create substantial legal liability, and if established, can result in a company being individually and jointly liable for employees of another entity. The National Labor Relations Board and the Department of Labor have recently narrowed the scope of who is a joint employer, and the EEOC is also expected to revise its joint employment rules. This presentation will provide practical advice and tools for companies to minimize liability and exposure of having workers of other entities be treated their employees.

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.  We will cover proper Form I-9 completion, avoiding common mistakes, committing discrimination, and also give a brief overview of the use and benefits of using the free #-Verify System. Join us to learn how employers can reduce their risk of liability during employment verification.

  • Proper completion of the revised I-9, including correcting mistakes and proper retention.
  • Benefits of, enrollment into, and creating an E-Verify case.
  • Demonstration of the E-Verify case creation.
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, including best practices for employers as they handle this hot topic among their employees. The discussion will include a case study following a November 2019 Order from Boone County Circuit Court involving a challenge to the University of Missouri’s on-campus firearm restrictions.

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

Gail Carlock: “Building Winning Relationships”

Relationships are extremely important. How well you get along with your boss, your employees, your customers, and your family members can determine the accomplishments you achieve in life. If you can build a winning relationship, then you will have taken a huge step towards the success in life that you seek. A balanced life requires relationships with other people. Learning how to build winning relationships is a key to achieving a successful life.

Learn the four steps you can take to build healthy relationships both at work and in your family.  Strengthen your network of contacts and see opportunities open up that you never thought possible.

In the Building Winning Relationships course you will learn:

  • The 4 steps to build strong, healthy relationships 
  • The ONE thing you can do to turn around any relationship
  • The power of responding
  • The consequences of blame
  • The power of service
  • How to develop the good in others

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