Conference Schedule
Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Please be advised this schedule may be subject to change.


Tuesday, May 16, 2023


8:00 AM – 9:00 AM


KEYNOTE PRESENTATION – Build a Team for an Epic Adventure: The Powerful Secret Great Leaders know about Hiring​
Steve Fredlund


Steve Fredlund (The Safari Dude) unveils the secret to building powerful, productive, and engaged teams:

Get the “Right Peeps in Your Jeeps”! Hear compelling personal stories from African safaris and learn how to find, attract, and onboard the right team members to become part of your epic organizational team. Unlock the power of employee behavior and discover the surprising root drivers of productivity, engagement, and retention. Create an epic adventure for your team and get ready for success and happiness!

After the talk, the audience will:
1. Discover the research that proved cultural alignment and connection are more powerful than skills, knowledge and abilities in driving productivity, engagement, and retention
2. Learn new paradigms for hiring, managing, and leading
3. Develop a strategic organizational strategy for selecting and onboarding the “right peeps for their jeeps” that will lead to success, happiness, and longevity
4. Discuss the tools necessary for leading these secrets up to your organizations C-suite and making them part of your business strategy.

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

Steve Fredlund

Steve Fredlund (The Safari Dude) has thirty years of diverse leadership success, from Minnesota to Rwanda, nonprofits to corporations, and start-ups to Fortune 500s. His work in human resources analytics uncovered the surprising drivers of productivity, engagement and retention, the most critical people-based factors impacting organizational success. His insights and methodology are fundamentally transforming how leaders build powerful teams. Steve earned an MBA and fellowship in the Society of Actuaries; he is a two-time TEDx speaker passionate about disc golf, poker and trying to stay a loyal Minnesota sports fan.


9:15 AM – 10:15 AM


Creating Implementation Plans versus Guiding Statements
Steve Dust


Talent and workforce professionals speak with a louder voice now when the company/organization strategic growth goals and strategies are set. This session helps you focus on what external factors are influencing your firm’s desired outcomes, and more effectively frame discussions about its goals. We also give you info on how to influence the growth and expansion plans of your operation and be an effective expansion project team member.

• Use and Design of Strategic Scenarios in Business Planning
• Creating Implementation Plans versus Guiding Statements for the Business/Department
• Tools to Assess or Impact Talent Supply in Business and Growth Plans

Steven J. Dust

No amount of sophistication is going to allay the fact that all your knowledge is about the past and all your decisions are about the future. – Futurist Ian Wilson

Steve has built a broad year career in corporate, business, real estate, and economic development. The common thread connecting various roles is moving organizations into and through growth, change, and combinations that make financial, operational, and cultural sense. Steve is the principal of Waterfront Corporate Services, a firm he founded to deliver consulting services related to business and public sector strategic planning, organizational change, development policies and negotiations, and project execution. Waterfront was started as he completed a 44-year career adventure capstoned with the role as CEO of a private foundation focused on strategic investments to spur regional economic growth, and a 14-year tenure as the first Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance, a regional economic development and civic leadership organization where over a dozen organizations collaborate on regional economic growth projects. He championed and led the startup of TechWorks Campus, the Alliance’s subsidiary redeveloping a 43-acre former manufacturing plant into an urban advanced manufacturing technology, commercial, and entertainment district at the edge of Downtown Waterloo, Iowa.

Steve has pursued his passion for corporate development and mergers and acquisitions through his career in private, non-profit, and public sectors. From adding subsidiary units or expanding operations to fill gaps, to merging departments, firms, and agencies, to executing a firm’s growth strategy through startup and acquisition, Steve always is looking for combinations that make sense.

Steve is a passionate advocate for free enterprise. His work has been recognized by colleagues with the Advocacy in Action Award from the Iowa Association of Business & Industry. He also served as legislative chair for the Iowa Commercial Real Estate Association, and his handprints are on such recent advancements as the Commercial & Industrial Property Tax Reduction, Manufacturing Consumables Sales Tax Exemption, and the Iowa Redevelopment District and Strategic Infrastructure Fund statutes.

As a volunteer, Steve served two terms as a mayor, chaired a state finance authority, and has served on the board of directors for foundations, professional associations, state chambers, and national business associations.

Steve earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Services Administration degree at the University of Central Missouri, and an MBA degree at the University of Iowa. His wife, Donita, is a retired speech-language pathologist. They have two sons, Alex, a chef at the University of Northern Iowa; and Andrew, the co-founder of a venture funded fin-tech startup, in Chicago.

To relax, Steve drives his sports car too fast on the winding roads around the Lake of the Ozarks, and spending time on, in, and around the water.

HR (General)

Affordable retirement plans you CAN offer your employees
Burke Anglin


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 Anglin
Director of Financial Solutions
Jennings Insurance Group

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.

HR (General)

How to do a wellness program that works
Kent Friend


Developing and implementing an effective Wellness program will actually save employees money and foster healthier employees. In this session we will discuss the importance of Wellness Programs for both the employer and their employees.
• How to design and implement a wellness program to improve the culture, save money and improve the insurance benefits

Kent Friend
National Strategic Benefit Consultant
Bukaty Companies

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 


 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.



9:15 AM – 11:30 AM

HR (General)

Leading Your Staff to Drive Innovation
Carolyn Thompson


Innovation is a skill not a gift.

Great news because you can actually do something about that – you can help staff learn a skill! You may have staff who already have the skill and who are already using it. You may have staff who need to enhance their skill in innovative thinking and action. And likely, you have a team with both. Your role as a leader is to help all your staff enhance their innovation skill and shape the nature and success of their innovation efforts. In this session you’ll learn how to create a culture that encourages and supports innovative thinking and action. And then we’ll work on how to influence employees to produce innovative ideas, products, and services. Plan to walk away with powerful tools to influence your organization’s culture, leadership & performance.

Learner Objectives:
• identify the specific behaviors of innovation needed in your organization (or for a specific job)
• assess employees’ innovation skills against your need
• have immediately usable methods for enhancing employees’ innovation skills
• have ways to create the culture of innovative thinking and action your organization needs

Carolyn Thompson
Training Systems, Inc.

Carolyn B. Thompson is President of , a customized performance improvement and HR consulting company dedicated to helping small and medium sized organizations enhance their ability to recruit, inspire and retain quality employees and improve performance
through training. also provides training design and delivery services to training companies, the training departments of large companies and trade &. professional associations. Carolyn is responsible for marketing and helping clients determine the best methods for achieving their performance needs.

She’s also thrilled to do lots of keynotes and her style is highly interactive, including many hands-on learning methods no matter how huge the group! Carolyn has facilitated sessions throughout the country for trade/professional associations and small, medium and large companies, both for profit and non-profit. Over the past fifteen years she has worked with tens of thousands of people from students to entry level staff to managers at all levels.


10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

HR (General)

A Never Ending Story: How to Avoid Mistakes While Conducting Investigations
Joe Wientge / Elizabeth (Libby) A. Stevenson


Conducting investigations is a regular occurrence for most human resource professionals. However, mistakes are still made. Reviewing best practices for conducting investigations is necessary in order to ensure your investigations are conducted effectively, while helping to create a culture where stakeholders feel comfortable bringing complaints forward, fostering confidence in the company’s process and decisions, and also reducing future civil litigation/damages.

1) Be able to identify a definitive process for conducting HR investigations;
2) Recognize common mistakes in the investigation process; and
3) Identify potentially difficult legal issues, requiring assistance.

Joe Wientge

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.

Elizabeth (Libby) A. Stevenson

Elizabeth (Libby) A. Stevenson represents and counsels employers in a variety of labor and employment matters arising under state and federal law. Libby has a wide range of experience representing the interests of employers before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Libby also provides counseling to employers on policies and procedures, as well as general compliance matters arising under various federal, state, and local laws.

Prior to joining Littler, Libby was an employment law associate at a full service law firm in Omaha, Nebraska, where she gained valuable experience advising and representing employers in employment matters.

During law school, Libby was the editor in chief of the Nebraska Law Review and served as a judicial extern for the Hon. L. Steven Grasz of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Professional and Community Affiliations
• Member, Nebraska State Bar Association, 2020-present
• Member, Omaha Bar Association, 2020-present

• Order of the Coif
• Phi Beta Kappa, University of Nebraska Lincoln
• Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society, University of Nebraska Lincoln


Train to the Process, Not the Outcome
David Porter


Training and development are at the heart of growing a powerful and productive team. The challenge arises when so many things are changing in your business. How do you keep up with all the things on which you need to train your team? Train to the Process, Not the Outcome will give leaders a new outlook on training and development centered on principles and process. You cannot know every circumstance your team will face. This session will give you the power to go beyond that and create an organizational team that can adapt, overcome, and win daily.

1. Understand the power shift when process becomes your training mantra.
2. Learn why principle is a more effective training method than tactics.
3. Learn the 4-step process to transform your organization to process-based training.
4. Develop a plan to make process based training a part of your organizational culture at every level.

David Porter
Porter Law, LLC

David Porter helps people either prevent problems or solve them with simple, sustainable strategies. David 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 runs The New Watchman, where he 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.

He earned his 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 Lake Ozark, Missouri.

HR (General)

The Intersection of FMLA/ADA/Work Comp & Marijuana Law
Shelley Ericsson


In this session, we will provide a review of case law relating to the Americans with Disabilities Act (as amended), the Family and Medical Leave Act and Missouri’s workers’ compensation law. We will discuss their intersection and the implications of considering each in a vacuum, without regard to other statutory frameworks. We will also focus on the passage of recreational marijuana use in Missouri and a new law that prohibits employers from discriminating against or taking adverse action against an employee who has a valid medical marijuana patient ID card.

* Discuss managing today’s workforce in the context of medical leave and returning employees to work.
* Discuss updates on ADA, FMLA, Work Comp case law and how they impact managing medical leave.
* Work through fact scenarios to further understand the intersection of these laws.

Shelley Ericsson
Ogletree Deakins

Shelley Ericsson is a shareholder in the Kansas City office of Ogletree Deakins. She is an experienced trial lawyer having represented both Missouri and Kansas employers in state and federal courts on a wide range of workplace matters. Since 2007, Shelley has been selected by her peers as one of the “Best of the Bar” in the labor and employment field by the Kansas City Business Journal.

Shelley counsels companies of all sizes, from family-owned and privately held to Fortune 100 companies, on how to navigate various employment laws, including the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Americans with Disabilities Act, Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the companion state Equal Employment Opportunity laws. Her services include drafting policies and procedures that are tailored for companies and their individual philosophies. In addition to her employment cases, she has successfully tried a number of medical malpractice actions in Missouri state court.

Shelley is very active in the legal community and was a board member for the Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City, serving as its president in 2011. She is a frequent public speaker on employment and labor law and litigation.


11:30 AM – 12:15 PM


12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

HR (General)

Union Activity On The Rise: Trends, Traps, and Tips to Remain Issue-Free
Adam Doerr


This presentation will focus on recent union activity in America, including organizing trends and employer best practices, highlighting legal traps and strategies for keeping your workplace issue-free.

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand recent developments in labor law and union organizing activity
2. Evaluate the impact a union can have on your workplace
3. Identify risk factors in your workplace that may cause employees to seek union assistance
4. Develop strategies for maintaining an issue-free workplace

Adam Doerr
Senior Counsel
Husch Blackwell

With a strong background in management defense and traditional labor law, Adam advises clients on union avoidance, union relations, union contract administration, unfair labor practice allegations, collective bargaining negotiations, contract administration and grievance investigations. In addition to providing day-to-day counsel, he regularly represents employers in National Labor Relations Board proceedings and arbitrations, as well as in litigation in both state and federal courts.

While Adam works with clients in a variety of fields, he concentrates much of his practice on manufacturing companies, as well as on their distributors in the transportation industry. He is extensively familiar with the issues driving those industries’ relatively high union participation rates, and the legal issues that arise as a result.

After pursuing a degree in business administration, Adam chose to concentrate on labor and employment law, which allows him to help a wide variety of employers work through workplace legal issues every day. He understands that clients’ primary concern is their business and its operational strategy, so while managers and employers want to follow all laws and regulations, they rarely have the time or capacity to stay on top of every facet of quickly-changing labor and employment laws. That’s where Adam comes in: his goal is to know and study the law so that he can serve as clients’ trusted business partner. Adam works to protect clients’ interests by advising of risks and best practices to avoid litigation, and by defending against claims that cannot be avoided, so that business owners and managers can focus on their operational goals.


DISC, It’s Not Just for Golf Anymore. Creating above par employees
Carol Throckmorton


Understanding and utilizing DISC as an on boarding and team building tool to enhance employee satisfaction and performance.

Learning objectives:
• Understand individual behavioral styles and how that affects communication and job performance.
• Discover the magic markers of pace and priority.
• Interpret the difference between natural and adaptive styles.
• Recognize conflicts between styles.

Measurable participant outcomes:
• Clearly identify and name the 4 primary behavior styles.
• Explain pace and priority and how it applies in identifying the 4 personalities.
• Identify potential points of conflict between styles.
• Recognize tensions between natural and adaptive styles.
• Create an action plan to enhance communication between the differing behavioral styles.

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

Carol Throckmorton

Teaching people to achieve their goals through:

  • Increased understanding of themselves
  • Enhanced understanding of others
  • Application of communication strategies & tools

Carol was first introduced to personality and behavior assessments 40 years ago. Throughout the years she has taken many different assessments that were spot on and consistent. 

Then Carol was introduced to DISC while managing a dental practice. Learning the DISC system resulted in improved staff relationships and enhanced patient acceptance of treatment plans. This occurred as the group began to understand their own style of communication and how to speak someone else’s language.

Over the years Carol has taught behavior and communication strategies to business owners, parents, Sunday School teachers, individuals, and couples who have wanted a better understanding of themselves and how they are perceived by others. The results have been life changing in achieving better relationships and self-acceptance.

​Carol is also an instructor and subject matter specialist for the Workforce Development Program with Ozarks Technical College in Springfield, MO.


The Shattering of the Status Quo
Tammy Rogers


Organizations have bold goals and develop tactics and strategies to achieve these goals. Then the organizations focus on day-to-day work takes priority. This session will explore how organizations can use the tools provided to recognize and shatter the Status Quo.

During this session we will explore:
1. The symptoms and causes of status quo
2. The forces preventing individuals, leadership, and organizations from moving away from the status quo
3. Actions Leadership and individuals can take to level-up – day after day, month after month, and year after year
4. Strategies organizations can take to:
a. Recognize where they might be accepting the status quo AND what can be done
b. Determine how to BE more and DO more with the resources it has RIGHT NOW – without creating chaos

Tammy Rogers

Tammy Rogers is best known for helping leaders experience “Aha” moments in order to develop new ways of thinking, new attitudes and new behaviors that transfer to the real world.

Tammy is a certified coach. She’s been instrumental in nine business start-ups. She’s held Vice President titles in both Human Resources and Operations – and has had the opportunity to lead more than 200 employees in remote offices from Boston to Los
Angeles and Minneapolis to Atlanta.

Tammy has written more than 50 internationally distributed training programs. She has worked with best-selling authors like James Autry and Bob Nelson. And she has partnered with hundreds of companies – both large and small – to help them improve results through the building of people, processes and procedures.


I-9 and International Personal
Danielle Atchison


In this presentation, we will walk through the top business immigration law issues we are seeing in the current climate. This presentation will examine the latest coming from the White House and related executive agencies affecting U.S. immigration. We will discuss the status of consulates, ICE and DOJ enforcement against employers, and recruiting and retaining international personnel.

* Global Mobility
* Recruitment and Retention
* Elimination of Bias
* I-9 Compliance

Danielle Atchison

Danielle practices in the area of corporate immigration law. She assists employers with immigration compliance plans, policies and procedures, I-9 audits, E-Verify compliance, and immigration related defense from ICE worksite enforcement investigations.

Danielle assists the firm’s clients with visas for international personnel, investors, and executives, including E, L, and H visas, and employment-based green cards.

Danielle also leads the firm’s pro bono practice serving immigrant women and children survivors of domestic violence and other violent crimes.

Danielle teaches corporate immigration and compliance and Violence Against Women Act as an Adjunct Professor of Law at UMKC School of Law. She is on the Board of Directors for the Johnson County Bar Association, Lawyers Association of Kansas City YLS, Federal Bar Association, and Earl E. O’Connor Inn of Court.


1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

HR (General)

HR Ethics:  Organizational Best Practices on Eliminating Implicit Bias in the Workplace
John Marino


Please join us for an interactive session discussing Implicit Bias in the workplace. We will discuss the ins and outs of Implicit Bias as well as best practices to implement positive changes within your organization.

Learning Objectives
o Define and Provide Examples of Implicit Bias
o Discuss the Impact of Implicit Bias
o Best Practices for Minimizing Implicit Bias

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector

John Marino
McMahon Berger

Licensed to Practice: State of Missouri, State of Illinois

John represents management in all facets of labor and employment law. Based in St. Louis, Missouri, he defends clients throughout the country against employment discrimination claims brought under Federal and State law. John is a knowledgeable attorney who represents employers before the NLRB on cases involving unfair labor practice charges, challenges to elections, and post-election conduct. John serves as lead negotiator for many organizations involved in the collective bargaining process. He also advises companies on employment contracts, restrictive covenants, and many other employment-related matters confronting human resources professionals on a daily basis.

Prior to joining McMahon Berger, a national employment and labor law firm, John represented corporations in cases involving insurance defense litigation. He has also served as an associate in-house counsel.


Maturing Your Leaders to Create a Healthy Work Culture
Shana Allen


Discover the three areas inside a company that impact employee turnover the most and how your company can create a happier and healthier environment that retains and attracts the best employees..
Learning objectives
• Revealing the hidden reasons why employee turnover really happens.
• Why effective communication at all levels is the secret sauce.
• How different leadership styles impact your corporate culture.
• Learn to adjust your corporate culture and your leadership team to create a healthy and happy environment.

Shana Allen
SM Coaching

As the CEO of SM Coaching, Shana Allen partners with Human Resource Professionals, Managers and other People Leaders with challenges such as productivity, retention, turnover, conflict resolution and communication. With over 22 years as an HR Professional, she has first-hand experience and knowledge of the day and life of an HR Professional. This has led to her deep experience in Leadership development, high performance team building and business strategy.

Leveraging the lessons she learned, Shana believes that a healthy work culture is a must for all companies and is attainable by creating and developing leaders and seeding and nurturing teams.

Through her challenging and  fun workshops, masterminds and one-on-one coaching, she brings curiosity, innovation and productivity to a higher level. Shana has a degree in Business Management. Is a team member and certified coach and speaker of the John Maxwell Team and a certified DISC consultant.

HR (General)

Family Caregiving – The Second Job of your Employees
Lindsey Niemeier


With an estimated 53 million informal caregivers in the US today, the caregiving crisis is here and growing. Caring for a loved one is rewarding but also challenging. One in five full-time employees are struggling to balance caregiving responsibilities with their workload, professional goals, and everyday life. Navigating these responsibilities and challenges has a negative impact on productivity, engagement, and overall wellbeing. As the need for caregivers continues to grow, now is the time to understand the leading causes to caregiver burnout, and to provide tools and resources so your employees can focus on what matters most – caring for their loved ones and themselves.

In this session you will learn methods to:
• support broader organizational people strategies and DE&I initiatives;
• drive employee engagement and productivity by identifying ways to support their caregiver responsibilities;
• reduce absenteeism and turnover by creating a culture to empower and support your working caregivers.

Lindsey Niemeier
Senior Vice President

Lindsey is the Senior Vice President of Group & Individual Solutions at TCARE, Inc., a leading family caregiver solution platform. She has over 15 years of insurance industry experience, spending most of that time as a strategic consultant for group employee benefit programs. In Lindsey’s current role she is responsible for the development and delivery of TCARE’s solutions to employer groups and strategic partnership members, bringing thought-leadership and innovative ideas to support individuals who are trying to remain productive and engaged at work and in their personal lives, while serving as a family caregiver.


1:30 PM – 3:45 PM

HR (General)

CERTIFICATE SESSION: Supervisor Reasonable Suspension Recognition
John Throckmorton


Learner Outcomes
At the end of each training session, the attendee will:
1) Know some of the behavioral, physical and emotional signs and impacts of drug and alcohol use on an individual as well as:
a) Recognize paraphernalia associated with the use of drugs
b) Become aware of the negative impact of various levels of alcohol concentration in the human body by using learning tools (e.g., beer goggles)
c) Recognize other signs of potential substance misuse/use in the workplace
d) Identify some of the dangers associated with the usage of drugs and alcohol
2) Learn different confrontation methods as well as documentation procedures
3) Understand current trends and how they impact safety in the workplace

Participants will also receive an informational manual for future reference. The manual includes
information presented during the workshop, a sample documentation form, and sample confrontation

John Throckmorton
Senior Trainer Consultant
Tomo Drug Testing

John Throckmorton is a Senior Trainer Consultant with Tomo Drug Testing. He 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.


2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

HR (General)

Emotionally Healthy Workplaces: policy vs reality
Jason Haglund/Renee Schulte


Compounding stressors of the last 3 years have laid the groundwork for significant changes in the workplace.

Is your workplace prepared to meet the growing needs to emotionally support your workforce and develop them professionally and personally? Creating a healthy workplace is more than just training, but rather creating healthy policies that build upon foundations of rejuvenation and recovery that supports your workforce and their mental health needs. Participants will outline a policy they need to allow employees at all levels to feel supported emotionally in the workplace. Discussion will follow about best practices for workplace wellbeing. We will discuss strategies for challenging the status quo and thinking outside the box.

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify an emotionally healthy workplace
2. Create steps to introduce healthier policies in the workplace that enhance their own work wellbeing.
3. Brainstorm ways to have the conversation about wellbeing with other employees, subordinates, and supervisors and upper management.
4. Recognize the need for policies congruent to an emotionally healthy workplace

Jason Haglund
Haglund Consulting, LLC

Haglund provides behavioral health subject matter expertise, public policy analysis, and system design consultation and is a founding member of Rural Policy Partners. Haglund brings with him over 20 years of experience leading, managing and navigating the behavioral healthcare system in numerous leadership and consultative roles.

Haglund provides candid guidance through challenging policy requirements. In addition, Haglund understands the uniqueness of rural Iowa and as a seasoned public speaker draws upon the lessons he has learned from his own multigenerational family farm. As co-owner of Boone County based Hickory Grove Family Farm, Haglund is the 5th generation to continue the family farming tradition.

Keeping up with the constant evolving pace of science, technology, and management of uncertainty can be overwhelming. Haglund understands first hand juggling all of this is required to own and operate a technology informed, financially viable, sustainable family business. This unique perspective affords Haglund to lead engaging, relatable discussions on topics such as stress management, emotional wellness, public policy, and burnout.

Renee Schulte
Senior Consultant
Rural Policy Partners

Ms. Schulte has over two decades of leadership experience in the behavioral healthcare field. Her work in the public and private sectors has given her a unique understanding of the complexities of delivering quality care.

Renee is nationally recognized for her expertise in behavioral health policy, system design,
financial analysis, and strategic planning. As a licensed mental health therapist, Renee has worked across an array of the care continuum including psychiatric hospitals, child welfare providers, and therapeutic foster care services.

She began Schulte Consulting, LLC in 2012. As a consultant she has worked with multiple states creating strategic plans, legislation, and best practice guidance in regulation and rules.

Renee has taught at multiple colleges and universities in the psychology department, encouraging the next generation to join in this important work.


  • Lead and Lift Podcast with Chabidaye Jaglal Ramnath
  • Iowa Employment Conference
  • Public Health Conference of Iowa
  • Iowa Department of Public Health
  • Iowa Caregivers


  • Helping overwhelmed female healthcare professionals find meaningful work and play by creating healthy policies at home,
    work, and life (community).
  • Avoiding crash and burn in the healthcare field
  • Mental health advocacy

HR (General)

The Independent Contractor Revolution – The Department of Labor’s New Rules and Your Business
Rex Fennessey


Almost all employers use “independent contractors” of some kind to assist in their businesses. However, the United States Department of Labor has proposed new regulations which will significantly restrict who can be classified as an independent contractor. Employers who fail to change their practices may find themselves subject to liability under the Fair Labor Standards Act. To prepare, employers should understand how the new rule restricts who can be considered an “independent contractor” and who must be treated as an employee, the typical relationships that are the focus of the DOL’s proposed rules, and strategies for complying with these new rules.

– Understand the new DOL Rule defining “employment” for purposes of the FLSA
– Understand how the new rules will change existing analysis for who is an independent contractor.
– Understand how to identify relationships that may need to be changed after the new DOL takes effect.
– Strategies for complying with the new DOL Rule.

Rex Fennessey
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

HR (General)

Best Practices for Recruiting and Retaining Talent
Carolyn Thompson


Are you finding it difficult to hire quality staff? Once you’ve hired them and trained them, do they take that experience down the street? You’ll learn that recruiting is a marketing and sales process, just like those you now use to let people know the services/products of your organization. In this session – which may forever change the way you approach recruitment and retention – you’ll learn to look at and care for potential talent prospects and the staff you ultimately hire with the same passion you do for customers.

You’ll also discover exciting ideas for targeting just the prospects you need and evaluating your organization’s current management practices to fit that target. In fact, when you leave, you’ll have a plan that’s half written!

Learner Objectives:
• discover and communicate the very specific qualities/skills/knowledge you’re seeking and have immediately usable ideas on where to find your target market of employees
• have wording that makes this specific target want to work with you and your organization have the recruitment plan half finished
• develop your recruiting plans as an organizational business strategy
• Learn to work interdepartmentally to determine specific operational needs.

Carolyn Thompson
Training Systems, Inc.

Carolyn B. Thompson is President of , a customized performance improvement and HR consulting company dedicated to helping small and medium sized organizations enhance their ability to recruit, inspire and retain quality employees and improve performance
through training. also provides training design and delivery services to training companies, the training departments of large companies and trade &. professional associations. Carolyn is responsible for marketing and helping clients determine the best methods for achieving their performance needs.

She’s also thrilled to do lots of keynotes and her style is highly interactive, including many hands-on learning methods no matter how huge the group! Carolyn has facilitated sessions throughout the country for trade/professional associations and small, medium and large companies, both for profit and non-profit. Over the past fifteen years she has worked with tens of thousands of people from students to entry level staff to managers at all levels.