File - HR Association of the Alleghenies
Be Inspired...Be Amazing
April 13, 2016
Pasquerilla Conference Center
Cambria Somerset HR Association d/b/a
HR Association of the Alleghenies
PO Box 656 Johnstown, PA 15907
Dear Members & Friends,
On behalf of our Conference Committee and the
HRAA Board of Directors, welcome to our 8th annu-
7:30 am Registration | Networking
al conference. Newly titled, the HR & Leadership
Breakfast | Visit Exhibitors
Symposium, this full-day event is designed to engage and inspire you. Whether you are a human
resources professional, business owner, supervisor,
manager, educator or student, we hope you leave
today feeling renewed and invigorated.
Special thanks to today’s speakers for sharing their
knowledge and expertise with us. We are truly
grateful to each of them for spending the day with
8:15 — 9:30 am Keynote
Break | Visit Exhibitors
9:45 — 11:00 am Breakout I
Break | Visit Exhibitors
We are also appreciative of the financial support of
11:15—12:30 pm Breakout II
our sponsors and exhibitors. Please visit with our exhibitors to learn more about their products and services. By doing so, you validate your entry for our
Break | Visit Exhibitors
Grand Prize drawing – an overnight stay and break-
12:30—1:15 pm Lunch | SHRM Foun-
fast for two (2) at the beautiful Omni Bedford
dation Presentation | Visit Exhibitors
Springs Resort & Spa!
Finally, I would like to thank the Conference Committee members who worked with me over the past
five (5) months to plan this event. As volunteers, we
each have real paid jobs, families and a multitude
1:15— 2:30 pm Breakout III
2:45 — 4:00 pm Closing Session
of other commitments. I am especially grateful to
each of them for sharing their time and talents on
4:00— 4:15 Grand Prize Drawing *
*Must be present to Win!
Have a great Symposium!
Tonia Gordon, MHRM, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Chapter President & Symposium Chair
Symposium Committee Members: Diane Lopez, Treasurer; Amy O’Hara & Marie Eash, Co-Directors of
Membership; Kayla Cobaugh, Secretary; Amy Noon, Program Director; Diane Robinson, At-Large Member
8:15 — 9:30 am
RE-ENERGIZE: STRATEGIES FOR PERSONAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL RENEWAL
[STRATEGIC/BUSINESS CREDIT] Jim Ice | Jim Ice & Associates / North Star Learning
This session discusses the personal and strategic applications of the “strengths revolution” (e.g. Marcus
Buckingham) from positive organizational psychology to build energy and improve outcomes. Learn
proven ways to “enable self/others to do what you/they do best” and re-energize personal, team and
organizational performance. Understand how employee engagement ties to organizational outcomes
for finance, retention, and satisfaction. Explore the tools and techniques of a strength-based, engagement-centered perspective for people processes and the human resources professional (e.g. strengths
assessment; appreciative inquiry and leadership development.)
BREAKOUT SESSION I
9:45 — 11:00 am
BOUNCING BACK: ENABLING RESILIENCE IN SELF AND OTHERS [MEETING ROOM D/E]
Jim Ice | Jim Ice & Associates / North Star Learning
Participants will learn and understand that we are experiencing change at breakneck speeds in the
workplace, recognize the implications of these changing conditions on employees, leaders and the entire organization. Understand new approaches related to psychological capital that equip employees
and organizations to prepare for and bounce back from organizational change. Apply proven methods to build the capability to survive and thrive during times of change, and implement things you can
do to begin to build resilience.
FLSA: COMMON ERRORS TO AVOID [MEETING ROOM A/B]
Cynthia Horton, Wage Hour Compliance Investigator | U.S. Dept. of Labor
The participant will be able to understand the updates on the Fair Labor Standards Act and how certain
areas will be changed. Topics include: Provisions, Employment Relationship (independent contractors),
Coverage, Minimum Wage Issues (deductions), Overtime Issues (regular rate), Exemptions and Exceptions (white collar, salary basis, duties tests), Youth Employment, and Common Errors to Avoid.
BREAKOUT SESSION II
THE HR PROFESSIONAL AS CHANGE LEADER: UNDERSTANDING, ACTING, ANCHORING [MTG ROOM D/E]
[STRATEGIC/BUSINESS CREDIT] Dr. John Austin | Three Translation Leadership
Rapid and regular organizational change is the new normal. Managing change is a core HR skill needed across the globe. HR professionals are being asked to help develop change, but also expected to
demonstrate personal acumen in change management. Provides skills for HR as well as offering guidance for how to develop the change capabilities of the organization's management team. Participants will consider the key practical actions that can keep specific change initiatives moving and to
make the organization more resilient in the face of change. 1) The participant will be able to pinpoint
gaps in current change management capability using the understand, act, anchor framework. 2) The
participant will experiment with techniques for triggering mindset shifts and Eureka! moments. 3) The
participant will be able to assess a change initiative using the 12 HR guidelines for practice outlined in
the 2015 SHRM Foundation Guidelines for Practice Report.
THE RISING VALUE OF WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP [MEETING ROOM A/B]
Brenda Vester, Vice President of Business Development |Lee Hecht Harrison Pittsburgh
Understand the value women serve in a leadership capacity. Numbers based evidence as well as other
indicators which include the VUCA (volatile, uncertain complex and ambiguous) which demands a
new style of leadership only women can bring. 1) The positive trends around women in leadership. 2)
An understanding of Leadership Competencies and your Authentic Style; and 3) How to change the
conversation about women in leadership within our own workplace.
BREAKOUT SESSION III
1:15— 2:30 pm
BYOH – BRING YOUR OWN HANDBOOK [MEETING ROOM A/B]
Marla Presley & Bethany Wagner Attorneys at Law Jackson Lewis | Pittsburgh Office
Discussion of best practices. Review of handbook for compliance with labor and employment laws,
regulations, and recent agency directives. 1) Policies that may violate the National Labor Relations Act,
even if your company is union-free. 2) Changes to be made following the amendment to the Family
and Medical Leave Act. 3) Potential pitfalls related to social media policies. 4) The interplay between
various leave laws. You will leave the session knowing which policies you should have in place to guide
day-to-day employee relations, and which policies should be revised or revamped.
BREAKOUT SESSION III
[Continued from Previous Page]
1:15— 2:30 pm
MANAGING ABRASIVE LEADERS: HOW TO INTERVENE WITH LEADERS WHO RUB EMPLOYEES THE WRONG
WAY [MEETING ROOM D/E] Bonnie Artman Fox, MS, LMFT, CADC | A Conscious Choice, LLC
Learn about mentoring/coaching senior staff to change abrasive behavior to work better with all em-
ployees; and avoid/prevent potentially risky and dangerous employee behavior. 1) Identify the psychological forces behind abrasive behavior. 2) Understand how to intervene calmly and confidently with
counterattack from the abrasive leader. 3) Establish a plan to intervene with abrasive leaders to develop interpersonal competence.
CLOSING GENERAL SESSION [BALLROOM]
2:45 — 4:00 pm
STRATEGIC THINKING: DEVELOPING YOUR LEADERS AND IMPROVING YOUR STRATEGIC DECISIONS
[Strategic/Business credit] Dr. John Austin | Three Translation Leadership
Show how strategic leadership is dually important in both delivering HR services effectively and in developing adaptive leaders who enable business to thrive amidst constant uncertainty. Strategic leadership
is an integral element for success. ID the key barriers to strategic thinking and how to overcome these
challenges. Keeping strategic initiatives moving and to help make organizations more resilient in the
face of strategic shift. 1) The participant will be able to identify positive strategic thinking behaviors
within their organization. 2) The participant will learn to diagnose the key cognitive bias cycle that can
limit the strategic thinking capability of a leader. 3) The participant will learn the understand, act, sustain
simple rule for quickly diagnosing why strategic initiatives are stalling.
A session on strategic and critical thinking straight from the SHRM Annual Conference and SHRM Volunteer Leaders Conference. This talk is tied to Dr. Austin’s newest book (published Sept.
2015), Unquestioned Brilliance: Navigating a Fundamental Leadership Trap. This session is highly engaging and always triggers interesting conversation.
GRAND PRIZE & DOOR PRIZE DRAWINGS WILL BE HELD AT THE CONCLUSION OF THIS SESSION
MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN!
Jim Ice has been a trusted advisor to business leaders across
industries for over 30 years. As a
high-energy, thought leader he
delivers results through the integration of business insight and
deep talent management subject matter expertise.
He has held executive level talent management positions at
Westinghouse, Alcoa, and Respironics/Philips.
In 2012, Jim launched his consulting/training business. He has consulted on leadership and change
management topics to dozens of global companies across a wide range of industries.
Jim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology
and Speech Communications from WVU, a MS in
from Perdue University and has completed his doctoral coursework (ABD) in Adult Instruction and
Learning at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. John Austin
Dr. John Austin works at the intersec-
tion of research and practice as the
President of Three Translation Leadership. Prior to that, Dr. Austin was a
Principal at Decision Strategies International and a management professor at Penn State University and
The University of Washington. He
continues to teach executives for The Wharton
School, Georgetown University, and The University
of North Carolina. John has worked with numerous
Global Fortune 500 companies as an executive
development resource and is a frequent speaker
at association conferences.
Dr. Austin has a B.A. in economics from The Johns
Hopkins University and a Ph.D. in management
from Boston College. He is a thought leader in the
areas of team leadership, organizational change
implementation, and strategic decision-making.
Brenda Vester is VP of Business Development for Lee Hecht Harrison’s Pittsburgh office. Brenda has over 20
years of experience in the Human Capital industry, including coaching, training, relationship management, career management & transition. She works with organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, to
design and integrate leadership and coaching programs, career management initiatives, out placement
planning and project execution.
As a speaker, Brenda has developed and delivered topics such as, “Capture the Power of the 21st Century Woman”, and “Communicating across Generations.” Brenda has also taught Business Communications in the Katz School at the University of Pittsburgh.
Brenda has a BS in Business Administration and is PHR certified. Brenda is the author of the books Capture
Your Power, 2009, and RESET; Your Career Starts in Your Mind, 2015.
Marla Presley is a shareholder in the Pittsburgh office of Jackson Lewis P.C.
Ms. Presley’s practice is focused exclusively
on the representation of employers in employment related litigation before administrative agencies and courts on both the state
and federal levels. Ms. Presley dedicates a
significant portion of her practice to proactively counseling employers with respect to
litigation prevention and overall compliance
with state, federal, and administrative laws
and regulations. These include reviewing and
revising employee manuals and policies, reviewing and counseling management regarding termination decisions (including
large scale layoffs), and performing complex
human resource audits. In addition, she is experienced in drafting various employment
agreements including non-competes and
Ms. Presley received her B.A. from the University of Mount Union and her J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law where she was a
member of the Louis L. Manderino Honor Society and the recipient of the Lynette Norton
Award for Excellence in trial advocacy. She
is licensed in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West
Virginia, and is a frequent lecturer on various
legal issues, including employment law updates and employer policies and procedures.
Bethany Wagner is an associate in the Pittsburgh office of Jackson Lewis P.C.
Ms. Wagner practices in the areas of employment and Title IX and NCAA compliance. In her employment practice, Ms.
Wagner focuses on preventative human
resource policy development, training, and
advice and counseling. She also develops
and reviews policy and handbooks, particularly for multi-state issues and compliance. In addition, Ms. Wagner represents
employers in employment-related litigation
before administrative agencies and courts
on the federal and state levels.
Originally from Wheeling, West Virginia, Ms.
Wagner attended Wheeling Central Catholic High School before receiving her B.S. in
Sport Management, summa cum laude,
from West Virginia University and her J.D.
from the West Virginia University College of
Cynthia Horton is a Wage Hour Compliance Investigator for the US Department of Labor. As a native Puerto Rican she speaks fluent Spanish in addition to English which allows her to better perform
her job duties and to reach a larger group of workers. She started her career in the U.S. Navy after
which she earned her Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management with special emphasis on
Training and Development from the University of Maryland. Prior to her employment with DOL she
held both private and public sector employment within the field garnering the knowledge and experience required to obtain compliance in accordance with Wage and Hour laws throughout the
nation. Cynthia currently resides in Greensburg, PA with her husband and two daughters. She is
an active member in her church and is a leader for the Hispanic Community therein. She enjoys
spending time with her family, is an avid animal lover and loves all aspects of the outdoors.
Bonnie Artman-Fox started her career as an RN on an oncology unit. She was always drawn to the
bedside talking to her patients about how they were coping with their diagnosis. Eventually she obtained a master’s degree in Psychiatric Nursing and ultimately became a Licensed Marriage &
Family Therapist (LMFT).
For many years as a LMFT, Bonnie worked with high profile Professionals who were stressed and working at extremely fast speeds. Many times their professional and personal lives had exploded around
them due to multiple demands and distractions. Seeing the destruction of careers and families,
Bonnie developed strategies, programs and workshops concentrating on self-awareness and stress
reduction to help these same professionals turn their lives around.
Now Bonnie applies her skills to workplace relationships which often resemble a family. She works
with Senior Leaders to create emotionally intelligent, healthy work cultures that work through conflict with respect and dignity.
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