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Session Descriptions

Tuesday, May 18, 2021


Risha Grant - Get Rid of the BS 

Whether implicit or conscious, bias is the number one threat to humanity and any company's success. Throughout this session, Risha allows attendees to authentically express their biases, while giving them easily applicable tools to get over them, however screwed up they may be. Although diversity can often be an uncomfortable topic, Risha's approach helps attendees to easily understand the concept, without feeling bored or judged.

Risha Grant teaches Diversity & Inclusion through the lens of humanity using terms like BS or Bias Synapse as a way to explain our brain's involvement in the processing and validation of bias.

Attendees will leave this talk with:

• An understanding of Diversity & Inclusion
• A thorough awareness of their biases and how they may have originated
• A recognition of the symptoms and results of bias


A Dose of Dare to Lead,  Kate Adametz Jenkins SHRM-CP, PCC,  UW Credit Union, Brene Brown Certified Facilitator

HR professionals are being called upon to help lead people, teams and organizations through perhaps the most challenging issues of our time.  Never before has it been as paramount to ‘embrace the suck’ of the uncertainty,  risk and emotional exposure that come with living through the unchartered territory of dual pandemics. This session will provide personal development space for HR practitioners to reflect and define their own call to courage based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown and Dare to Lead.
Participants will learn:  
  • How practicing attributes of empathy supports inclusion, belonging and self-care.
  • A strategy to normalize discomfort by embracing FFT's.
  • The power of paradoxical thinking for acknowledging reality while having hope.




The Annual Employment Law Update (COVID-19 Edition) , Session 1, Jennifer Mirus and Brian Goodman, Boardman & Clark Law Firm

HR professionals continue to navigate legal challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This presentation will discuss the latest on paid leave laws, the latest public health guidance impacting the workplace, OSHA guidance, continued state and federal FMLA leave issues, continued requests from employees for reasonable accommodations, and the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines.
Attendees will learn:
  • How the legal framework surrounding employees quarantining, working remotely, and taking leave due to COVID-19 might impact your policies and practices going forward;
  • How legal considerations might affect your organization’s approach to employee vaccinations; and
  • How changing OSHA guidance and other workplace safety issues might impact legal liability for employers.
Top Total Rewards Metrics You Need to Know,  Summer Rector, The QTI Group  and  Mike Johnson, Hausmann Johnson Insurance
How do you measure the performance of your company's Total Rewards program? Well, the way not to do it is by relying on gut feeling. Such a critical assessment requires thoughtful planning, analysis, and alignment with key drivers of company performance to ensure your total rewards programs will help you attract, retain, and engage the best talent. However, with so many metrics available and limited time/resources, how do you know which metrics are vital to success, how often to measure, and how your total rewards program stacks up with the competition? Join Mike Johnson, Vice President of Employee Benefits at Hausmann-Johnson Insurance and Summer Rector, Vice President of HR Consulting at The QTI Group, for an informative webinar where they share the top total rewards metrics every HR professional needs to know to drive business forward in this new world of work.
Key Learnings:
  • Why total rewards metrics are necessary to maximize the return on your total rewards investment
  • What the top total rewards metrics are when time/resources/technology limitations exist
  • How to take action on the metric results to optimize your total rewards program
 Wednesday, August 12, 2020



Risha Grant - Get Rid of the BS - Workshop

The workshop is a session where Risha walks attendees through their BS, using examples to show them what their bias looks like, when it shows up, and then her tips and strategies for how to move past it.
The workshop is a deep dive into the That’s BS concept. After seeing and hearing examples of Risha Grant’s own journey through BS in her keynote, participants will get comfortable discussing the uncomfortable through facilitated discussion which includes a series of thought-provoking questions designed to help them gain a true understanding of their own biases. This session is designed to help attendees really work through their own biases, give them tools to address bias internally and externally, and actionable tips to navigate bias in the workplace.
Participants will also learn:

  • What learned thoughts keep them from interacting with individuals different from themselves
  • What personal issues they still need to overcome to embrace Diversity & Inclusion
  • What they can personally do to help create inclusive cultures or champion Diversity & Inclusion.



Coaching for Excellence, Phil Martin, Public Speaker and Author, going beyond communicating to truly connecting

Authentically connecting with people leads to impactful, POSITIVE COACHING.  To be that positive coach, you need to; identify your style, cultivate your coaching mindset, and create a culture of personal responsibility.  Learn how to simplify these steps and deliver your message with confidence, respect, and inspiration in this POSITIVE COACHING workshop.  Drawing on 35 years of coaching and leading in the worlds of theater, education, and administration, Phil Martin delivers the skills and tools needed to inspire your employees and ultimately transform your organization.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn what a coaching mindset is and how to use it in the workplace.
  • Learn how to coach your team through the development of strong interpersonal and Emotional Intelligence skills.
  • Learn how to effectively admire and inspire your talent.
  • Learn the five top tips to being a highly successful coach.


The Annual Employment Law Update (Non-COVID-19 Edition) , Jennifer Mirus and Brian Goodman, Boardman & Clark Law Firm

Even during the pandemic, HR professionals have to stay on top of recent developments in employment law and assess how these developments might impact their organizations going forward.  This presentation will discuss recent regulatory changes made under the Biden administration, discuss relevant state and federal statutory changes, and relevant court and agency decisions and guidance.
Participants will learn:
  • How key federal and state legislative developments affect hiring and terminating employees, including developments related to unemployment benefits;
  • How new regulations and administrative guidance relating to wage and hour issues might impact your policies and practices; and
  • How key court and agency decisions on discrimination, employee accommodation, and other workplace issues might impact your organization’s legal liability. 










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