2014 Annual Conference & Exposition Sessions

Thursday, October 16, 2014
901 Airline Drive
Kenner, LA 70062

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8:30 AM – 10:00
End Bullying, Stop Harassment & Prevent Workplace Violence Workshop

Speaker: Dennis A. Davis, Ph.D., Director of Client Training, Ogletree DeakinsAs episodes of workplace violence grow in frequency and severity, employers need to do all they can to prevent not just violence but bullying as well. Dr. Davis will discuss the similarities and differences between violence and bullying, the atmosphere in which bullying and harassment take hold, what to do to prevent these destructive behaviors, and why your anti-harassment policy might not be enough.In this presentation we will:

  • Define workplace bullying
  • Provide insight into the detection and prevention of aggressive behavior at work
  • Explain the relationship between bullying and harassment
  • Detail the 5 necessary pieces to a complete anti-violence / anti-bullying initiative


10:00 AM – 11:15 AM
Legally Dealing with Union Organizing

Speaker: E. Frederick Preis, Attorney, Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLPWith labor organizations attempting to make a come-back and more Federal Government regulations and decisions that make organizing efforts easier for unions, it is important for employers to know what can legally be done in response.   This session will explain the current labor environment, the anatomy of a union drive, what employers can and cannot legally do, and what legal policies and procedures can be established to reduce the potential of running afoul of the laws.


10:00 AM – 11:15 AM
Supporting Personal Growth of Employees: Coaching to Powerful Performance

Speaker: Ronnie Slone, President, The Slone GroupAll human resources professionals must have coaching skills as an essential element in their leadership toolbox. Leaders who consistently utilize coaching skills have more effective teams, higher morale, and better bottom-line results.
Employees who have received on-going coaching in the workplace experience:

  • Improved working relationships with peers, direct reports and their manager.
  • Increased ability to deal with conflict.
  • Improved performance when dealing with business challenges.

We are aiming to provide you, as HR leaders, with some highly effective coaching skills you will be able to put into practice immediately and prepare the “next line” to continue the great work you have begun!


12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Risky Business: Strategies for Identifying and Avoiding Legal Pitfalls

Speakers: Janis van Meerveld, Partner, Adams & Reese, LLP; Brooke Duncan, Senior Member, Adams & Reese, LLP; and Francis Williamson, Vice President of Human Resources, Goodwill Industries of Southern Louisiana, IncEmployment practices lawsuits and government investigations can range from expensive to devastating for any business. It’s not enough to just comply with the many federal and state laws which apply.   Learn why your company must develop and institute programs and procedures, systems and policies, to reduce exposure to employment related claims, charges, and lawsuits.  Our experienced panel of employment attorneys and an HR professional will review the laws, identify the risks, and share thoughts and strategies on preventive measures that can help your business avoid claims or defend against them when they nevertheless arrive.


12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Unconscious Bias
Speaker: Julia Méndez, CDP, CAAP, PHR, CELS, Principle Business Consultant for the Workforce Compliance and Diversity Solutions division of the Peoplefluent Research InstituteIt is inevitable based on how we were raised, environmental factors, level of educational attainment, culture, etc. for us to drawn to people who are similar to us. However, sometimes this could lead to unconscious bias which can impact who we hire, promote, mentor, train, or socialize with. How can you tell if you have unconscious bias? What are some things you and your organization can do to decrease the level of unconscious bias which goes into making employment decisions? How can you build an environment which is inclusive to all people?


2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
Keeping HR Relevant

Speaker: Robin Schooling, SPHR, Managing Director/Strategist with Silver Zebras, LLCThe world of work, and with it the function of the HR professional, is changing. In this session, we discuss data and findings from organizations such as SHRM, Bersin by Deloitte and McKinsey & Company as we take a look at the changing world of work, the impact of the global economy, and the resulting impact on the human resources profession. The role of the HR professional in an organization has evolved and we’ll explore this evolution by viewing it through various lenses including technology, demographics and how people work today. We’ll discuss the required principles, competencies and concepts in the evolving role of the HR practitioner and we’ll candidly explore how the job of the HR practitioner, as we know it today, may be going away unless we take some very specific actions.


2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
Optimizing your Performance Appraisal Process

Speaker: Christine Assaf, HR Generalist – Gulf Coast Market, Waste ManagementIn this session we will talk about what works and what doesn’t. Why performance appraisals shouldn’t be once a year frustrating exercise and tips for capturing and providing feedback all year long. We’ll go into the reasons why employees want feedback and how managers will benefit from adapting a ongoing feedback process. Information from an HR Practitioner you will get tips on how to turn your performance appraisal process around within your organization.


CLOSING GENERAL SESSION – Attendees of this Session Will Receive a Copy of Dick Finnegan’s Book!
3:30 PM – 4:45 PM
Stay Interviews

Speaker: Dick Finnegan, CEO C-Suite AnalyticsStay Interviews are structured discussions each leader conducts with each individual employee to learn the specific actions he must take to strengthen that employee’s retention.Stay Interviews are more effective than any employee survey because they…

  • Bring information that can be used today
  • Focus on individual employees including top performers
  • Put managers in the solution seat rather than human resources
  • Lead to improved relationships and customized retention plans rather than additional one-size-fits-all employee programs

This session will provide participants with (1) research they can use to convince their executives to implement Stay Interviews across their organizations and (2) fundamental skills they will need to train managers to conduct Stay Interviews. All will receive The Stay Interview Game after the session which is a manager training tool.

This session will also feature a Q & A session with RossThe JerkBoss, powered by the hand of the presenter.

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