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A Day of Positive Inspiration!

 Our Schedule.




6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.  


Meet and greet our exhibiting sponsors and enjoy a continental breakfast.


Provided by our Gold Sponsors



Attendees - We Love Our Sponsors!  Be sure to meet and greet our great sponsors and have them validate your sponsor form to be eligible for the Grand Prize drawing donated by HR Tampa at the end of the day!



7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Legislative Update


  • What Were They Thinking?  Surviving Employment Regulation 2016, Bob McCormack, Shareholder & Iggy Garcia, Shareholder - Credits 1, Room: 2708


This will be a complete legislative update on important legislation, litigation and agency initiatives which occurred in 2016. It will include all major agencies regulating issues that relate to the HR Professional's daily activities, including the EEOC, DOL (including OSHA and Wage & Hour), and NLRB. It will also include recent court cases of significance and anticipated important topics in the upcoming months.





8:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.


8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.


Expo Welcome Announcements


Melissa Robinson, President and Ana Swiger, President-Elect

Dorothy Knapp, SHRM, Field Services Director


8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Morning Keynote Speaker

Jennifer McClure, President & CEO


Disrupt HR! Approaching HR, Talent Acquisition (& your Career) In a Whole New Way - Credits - 1.25


Are you tired of the same old approach to Human Resources? Are you ready to start talking about talent in a whole new way? If that describes you, and you’re interested in shaking things up a bit (or if you’re simply looking for some new ideas), then this session is for you! You’ll hear real-life examples and lessons learned from HR practitioners, CEO’s, business owners, and talent acquisition professionals who have taken risks, stirred the pot, and disrupted the future of work in their organizations. By attending this program, you'll discover new ways of thinking, and ideas that have been implemented in a variety of organizations that are helping companies to achieve a competitive advantage by changing the way that they approach people and talent.



9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.


Attendees We Love Our Sponsors!  Be sure to meet and greet our great sponsors and have them validate your sponsor form to be eligible for the Grand Prize drawing donated by HR Tampa at the end of the day!



10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


• Be Aware!  How to lower your risk of workplace violence, Kevin Brunelle, Director of Training - Credits- 1, Room:  2709


Dealing with workplace violence using the OODA Loop and other methods of preparedness.


C5: Using the Power of Communication to Get a Seat at the Table, Amy Calvin, Founder and Principal - Credits – 1, Room:  Oval Theater


The elusive seat at the table. Every HR professional wants one of those chairs. And once you get it, you want to keep it. What’s the secret? A powerful tool we all have within our reach: Communication. In this highly interactive session, you’ll learn the five types of communication that, once unlocked and applied in unison, can heighten your sphere of influence and solidify the seating chart. (There will even be prizes!)


Bonding Agents: Creating an Inclusive Workplace, David Steffen, Attorney, Partner - Credits - 1, Room:  2708


How to Use Compensation to Support Your HR Strategy, Katie Busch, Pay and Performance Advisor -   Credits - 1, Room:  3707


This informative and engaging presentation will provide you with an overview of how to use compensation to support your HR strategy and your organization’s goals and mission; ways to communicate salary structure design; how frequently other organizations are adjusting salary ranges and how to determine what's optimal for your organization; tips for staying competitive without breaking the bank; and how to manage compensation as an open topic of conversation among employees.


OMG I'm a Fiduciary - Now What? James Holland, Assistant Compliance Officer & John Teixeira, Director of Business Development - Credits - 1, Room:  3705


Right now a good majority of Fiduciaries are leaving their greatest liability unprotected. The DOL, IRS & ERISA Litigators have put Retirement Plans on the top of their lists. It is imperative that your members are informed of the immediate dangers and, more importantly, how to protect themselves and the plan participants. This program will achieve both objectives and provide a road map to running a fully compliant plan.





11:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. - BREAK & PICK UP LUNCH




Attendees We Love Our Sponsors!  Be sure to meet 

and greet our great sponsors and have them validate your sponsor form to be eligible for the Grand Prize drawing donated by HR Tampa at the end of the day!






  • Sponsor Giveaways




11:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.


Be a Cultural Catalyst to Be a Best Places to Work, Elizabeth Krystyn, Founding Partner - Credits - 1, Room:  2709


Trying to recruit in this environment is tough:  with low unemployment, the C-Suite latching on to the more-for-less strategy that got them through the economic downturn, and employee expectations at an all-time high, the role of HR has never been more challenging or more important. Learn how you can be a cultural catalyst while still performing your day job. 


Making $ense of the ₵ents for HR Leaders, Mary Trombitas, Principal Consultant - Credits - 1, Room:  Oval Theater


This presentation will provide insight into the methodology for managing finances in a business. Attendees will learn the methodology for managing the bottom line.


The Future @ Work - Multi-Generational Considerations for Leaders, Michele Norris, Founder/Principal Partner - Credits - 1, Room:  2708


This presentation takes a different approach. We strip away the stereotypical generational differences and approach this conversation from a positive perspective. What are the unique strengths each of the generations bring to the workforce? The combination of these different strengths creates the perfect recipe for organizational success by capitalizing on creativity, innovation and success. We will discuss the key changes resulting from the demographic shift and how HR can best prepare the organization for them.


Crisis Management - How to Conduct an Effective Workplace Investigation, AnnMarie Davis, VP of Employment Practices - Credits – 1, Room: 3707


This presentation will focus on best practices when conducting an internal investigation as well as pitfalls that can occur when an appropriate investigation steps are not followed.  This presentation takes a combined look from the perspectives of human resources, legal and business.


The Catastrophic Cost of Quitting - How organizations and employees pay the price, Ben Fanning, Chief Engagement Officer - Credits - 1, Room:  3705


Don’t fire another employee or consider resigning until you’ve heard this presentation. Through this energetic and engaging presentation, you’ll discover a fresh approach to the “stay or leave question”. Whether you’re confronting a personal decision to resign or deciding whether to retain or fire an employee for your organization, you need to understand the cost of quitting!






12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Attendees - We Love Our Sponsors!  Be sure to meet and greet our great sponsors and have them validate your sponsor form to be eligible for the Grand Prize drawing donated by HR Tampa at the end of the day!




12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Ben Fanning & Mary Trombitas


12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.


GOT QUESTIONS? WE GOT ANSWERS - The What, When, and Especially the HOW of Implementing the New DOL Regulations on Overtime, Bill Grob, Shareholder, Todd York, Chief Human Resources Office - Credits - 1, Room:  2709


Join us as we engage in a deeper discussion of the impact of the Department of Labor’s new regulations on overtime. Topics will include a short refresher on the categories of exemptions, to whom they apply and the applicable tests for determining whether employees qualify; the remainder of the session will be devoted to discussing options for implementation, pay options and pitfalls of each option presented.


Love 'Em or Lose 'Em: Retaining Top Talent, Jennifer Glor, Vice President, People Operations

- Credits - 1, Room:  Oval Theater


The focus of this session is engagement: how it drives productivity, and how HR can help leaders understand the direct link that culture and engagement have to productivity. Attendees will learn how to drive engagement, including specific actions that can be taken - even in environments that are struggling.


Saving Money and Ensuring Compliance in Your Retirement Plan {It’s Easier Than You Think!). Dave Hartbeitner, Certified Financial Planner - Credits - 1, Room:  2708


Learn how to evaluate expenses in your retirement plan and take proactive steps to reduce costs for the firm and your participants.


Be Positively Influential with Executives, Kelley Rexroad, Founder and Principal Consultant - Credits - 1, Room:  3707


You will walk away with a feeling of confidence in knowing how the foundational work for vision, mission and values sets up a successful strategic HR plan.  You will understand your habits may be having a good or bad influence on your personal brand.


Thinking, Seeing, and Acting for Powerful Organizational Change, Angie Bradley-Brown, Director of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness - Credits - 1, Room:  3705


Appreciative Inquiry is a collaborative and strengths-based process designed to bring change in individuals and organizations.  Using this philosophy and steps we can create more of what is right and have a positive shift in organizational culture. 




1:45 p.m. – 2:00.m


Afternoon Snack Break, courtesy of our Gold Sponsors 




Attendees We Love Our Sponsors!  Be sure to meet and greet our great sponsors and have them validate your sponsor form to be eligible for the Grand Prize drawing donated by HR Tampa at the end of the day!




2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Connections to Conversions: How to Use Social Media to Rock your Recruiting (and more), Phil Gerbyshak, Author, Speaker, Trainer, and Podcast Host - Credits - 1, Room:  2709


Social media is no longer optional. How can HR professionals and recruiters use this to their advantage? More importantly, how can you be seen as THE place people want to work? Phil lays out an easy to implement plan to turn your connections into more influence, more impact, and ultimately, more bottom line dollars for your organization. 


Passionate About Performance, Valerie Bernard, President & CEO - Credits - 1, Room:  Oval Theater


Add value and make a difference in the business of your organization. Learn and apply a systematic approach to identify and analyze performance improvement opportunities that impact the bottom line. Try out innovative and flexible models, tools, and techniques as you generate solutions that will succeed. Build skills and strategies to use immediately in your organization. 


I Think I Know What I Think You Said, Paul Endress, Founder - Credits - 1, Room:  2708


As business becomes increasingly multicultural and dispersed, the importance of effective communication skills to build relationships, manage difficult situations, and facilitate collaboration increases. In this highly interactive workshop, participants will discover their communication style and the styles of others in the room when they move to different areas of the room based upon questions from the instructor. Members of the groups then learn about each other by shouting out the answers to a series of additional questions that reveal their strengths, weaknesses, interests, and challenges. Completely interactive and fun!


Brave, Courageous, and Bold - How to Self-Advocate, Beth Healy, President -
Credits - 1, Room: 3707   


Have you ever been silent in a meeting where you had something to offer but were afraid to speak your mind; or hesitant to “blow your own horn” for fear of sounding like a braggart? We all want to be heard, and sometimes we overstep our boundaries and say a bit too much or we say nothing and our terrific contributions are kept inside. Sometimes we try to sound like someone we are not and lose our authentic specialness. Sometimes in our attempt to sound confident, we come across as strident. This presentation will help people "find the voice that fits YOU" and communicates your “YOUness” in a way that senior managers will hear and value your contributions. Attendees will learn the power of self-advocacy over self-promotion.


Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Maintaining Immigration Compliance while Avoiding the Discrimination Claim, Jennifer Roeper, Of Counsel -
Credits - 1, Room: 3705


Learn what questions to ask, and what to avoid when hiring a foreign national.  Learn the basic types of work authorization foreign nationals may present for I-9 purposes.  Learn how to maintain an effective, compliant I-9 program without going “too far” and ending up in litigation.






3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Attendees - We Love Our Sponsors!  Be sure to meet and greet our great sponsors and have them validate your sponsor form to be eligible for the Grand Prize drawing donated by HR Tampa at the end of the day!



3:00 p.m. - 3:30 pm.

Phil Gerbyshak & Paul Endress





3:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. - Closing Keynote Speaker - Creating a Culture of High Trust – 10 things every organization must do to experience high trust. Richard Fagerlin, President - Credits – 1.5



Nobody wants to work in a low trust environment yet nearly everyone has or does. Trust is the key ingredient to business success. Trust issues are wasting productivity, ruining relationships and damaging business. People want it but are stingy to give it. It's time you stopped being affected by trust's biggest lies and started approaching trust from a whole new perspective. If your teams and your organization are not flourishing in a high trust culture you are experiencing one of the greatest examples of "re-work" and creating an environment for politics and offense to thrive and multiply. We will discuss the top 7 reasons for the Trust Gap and discuss 10 practical solutions for building relationships of high trust. Through a simple model for evaluating trust participants will be able to go home and measure trust in their organization.



4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - Fabulous Giveaways and Closing Remarks

Sponsor Giveaways - We Love Our Sponsors! 

Grand Prize drawing donated by HR Tampa!




5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Richard Fagerlin




$200 American Express Card

You must be present to win.





Headwinds On the Horizon: Don’t Get Blown Away by New Developments in Workplace Rights, Theresa Gallion, Partner - Strategic or General – Credits 1.25


This informative webinar will assist you with effectively managing compliance obligations against the backdrop of profound change in the employment law landscape. Critical areas that require attention include transgender workplace issues, ban-the-box legislation, sweeping changes in FLSA, increased scrutiny of employment handbook policies, independent contractor definitions, trade secrets, and other compliance obligations.

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