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SWMO Spring HR Conference & Expo

Posted By Robin Horton, Conference Chair, Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Like Spiderman you know that “with great power, comes great responsibility”. Some days you even feel like you can leap buildings in a single bound like Superman, but all days you know that when it comes to HR you are more than your typical superHeRo! (See what we did there?)

This year’s spring SWMO Spring HR Conference & Expo hosted by SAHRA on Wednesday, April 18, is sure to fuel your inner superhero, and is designed for everybody with any human resources responsibility from a supervisor to the full-time HR professional. You will gain:

  • Relevant information and knowledge,
  • Legal updates,
  • superHeRo peer relationships,
  • Six HRCI or SHRM recertification credits.

The speaker and topic lineup is epic, covering topics that are top-of-mind for every workplace, including:

  • Employee engagement,
  • Recruitment,
  • Legal updates,
  • Active shooter training, and
  • Mentoring.

The conference lineup is:

“Whose Superhero Are You? Managers as Mentors” – John Thomas Read more


“Surviving an Active Shooter or Violent Intruder” – Officer Eric Schroeder Read more


“Super Villains and Kryptonite – Handling New Legal Challenges in 2018” – Tim Davis Read more


“The Hero’s Test of Fire: Fighting Your Biggest Battles of Change” – Alex Cobb Read more


“Employees Using Super Powers to Engage & Retain Talent – Karen Shannon Read more


“HR: More than Your Typical Superhero” – Spencer Harris, Ph.D. Read more


"The Legal Do's and Don'ts of Hiring & Firing" – Heather Rooney McBride Read more


"Lead with Courage, Heart and Mind: Creating Company Culture" - Mark Steiner Read more...


If you already know what you need to know, you can register here.

If you’re not sure yet, below is more information about our presenters and what you will gain from the 7th Annual Southwest Missouri Human Resources Conference & Expo. 

“The Hero’s Test of Fire” – Alex Cobb

Learn how to fight your organization’s biggest battles of change and embrace your organization’s tough decisions.

Alex serves as the Chief Human Resource Officer at SeniorAge – a nonprofit agency helping individuals over the age of 60 experience truly “Golden Years”. Raised in Missouri, he has lived in Taiwan, Chicago, and Iowa before returning “home”. Married for 25+ years with three sons, Alex loves spending time with his family and enjoys reading, racquetball, and rock ‘n’ roll. He cannot leap even short buildings with a single bound, but Alex loves to inspire and empower individuals and organizations to accomplish great things.

“Super Villains and Kryptonite – Handling New Legal Challenges in 2018” – Tim Davis

This program will discuss recent and expected changes in the law to ensure HR professionals are up-to-date on new compliance obligations and best practices. Learning Objectives: know new laws and regulations, understand impact politicians will have on the workplace in 2018, and coordinate best practices discussion on addressing new requirements.

Tim Davis concentrates his practice on labor and employment law in the exclusive representation of management. Tim is recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as a “Top Ranked Labor & Employment Lawyer”, by Ingram’s as a “Best Lawyer”, and by LRI as one of the “Top Labor Lawyers in America”. He advises and defends clients on all aspects of the employer/employee relationship with special focus on labor relations/union avoidance. Tim is also active in the human resources community as a member of the Society of Human Resource Management and former President of SHRM-KC. He has been invited to speak at the National SHRM convention on labor relations topics multiple times and also regularly speaks for state and local SHRM and other professional and business associations.

“Surviving an Active Shooter or Violent Intruder” – Officer Eric Schroeder

Employees will gain knowhow to respond to an active shooter situation.  Companies will receive information for creating a strategy for preventing and handling such situations. All participants will discover statistics regarding and warning signs that precipitate such incidents.

Eric Shroeder has been a police officer in Springfield, Missouri for 17 years. He holds undergraduate degrees in psychology, administration of justice from College of the Ozarks and a master's degree in criminal justice with a graduate certificate in terrorism studies. He is nationally accredited through ALICE as an active shooter instructor, Department of Homeland Security/Center for Disaster Preparedness as an instructor, Missouri POST generalist instructor for law enforcement, and C.R.A.S.E instructor through a grant program with the FBI and Bureau of Justice. He has presented this program to schools, business, churches, and at numerous other professional conferences. He is also an adjunct college instructor for both seated and online criminal justice courses.

“Employees Using Super Powers to Engage & Retain Talent” – Karen Shannon

Leaders know that they must have the best talent in order to succeed in a competitive environment.  Employee engagement is the primary enabler behind the successful execution of any business strategy.  HR professionals become the Super HeRo of their organization when they help leaders understand who is most likely to leave the organization and they implement strategies to engage and retain talent.   Participants will receive a model to determine what drives each individual’s engagement, as well as methods for proactive engagement and talent retention.  Participants will complete their own Engagement Self-Assessment to determine how often they take specific actions to increase individuals’ job satisfaction and engagement.

Karen Shannon is the Human Resources & Business Consulting Director for Ollis/Akers/Arney and has served in senior leadership positions in banking and human resources for over 25 years. In the past, she has led a team that provided HR services to 5,000 employees across the US, United Kingdom, India, and Mexico. Today, she works with over 100 clients in the Midwest on key business and HR strategies, which have resulted in cost savings upward of $7 million for her clients. Karen received her MBA and BA in Business Administration and Economics from Drury University. She is a graduate of Leadership Missouri and serves on the Public Policy Task Force for the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. In 2000, Karen was recognized as one of Springfield Business Journal’s Most Influential Women.

“Whose Superhero Are You? Managers as Mentors” - John Thomas

Mentoring is more than a buzzword or formalized program and occurs daily in your organization.  In this session, John will convince you of the value, as well as discuss misconceptions and practical ways to mentor.  Discover and understand the critical, influential and practical role the manager possesses in mentoring those they lead.  Learn 6 myths of mentoring.  Using current data, understand the value of mentoring.  Discuss and discover 6 practical practices that empower managers to mentor those they lead.

John Thomas currently serves as a Human Resources Consultant for the University of Missouri System in Columbia. For more than 20 years, John has been addressing audiences with an inspiring and entertaining manner. In addition to his role at UM System, he does independent consulting and has worked with Sonic Drive-In, Missouri Society of Human Resources Management State Conference, and SHRM chapters in Northwest, West Central, and Central Missouri on issues of employee engagement, morale, organizational climate and culture, and professional development opportunities. From 2005-2013, John served as an assistant football coach at Truman State University. Regardless of the audience, his goal is to enrich, encourage, and elevate the lives of every individual he interacts with.

The Legal Do's and Don'ts of Hiring & Firing – Heather Rooney McBride

Attendees will learn best practices from a legal perspective on (a) interviewing and hiring prospective employees and (b) preparing to and terminating employees. Practical examples will be provided of what to do and what not to do in different scenarios, including helpful tips for managers and human resource professionals. 

Attorney Heather Rooney-McBride is the founding member of Rooney McBride & Smith, LLC. Heather primarily practices in the areas of corporate law, including compliance, human resources, and employment issues, as well as business transactions and litigation, and estate planning.

Heather graduated second in her class and with Order of the Coif honors from Drake University Law School. Before law school, Heather attended Evangel University, where she graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Spanish and a minor in music. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Evangel University, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Maranatha Village Retirement Community, the ACE mentorship program, and she is a Board of Directors member and the Board attorney for the Springfield Regional Arts Council. Heather is also a member of the Missouri Bar Association, the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, the National Association of Professional Women, and the Society of Human Resource Management.

"Lead with Courage, Heart and Mind: Creating Company Culture" - Mark Steiner

Walk the Yellow Brick Road with Mark Steiner. Attendees will learn how to have the courage to allow employees to work independently, lead the company with an open heart creating an encouraging environment, and how to be smart in all decisions and having an open mind. 

Mark Steiner is the co-founder and CEO of GigSalad. As chief visionary, he leads the company ‘s business and marketing strategy, focusing on building a strong customer-centric team and connecting with strategic partners. His career in the entertainment industry has spanned more than thirty years, including a decades-long stint booking high-level talent for performing arts centers, festivals, concerts, and corporate events through the agency he founded. 

“HR: More than Your Typical Superhero” – Spencer Harris, Ph.D.

Spencer Harris (Ph.D., Communication Studies) is the Director of Operations at Mostly Serious. With nearly ten years of teaching experience and three years as an organizational consultant, Spencer has studied and applied a variety of techniques for producing and maintaining productive workplace cultures. Now, as a Director of Operations, Spencer implements and manages effective strategies for creating organizational growth.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, April 18 from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Oasis Convention Center Paradise Ballroom. Register today. 

Tags:  conference  hr  recertification credits  supervisor  training 

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