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How to "Get a Seat at the Table" - Fall Professional Development Workshop
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Early check-in begins at 11:15 am.

 Export to Your Calendar 10/16/2019
When: Wednesday, October 16th
From 11:30 am to 4:30 pm (Check-in begins at 11:15)
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Oasis Convention Center
2546 N Glenstone Ave
Springfield, Missouri  65803
United States
Presenter: Julie Cummings, Chief Human Resources Officer of BKD

Online registration is available until: 10/18/2019
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How to "Get a Seat at the Table"

For HR to "get a seat at the table" and be recognized as a strategic partner to the business, the following are key principles:

  • Demonstrate ROI by making direct connect ions to firm profitability and growth. ( i.e. A recruiter having an impact on profit by hi ring client service professionals who bring in billable hours)
  • Be the leader and advocate for a "Symphonic C-Suite"
  • Make an investment in TRULY knowing how the business works (i.e. Knowing how an audit works and what drives business growth)
  • Connect people programs to strategic objectives
  • Strategically build relationships

Learning Objectives

  1. Discover strategies for how to be a strategic business partner as an HR leader
  2. Connect HR initiatives to profitability and growth
  3. Understand the concept of a Symphonic C-Suite
  4. Develop an action plan for relationship building


Presenter: Julie Cummings, SPHR, SHRM-SCP - Managing Director, Chief Human Resources Officer

Julie serves as BKD’s chief human resources officer and is responsible for leading the firm’s PeopleFirst strategic initiatives. This includes the acquisition of top talent, performance management, engagement of firm members, total rewards, employee relations, compliance and diversity.

She has more than 20 years of experience in human resources, with experience in manufacturing and distribution and financial services as well as in professional services. She has led organizations through significant strategic changes such as switching insurance carriers and brokers, HRIS systems, compensation practices, coaching and feedback and performance and has served an integral role in mergers and acquisitions.

Julie is an active member of the Society for Human Resources Management where she holds the Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) designation. She also holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources® (SPHR®) designation from the HR Certification Institute®. She is committed to her professional career and lifelong learning and has dedicated herself to advancing the human resources profession by serving in a variety of leadership positions for local and state HR associations as well as mentoring young professionals launching their HR career. She has received recognition with the Springfield Business Journal’s Top HR Professional of the Year and Most Influential Women awards.

She currently serves as chair for the P20 Council, which connects K-12 education and business community leaders in an effort to better prepare our youth for life after school. She previously served on the board of Court Appointed Special Advocates.

Julie is a graduate of Missouri State University, Springfield, with an M.B.A. degree.

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