Agenda

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6

PRECONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Choose between these fascinating sessions presented by accomplished, nationally recognized speakers:

3:00 – 6:00pm
BE A COACH, NOT A COP: TRANSFORMING INTERACTIONS BETWEEN HR AND MANAGEMENT

HR professionals are often seen by management as the ones who always say “no” to the C-Suite AND employees. But it doesn’t have to be (or be perceived) that way. Discover how to deploy empathy, business sense, and analytics to gain management’s trust and support.

3:00 – 5:00pm
WORKPLACE INVESTIGATIONS – YOUR CHECKLIST FOR CONDUCTING PERFECT INVESTIGATIONS EVERY TIME

A bungled workplace investigation can cost you severely – ask the company whose HR team messed up to the tune of a $15 million legal judgment. Find out how to plan your investigation … choose your investigator … and document every step. We’ll also discuss best practices to follow, and pitfalls to avoid. Plus, we’ll give you sample templates of investigation forms and checklists to make your job easier.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

7:30 – 8:30 AM

REGISTRATION AND CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

8:30 – 9:15 AM

KEYNOTE ADDRESS – HR AS THE AGENT (AND ARCHITECT!) OF POSITIVE CHANGE IN YOUR WORKPLACE

Change is absolutely scary. But in this day and age, when the only constant is change, it’s also an absolute necessity. Our keynote speaker – who has held top executive AND HR positions – will share his experiences in implementing change … getting buy-in from executives and staff … the team-building benefits of change … and how HR can emerge as a leading player in the process.

9:15 – 10:30 AM: BREAKOUT SESSION #1 – CHOOSE FROM:

10:30 – 10:45 AM: BREAK AND REFRESHMENTS

10:45 – 11:45 am

EMPLOYMENT LAW MASTER CLASS FOR TODAY’S HR PROFESSIONAL: CUTTING-EDGE LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS

A one-hour session with a top HR attorney will typically cost you about $500.00. But The HR Specialist Summit includes a full hour with one of America’s leading employment lawyers as part of our blue-ribbon program. And of course, you’ll also have the chance to ask our expert your questions. The value of this session

11:45 – 12:00 PM: ROOM CHANGE AND BREAK

12:00 – 1:30 PM

LUNCH & SPECIAL PRESENTATION: DEALING WITH CONFLICT – A STRATEGIC AND TACTICAL APPROACH

Verbal aikido? The Monk’s Technique? These may sound like moves from a martial arts movie, but they’re part of HR Specialist Summit moderator Jathan Janove’s unique approach to dealing with conflicts at work. You’ll discover when to intervene (and when NOT to) … listening skills … the Midas Touch apology … and much more.

As an added benefit, HR Specialist Summit faculty members will be seated at select tables – giving you yet another chance to interact with our compliance and strategic experts.

1:30 – 3:00 pm: BREAKOUT SESSION #2 – CHOOSE FROM:

3:00 – 3:15 pm: ROOM CHANGE/BREAK AND REFRESHMENTS

3:15 – 4:15 PM

HR BY THE NUMBERS: METRICS & DATA ANALYSIS

If there’s one thing executives can agree on, it’s that they want to see the numbers behind any proposal or decision. This intriguing “HR by the numbers” session will help you do just that, as we review techniques for collecting HR data … yardsticks for analyzing this data … and the technology hacks you can employ to help you with both.

4:15 – 5:00 PM

DISORDER IN THE COURT: TEAM COMPETITION

As ridiculous as some employee lawsuits may seem, sometimes the outcomes seem even crazier. Our panel will present a series of real-life cases, and teams of HR Specialist Summit attendees will vote on what the actual decisions were. You’ll laugh while you learn – and you may even win a prize!

5:00 – 5:15 pm: CLOSING & FIRST PRIZE DRAWING

5:15 – 6:15 pm: RECEPTION – HOSTED BY CONSTANGY, BROOKS, SMITH & PROPHETE

Join our speakers and your colleagues from around the country for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and networking. A great opportunity to review what you’ve learned during Day One – or to plan your evening in fabulous Las Vegas.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

7:30 – 9:00 AM

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST AND INTERACTIVE ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS

Spend a fast-paced 25 minutes at the table of your choice — each on a different topic that you can discuss with our expert. After 25 minutes you can switch to a second table, and then a third. Topics will include:

9:00 – 10:15 AM

FRIDAY KEYNOTE PANEL – WHAT DO HR AND THE C-SUITE REALLY WANT (AND EXPECT) FROM EACH OTHER?

What do your top executives want from HR? And how can you get what you need from the C-Suite? Our expert panel – made up of both leading executives and top HR professionals – will explain the perspectives of upper management when dealing with the regulatory, management, and staffing concerns of HR professionals. Beyond getting a seat at the table, you’ll gain greater insights on the thinking behind both SIDES of the table.

10:15 – 10:30 AM: BREAK AND REFRESHMENTS

10:30 – 11:30 AM BREAKOUT SESSION # 3 – CHOOSE FROM:

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM

TAKEAWAYS, GIVEAWAYS, AND ANSWERS TO YOUR BURNING QUESTIONS

Our HR Specialist Summit wrap-up session provides a lightning-round overview of the most important points our experts want you to put to work when you get home. Of course, it wouldn’t be an HR Specialist Summit session if we didn’t also take your questions. And we’ll also be awarding our Grand Prize!

1:30 – 3:30 PM

POST-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Take a break after the general sessions conclude, and then come back to participate in one of the following special focused programs presented by accomplished, nationally recognized speakers.

THE HARD-WON WISDOM WORKSHOP

From the man himself! Based on HR Specialist Summit moderator Jathan Janove’s new bestselling book, this two-hour back-and-forth will help you solve your thorniest problems. Need to turn around underperformers? Have a tense situation that needs to be defused? Get Jathan’s expert counsel – AND a free copy of his book!

CALIFORNIA EMPLOYMENT LAW

Many employees (and their savvy attorneys) see golden opportunities in the Golden State – to sue you! This session will summarize the latest laws, litigation, and liabilities in the state that generally leads the nation in new workplace protections. This program will be useful for those who manage employees in California, and others interested in tracking the latest trends (given that developments occurring in California tend to spread east).