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    • 11 Apr 2023
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM (EDT)
    • Virtual (Zoom)

    The NHRA Rochester Affiliate is pleased to announce our April Program: The ABC’s of Pay Transparency – How Organizations Can Take a Proactive Approach When Preparing for the Upcoming Transparency Changes

    When: Tuesday, April 11 from 8:00AM - 9:30AM

    Where: Virtual (link to be sent after registration)

    Cost: $5 for Members, $10 for Non-Members

    This program is pending HRCI and SHRM Credit approval. 

    In this webinar, HR Compliance and Talent Acquisition experts will share tips and resources for taking a comprehensive approach for preparing for pay transparency changes.  Actions to take. Best practices to follow. Compliance issues to avoid.

    Learning Objectives: 

    1. Action. Learn the importance of establishing a pay philosophy/policy, including how to use market data to benchmark jobs, and establish pay grades
    2. Best Practices.  Learn how to effectively prepare for and communicate the changes, with a focus on change management, employer branding, employee retention, and competitive recruitment tactics. 
    3. Compliance.  Learn practical strategies and best practices to ensure compliance in with pay transparency laws.

    Speaker Bio:                   

    Adrienne Schleigh is a SHRM certified Senior HR Professional with nearly 20 years of experience in all facets of human resources. Adrienne’s experience in human resource management spans diverse industries, supporting clients of all sizes and in a variety of sectors. In her current role, Adrienne leads HR Works’ Direct Placement services and helps clients find top quality candidates in all areas of HR, from entry-level positions, up through Chief Human Resources Officers.

    With a strong background in employee relations, compliance, and change management, Adrienne brings a consultative approach to helping clients understand today’s unique workforce hiring challenges.

    Adrienne sits on the Board of Directors as co-chair of Career Services for the National Human Resources Association, Rochester chapter.

    A personable and enthusiastic communicator, Adrienne is often invited to speak on talent acquisition and workforce trends.  

    She has presented at multiple state SHRM conferences, local SHRM chapters, for NHRA Rochester, and was selected as the keynote speaker for the 2022 CNY SHRM annual conference.

    Interested in sponsoring this event? Sponsorship opportunities are now available! Reach out to Chris Higgins for more information: chiggings@usebsg.com

    • 11 Apr 2023
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM (PDT)
    • Palm Garden Hotel, 495 N. Ventu Park Rd. Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
    • 90

    Get practical simple tools you can use today to improve efficiency, increase communications, grow team health, and boost productivity. The great resignation, the pandemic, and the crazy business environment we are all dealing with right now requires us to be better managers, leaders, to improve our game so that we can improve our bottom line.

     Matt Hahne 

    Certified EOS Implementer 

    EOS Worldwide

    Matt Hahne writes in his published book, Traction Get a Grip on your Business, 'Humor me for a moment and mentally detach yourself from your day-to-day details. Forget all of your pre-existing beliefs about how to run your organization.  Now imagine a bird's eye view of your business and look down on it from above. What do you see?'

    Most business leaders face similar frustrations - personnel conflict, profit woes, and inadequate growth.  Decisions never seem to get made, or, once made, fail to be properly implemented. But there is a solution. What you'll get from attending this program: three (3) free things to do right now in order to keep/attract the right people,  Comprehensive but SIMPLE model to immediately increase your team productivity, ten (10) simple Management Tools to implement today and get results, and two (2) questions to empower your employee every time.

    Additional Event Details

    7:20 AM Registration & Networking

    7:30 AM Breakfast & Introductions

    7:45 AM Legal Update

    8:00-9:00 AM Program and Q&A

    • 11 Apr 2023
    • 5:15 PM - 7:30 PM (PDT)
    • SJSU Student Union, 211 South 9th Street, San Jose, California 95192
    • 94

    • Let’s face it: Our world is changing, and your organization should reflect those changes. Being aware of those around you and not only respecting them but having a genuine appreciation for them and their differences will create the kind of inclusive culture that is needed to drive an optimal employee experience. While basic research has shown that diverse and inclusive teams are better at problem-solving and fostering a global outlook, HR professionals still struggle with building strategies for the modern workplace that maximize belonging at all levels. When advanced from a human and humane perspective, diversity challenges can become valuable opportunities for workplace inclusion, increased productivity, stronger team collaboration, and competitiveness amongst your market peers. Leaders who know how to cultivate positive emotion tap into an endless well of psychological capital—hope, optimism, confidence, resilience, and belief—that has the power to keep people and teams innovating, which creates value and more success even in tough times. You will leave this session with real, tangible, and actionable steps to build a better workplace culture, where employees can thrive, using a proven method for culture change.

      Learning Objectives:  What will participants learn?

    • Design and recommend action steps to create organic opportunities for connection in the workplace.
    • Identify and correct instances where connections around culture are artificially forced rather than naturally developed.
    • Apply current research to your specific employee populations to strengthen connection points.

    Speaker Information:

    Devin Hughes is a captivating speaker, author, and culture expert. He helps leaders drive growth and engagement by aligning workplace culture with success. His experience working on employee engagement strategy, evolving corporate culture, talent management, and diversity and inclusion brings a unique perspective in helping his clients plan for positive growth and evolution. His approach draws from the science of positive psychology, positive organizational research, appreciative inquiry, neuroscience, mindset, and mindfulness.

    Devin’s unconventional and innovative views on business and leadership have attracted international attention. From State Farm to Disney, from Lockheed Martin to Eli Lilly, from big business to entrepreneurs to government agencies, Devin has been invited to meet with an array of leaders and organizations in nearly every industry.

    • 18 Apr 2023
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • Northland Workforce Training Center – Entrance A 683 Northland Ave Buffalo, NY 14211

    Differing backgrounds, perspectives, values, cultures, norms... diversity is all around us and has far reaching impacts as we embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion in the business setting.  

    Join us as we welcome our panelists to speak on their perspectives of DEI in the workplace and how their differing backgrounds have shaped their experiences throughout their careers. 

    Stephanie Peete will also be able to share some general information on Racial Segregation in Buffalo, and WNY Workforce Disparities.

    Asantewa Holley will provide an overview on the initiatives happening at Northland Workforce Training Center, and the opportunities that are being afforded to the diverse population of the City of Buffalo, and WNY.

    This program is pending SHRM and HRCI credit approval.

    Our Panelists:

    Asantewa Holley, Director of Operations, Northland Workforce Training Center

    Ms. Holley is responsible for the day to day Operations at Northland which includes all Grant and State reporting requirements, management of the procurement process for all goods & services, accounts payables, audits and  monthly financial reporting. Asantewa Holley has worked in the financial industry for eighteen years holding multiple operational management roles. In addition, Ms. Holley serves as an Adjunct instructor at The University of Buffalo Educational Opportunity Center. Asantewa holds an MBA from The University of Buffalo, B.S. in Accounting from Empire State College and is a 2020 Graduate of Leadership Buffalo and 2023 Graduate of the New York Association of Training and Employment( NYATEP )Workforce Academy.Ms. Holley currently serves as a Board Member for House Opportunities Made Equal (HOME), the Michigan Street Preservation Corporation – Nash House and Trustee at True Bethel Baptist Church. Asantewa is a member of the National Black MBA Association, WNY Chapter. Asantewa has won several awards including Business First  40 Under 40 and the Buffalo Black Achiever Award. 

    Stephanie Peete, Director of of Workforce Development, Say Yes Buffalo

    Stephanie Peete is the Director of Workforce Development at Say Yes Buffalo, where she cultivates employer relationships, creates antiracism and racial equity learning opportunities, and contributes to strengthening the youth employment ecosystem in the Buffalo region. Stephanie earned a Master’s in Public Administration from Hilbert College, and graduated from Canisius College with a dual Bachelor’s in Urban Studies and Sociology. Stephanie is passionate about racial equity, inclusion, and supporting young people in her community. She currently volunteers as a Say Yes Buffalo Mentor; serves on the Board of Directors for Theatre of Youth as Vice President; is an advisory board member of Women United through the United Way for Buffalo & Erie County; a co-chair for the Women of Color Summit; a 2021 recipient of the Bar Association of Erie County’s Liberty Bell Award, a 2022 Buffalo Business First IDEA Award recipient and a 2023 ATHENA Young Professional Finalist.


    Artrell Williams, Manager of Learning and Development, Sumitomo Rubber

    Artrell Williams is a Training Leader, a visionary and a servant of the people. He is currently the Manager of Learning and Development for Sumitomo Rubber USA and has held leadership roles with Spectrum Cable, and Sprint PCS. Hailing from Sumter, SC, Artrell has made his way up the East Coast to Buffalo, NY where he resides with his wife and two youngest children. Artrell has earned several Training Industry certifications and has delivered leadership development content to his organizations and to organizations with which he is affiliated for over 10 years. One of the highlights of his speaking career being when he spoke to a congregation at Apostolic Church in Ndola, Zambia.Artrell volunteers his time to the community, working with the YMCA, Buffalo's Community Music School and with First Shiloh Baptist Church. He is also a member of The Buffalo Niagara Manufacturing Alliance (BNMA), Leadership Buffalo and the Buffalo Niagara Chapter of the Association for Talent Development.

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    • 18 Apr 2023
    • 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM (PDT)
    • Medtronic - 5290 California Ave., Irvine, CA 92617
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    According to Gallup, “quiet quitters” or disengaged employees make up at least 50% of the U.S. workforce and rank Gen Z and Millennials as the least engaged workers. Join NHRA-OC on April 18 as Dr. Santor Nishizaki, founder and CEO of Mulholland Consulting Group, explores connecting with this diverse demographic and provides actionable tips on recruiting and retaining them in the workplace. 

    Register early and take advantage of early bird pricing! Ticket prices include a copy of Dr. Nishizaki’s book Working with Gen Z: A Handbook to Recruit, Retain, and Reimagine the Future Workforce after COVID-19.

    Event Schedule:

    7:00am - 8:00am  Networking and Breakfast
    8:00am - 8:15am Announcements
    8:15am - 9:15am   Presentation
    9:15am - 9:30am  Q&A
    9:30am - 10:00am Closing and Networking

    Guest Speaker:

    Dr. Santor Nishizaki is the founder and CEO of Mulholland Consulting Group, and his work on Millennials and Gen Z in the workplace has been featured in the WSJ, Entrepreneur, Psychology Today, Yahoo Finance, CNN.com, SHRM, ATD, and more. He is a Ph.D. professor of Global Leadership and Change at Pepperdine University.

    Interested in your company sponsoring this event?

    Awesome! We welcome sponsors for this event.  Send an email to orangecountynhra@gmail.com expressing interest in being a sponsor for this event.  The NHRA Orange County Sponsorship Chair will respond and share more information on how to become an event sponsor.

    • 18 Apr 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar Link to Be Provided
    • 5

    Join us on April 18th from 12:00-1:00 ET

    for our first Book Club event of 2023! 

    All participants will receive a FREE copy of the selected book upon registration. Our first book selection for this year is The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety by Timothy Clark. This event is reserved for NHRA members, and we ask that you provide your address at registration so that we can send you a copy of the book we'll be discussing.

    Book Synopsis: When leaders cultivate psychological safety, teams and organizations progress through four successive stages. First, people feel included and accepted; then they feel safe to learn, contribute, and finally, challenge the status quo. Clark draws deeply on psychology, philosophy, social science, literature, and his own experiences to show how leaders can, and must, set the tone and model the ideal behaviors--as he says, "you either show the way or get in the way."

    This thoughtful and pragmatic guide demonstrates that if you banish fear, install true performance-based accountability, and create a nurturing environment that allows people to be vulnerable as they learn and grow, they will perform beyond your expectations.

    • 27 Apr 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Orlando Gardens Banquet Center, 2050 Dorsett Village, Maryland Heights, MO 63043
    • 94

    This presentation will take participants through a conversational dialogue on the impact of diversity in the workplace.

    Jason Greer is Founder and President of Greer Consulting, Inc. (GCI), a Labor Management and Employee Relations Consulting firm located in Raleigh, North Carolina. Jason is the "Go To" Labor and Diversity Expert a trusted source in the latest race and labor relations news for media across the country, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and FOX News Radio. Highly rated CBS, ABC, and iHeart Media Network stations in top markets including New York City, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, DC and not to mention the national Westwood One and SiriusXM Radio Networks.

    In addition to his work as a National Labor and Diversity Expert, Jason Greer is also a #1 Amazon.com Best Selling Author for the book People Matter Most.  Jason’s book Bias, Racism & The Brain is an International Best Seller and also achieved the status of being listed as a #1 Best seller on Amazon.com.

    Jason has been recognized as an Employee Relations and Diversity expert by Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, ABC, CBS, Fox News and INC Magazine. Jason is a regular guest on CNBC’s Squawk Box as well as CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell.

    Jason previously served as a Board Agent with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) where he managed private sector labor relations’ issues and worked to improve the labor petition filing process. As Labor and Diversity expert, Jason has assisted large and small businesses in industries such as Hospitals, Assisted Living Facilities, Manufacturing and High Tech Companies. Jason’s personable approach has made him one of the most sought after labor and employee relations consultant in the United States.

    Jason Greer’s educational background includes:

    ·         Bachelors in Social Work and Social Psychology (BSW) from Valparaiso University, Indiana

    ·         Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Washington University, St. Louis (Valedictorian)

    ·         Masters in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from The University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign  


    • 9 May 2023
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM (EDT)
    • Virtual (Zoom)

    The NHRA Rochester Affiliate is pleased to announce our May Program: Progressive Steps of Discipline

    When: Tuesday, May 9 from 8:00AM - 9:30AM

    Where: Virtual (link to be sent after registration)

    Cost: $5 for Members, $10 for Non-Members

    This program is pending HRCI and SHRM Credit approval. 

    Whenever you terminate an employee, make sure you have sound reasons for doing so. You want to make sure your employees understand company policy and what the results are if they violate that policy, and you want to apply this policy equally and fairly to all employees. Most employees do not commit repeated violations of company policy or run afoul of expected employment conduct. But when they do, you may find you need to incorporate a form of discipline to keep the offensive conduct in check. That’s called progressive discipline. Progressive discipline is a method of imposing discipline in steps, with a first offense meriting light punishment and subsequent offenses receiving progressively harsher penalties. Typically, the punishment begins with oral warnings and can progress to termination. Many businesses have found progressive discipline an effective means of protecting against wrongful discharge claims.

    Learning Objectives: 

    1. First, we will take a close look at the four steps that make up progressive discipline.
    2. Next, we’ll go over the reasons you should carefully investigate the facts before you start the progressive discipline process.
    3. Finally, we will examine the importance of keeping accurate records.

    Speaker Bio:                   

    Fernan R. Cepero, MA, MS, PHR, SHRM-CP, Organizational & Global Leader is the Senior Resources Business Partner for the YMCA of Greater Rochester supporting the YMCA of the USA Service Delivery Partner system and the Alliance of New York State YMCAs. Fernan has also served an Employee Development Manager for Nestle Waters North America NWNA where his responsibilities include recruiting, employee development and ensuring effective succession planning. Prior to this position he served as Human Resource and Employee Development Manager for Xerox Corporation. There he was responsible for the creation and implementation of their People Development Strategy, where in, he developed and maintained a pool of management talent to meet the company’s long-term needs.

    Fernan is an Adjunct Professor of Human Resource Management and Organizational Development at Medaille College, Bryant & Stratton College, Monroe Community College, St. John Fisher College, Southern New Hampshire University, and the University of Phoenix.

    He is Past President of the Genesee Valley Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management and Past State Director of the New York State Society of Human Resource Management. He currently is on the Board of Trustees for Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School and serves as Chair of the Human Resources Committee. Fernan was appointed Commissioner to the Civil Service Commission for the City of Rochester, New York in 2015 by Mayor Lovely A. Warren.

    Fernan is a 2005 recipient for the Andrew Young Award for diversity & inclusion from YMCA of the USA, a 2007 recipient of Human Capital Magazine Future HR Leaders Award, a 2013 inductee into the Latino American Whos Who, and most recently the 2017 recipent of the Values Based Leadership Award from the National Human Association Rochester Chapter.

    He holds an M.S. in Human Resource Development from Rochester Institute of Technology, an M.A. in Foreign Studies from the American University and a B.A. from Fordham University. Fernan maintains certifications from Mager Associates in Instructional Module Development & Criterion Referenced Instruction. He is certified to administer Consulting Psychologist Press, standardized psychological profiles including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator MBTI, the Kirton Adaptation Innovation® instrument and is a certified consultant for The PROFILOR instrument. Fernan is also a Development Dimensions International DDI facilitator.

    Interested in sponsoring this event? Sponsorship opportunities are now available! Reach out to Chris Higgins for more information: chiggings@usebsg.com

    • 16 May 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom (Virtual)

    Join us on May 16, 2023, to hear from Julie Turney the brainchild of HR@Heart Consulting Inc.

    Presentation Overview:
    Any organization's success depends on its employees' performance, especially its HR Team. A happy and healthy HR team can create a positive work environment, boost employee morale, and contribute to the organization's overall success. This presentation will provide HR managers and team leaders with the tools and strategies they need to create a happy and healthy HR team.

    Presentation Objectives:

    • Understand the importance of creating a happy and healthy HR team
    • Identify factors that contribute to a positive work environment
    • Learn strategies for building solid relationships within the team
    • Develop practical communication skills to foster a positive team dynamic
    • Promote wellness and work-life balance among team members
    • Develop conflict resolution skills to manage team conflicts
    • Create a culture of recognition and appreciation in your HR team
    Speaker Bio:

    Julie Turney is a heart centric people experience architect with over 16 years of experience in the HR profession. She is the brainchild of HR@Heart Consulting Inc., a coaching firm she describes as the “HR Safe Space.” Julie created her firm as part of her healing process through her second bout of HR burnout.

    Today, Julie supports fellow HR professionals from around the globe who are struggling with burnout, compassion fatigue and frustration in their HR careers to get back on track and regain the lost joy in their HR careers.

    Julie is also a TEDx & Public Speaker, Author of the book “Confessions of an HR Pro: Stories of Defeat and Triumph”, Host of the HR Sound Off Podcast Show, and Lead Organizer of Disrupt HR Caribbean for Barbados, Jamaica & Trinidad.

    Julie is on a mission to raise awareness around poor mental health in HR while demystifying the many misconceptions people have about our beloved profession and the people in it.
    • 18 May 2023
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • Buffalo Marriott HarborCenter 95 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14203

    Details to Come!

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    • 25 May 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Orlando Gardens Banquet Center, 2050 Dorsett Village, Maryland Heights, MO 63043
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    The objective of this session is to inform attendees of common pitfalls associated with COBRA compliance. To refresh on some COBRA regulations and rules that are commonly misunderstood or overlooked by Group Health Plan administrators. Become aware of how and why many Group Health Plans unknowingly fall out of compliance with COBRA and learn what to expect when EBSA becomes involved. To apprise of any potential updates regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on COBRA compliance.