Management 2017-07-30T19:16:02+00:00


Below you’ll find descriptions of each workshop session associated with the Management track. For questions, contact Lori Jo Goff at or 502-848-8727.

M1: Building Trust for Success
– Angela Bailey, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CCP | Trusted Advisor, Unified Technologies
– Jennifer Wheatley, SPHR, SHRM-SCP | President, CenterPointHR, LLC

What does trust have to do with organizational success? Everything! Leaders who demonstrate trust and trustworthiness inspire higher levels of performance and commitment to team and organizational success. Trust affects organizational results and impacts employee engagement, retention, productivity, and innovation.

M2: Crucial Conversations Overview
– Aaron Miller | Director of Programs, Leadership Louisville Center
– Cynthia Knapek | President, Leadership Louisville Center

Whenever you’re not getting the results you’re looking for, it’s likely a crucial conversation is keeping you stuck. Whether it’s a problem with poor quality, slow time-to-market, declining customer satisfaction, or a strained relationship—whatever the issue—if you can’t talk honestly with nearly anybody about almost anything, you can expect poor results. Crucial Conversations teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics—at all levels of your organization. By learning how to speak and be heard (and encouraging others to do the same), you’ll surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions, and then act on your decisions with unity and commitment. Crucial Conversations is generally a one or two-day course, but this session will give you an overview of the concepts with several great take-always.

M3: The Next Wave of Diversity: A Closer Look at Intersectionality
– Demetria Miles | Founder & CEO, Decide Diversity

Today’s version of diversity covers, among many other things: gender, race/ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, sexual identity, religion, and veteran status. Everyone fits nicely into these groups. According to statistical reports, people fit into only one of these categories at a time. We compare men to women, white people to people of color, and cis gender and straight to LGBTQ. What happens when people identify with more than one of these groups? How do your diversity efforts accommodate intersectional diversity? In this presentation, we will take a closer look at the experiences of people from intersectional backgrounds, why they are important to your diversity initiatives, and how to adjust your diversity and inclusion efforts to effectively engage intersectional employees.

M4: Mega Trends 2017: Identity, Disruption, and Useful Artificial Intelligence
– Cecile Leroux | VP, Human Capital Management Innovation, Ultimate Software

In this session you will find out more about the hottest topics of 2017, which include the importance of truly listening to the Voice of your Employee’s (VoE), better understanding the growing criticality of the Employee/Manager relationship, and finally how HR Agility is becoming the new normal to meet the challenges of the changing workforce.

M5: Turning Workforce Woes into Strategies that Work
– Beth Davisson, MBA | Executive Director, Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center

The number one predictor of a company’s future success is its ability to recruit, train, and retain the right talent. A business can have the strongest strategic plan in place, but without the right team, how can it achieve success? Strengthening our talent pipeline is one of the greatest economic challenges our country is facing, and Kentucky is in the race to build the workforce of tomorrow. Join this session to learn how the Kentucky Chamber’s Workforce Center is helping employers all over the Commonwealth attract and retain the workforce they need to propel their businesses forward. By attending this session, you will also gain a clear picture of the public workforce resources available to employers, and hear examples of other companies’ proven talent models. Join us, and walk away with strategies to recruit and retain a world class workforce.

M6: Cost of Drama in the Workplace
– Alan Claypool | President, Owner, TAC4 Solutions, LLC

Since organizations are made up of flawed people, they frequently revert to an “Us vs. Them” culture that creates drama. Departments fight against departments, and employees become disengaged by management decisions and lack of accountability. While business owners experience part of the frustration from people not getting along, they often look at culture as a “touchy-feely” exercise that doesn’t impact the bottom line. This presentation will demonstrate the ways that organizational drama costs a business and will outline the process to rid the company of organizational noise.

M7: Millennial Talent: Engaging Your Most Critical Asset
– Aaron Miller | Director of Programs, Leadership Louisville Center
– Cynthia Knapek | President, Leadership Louisville Center

As millennials become a larger part of the workforce, the importance of developing their skills and talents has never been greater. By 2025, millennials will make up 75% of the global workforce, but only 7% of organizations surveyed in 2015 are investing in their development. The future of your company depends on this pool of emerging leaders. The Leadership Louisville Center been developing leaders since 1979, and has a track record of enhancing leadership skills in next-generation talent since 2004 with the award-winning Ignite Louisville program. Ignite Louisville has transformed over a thousand bright young employees into high-level leaders. The strategy is twofold: tapping into the best professional development from the corporate world and then using the social sector as a learning laboratory. This presentation will share secrets we have learned and how you can incorporate them into your own talent retention strategies.

M8: From Soldier to Civilian Jobholder: Best Practices in Selecting and Onboarding Former Military Talent 
– Ann Herd, SPHR | Assistant Professor, University of Louisville
– Walter Herd | Director, Transition Division, United States Army Human Resources Command
– Kevin Rose, Ed.D. | Assistant Professor, University of Louisville

Each year, approximately a quarter of a million veterans return to the civilian workforce after serving honorably in the military. Employers often find these former military members to be high-performing employees who bring with them desirable attributes and competencies that they developed while serving in the military. At the same time, however, employers often report challenges in interpreting the service members’ experience and translating it into civilian workforce terms. Veterans also report challenges in their transition to civilian employment. In many ways, the military organizational culture is different from many civilian organizations’ culture, with different leadership norms and human resource practices. This training program reports on recent comprehensive research on the military-to-civilian employment transition process, and best talent management practices for recruiting, selecting, and onboarding former military talent.

M9: Improve Your HR Function with an HR Assessment
– Candra Bryant, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP | Senior Consultant, Hanna Resource Group
– Jaime Horne, M.S. | HR Manager, Hanna Resource Group and Piramal Pharma Solutions
– Autumn Blakeman | HR Consultant, Hanna Resource Group

How effective is your HR-department? Is your HR-department the “high-po” of the organization or are you just “meh”? HRG will provide a brief overview of our newest HR Assessment to help you gauge the efficiency of your HR function, identify compliance gaps, and provide you the tools needed to explain the value of your work to executive leadership! In this session, we’ll review the components of a full- HR assessment and even help you conduct an assessment for your own company. Once completed, you’ll have concrete recommendations to improve HR within your organization.

M10: The Benefits of Successfully Navigating Change
Scott Lesnick | Professional Speaker and Author, President, Successful Business Solutions

The Benefits of Successfully Navigating Change in the Workplace- Dealing with change in the workplace can be challenging for anyone and HR is often asked to assist from so many angles!   After all, our employers and employees are depending on us to have ALL of the answers. New regulations, changes in ownership/leadership, new rules and accountability are difficult to keep up with. Plus, change stinks and even management can struggle when change occurs! Combining successful practices with practical information and on how to “move effortlessly within our industries new directives,” Scott will demonstrate to your attendees the best ways to navigate change while leading others, motivate and revitalize your workplace and decrease employee turnover. Plus, we’ll have some laughs and you’ll find out how successfully navigating change can make you a prime candidate for career advancement!

M11: The “Engaging” Performance Review
Angela Bailey, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CCP | Trusted Advisor, Unified Technologies

In 2016 we “tossed out” the traditional performance ratings. Organizations, leaders and employees have spent decades frustrated and dissatisfied with an ineffective performance management process. This session will discuss next and best practices, and the trends around performance management. Participants will review examples of an “engaging” performance review and discuss how to make the transition away from old school ratings to a process focused on strengths, feedback and engagement.