|8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
The Journey from Transactional to Transformational Leadership: What Your City Manager Wishes HR Would Start Doing!
Recognizing that a city’s human resource department plays a significant role in helping to shape the organization’s culture, an industry commitment is needed to transition from being task-oriented to results-oriented with a strong sense of purpose. Local governments must quickly embrace change to ensure their future relevance given the current level of citizen disenchantment, media focus on the worst of government, a drive for “less government,” and the technological challenges required to keep up with the customer expectations of Millennials and Generation Z.
Lynda Humble, City Manager, City of Bastrop
||CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Don’t Become EEOC’s Next Press Release
Excluding qualified individuals from employment because of their race, age, ethnicity, disability, or beliefs are in retaliation for exercising protected rights are fundamental violations of the law. The EEOC diligently protects the rights of job applicants to ensure that hiring decisions are based on abilities, not on race or ethnicity. In this session see how some companies unlawfully destroyed or failed to keep records and documents related to employment applications and internal discrimination complaints and punished employees who opposed the company’s unlawful practices, in some instances firing them or forcing them to resign. Learn from others mistakes.
Joe Bontke, Outreach Manager and Ombudsman, United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
The human resource community talks about the need for human resource professionals to be strategic. What does that mean? This session takes the concept and breaks it down to the basics. Participants will gain an understanding of behaviors and actions expected of a strategic business partner, including a how-to for human resource leaders.
Danyelle Williams Ackall, SPHR, Instructor, Neeley School of Business, Texas Christian University
Designing the Inclusive Employee Experience
If diversity is the “what” of difference, than inclusion is the “how.” How does a city attract a wide array of qualified, competent candidates from drainage worker to director? How does a city make each new staff member feel welcome, engaged, and ready to give all that they can? How does a city encourage everyone to remain committed and productive throughout their long municipal career? Jeremy, an Austin-based consultant in diversity and inclusion, will lead a highly practical and interactive session that will address these questions.
Jeremy Solomons, President, Jeremy Solomons & Associates
|11:20 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
||CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS
This session will provide legal guidance and on how to accommodate disabled persons including providing applicants with accommodations under Title II of the ADA to preventing disability discrimination under Title VII. You will not only learn about the law, but also tips and tools for effective implementation.
Clarissa Rodriguez, Associate Attorney, Denton, Navarro, Rocha, Bernal, & Zech, PC
Some of the largest and most diverse employers, including government entities, healthcare providers, and university systems, are creating and sustaining a culture of wellness by blurring the lines between science and art. In this session, we’ll show you examples of how the best learnings from clinical science can be combined with technology, user-centered design, and consumer engagement principles to motivate employees.
Kendall Ramirez, Chief Experience Officer, ACAP Health Consultants
Driving and Measuring Employee Engagement
This session will be based on Lavigna’s book, Engaging Government Employees: Motivate and Inspire Your People to Achieve Superior Performance, published by the American Management Association. Governing magazine selected the book as “one of the six that public sector managers and staff leaders should read.” In this session, attendees will learn what employee engagement is and why it matters, particularly in government; why measuring employee engagement is important, how to measure and analyze the level of engagement, and how to act on the results; lessons learned from the public sector about measuring and improving engagement; and how to build a culture of engagement.
Robert J. Lavigna, Director, CPS HR Institute for Public Sector Employee EngagementTM
||TMHRA AWARDS LUNCHEON
||CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS
The Emotionally Intelligent HR Leader
Growing research around emotional intelligence (EQ reveals its critical role in expressing ourselves productively, maintaining strong relationships, and coping with challenges successfully. This presentation will define emotional intelligence and share how developing your emotional and social skills could be powerful, both professionally and personally.
Bobby Quinten, ACC, Director, Training and Development, Greyhound Lines, Inc.
Human Resources in a Department of One
In this session, the panel will answer your hot topic questions on how to keep your small or one person department running smoothly and efficiently. Questions relating to prioritizing tasks when everything seems like top priority, small office best practices, where to find helpful compliance resources, and more will be covered by our knowledgeable panel! Bring your questions and join us for our “one stop shop” Q&A session!
Mary Ann Henline, PHR, Human Resource Dirctor, City of Decatur; Lauren Safranek, Director of Human Resources, City of Frisco, and Catherine Schlueter,PHR, SHRM-CP, Human Resources Manager, City of Azle
Pension systems are in the news almost weekly. The Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) really is different from most of the systems you read about in the press. Employees, citizens, and councils have questions. Can you effectively answer them? This session will provide an overview of how TMRS works and how your city’s pensions are managed so that you can better answer the pension questions that come your way as a human resources professional.
David Gavia, Executive Director, Texas Municipal Retirement System
Talent Management Strategies That Work
Facilitated networking roundtable (seating by region or population size)
What’s your talent management strategy? Join us in an interactive session to learn what’s included in “talent management” as well as some key strategies around acquiring, hiring, and retaining the best people. We’ll look at employees in different phases of their career and talk about what works to keep them engaged and growing whether that is in place, sideways, or upward. Come prepared to share one thing that has worked within your organization as we crowdsource best practices.
Joshua Smith, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CSSBB-ASQ, CPM, Principal HR Consultant, and Melissa Asher, Senior Leader of Executive Search and Development, CPS HR Consulting
Healthcare Strategies That Work
This session will be eye opening and strongly contrary to conventional wisdom, this foundational philosophy establishes the critical thinking necessary to effectively manage a health plan. This discussion is for plan sponsors who are serious about optimizing recruitment and retention while minimizing cost and maximizing employee satisfaction. Among the concepts that we will address are why employers are failing at health plan management; how “best practices” are repelling the best talent and souring corporate culture; why the industry benchmarks are wrong and are driving the costs of your health plan higher.
Dave Ross, Executive Vice President- Director of Underwriting, and Brent Christensen, Vice President, Benefits, Hays Companies
||Denim and Diamonds
Please join us for a fun- filled evening with live country music, light appetizers and festive cocktails. As always, we will have the green screen for pictures and raffle items from our sponsoring vendors. We encourage you to embrace the theme and wear your denims or your best cocktail dress/suit and boots; everything is “in” at Denim & Diamonds!
Sponsored by: Holmes Murphy & Associates