Annual Conference Handouts – 2018

ANNUAL CONFERENCE HANDOUTS 2018

 

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 2

8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Registration
Navarro Ballroom Foyer
8:00–8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
Navarro Ballroom Foyer
8:30–8:45 a.m. WELCOME COLLEAGUES
Moment of Silence for Miguel Ozuna-1974-2018

TMHRA President, Lisa J. Norris, SHRM-SCP, Human Resources/Civil Service Director, City of Grand Prairie    Handout
Navarro Ballroom

8:45–10:00 a.m. OPENING GENERAL SESSION

Harassment in the Workplace Due to the #MeToo Movement

What to do with the person being accused—what the EEOC is looking at?

Joe Bontke, Outreach Manager and Ombudsman, United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Navarro Ballroom

10:00–10:30 a.m. Networking Break
10:30 a.m.–Noon WORKSHOPS

When the Unthinkable Happens: Navigating a Line of Duty Death

A panel discussion of shared experiences and protocols from city officials following a line of duty death. This session is intended to provide information for human resource professionals working through the difficult process of showing honor for the fallen and caring for those left behind.

Panelists: Dori Lee, SHRM-SCP, IMPA-CP, Director of Human Resources, City of Lancaster; Deidre L. Hale, HR Director, Town of Little Elm; Rodney Harrison, Police Chief, Town of Little Elm; and Linda Spacek, Director of Human Resources, City of San Marcos
Hidalgo Ballroom

Strategies That Work: Progressive Approaches Towards Mitigating Increasing Healthcare Costs

Brian Dickerson, SPHR, CEBS, CCP, Human Resources Director, City of Fort Worth and Cheryl Orr, Vice President,  Human Capital, Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Madero Ballroom

Noon–1:15 p.m. Lunch Provided
1:15–2:15 p.m.. CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Track 1
Ways Your Managers Cause FMLA/ADA Leave Lawsuits and How to Train Them to Stop

The intersection of leave under the FMLA and leave as a reasonable accommodation under the ADA can be an employer’s nightmare.  Unfortunately, even well-intentioned supervisors can open your city to legal liability under FMLA/ADA.  Julie will highlight recent court decisions to help you navigate the FMLA/ADA landscape.  She will also cover common mistakes made by supervisors that put your city at risk and provide recommendations for best practice to help you and your city avoid costly FMLA/ADA leave mistakes.

Julie B. Ross, Partner, Lynn Ross & Gannaway, LLP
Hidalgo Ballroom

Track 2
The Performance Review Dilemma: To Continue, Change, or Eliminate—What’s an HR Practitioner to Do?

The traditional annual performance appraisal process is under intense scrutiny.  Is an annual review necessary?  If so, how do you make it effective?  If not, what then?  This presentation will touch on four options for an annual review, while drilling into the real underlying issues with performance management in most organizations.

Bobby Quinten, ACC, Director, Training and Development, Greyhound Lines, Inc.
Madero Ballroom

Track 3
Best Practices In Health Risk Management and Cost Containment for Your Health Benefits Plan

Brent will provide key insights and best practices in designing health risk management and cost containment solutions for your health benefits programs.    Brent will cover trends in wellness, disease management, and effective multigenerational strategies that not only control cost but also contribute to healthier and happier employees.
Brent Weegar, Principal and Senior Consultant, IPS Advisors a division of HUB International
Encino Ballroom

2:15–2:45 p.m. Networking Break
2:45–3:45 p.m. CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Track 1
Right on the Money: FLSA and Independent Contractors

Navigating through the maze of the FLSA is no easy task for employers.  This presentation will cover the legal requirements of the FLSA and the necessity for accurate timekeeping and exempt status. Julia will also address the intricacies involved in evaluating whether to consider personnel to be employees or independent contractors.
Julia Gannaway, Partner, Lynn Ross & Gannaway, LLP
Navarro Ballroom 

Track 2
Benefits Compliance Overview: What You Should Know

This presentation focuses on hot topics under PPACA, Wellness Programs, Cafeteria Plans, HSAs, and FSAs, and provides an eight-minute vignette on each.  The presentation highlights the biggest risk issues in each of these areas that employers often miss.  The presentation provides a “refrigerator to-do list” of what plan sponsors, plan administrators, benefits managers, and human resource managers really need to know.

Andrew Malahowski, Area Sr VP Compliance Counsel, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co
Madero Ballroom

Track 3
The Leadership Challenge: Moving from a Transactional to a Transformational Style

Transformational leaders are those who appeal to the intrinsic values and needs of their employees to mobilize them to affect change in the organization. They put forth a bold vision to challenge the status quo. They employ emotion to sell their ideas and attract loyal followers rather than simply asserting authority.

Tony Picchioni, PhD
Encino Ballroom

3:50–4:50 p.m. CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Track 1

Social Media Recruitment Marketing and Employer Branding

Michael Hurwitz, President/Co-Founder, Careers In Government
Navarro Ballroom

Track 2
Adaptability Is the New Change –Keys to Embracing Change and Transition

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
Rumi

By now, we have heard all the clichés about change. But have we truly stopped to consider how the one thing—the biggest thing—we can impact when it comes to change is ourselves? We know change is inevitable and the external churn is now nearly constant. Where we have the most control is in our responses… in our ability to anticipate and adapt. In this session, we will explore tools and techniques for enhancing our awareness and agility around change.
Tracie Reveal Shipman, President and Founder of Many Voices
Madero Ballroom

Track 3
HR’s Role in Creating a High-Trust Culture: Tips, Tools, and Techniques to Increase Your Trust Factor

During these times of unprecedented and disruptive change, leaders at all levels of government must improve their ability to manage a perplexing paradox – how to stay focused on today’s business while building tomorrow’s.  Similarly, the scope of human resources continues to evolve from the policy police and toward facilitating continuous transformation, shaping processes and fostering a culture that together improve an organization’s capacity for change.  Mission-critical in successfully executing this role is for human resource professionals to create and leverage political and leadership capital.  In this session, Patrick will present a proven strategy along with several techniques to help you accelerate your journey.

Patrick Ibarra, Partner and Co-Founder, The Mejorando Group
Encino Ballroom

5:00–6:30 p.m. Meet and Mingle Reception
Extra tickets may be purchased for guests who want to attend the reception. (see registration form)
Hidalgo Ballroom
7:00–9:00 p.m. New Member Dinner – Rio Rio Cantina – Estrella Room, 420 East Commerce Street, 3rd Floor, San Antonio
Sponsored by IPS Advisors a division of HUB International

New TMHRA members over the past year are encouraged to attend, meet our board members, and network with other human resources professionals.
Past Presidents Dinner – Southerleigh’s Fine Food and Brewery, 136 E Grayson St, Suite 120, San Antonio
Sponsored by TMRS and Authur J. Gallagher & Co.
TMHRA past presidents reunite for dinner and to mingle. Transportation Provided

THURSDAY, MAY 3

8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Registration
8:00–8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30–9:45 a.m. GENERAL SESSION

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
Navarro Ballroom

9:45–10:15 a.m. Break
10:15–11:15 a.m. CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Track 1
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
Hidalgo Ballroom

Track 2
Elevate Your Game: Moving from Tactical Thinker to Strategic Business Partner

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
Madero Ballroom

Track 3
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
Encino Ballroom

11:20 a.m.–12:20 p.m. CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Track 1
Americans With Disabilities Act: Legal Issues With Accommodations From Applicants to Employees

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


Hildalgo Ballroom

Track 2
The Avengers – The Real Superheros in Creating & Sustaining a Culture of Wellness (Behavioral Science, User Experience, Technology, and Design

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
Modera Ballroom

Track 3
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
Encino Ballroom

12:20-1:50 p.m. TMHRA AWARDS LUNCHEON
Navarro Ballroom
1:50–2:50 p.m.. CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Track 1
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.
Hidalgo

Track 2
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
Madero

Track 3
TMRS Update

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
Encino

2:55–4:25 p.m. WORKSHOPS

Track 1
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
Navarro A

Track 2
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
Navarro B

7:00–Midnight 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
Hidalgo Ballroom

FRIDAY, MAY 4

8:00 a.m.–Noon Registration
8:00–8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
Navarro Pre function
8:30–9:00 a.m. TMHRA BUSINESS MEETING
Navarro Ballroom
9:00–10:15 a.m. GENERAL SESSION

Recruit, Retain, Recognize: The Secret to the Container Store’s Cultural Success

Regardless of industry, every organization needs to keep people at the core of its business. The Container Store discovered that if you take care of your employees, they will take care of your customers. The Container Store has remained on the Fortune Best Companies to Work For list for 19 years in a row for a reason!  In this interactive keynote, you will hear best practices from a recognized leader in company culture on recruiting, recognizing and retaining employees that are the heart of the business.

Rachel Kennedy, Recruiting Manager, The Container Store
Navarro Ballroom

10:15–10:30 a.m. Break
10:30–Noon GENERAL SESSION

The Anything and Everything Legal Update

Bettye will bring you significant employment law developments from 2018, and looking forward to 2019.

Bettye Lynn, Partner, Lynn, Ross, & Gannaway, LLP
Navarro Ballroom