ASE's 14th Annual HR Conference

(March 16, 2017)

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A must attend, full-day conference targeted at HR professionals at all levels.  This conference delivers the tools HR professionals need to further develop their organizations’ most important asset: their people.  This is the most anticipated one-day HR conference in Michigan. 


This program has been submitted for 5.75 general credits hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) as well as 5.75 recertification credit hours (PDC) toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP through the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). The use of these seals is not an endorsement by HRCI or SHRM for the quality of the program . It means that this conference has met the HRCI's and SHRM's criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit. 


Start End  Description
7:15 a.m. 8:00 a.m. Registration, Breakfast, Network & Visit Exhibitors
8:00 a.m. 9:15 a.m. Conference Welcome & Morning Keynote Presenation
    Social Gravity: Harnessing the Natural Law of Relationships
    Jason Lauritsen & Joe Gerstandt, Founders, Talent Anarchy
9:15 a.m. 9:30 a.m. Break, Network & Visit Exhibitors
9:30 a.m. 10:45 a.m. Morning Breakout Sessions
  1) MetaTrends in Human Resources (Lance Jensen Richards, Workforce Futurist and Author)
  2) Surviving an Organizational Restructure (James A. Lewis, President, J Lewis Consulting Group, LLC)
  3) Trends, Tools and Techniques of Recruitment (Terry Terhark, CEO, randrr)
  4) He Said, She Said. Who is More Credible? (Terry Bonnette, Partner, Nemeth Law PC)
10:45 a.m. 11:15 a.m. Break, Network & Visit Exhibitors
11:15 a.m. 12:30 p.m. More Morning Breakout Sessions
  5) Hacking HR: Pursuing Progress Through Deviation (Jason Lauritsen & Joe Gerstandt, Founders, Talent Anarchy)
  6) Employee Recognition -The Most Underutilized Tool in Employee Engagement (Karen D. DeCuir-DiNicola, Strategic Performance Consltuant, MBC Training & Development, LLC)
  7) Pre-Employment Testing: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (Patrick M. Nooren, Ph.D, Executive Vice President, Biddle Consulting Group, Inc.)

8) What Does a Trump Presidency Mean for Employers? (Anne-Marie Vercruysse Welch, Member, Clark Hill, PLC)
12:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. Lunch, Visit Exhibitors & Networking
1:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m. Afternoon Breakout Sessions
  9) Delivering a More Strategic HR Function (Amanda Caldas, Manager of Research & Advisory Services, McLean & Company & Sid Wilson, Director, ASE Partnership, McLean & Company)
  10) Creating High Leverage Organizations (Lizbeth Wiggins, Principal, Transitions Training, LLC)
  11) Building Your Talent Pipeline - 10 Practical Tools (Jim Bitterle, Managing Partner, EDSI Consulting)
  12) Accommodate What?  A Human Resource Perspective on Managing the ADA (Dorrie Tompsett, ADA Analyst, Meijer & Jenny Piatt, Business Relations Manager, Michigan Rehabilitation Services)
2:45 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Break, Visit Exhibitors & Networking
3:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. Afternoon Keynote Presentation
    Doing HR Better, and Liking it More
    John U. Bacon, Best Selling Aurthor, Public Speaker, Radio Commentator & Teacher
4:00 p.m. 4:15 p.m. Networking & Conclusion

AM Keynote

Social Gravity: Harnessing The Natural Laws of Relationships
Jason Lauritsen & Joe Gerstandt, Founders, Talent Anarchy

Relationships matter in both our personal and professional lives. Conventional wisdom tells us that “it’s not what you know, but who you know that matters.” But how do you get to know the right people?

In this high-impact keynote, Talent Anarchy reveals the awesome power of Social Gravity. Discover the science behind how and why relationships form between people and gain an understanding of the value that exists within these relationships called social capital. The Six Laws of Social Gravity will then empower each individual with the knowledge and tools they need to grow a powerful network of relationships to fuel their personal and professional success.

Talent Anarchy is the dynamic speaking duo of Jason Lauritsen and Joe Gerstandt. The Talent Anarchy keynote is not for the faint of heart. They will provoke, entertain, educate, and inspire you to take action.

PM Keynote

Doing HR Better and Liking it More

John U. Bacon, Best-Selling Author, Public Speaker, Radio Commentator & Teacher

In this fun, fast-moving keynote session, New York Times best-selling author and award winning teacher, coach, and radio commentator John U. Bacon will empower you with ideas and skills you can use today, tomorrow, and into the future. He will address how to hire better and fire less, how to defuse upset people, how to motivate millennials, and help you remember why you’re doing what you’re doing.

John has authored or coauthored eight books on sports and business including Walgreens: America’s Corner Store, Cirque du Soleil: The Spark, and Bo’s Lasting Lessons: The Legendary Coach Teaches the Timeless Fundamentals of Leadership.

In 2011, the Michigan Chapter of Meeting Planners International (MMPI) named him “Speaker of the Year.” John Bacon teaches at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and at the University of Michigan.



ASE's Annual HR Conference & Workshops will consist of two Keynote sessions and three sets of breakout sessions.  Attendees can attend one session in each set of breakouts. The breakout sessions have been grouped into four specialized tracks tailored to provide HR professionals with the tools and insights they need to succeed.

Morning Breakout Sessions - 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

BK-1: MetaTrends in Human Resources
Lance Jensen Richards, Workforce Futurist and Author

The post-recession business landscape is still coming into focus, and already we're looking ahead to a very different Washington.  We know only one thing with certainty, life in HR has changed.  The rules are different now and will continue to change.  It's essential that HR professionals pause for a moment and think about where we are, what is influencing us, and what we need to do next.  We’ll look at nine global “MetaTrends” that are shaping HR today.

BK-2: Surviving an Organizational Restructure 
James A. Lewis, President - J Lewis Consulting Group, LLC

Human Resources would be so easy, if only we didn’t have to work with all those people!  Businesses change through both evolution and revolution.  Companies downsize, merge, outsource, and acquire.  It all looks good on paper, until the people side of those restructuring efforts are undertaken.  As an HR professional, how do you improve the chance that your company’s business evolution will meet expectations?  The answer starts months before changes go live and lasts a year or more after.  We’ll discuss the HR needs in these times of significant upheaval.

BK-3: Trends, Tools and Techniques of Recruitment
Terry Terhark - CEO, randrr

Based on the trajectory of current trends in the talent acquisition industry, Terry will share how new technologies will make recruiting more effective and efficient in the near future. Attendees will learn how to leverage innovative technologies, recruiting tactics, and smarter strategies to garner big wins during this sea of change.  

BK-4: He Said, She Said. Who is More Credible?
Terry Bonnette - Partner, Nemeth Law PC

When two drivers get into an accident, it is always a question of who had the right of way. Similar issues arise when employees complain about other employees’ actions. When HR investigates, it feels like a quagmire. It’s never simple and easy. There is always some wrinkle when interviewing parties and witnesses. Join us in this lively session where techniques will be provided to identify credibility and truth in interviews and how to proceed when truth is gray or something in-between.  

Mid-Morning Breakout Sessions - 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

BK-5: Hacking HR: Pursuing Progress Through Deviation
Jason Lauritsen and Joe Gerstandt – Founders,Talent Anarchy

Innovation isn’t about big changes, and it doesn’t even require a big budget, a big title, or any permission. The changes that matter don’t happen overnight. They are the result of a lot of small, meaningful changes over time. Computer programmers and hackers have used this approach for years and we’ve reaped the rewards. Applying insights from the computer hacking culture, Talent Anarchy will help you start finding ways to innovate and make progress in your work, one small change at a time.

BK-6: Employee Recognition -The Most Underutilized Tool in Employee Engagement 
Karen D. DeCuir-DiNicola  - Strategic Performance Consultant, MBC Training and Development, LLC

What if you could do something that positively impacted employee performance, engagement, and relationships and it only required a small time commitment and was totally FREE?  Spend 75 minutes and walk away with simple ideas on how to do just that by recognizing the gifts and accomplishments of others, every single day!

BK-7: Pre-Employment Testing: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Patrick M.Nooren, Ph.D. - Executive Vice President, Biddle Consulting Group, Inc

Have you ever regretted hiring someone?  Pre-employment tests, when used correctly, can help companies identify which candidates are most likely to perform well on the job. Unfortunately, too many organizations use pre-assessment tests in the wrong way. Discover how companies regularly use tests that produce the “triple whammy” -  are indefensible in court, don’t produce better employees, and lead to increased scrutiny.  Learn how to avoid this and make good hiring decisions.

BK-8: What Does a Trump Presidency Mean for Employers?
Anne-Marie Vercruysse Welch - Member, Clark Hill PLC

With Donald Trump’s election, employers can anticipate some challenges and changes to the long list of laws, regulations and executive orders the Obama administration implemented.  The Trump presidency is certain to bring a more pro-employer agenda than the current administration.  Having both houses of Congress under Republican control gives him potentially little legislative opposition.  Explore the potential impacts to employers and what they need to know in order to be ready for the coming changes and initiatives of the new administration.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions - 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

BK-9: Delivering a More Strategic HR Function
Amanda Caldas - Manager of Research & Advisory Services, McLean & Company
Sid Wison - Director, ASE Partnership, McLean & Company

HR’s delivery model is a cornerstone of its ability to deliver strategic value, yet many HR leaders struggle to design and implement an effective operating model.  In this session, McLean & Company will review their thought leadership research into HR delivery models of the future – discussing both the typical building blocks and the four key factors impacting its design.  They will also explore key strategic HR competencies and suggestions for developing these competencies in your organization to ensure optimal HR delivery and partnership.

BK-10: Creating High Leverage Organizations
Lizabeth Wiggins – Principal, Transitions Training, LLC

According to Harvard research, there is a direct correlation between an individual’s “career stage” and their contribution to the organization. Over an employee’s career, they may move through as many as four stages.  In this session Liz will explore the Harvard research which provides a framework on how to increase your employee’s organizational impact and influence over time.  Learn how to elicit true management from your managers and how to get your best people to let go of what got them there and teach others how to be star employees.

BK-11: Building Your Talent Pipeline - 10 Practical Tools
Jim Bitterle - Managing Partner, EDSI Consulting

The talent war has escalated to new heights.  Companies are finding it increasingly difficult to attract, retain and develop the talent they require. In many cases, companies simply can’t find or afford the talent they need.  This session will provide you with insights, practical approaches, and real world tools to help you win the talent war.

BK-12: Accommodate What?  A Human Resource Perspective on Managing the ADA
Dorrie Tompsett -  ADA Analyst, Meijer
Jenny Piatt – Business Relations Manager, Michigan Rehabilitation Services

Out of all the employment laws that HR has to deal with, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) can be one of the trickiest.  From understanding how HR professionals assist with making the recruitment, application, and interview processes accessible to promoting the interactive discussion to determining what employers need to accommodate, it’s enough to keep HR professionals up at night.  During this session you will learn best practices from Meijer and gain practical knowledge to help you attain ADA compliance and reduce risk.


This year's event will be held at the

located at 46100 Grand River Avenue, Novi, MI.  

Suburban Collection Showplace can be accessed from I-96 at the Novi and Beck road exits.

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The 2017 HR Conference is Sold Out.

Conference Pricing

Through Feb. 10th:
ASE Members: $199
Nonmembers: $259

After Feb. 10th:
ASE Members: $239
Nonmembers: $299

Group Pricing:

Groups of 6: $995 ASE members/$1300 nonmembers

Groups of 8: $1250 ASE members/$1630 nonmembers

Groups of 10: $1460 ASE Members/$1910 nonmembers 

Contact Talent Development to receive group pricing for groups of 6 or more at 248.223.8041.

2017 Speakers

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Talent Anarchy

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Best-Selling Author, Public Speaker, Radio Commentator and Teacher

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