ASE's 16th Annual HR Conference

(March 14, 2019)

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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 and be prepared for the Future of HR.  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 Presentation

Future Forces: Insights to Navigate Change, Elevate Impact and Active Growth

Seth Mattison, Speaker, Author, Co-Founder and Chief Movement Officer of Luminate Labs


9:15 a.m. 9:30 a.m. Break, Network & Visit Exhibitors
9:30 a.m. 10:45 a.m. Morning Breakout Sessions
  1) The Trump Administration - What Can Employers Expect in 2018?
  2) Developing Business Value as a Human Strategist
  3) It's Time to Accept the Truth: Most Employees are Below Average
  4) Recruiting for the Next Generation
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) Are FLSA Ticking Time Bombs Hiding in Your Organization?
  6) From Customer Experience to Employee Experience - Designing for Moments That Matter
  7) Building the Habits of High Performing Teams

8) Creating a Technology Strategy to Transform the HR Function
12:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. Lunch, Visit Exhibitors & Networking
1:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m. Afternoon Breakout Sessions
  9) When Employee Rights Compete With Each Other
  10) The Business Case for Gender Diversity in Leadership Roles
  11) Resolving Conflict in the Workplace - 8 Vital Keys for Success
  12) Goodbye Annual Performance Review! Making the Shift to Agile Performance Management
2:45 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Break, Visit Exhibitors & Networking
3:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. Afternoon Keynote Presentation
    Unlocking Happiness at Work
Jennifer Moss, Co-founder, Plasticity Labs; Author, Unlocking Happiness at Work
4:00 p.m. 4:15 p.m. Networking & Conclusion

AM Keynote

HR Innovation in the Age of Technology

Jason Averbook, CEO and Co-founder of Leapgen

We live in a world today where technology outside the workplace has exceeded the technology delivered to the workforce. Without a new mindset in HR, organizations will struggle to keep pace. There is a monumental shift of how work is getting done, what our processes need to be, and finally, how we leverage technology.

Join Jason Averbook, CEO and co-founder of Leapgen and one of the world's leading thought experts on the future of work, as he discusses the role HR must play in transforming itself and the entire organization to prepare for the future. HR is the function that is most responsible for keeping the workforce engaged. Jason will challenge our thinking and give us new techniques to re-design the HR function and deliver a 'consumerized' workforce experience.

PM Keynote

Unlocking Happiness at Work

Jennifer Moss, Co-founder, Plasticity Labs; Author, Unlocking Happiness at Work

Get ready for a journey into why and how you should consider a happiness strategy for yourself and your organization. Get an essential look into the business benefits of adopting a health, wellness, and happiness strategy – critical for employers who want to attract new talent, improve their brand, and boost profitability in an authentic way that is life-enhancing for their staff. With insightful and practical takeaways , case studies, and the most current scientific research from leading experts, author and happiness expert Jennifer Moss will debunk the happiness myths, discuss the science of well-being, and explore the role technology will play in building a happier, higher performing, and more innovative workplace culture. 


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: The Trump Administration: What Can Employers Expect in 2018?

Clark Hill PLC

With an administration change in Washington comes new developments in labor and employment law.  Over the last year of the Trump presidency, there has been a focus on rolling back regulatory burden as well as a more pro-employer agenda.  This session will update attendees regarding recent employment law changes and discuss potential legislative initiatives that may impact employers in 2018.

BK-2: Developing Business Value as a Human Strategist
Kristi Stepp - Head of Human Resources, Thermal Systems North America, Valeo

To thrive in the business environment of the future, the competencies and capabilities of HR professionals must evolve. No longer can HR simply focus on tactical responsibilities, but instead must become Human Strategists able to align people initiatives with organizational objectives.  From being a change agent to influencing leaders with metrics, learn about what makes a strategic HR professional in today’s business environment and how those competencies can help you to deliver maximum business impact.

BK-3: It's Time to Accept the Truth: Most Employees Are Below Average

Jessica Tower - President, Tower & Company

For decades, HR has assumed that employee performance follows a normal distribution curve in which most employees are average.   But it’s not true – research indicates that employee performance is better represented by a power distribution in which 20% of employees are responsible for 80% of an organization’s results. As a result, there are essentially two types of performers: “the best,” a small group of hyper-performers who are 2X, 10X, or even 100X as productive as the average employee; and “the rest,” the large number of remaining employees whose performance is below average. In this session, we’ll address the performance management missteps that stem from this misunderstanding, and what employers should do to better leverage their talent. 

BK-4: Recruiting for the Next Generation

Dave Mountford - Senior Enterprise Account Executive, Monster

By the year 2025, hyper-connected, tech savvy Millennials will make up 75% of the workforce.  This generation of employees has an entirely different approach to job searching, from their use of mobile phones to social media platforms.  Recruiting strategies of the past will no longer work going forward, and organizations will need to rethink how they reach potential candidates.  During this session learn practical strategies to differentiate and communicate your employment brand, how to manage your on-line reputation, and how to think and act like a digital marketer in order to win the war for talent.

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

BK-5: Are FLSA Ticking Time Bombs Hiding in Your Organization?
Tara E. Mahoney - Partner and Practice Group Leader, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, LLP

The FLSA's rules and regulations can be frustrating and confusing which is why it’s no surprise that it’s often misunderstood.  Common pay practices used by even the most seasoned HR professionals can violate the law without employers even knowing it.  Don’t risk a costly mistake!  From employee classification issues to surviving a DOL investigation, learn best practices to avoid costly violations of the FLSA.

BK-6: From Customer Experience to Employee Experience - Designing for Moments That Matter
Jennifer Rozon - Vice President, McLean & Company
Sid Wilson - Director ASE Partnership, McLean & Company

Employees’ expectations of their experiences at work are evolving. Similar to their customer experiences, they want an overall employee experience that fits seamlessly into their lives. In the past, organizations have focused on their own priorities as an employer, but that pendulum has swung. Organizations should start with the employee lifecycle and identify moments that matter; identify where the employee and employer needs are most aligned. Discover in this session what employee experience is, how it relates to employee engagement, and approaches to assessing and improving it.

BK-7: Building the Habits of High Performing Teams
Jennifer Moss - Co-founder, Plasticity Labs; Author, Unlocking Happiness at Work

The most successful, talent-rich, innovative, and engaged teams all have the same traits in common: they practice and maintain the habits of the highest performing people.  Find out how your organization can imbed the PERSIST model (Practical, Enduring, Repeatable, Simple, Incremental, Short, Targeted) in your teams for a more productive, purpose-driven, and high performing organization.

BK-8: Creating a Technology Strategy to Transform the HR Function
Roger Webster - Principal, HR Outsourcing, Rehmann Consulting

Technology is rapidly changing the role of HR and data is becoming the future of Human Capital Management (HCM).  HR technology is not merely a means to automate HR processes, but is key in supporting strategic HR efforts that create business value.  Choosing the right HR technology for your organization needs to start with a clear strategy and vision.  During this session you will learn how to develop an HR technology strategy, justify a business case to invest in HCM technology, and navigate the maze of available HR technology options available.

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

BK-9: When Employee Rights Compete With Each Other
Terry Bonnette - Partner, Nemeth Law PC

As more employees assert their “rights” in the workplace, employers may find themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place.  Providing disability or religious accommodation to one employee may disadvantage other employees.  What may seem like protected speech to one employee may be a hostile work environment to another.  And what about employers’ “rights?”  During this session you will learn strategies and best practices for managing competing “rights” in the workplace.

BK-10: The Business Case for Gender Diversity in Leadership Roles
Heather C. Paquette - Office Managing Partner, KPMG LLP

In a marketplace defined by complexity, disruption, and change, today’s most successful enterprises are those that bring diverse perspectives and experiences to each new challenge.  Studies have shown that having gender diversity at management levels improves the organization’s financial performance, yet the number of women in leadership roles still lags far behind their male counterparts.  Join Heather Paquette, named one of Crain’s 100 most influential women in 2016, as she discusses how organizations can develop integrated talent and workplace strategies designed to recruit, support, advance, and retain women and the business value derived from this strategic approach.

BK-11: Resolving Conflict in the Workplace - 8 Vital Keys for Success
Kurt A. David - Speaker, Best Selling Author, and Creator of the TV Show "From Glory Days"

Conflict happens to all of us and no one is immune to the differences or unrealized expectations that often cause it.  The amount of time spent by managers on conflict management is surprisingly high.  Quality of relationships and productivity in the workplace can improve drastically by applying the right information to resolve disputes before they escalate.  Discover the eight principles that HR professionals can use to equip leaders to handle conflict successfully and reduce its destructive impact. 

BK-12: Goodbye Annual Performance Review! Making the Shift to Agile Performance Managment
Rhonda DeLuca - Vice President, Terumo Cardiovascular Group

The annual performance review is not only dreaded by employees but is equally hated by supervisors.   Over the last several years, the trend has been moving away from traditional performance management processes in favor of continuous, real-time feedback and ongoing employee development called agile performance management.  Join Rhonda DeLuca as she shares concepts, processes, tools, and lessons learned from implementing an agile performance management program at Terumo Cardiovascular Group.


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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Conference Pricing

Through Feb. 16th:
ASE Members: $219
Nonmembers: $285

After Feb. 16th:
ASE Members: $259
Nonmembers: $325


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

2018 Keynotes

Jason Averbook
CEO and Co-founder of Leapgen

Jennifer Moss
Co-founder, Plasticity Labs; Author, Unlocking Happiness at Work

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