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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. 

Just approved for 5.75 HRCI, up to 4.75 may be used for Business credits. See the Session Tab for the breakout sessions that qualify for business credits. 

This program has been approved 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 Activate 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) It’s Not Just About the Space: Leading with Purpose in Your Office Transition
  2) Ignorance is Not Bliss: Staying on Top of the Changing Legal Landscape in 2019
  3) Optimizing HR Through Workflow Analysis
  4) The Future of Work: Debunking Myths Around AI and Navigating New HR Realities
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) Engaged Employees - Guaranteed Solutions for Managers to Increase Staff Retention & Performance
  6) Diversity as a Business Strategy
  7) Millennials in Leadership

8) The Hard Facts on HR Software: Using Data to Boost your Software Selection Success
12:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. Lunch, Visit Exhibitors & Networking
1:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m. Afternoon Breakout Sessions
  9) It's Hard to Be Engaged When You're Exhausted: Effective Techniques for Addressing Employee Stress & Burnout
  10) Harnessing the Power of Productive Conflict
  11) Developing VUCA Skills in Leaders
  12) The Future Workforce: Are You Ready?
2:45 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Break, Visit Exhibitors & Networking
3:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. Afternoon Keynote Presentation
    Thrive By Design: The Neuroscience That Drives High-Performance Cultures
Don Rheem, Speaker, Author, CEO and Founder of E3 Solutions
4:00 p.m. 4:15 p.m. Networking & Conclusion

AM Keynote

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

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

We are entering the greatest period of business transformation the world has ever known. The rigid models, historical paradigms, and long-standing rules of engagement and power we’ve come to count upon for decades are no longer reliable against the winds of change. In its wake, a new future is a being created, one fueled by openness, connection, transparency and shared power. The connected age of the network is upon us. Navigating this transformational shift mandates a new level of personal courage, self-awareness, and influence from talent leaders today.

This program is designed to help individuals understand the forces impacting the future and equip them with the practical tools and techniques to deepen their connection to those around them, amplify their capacity to positively effect change, and activate high performance for themselves, their teams, and their organizations. (1 HRCI Business Credit Hour)

PM Keynote

Thrive by Design: The Neuroscience That Drives High-Performance Cultures

Don Rheem, Speaker, Author, CEO and Founder of E3 Solutions

What if your team looked forward to Mondays instead of Fridays? That may sound impossible, but this type of workplace culture is attainable and in place in many organizations today.

Engaged employees are energized by their work and what they can contribute to the team; they love being challenged and making a difference. They are productive, positive, and great ambassadors of your brand – which makes your organization more profitable and successful. To tap into this kind of employee behavior and foster deep, lasting engagement, you need to align the workplace with the brain’s hardwired expectations that allow individuals to perform at their fullest capacity. In this energizing keynote, CEO and author Don Rheem breaks down the science that triggers exemplary workplace behavior at a neurological level, so you can understand how to foster a thriving culture and apply what you’re learning immediately. (1 HRCI General Credit Hour)


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: It's Not Just About the Space: Leading with Purpose in Your Office Transition
Cheryl Halverson, Chief People Officer, Gongos, Inc. & Greg Heist, Chief Innovation Officer, Gongos, Inc. 

Everyone knows you can't manufacture culture. Enhancing a company's culture through the purposeful interplay of spatial design, a flexible environment, and collaborative technology requires strategic planning and a well-executed change management approach. Learn how to implement change management strategies to constantly nurture employee mindset and behavioral shifts. Join Cheryl and Greg as they share the tangible and intangible factors that catalyzed Gongos' 2018 transition to its new headquarters in Royal Oak, Michigan. (1.25 HRCI Business Credit Hours)


BK-2: Ignorance Is Not Bliss: Staying on Top of the Changing Legal Landscape in 2019
Ann-Marie Vercruysse Welch, Member, Clark Hill PLC

Falling behind the constant tide of changes to employment laws is simply not an option for HR professionals. 2018 brought many changes for employers in Michigan with the legalization of recreational marijuana, the passage of Michigan's Earned Sick Time Act, and legislation regarding the state's minimum wage. Federally, there continues to be a great deal of public attention regarding workplace harassment and pay equity issues. Learn about major statutory and regulatory employment law changes and potential legislation still in the debating stage. (1.25 HRCI Business Credit Hours)

BK-3: Optimizing HR Through Workflow Analysis|
Murray Sittsamer, President. Luminous Group LLC & Lynne Leslie, Program Manager and Associate Consultant, Luminous Group LLC

Does your HR Department struggle with inefficiencies, inconsistencies, and work overlap? Are the business units and employees that you support completely satisfied with results? Process mapping and workflow analysis can help you achieve improved results. Streamlining HR workflows will reduce wasted effort  and increase the quality an quantity of work completed. This session will help you understand an approach and provide tools to optimize HR's impact on your company, regardless of size. (1.25 HRCI Business Credit Hours)

BK-4: The Future of Work: Debunking Myths Around AI and Navigating New HR Realities

Jonathon Artale, Director, Talent Management & Organizational Alignment, Willis Towers Watson

Artificial intelligence (AI), automation, and other forms of technology are rapidly changing the way organizations operate. This digital evolution is considerably transforming how, where, and by whom work gets done. Some analysts predict AI and automated technologies will replace people and take over many jobs, while others predict that it will create more jobs than it replaces. Join Jonathon in this session as he debunks the myths associated with AI, robotics, and emerging technologies and its impact on employment. Learn what emerging skills employees will need to have for the future and how HR can use technology to engage their talent. (1.25 HRCI Business Credit Hours)

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

BK-5: Engaged Employees - Guaranteed Solutions for Managers to Increase Staff Retention & Performance
Don Rheem, Speaker, Author, CEO and founder, E3 Solutions

Science has revealed more about the brain in the last five years than in the previous thousand. Much of what has been assumed about effective management techniques and human relations in business turns out to be not only ineffective, but dangerous. Join Don Rheem as he delivers an insightful primer on the science of employee engagement. He reviews the latest research and neuroscience directly related to employee behavior in the workplace and how HR professionals and other organizational leaders can achieve breakthrough results in workplace performance by creating Neural-Alignment™ - workplace conditions that provide what the brain needs to truly thrive. (1.25 HRCI General Credit Hours)

BK-6: Diversity as a Business Strategy
Jocelyn Giangrande, CEO, SASHE, LLC

The business case for creating and sustaining a workplace culture of diversity and inclusion is powerful. Studies have shown that organizations in the top quartile for gender or racial and ethnic diversity are more likely to have financial returns above their national industry median. Implementing a sustainable diversity and inclusion (D&I) strategy can be challenging. Knowing where to start is a big question for most. Learn how to take the mystery out of the process and develop a systematic approach to implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives throughout your organization that drives buy-in, sustainability, business value, and metrics for success. (1.25 HRCI Business Credit Hours)

BK-7: Millennials in Leadership
Chad Thompson, PhD, Principal, Mix Talent

Millennials currently make up the largest generation in the U.S. labor force. Much has been said about their consumption habits ("they eat all the avocados"), personalities ("they are so entitled"), and personal choices ("they do not want to get married"). What employers should note is that millennials also approach leadership in different ways than previous generations. This session explores a model for understanding what is and is not unique about this generation, why those unique characteristics may exist, and how millennials are causing some disruption to traditional leadership in organizations. (1.25 HRCI General Credit Hours)

BK-8: The Hard Facts on HR Software: Using Data to Boost Your Software Selection Success
David Piazza, President of, a McLean & Company associated company

Software is the lifeblood of any organization. The right software can enable your workforce, bring you closer to your customers, and provide a true competitive advantage. Unfortunately, most HR departments struggle with how to evaluate and select the right solution for their organizations. The wrong software choices can hinder business for years, costing time, money, and market share. Using data and insights gathered from tens of thousands of customers, David will provide a new perspective on what is driving business satisfaction with HR technology. Learn to use data and other tools to ensure you make the right HR technology choices for your specific needs. (1.25 HRCI Business Credit Hours)

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

BK-9: It's Hard to Be Engaged When You're Exhausted: Effective Techniques for Addressing Employee Stress & Burnout
Susan Morgan Bailey, Director, Total Health & Wellbeing, Marsh & McLennan Agency|Michigan

Great news...2018 Gallup data indicated employee engagement was at an all-time high. The positive outcomes of engagement include improved productivity and quality and increased safety and worker retention. The not-so-good news...high-engagement can bring high stress, and the reality may be that engagement metrics alone are not an indicator of a culture that supports thriving employees. Join this session to learn how to build a strategy that leads to healthy engagement without burnout. (1.25 HRCI General Credit Hours)

BK-10: Harnessing the Power of Productive Conflict
Robyn Marcotte, Founder, Aha! Leadership LLC

Workplace conflict is inevitable, but not all conflict is bad. Conflict that is productive improves problem-solving and collaboration and increases morale. Engaging in productive conflict is critical for high performing teams because it moves them forward, drives businesses in the right direction, and creates solutions to big problems. Join this session to learn techniques to curb destructive behaviors and receive tools to help employees adjust their responses to conflict to be more productive - ultimately improving workplace results and relationships. Participants will receive a FREE assessment tool that provides customized strategies for their own development. (1.25 HRCI General Credit Hours)

BK-11: Developing VUCA Skills in Leadership
Becky Andree, CEO and Founder, Vertical Leadership Consulting 

Leaders live in a time of unprecedented change, and solutions aren't always obvious. Volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA) are lurking at every corner. To thrive in this complex world, leaders need support in advancing their thinking capabilities. This session will provide practical frameworks and resources on how to develop VUCA skills in your leaders through horizontal and vertical development. (1.25 HRCI General Credit Hours)

BK-12: The Future Workforce: Are You Ready?
Jim Bitterle, Managing Partner, EDSI & Roe Falcone, Regional Director of Operations, EDSI

The War for Talent has made workforce management and planning critical for organizational leaders, but many organizations either don't do it or don't know how to do it well. A well thought out and executed strategic workforce plan (SWP) will increase productivity and cut labor costs because the organization will have the right number of people, with the right skills, in the right places, at the right time. Discover why strategic workforce planning is necessary as well as the steps to develop our own plan. Learn how to leverage the public workforce development system to become a key element of your SWP. (1.25 HRCI Business Credit Hours)


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. 15th:
ASE Members: $219
Nonmembers: $285

After Feb. 15th:
ASE Members: $259
Nonmembers: $325



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

2019 Keynotes

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

Don Rheem
Speaker, Author, CEO and Founder of E3 Solutions

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