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HR Conference 2024

HR Conference 2024

Excelling in HR


HR Conference 2024

March 14, 2024
Suburban Collection Showplace - Novi, MI

 

Excelling in HR

Welcome to the 2024 HR Conference: Excelling in HR, where industry leaders, seasoned professionals, and innovators converge to explore the forefront of human resources excellence. This conference serves as a dynamic platform, fostering discussions and sharing insights on the latest strategies and best practices in the HR domain. Participants engage in a diverse array of keynote speeches, breakout sessions, and panel discussions designed to empower attendees with the tools and knowledge needed to navigate the evolving HR landscape. With a focus on talent acquisition, employee engagement, leadership, culture, and compliance, this event catalyzes the exchange of ideas, enabling attendees to leverage cutting-edge methodologies necessary to excel in HR. Whether you're a seasoned HR professional or an emerging talent in the field, part of a large HR team or a department of one, this conference is a melting pot of expertise, ideas, and networking opportunities that propels HR excellence to new heights.

Whether you are a future member, past member, or current member we encourage you to join us!

Pricing:

Individual
ASE Members: $350
Not Yet Members: $395

 

Group (6+)
ASE Members: $300
Not Yet Members: $360


This program has been approved for 5 PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification credits (2 general/3 business) through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) as well as 5 SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification credits 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.

Keynotes

Ben Whiting

International Keynote Speaker

Creating a Limitless Culture

This high-impact, high-amazement keynote will inspire attendees to create a culture where the impossible is possible and human connection has no limits. Ben crafts a jaw-dropping experience that will transform your organization and equip your employees with the skills and mindset to unleash their full potential.

 

 

 

 

Kelly Merbler

Keynote Speaker, Consultant, Executive Coach 

Fire Your Inner Boss & Unleash Your Leadership Brilliance!

The business environment is always changing, and in order to excel, every leader needs to make ongoing “leadershifts” – changes that positively enhance personal and organizational growth.  The reality is that change is hard, and it takes a willingness to want to change backed by accountability to be successful. There is brilliance within all of us; we just have to unleash it.

Agenda

Opening Keynote: 8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Creating a Limitless Culture

Ben Whiting, International Keynote Speaker

This high-impact, high-amazement keynote will inspire attendees to create a culture where the impossible is possible and human  connection has no limits. Ben crafts a jaw-dropping experience that will transform your organization and equip your employees with the skills and mindset to unleash their full potential.

HRCI: 1 general credit
SHRM: 1 recertification credit

 

Morning Breakouts: 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Interpreting Financial Data for HR Decision Making - Panel Discussion

Allyson Boyle, CFO, Michigan Women Forward
Philip Bradley, CFO, Niles Industrial Coatings LLC
Sarah Jennings, CPA, CFE, CAE, Principal, Maner Costerisan
Avec O'Brien, CFO, Walker-Miller Energy Services

Moderated by Tracy Neil, CFO, ASE

The ability to understand and speak the language of finance, including budgets, return on investment (ROI), and expenditure management, is crucial for making informed decisions and contributing to the overall success of the organization. This specialized session aims to bridge the knowledge gap between CFOs and HR professionals, facilitating productive conversations and collaboration.

HRCI: 1 business credit
SHRM: 1 recertification credit

 

Culture & Compliance: How HR Professionals Can Have Their Coffee and Drink it Too

Jodi Latuszek, Vice President of HR, Legal, and ESG, Biggby Coffee

Jodi shares her story of how a transition from a traditional workplace culture to a flexible, purpose driven workplace highlights how companies do not have to sacrifice compliance efforts to create a culture that is propelled by purpose and centered around people. This session can help any HR professional focus on purpose-driven cultural initiatives, while also mitigating risk. When it comes to culture and compliance, HR professionals can have their coffee...and drink it too! 

HRCI: 1 general credit
SHRM: 1 recertification credit

 

Exploring AI in Recruitment

Jan Harrington Davis, Senior VP, Talent Attraction, Corewell Health

This session will explore the integration of artificial intelligence in various stages of the recruitment process. Topics included will be AI driven resume screening, candidate matching algorithms, automated interview processes, and predictive analysis for candidate success. In addition, we will also cover ethical considerations, potential biases, and the impact of AI on the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the recruiting workflow.

HRCI: 1 general credit
SHRM: 1 recertification credit

Mid-Morning Breakouts: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

HR in Solitude: Navigating the Challenges of a Department of One - Panel Discussion

Erika Diviney, Corporate HR Manager, Crypton LLC
Michele LeBourdais, PHR, SHRM-CP, VP, People, TRUE Community Credit Union
Colton Pfaendtner, HR Generalist, Lube Power
Tanzania Talbert, Manager, Human Resources, AIAG - Automotive Industry Action Group

Moderated by Kevin Marrs, VP, ASE

In this engaging panel discussion, we delve into the unique world of being an HR professional in a department of one. Join us as seasoned HR leaders share their experiences, insights, and strategies for thriving in the often dynamic and demanding role of the sole HR representative within an organization. Discover practical solutions and best practices that can help you excel in your solitary HR journey, from compliance to employee relations and everything in between.

HRCI: 1 general credit
SHRM: 1 recertification credit

 

A Blueprint for Excellence in the Face of Workforce and Technological Shifts

Jeannine Kunz, Chief Workforce Development Officer, Society of Manufacturing Engineers

The current manufacturing environment is changing dramatically, requiring the use of new technologies and associated knowledge and skills.  At the same time, the workforce landscape is also changing.  This means our nation’s companies are at a turning point and a proactive plan to address their talent needs is critical. There are major changes underway in the demand and supply for manufacturing workers – many driven by new technologies and the aging workforce – that will require new strategies and tactics for both companies and employees.  In this digital age, it is not just about embracing technology; it's about empowering and nurturing the workforce to drive innovation and secure a sustainable future.

HRCI: 1 business credit
SHRM: 1 recertification credit

 

Finders Keepers - Winning the Talent Challenge

Kelly Merbler, Keynote Speaker, Consultant, Executive Coach

In this interactive session, Kelly uncovers the pressure organizations are under to recruit and retain talent.  Learn how to offer fulfilling work, ongoing opportunities, workplace flexibility, and a diverse value-oriented workplace. Understand how to create a magnetic culture that people want to be a part of.

HRCI: 1 general credit
SHRM: 1 recertification credit

 

Afternoon Breakouts: 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Reflections from HR Leaders - Panel Discussion

Calethia A. Binion, Director, Human Resources, Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation
Jody A. Connally, MSA, HR Executive, Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network
Sylvia Lozoya, Director of Human Resources, Alliance Catholic Credit Union
Corrie Piotrowski, SHRM-CP, Assistant VP for Administration and Business Affairs/Director of Human Resources, Saginaw Valley State University

 

Moderated by Patrice Matejka, HR Business Leader, Coach, Mentor

In this thought-provoking session, our distinguished panelists will discuss the challenges they faced, the valuable lessons they've learned, and how they would approach their roles differently if they could turn back time. Gain a unique perspective on the evolving landscape of human resources and gather actionable takeaways to enhance your own HR leadership journey.

HRCI: 1 general credit
SHRM: 1 recertification credit

 

Employment Law Update

Anne-Marie Welch, Member, Clark Hill, PLC

2023 was a busy and complicated year for HR professionals with more of the same expected for 2024. We have the proposed wage and hour regulations on independent contractor, National Labor Relations Board regulations on joint employment, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) banning non competes, and the 16 employment bills being pushed through the Michigan Legislature – including the Crown Act to House Bill 4474 making using wrong pronouns a crime.  In addition, the Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments on the original Michigan Sick Leave Act. In this session, participants will learn about new legislative and agency activities and court cases; learn strategies for compliance; and hear what is expected in election year 2024.

HRCI: 1 business credit
SHRM: 1 recertification credit

 

Communications Skills for Connection & Influence

Ben Whiting, International Keynote Speaker

What’s the difference between a great idea communicated poorly and a poor idea? Most would say there’s no difference at all, but the reality is there’s a huge loss in value when we can’t communicate valuable ideas. Most people don’t realize that only 10% of what we communicate is in the words we use. The majority of what we communicate is in how we say those words and in our body language. In this breakout session, Ben will use his background in theatre and corporate entertainment to make sure the value you offer is clearly understood by anyone who communicates with you.

HRCI: 1 general credit
SHRM: 1 recertification credit

Afternoon Keynote: 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Fire Your Inner Boss & Unleash Your Leadership Brilliance!

Kelly Merbler, Keynote Speaker, Consultant, Executive Coach

The business environment is always changing, and in order to excel, every leader needs to make ongoing “leadershifts” – changes that positively enhance personal and organizational growth.  The reality is that change is hard, and it takes a willingness to want to change backed by accountability to be successful. There is brilliance within all of us; we just have to unleash it.

HRCI: 1 general credit
SHRM: 1 recertification credit

Sponsors

Get in front of hundreds of HR professionals and leaders by securing a sponsorship at the 2024 HR Conference.

We have levels available for every price point.

View Sponsorship Opportunities

 

For more information or to secure a sponsorship, contact Nick Corrado.


2024 Sponsors

Keynote Sponsor

Lanyard Sponsor

Bag Sponsor

Notebook Sponsor

Breakout Sponsor

Breakfast Sponsor

Small Business Sponsor

Refreshment Sponsor

Wellness Sponsors

Giving

Common Ground

We will be collecting donations for Common Ground at the HR Conference.

Common Ground is the hub for mental health care in Michigan; as the largest nonprofit whose sole focus is crisis intervention services, its mission is helping people move from crisis to hope.  Common Ground is nationally recognized for crisis expertise, serving more than 165,0000 people annually affected by issues of mental health, substance abuse, and trauma, with a broad range of services offered in person, by phone or text, and in virtual settings.  Be it suicide prevention, working with survivors of mass violence, helping victims of violent crime, or providing behavioral health urgent care, Common Ground is on the front lines, moving people from crisis to hope. 

Items needed include:

  • Open gift cards (i.e. Visa, Mastercard)

  • Target, Meijer, WalMart, or similar gift cards

  • CostCo, Gordon Foods, or Sam’s Club (or similar bulk) gift cards

  • Gas Cards (any major gas station chain)

  • New Backpacks or small duffel bags

  • New Hats, gloves, scarves, or similar

  • New socks

  • New underwear (mens and womens)

Items will be collected near registration at the HR Conference on March 14, 2024.

Register

Individual
ASE Members: $350
Not Yet Members: $395

 

Group (6+)
ASE Members: $300
Not Yet Members: $360

 

This event is being held at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI 48374. Discounted hotel rooms are available at the Hyatt Place Detroit/Novi, which is connected to the event location. Use discount code G-ASE 2 when booking.

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