Masters Series

Our Masters Series is a sequence of provocative sessions presented by globally-recognized business strategists and leaders. Our speakers are experts, innovators, trendsetters and pioneers who will challenge you with ideas and approaches that expand your thinking so you’re more effective and better prepared for anything that may come your way.

5 Ways to Build an HR Team that Doesn't Suck!

Monday, August 31st, 10:15 am - 12:15 pm

This session has been approved for 2 SHRM PDC’s and 2 HRCI General Credits

Talk to any business leader today and they will tell you a horror story on how HR told them what they could or couldn’t do. Business operators don’t like it. And the more we throw a policy manual in the machine, the more business leaders see us as a “speed bump” rather than an ally.

But what is we could change that mentality? What if we focus on propelling their goals forward rather than getting in their way with legal mumbo jumbo (Sorry attorneys). What if we come to the table with ideas and different perspectives rather than viewing the partnership as “opponents?” What if we could build an HR team that thinks like a business owner rather than just recite a policy manual?

What if we could build an HR Team that doesn’t suck?!

This session will explore the different ways you can build the HR team business leaders always wanted, but never knew they needed! By focusing on the “H” in HR, you will also be able to build a team so robust, business leaders will be fighting to have you on their team.

Efrain (Ricky) Baez Jr. MHR, SPHR

Developing Business Acumen

Tuesday, September 1st, 9:45 am - 11:45 am

This session has been approved for 2 SHRM PDC’s and 2 HRCI Business Credits

HR professionals are continually hearing about becoming a strategic partner and getting a seat at the table. Their CEOs want them to know the numbers and the trends of the workplace. But how can HR professionals be more strategic when they’re so busy handling the details? This presentation offers a solid foundation of what Business Acumen is and how HR professionals can carve out time in their busy schedules to increase this important behavioral competency. Topics covered include (but are not limited to): finance, environmental awareness, and entrepreneurial spirit.

Jennifer Currence, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, ACC

The Future of HR: Strategic partnerships that create acquisition, engagement and retention solutions

Tuesday, September 1st, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This session has been approved for 2 SHRM PDC’s and 2 HRCI Business Credits

What initiatives does HR need to lead for future talent acquisition, engagement, and retention? With more jobs than candidates to fill them, organizations are looking to HR to resolve the issue. So often, supervisors will say, “I never saw it coming”; when one of their emerging leaders decides to leave. What were the warning signs and why did they remain invisible and undetected by the HR and more importantly the Supervisor?

  1. HR will earn instant credibility and sustained confidence with the C-suite by learning how to accurately reflect the true cost of turnover.
  2. Discover how HR can be a catalyst for creating a culture of engagement and accountability on every level of the organization.
  3. Influence leadership and staff at all levels to support organizational change even if they are naturally change-resistant.
  4. Hear real-life examples of companies who have implemented ways to disrupt HR and challenge the way things have always been done.

Colene Rogers, SHRM-SCP