HR Summit


Rising To The Challenge Even Stronger With HR

Friday, October 23, 2020

8:45 AM to 2:15 PM

Up to 4.5 SHRM PDC's and HRCI Credits Pending 

Rising to the Challenge, Even Stronger with HR

KEYNOTE SPEAKER-Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., President and CEO of SHRM plus
Dick Finnegan
Shawn Kent Hayashi
Michael O'Bryan

In this ever-changing world, the needs of organizations are evolving at an even-faster pace than imaginable before. HR has always been the business partner that leadership has turned to in these times to provide strategic and tactical guidance and direction that will strengthen the organization as it is Rising to these Challenges. HR leverages expertise and knowledge of the organization, its internal and external stakeholders and its operational direction to formulate strategic plans to enable the organization to leverage its assets to rise to the challenges the organization faces. 

Whether the HR role is serving as colleague, associate, partner, collaborator, or consultant, HR will be there to help organizations Rise to the Challenge, Even Stronger with HR. 

Join us for a day of professional development, discovering solutions to create the future of work in your organization. Each year, organizations must evolve alongside mass disruption and we need HR to take the lead.

KEYNOTE-Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.-Workplace First Responders: How HR Is Helping Business Navigate COVID-19 and Other Challenges

Keynote Description-Even before the massive disruptions of COVID-19, the workplace was changing drastically— and faster than many leaders could plan for. Now, HR professionals have had to make some of the hardest decisions of our careers—because they directly impact people’s lives and livelihoods. In his keynote address, SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., will unpack the role of HR as “workplace first responders,” ushering businesses into a world of remote work, health and safety protections, new talent strategies and budget constraints. Taylor will also discuss SHRM’s latest SHRM research on the return to work and the impact of the pandemic on business practices.

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, is President and Chief Executive Officer of SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management. SHRM drives social and economic change in the workplace and fosters mutually beneficial work environments that serve both business and employees. Under Mr. Taylor’s leadership, the Society has grown to a record 300,000+ members in over 165 countries who impact the lives of more than 110 million workers every day.
As a global leader on all matters affecting work, workers and the workplace, Mr. Taylor is a sought-after voice by C-suite executives as well as state and federal elected policy makers. He frequently is invited to testify before Congress on critical workforce issues—from sexual harassment to paid leave—and authors a weekly column, “Ask HR,” in USA Today, the country’s largest newspaper.
Mr. Taylor is the Chair of the President’s Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and serves on the U.S. Department of Commerce American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, which advises the National Council for the American Worker on how to ensure that America’s students and workers have access to the affordable, relevant and innovative resources needed for success in the global economy.
Mr. Taylor holds both a Doctor of Jurisprudence and a Master of Arts with honors from Drake University. He obtained a Bachelor of Science with honors from the University of Miami. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Illinois and Washington, D.C.

Session 2-Competencies & Strategies to Lead When You Don’t Know What Is Coming Next: Shawn Kent Hayashi

Description-No one knows what’s around the corner, but we’re all familiar with the anxiety that accompanies disruption and uncertainty. Those in charge still have to lead through uncertainty and create strategy that allows your organization to be successful and continue to meet performance metrics and ROI. This talk discusses the key competencies in leaders and teams that will guide their organization’s future success.
So, what key competencies do you develop in yourself and your teams given the ramped-up pace of change? Futuristic thinking and emotionally intelligent communication. These skills help combat resistance and nurture innovation and growth. Armed with specific strategies for anticipating what’s on the horizon, HR professionals can take steps now to ensure their organizations are poised to seize opportunities spawned by disruption.

Shawn Kent Hayashi is the founder and CEO of The Professional Development Group LLC and a global expert in developing collaboration and high performing teams.
Shawn is a dynamic speaker and executive coach with deep experience working in entrepreneurial companies, Fortune 500, and associations around the globe. Her practical strategies, anecdotes
and real-world solutions are highly relevant in business today.
As an executive coach and high performing team consultant, Shawn facilitates growth in leadership ability, emotional intelligence, communication skills, stronger relationships and
teams, and effective presentations. She guides leaders to achieve positive, lasting changes inbehavior – for themselves, their people and their teams. Shawn also teaches classes on 21st century leadership skills and connects clients to cutting-edge academic research. Shawn is the author of seven business communications books, including the best-selling Conversations trilogy. Her new book, How to Improve Your Emotional Intelligence at Work & in Relationships, is a practical guide to raising emotional intelligence – the key to living more joyfully and working with more passion.
Shawn has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, and Fast Company. Her TEDx talk on The Future of [email protected] forecasts coming changes to the workplace, the growing need for collaboration, and the power of engagement.
Shawn earned an M.S. in Organization Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Session 3-The Future [of Work] is Human: Designing DEI Strategy with the Full Human in Mind-Michael O'Bryan

Description-Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives have never been more critical than in today’s work environments.  And, a one-size-fits-all approach to creating a DEI strategy won’t address the human aspects within your workforces that are critical to creating significant structural change.  A successful DEI plan impacts the bottom line of your organization and has meaningful impact to creating a workplace culture where your employees’ total experiences are honored and valued.  
Backed with research and data, Michael OBryan will share his real-world experiences and practical knowledge with attendees to provide both strategies and practices that will make a difference to HR professionals and their organizations solicit and include the input of diverse voices within your organization. These voices and perspectives are crucial in creating and framing the journey towards a more inclusive culture.  This journey towards transforming culture change will require HR leadership that possesses humility, an open mind and accountability.

Michael O’Bryan is an expert practitioner and budding researcher in the fields of community development, organizational culture, and human wellbeing. He is currently Director of Learning at The Village of Arts and Humanities and an Innovation Fellow at Drexel University’s Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation. He is the founder of Humanature, a consultancy working with nonprofits, businesses, and government agencies to transform how they understand and support human development, interaction, and performance. Past clients include NeighborWorks America, The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, and The United Negro College Fund. OBryan has spoken nationally about his work, including convenings at Cornell University, The Vera List Center for Arts and Politics at The New School, SPECTRUM, and the famed Apollo Theatre in New York.
OBryan holds a Bachelor’s degree in music from the University of the Arts and a graduate certificate in Childhood Trauma Studies from Jefferson University. He is a faculty member of the Career Studies Department at The Curtis Institute of Music, adjuncts at The University of Pennsylvania's Stuart Weitzman School of Design, and serves on The American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Commission on The Arts. He also currently serves on the boards of two philanthropic institutions, The Samuel S. Fels Fund and The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and is everyday inspired by exploring the science of our humanity

Session 4-THRIVE – Creating Post Pandemic Happiness at Work-Dick Finnegan

COVID-19 has ravaged our places of work, even if those places have suddenly become our dining rooms. Just one hint of its impact on our psyche is that Zoloft is in short supply. We fear going to our jobs as well as being told we no longer have a job. America’s executives and their HR teams need a better people-management game plan  as we move on from 2020 if we hope to re-build trust with the workers we need. Join Dick Finnegan, SHRM’s top-selling author, to learn how to initiate engagement, retention, and happiness in the post-pandemic world of work.

Dick Finnegan is a world-renowned expert on Stay Interviews, Employee Engagement and Cutting Turnover. He travels extensively speaking at executive meetings and conferences, has authored five
books on Stay Interviews and Employee Engagement, and is CEO of C-Suite Analytics and Finnegan Institute. BusinessWeek magazine has said “Finnegan offers fresh thinking for solving the turnover problem in any
An in-demand speaker by business leaders, Dick transforms an audience's perspective on Employee Turnover and Engagement with concrete data, insight and humor, while providing an employee retention and engagement solution that cuts turnover by 20% or more in the first six months. His experience includes solving turnover and improving engagement in a vast number of industries including Siberian banks, African gold mines, multi-national corporations in China, healthcare institutes, meat processing groups, manufacturing plants and even the CIA. He leverages that extensive knowledgeas CEO of C-Suite Analytics and Finnegan Institute to transform organizations, and to author articles, blogs and books including the top-selling SHRM-published book in history, The Power of Stay Interviews for Engagement and Retention.
He holds bachelors and graduate degrees from The Pennsylvania State University.





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