LWHRA Symposium 2017

February 14, 2017 | Meydenbauer Convention Center
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Program Schedule
7:00 - 7:45 am Registration and Breakfast
7:45 - 8:00 am Welcome & Introductions - Shannon Drohman
8:00 - 9:00 am Opening Keynote - Matt Jones, Life is a Marathon/HR is an Endurance Sport
9:00 - 9:15 am Break | Exhibits
Track: HR Expertise Diversity & Inclusion Organizational Leadership & Strategy Effective Partnership HR Lab
9:15 - 10:15 am
Session 1

Train Managers to be Better Interviewers

Robin Ryan

Race and Equity

Lue-Rachelle Brim-Atkins, 
The Diversity Collaborative

The Future of Work: What CEOs REALLY Want

Michelle Smith, CPIM, CRP, O.C. Tanner

Avoiding Conflict Avoidance:  How to Help Yourself So That You Can Help Others

Julie Benezet, The Journey of Not Knowing, LLC

Implementing HR Technology

Shahbaz Alibaig,
Esterline Technologies
Kellie Lacabanne,
Esterline Technologies

10:15 - 10:30 am Break | Exhibits
10:30 - 11:30 am
Session 2

Competing for Talent from a Rewards Perspective

Douglas Sayed, Applied HR Strategies, Inc.
Jill Odegard, Applied HR Strategies, Inc.

On Being Progressive: How to Leverage 'Leading Inclusively'

Marisa Afzali, Progressive
Oana Amaria, 
Language & Culture Worldwide

Understanding Gender Expressions in Leadership Competencies: Getting to the Root of the Effective Balanced Leader

Stacy Shamberger, Skyline Group International

Stop Coaching in the Closet: How to Bring Coaching into the Light

Lisa Downs, ACC, CPLP, MS Ed., DevelopmentWise Consulting

How to make Flexible Work Work

Facilitator: Lila Williams,

11:30 - 12:30 pm Lunch | Announcements | Exhibits
12:30 - 1:30pm Lunch Keynote Speaker - Vince Molinaro, The Leadership Contract
1:30 - 2:00 pm Break | Exhibits
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Session 3
HR Expertise Diversity & Inclusion Organizational Leadership & Strategy Effective Partnership HR Lab

Rate Wine, Not People (Case Studies: Symetra & St Michelle Wines)

Theresa Kinney,
Kim Weed, Ste Michelle Wine Estates
Jennifer Sharp, Symetra Financial

Making Diversity & Inclusion Work

Steven Matly, SM Diversity
Effenus Henderson, 

The $ and Sense of Mentorship:  A Case Study (Clark Nuber)

Nancy Kasmar, Compensation Connections
Tracy White, Clark Nuber

How to Become a More Effective HR Professional with the Clarity Compass

Britten Poulson, Poulson Leadership Consultants

Firing the Performance Review - Performance Management

Facilitator: Stacy Shamberger,
Skyline Group International

3:00 - 3:15 pm Break | Exhibits
3:15 - 4:15 pm
Session 4

Development & Implementation of Absence Management Programs

Renee Mattaliano, MA, CRC, CDMS, HUB International
Dave Tayor, Reyes Holdings

Generation "Them": Navigating the Multi-Generational Workplace

Kristin Scroggin, Workplace Training Solutions

Systems Thinking HR

Magda Kaspary, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Esterline

Improving Teamwork and Contribution Through Conflict Competence

Kristina Pfeil, HR Consultant

Rewards, Compensation, Benefits, Paid Leave

Facilitator: Mary Tomblinson, Northwest Compensation & Rewards Forum

4:15 - 4:30 pm Closing Remarks
4:30 - 5:00 pm Post Event Social & Prize Drawing
Additional Conference Offerings:

Connect with friends and colleagues

You’ll have plenty of time during the conference to meet new people, catch up with old friends, build new relationships and make community connections to further your personal and professional goals.

Advance your career

This event is pending approval for HR Recertification Credit Hours.


This event is pending approval for SHRM PDCs.

Find resources

Browse through the Exhibit Hall to meet with dozens of local and national vendors who offer a wealth of resources for human resource professionals.