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    CHRA's Spring Conference

    Date: April 13, 2017
    Chesapeake Human Resources Association
    Martin's West
    6817 Dogwood Rd
    Baltimore, Maryland 21244
    United States
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    Save the date for CHRA’s Annual Spring Conference at Martin’s West on April 13, 2017.

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    When: Thursday, April 13, 2017
    8:00 AM
    Where: Martin's West
    6817 Dogwood Rd
    Baltimore, Maryland  21244
    United States
    Contact: CHRA
    (410) 752-3318

    Online registration is available until: 4/13/2017 

    Chesapeake Human Resources Association

    Presents its

    Annual Spring Conference

    HR: Driving Business Success Through Conversation


    Thursday, April 13, 2017

    7:30am - 4:00pm


    Martins West

    6817 Dogwood Road

    Baltimore, MD 21244
    (Free Parking)


    *This conference has been approved for 5.50 HRCI/SHRM Credits (Up to 2.50 Strategic credits dependent on breakout sessions attended). 


    Due to the frequency of last minute speaker/handout changes, program materials will not be printed/provided at the conference. Each presenter’s material will be emailed to registered attendees just prior to the conference.

    About the Keynote Presentations:

    "Human Resources is A Marathon"
    presented by Matt Jones
    1.50 HRCI (General)/SHRM Credits 

    About the Program: 
    This energetic and humorous keynote is designed to fire up, pump up, and inspire HR professionals to achieve greater victory. Matt, a world class professional speaker and author uses his story of overcoming insurmountable odds of conquering cancer three times and running marathons around the world to motivate those in human resources to achieve greater victory during these times of change and uncertainty. Every conference participant will receive a signed copy of Matt’s book "Life is a Marathon.” Find out more about Matt at

    "Building a Culture of Innovation: Communication, Collaboration and Creativity"
    presented by Angus Clark
    1.50 HRCI (General)/SHRM Credits 

    About the Program: 
    Angus Clark is General Manager for SongDivision USA, a premier corporate experiential learning company trusted by Fortune 500 companies around the globe. He is also a guitarist and songwriter, having toured with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra for 16 years and appeared in the Broadway hit “Rock of Ages”. In this unique and engaging keynote program, Angus will lead the group through a series of anecdotes and exercises that explore how we communicate and how we can improve this skill to foster collaboration and creativity in the workplace, thereby creating a “culture of innovation.” While the world of rock ’n’ roll is featured heavily throughout, rest assured that the takeaways are applicable to any business, and no musical experience is required! Drawing from experience in both the world of music and the modern workplace (he was a database programmer for L’Oreal USA) Angus demonstrates how open lines of communication, when approached with a “yes” mentality, create a more inclusive and productive workplace. Participants will co-create a song which they will receive a professionally mastered copy of as a conference keepsake. 


    You will select ONE breakout session in EACH session (for a total of two breakout sessions). All breakout sessions are worth 1.25 HRCI/SHRM credits toward re-certification. Descriptions of each can be found on the registration page.


    1st Breakout Selections: (Choose One)

    1a - Charting The Course To Greater Fulfillment And Happiness At Work (*Strategic Credit)
    presented by Beth Rudy, Insight Management Consulting 

    During this program, we will introduce participants to the breakthrough Motivators Assessment, which tells people scientifically what motivates them. Those who align their jobs with their motivators have found greater enjoyment, energy, and empowerment in their careers. Furthermore, they are 150 percent happier in their personal lives. For employers that means happier employees, increased engagement, and higher retention.

    1b - Managing Millennials: Definitely Not Your Father’s Oldsmobile 
    presented by Elliot Lasson, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP, SPHR, Lasson Talent Acquisition and Professor UMBC

    In today’s workforce, there are different generational cohorts who are expected to work together. However, each is coming from a “different place” having been raised and informed by different realities. But, each segment brings to the table valuable perspectives and skills. The emerging segment entering the workforce today, Millennials have very different communication styles. They also come with backgrounds influenced by being born into technology and exposed to social justice. Some have even been critical of this generation as being one of “entitlement”. This makes it difficult for supervisors to get the most out of Millennial employees including developing and retaining them. In this interactive workshop, I will explain where each cohort is “coming from”.


    1c - Success Mindset: Building A High- Performance Organization (*Strategic Credit) presented by Umar Hameed, CEO No Limits

    A-players are few in number but are highly productive. B-players do a good job never achieve greatness. The paradox is that most B players want to get better. Organizations spend a lot of time and money to help B players get better. But most B players never make the jump. Imagine the impact on your organization if 20% of the B-players became A-players. It would be huge right? In this presentation you will learn neuroscience based techniques to embed a success mindset within your employees and teams. This results in an organization that out-thinks and outpaces the competition. 

    2nd Breakout Selections: (Choose One) 

    2a - Play Together-Stay Together: Driving Business Success Using The Fun Machine 
    presented by Maureen Dougherty PHD, Let’s Go With Dr. Mo, LLC & Nancy Zimmerman SHRM-SCP, SPHR, Community College of Baltimore County

    Learn simple “fun” techniques which can serve as a vehicle for improving communication, morale, and employee engagement. Through workplace “playing on the job” employees reduce stress, improve creativity and productivity, while creating comraderies out of co-workers. Come experience the fun and bring it back to your workplace.

    2b - Dialogue As A Tool To Create Conscious Cultures 
    presented by Ryan McShane, VP, COO Marc3 Leadership Solutions

    As a result of attending, learners will be able to, define and identify hallmarks of unconscious workforce cultures, identify and define the purpose and process of dialogue, participate in and practice the 4 key practices of Dialogue (Listening, Respecting, Suspending and Voicing) for purposes of bringing this technology into their respective organizations to create desired changes and outcomes.

    2c - The ROI Of Employee Engagement: A 21st Century Guide To Building A Culture That Works (*Strategic Credit)
    presented by Susan Katz, CEO, Susan Katz Advantage

    Gallup research with over 1.3M employees shows that the top 25%of most engaged organizations consistently achieve double digit , increases, compared to their counterparts, in every key business metric including productivity, profitability, customer metrics, lower absenteeism, turnover and fewer quality incidents.

    The presentation will address what employee engagement really means, provide the shifting needs of a 21st century team, describe what’s broken with learning and development, focus on the role of the leader in the 21st century and provide practical strategies to more effectively engage teams.

    7:30am – 8:00am...............Registration / Continental Breakfast / Vendors 
    8:00am – 8:15am...............Welcome & Announcements 
    8:15am – 8:30am...............SHRM Update 
    8:30am – 10:00am.............Keynote Presentation – Matt Jones
    10:00am – 10:30am...........Break / Visit Vendors 
    10:30am – 11:45am...........1st Breakout Session 
    11:45am – 12:45pm...........Lunch / Visit Vendors 
    12:45pm – 2:00pm.............2nd Breakout Session 
    2:00pm – 2:15pm...............Break / Visit Vendors 
    2:15pm – 3:45pm...............Keynote Presentation – Angus Clark
    3:45pm – 4:00pm.............. Conference Closing


    Please pre-register online for the conference. Space is limited and cannot be guaranteed. Walk-in registrations will only be accepted if space allows after all pre-registered participants have been accommodated. NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE TAKEN BY PHONE. Registrations must be received by Tuesday, April 11 at 9:00am.

    CHRA Members: 
    $165 if received by 4/6 | $190 if received after 4/6

    $250 if received by 4/6 | $275 if received after 4/6
    (Join to get the member rate!)

    Registration will close on Tuesday, April 11 at 9:00am.

    Registering a group? If you are trying to register a group of individuals you will either need to sign in as each of them and register individually, or download this form, print, complete and fax to CHRA at 443-640-1031.



    Martin's West
    6817 Dogwood Road
    Baltimore, MD 21244

    From 695, take the Security Blvd. (toward Woodlawn) exit. Merge onto Security Blvd. Right on Belmont Avenue. Left on Dogwood Road. Facility is on the left. FREE parking.


    If you must cancel your registration for a meeting, please do so in writing to The request must be received by fax or mail no later than the close of business on Thursday, April 6, 2017. If you register for this event and are a “no show” and did not cancel in advance, you will still be invoiced for the event so CHRA may recoup the funds used to pay for your meals at the event. If you do not cancel according to this policy, you will be assessed the full program fee.







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