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    CHRA's Spring Annual Conference 2018

    Date: April 12, 2018, 8:00am
    Chesapeake Human Resources Association (CHRA)
    Martin's West
    6817 Dogwood Rd
    Baltimore, Maryland 21244
    United States
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    Chesapeake Human Resources Association

    Annual Spring Conference

    HR Building Community: Be Bold, Brave & Brilliant

    Thursday, April 12, 2018

    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)  



    7:30am – 8:00am...............Registration / Continental Breakfast / Vendors / Food Drive
    8:00am – 8:15am...............Welcome & Announcements 
    8:15am – 8:30am...............SHRM Update 
    8:30am – 10:00am.............Keynote Presentation – Distinguished Local Business Experts
    10:00am – 10:30am...........Break / Visit Vendors 
    10:30am – 11:45am...........1st Breakout Session 
    11:45am – 12:45pm...........Lunch / Visit Vendors / Meet The Oriole Bird!
    12:45pm – 2:00pm.............2nd Breakout Session 
    2:00pm – 2:15pm...............Break / Visit Vendors 
    2:15pm – 3:45pm...............Keynote Presentation – Simon T. Bailey
    3:45pm – 4:00pm.............. Conference Closing



    More details coming soon!



    CHRA will be hosting a night at Camden Yards on July 13, 2018, and to celebrate we are hosting The Oriole Bird at our Spring Conference! Join him during lunch to meet and greet and have your picture taken with this famous mascot. 

    On April 6, 1979, The Oriole Bird hatched out of a giant egg at Memorial Stadium and became the official mascot of the Baltimore Orioles. Since then, this featherweight has entertained millions of baseball fans at Oriole Park at Camden Yards and has made thousands of special appearances throughout the Baltimore area and the United States!


    All attendees will be given electronic access to the handouts prior to the conference. To reduce waste, handouts will not be printed.


    Morning Keynote: Best Practices in Building Community in HR, Organizations and the World - Panel Discussion
    For the first time in the history of CHRA, conference participants will have an opportunity to engage with a moderated panel consisting of 7 distinguished local experts representing various business segments who will offer best practices for HR professionals to build community with their own HR teams, their organizations and within the larger communities in which they work and live. Watch for your invitation via the CHRA LinkedIn group to pose questions for the panelists to address at the conference.



    Kelly Schulz
    Secretary, MD Dept. of Labor,

    Licensing and Regulation

    Mary Talley

    Chief Human Capital Officer, 
    Department of Human Resources, 
    City of Baltimore


    Aris Melissaratos

    Dean, Stevenson University 
    Brown School of Business & Leadership

    April Rose

    HR Manager/Sr. Recruiter,

    NMR Consulting and Delegate
    District 5



    Jennifer Bodensiek

    President/CEO, JA Central Maryland

    Donald Tynes, Sr.

    Board of Directors


    Joyce Phillip 

    CHRO, U of M Faculty

    Physicians, Inc.


    Keith Scott and Rebecca Klein Scott

    TALLsmall Productions


    Afternoon Keynote: Shift your Brilliance – How to Lead, Engage and Grow in the Next Decade
    presented by Simon T. Bailey 

    After this workshop you will each receive a signed copy of Simon’s book “Shift Your Brilliance” and be able to:

    • Examine everything you do and ask if you are creating a sustainable 
      future that engages everyone around you – your team, your stakeholders 
      and your customers.
    • Identify the best thinking to start what is necessary, stop what is no longer relevant, and continue what is working.
    • Create a deeper sense of personal accountability by transferring emotional ownership to everyone around you.
    • Apply the “shift mindset” that aligns heads, hearts, and hands to achieve results.
    • Become a Chief Breakthrough Officer by becoming the “go-to” person in your industry, business, or department.


    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 - Three Trends Poised to Transform the Future of Work

            Dr. Jarik Conrad, Sr. Director Human Capital Management Innovation, Ultimate Software


    About the Program: 

    Rapid technological innovation and cultural disruption are occurring simultaneously in today’s workplace, leading to a major change in the way people work, communicate, and collaborate. Leaders attempting to navigate this shifting professional landscape should watch for three pivotal trends in 2018, all poised to transform the future of work as we know it.


    The future of work is at an inflection point. Rapid technological innovation and cultural disruption are occurring faster than organizations and leaders can adapt. Leaders attempting to navigate this shifting professional landscape should watch for three pivotal trends in 2018, all poised to transform the future of work as we know it. In this session, Dr. Jarik Conrad, Senior Rirector, Human Capital Management Innovation at Ultimate Software, will discuss the impact of these trends on people and organizations everywhere and provide actionable strategies to help HR to lead the way.


    1b - Communicate as a Bold, Brilliant Leader

            Lynda Katz Wilner, Communication Specialist and Speech Language Pathologist, Successfully Speaking


    About the Program:

    Effective communication is a core competency for all professionals. This interactive presentation will address the three V’s of communication (Visual, Vocal, and Verbal) and help the attendees identify strengths and weaknesses in their personal communication style or the style of their employees and colleagues. Through interactive discussion, observation of video clips, and small group activities, attendees will practice these skills and will implement them at the end of the activities. Peer feedback will be included. Each attendee will leave this session with an excellent understanding of the main elements of communication and strategies to enhance their own communication style and support their staff and employees

    1c - *Business Credit* Developing a Culture of Strategic Philanthropy 

            Dan Rashke, CEO  and Owner, Total  Administrative  Services Corporation, TASC  


    About the Program:

    Move over CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility), the new trend is Shared Social Responsibility! The audience will hear how the convergence of social and business philanthropy causes a lean-in effect by employers, creating a culture of encouragement, engagement and education around giving and social responsibility for employees and communities. The audience will leave with new ways to approach driving a culture of giving in the workplace and understand how to maintain sustainability. 


    2nd Breakout Sessions: (Choose One)


    2a - Workplaces in the Post- Harvey Weinstein Age- Whistleblowing Investigating and Responding to Harassment and Bullying: The Role of HR Just Got Bigger 

            Leslie Robert Stellman, Esquire, Pessin Katz Law P.A.


    About the Program:

    In the past few months, major corporations have been rocked with scandal and shame over the misbehavior of their CEO’s and other high level executives, including the Miramax/Weinstein organizations, Uber, and Fox News. HR professionals have no doubt found themselves in the middle of a perilous situation because they are expected to be on the front lines of prevention and intervention where pervasive sexual harassment, bullying, and predatory behavior affects employees in the workplace. This session will provide human resources professionals an overview into the current state of the law governing workplace harassment and bullying, including sexual harassment. Many HR professionals are faced with organizations in which top executives are often the worst offenders, leaving them with a Hobson’s choice of blowing the whistle or seeing the business they serve fall because of abusive leaders. In fact the Supreme Court’s landmark 1993 ruling in Harris v. Forklift Systems, Inc. involved sexually abusive conduct by a company’s CEO, and set the standard for determining corporate liability in sexual harassment cases.


    This presentation will provide HR both legal and practical advice for dealing with workplace sexual predators, including high level executives, focusing on legal protections in federal and local laws governing whistleblowers and individuals who complain of discriminatory working conditions. It will further address the critical role that HR professionals must play in getting to the bottom of abusive and predatory workplace behavior, including the dynamics of conducting a thorough and proper investigation, protecting victims of harassment, and minimizing the legal risks faced by companies which turn a blind eye to predatory conduct. In the post-Harvey Weinstein world, human resources leaders do not have the luxury of ignoring or minimizing even suspected harassment in their workplaces, no matter the position in the organization of the alleged perpetrator. Recent lawsuits brought against the general counsel for Fox News based upon her failure to diligently follow up and investigate suspected sexual harassment represents a real potential for personal liability on the part of HR directors in the event of litigation based upon pervasive predatory practices that are insufficiently investigated and followed up. 


    2b - The Proof Is In The Pudding: Data Driven Success

            Dr. Shaunna Payne Gold, Associate Director of Multi-Ethnic Student Education, UM College Park


    About the Program:

    This session will provide novice, intermediate, and expert-level tips for designing programs, determining effectiveness, and demonstrating accountability for HR resources.


    When working with human capital and addressing employment needs, it is often difficult to not only formulate effective programming and initiatives, but to also measure success and demonstrate accountability to various constituents. This session will provide blueprints on the novice, intermediate, and expert levels for the assessment cycle that translates the power of your work to various audiences.



    2c - *Business Credit* The Human Side of Innovation: New Ways for HR to Impact the Entire Enterprise 

            Josef Martens, Principal, Katalysor LLC


    About the Program:

    Innovation is a key driver for the business. Many approaches to drive innovation leverage technology, processes and systems. Frequently overlooked is the Human Side of Innovation. To be truly successful, it is essential to address the complete range of skills, competencies and behaviors of everyone in the organization. A key benefit of this session for HR practitioners is that is shows an impactful avenue to improve impact with and access to the operating business. When HR practitioners use the steps outlined in this program the C-Suite and leaders of the operating units will realize new value that HR can bring to the business and open new doors to collaboration. This session will highlight the importance and possibilities of HR as a driver for innovation across the organization. It will also provide participants with the tools to boost innovation enterprise-wide and thereby become trusted advisors in the conversations with the core business.





    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 10 at 9:00am.


    CHRA Members: 
    $165 if received by 4/5 | $190 if received after 4/5

    $250 if received by 4/5 | $275 if received after 4/5
    (Join to get the member rate!)

    Registration will close on Tuesday, April 10 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 5, 2018. 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.



    Registration and attendance at, or participation in, CHRA meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to the use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions, and audiotapes of such events and activities by CHRA and other third parties, including but not limited the association, the venue, the host city, etc.



    Thank you to our sponsors!


      Asset Strategy Consultants


    Atlantic Financial Federal Credit Union


    Division of Workforce Development & Adult Learning, Maryland Department of Labor


    Junior Achievement of Central Maryland


    Marsh & McLennan Agency

    Payroll Network


    PSA Insurance & Financial Services


    Robert Half




    TALLsmall Productions





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