Sessions

HR West Seattle “Best of the West” includes 16 concurrent sessions, all for recertification credit toward your SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, PHR, and SPHR. This conference is approved for 5 Strategic Business Credits and/or 5 General HR credits. See icons in individual session descriptions for Strategic Business Credits.

 

Check out session details below and view the full schedule here.

8:30 am - 9:45 am

Keynote – The Future of HR

In a world where rapid change and technology advancement are the ‘new normal’, the imperative for a compelling talent strategy has never been greater. Human Resources leaders sit in an ideal place to guide individuals, teams and organizations through this complex new digital reality filled with new devices, AI, IoT, apps, and growing mountains of […] View Details

Presenter: Steve Cadigan, CEO of Cadigan Ventures and former VP of Talent at LinkedIn

Qualifies for Strategic Business Credit


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Keynote – The Future of HR

08:30 am - 09:45 am

Speaker: Steve Cadigan

In a world where rapid change and technology advancement are the ‘new normal’, the imperative for a compelling talent strategy has never been greater. Human Resources leaders sit in an ideal place to guide individuals, teams and organizations through this complex new digital reality filled with new devices, AI, IoT, apps, and growing mountains of big data. In this engaging keynote session, Steve Cadigan will discuss how business & HR is transforming and how the opportunity for HR to make a difference has never been greater.

 

Learning Objectives

Understand the new business realities: pace, agile leadership, data intensity, Millennial workforce pressures, increased turnover, transparency, knowledge economy, experience economy, manager-employee relationship changing

Overview of newest trends in HR to address the new business realities

Present HR of the future: listening strategies, leader brands, recruitment communities, approaching leadership dev differently

Inspiring talk

Challenging HR leaders to be bold and realize the opportunity

10:00 am - 11:00 am

The Secret to Building a Great Team – Hire Results, Not Talent

Several of the most urgent challenges facing today’s business leaders are talent related. Chief among these challenges are access to talent, acquisition of the right talent, and retaining the right people. Solving these challenges requires more than sound recruiting tools and savvy employer branding. It requires a change in how we approach building teams. We […] View Details

Presenter: Sunil Bagai, CEO, Zenith Talent


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The Secret to Building a Great Team – Hire Results, Not Talent

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Speaker: Sunil Bagai

Several of the most urgent challenges facing today’s business leaders are talent related. Chief among these challenges are access to talent, acquisition of the right talent, and retaining the right people. Solving these challenges requires more than sound recruiting tools and savvy employer branding. It requires a change in how we approach building teams. We need to identify the results we are seeking, and then focus our talent strategies to achieve those results.

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Emerging Evidence: Business Performance and the Validation of HR Best Practices

New empirical research supports the value of how best-in-class HR practices relate to important business metrics. This enlightening presentation will explain how companies can implement human resources best practices in areas such as talent management, business partner alignment, employee data analytics and more. This research confirms that individuals with certification demonstrate not only mastery of […] View Details

Presenters: Jim Steele, HR Certification Board of Directors, Secretary/Treasurer , Jackie Berdy, Global Business Development Executive, HR Certification Institute

Qualifies for Strategic Business Credit


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Emerging Evidence: Business Performance and the Validation of HR Best Practices

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Speakers: Jim Steele Jackie Berdy

New empirical research supports the value of how best-in-class HR practices relate to important business metrics. This enlightening presentation will explain how companies can implement human resources best practices in areas such as talent management, business partner alignment, employee data analytics and more. This research confirms that individuals with certification demonstrate not only mastery of the best practices, but also the sound judgment and strategic mindset required to adapt these best practices to their unique organizational challenges. Organizations that implement those practices systematically across the organization see faster revenue growth, better stock price performance and stronger employer ratings.

10:00 am - 11:00 am

The ABCs of Employee Benefits

The Affordable Healthcare Act has far-reaching, evolving effects on employee benefits. In this session, you’ll learn to effectively manage and administer your 2016 employee benefits programs in the following spaces: strategy, administration, compliance, technology, analytics, and communication. You’ll also take home 26 actionable recommendations to help you navigate the complex landscape of employee benefits. View Details

Presenter: Ed Bray, SVP, Compliance, Ascension Benefits & Insurance Solutions


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The ABCs of Employee Benefits

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Speaker: Ed Bray

The Affordable Healthcare Act has far-reaching, evolving effects on employee benefits. In this session, you’ll learn to effectively manage and administer your 2016 employee benefits programs in the following spaces: strategy, administration, compliance, technology, analytics, and communication. You’ll also take home 26 actionable recommendations to help you navigate the complex landscape of employee benefits.

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Top Legal Developments of 2016

Recent changes in employment law include the dramatic expansion of the definition of an “employee,” increased risks of using independent contractors, overtime misclassification risks, new tests for joint employment, paid sick leave challenges, changes to meal and rest period requirements, and expense reimbursement issues. This session will identify new and emerging areas of risk, provide […] View Details

Presenter: Michael Westheimer, Esq., Partner, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart


11:20 am - 12:20 pm

The Future of Work – 10 Predictions for Employers & HR

This dynamic, thought-provoking session looks forward to exciting developments that will shape the workplace of the future and encourages participants to contemplate how they’ll react to changes. This session explores topics like genetic testing, the increasing size of the on-demand workforce, robots in the workplace, and the blurring lines between man and machine in an […] View Details

Presenter: Rebecca Kim, Innovation Imagineer, Mercer Health Innovation LABS


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The Future of Work – 10 Predictions for Employers & HR

11:20 am - 12:20 pm

Speaker: Rebecca Kim

This dynamic, thought-provoking session looks forward to exciting developments that will shape the workplace of the future and encourages participants to contemplate how they’ll react to changes. This session explores topics like genetic testing, the increasing size of the on-demand workforce, robots in the workplace, and the blurring lines between man and machine in an always-on society. Prepare yourself for workplace challenges of the future.

11:20 am - 12:20 pm

Eight Analytics Questions That Drive Business Decisions

This session provides a basic framework that HR professionals can apply when determining what type of data they need to answer a business question. Geared toward participants who understand the importance of talent analytics but do not know where to begin in identifying those HR metrics, this session provides interactive, experiential practice in formulating meaningful […] View Details

Presenter: Joyce Liu-Countryman, MS, HCS, Talent Management Consultant, Halogen Software

Qualifies for Strategic Business Credit


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Eight Analytics Questions That Drive Business Decisions

11:20 am - 12:20 pm

Speaker: Joyce Liu-Countryman

This session provides a basic framework that HR professionals can apply when determining what type of data they need to answer a business question. Geared toward participants who understand the importance of talent analytics but do not know where to begin in identifying those HR metrics, this session provides interactive, experiential practice in formulating meaningful business questions, identifying the right metrics for that data, and how to interpret the data to drive strategic decisions.

11:20 am - 12:20 pm

Show Me The Money: Wage & Hour Hot Topics and Enforcement Trends

The Department of Labor’s brand new rule regarding overtime exemptions becomes effective December 1, 2016. Employers should prepare now. With a nearly doubled minimum salary threshold, the executive, administrative, and professional computer-employee exemption test will be harder to meet. This presentation will explore these new rules and alternative pay plans for non-exempt employees. Attendees will […] View Details

Presenter: Catharine Morisset, Partner, Fisher & Phillips


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Show Me The Money: Wage & Hour Hot Topics and Enforcement Trends

11:20 am - 12:20 pm

Speaker: Catharine Morisset

The Department of Labor’s brand new rule regarding overtime exemptions becomes effective December 1, 2016. Employers should prepare now. With a nearly doubled minimum salary threshold, the executive, administrative, and professional computer-employee exemption test will be harder to meet. This presentation will explore these new rules and alternative pay plans for non-exempt employees. Attendees will put these new changes in risk management context, by examining litigation and enforcement trends on hot topics such as unpaid overtime, independent contractor misclassifications, and what compensable “time worked” means.

 

11:20 am - 12:20 pm

10 Principles of Reality-Based Leadership

We live and work in challenging times, but that will always be true. We must be willing to admit that our way of leading is fundamentally broken – not creating the results or the quality of life we would like. These times call for a new type of leader. We need leaders who can and […] View Details

Presenter: Nicole Price, Vice President, Training, Cy Wakeman, Inc.

Qualifies for Strategic Business Credit


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10 Principles of Reality-Based Leadership

11:20 am - 12:20 pm

Speaker: Nicole Price

We live and work in challenging times, but that will always be true. We must be willing to admit that our way of leading is fundamentally broken – not creating the results or the quality of life we would like. These times call for a new type of leader. We need leaders who can and will recreate mindsets of others in order to change circumstances and lead in a revolutionary way.

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Transforming Conflict into Collaboration

As an HR practitioner required to resolve workplace conflict, you face an awkward issue: any intervention may be seen as “taking sides.” How do you impartially guide employees through conflicts that distract them from the productive use of their time? This workshop gives you the framework and tools to help employees get the education and […] View Details

Presenter: Susan Bernstein, PhD, Executive Coach, The Sensational Shift


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Transforming Conflict into Collaboration

01:45 pm - 02:45 pm

Speaker: Susan Bernstein, PhD

As an HR practitioner required to resolve workplace conflict, you face an awkward issue: any intervention may be seen as “taking sides.” How do you impartially guide employees through conflicts that distract them from the productive use of their time? This workshop gives you the framework and tools to help employees get the education and guidance they need to shift from conflict to cooperation with minimal assistance.

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Perfecting the Pay for Performance Model

Employee compensation poses problems, both for employees and employers. With 9 out of 10 companies following some sort of employee compensation policy but only 42 percent of employees understanding their employer’s philosophy, we must improve. This session outlines the trials and errors of the journey toward perfecting a holistic, sound employee compensation model, highlighting the […] View Details

Presenter: Jay Caldwell, Vice President, Talent Solutions, ADP


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Perfecting the Pay for Performance Model

01:45 pm - 02:45 pm

Speaker: Jay Caldwell

Employee compensation poses problems, both for employees and employers. With 9 out of 10 companies following some sort of employee compensation policy but only 42 percent of employees understanding their employer’s philosophy, we must improve. This session outlines the trials and errors of the journey toward perfecting a holistic, sound employee compensation model, highlighting the positive outcomes that result from this effort, as well as the reasons some pay for performance models may fail.

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Effectively Analyzing and Defining HR Problems to Get Results

Rarely taught in leadership, management or HR courses, most HR Practitioners struggle to accurately identify problems. Learn how to identify problems correctly to save time and money for your organization. Begin with whether the problem is worth solving, then frame it in a way that gets the attention, buy-in, budget and support from your CEO. View Details

Presenter: Michael Cooper, Executive Coach & Trainer, Influencers & Innovators


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Effectively Analyzing and Defining HR Problems to Get Results

01:45 pm - 02:45 pm

Speaker: Michael Cooper

Rarely taught in leadership, management or HR courses, most HR Practitioners struggle to accurately identify problems. Learn how to identify problems correctly to save time and money for your organization. Begin with whether the problem is worth solving, then frame it in a way that gets the attention, buy-in, budget and support from your CEO.

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Building a Magnetic Culture Through Engagement and Innovation

Business faces a crisis. The most recent Gallup data shows that 70% of the entire workforce is not engaged. To succeed, leaders must learn to strategically attract essential talent, empower them, and sustain an environment that keeps vital employees both engaged and poised to adapt to organizational change and innovation. Prepare to take your organization […] View Details

Presenter: Kevin Sheridan, Chief Engagement Officer, Sheridan, LLC

Qualifies for Strategic Business Credit


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Building a Magnetic Culture Through Engagement and Innovation

01:45 pm - 02:45 pm

Speaker: Kevin Sheridan

Business faces a crisis. The most recent Gallup data shows that 70% of the entire workforce is not engaged. To succeed, leaders must learn to strategically attract essential talent, empower them, and sustain an environment that keeps vital employees both engaged and poised to adapt to organizational change and innovation. Prepare to take your organization to the next level in this inspiring session based on a New York Times best-selling book.

3:05 pm - 4:05 pm

Navigating Complex Medical Leave Laws

Mismanaging leaves of absence, disability accommodation, and leave associated with workplace accidents exposes an employer to potential legal claims of discrimination or wrongful termination and violation of federal law resulting in costly fines, legal fees, damages, and court awards. Gain a better understanding of these complex laws and learn simple steps to manage leaves and […] View Details

Presenter: Lauraine BiFulco, President, Vantaggio HR


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Navigating Complex Medical Leave Laws

03:05 pm - 04:05 pm

Speaker: Lauraine BiFulco

Mismanaging leaves of absence, disability accommodation, and leave associated with workplace accidents exposes an employer to potential legal claims of discrimination or wrongful termination and violation of federal law resulting in costly fines, legal fees, damages, and court awards. Gain a better understanding of these complex laws and learn simple steps to manage leaves and requests for accommodation while following legal guidelines.

3:05 pm - 4:05 pm

Adapting Your Communication Style to Get Results

As business becomes increasingly multicultural and dispersed, the importance of effective communication skills to build relationships, manage difficult situations, and facilitate collaboration increases. Because communication skills are rarely taught at the high school, university, or postgraduate levels, an easy-to-learn communication styles model provides executives and staff with a simple way of understanding their natural tendencies […] View Details

Presenter: Paul Endress, Founder, Maximum Advantage


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Adapting Your Communication Style to Get Results

03:05 pm - 04:05 pm

Speaker: Paul Endress

As business becomes increasingly multicultural and dispersed, the importance of effective communication skills to build relationships, manage difficult situations, and facilitate collaboration increases. Because communication skills are rarely taught at the high school, university, or postgraduate levels, an easy-to-learn communication styles model provides executives and staff with a simple way of understanding their natural tendencies and how to quickly adapt their natural communication style to match the needs of others.

3:05 pm - 4:05 pm

HR M&A: Integrating Cultures and Leveraging Diversity

Faced with the challenge of bringing two organizations together following an acquisition, how do you move beyond on boarding to achieve the long-term value? The biggest pitfall is a lack of cultural integration. Discover the three layers of culture that provide key insights, and combine these with specific activities to lead successful cultural change within […] View Details

Presenter: Niki Lee, Principal, Ernst & Young People Advisory Services

Qualifies for Strategic Business Credit


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HR M&A: Integrating Cultures and Leveraging Diversity

03:05 pm - 04:05 pm

Speaker: Niki Lee

Faced with the challenge of bringing two organizations together following an acquisition, how do you move beyond on boarding to achieve the long-term value? The biggest pitfall is a lack of cultural integration. Discover the three layers of culture that provide key insights, and combine these with specific activities to lead successful cultural change within your organization.

3:05 pm - 4:05 pm

The Invisible Cape: Five Capabilities of the HR Super Hero

More and more, organizations rely on HR to improve effectiveness by increasing employee engagement, establishing competitive benefit plans, implementing succession planning strategies, and initiating talent management programs—all using the latest technology and delivering reliable data! In short, HR professionals must be super heroes. This session identifies the top five competencies required today to meet the […] View Details

Presenter: Jack Smalley, Director, HR Learning & Development, Express Employment Professionals


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The Invisible Cape: Five Capabilities of the HR Super Hero

03:05 pm - 04:05 pm

Speaker: Jack Smalley

More and more, organizations rely on HR to improve effectiveness by increasing employee engagement, establishing competitive benefit plans, implementing succession planning strategies, and initiating talent management programs—all using the latest technology and delivering reliable data! In short, HR professionals must be super heroes. This session identifies the top five competencies required today to meet the new corporate challenges HR faces. Reinforce HR’s indispensable role as key business partner in the organization as you learn to enhance your leadership traits to reach your full potential.

Testimonials

Erin Daruszka
Erin Daruszka
Head of HR, Title Nine

“As an SPHR, I consider this conference an academic Disneyland for HR professionals. HR West is an excellent opportunity to share ideas with other HR professionals, recruit for new talent, and peruse vendors that support the employee lifecycle.”

 

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Alan Thurston
Alan Thurston
Events Marketing, Paychex

“HR West is by far one of the most innovative places to gather to discover techniques for staying relevant and increasing efficiencies within the HR world. It’s no surprise that the NCHRA’s level of sophistication is unparalleled by others. The association’s focus on excellence has earned them members in over 34 states as well as several foreign countries.”

 

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Svetlana Lolua
Svetlana Lolua
Manager, Dental Concepts

“This was my first HRWest conference. I enjoyed every minute of it. I hope to attend again next year. Meeting new professionals and reconnecting with old friends was absolutely unforgettable.”