August 12-13, 2020​​


A 2-Day Virtual Leadership & HR Conference​​ to Help You Establish a New Normal

​Amidst the current COVID-19 pandemic, businesses and employees are navigating the day-to-day and redefining the new normal; everyone is in search of balance. To help you navigate this rapidly changing landscape, join Employers Council for our first ever 2-day virtual Employers Summit where the focus will be on helping attendees achieve equilibrium in their organizations amongst all the competing regulations, requests, and priorities. This unique conference experience will provide you with a multi-discipline approach from HR, Compensation and Benefits, and Culture and Leadership areas. 

Choose from multiple topics and breakout sessions to create a customized experience just for you—all from the comfort of your own home office. Presenters from Employers Council and leading industry experts will present you with fresh new ideas to implement back on the job to achieve the equilibrium we are all striving for in these stressful times. 


Topics Include:

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Understanding mental health
  • HR's role in business continuity
  • ​How to inspire leadership in challenging times
  • Navigating 2020 laws like Pay Equity
  • How to handle benefits during a pandemic
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • And much, much more​


​Speakers Include:

Laura-Jeffries-headshot Laura JeffriesDirector Human Resources, Donor Alliance
As the Director of Human Resources at Donor Alliance, Inc. and with more than 20 years in Human Resources, Jeffries helps lead a nearly 200 member workforce dedicated to saving lives through organ and tissue donation and transplantation.


alex-yannacone-headshot-2 ​Alex YannaconeMA, ​Director of Education and Community Programs, Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center, University of Colorado School of Medicine

As the Director of Education and Community Programs at the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center, Alex provides programs and trainings addressing mental health issues across Colorado. She is also a master trainer in suicide prevention training including QPR and Working Minds.


andre-van-hall-headshot André Van HallThe Curiosity Instigator
A native of Argentina, André has worked at some of the most prestigious hotels in the world, to include the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten in Hamburg. Before retiring, he was the CEO of the historic Denver Athletic Club. After suddenly losing his eyesight in late 2011, he started a new career as a Professional Speaker, with an emphasis on Motivation, Change Management and Staff Development.


laura-earley-headshot Laura EarleyISCEBS, Senior Account Manager/Employee Benefits, IMA of Colorado
Laura Earley is an Account Executive in the Taft Hartley & Government Practice for IMA of Colorado.  She has been in the Employee Benefits field for over 20 years, managing health & welfare, wellness and retirement plans for such companies as CH2M, Sports Authority and KinderCare Learning Centers before moving to the Consulting business in 2018.​​​

Dr. Donna MilavetzMD, MPH, FACP, Regional Vice President, SHCN UT and AZ, ​Steward Health Care Network

Dr. Milavetz is a licensed medical doctor and Internist with over 20 years of clinical experience. She trained at one of Harvard's teaching hospitals and also holds a Master's Degree in public health from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Milavetz has recently transitioned to become the Regional Vice President for Steward Healthcare Network in UT and AZ. 

Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler, PhD​, MA,​ The Equity Project

Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler is the Chief Catalyst and Founder of The Equity Project, LLC – an organization designed to support organizations and communities in building diversity, equity and inclusion strategies, and The HR Shop, LLC - a boutique human resources firm designed to support non-profits and small businesses. Dr. Mosby Tyler holds a doctorate in the field of Organizational Leadership, a Master of Arts degree in Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education.​




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Benefits

Be Prepared for Emergencies

Learn how to prepare your business to be resilient during emergencies and pandemics.

Navigate Change with Confidence

Find out how to approach change with curiosity and how to adapt your business practices.

Understand New Laws in 2020

Get a strong understanding of how you need to respond to new state and federal legislation.

Establish a New Normal

Find out how to navigate a virtual workforce and things like pay and benefits moving forward.

​Registration

Live Event O​nly

Member-$175
Non-Mem​ber-$275

Register

Live Eve​​nt Plus
Recordings for 30 Days

(Does not include 2​ general sessions-The Curiosity of Change & Deconstructing Equity)

Member-$225
Non-Member-$325​

Register​​

 


Conference Sche​dule

Day 1

All times listed are in the MDT / Denver Time Zone*


8:00 a.m. Log into Conference



8:30 a.m. Welcome and Conference Logistics



8:40 a.m. Keynote: Deconstructing Equity

​Explore the multi-faceted (and sometimes, complicated) world of diversity, equity, equality, fairness, and inclusion--deconstructing the definitions in a way that allows for a better understanding of bias and the continuum of equity.​

Presenter: Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler, The Equity Project


9:30 a.m. Quick Break



9:40 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

Compensation & Benefits Track
A Brave New World: Pay and Benefits Law in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond

The unprecedented legal response to the COVID-19 crisis has radically changed the way employers compensate their employees and the benefits available to employees. Where will the law stand by August? We will examine the status of the sweeping pay and benefits changes to laws and how pay and benefits law will look moving forward.

Presenter: Dean Harris, Attorney, Western Slope Area Manager, Employers Council


9:40 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

Culture & Leadership Track
Corporate Social Responsibility

How does your organization think and act a regional and global steward of people and the environment? This is the question now that organizations are thinking about Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

The premise of CSR is the phrase “what’s good for business needs to be good for society.” This is more than just contributing to a charity with some of your profits or extra budget dollars. It’s an interconnected philosophy and practice. Environmental, business, and social issues are now global. The small company in a rural area impacts and has access to the entire planet. The triple bottom line of: People, Planet, and Profit is what entices people to your organization then keeps them engaged as integral employees.

This interactive session will take you to the CSR line and check your organization’s corporate citizenship whether you are a nonprofit, public employer, or corporation. Learn the four critical CSR practices and what to avoid. You evaluate how our organization is doing and develop some forward-looking steps.

Presenter: Megara Kastner, MSM, CPP, PHR, SHRM-CP, ODL Consultant, Employers Council


10:30 a.m. Quick Break



10:40 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

Compensation & Benefits Track
Modern Day Benefits: What's Trending Right Now

What’s trending in Employee Benefits? Everything from Unlimited Paid Time Off, Virtual healthcare, and Paid Leave Programs to Student Loan Repayments and more. Join us for an informative and entertaining session where you’ll walk away with some new and innovative ideas that employers are using to keep their workforce healthy, engaged and motivated.

Presenter: Laura Earley, ISCEBS, Senior Account Manager/Employee Benefits, IMA of Colorado


10:40 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

Human Resources Track
Understanding Mental Health

Participants will recognize how to create a mentally healthy workplace while learning how to best address workplace stress and mental health concerns. We will review common warning signs, barriers to services, and protective factors and learn to understand best practices in communication, referrals, and ongoing support. In this workshop, we will also review the issues in our communities regarding suicide and recognize warning signs while learning the best way we can support and refer someone we are concerned about.

Presenter: Alex Yannacone, MA, Director of Education and Community Programs, Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center, University of Colorado School of Medicine


11:30 a.m. Quick Break



11:40 a.m.
Keynote: Return to Work​

As employers begin bringing their employees back to the workplace, they will be faced with various COVID-related challenges. This session will focus on the medical aspects of what employers should consider when implementing any type of COVID-19 testing and retesting, surveillance, PPE and cleaning/sanitizing the workplace, and employee emotional support.

Presenter: Donna Milavetz, MD, MPH, FACP, Regional VP, UT and AZ


12:30 p.m. Conference Adjourns for the Day



Day 2

All times listed are in the MDT / Denver Time Zone*


8:00 a.m. Log into Conference



8:30 a.m. Welcome



8:40 a.m. Keynote: The Curiosity of Change

Do you realize that the changes happening in your life are not the enemy, but how you deal with them is? 

When André went suddenly blind in 2011 this was the difficulty he had to overcome….feeling sorry for yourself? Feeling you and you alone can handle the change? Are you judging, or assessing the situation?

In his lighthearted presentation André will illustrate with stories from his 40 year career in the hospitality industry, how to not only deal with difficult change, but also how to stay ahead of it!

Presenter:André Van Hall, The Curiosity Instigator


9:30 a.m. Quick Break



9:40 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

Culture & Leadership Track
Path to Inspiring Leadership

What are the virtues that inspiring leaders grow into and live by? How do they react when blown off course in difficult times?  In this session, we will explore the character of leaders who find balance in climates of complex changes, injustice, and uncertainty.

Presenter: Julie Auger, MOD, ODL Consultant, Employers Council


9:40 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

HR Track

Business Continuity: What is HR’s Role?

Business continuity is an extremely important topic right now for HR leaders. For many organizations it may involve having to make some difficult decisions in order to prevent disruption or loss of revenue. Bottom line: if your employees are struggling, generally your organization will too. How can HR lead the way to ensure that employees stay engaged so that the organization continues to meet its goals during these challenging times? Join us as we explore ways HR leads business continuity around employee engagement, supporting managers, workforce planning and driving effective communication.

Presenters: 

Chelsea Jensen, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP, Human Resource Services Consultant, Employers Council
Jessica Olbricht, SHRM-SP, SPHR, Human Resource Services Consultant, Employers Council


10:30 a.m. Quick Break



10:40 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

Compensation & Benefits Track
Pay Equity - Where to Start?

You know Colorado's Pay Equity law will bring about big changes for employers in 2021, but what does the law require and how exactly do you prepare?  Come to this workshop where we will spend 50 minutes helping you map out a clear plan you can take back to your workplace to implement.  Walk away with practical guidance on analyzing your current pay practices, options for implementation/resources, and a roadmap for next steps to prepare you for compliance.  We have both an employment law attorney and human resource consultant that are teaming up to give you what you really need to contend with this complicated new law.

Presenters: 

Lorrie Ray, Esq., Director, Member Engagement, Employers Council
Mark Cicotello, MBA, SPHR, GPHR, CCP, CECP, SHRM-SCP, Human Resource Services Consultant, Employers Council


10:40 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

Human Resources Track

Virtual Workforce: Our New Normal?​

The COVID-19 pandemic forced employers to quickly shift to a virtual workforce, causing not only a need for new technology and knowledge but also a seismic shift in cultures and work norms. We learned that working at home may not affect productivity as much as we thought it would and that meeting with and leading our employees does not require physical presence. In this session, we will address what virtual work will look like going forward in a post-pandemic era. We will discuss the fairness issues around workplaces that can only allow some of their workers to work from home. Finally, we will talk through employee needs and mental health issues if transitioning to a virtual workforce.

Presenter: Laura Woods, MAOM, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CPP, Information Services Manager, Employers Council


11:30 a.m. Quick Break



11:40 a.m.
Keynote: Core Values, Your Keys to Culture

Presenter: Laura Jeffries, Director Human Resources, Donor Alliance


12:30 p.m. Conference Adjourns 



​Registration

Live Event Only

Member-$175

Non-Member-$275

Register

 

Live Event + Recordings for 30 Days

(Does not include 1 general session-The Curiosity of Change)

Member-$225

Non-Member-$325​

Register

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