8:00 / Registration and Breakfast

8:30 / Opening Remarks​

8:40 / The Future is Now  

Curtis Graves​

What’s not to love about the future? There is a lot of cool stuff coming our way. But while we all agree change is constant, the pace of change is not. To meet the challenges the future will bring, HR must first learn how to think in new ways, and then create solutions that lead to a vibrant organization.

9:35 / Legal Update

Tina Harkness​

Every year brings changes to the public-sector legal landscape. This session will help you plan for tomorrow by covering the latest legal and legislative changes, agency enforcement initiatives, employment-law trends, and hot-topic court decisions affecting public-sector employers now and in the future.

10:25 Break


Breakout Session (attend one)

Cyber Security: Cause, Cost, and Cure 

Saurabh Gupta and Vani Kapur

Come and assess your baseline security posture, identify security vulnerabilities, put in place protection measures, and anticipate the cost to set up a holistic approach to cybersecurity.

Pay Equity: Foundation, Facts and Fixes 

Brian Ayers

This presentation will explore an emerging hot topic for public employers: pay equity. It will first take a brief overview of the topic, examining how we define pay equity, how pay equity is regulated at the federal level, and the different state approaches that are emerging.

It will then focus on common employer defenses of pay disparities, and in particular will look at how the EEOC evaluates each of these defenses. Employers will learn the degree of formality and documentation necessary for a particular pay practice to be legally defensible and stand up to scrutiny in a discrimination complaint.

Finally, it will look at proactive steps employers can take to assess their own liability and address any legal vulnerabilities before a discrimination charge is ever made. It will look at how to conduct a pay equity analysis, key concepts when designing the analysis, and how to interpret and use the results.

11:30 / Lunch

12:15 / (Not) Just Another Change Management Presentation Rethinking Change, Leadership, and the Public Sector 

Evan Abbott

Public-sector organizations face myriad sets of new and mounting pressures. Modern public-sector leaders require a new way of thinking to thrive in a world characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. This session explores why traditional definitions and approaches to change management are no longer relevant and identifies skill sets for leaders in today’s public employers.

1:05 / Break

1:15 / Economic Challenges Facing Public Employers 

Moderators: Lorrie Ray, Ann Terry from SDA, Sam Light from CIRSA, and Jayla Sanchez Warren from DRCOG

Every organization has economic challenges, and public-sector employers are no exception. Still, the economic issues can be unique. Both the community concerns and political climate can create controversy that would not be experienced in the private sector. In addition, having funding based on taxes provides challenges with consequences difficult to anticipate. How do broader themes in the community you serve impact your employees and what should you pay attention to when considering the employment landscape? Come to this informative panel session to hear the perspective of those who serve special districts, regional governments, and municipalities.

2:05/ Gender Issues 2.0 

Johnny Humphrey

Is your organization striving to be LGBTQ inclusive, but unclear about how best to handle gender fluidity, transition communication and accommodation, use of appropriate pronouns, and how to support working relationships with your LGBTQ employees? Join us for an informative discussion of these topics.

2:50 / Break


Breakout Session (attend one)

Human Issues in the Future 

Diana Sadighi and Aaron Guinn

The dynamic mix of employees in the public sector reveals unique issues for those whose life issues impact their performance in the workplace. The issues, legal and policy implications, and a number of options and resources will be identified and discussed.

What Digital Transformation Means for HR 

William Chumley, Frank Trevino and Mark Cicotello

​What’s the current buzz, is this real, and how should we prepare the workplace for this emerging phenomenon?​


Who Should Attend

Human resources professionals, administrators, managers, directors, and attorneys from state departments and divisions, counties, cities, towns, school districts, local authorities, and districts


5.50 Continuing Education Units
5.00 HRCI-General
Course ID #SPEC558

Class Details

Location:Sheraton Denver West Hotel, 360 Union Blvd, Lakewood, CO 80228-1503
Time:8:30 am to 3:30 pm
List Price:$179.00

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