TRI-STATE SHRM CONFERENCE 2020

April 26 – 28

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2020/04/26 08:00:00

ATTENDEES

The 2020 Tri-State SHRM Conference will host 500+ attendees, the majority of whom will include, senior Human Resources (HR) professionals, supervisors, managers, and directors currently practicing in the Human Resources field.

SPEAKERS

The Conference will include subjects and topics in the SHRM Body of Competency & Knowledge and HRCI Body of Knowledge. All presentations will meet the criteria for recertification credit from both SHRM and HRCI.

CONVINCE YOUR BOSS

You know the conference is strategic for your career, convincing your boss can be just as strategic.  Getting approval to attend the conference is a two-part endeavor.

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Mohegan Sun

1 Mohegan Sun Blvd.

Uncasville, CT 06382

A world at play and a world to its own, Mohegan Sun, created in 1996 by the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut, is one of the world’s most amazing destinations with some of New England’s finest 
dining, hotel accommodations, retail shopping, live entertainment and sporting events. Boasting three world-class casinos, Mohegan Sun is also host to the Kids Quest/Cyber Quest family entertainment facility, two luxurious spas, world-class meeting facilities, a state-of-the-art Poker Room as well as three major entertainment venues with seating from 350 to 10,000. People from across the globe come to see live concerts with some of today’s top headliners, along with major sporting events including Mohegan Sun’s very own WNBA team, the Connecticut Sun and lacrosse team, the New England Black Wolves.

Hotel Room Rate: $159

  • Includes parking, internet, and use of the fitness facility.
  • Discount rate good through April 4, 2020.

Group Code: SHRM20

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Conference and Exposition Schedule

TimeEventLocation
11:00 AM - 6:30 PMRegistration Open
1:00 - 4:00 PMExpo Hall Set-UpExpo Hall
1:00 - 2:00 PMNetworking Lunch
2:30 - 5:00 PMTeambuilding Events
Details
4:00 - 4:30 PMExpo Hall Orientation For Exhibitors & SponsorsExpo Hall
5:00 - 6:30 PMNetworking Event Expo Hall
TimeEvent
6:00 - 7:00 AMOptional Fitness Activity
7:00 - 8:00 AMRegistration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 - 9:30 AMConference Welcome & Opening Keynote - HR Rising !! – From Ownership to Leadership
Steve Browne, SHRM-SCP
Details
9:30 - 10:00 AMBeverage Break
10:00 - 11:00 AMConcurrent Sessions
Do This, Not That: Talent Sourcing for Speed & Success
Conni LaDouceur
Details
Be the Difference - Recognizing and Preventing Harassment in the Workplace
Chuck Gallagher, CSP
Details
Inclusion is the Answer to Next Level Networking
Simone Morris
Details
If Not You, Who? How to Crack the Code of Employee Disengagement
Jill Christensen
Details
10:00 - 10:20 AMSmart Stage I
10:30 - 10:40 AMSmart Stage II
11:00 - 11:15 AMTransfer Break
11:15 AM - 12:15 PMConcurrent Sessions
You Did What?! Unfortunate Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
John Bagyi, Esq., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Details
Rethinking True Organizational Safety and Security
Terry Choate Jr & Joseph Hileman
Details
Telehealth: An Emerging Benefits Trend and New Frontier for HR
Louis Daniels & Virginia McGarrity
Details
Before it Comes to Blows! - Managing Conflict From Higher Ground
Lauren Schieffer, Certified Speaking Professional (CSP)
Details
HR's Voice at the Table: Crisis, Community, and Continuity
Valerie Ann Leduc, MBA, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Details
12:15 - 1:15 PMBuffet Lunch
12:15 - 1:15 PMCHRO Luncheon
1:15 - 2:15 PMConcurrent Sessions
Handling Emotionally Charged Business Partners
Thomas Larkin, MA & Gregg Barratt
Details
The Leader's 7!
Andre Young
Details
Could Your Background Screening Process Put You In HOT Water?
John McTighe
Details

Don't Risk It - Learn to be Ethically Vigilant
Rashmi Airan
Details
1:15 - 1:35 PMSmart Stage III
1:45 - 2:05 PMSmart Stage IV
2:15 - 2:45 PMBeverage/Snack Break
2:45 - 3:45 PMConcurrent Sessions
"Maximum Ability: How to Recruit and Retain employees with (Dis)abilities."
Paul Artale
Details

5 Steps to Make Agile HR a Success
Anna Samorukova
Details

Are your Forms I-9 Ready for an Audit?
Dave Basham
Details

Leading Culture Change: How to Bring Mindfulness to Your Organization
Cheryl Jones, M.A.
Details
3:45 - 4:00 PMTransfer Break
4:00 - 5:00 PMGeneral Session - Is the East Coast the New West Coast When It Comes to Employment Laws?
Alice Kokodis, Craig Dickinson, Jillian Folger-Hartwell
Details
5:00 - 7:00 PMDinner/Social Event - Dueling Pianos
TimeEvent
6:00 - 7:00 AMOptional Fitness Activity
7:00 - 8:00 AMBuffet Breakfast & Networking
7:00 - 8:00 AMOptional Rise & Shine Session
Details
8:00 - 9:00 AMConcurrent Sessions
20/20 Background (Eye) Screening
Christine Cunneen
Details
Building a Culture of Accountability
David O'Brien
Details
The Madness Behind the Method (Teaching, Coaching, or Mentoring?)
Joe Perez
Details
The Critical Role of HR in Cybersecurity
Tim Weber
Details
Preparing for Success in the Era of AI
Michael Francoeur
Details
9:00 - 9:30 AMBeverage Break
9:30 - 10:30 AMConcurrent Sessions
How to Transform Your Small HR Department Through Technology
Tracie Sponenberg, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Details
How Does HR Prepare for High Court’s Decision Interpreting Sex Discrimination?
Rachel Kushel & Abby Warren
Details
Situational Awareness And De-Escalation Training
Chris Marciano
Details
The Future of Work. The Rise of the Gig Economy
Victor Madubuko, SPHR, GPHR, SHRM-SCP
Details
9:30 - 9:50 AMSmart Stage V
10:00 - 10:20 AMSmart Stage VI
10:30 - 10:45 AMTransfer Break
10:45 - 11:45 AMConcurrent Sessions
Buy American, Hire American: Accessing Foreign Talent in a Restrictive Environment
Martine Cuomo
Details
Navigating the Crossroads of Consistency and Diversity
Dana Barbato, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Details
Pharmacy Benefit Landscape, Trends and Management Strategies
Bill Nulman
Details
“If I Could Turn Back Time . . . Getting Workplace Harassment Investigations Right”
Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson & Rachel Kushel
Details
The New Pay Reality
Patti D'Amaddio, SPHR
Details
11:45 AM -12:45 PMBuffet Lunch
12:45 - 1:45 PMConcurrent Sessions
The Top 10 List. What HR Professionals Need to Know About Social Security, Medicare, and the Aging Workforce.
Thomas Wright
Details
How to Legally Conduct Social Media Background Investigations to Protect Your Company from Risk
Mario Pecoraro
Details
Three Ways You're Not Thinking About Turnover (Yet)
Eric Knudsen, Ph.D
Details
Grow a Talent Pool with Diversity
Deb Gogliettino, MS, MSL, SPHR
Details
Reboot: the missing link to workplace productivity and performance
Dr. Jo (R) Lichteen, PhD, RDN, CSP
Details
12:45 - 1:05 PMSmart Stage VII
1:15 - 1:35 PMSmart Stage VIII
1:45 - 2:00 PMTransfer Break
2:15 - 3:15 PMConcurrent Sessions
“Calling BS on Busy: Secrets of Time Management, Productivity +Organization”
Andrew Mellen
Details
Emotional Empowerment: Addressing mental health needs before there’s a crisis.
Michelle Bersell, M.A., M.Ed.
Details
The Fatal Flaws in Your Active Shooter Response How to Correct Them
Bo Mitchell
Details
Is Your Drug-Free Workplace Discriminatory?
John Stretton & Nicole Mule
Details
How Bullhorn Adopted a New HCM System and Went Live With Open Enrollment in Just 3 Months
Kelly Sheridan, SPHR, SHRM-SC & Holly Wright, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP
Details
3:15 - 3:45 PMBeverage/Snack Break
3:45 - 4:45 PMClosing Keynote - Humanology: The Future of Technology in the Workplace
Janine Nicole Dennis

Details
4:45 - 5:00 PMClosing Comments/Grand Prize Drawings
+ Sunday, April 26, 2020
TimeEventLocation
11:00 AM - 6:30 PMRegistration Open
1:00 - 4:00 PMExpo Hall Set-UpExpo Hall
1:00 - 2:00 PMNetworking Lunch
2:30 - 5:00 PMTeambuilding Events
Details
4:00 - 4:30 PMExpo Hall Orientation For Exhibitors & SponsorsExpo Hall
5:00 - 6:30 PMNetworking Event Expo Hall
+ Monday, April 27, 2020
TimeEvent
6:00 - 7:00 AMOptional Fitness Activity
7:00 - 8:00 AMRegistration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 - 9:30 AMConference Welcome & Opening Keynote - HR Rising !! – From Ownership to Leadership
Steve Browne, SHRM-SCP
Details
9:30 - 10:00 AMBeverage Break
10:00 - 11:00 AMConcurrent Sessions
Do This, Not That: Talent Sourcing for Speed & Success
Conni LaDouceur
Details
Be the Difference - Recognizing and Preventing Harassment in the Workplace
Chuck Gallagher, CSP
Details
Inclusion is the Answer to Next Level Networking
Simone Morris
Details
If Not You, Who? How to Crack the Code of Employee Disengagement
Jill Christensen
Details
10:00 - 10:20 AMSmart Stage I
10:30 - 10:40 AMSmart Stage II
11:00 - 11:15 AMTransfer Break
11:15 AM - 12:15 PMConcurrent Sessions
You Did What?! Unfortunate Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
John Bagyi, Esq., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Details
Rethinking True Organizational Safety and Security
Terry Choate Jr & Joseph Hileman
Details
Telehealth: An Emerging Benefits Trend and New Frontier for HR
Louis Daniels & Virginia McGarrity
Details
Before it Comes to Blows! - Managing Conflict From Higher Ground
Lauren Schieffer, Certified Speaking Professional (CSP)
Details
HR's Voice at the Table: Crisis, Community, and Continuity
Valerie Ann Leduc, MBA, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Details
12:15 - 1:15 PMBuffet Lunch
12:15 - 1:15 PMCHRO Luncheon
1:15 - 2:15 PMConcurrent Sessions
Handling Emotionally Charged Business Partners
Thomas Larkin, MA & Gregg Barratt
Details
The Leader's 7!
Andre Young
Details
Could Your Background Screening Process Put You In HOT Water?
John McTighe
Details

Don't Risk It - Learn to be Ethically Vigilant
Rashmi Airan
Details
1:15 - 1:35 PMSmart Stage III
1:45 - 2:05 PMSmart Stage IV
2:15 - 2:45 PMBeverage/Snack Break
2:45 - 3:45 PMConcurrent Sessions
"Maximum Ability: How to Recruit and Retain employees with (Dis)abilities."
Paul Artale
Details

5 Steps to Make Agile HR a Success
Anna Samorukova
Details

Are your Forms I-9 Ready for an Audit?
Dave Basham
Details

Leading Culture Change: How to Bring Mindfulness to Your Organization
Cheryl Jones, M.A.
Details
3:45 - 4:00 PMTransfer Break
4:00 - 5:00 PMGeneral Session - Is the East Coast the New West Coast When It Comes to Employment Laws?
Alice Kokodis, Craig Dickinson, Jillian Folger-Hartwell
Details
5:00 - 7:00 PMDinner/Social Event - Dueling Pianos
+ Tuesday, April 28, 2020
TimeEvent
6:00 - 7:00 AMOptional Fitness Activity
7:00 - 8:00 AMBuffet Breakfast & Networking
7:00 - 8:00 AMOptional Rise & Shine Session
Details
8:00 - 9:00 AMConcurrent Sessions
20/20 Background (Eye) Screening
Christine Cunneen
Details
Building a Culture of Accountability
David O'Brien
Details
The Madness Behind the Method (Teaching, Coaching, or Mentoring?)
Joe Perez
Details
The Critical Role of HR in Cybersecurity
Tim Weber
Details
Preparing for Success in the Era of AI
Michael Francoeur
Details
9:00 - 9:30 AMBeverage Break
9:30 - 10:30 AMConcurrent Sessions
How to Transform Your Small HR Department Through Technology
Tracie Sponenberg, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Details
How Does HR Prepare for High Court’s Decision Interpreting Sex Discrimination?
Rachel Kushel & Abby Warren
Details
Situational Awareness And De-Escalation Training
Chris Marciano
Details
The Future of Work. The Rise of the Gig Economy
Victor Madubuko, SPHR, GPHR, SHRM-SCP
Details
9:30 - 9:50 AMSmart Stage V
10:00 - 10:20 AMSmart Stage VI
10:30 - 10:45 AMTransfer Break
10:45 - 11:45 AMConcurrent Sessions
Buy American, Hire American: Accessing Foreign Talent in a Restrictive Environment
Martine Cuomo
Details
Navigating the Crossroads of Consistency and Diversity
Dana Barbato, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Details
Pharmacy Benefit Landscape, Trends and Management Strategies
Bill Nulman
Details
“If I Could Turn Back Time . . . Getting Workplace Harassment Investigations Right”
Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson & Rachel Kushel
Details
The New Pay Reality
Patti D'Amaddio, SPHR
Details
11:45 AM -12:45 PMBuffet Lunch
12:45 - 1:45 PMConcurrent Sessions
The Top 10 List. What HR Professionals Need to Know About Social Security, Medicare, and the Aging Workforce.
Thomas Wright
Details
How to Legally Conduct Social Media Background Investigations to Protect Your Company from Risk
Mario Pecoraro
Details
Three Ways You're Not Thinking About Turnover (Yet)
Eric Knudsen, Ph.D
Details
Grow a Talent Pool with Diversity
Deb Gogliettino, MS, MSL, SPHR
Details
Reboot: the missing link to workplace productivity and performance
Dr. Jo (R) Lichteen, PhD, RDN, CSP
Details
12:45 - 1:05 PMSmart Stage VII
1:15 - 1:35 PMSmart Stage VIII
1:45 - 2:00 PMTransfer Break
2:15 - 3:15 PMConcurrent Sessions
“Calling BS on Busy: Secrets of Time Management, Productivity +Organization”
Andrew Mellen
Details
Emotional Empowerment: Addressing mental health needs before there’s a crisis.
Michelle Bersell, M.A., M.Ed.
Details
The Fatal Flaws in Your Active Shooter Response How to Correct Them
Bo Mitchell
Details
Is Your Drug-Free Workplace Discriminatory?
John Stretton & Nicole Mule
Details
How Bullhorn Adopted a New HCM System and Went Live With Open Enrollment in Just 3 Months
Kelly Sheridan, SPHR, SHRM-SC & Holly Wright, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP
Details
3:15 - 3:45 PMBeverage/Snack Break
3:45 - 4:45 PMClosing Keynote - Humanology: The Future of Technology in the Workplace
Janine Nicole Dennis

Details
4:45 - 5:00 PMClosing Comments/Grand Prize Drawings

Registration and payment must be received or Postmarked by the expiration date

SHRM MEMBERS

Sunday $50
Monday & Tuesday $700
Monday Only $400
Tuesday Only $400

NON-SHRM MEMBERS

Sunday $50
Monday & Tuesday $800
Monday Only $450
Tuesday Only $450

CHRO (SHRM)

Sunday $50
Monday & Tuesday $850

CHRO (Non SHRM)

Sunday $50
Monday & Tuesday $1,075

Student

Sunday $50
Monday & Tuesday $275

CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellations received on or before March 1, 2020 will be assessed a $100 cancellation fee. Cancellations received on or after March 2, 2020 will not be refunded, but substitutions will be accepted through April 26, 2020.

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities

Join 500+ HR professionals as they come together and collaborate on the many ways at this year’s Tri-State SHRM Conference. Many nationally known and prominent speakers, along with information packed workshops, and great entertainment will fill the agenda.

Sponsorship Information

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About Us

The Tri-State SHRM Conference is a collaboration between the Society of Human Resource Management State Councils of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.  We work to advance the HR profession in southern New England through educational, networking, and advocacy opportunities.

Learn about our statewide initiatives, our various chapters, and how you can meaningfully contribute to the future of HR at our booths in the Conference Exhibitor Hall.