2019 NCSHRM Conference Speakers

September 25th - 27th, 2019

Hickory Metro Convention Center, Hickory, NC

 

By attending the conference, you have the opportunity to earn up to 10 credits for SHRM PDC's and HRCI Re-Certification Credit.  If you are joining us for the Master's Series, you will receive an additional 3 credits.

 

We are excited to announce Coach Roy Williams will be our 2019 Headline Speaker for Thursday morning!

 
    

The 2007 Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee and Eight Time National Coach of the Year will talk about Teamwork

Roy Williams is in his 16th season as head coach of the University of North Carolina and his 31st as a college head coach.  The Asheville, N.C., native was graduated from UNC in 1972 and later earned a master’s degree from his alma mater. The 2018-19 season will be his 41st in college coaching.  

Williams is sixth all-time in winning percentage (.788) and seventh in wins by a Division I coach. He has a record of 842-227 in 30 seasons, including 424-126 as head coach of the Tar Heels. He reached 800 wins in fewer seasons and the second-fewest games in NCAA history.

Williams has one of the best resumés in NCAA Tournament history, winning national championships at Carolina in 2005, 2009, 2017, taking nine teams to the Final Four (five at UNC, four at Kansas), earning 12 No. 1 seeds and winning at least one game in each of his 28 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, a feat unmatched by any other coach.

  Wednesday Afternoon Opening Keynote Speaker, Richard Eller:

 

Inspiring a Miracle: Remembering the 75th Anniversary of the "Miracle of Hickory”

What inspired a community gripped by fear to face a disease as crippling as polio? In 1944, at the height of World War II, the citizens of Hickory and surrounding Catawba County faced a hard decision. Instead of retreat they chose to combat polio by creating an emergency hospital in 54 hours and staffing it to deal with the crisis. Their efforts and partnerships and gained national attention and created the "Miracle of Hickory" as a prime example of courage in the face of tragedy. Their example challenges us to look for inspiration in our difficulties.

Richard Eller is a current faculty member of the Catawba Valley Community College History Department, where he teaches classes to high school students through the Promise Scholars Initiative. Well-known for his documentary film work, last year he produced the film “Miracle” commemorating the 72nd anniversary of the first patient admitted to the Hickory Emergency Polio Hospital. Collaborating with students and fellow CVCC faculty members, the project featured vivid first-hand polio survivors’ recollections of the hospital, as well as original home movie footage contributed by the survivors. Eller is the Historian in Residence at the Historical Association of Catawba County in Newton.  He is also the recipient of the Outstanding Teacher of American History Award from the Hickory Tavern Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Wednesday Afternoon Keynote Speaker, Kevin Baxter:


A Modern Day Miracle - Igniting Innovation and Cultivating Community

It took vision in the late 1970’s to imagine that an abandoned hospital in Durham would grow into a home for a new and cutting edge model for STEM education. And few could have imagined that forty years later, the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics would be the model institution for designing and delivering innovative courses, academic enrichment experiences, and professional development for educators across our state and around the globe.

NCSSM will be making history once again in 2021 on a bucolic 62-acres overlooking the South Mountains in Burke County.  NCSSM-Morganton’s arrival to the Unifour region is the culmination of years of work among an incredibly collaborative ecosystem of champions to formally establish a UNC system campus in the foothills.  The road to Morganton is an inspiring story that renews the charter and the vision of NCSSM’s founders and positions the school once again as the first program of its kind anywhere in the world.Kevin works with the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) in Morganton, NC, as the Director of Western Campus Planning and Project Management. He joined NCSSM in January 2017 following a career that has spanned two decades in higher education. Most recently, he provided leadership to the development of East Carolina University's Honors College as its founding Associate Dean. Prior to his tenure at ECU, he enjoyed a ten-year career at the University of Maryland as a senior administrator and instructor for the College Park Scholars Program. Mr. Baxter earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Maryland and subsequently earned his MBA from the University of Maryland, University College. Mr. Baxter relocated to Morganton in early 2017.

  Thursday Afternoon Keynote Speaker, Robyn Mingle:


Innovating the Obvious – A Learning and Development Platform for the Masses

Low cost, high impact – with a little innovation thrown in. That’s the mindset Robyn Mingle took developing a learning and development platform to support a global workforce. She began by using the concept of bundling existing resources with low- or no-cost tools like online learning, YouTube Videos, TEDtalks, and relevant activities to create a leadership-certification program that can be tailored to every employee. There’s something in it for everyone. Driving a more collaborative, innovative and agile workforce has been a key aspiration of the company and the program. Mingle shares the details of CommScope’s development program, called uLEAD, which boast over 1,900 global participants to date, along with improved employee engagement, retention and other meaningful outcomes.

Robyn is an accomplished global CHRO with a 20+ year track record of success in directing initiatives that improve talent capabilities, employee engagement and business performance across a diverse spectrum of industries.  She is known for her ability to navigate organizations through dramatic growth, change and culture transformation while providing targeted solutions that deliver shareholder vaule.  Robyn is currently the SVP & CHRO for CommScope, an $11B global organization based in Hickory.

 

Friday Morning Keynote Speaker, Mike Aitken:



Program TBD

Soon to be announced

Mike Aitken is the Senior Vice President for Membership for SHRM and has previously led SHRM’s successful advocacy programs as Vice President of Government Affairs for 15 years.  Mike is a leading authority on the issues important to the human resource profession and drives SHRM’s membership vision, ensuring excellent member experiences, and implementing the organization’s newly developed business strategy. Prior to joining SHRM in 2003, he spent 14 years with the College and University Professional Association for HR, which represents more than 23,000 HR professionals at over 1,900 higher education institutions. Mike currently serves as a board member for OpenWork and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of San Diego.

Friday Closing Keynote Speaker, Tim Ballard:



Stuck at the Crossroads of Life

After serving the U.S. government for more than a decade, first in the CIA and then as a U.S. Special Agent and undercover operator with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Tim Ballard left his career to create Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.); a non-profit that fights against the kidnapping and exploitation of children throughout the world. Using stories and raw footage from his undercover operations conducted in multiple countries across the globe, Ballard will tell the story of modern-day slavery. While distinctly different from the singular transatlantic slave trade, the fight against global slavery today can draw many parallels from the Underground Railroad of the 19th century. Ballard will share the principles of selfless service that can heal people, organizations, and nations.

Tim is the CEO of The Nazarene Fund.  Ballard is the best-selling author of six books including Slave Stealers: True Accounts of Slave Rescues-Then and Now, as well as The Covenant: One Nation Under God. Ballard was recently named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young.  He has taught American and International Politics courses at Imperial Valley College, San Diego State University, and American Heritage School. He recently received the distinguished George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. He resides in Utah with his wife and nine children.

 

MASTER SERIES SPEAKERS (receive an additional 3 credits for SHRM PDC's and HRCI):



Chad Sorenson, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Driving Change in the Organization – Taking the Lead to Alter the Status Quo - approved for BUSINESS credit

Fundamentally, many people are resistant to change, however change happens. In fact, it must happen if we are to continue succeeding. It’s said that once you get on the right track, if you don’t move, eventually you will be run over by the next train. So since change is inevitable, what can we do about it?

Chad will help you learn the importance of anticipating change and communicating this need during a company’s strategic planning processes. You’ll leave with a greater understanding of how to measure the success or failure of the change process. In addition,  you’ll learn how to recognize the need for mid-course adjustments and adapt the change process to meet the company goals and objectives.

Chad is the President and founder of Adaptive HR Solutions, LLC and has over 20 years of diverse business, communications and human resource experience. Chad has served on the board of SHRM Jacksonville since 2010, as Chapter President for 2015 and 2016, and is currently the Immediate Past President. He regularly speaks to other SHRM Chapters and business associations across the state on topics such as leadership development and employee engagement.  Chad also now serves on the Executive Committee as the Treasurer for the HR Florida State Council.  He has been on the HR Florida State Conference team for many years. Chad is an Eagle Scout and a graduate of Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa.



Scott Carbonara

HR is Not a 4-Letter Word: Getting a Seat at the Strategic Table - approved for BUSINESS credit

The most thriving organizations know that in order to engage their workforce through major changes or initiatives, HR needs a seat at the table to collaborate on well-crafted messages that will drive forward strategy and results. This session delivers exactly that: a means of getting (and keeping) a seat at the executive table to be part of the greater conversation and solutions.  You will learn how to serve as the expert on your culture; create strategic key messages especially during times of change; and anticipate employee push-back through targeted education.

Known as “The Leadership Expert”, Scott is a passionate international speaker/trainer, author, and consultant specializing in leadership topics including employee engagement, change management,  communication, performance coaching, customer service, and culture.  His main focus in his over 25-year career has been one thing: helping people and organizations reach their full potential.  

Concurrent Sessions (Daily Sessions below)

Thursday, September 26

Session

Presenter

Location

Presentation Topic

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

John Rouda

Conover 1&2

Building Great Teams

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Kenny Colbert 

Conover 3&4

Policies & Politics:  Prepare for 2020 - approved for BUSINESS credit

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Sandie Bateman

Catawba 1

Develop a Positive & Productive Workplace with Everything DiSC

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Kimberly Williams & Stephanie Vojvoda

Catawba 2

Talent Acquisition & Retention Boot Camp:  Veterans...the Workforce You Can't Afford to Ignore

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Mark Knuckles

Conover 1&2

Wage & Hour Compliance Update - The New Rule for Salaried Exemptions

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Melissa Phillippi & Dallas Romanowski

Conover 3&4

Change the Narrative of Performance Management from "Have to" to "Want to"

Session Sponsor  

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Dr. Richard Migliori

Catawba 1

What’s the ROI of Being Healthy?

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

William Loveless 

Catawba 2

Putting Human Back into Human Resources

12:00 noon - 1:00 PM

Amy Wartham 

Conover 1&2

Leading with Emotional Intelligence

12:00 noon - 1:00 PM

Wendy Ratcliff 

Conover 3

Is Your Handbook Working For or Against You?

12:00 noon - 1:00 PM

Jessica Bronzert

Conover 4

Vertical Development: The Most Important Leadership Idea You Don't Know About  - approved for BUSINESS credit

Session Sponsor  

12:00 noon - 1:00 PM

Molly Hegeman 

Catawba 1

Market Trends all NC Employers should have on their Radar 

Session Sponsor  

12:00 noon - 1:00 PM

Debra Lord

Catawba 2

It Takes a Team:  Human Resources, Safety and Risk Management 

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Keith Wheeler

Conover 1

How to Build an Effective Harassment Program

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Denise Ryan

Conover 2

Innovation and Collaboration

Session Sponsor 

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Patti Ramseur & Alex Maultsby

Conover 3

The Law:  It Still Matters – 2019 Legal Update

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Laura Hampton 

Conover 4

The Shifting Workforce:  Leadership & HR  - approved for BUSINESS credit


Friday, September 27

 

Session

Presenter

Location

Presentation Topic

7:45 AM – 8:45 AM

Bryn Wilson

Conover 4

Leave of Absence Best Practices

Session Sponsor  

7:45 AM – 8:45 AM

Denise Cooper

Conover 3

Measure What Matters: The Ultimate Cheat Sheet On HR Metrics  - approved for BUSINESS credit

7:45 AM – 8:45 AM

Mack Munro 

Conover 1&2

How to Design and Implement a Successful Strategic Management Development Initiative  - approved for BUSINESS credit

7:45 AM – 8:45 AM

Daniel Lobb

Catawba 1

Giving and Receiving the Gift of Feedback

7:45 AM – 8:45 AM

Natalie Sanders

Catawba 2

Professionalism in the Workplace: Going Beyond #MeToo

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Donna Cutting

Conover 4

Mobilize to Serve: Engage Your Team Through Internal Customer Service

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Shawn Straub 

Catawba 1

Holding Teams Accountable with Empathy

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Rick Hinson 

Conover 1&2

Techniques to Detect Deceptive Behavior

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Robert Kelley

Conover 3

Vendor Management and Collaboration Begins with the RFP-What HR Professionals Should Know  - approved for BUSINESS credit

Session Sponsor  

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Michael Kemple 

Catawba 2

Behind the Background Screening Curtain


 

Conference Schedule*

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2019

8:00 AM - 12 Noon NCSHRM State Council Meeting
12 Noon - 7:00 PM Conference Registration
1:00 PM - 8:30 PM Exhibit Hall Hours
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pre-Conference Master Series - Chad Sorenson Driving Change in the Organization: Taking the Lead to Alter the Status Quo
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM BREAK
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Opening General Session - Richard Eller  Inspiring a Miracle:  Remembering the 75th Anniversary of the "Miracle of Hickory"
 4:30 PM - 4:45 PM BREAK
4:45 PM - 6:15 PM Keynote Session 2 - Kevin Baxter  A Modern Day Miracle - Igniting Innovation and Cultivating Community
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall - heavy hors d'oeuvres, open bar and live music!

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2019
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM Conference Registration
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Concurrent Sessions A
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Exhibit Hall Hours
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM BREAK with refreshments
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM Keynote Session 3 - Coach Roy Williams Teamwork
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM BREAK with refreshments
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Concurrent Sessions B
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM LUNCH
12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM Concurrent Sessions C
 1:00 PM - 1:15 PM BREAK with refreshments
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM Keynote Session 4 -Robyn Mingle Innovating the Obvious – A Learning and Development Platform for the Masses
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM BREAK with refreshments
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM Concurrent Sessions D
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM BREAK with refreshments
4:30 PM - 5:45 PM Conference Entertainment - The Watercoolers
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Dine Around Networking - Dinner On Your Own. Visit the Information Desk in the Registration Area to sign up.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2019
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
7:30 AM - 2:00 PM Conference Registration
7:45 AM - 8:45 AM Concurrent Sessions E
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM Exhibit Hall Hours
8:45 AM - 9:00 AM BREAK with refreshments
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM Keynote Session 6 - Mike Aitken, SHRM SVP of Membership
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM BREAK with refreshments
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Concurrent Sessions F
11:30 AM - 11:45 AM BREAK  with refreshments
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM Closing General Session - Tim Ballard  Stuck at the Crossroads of Life 
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM LUNCH
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM Post Conference Masters Series:  Scott Carbonara HR is Not a 4-Letter Word: Getting a Seat at the Strategic Table

*Please note that the schedule, speaker and presentation topics  may be subject to change as needed.

2019 Speaker Applications are closed. If you are interested in presenting at the 2020 NCSHRM Conference please check back in October for more information.