Conference Schedule

For three days, state-wide HR Professionals making great ideas happen...

October 17th, 2018
7:00am - 6:30pm
Registration Open
7:00am - 11:00am
Exhibitor Load In
7:00am - 8:30am
Continental Breakfast
HR Games competition begins
Read more information on the HR Games Competition.
8:30am - 4:00pm
Employment Law Summit
Tower Ballroom

8:30am - 9:45am : James Boutrous, McDonald Hopkins- "Contemporary Workplace Issues: Marijuana, #Me Too & More"
9:45am - 10:45am: Sara Tountas, Acrisure
10:45am - 11:00am: Break
11:00am - 12:15pm: Aaron Graves, Bodman PLC- "Managing Discipline and Employee Complaints: #Me Too and Other Workplace Issues"
12:15pm - 1:15pm: Lunch
1:15pm - 2:30pm: Terry Bonnette, Nemeth Law- "Conflicting Laws in the Workplace"
2:30pm - 2:45pm: Break in Exhibitor Hall
2:45pm - 4:00pm: Maureen Rouse-Ayoub, Varnum Law- Harassment in the Workplace: New Awareness & Strategies to Address an Old Problem"

8:30am - 4:00pm
Tower Ballroom

8:30am - 8:40am : Summit Kickoff
8:40am - 8:45am : Ted Talk
8:45am - 10:15am: Cultural Transformation Through Total Rewards (Eileen Vernor & Jeff Tomschin)
10:15am - 10:30am: Break
10:30am - 11:30am: Thought Leadership/Business Approach (Pavan Muzumdar- Automation Alley)
11:30am - 12:30pm: Lunch
12:30pm - 1:30pm: Talent Apocalypse (Jim Bitterly)
1:30pm - 2:30pm: Employee Experience, a Strategic Model (Joan Morehead, HRPro)
2:30pm - 2:45pm: Break- Exhibitor Hall
2:45pm - 4:00pm: Leadership Ecosystems (Dr. Diana Wong- Sensei Change Associates)

4:05pm - 5:45pm
Opening Ceremonies
Tower Ballroom

Opening Ceremony/General Session Keynote: Jeanne Meister

5:45pm - 8:00pm
Grand Opening Reception - MISHRM Exposition Opens
Governor's Hall
October 18th, 2018
7:00am - 5:00pm
Registration Open
7:00am - 8:30am
Exhibit Hall Opens
7:00am - 8:30am
8:45am - 10:10am
General Session & Keynote: Jennifer McClure
MI Ballroom
10:10am - 10:40am
10:40am - 12:00pm
Breakout Session 1
Location Presentation Title Presenter Credits
A FMLA Rachel Johnson Credits TBD
B Healthcare and Benefits Brian Cote' Credits TBD
C Finding the "Sweet Spot" in Recruiting and Branding! Lauren Rauch Credits TBD
D The Real Levers for Culture Change and How to Pull Them: Change Leaders (to) Change Culture Tom Giberson Credits TBD
E An Inclusive Work Culture: They asked HR to Build It Veretta Nix Credits TBD
12:00pm - 1:00pm
1:00pm - 2:15pm
Breakout Session 2

Session II

Location Presentation Title Presenter Credits
A Sexual Harrassment Training Katie Stewart Credits TBD
B Little Known Employment Laws that Can Cost Employers BIG Money James Reid Credits TBD
C Extreme Benefits Communication Makeover: Modernize Your Methods for a Multigenerational Workforce Amy Hall Credits TBD
D Get off your Phone Allison Beers Credits TBD
E The 115th Congress and the Trump Administration Mike Aitken Credits TBD
2:15pm - 2:35pm
Break- Exhibitor Hall
2:35pm - 3:50pm
Breakout Session 3

Session III

Location Presentation Title Presenter Credits
B Re-Inventing: A Roadmap to Meet the Challenges of the Future and Achieve Success Jennifer McClure Credits TBD
C Beyond Emojis: Emotional Resilience that Lasts a Lifetime Erin Barbosa Credits TBD
D Best Practices in Succession Planning Matt Bertman Credits TBD
B The Conflict Savvy Leader Leslie Fiorenzo Credits TBD
3:50pm - 4:10pm
MISHRM Silent Auction Closes
4:10pm - 5:45pm
General Session & Keynote: McKeel Hagerty
General Session Keynote: McKeel Hagerty & MISHRM HR Professional of the Year
5:30pm - 8:00pm
6:15pm - 9:30pm
HR Extravaganza

Exhibit Hall (gov. Hall) with drinks and hayrides. Music by The Verve Pipe starts in MI Ballroom at 7:00pm.

October 19th, 2018
7:00am - 11:00am
Onsite Registration
7:00am - 8:30am
8:30am - 9:45am
Break Out Session 4
Location Presentation Title Presenter Credits
A Communicating to Achieve Results Laura Boone Credits TBD
B Harness the Power of Leadership Dave Bann Credits TBD
C The Human Connection at Work: Supporting employees with personal challenges Alejandra Juarez- New Directions Credits TBD
D Combatting the Opioid Crisis Dr. James Forshee Credits TBD
9:45am - 10:05am
10:05am - 11:30am
Closing Ceremonies General Session & Keynote: Clinton Longnecker with Game & Exhibition Conference Winners Announced

Come join us with entertainment from Brian Vander Ark from the Verve Pipe! With hit songs "The Freshman" and many more...

Thursday, October 18th. Doors open at 6:15 with drinks and hayrides. Music starts at 7:00pm in the MI Ballroom.


Previous Themes:

  • 2008: Back to the Future of HR
  • 2007: People, Passion, Profit: HR Delivering Value
  • 2006: Raising the Bar in HR
  • 2005: Charting the Depths of HR
  • 2004: Ignite, Inspire, Innovate
  • 2003: Capitalize Your HR Connections
  • 2002: Harness the Power of HR
  • 2001: Future Faces of HR
  • 2000: Opening Roads to Organizational Excellence
  • 1999: HR @ Warp. Speed
  • 1998: Building On Our Foundations
  • 1997: HR in the ER
  • 1996: Best Practices in HR

MISHRM's mission is to support the State SHRM chapters and serve the HR professionals (networking, development opportunities, best practice sharing) and serve as a conduit from our great state to SHRM.

Contact Info

Michigan Council of the Society for Human Resource Management

P.O. Box 99463
Troy, MI 48099
(844) 4MI-SHRM