Conference Schedule

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

October 11th, 2017
7:00am - 4:00pm
Registration Open
7:00am - 11:00am
Exhibit Hall Opens / Load-In
8:30am - 10:30am

David Quinn : Top 3 Tech Trends to Maximize your Health Benefits

8:30am - 12:00pm
Employment Law Summit

Mock Trial

10:30am - 10:45am
10:45am - 12:00pm

Kent Sharkey: Maintaining Your Sanity While Achieving Peak Performance

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lunch in Exhibit Hall
1:00pm - 2:15pm

Joan Morehead & Kris Powell (HR Pro): Building and Maintaining a Winning Culture

1:00pm - 4:00pm
Employment Law Summit


2:15pm - 2:30pm
2:30pm - 3:45pm

Interview Panel: Finding the best candidates in a competitive market

4:00pm - 4:30pm
Opening Ceremonies

MISHRM Board Members Welcome Attendees

4:30pm - 5:30pm
Keynote Speaker: Melanie Spring - Chief of Inspiration


5:30pm - 6:30pm
Exhibition Grand Opening
6:30pm - 8:00pm
MISHRM Celebration

Catered celebration at Devos

October 12th, 2017
7:00am - 4:00pm
Registration Open
8:00am - 9:30am
Exhibit Hall Opens
8:30am - 9:30am
Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
9:30am - 10:30am
Keynote Speaker - Warren Wright: Coaching Millennials
10:30am - 10:45am
Break - Exhibit Hall
10:45am - 12:00pm
Breakout Session 1
Location Presentation Title Presenter
A The Enduring Practices of Leading Organizational Change David Szabla
B The Top Ten Mistakes Employers Make That Lead To Significant Liability! James Reid
C 50 and Fabulous in the Workplace Jennifer Munoz
E Benchmarking Health Benefits Doug Roehm
12:0pm - 1:00pm
Lunch in Exhibit Hall
1:00pm - 2:15pm
Breakout Session 2

Session II

Location Presentation Title Presenter
A Unconscious Bias Kristen Mudge
B 401(k) Benchmarking Best Practices Brett Howell
C The Employer's Association: Recruiting, Rewarding and Retention Ron Scott
D Substance Wellness Workplace: New Issues and New Solutions Christine Taylor
E Generational Management – Why It’s Not As Hard As You Think Suzanne Kart
2:15pm - 2:30pm
Break - Exhibit Hall
2:30pm - 3:45pm
Breakout Session 3

Session III

Location Presentation Title Presenter
A Thinking Less is the Key to Success: The Habits of Happy, Healthy, Productive Employees Sharon Lipinski
B Engaging your remote workforce Katie Stewart
C Conducting Successful Workplace Investigations Larry Jensen
D Stop Wishing, Stop Whining, Start Leading Doreen Bolhuis
E Positive Deviance: Building a Positive Culture from the Bottom Up Jennifer Evans
3:45pm - 4:00pm
Break - Exhibit Hall
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Keynote Speaker - TBA
6:00pm - 9:00pm
HR Extravaganza

20 Monroe Live

October 13th, 2017
7:00am - 11:00am
Onsite Registration
7:30am - 8:00am
Amie Hoff Fit Kit
8:00am - 9:00am
Exhibit Hall Opens
8:00am - 9:00am
9:00am - 10:15am
Break Out Session 4
Location Presentation Title Presenter
A RIP Annual Performance Review Catherine Schmidt
C Change, Opportunity & The New Normal- Managing Change in an Ever-Changing Workplace Tim Furlong
D Breaking the Barriers of Employee Engagement Andrew Bishop
E Social Media: The Pros, Cons, and Legal Pitfalls that you (and our employees) need to know Greg Ripple
10:15am - 10:30am
Break - Exhibit Hall
10:30am - 1:00pm
Exhibitor Breakdown
10:30am - 11:30am
Keynote Speaker -
Zahra Al-Harazi Finding Your Voice
11:30am - 12:30pm
Closing Ceremony & Awards


Welcome Reception

Wednesday Evening

More information to be announced...


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 chapters and serve the professionals (network, share best practices, development opportunities, conduit to international SHRM organization) within our great state.

Contact Info

Michigan Council of the Society for Human Resource Management

c/o Meeting Coordinators, Inc.
P.O. Box 99463
Troy, MI 48099