Conference Schedule

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

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October 11th, 2017
7:00am - 4:00pm
Registration Open
7:00am - 11:00am
Exhibitor Load In
7:30am - 8:30am
Continental Breakfast
8:30am - 8:45am
Room A (Lower Level)

Introductions by MICHELE RUPAL, MISHRM Director & Dan Brooks, AJ Gallagher & Co.

8:45am - 9:15am
HR LEADERSHIP "Ted Talk-style"
Room A (Lower Level)

Jim Bitterle

9:15am - 10:30am
Room A (Lower Level)

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

1.25 HR Credits

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

Roger Gilmore v. Global Waste Management: A Mock Trial for HR Professionals

Presented by: Rebecca L. Strauss, Tony R. Comden, Cathy A. Tracey, Mike E. Stroster, Keith E. Eastland, Andrew A. Cascini, Kevin D. Battle, Matthew M. O'Rourke

3.25 HR Credits

10:30am - 10:45am
10:45am - 12:00pm
Room A (Lower Level)

Kent Sharkey: Maintaining Your Sanity While Achieving Peak Performance

1.25 HR Credits

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lunch in Exhibit Hall
1:00pm - 2:15pm
Room A (Lower Level)

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

1.25 HR Credits

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

LABOR Pains (Legal and Benefits and Omnipresent Risk)

3.0 HR Credits

2:15pm - 2:30pm
2:30pm - 3:45pm
Room A (Lower Level)

Sarah Kline, Sharease Beaudet & Tracie Smith: Finding the best candidate in a competitive Market

1.25 HR Credits

4:00pm - 4:30pm
Opening Ceremonies
Ballroom B

MISHRM Board Members Welcome Attendees

4:30pm - 5:45pm
Keynote Speaker: Melanie Spring - Chief of Inspiration
Ballroom B

Rock Your Humans

1.25 HR Credits

5:45pm - 7:00pm
Exhibition Grand Opening
5:45pm - 7:00pm
MISHRM Celebration

Catered celebration at Devos

October 12th, 2017
7:00am - 4:00pm
Registration Open
7:00am - 8:30am
Exhibit Hall Opens
7:00am - 7:30am
Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
7:30am - 8:00am
Optional Exercise w/Amie Hoff Fit Kit

Power Walk/Sculpt

Start your day feeling invigorated and energized with this 30 minute outdoor power walk and sculpt session lead by fitness expert, Amie Hoff. You will get your heart pumping and muscles toned with mini breaks along the way using park benches, bands and tubing and your own body weight. All fitness levels welcome.

8:30am - 8:45am
SHRM Presentation: Elissa O'Brien, VP of Membership
8:45am - 10:00am
Keynote Speaker - Warren Wright
Ballroom B

Millennials in the Workplace

1.25 HR Credits

10:00am - 10:15am
Break - Exhibit Hall
10:15am - 11:30pm
Breakout Session 1
Location Presentation Title Presenter Credits
A The Enduring Practices of Leading Organizational Change David Szabla 1.25 Business
B The Top Ten Mistakes Employers Make That Lead To Significant Liability! James Reid 1.25 HR
C 50 and Fabulous in the Workplace Jennifer Munoz 1.25 HR
D Developing a Resilient Workforce: An Employer’s Path Forward Alejandra Juarez 1.25 HR
E Uh OH, the CEO Called, Now What? Doug Roehm 1.25 HR
11:30am - 12:30pm
Lunch in Exhibit Hall
12:30pm - 1:45pm
Breakout Session 2

Session II

Location Presentation Title Presenter Credits
A Navigating the Politics of Implementing a Diversity and Inclusion Strategy Debra Williams 1.25 HR
B 401(k) Benchmarking Best Practices Brett Howell 1.25 HR
C The Employer's Association: Recruiting, Rewarding and Retention Ron Scott 1.25 HR
D Substance Wellness Workplace: New Issues and New Solutions Christine Taylor 1.25 HR
E Generational Management – Why It’s Not As Hard As You Think Suzanne Kart 1.25 HR
1:45pm - 2:00pm
Break - Exhibit Hall
2:00pm - 3:15pm
Breakout Session 3

Session III

Location Presentation Title Presenter Credits
A Thinking Less is the Key to Success: The Habits of Happy, Healthy, Productive Employees Sharon Lipinski Pending Approval: 1.25 HR
B Engaging your remote workforce Katie Stewart 1.25 HR
C Conducting Successful Workplace Investigations Larry Jensen 1.25 HR
D Stop Wishing, Stop Whining, Start Leading Doreen Bolhuis 1.25 HR
E Influence with Authority: Building a Positive Culture from Bottom Up Jennifer Evans 1.25 HR
3:15pm - 3:30pm
Break - Exhibit Hall
3:45pm - 5:00pm
Keynote Speaker - Jim Mallekoote:
Ballroom B

"Let Go of the Old and Embrace the Future"

1.25 HR Credits

6:00pm - 10:00pm
HR Extravaganza: 80s PARTY at 20 Monroe Live

Doors open at 6:00pm. Evening includes: Dinner, 2 drink tickets* (with additional cash bar), Motown Digital spinning the 80s tunes and fun! Prize for the best 80s-inspired outfit!

* State issued ID is required to receive the 2 drink tickets.

October 13th, 2017
7:00am - 11:00am
Onsite Registration
8:00am - 9:00am
Exhibit Hall Opens
8:00am - 9:00am
9:00am - 10:15am
Break Out Session 4
Location Presentation Title Presenter Credits
A RIP Annual Performance Review Catherine Schmidt 1.25 HR
B Unconscious Bias Kristen Mudge 1.25 HR
C Change, Opportunity & The New Normal- Managing Change in an Ever-Changing Workplace Tim Furlong 1.25 HR
D Breaking the Barriers of Employee Engagement Andrew Bishop 1.25 HR
E Social Media: The Pros, Cons, and Legal Pitfalls that you (and our employees) need to know Greg Ripple 1.25 HR
10:15am - 10:30am
Break - Exhibit Hall
10:30am - 1:00pm
Exhibitor Breakdown
10:30am - 11:45am
Keynote Speaker -
Zahra Al-Harazi
Ballroom B

Finding Your Voice

In this inspiring presentation, Zahra will show you how she channelled frustration into defiance, the mistakes she wishes she hadn’t made, the milestones that propelled her, and how a clear and powerful voice can help anyone get what they want most in life.

11:45am - 12:45pm
Closing Ceremony: Awards & Luncheon

Ballroom B


80s PARTY at 20 Monroe Live, Thursday, October 12th

Doors open at 6:00pm. Evening includes: Dinner, 2 drink tickets* (with additional cash bar), Motown Digital spinning the 80s tunes and fun! Prize for the best 80s-inspired outfit!


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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