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

Tuesday, Oct 18 2022
04:00 PM-05:00 PM

Main Stage Rehearsal

Ballroom ABCD, Devos Place

05:30 PM-07:00 PM

Volunteer Training & Bag Stuffing

Exhibit Hall B & C, Devos Place

07:00 PM-09:00 PM

Volunteer, Leadership & Resource Partner Kick Off Event (invite only)

Woodrows Duckpin, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

Wednesday, Oct 19 2022
08:00 AM-05:00 PM


Exhibit Hall B & C, Devos Place

09:00 AM-03:00 PM

Exhibitor Hall Load-In Hours

Exhibit Hall B & C, Devos Place

10:00 AM-01:00 PM

Pre Conference Workshop - Legal Summit: An Interactive Exploration of Employment Laws - Sponsored By Dinsmore

Speakers:   James Reid Andrey Tomkiw Mark Carter Tammy Bennett Credits:

Grand Gallery E/F

Session description:
Using a simulated legal experience, Dinsmore & Shohl attorneys will guide participants through how to identify legal issues based on emerging post-COVID employment law changes to assess organizational practices that impact operations and people management in order to decide on the best available risk management strategies.

This event will offer legal insights to help attendees navigate recent guidelines, mandates, and court decisions.

Attendees will dive deeper into various updates to employment laws, and will gain a deeper understanding of these laws through a simulated legal experience.

Through this interactive session, attendees will gain a more profound knowledge of navigating a variety of employment situations and how to address potential legal risks to their organizations.

Session objectives:

 - Review employment law updates including recent decisions and emerging laws to determine change strategies for mitigating risk

- Understand how to address a variety of employment situations, how to adjust to accommodate emerging legal concerns based on changing guidelines, mandates and court decisions

- Evaluate attendee’s own organization to best comply with current and emerging federal, state, and local laws

10:00 AM-01:00 PM

Pre Conference Workshop: Leadership Summit

Speaker(s): Stephanie Murphy Credits:

Grand Gallery A/B

Expanding Your Impact: Efficiency and Influence

Join us for a skill-building session to help HR Professionals at all levels manage their time most effectively and expand their influence to the greatest degree. Our highly interactive session will engage individuals through 1:1 conversation, small group activities and large group insights to gain clarity on person actions that will yield higher impact and confidence. The objectives of the session are:

  • Learning to prioritize work according to its urgenxy, importance, and impact
  • Determining where work falls in a person's continuum of control and how to respond accordingly
  • Maximizing influence over outcomes through relationship-building communication


10:00 AM-01:00 PM

Student Games Kick-off

Gallery Overlook

11:30 AM

SHRM Foundation Auction Opens

03:00 PM-03:30 PM

Opening Ceremony

Ballroom ABCD, Devos Place

03:30 PM-04:30 PM

Opening Keynote: Cherrie Davis - Your Leadership is Your Legacy!

Speaker(s): Cherrie Davis Credits:

Ballroom ABCD, Devos Place

It’s 2022, everything has changed! Are you ready to elevate your leadership excellence?  Better question, are you ready to “make your mark”? Leadership is more than being in charge, it is understanding what your charged to do and how to execute it successfully. The workplace as we know will never be the same again.  In this highly impactful session, Cherrie takes you on a journey with her personal experiences, research, and audience interaction to provide strategies that champion empowerment through unity.  You will walk away with tools and the inspiration to foster a culture of diverse talent and equitable opportunities, where inclusion really does become second nature.    

Learning Objectives:

  1. Build your bravery and understand why impact matters more than intent
  2. Learn the keys to foster a culture of psychological safety
  3. Explore three-step framework for being empathetic in most situations
  4. Become a catalyst for the growth of those around you

04:30 PM-06:30 PM

Exhibit Hall & Cocktail Reception Sponsored by BeeneGarter

Exhibit Hall B & C, Devos Place

During the Exhibit Hall Power Hours find the clear “Enter to Win” box, fill out a form and enter for your chance to win a $500 Amazon Gift Card. One winner will be drawn from each Power Hour. The box will move around the room each time!

Thursday, Oct 20 2022
06:30 AM-05:00 PM


Exhibit Hall B & C, Devos Place

07:00 AM-08:30 AM


Exhibit Hall B & C, Devos Place

08:00 AM-09:00 AM

Breakout Session I

Location Session Title Presenter(s) Credits
An Apprenticeship for Human Resources??? Mary Wright
More Acronyms!? What is ESG and what does HR have to do with it? Susan Bailey Gary Abernathy
Coaching for Career Development: Engaging Employees in THEIR Career Development Tom Daniels
Harassment prevention: Utilizing interactive activities and discussions to create positive change. Nikki Larchar
Organizational Wellbeing … Understanding the Challenges and Optimizing the Opportunities Kathleen Schulz Anne Young
09:00 AM-09:30 AM

Exhibit Hall

Exhibit Hall B & C, Devos Place

09:30 AM-10:30 AM

Breakout Session II

Location Session Title Presenter(s) Credits
Dealing with Difficult People Greg Coyne
Disparities in Healthcare and Why It Matters to Employers Bret Jackson
Rebuilding Culture for a More Diverse Work Environment Jamar Jones
The Future of YOUR HR Career Beth Kelly
6 Hidden Gems to Maximize Your Benefits Strategy Megan Nail
Pooled Employer Retirement Plans and the SECURE ACT John Rogers Kate Whitemore
10:30 AM-11:00 AM

Exhibit Hall

11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Breakout Session III

Location Session Title Presenter(s) Credits
Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Education as a Business Strategy Christy Buck Catherine Lanting
The Modern Employee Benefit Experience Linnea Hoekwater Laura Van Houtte
What to Expect, When You're Expecting...to Outsource Leave Management Joy Sanders
Pay Equity: Advancing & Retaining Women in the Workplace Erika Sandoval Karina Monesson
Tackle Your Recruiting Challenges with the Right Solution Nancy Wood
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: The Business Case Jeremy York
12:00 PM-01:30 PM

Lunch & Exhibit Hall

Exhibit Hall B & C, Devos Place

12:30 PM-01:30 PM

Volunteer of the Year Award & Volunteer Luncheon

Grand Gallery, Devos Place

01:00 PM-02:30 PM

Breakout Session IV

Location Session Title Presenter(s) Credits
Uncovering Unconscious Bias Lorne Epstein
Stop Driving and Start Leading Steve Lowisz
Benefits Compliance: Where We Are and the Road Ahead Paula Day Scott Behrens Rory Akers
Under the Surface: Developing Emotional Intelligence Through Art Shazia Siddiqi Dr. Shaun Wehle
On-Boarding Your Employees for Success Matt Stephens
Succession Planning for Leadership Development Nancy Zentis Patti Dammann
01:45 PM-02:15 PM

2023 Booth Location Raffle for Exhibitors

Exhibit Hall B & C, Devos Place

02:30 PM-03:00 PM

Exhibit Hall

Exhibit Hall B & C, Devos Place

03:00 PM-04:00 PM

Breakout Session V

Location Session Title Presenter(s) Credits
Grow Within: Engaging Employees Through Development Dennis Beste
Tales from the talent trenches: Tips and tools that will help you find and attract top talent Amy Cell
Managers are the Linchpins to Employee Well-Being and Talent Retention Steve Dion
Congruent Presence & Decorum Standards for the Hybrid Workplace Kelly Duggan
The Power of Inclusive Benefits Amanda Keys Lauren Fabbri
The Biden NLRB Takes Aim at Non-Union Employers - and Other Scary Things That Go Bump at Night! Joshua Leadford
04:00 PM-04:05 PM

SHRM Foundation Auction Closes


Please note: All auction item winners are to collect their items at the registration desk.

04:00 PM-05:00 PM

Wrap Up & Giveaways in Exhibit Hall

Exhibit Hall B & C, Devos Place

05:00 PM-09:00 PM

Exhibitor Hall Load-Out Hours

06:30 PM-09:30 PM

HR Extravaganza sponsored by Lockton

Grand Gallery, Devos Place

Friday, Oct 21 2022
07:00 AM-11:00 AM


Exhibit Hall B & C, Devos Place

07:30 AM-08:30 AM


Ballroom ABCD, Devos Place

08:30 AM-09:30 AM

Breakout Session VI

Location Session Title Presenter(s) Credits
How HR Leaders Can Diversify Enterprise Risk Management Princess Castleberry
Executive Confessions | Redesigning the workplaces, teams and cultures of the future: A panel conversation Lisa Cooper Mark Peters Zach Verhulst Shelly VandeWege Brian Pageau
Ways to Combat the "Great Resignation" and Building a Thriving Team Don Kallil Mary Dale
Leadership - Becoming a best in class strategic leader Shawn Premer
10:00 AM-10:15 AM

Michigan's Top HR Professional Awards & Intro

Ballroom ABCD, Devos Place

10:15 AM-11:15 AM

Closing Keynote: Marcus Buckingham - Designing Work That People Love

Speaker(s): Marcus Buckingham Credits: 1 HRCI General Credit, 1 SHRM Credit

Ballroom ABCD, Devos Place

As record numbers of people have quit their jobs, organizations are struggling to fill vacancies. To attract and retain the best people, we must redesign jobs around a simple but powerful concept: love for the content of the work itself. Learn the principles behind creating a place where all people can find love in their work, and the genuine commitments that become magnets for talent in this session with Marcus Buckingham.

11:15 AM-11:30 AM

Closing Remarks

Ballroom ABCD, Devos Place


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.

Michigan Council of the Society for Human Resource Management

310 West Front Street Suite 408
Traverse City, MI 49684
(844) 4MI-SHRM

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