With over 32 breakout sessions to choose from and world class keynote speaker, this conference is a must-attend event! Come to the conference to load up on certification credits and soak in knowledge from some of the most sought out thought leaders in the industry.

Wednesday, Oct 14 2020
08:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Employment Law Summit

Speakers:   Tammy Bennett R.J. Cronkhite Zoey Mayhew James Reid Chase Tweel Faith Whittaker Johner Wilson III Credits: TBD

Spend the morning learning from industry experts on a wide variety of topics updating you on the latest legal issues facing the HR industry. Topics include overlapping laws and what you need to know and Post Covid19 Updates.

12:45 PM - 03:45 PM

HR Leadership Summit

Speaker: Abbey Johnston & Greg Mutch Credits: TBD

Abbey Johnston [Certified CliftonStrengths] and Greg Mutch [Certified Dare To LeadTM ] are co-creators of AG Collaborative, a leadership and talent development company focused on transforming the interior landscape of leaders to see individuals, teams and businesses flourish.

Who you are is how you lead.

Once a leader understands, appreciates and grasps the fullness of who they are and what drives them, authentic and uninhibited success can start to unfold. We work from the inside out because this approach brings the most stable, ongoing, measurable results. It also creates the most resilient leaders.

We design and deliver leadership programs typically lasting 6-24 months. Program areas include: Executive coaching and Leader As Coach Training, Strengths-Based Development, Dare To LeadTM, and Communication Skills. Acknowledging that people learn in different ways and over time, we utilize a variety of experiences, approaches, and custom curriculums to create a dynamic and multifaceted approach to facilitate meaningful transformation.

Thursday, Oct 15 2020
08:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Keynote General Session with Ron Kitchens

Speaker: Ron Kitchens Credits: TBD

Uniquely You

For young professionals and entrepreneurs, there is no shortage of gurus, processes, and quick-fix formulas to chase in the quest to grow their business, lead their team, and find personal fulfillment. In fact, there are so many out there that it's exhausting. Wouldn't it be better to realize that the leadership lessons we need to learn are not out there somewhere, but in here, in our own lives? That instead of becoming a knock-off of someone else, we can be uniquely ourselves?

That's exactly what Ron Kitchens learned, and it's what he wants to share with today's emerging leaders. Sharing his own journey of discovering what his life was trying to teach him through both trials and triumphs, Kitchens equips readers to mine their own stories for the relationships and life lessons that have made them into the unique individuals they are today. He then shows readers how to leverage those unique experiences into their own personal leadership style that is authentic, one-of-a-kind, and effective in building businesses and leading teams.

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Breakout Session I

Location Session Title Presenter Credits
Cultural Transformation - Six Practical Steps Jim Bitterle TBD
Active Shooter/Critical Incident Response Tom Moore Jason Russell Kim Slager Shelby Humphries TBD
Managing Yourself Under Pressure & Stress Tim Furlong TBD
HR Algorithms - Could They Replace You? Jim Lewis TBD
Employee Financial Wellness, why credit scores matter Scott Dobson TBD
HR Mentorship: The Importance of Mentorship in the HR Profession Matt Burr TBD
No Thanks...I Took Another Offer Jeff Kortes TBD
Team Optimization: "Who Are These People?" John Broer TBD
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Breakout Session II

Location Session Title Presenter Credits
Presenting to Influence Ben Whiting TBD
Introduction to CliftonStrengths (StrengthsFinder) Ken Barr TBD
Civility in the Workplace Anne-Marie Welch TBD
Top 15 COSTLY Mistakes and How to Fix Them! Vanessa Nelson TBD
Your Data has a Story Danielle Krane TBD
5 Steps to Successfully Accelerate M&A Integration Karen Oliver-Behee TBD
Ownershift – Reimagining how we create accountable teams Steve Lowisz TBD
Let Your Diamonds Shine: Storytelling as talent attraction and retention tool Susan Bailey TBD
02:30 PM - 03:30 PM

Breakout Session III

Location Session Title Presenter Credits
Unquittable - Finding & Keeping Talent You Need Jim Bitterle TBD
Mindfulness and Leadership Mindset Abbey Johnston & Greg Mutch TBD
Build Trust. Your Purpose-Driven Story is the Key to Your Professional Success. Babette Haken TBD
Employee Turnover Jay Richards TBD
The Culture Trap - Culture is a Result, not a Remedy John Broer TBD
Master Your Time - Master Yourself Tim Furlong TBD
Inclusion is a verb, so what action are you taking Jeanne Bolhuis TBD
04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Keynote General Session with Paul Long

Speaker: Paul Long Credits: TBD


Connecting to Life Through F.U.N.

Two grown men, cat wrestling singlets and a social experiment. Paul J Long leveraged his concept

of Fundamism to become the Kansas City Royals’ 2016 Fan of the Year, National Speaker and

advocate of pediatric cancer research. Leveraging his experience as a Director of Operations for

a Fortune 300 company, Paul provides an inspirational experience while sharing best practices

in creating a forward-focused, service-oriented, self-disciplined, FUN team. Paul’s philosophy of

Fundamism is a deliberate approach to building trust-based relationships, can be applied by all

staff members and is certain to help move you forward in the development of any team. Based

on the core principle of F.U.N., this experience will allow your team to explore their Foundation,

Understanding of Others and help identify Next Steps in maximizing their overall effectiveness at

work and in life. Laugh, learn and actively engage with your team while Paul coaches you through

principles that help improve employee engagement, maximize productivity, provide memorable

customer experiences, reduce attrition and create a more FUN work environment! This experience

will provoke thought while leaving audiences with tactical behaviors that drive results.


Key Takeaways:

  • Exploration of social styles and how to maximize communication effectiveness
  • How to gain a better understanding of others’ perspective and drive meaningful interactions
  • How to have more F.U.N. in the workplace and in life
  • Identify next steps in creating a F.U.N. implementation strategy

Friday, Oct 16 2020
08:30 AM - 09:30 AM

Breakout Session IV

Location Session Title Presenter Credits
Leadership Remodeled, Why the Role of Leadership Needs a Desperate Makeover Tina Wohlfield TBD
Decoding the Millennial Language Mike Knapick TBD
Let Technology Generate Your Safety Leading Indicators Clayton Carroll TBD
Transforming Your Culture - One Employee at a Time Kristi Stuetzer TBD
Recruit for Results, not for Reqs Steve Lowisz TBD
Reinventing Financial Wellbeing to enhance your Health Benefits Amy Chambers TBD
Diversity : HR ’s Role in Moving Beyond ‘ Statements of Commitment ’ Lee Meadows TBD
Do today what others don’t. Have tomorrow what others won’t! Matt Cole TBD
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Keynote General Session with Rudy Ruettiger

Speaker: Rudy Ruettiger Credits: TBD

Educational Tracks

MISHRM State Conference offers a wide range of breakout sessions for our attendees. The Educational Sessions are offered in session tracks. These tracks meet the requirements of the HRCI Body of Knowledge and the SHRM Body of Competency & Knowledge. Credits will be awarded at the completion of the conference survey. Conference attendees can expect to earn between 12 and 15 credits depending on sessions selected.

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