Small Company HR Conference
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Small Company HR Conference

A full, one-day conference tailored to you and your small company needs. Hear from speakers who will equip and prep you for a variety of unforeseen challenges and other difficult areas you face as a small employer.

When: Thursday, October 19, 2017
8:00 AM until 4:30 PM
Where: Space generously donated by Wells Fargo Learning Annex
333 Market St.
2nd Floor, Clementine Room
San Francisco, California  94105
United States
Contact: 800-339-4481

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Registration 8:00 - 8:20am
Conference 8:20am – 4:30pm

Qualifies for 5.75 General HRCI Recertification Credits / 5.75 SHRM Professional Development Credits (PDCs)

Price Member $245 / General $295
Bring a colleague for 50% off the general rate ($147.50)

Use hashtag #NCHRASmallHR to tweet and post about your experiences, questions and what you're looking forward to! 


> 8:00 – 8:20am: Registration

> 8:20 – 8:30am: Opening Remarks and Welcome

> 8:30am – 9:30am: Cracking the Employee Engagement Code: What You Can Do Now to Create a Better Employee Experience
Presented by: Preston Lewis, Founder & CEO, Intactic
Let’s be real, most companies are having a hard time meeting employee expectations when communicating at work. As technology evolves, our approach to internal and HR communications also needs to evolve.

Our role is to partner with leaders and managers to ensure that we are constantly facilitating an ongoing conversation about how design and deliver better benefits and HR programs for employees. However, making this plan a reality has its challenges as we navigate the realities of how things get done inside our companies.

This session will illustrate a new vision for the modern employee experience and identify the key factors that we can influence to lead to higher levels of employee engagement and overall satisfaction. You will learn:

  • The distinction between employee communications, experience and engagement
  • A holistic employee experience framework
  • The key elements of modern internal communications
  • A human-centric approach to HR communications
  • What you can do now to move from theory to action

> 9:30am – 9:45am: Break

> 9:45am – 11:00am: The Top 10 Labor & Employment Areas that Small Employers Should Focus Their Attention On
Presented by: Joseph Goldstein, Esq, The Goldstein Law Firm
Learn strategies for effectively protecting yourself as a small employers and what areas you may not have thought about. We will have an interactive discussion on wage and hour laws, leaves of absence laws, harassment laws, drug and alcohol laws including marijuana, and employment arbitration agreements. From this session, small employers will understand acute areas of employment and labor law vulnerability, techniques for minimizing their employment and labor law exposure, and be better prepared to confront day-to-day employment and labor law challenges. 

> 11:00am – 11:15am: Break

> 11:15am – 12:30pm: Transforming Workplace Conversations
Presented by: Lorie Reichel-Howe, Founder, Conversations in the Workplace 
Develop communication skills for having “safe conversations” - transformative face-to-face dialogue that uncovers hidden workplace issues – where concerns are identified behaviors addressed and a positive workplace culture is established. We will address the costs of unresolved conflict and how to measure impact of unaddressed issues. It’s easier to come to HR than talk to the other person, but employees need to own conflict.

65-80% of organizational difficulties come from strained relationships, not from lack of skills or motivation. (Daniel Dana, Managing Differences). We will work on developing skills to safely address behaviors, actions, attitudes that negatively impact working relationships. You will be able to:

·         Acknowledge concerns and establish mutual purpose.

·         Identify behaviors, actions, impact without creating defensiveness.

·         Invite commitment to carry out needed change.

> 12:30 – 2:00pm: Lunch with Strategic Networking
Led by: Sarah Hargrave, President of Hargrave Consulting
Network strategically! Join others to quickly and easily form small groups for informal peer- to-peer discussions – on topics of your choice – by participating in Sarah Hargrave’s innovative Invent A Session® process. You can “invent” the session/topic you want, or choose among topics invented by others. Then enjoy lunch while you brainstorm, share ideas, resources and problem-solve. Come prepared to talk about what is on your mind and to leave with new ideas and strategic connections.

> 2:00pm – 3:15pm: Addressing the Top 5 Leadership Challenges of Managers
Presented by: Amii Barnard-Bahn JD, Barnard-Bahn Consulting and Coaching 
HR has limited resources, especially in small companies. Managers need support to avoid making rookie mistakes that can put the company at risk (and create an avalanche of work for HR). Some studies have found that 50% of managers in organizations are ineffective. Manager morale and leadership have an exponential effect on your organizational culture - so let's identify and help them overcome these struggles. We will identify top leadership risks and easy ways for HR in small companies to effectively equip managers. You will understand the top 5 leadership challenges of managers, how to address them, and how to support them. We will discuss options for HR to equip managers with these solutions and measure results.

> 3:15pm – 3:30pm: Break

> 3:30pm – 4:30pm:  Small Company Advantages to Recruiting Talent
Presented by: Christopher Kurtz, Founder and Managing Director, PeerThru
When Ernest Shackleton posted his now widely disputed, “Help Wanted" sign in the London Newspaper, The Times, he could never have imagined the response, with an overwhelming 5,000 applicants showing up for a perilous job. Your company may not be leading an expedition to the South Pole, but your needs in 2017 are similar to Shackleton's some 100+ years ago - finding the right people, for the right price, and in the right place to help your small business succeed. We will discuss tools, tips, and strategies that small companies can leverage in order to keep the talent pipeline filled. You will be able to identify where your company is on the talent maturity scale, focus in on the recruitment marketing efforts that will produce the best results and leverage the power of the team to accomplish your goals.


> Lorie Reichel-Howe
Lorie is a leadership development trainer, workplace conflict coach, a professional mediator and founder of Teach2Excel, her own leadership training and conflict coaching business. Lorie teaches businesses how to decrease employee attrition and underperformance by resolving unmanaged conflict. In her leadership trainings, participants learn to skillfully address behaviors, actions, attitudes and performance gaps that limit individual, team and organizational success. In addition to providing leadership trainings and workplace conflict coaching, Lorie mediates small claims and civil harassment cases at Santa Clara Superior Court.

> Joseph A. Goldstein, Esq
Mr. Goldstein is a member of The Goldstein Law Firm who specializes in the areas of labor and employment law in the public and private sectors, wage and hour class action and PAGA matters, business and commercial disputes, as well as discrimination, and harassment matters. 

His recent matters include winning a denial of class status in a multi-million dollar wage and hour class action; winning a petition to confirm an arbitration award in “bet the company” litigation; successfully negotiating the buyout of a family-member who was a minority shareholder in a large family-owned, closed corporation; winning a denial of a writ of attachment against a large corporation; and successfully obtaining a nuisance settlement in a wage and hour class action. Mr. Goldstein sits on the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Delegation to the California Conference of Bar Associations.

> Amii Barnard-Bahn, JD, CCEP, CHIC
Amii Barnard-Bahn, a highly accomplished Senior Executive and Leadership Coach, partners with HR leaders, boards of directors and executive teams to support transformational leadership, shape corporate strategy, and manage reputation risk. Amii partners with organizations to develop high performing leaders and teams, and coaches individual clients who are dedicated to improving their organizational impact or making a significant life transition, such as a promotion, job loss, or exploring a career change, and want support in crafting the next chapter of their life. 

Amii’s coaching and consulting practice is built upon 20+ years serving in executive roles in human resources, law, and compliance in diverse settings – Fortune 20 corporations, consulting and law firms, non-profits, start-ups - and in diverse industries, including financial services, healthcare, the entertainment industry, and the arts. She brings this wealth of “in the trenches” experience in service to her clients, understanding the challenges today’s leaders face on a daily basis.

Amii earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, Bachelor of Arts in English from Tufts University, and is a certified coach of the renowned Hudson Institute of Coaching.  A frequent speaker and author on employee engagement, ethical culture, and management best practices, Amii is a faculty member of the Practicing Law Institute and a past Adjunct Professor at Golden Gate University School of Law. She serves on multiple non-profit boards, is a member of the SF 2020 Women on Boards Committee, and is passionate in supporting organizations dedicated to diversity, family health and the performing arts.

> Preston Lewis, Founder & CEO, Intactic
With a reputation of working with the most enviable companies in the world for almost twenty years, Preston Lewis is a recognized employee engagement and strategic internal communications thought leader. Preston is an energetic and creative catalyst responsible for driving many of the Intactic client engagements while also creating new thinking and global partnerships. Tweet him at @intacticpreston.

> Sarah Q. Hargrave
Sarah helps executives, meeting planners, and HR professionals make their meetings, conferences and retreats more interactive, interesting and productive.  Using skills developed as a corporate executive, and in the study of psychology and organizational transformation, Sarah taps the energy, ideas, and passion of attendees - and eliminates complaints. A successful consultant, seminar leader, speaker, and executive coach, she is Principal of Hargrave Consulting. Sarah developed and facilitates the innovative Invent A Session® Strategic Networking process and has facilitated it for groups ranging from 10 to 1,700. 

> Christopher Kurtz 
Chris is the Founder and Principal Consultant at PeerThru, an independent consultancy committed to improving people’s lives through communication, culture, and productivity at work. 
Chris is a Langevin Certified Trainer with over 20 years of experience leading high-performing teams both domestically and abroad. He has trained multiple leaders and teams in Situational Leadership (SLII), Everything DiSC™, and The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Utah State University and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management. When he's not building cohesive teams or helping companies improve their culture and productivity, Chris can be found exploring beautiful California with his wife and four stinky boys. 


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