Northeast Human Resources Association
- TWO-DAY SPRING CONFERENCE - HR EXCELLENCE: What Does it Mean for You and Your Organization?
- May 17, 2012 - May 18, 2012
- Sheraton Four Points Conference Center - Norwood
- Hot Topics
Please note online registration for the conference is now closed. Onsite registration will be available at the hotel, we hope to see you there!
Top 5 Reasons You Can’t Miss the HR Excellence Event:
5) Earn 10 HRCI credits
4) Learn how to create at “top place to work”
3) Discover how to fly your freak flag
2) Figure out how they get sh*t done at Diesel USA
1) Bid farewell to Aunt Betty!!!!
HR EXCELLENCE: What Does it Mean for
You and Your Organization?
We recognize excellence is more than just being the best; it is always evolving and changing. As you attain one level of excellence, you begin striving for the next. We invite you to find what you need to achieve new levels of excellence in your organization - and your career - by attending NEHRA's Spring Conference.
The goal this year is to provide a full spectrum of high quality educational sessions and practical resources, featuring best practices and emerging trends in Human Resources.The HR Excellence Conference will feature dynamic keynote speakers, including BOB KELLEHER (his bio is below), Founder of The Employee Engagement Group and author of "Louder Than Words", along with nearly two full days of learning labs and networking opportunities.
Attendees will be eligible for 10 PHR credits, pending approval from HRCI.
Watch this space for more info!
The full conference schedule will be added to the calendar as it becomes available. This year we will be offering multiple tracks for participants to choose from, as well as ample networking opportunities.
NEHRA Members: $499
SHRM Members: $549
Non Members: $599*
*Please contact Sara Frank (Meetings Manager) at
for a Non-Member registration form.
Group Rates (3 or more from one company), email
for pricing information.
Opening Keynote - Thursday May 17th
Author of "Louder Than Words"
Founder, The Employee Engagement GroupThe Evolving Role of HR
Bob Kelleher will be sharing his latest keynote presentation "From Aunt Betty to Innovator"
for the very first time at the 3rd Annual HR Summit.
(Kelleher is Author of "Louder Than Words"- 10 Practical Employee Engagement Steps that Drive Results" and the soon to be released "Creativeship"- A Novel for Evolving Leaders)
In the 1980's Kelleher remembers being hired into the Personnel Department and overseeing payroll, benefits, administration of personnel records, ensuring compliance with employment laws, overseeing hiring and firing, while always mindful of keeping the company from being sued! In smaller companies, the HR function originated as a "catch all" function, often the responsibility of the founder's spouse, nephew, or "Aunt Betty".
And oh has the function changed! Join Kelleher as he humorously and historically tracks the history of the HR function, while challenging all to replace their traditional compliance hat with the hat of the organization's innovator.
It is likely that your current culture was established by Traditionalists and Boomers, with antiquated programs and policies (service awards? Give me a break?). Learn why you need to innovate your culture TODAY, in order to retain and engage Generations X and Y - your future workforce.
During this 75 minute keynote, Kelleher will challenge you to be your firm's innovation driver as you shift your culture from "Because" to "Why Not".
This keynote will highlight:
- 7 things to let go of: Your managers often hate HR because we tell them what they can and can't do!! Enough!! You need to shed these 10 "killer traits"!
- 11 Workforce Trends You Must embrace: Globalization, virtual work teams, technology, work-life balance, social media, corporate social responsibility, etc. are not going away
10 focal areas for the HR leader of tomorrow : You shouldn't be looking for a seat at table, you should be looking to get yourself in front of the table! Start innovating, branding, socializing, etc. today to prepare your function for tomorrow!
BOB KELLEHER (Keynote Speaker) is an award winning author, thought leader, keynote speaker and consultant, and travels the globe sharing his insights on employee engagement, leadership, and workforce trends. Bob is the author of the nation's top selling engagement book, LOUDER THAN WORDS: 10 Practical Employee Engagement Steps That Drive Results and the soon to be released Creativeship, A Novel for Evolving Leaders.
Bob can be seen or heard on national media (most recently on CNBC, CBS Radio, Business Week, Forbes, Yahoo, and Fortune) and is a frequent guest writer on many national publications. He is also a contributing editor on Boston.com, Monster.com, and Hotel Executive.
Additionally, Bob is the founder of The Employee Engagement Group (http://www.employeeengagement.com/), a global consulting firm that works with leadership teams to implement best in class leadership and employee engagement programs, including the world's first virtual cloud based employee engagement resource center, The Employee Engagement Library, soon to be featured in Training Magazine.
Before becoming a speaker, author and entrepreneur, Bob was the Chief Human Capital Officer for AECOM, a Fortune 500 global professional services firm, with 50,000 employees located in 450 offices throughout the world and spearheaded award winning employee engagement programs and initiatives.
Bob is the featured thought leader on Employee Engagement on Monster.com, Boston.com, and Hotel Executive, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious John Erdlen "5 Star" Award, awarded by the Northeast Human Resources Association (NEHRA).
Lunch Keynote Thursday, May 17th
Joe Gerstandt & Jason Lauritsen
Author of "Social Gravity: Harnessing the Natural Laws of Relationships"
Co-Founders, Talent Anarchy
Raised on a family farm in Iowa, Joe Gerstandt has that certain kind of sensibility you can't help but notice. His unique approach to speaking, extensive community involvement, and personal experiences illustrate Joe's passion for reaching out to and relating to people.
Listen to Joe speak, and you'll see that he draws from his days as a United States Marine and Gulf War Veteran and his insightful time in sales.
Prior to becoming a celebrated one-man institute, Joe held positions as the Program Director of Education for the Nebraska AIDS Project and the Director of Diversity for Alegent Health. He has served on the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities, the Young Professionals Council, and Midlands Community Planning Group. Additionally, Joe has worked with several organizations including Big Brothers, Big Sisters, the National Conference for Community and Justice, and Boys and Girls Club.
Joe maintains a popular blog, and his insights have been published in the Diversity Factor, The Workforce Diversity Network newsletter, the American Diversity Report, and ASAE's Associations Now magazine. Joe currently serves on the board of directors for the Global Diversity and Inclusion Foundation, a nonprofit that focuses on developing business leaders who create value for the communities where we work and live.
As a speaker and consultant, Joe helps organizations understand and implement diversity in a way that leads to innovation and prosperity. His presentations are both empowering and interactive, provoking action from every audience. At times edgy, at times hilarious, always passionate, Joe Gerstandt is committed to facilitating positive change.
In 2010, Joe founded Talent Anarchy with Jason Lauritsen. Joe lives in Omaha, Nebraska with his wife, son, and two daughters.
Jason Lauritsen is an accomplished human resources executive, consultant and professional speaker. He is a human catalyst who helps others create progress. He has a gift for helping committed organizations make big change happen through people. He is passionate about talent and specifically seeing people, leaders and organizations realize their potential. He also talk about courage a lot because he believes it's the key to unleashing your talent.
Jason is a dynamic and powerful speaker who delivers presentations that are compelling, engaging and, once in a while, even humorous. Through individual speaking and speaking as part of the dynamic duo, Talent Anarchy, Jason has spoken at events from Las Vegas to London.
Jason's consulting business, Bulletproof Talent, helps organizations to develop accountable employees who are bulletproof to their circumstances and who can succeed in spite of their circumstances. We show organizations how to implement a more reality-based approach to employee engagement and leadership development towards producing amazing results.
Jason's background: my early professional experience led me from a career in sales to the field of executive recruitment. After five years of success in executive search, I made the transition to corporate human resources where I spent nearly a decade. My tenure in human resources has spanned roles in Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Training, Leadership Development and Strategic Human Resources for companies from 800 to over 40,000 employees. As an HR executive, I specialized in turning struggling HR departments into high performing teams.
I am also frequent writer on topics of talent and leadership and has written for ERE, TLNT, Human Capital Institute, and the Monster Thinking Blog. I regularly blog on leadership, talent and other topics here and at http://www.talentanarchy.com/. Some people even seem to like my writing. My blog was selected by Monster.com as one of the eleven best HR and Recruitment blogs to follow in 2011
Opening Keynote - Friday, May 18th
Dr. Michael Watkins
Author of international bestseller "The First 90 Days"
Founder, Genesis Advisors
Building Enterprise Transition Architectures to Speed up On-boarding, Promotion and Other Key Moves
Each year about 30% of managers in large companies take new roles. Of these, one-third are new hires; the other two-thirds get promoted or make lateral moves. Every one of these transitions has a significant impact, and they all can be accelerated by using the same fundamental principles. In this session Dr. Watkins will present his research on the frequency and impact of different types of transitions, and show where on-boarding fits in the bigger picture of supporting moves into new roles. He will then explore how companies can institutionalize "Enterprise Transition Architectures" - common core frameworks, processes and tools designed to speed up everyone taking new roles.
Dr. Watkins is the Chairman of Genesis Advisers and an Adjunct Professor at IMD in Switzerland. Previously he was on the faculty at INSEAD in France, the Harvard Business School, and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He has designed world-class coaching processes, programs and virtual workshops for accelerating transitions.
He is the author of the international bestseller The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at all Levels, which The Economist recognized as "the on-boarding bible." With more than 500,000 in print, 420,000 copies sold in English, and translations in 27 languages, The First 90 Days has become the enduring classic reference for leaders in transition. Recently it was named one of the best 100 business books of all time.
A prolific writer, Dr. Watkins is the author or co-author of numerous articles and books on leadership and transitions. His most recent publications are "Picking the Right Transition Strategy" (Harvard Business Review), "The Three Pillars of Executive On-boarding" (Talent Management magazine), Shaping the Game: The New Leader's Guide to Effective Negotiating and Predictable Surprises: The Disasters You Should Have Seen Coming and How to Avoid Them. (Both books from Harvard Business Press).
Michael's latest book is Your Next Move: The Leader's Guide to Successfully Navigating Major Career Transitions (Harvard Business Press).
Lunch / General Session Presenter - Friday, May 18th 2:00 p.m.
Vice President of Human Resources, Diesel US, Inc
How to Get S#^! Done! - Engaging Gen Y's
This General Session provides a stimulating insight in how to brand, package, shape and deliver learning to a multi-generation delegate base. The session will give ideas and examples of how to creatively mould the learning environment through presenting highlights and some direct experience of it's in-house designed program GSD!. GSD! was born as a result of a TNA that highlighted a passionate culture that was strong at 'expressive' communication but needed to improve on competencies to deliver to goals in a structured collaborative timely manner ... sound familiar!?
Come experience some of the actual techniques used in this 1 day program yourself - crammed into a 60 minutes session.
Participants will be able to...
- Articulate learning keys to keep the interest of 20-40-somethings in a training.
- Introduction to some tools that they may want to incorporate into their own training initiatives.
- Add playfulness and lightness into their training programs.
This session is Rated R and is best suited for experienced facilitators in any industry where time is money.
Stuart Jackson has been an HR & L&D Generalist for 20+ years. He's worked in apparel and cosmetics for the duration of his career, within wholesale and retail focus. He managed HR functions in UK, has regional experience across Europe, and the US.
Stuart is currently Vice President of HR for 2 US companies DIESEL & STAFF USA which sell multiple high end apparel brands to the market across Retail and Wholesale channels of distribution. Prior to his current role Stuart work for Levis Strauss & CO. and The Body Shop, working in a range of HR Leadership and Organizational Development roles.
Stuart's self professed drive, is ensuring pragmatic organizational, brand relevant people solutions which engage a range of generational differences, in particular with a passion to capture the attention of Gen Y employees.
Stuart is a member of the Institute of Personnel and Development in UK, with a BSc psychology in addition to being a holding of several personality & motivation profiling certifications.
Confidence Confidential: What everyone else is really thinking
Braggarts, bitches and bullies are the obvious insecure crew - but how about everyone else? Know someone that converses with a nervous laugh? What about someone who scratches his/her head when asked for an opinion? With these visible ‘tells', you can sense someone is feeling insecure. And, what about the people who never ask questions or simply don't listen?
At times, everyone suffers from a lack of confidence and it manifests in habitually strange, sometimes destructive ways. In this humorous and highly interactive keynote, confidence crusader, Alyssa Dver, will candidly expose how and why a lack of confidence plays out in the workplace and in everyday life. You'll learn to cope better - and even be amused by - your own and other people's bonehead behavior.
Bio: Alyssa Dver
A former Chief Marketing Officer for public and private companies, Alyssa is currently the CEO of the international consulting firm, Mint Green Marketing. She has been recognized by both BusinessWeek and American Express OPEN for her business success. Alyssa's latest and most personal work, "Ms. Informed: Wake Up Wisdom for Women", delivers a profound and entertaining lesson in self-confidence. Professionals everywhere are feeling more secure, purposeful, and energetic than ever before.
Alyssa keynotes several times each month at conference and association venues such as Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence, United Nations World Diversity Summit, The Commonwealth Institute and dozens more. A Wharton graduate and author of three other highly endorsed books, Alyssa is a frequent guest lecturer at business schools, public sector meetings, and corporate trainings.
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES – SPRING 2012
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If you’re interested in a sponsorship opportunity, please call Tracy Burns at 781-239-8707 for more details on our multiple partnership opportunities.
Coming from out of town? Reserve your room at the Sheraton at our special rate of $115 for single occupancy and $135 for double occupancy.Visit http://www.fourpointsnorwood.com/ for more details.
- Event Location:
- Sheraton Four Points Conference Center
- 1125 Boston Providence Turnpike (Rte 1)