NEHRA Emerging HR Professionals: When Policies Aren't Enough - Strategies for "Extreme HR"
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When: January 22, 2020
8:00am - 10:00am
Where: Emailed to Registrants
Burlington, Massachusetts  01803
United States
Presenter: Sue Graham Johnston
Contact: Marissa Cammarano

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When Policies Aren't Enough: Strategies for “Extreme HR”

 with Sue Graham Johnston, President, 128 Technology


Not even the best written policy can comprehend all possible situations. Have you considered what you would do if you’re asked to assist a manager in dealing with employee fraud or bribery, or even more emotional issues like a death in the workplace, suicide or sexual assault of a co-worker happens?  Or at the most extreme situation if lives are on the line with a kidnapping, robbery or shooting/threat of gun violence? You may not be able to rely on solely on a corporate policy to guide you and your executive team through how to respond.

Through discussing real-life incidents experienced both in the US and globally, Sue Graham Johnston will facilitate a dialogue around the benefits and limitations of corporate policies and where judgment/empathy enter.


Learning Objectives

  1. Consider some of the key policies that protect your organization and your employees. Policies and training need to be in place, and are essential as they protect the company from liability and help employees understand compliant behavior.
  2. Review strategies for coaching employees through classic “he said/she said” situations – whether related to sexual assault or to other workplace incidents with few to no witnesses.
  3. Engage in a dialogue about how HR can partner with other departments to ensure that policy compliance doesn’t outweigh human compassion in difficult situations.
  4. Discuss the role of 3rd party resources including counseling services for individuals or teams, or safety critical services, diversity experts and more.

Presenter Bio

Sue Graham Johnston, President, 128 Technology

Sue Graham Johnston has successfully led global organizations in fast-moving markets with an eye towards operational excellence through transformation. Sue leads with positivity and is skilled at tapping into her team’s strengths to achieve at their peak level.  She is always interested in sharing her point of view regarding empowering women to attain more senior roles in technology, and how to make engineering, technology and leadership roles more diverse.
As an advocate of women in business and technology Sue has spoken at several events including Alliance for Girls, Professional Businesswomen of California, Watermark: Her Voice Series and the Pacific Business Women's Conference. Sue was also honored with a YWCA Tribute to Women Industry Award and is a member of Advancing Women Executives. She has served on many boards, including the Oracle Women's Leadership Advisory Board, San Francisco Opera and as Chairman of the Board of Afrox. Sue earned her BS, MS and MBA from Stanford University where she was recognized with a number of honors, including a SIMA Fellowship and recognition as an Arjay Miller Scholar.
128 Technology appointed Susan Graham Johnston as President in December 2017. With more than 20 years of management, engineering and enterprise technology experience, Sue is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of the business and driving global adoption of 128 Technology’s Session Smart™ Router.
Prior to joining 128 Technology, Sue was Managing Director of British Oxygen Company (BOC), running the UK, Ireland and sub-Saharan Africa region of the Linde Group. At Linde, she drove rapid transformation of the business through deployment of digital capabilities such as IoT, cloud services, process automation and analytics. 


8:00 – 8:30am: Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:30am – 10:00am: Program




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