Thursday, October 6

6:00 am — 7:00

Zumba Class 


7:30 am — 8:30 am

Breakfast in Tradeshow


8:30 am— 10:00 am

General Session featuring John Vlastelica, Keynote Speaker

Choose Your Hard: Lead or Be Led

We aren't entitled to a role as a strategist or consultative partner to our business leaders; we have to earn it. But, it's hard to lead. And, it's hard to be led. We have to choose our hard. We have 1,000 things competing for our limited time, and are often stuck in a reactionary and/or process management mode, where we're led more often than we're leading. Leading and being more strategic isn't a state of mind; it's about DOING things differently. So, let's discuss how we, as HR and recruiting pros, are elevating our roles to be more of a leader. Sound good?


10:00 am — 10:30 am

Networking Break in Tradeshow


10:30 am — 11:45 am

  TH01)  Investigations: Trepidation, Systemization and Documentation

Employment Law & Legislation

Recent court decisions are imposing new expectations for Human Resource investigations. Are your investigations meeting those new expectations? Entertaining and thought provoking, employment attorney Mike Reilly will review what the latest court cases say is required in a “reasonable investigation”, common mistakes made during investigations which can create legal exposure.  He will provide updated forms and checklists to assist in the investigation, and sample documentation to meet the new expectations.

D. Michael Reilly,
Shareholder, Lane Powell

TH02)  Succession Planning Doesn’t Have to Be Hard!  Easy & Effective Programs Anyone Can Implement - Approved for 1.25 Strategic Credit Hours

Strategic Management

Recent CEO surveys say over 50% of succession planning programs are not successfully meeting current objectives. Wall Street reports say CEOs are already seeing difficulty in getting the "right talent into their business to fuel recovery and growth strategies".

This interactive workshop will provide a review of best practices in sustainable succession/talent management, methods for linking programs to organizational strategies, and gaining management support.  Participants will assess and discuss their organizations "readiness" for a strategic, sustainable program and prepare for conversation with senior executives.

Alan Lindsay,
CEO/President, PLS Consulting, Inc.

TH03)  Essential Elements of an Effective, Social Recruiting Strategy
Talent Management

In less than five years, social media has rocked our worlds. Free-flowing information, intensely connected networks, and casual, real-time communication present recruiting organizations with unprecedented opportunities. It's time, however, to get serious. It's our job to ensure that our social media policies and practices are aligned with overall talent strategy. Are your external communications aligned with important marketing and PR goals? Legal guidelines? Who's driving the bus? In this workshop, we'll discuss the essential elements of a social recruiting strategy, and help you make sense of a new and very real phenomenon.

Carmen Hudson,
Senior Consultant, Recruiting Toolbox

TH04)  Sending Employees to the Bottom 60 Failed States: Performance and Retention of International Assignees of an International NGO - Approved for 1.25 Global Credit Hours
Global HR

This presentation reports the findings of an action research study undertaken with international assignees of a major International NGO (Headquartered in the Pacific Northwest). This study is different from other research on the performance of international assignee in a number of ways: (1) Focuses on international assignees of an international NGO rather than a corporation; (2) Focuses on employees who are sent to
"failed" states; (3) Matches performance evaluations of pairs of international assignees and their managers; (4) Links individual, organizational and societal levels of analysis in predicting performance; (5) Links predictors of performance with post-facto turnover  data of international assignees.  The author proposes practical implications and applications of this research to the management of international assignees in the private, public, and non-profit sectors.

Lisbeth Claus,
Professor of Global HR, Willamette University MBA.

TH05)  Benefits that Behave  - Approved for 1.25 Strategic Credit Hours
Total Rewards

Due to the growing cost of offering benefits to employees, many employers have had to reduce benefits and increase employee contributions year-over-year. We will discuss cutting-edge strategies on how to engage corporate leadership and employees to improve the health and purchasing patterns of the employee. We will show you how to value the impact of worksite health promotion and employee education, and how to measure success.

Kevin Overbey,
Managing Director, ClearPoint, an Alliant Company

TH06)  Are We There Yet? Where is the Road to Strategic HR Taking Us? - Approved for 1.25 Strategic Credit Hours
 Professional Growth & Career Management

The discourse about HR professionals gaining a strategic "seat at the table" has been around for over two decades — so where do we stand? Often, the administrative tyranny of the urgent overshadows efforts to develop into the strategic business partner that HR practitioners aspire to be, and we must reframe our identity to that of a trusted and strategically influential organizational leader. We will explore the recent results of a 20-year longitudinal study of the HR profession — the largest ever conducted — to understand where HR excels and where we still have room for improvement.

Jim Steele,
EdD, GPHR, SPHR, Associate Professor of Management, George Fox University


11:45 am — 1:00 pm

Networking Lunch in Tradeshow


1:00 pm — 2:15 pm

TH07)  Screening Applicants in a Social Networking World: A Legal Update

Employment Law & Legislation

Are you using social media to recruit and screen job applicants? Social media is taking the HR world by storm, and many are using Twitter and Facebook to screen their workforce. Potential hires put their dirty laundry on display on the web, and the simplicity and convenience of it all has many a hiring manager very enthusiastically logging in. The instant gratification of a Google search is tempting, but before jumping into social networks as a pre-screening source, you need to be prepared. Information in a quick and dirty search on Facebook may reveal more than the law allows.

Angela Bosworth,
JD, Executive Vice President, OPENonline LLC

TH08)  Leadership GPS — Goals, People, Systems - Approved for 1.25 Strategic Credit Hours
Strategic Management

What is your organizational direction? Are you ready to emphasize growth over survival? Are you ready to demonstrate to your organizational leaders that they are vital and valuable? Are you ready to recalibrate your organizational GPS?

In this interactive presentation, participants will receive a lively overview of the four key elements necessary to create and sustain a high performance mentality and process throughout any organization. The presenter will focus strongly on the role of organizational leadership to create, emulate, communicate and reinforce the non-negotiable strategies necessary to sustain business success.

Adam Spisak,
Competitive Solutions, Inc.

TH09)  Now More Than Ever, Recognition is Serious Business
Talent Management

The U.S. Department of Labor recently reported that the number of workers voluntarily leaving their jobs has now surpassed those being laid off. Employees are feeling overworked, burned out and starting to look for greener pastures. As a result, employers are looking for ways to retain and reengage talent. Fortune Magazine's 100 Best Places to Work view recognition as a critical component of their business models, and  research shows that building an effective recognition strategy consistently correlates with higher levels of employee engagement, retention, productivity and profitability.

Theresa Chambers,
Chief Motivation Officer, Recognition Works

TH10)  Becoming a Strategic Global HR Leader - Approved for 1.25 Global Credit Hours
Global HR

The future of HR depends on evolving into a strategic role that drives global talent management for companies. In this workshop, we will examine the cycle of global talent management from selection and onboarding to engagement and retention. We will consider numerous examples of what leading companies are doing in a variety of talent contexts and how that aligns with organizational culture and globalization.

Mark Frederick,
Director, Global Performance Consulting, IOR Global Services

TH11)  Shooting the Rapids: Communicating about Compensation with Leaders & Employees
Total Rewards

It is hard to imagine an HR topic that generates more controversy and emotion among your employees than their compensation. HR and business leaders face daunting challenges when communicating compensation issues — there are just so many ways to get it wrong. In this presentation, we will teach you how to navigate these turbulent compensation conversations. The ideas discussed here will help you differentiate what should be communicated to leaders versus employees and effective ways to address each audience.

Stacey Carroll,
Director of Professional Services & Education, PayScale, Inc.

TH12)  Positive, Impressive Presentation Skills – A Must for HR Professionals
Professional Growth & Career Management

Being a confident, polished speaker is not only necessary, but well-advised in order to communicate matters effectively and persuasively. People are often uncertain how to construct the material, how to handle the group, what points to stress, how to keep an audience interested, and how to influence the outcomes. This workshop is designed to aid HR professionals in dealing with situations requiring them to speak in front of others.

Whether it is employee benefits sessions, speaking to a new cohort of interns, or presenting in the boardroom, the ability to present in a cogent and persuasive manner is critical to professional success. This highly interactive workshop will not only provide a framework for positive, impressive presentations, but also provide tips and easy ideas about how to deliver them confidently, persuasively, and effectively. 

Judy Clark,
SPHR, CPC, Owner, HR Answers, Inc.


2:15 pm — 2:45 pm

Networking Break in Tradeshow


2:45 pm — 4:00 pm

TH13)  Unions: Why Every Non-Union Employer Should Care - Approved for 1.25 Strategic Credit Hours
Employment Law & Legislation

This presentation will highlight the changing focus of the current National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) supported by the current administration in Washington to change the practices of union organizing. Although legislation is unlikely with the new make-up of Congress, all non-union organizations should pay attention to the conduct and rule-making of the NLRB. With the slow recovery of the economy and the efforts of the NLRB, it is expected that the unions will increase their organizing efforts. It is never safe to be complacent about union organizing — be prepared!

Kimberly Geariety,
Attorney, HR and Labor Relations, Geariety Law Office, PLLC

TH14)  A Culture of Solutions 
Strategic Management

Of the many lessons from the recession, mere problem identification has lost its place as an acceptable standard of care and performance. This session will focus on specific steps the HR professional may take in transforming an organization from being stuck in the popular culture of problems. The session will move quickly to why and how key players can be motivated to find and love the fresh air of rapid, lasting and responsible solutions. Proven results and minor adjustments will motivate the HR professional to assume a primary role in creating this profitable and positive culture - starting now!

Marcus Mann, Principal Coach, Sound Predictions LLC

TH15)  Maximizing Employee Engagement — Let Your Employees Soar
Talent Management

As we recover from these difficult economic times, employers that increase their focus on employee engagement will recover faster and reap the rewards including process improvements, increased morale, better productivity, greater profitability, lower turnover and overall improved organizational performance.

It's time to stop talking about employee engagement and do something about it. It's time for your employees to soar. Here's what you can expect: ten indicators of employee engagement to compare with your organization, tools to identify and measure employee engagement levels, and specific, effective low-cost strategies to build and maintain employee engagement.

Jenna Reed,
Director of Human Resource Development Services, Cascade Employers Association

TH16)  Immigration Sudoku: Piecing Together Employment Law, Global Mobility and Immigration - Approved for 1.25 Global Credit Hours
Global HR

Worldwide global mobility experts focus on immigration and logistics, but issues of employment and labor law are frequently lost in the puzzle. As companies continue to become more sophisticated with consistent global immigration policy, there must be additional thought on employment law as countries are also increasing protection of workers. This workshop will draw upon experts who can explore the trends in employment law and how to protect organizations as they assist talent mobility internationally, and focus on employment law issues that are frequently becoming larger issues for immigration experts.

Davis Bae,
Attorney, Jackson Lewis LLP
Ayesha Blackwell, Attorney, Amazon

TH17)  Now What? Compensation Tips for the New Normal - Approved for 1.25 Strategic Credit Hours
Total Rewards

We've seen the lowest merit increase budgets in decades. Many organizations froze pay or stopped giving merit increases altogether. As the economy recovers, what changes have companies been making to their compensation plans? How can we pay for performance with very small increase budgets? What do we need to be communicating to employees? What role will incentives play in the "new normal"? Learn what HR professionals should recommend with compensation plans.  Examine the releveance of performance pay and incentives.  Take this opportunity to get the latest tips and hints from a local expert.

Catherine Dovey,
Principal, Compensation Works

TH18)  Five Effective Tools to Stop The Drama!
Professional Growth & Career Management

Generating collaboration and accountability in the workplace is always easier said than done. This skill-based, interactive presentation will empower leadership with five effective tools which can be implemented immediately. These tools focus on personal responsibility, ownership in solutions and strengthening collaboration skills. You will leave this presentation with ideas to share and implement within your workplace.

Kathy Curtiss,
M.Ed, Independent Consultant


3:00 pm — 6:00 pm

Tradeshow Dismantle


5:30 pm — 9:30 pm (times vary per event)

NHRMA Evening Event: “Experience Woodinville Wine Country”

Proudly Sponsored by Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc.

The Woodinville wine industry began with the establishment of Chateau Ste. Michelle in 1976. Today, the area now known as “Woodinville Wine Country” is home to over 50 wineries and tasting rooms and has become the hub for winemaking and wine discovery in Western Washington. There is no place else in America where such an abundance of fine wineries can be found in such close proximity to a major city like Seattle. Take advantage of this convenient opportunity to discover, learn and taste the quality and character of Washington wines.

Please select one of the three options offered below and pay a nominal fee, or select “No, Thank You” and enjoy a free night to yourself. While each experience will, of course, be unique with its own wines, food selection, live music and ambience, the Conference Committee has taken great care to provide you with three equally enjoyable evening options of high quality and reputation, should you choose to participate. Please note that it will be harvest time, so space is limited.

Chateau Ste. Michelle
6:45 pm – 9:30 pm       

Enjoy the quintessential winery experience. As the oldest winery in Washington, the look and feel is classic and timeless. It is well known for its highly acclaimed Chardonnay, Merlot, Riesling and Cabernet. A reception and small group tours will be followed by a seated dinner with wine pairings.  

Novelty Hill ‚óŹ Januik  
6:15 pm – 9:00 pm       

Join us at this independent winery with a sleek, industrial chic look crafting elegant Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet. A reception and small group tours will be followed by a seated dinner with wine pairings.   

Efeste  - SOLD OUT     
 5:30 pm – 8:15 pm

Looking for something different? We’ll take you to this unassuming little winery with a style all its own, located in Woodinville’s warehouse district. The atmosphere is savvy, but casual with mix-matched furnishings and a wood fire pizza oven producing pizzas with the freshest ingredients for our guests only. A brief reception will be followed by a wine education talk and an informal dinner while relaxing and mingling.