2019 IPMA-HR Central Region Training Conference

Program Information


We have a great program developing!  Here is our tentative line-up.  Please check back here often for updates as we confirm our speakers and schedule.


  • Smash the Box
    • SMASH THE BOX by thinking different!  Acting different! And developing a creative mindset!  Groups that “Smash the Box” generate game changing ideas that gives them a creative advantage over their competition. Game changing ideas, unplanned collaborations, and creative mindsets lie outside the box… Are you ready to take thinking outside the box to the next level? Smash the Box is a one of kind experience which includes: The “Box”= Mindset: Develop a new mindset by breaking patterns, routines, and the concept of doing things the way they have always been done. Transformation: By saying “Yes And” organizations will transform their culture into one of innovation. Entertainment: Storytelling, audience interaction, and watching short clips from TV Shows/ Films that re-enforce the vision and message of “Smash the Box” Value: Audiences will experience firsthand what it is like to escape the “4 Walls of Mental Box/ Mindset*:” Fear/ Perfection/ Negativity/ Judgment.
  • The Leadership Wisdom of Dogs
    • Leadership lessons from dogs? Woof yes! Your leadership qualities are critically important to both your success and your team’s. Drawn from her new book The Fido Factor, Krissi Barr reveals how great leaders, like great dogs, exhibit four key traits: they are Faithfulto their pack, Inspirationalto their teammates, Determinedto succeed and Observantof their surroundings. This is your opportunity to unleash yourself, learn some new tricks and get a leg up at work.

    • Data Driven Insights
      • Any organization, from tech startups, county government departments, and multinational corporations to non-profit food pantries and middle school football teams, are all the same in one unique way: they routinely fail to utilize what science tells us about the way people really are. This talk will highlight some of the most profound and cutting-edge insights into human behavior gleaned from the military, business, and government, as well as discuss some not-so cutting-edge stuff that we all routinely fail to consider. If nothing else, you’ll understand exactly why feedback doesn’t work and how one simple change on your microwave can improve your life.
    • Servant Leadership
      • Building today’s successful organization requires harnessing the mindset of ‘service before self’.  How to harness the power of servant leadership.
    • Legislative  Update - Neil Reichenberg
    • National IPMA-HR Update - Christine Major


    • Personality Based Persuasion
      • Learn to draw on your strengths (and weaknesses) in communication in order to obtain the outcomes you need in negotiation. Understand your own communication style, as well as that of the person on the other side of the negotiation table, to obtain a win:win solution and find confidence in conflict.
    • Strategies for Creating a Culture of Employee Engagement 
      • According to Gallup (2017) disengagement is costing organizations, on average, over $500 billion in lost productivity. As technology is transforming the way in which work gets done, organizations are competing for strong and relevant talent, making human capital our top competitive advantage. However, over 50% of employees in the US are either looking for another job or at least keeping their options open and only 33% of employees consider themselves to be engaged. In order to remain competitive, organizations need to know how to build a work environment that fosters a culture of engagement. During this session participants will learn the role the job, the individual employee, the environment, and the manager play in creating a strong engagement culture.

    • Are You Doing Enough? Rethinking Your Approach to Harassment Prevention
      • In the #MeToo era, employees expect their employers to do more than just comply with the law. Join us to discuss how to build an effective harassment prevention program that reinforces the notion that everyone plays a critical role in preventing harassment and empowers employees with the tools to do so.
    • Managing Learning Styles 
      • Have you ever wondered why some people learn differently? This class defines personal learning styles and provides suggestions for leaders that want to build strong dynamic teams based on the VARK learning modalities as defined by Neil D. Fleming of Christchurch, New Zealand which is a usable derivative of the Theory of Multiple Intelligences by psychologist, Howard Gardner.  This fun and interactive course will demonstrate the importance of knowing your personal learning style and of those around you.  This class also explores some quick learning tips for those who would like to be more efficient and effective learners.

    • Communicating Organizational Purpose Through Employee Engagement
      • Increasingly, successful brands and organizations are defining and articulating a clear purpose; not just what they do and how they do it, but why they are in it to begin with. They’ve not only communicated this purpose to external audiences like customers and shareholders, but to their employees as well. They recognize if employees understand the company’s purpose, they are more committed to the organization’s goals. This presentation will include offer examples of what it means to be a purpose-led organization and tangible takeaways for HR professionals to communicate purpose to (and through) employees. 

    • Super Hero Conversations
      • A five-step approach that empowers all generations in becoming great conversationalists. Imagine an audience leaving the presentation and within minutes putting into action a fun and exciting strategy for becoming an inspiring conversationalist. The Super Hero approach empowers and engages us by establishing meaningful connections in our daily conversations.
    • Mastery, Autonomy, and Purpose (MAP)
      • Blending the “surprising truth about what motivates us” with the “one thing that changes everything”.
    • Fail to Succeed
      • I can demonstrate how the seeds of success are often sown in failure.  I will give the group actionable tools whereby they can persevere through their own challenges.  This information will be presented in a light-hearted manner that will both entertain and inform.  

    • The Power of Thank You
      • We will demonstrate the importance of gratitude and its role in the workplace, especially highlighting how something as little as saying “Thank You” can have powerful effects on employee behavior.  In this workshop, we will:
        • Define gratitude
        • Discuss the role of gratitude in the workplace
        • Highlight the benefits of giving and receiving gratitude, both personally and organizationally
        • Review best practices of gratitude
      • Being a Great Trainer: Even When It's Not Technically Your Job
        • As HR professionals we are charged with many functions to juggle; Recruiting, performance management, employee engagement, coaching…and now training!  Your job requires that you do it all!  But what happens when you don’t have the manpower or expertise to train employees?  How can you create an effective, engaging training program when you’re not a trainer or have limited experience?  No worries, we have you covered!
      • Creating a Culture of Civility in the Workplace
        • Workplace Civility is behavior that helps to preserve norms for mutual respect at work.​  In this workshop, we will:
          • Define and give examples of civility and incivility, making sure to draw distinctions between each
          • Discuss the importance of increasing civility in the workplace, including:
          • Reducing harassment in the workplace
          • Cost savings in terms of reduced turnover and absenteeism
          • Benefits to employee satisfaction and productivity
          • How to measure civility
          • How to create a culture of civility
      • Workforce Strategies for the 21st Century
        • Discuss the challenges in recruiting, retaining, and engaging employees as well as solutions to the challenges. 
        • Continuous Process Improvement
          • Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) is a strategy to improve mission/organizational accomplishment by using process improvement tools—such as Lean, Theory of Constraints, Six Sigma, 8-step Practical Problem Solving Model and others – to create a new way of thinking that produces more efficient processes that might be taken at/by the enterprise level. CPI develops (through education and practice) a mindset and ability to “see and kill” non-value-added work. Application of CPI processes improves performance and reduces cost of operations while enabling the workforce to “see” and close performance gaps. The presentation will include an interactive question and answer session to discuss CPI objectives and implementation ideas.
        • Supporting Your Super Heroes: The Value of Your L & D Organization
          • Have you ever thought about those that you serve in your organization as super heroes?  Not all super heroes have a cape, but they do make an impact!  As a leader of L&D in your organization the mission that drives your team and you help to support and enhance the great work these super heroes do on a daily basis.  This interactive program will challenge you to examine your mission and dream, define what success looks like, and provide some actionable ways to partner with your learners.  Come join us and help your super heroes take flight!
        • Benefits Modernization: Helping to build your workforce of the future
          • Recruiting and retaining qualified employees is a critical concern for state and local government, particularly in specialized areas such as technology, engineering and other professional fields. Budget pressures have chipped away at some of the strongest recruiting tools the public sector can offer such as pensions and rich health benefits. This challenge, coupled with the rise in the number of Babyboomers retiring and an increasingly competitive labor market, creates a push for innovation around workforce policy. By modernizing enrollment efforts and customizing benefits packages, many state and local governments can realize an increased return on investment as well as improved employee engagement. Learn about the actionable solutions you can leverage with your benefits package to recruit and retain talent in an increasingly competitive employment market. 
        • Is Your Retirement Plan Stuck in a Previous Decade
          • Hear from industry experts on the latest trends in retirement plan design, investments, technology, and cost reduction techniques to optimize the retirement savings for your employees.
        • Stress Less - Strategies to Manage Stress and Burnout
          • This class will discuss the different types of stress and the short and long term effects that stress has on our bodies. We will review stress management techniques so you leave class feeling more empowered to manage your stress.

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