Fall Schedule







8:00 - 9:15 

Boss Whispering: Helping Abrasive Leaders Become Great Leaders 

Warren Phillips 

Bishop A 



This workshop helps attendees understand the motivation behind the behavior of abrasive leaders and team members in the workplace. It also presents a model for transforming abrasive behavior in ways that enhance leaders' interpersonal effectiveness. Transforming abrasive leaders into effective leaders increases productivity, commitment, and engagement in their co-workers and team members, thereby increasing profit and decreasing risk for the organization. 


Workshop Learning Objectives: 


·          Identify the characteristics of an abrasive leader/team member 

·          Understand the risks posed to an organization by abrasive leaders 

·          Understand the motivation underlying the behavior of abrasive leaders 

·          Know the necessary steps an employer must take with abrasive leaders 

·          Identify the benefits of using a specialized consultant to help abrasive leaders become effective leaders 

·          Understand the 4 steps of intervention that a specialized leadership consultant must take to transform abrasive 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 



Employee Hiring: Avoiding Legal Pitfalls 

Rebecca Reif / 

Lindsey Vaught 

Bishop B 



This presentation will address the "hot button" legal topics in the application process and hiring of employees, including "real-world" anecdotal examples and scenarios to explain legal issues and help employers avoid liability.  


We will focus on the following legal issues in applications and hiring: 


·          Application Issues: "Ban-the Box" laws and inquiring about criminal history; immigration status; and Fair Credit Reporting Act. 

·          Non-Discrimination issues in hiring: Screening Applications, Interviews, and Managing Information; 

·          Drafting Job Descriptions: "Friend-or-foe" in disability discrimination or Fair Labor Standards Act classification claims; and 

·          Responding to subpoenas or requests for information on employees/applicants. 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 



Recruiting Foreign Workers 

Lori Chesser 

Bishop C 



"Hire American" only goes so far when the employment rate is below 5% and much of business is global.  This session will help you sort the rhetoric from the real in hiring foreign talent and demystify the rules and terminology that come with employee immigration. The session will also address emerging interpretations of anti-discrimination rules to protect U.S. workers.  


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 



10 Second Commercial - Perfect for Tradeshows! 


Dan Stalp 

Skinner C 



Have you ever noticed engaging tradeshow attendees are different than phone calls or face-to-face meetings? 


Why do we struggle with explaining what we do in 10 seconds or less? 


In this highly interactive session participants will: 


·          Build intrigue when someone asks, "What do you do?" 

·          Be more clear about the types of people/companies who qualify as good candidates for your business; and 

·          Learn how set strong verbal agreements with those who qualify for follow-up after the trade show. 


Intended Audience: Vendors Only 


BREAK 9:15 - 9:30 

9:30 - 10:45 

Public Bargaining in Light of the Changes to Chapter 20  


Matt Brick /  

Erin Clanton 

Bishop A 



The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the primary issues facing public employers during upcoming labor negotiations in light of the February 2017 changes to Iowa Code Chapter 20.  


The issues include the changes to subjects of bargaining, as well as other, less publicized issues: 


·          Re-certification elections 

·          Supplemental Pay 

·          Effects of other law changes 


Intended Audience: Public Sector 



Empowering Leaders - Engaging Employees 

Alia Stowers 

Bishop B 



Most companies are currently struggling to retain employees, especially Millennials, and engagement is the first step to retention. Research tells us that those who are encouraged and empowered to use their strengths at work are highly engaged and productive. Strengths-based teams are the most innovative and high-performing. In this session you will: 


·          Learn why strengths-based leadership is the best leadership strategy 

·          Discover how to create a strengths-based culture in your organization 

·          Understand how leveraging strengths in the organizational culture increases engagement (and therefore, retention) 

·          Learn how natural talents impact judgments and organizational biases 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 



How to Build Your Resilience and Reduce Employee Burnout 

Denise Forney 

Bishop C 



One out of three health care employees experience burnout:  that being a mental or physical breakdown due to skyrocketing stress levels.  The causes for burnout can be attributed to the way most people tend to view the world - constantly on guard for threats in our environment.  


During this session, we will offer up ways to recalibrate our outlook on life and be more positive through "Three Good Things."    The benefits of employing strategies from this interactive workshop will help participants: 


               Lower depression and burnout 

               Experience less conflict with colleagues and fewer disruptive behaviors 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 



Pre-employment Drug Testing: Avoiding Traps for the Unwary Employer After the Conditional Offer 

Thomas Cunningham 

Skinner C 



Attendees will learn and review the requirements to legally drug screen prospective and current employees in the private sector in Iowa, as illustrated by the methods of attack most plaintiffs' lawyers use to invalidate drug screen results at trial.  


Attendees will: 


·          Learn the requirements for legal valid drug screening under Iowa law 

·          Understand the difference between Iowa drug testing requirements and requirements for Federal DOT screening 

·          Be apprised of the hidden traps for the unwary employer undertaking drug screening 

·          Be equipped to vet third party drug screening vendors to ensure their practices conform to Iowa law. 


Intended Audience: Private Sector 


BREAK 10:45 - 11:00 

11:00 - 12:15 

Current Status of Healthcare & Legislative 2018  


Jesse Patton 

Bishop A 



Jesse will provide an update on the status of the Affordable Care Act going into 2018.  The audience will get a complete review of proposed and passed legislation that will affect the market in 2018.  Discussion on timeline for implementation and how this legislation will impact provision of ACA.    


Attendees will get a chance to review the other requirements that will be implemented and impact their healthcare coverage in 2018.     


·          New Regulations issued and proposed 

·          How Health plans will be affected 

·          Carrier and Marketplace Update 

·          What happens to Affordable Care Act 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 



Understanding Your People: Current & Potential Hires 

Dan Stalp 

Bishop B 



Understanding people involves being an expert on the dynamics of interaction. 


In this highly interactive session, participants will: 


·          Discover how communicating to one's identity is different than communicating to one's role at work or as an applicant 

·          Learn how the parent, adult, and child ego states impact the state of mind and the nature of the interactions when communicating    

·          Develop an awareness of how pace, task orientation, and people orientation helps current employees and potential employees grow and increase departmental productivity 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 



Hitting Employee Satisfaction with Benefits Out of the Park 

Rodney Drenkow 

Bishop C 



Today's millennials are looking for flexibility, value, choice and control in the benefits packages provided by their employer.  The "one size fits all" defined benefit concept is no longer enough. 


Account based concepts take the premise of employee flexibility, choice and control that is provided in the pension arena by 401(K) plan and apply it to welfare benefits. 


This presentation is intended to provide. 


·          An introduction to account based concepts for use in employer welfare plan designs 

·          A description of IRS requirements 

·          Suggestions for design options using real life scenarios 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 



The Criminal Conviction Box and Other Hiring Practices Trap 

Kristin Johnson 

Skinner C 



Many employers use past history of criminal convictions as a tool to eliminate employment candidates at the application step. This presentation will address the potential pitfalls of this practice in terms of laws prohibiting discrimination. We will also review other hiring practices and how they might lead to a discrimination finding. Examples of successful use of such practices will also be provided. 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector  


LUNCH 12:15 - 1:15 

1:15 - 2:30 

No Thanks - I Took Another Offer 

Jeff Kortes 

Bishop A 



As a "headhunter," Jeff understands why candidates turn down offers…and the implications to an organization.  He provides insight into the thoughts and reasoning of employees who decide to or are contemplating accepting jobs in various organizations.  The program explores the 8 main reasons that qualified candidates turn down job offers from seemingly highly regarded organizations.  Using real-life examples, Jeff shows how you can build "selling" into your recruitment strategy to create a competitive advantage for the enterprise.  This sales perspective plays an integral role in the organization's ability to attract and land the best talent in the marketplace.  As a result of this program, you will: 


·          Recognize the need to have a cohesive recruitment strategy that has "selling" as a key component. 

·          Prepare you to advocate to senior leadership the business and community implications of not "selling" as part of your strategic talent recruitment process. 

·          Enhance your organizations image in the eyes of candidates and community to avoid turning off candidates and hurting your brand. 

·          Understand selling techniques that will land "A" candidates that are entertaining an offer from other organizations and avoid "turndowns." 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 



Using Benefits to Impact the Culture and Productivity of Your Workforce 

Jeff Chungath / Tim O'Neil 

Bishop B 



Employers are always seeking opportunities to impact the productivity of their workforce. This session will explore how to best utilize health plan benefits for retaining and engaging employees and fostering a culture of health and well-being. You will also get to hear a case study featuring a local company. 

What Attendees Will Learn: 


1.     How to best utilize their health plan benefits to engage and retain employees by building a culture of health and well-being 

2.     How engaged employees positively impact an organizations productivity 

3.     How a local employer is positively impacting their workforce with health plan design use and their experience  


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 



Solutions to Hiring, Firing,  & Discipline 



Bishop C 



Employment attorney Michele Warnock-Brott will cover real life examples of hiring, discipline, and firing employees. You'll learn about do's, don'ts, and what your options are on when you need to hire, fire, or discipline an employee, along with considerations for the hiring process. 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 



Millennials at Work: Employee Engagement in Today's Multi-Generational Workplace 

Dee Oviatt /  

Libby Ehrig 

Skinner C 



Millennials are now the largest generation in the US workforce while Baby Boomers and Gen X'rs still hold many leadership roles. Employee engagement is more important than ever because for the first time in history there are five generations working together with each generation bringing different priorities, preferences, and expectations to work. This represents both a formidable challenge and an incredible opportunity to leverage the unique strengths of each generation to increase engagement and retention. Hear two facilitators, a Baby Boomer and a Millennial, share and compare their different perspectives on engaging and retaining talent to help you: 


·          Engage employees with different perspectives and priorities 

·          Appreciate and value the contributions of different generations 

·          Explore ways that generations can bridge differences to help each other succeed and thrive 


BREAK 2:30 - 2:45 

2:45 - 4:00 

Creative Ways to Recruit in Today's Tough Market 

Katie Roth /  

Sarah Charlier 

Bishop A 


With record unemployment in Iowa, employers must find new and creative ways to attract candidates.  Especially passive candidates - those who are not looking.  This is a market where demand exceeds supply. 


In this session, you will learn how the new generational workforce will look for their next position, how to reach out to that audience, and what is important to them.  We will also discuss why traditional methods of recruiting - for any generation - is not a sustainable model.  Katie Roth has 30 years of recruiting experience.  Join us for this informative session.      


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 


Creating Safe and Welcoming Environments In the Workplace 

Daniel Hoffman - Zinnel 

Bishop B 



Creating a Safe and Welcoming Environments in the Workplace is a training to help employers and employees retain and attract LGBTQ employees. This interactive training will include an icebreaker activity related to creating a safe and welcoming environments, overview of LGBTQ terminology, learning multiple specific applicable skills to creating a safe and welcoming environments, and application of skills in scenario planning and roleplaying. 



·          Increase knowledge regarding LGBTQ terminology 

·          Learn at least three specific skills to apply in creating safe and welcoming environments in the workplace 

·          Improve self-efficacy of applying skills in the workplace 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 



Staying Positive In a Negative World 

Michele Matt 

Bishop C 



It is believed that your ATTITUDE, not your APTITUDE, determines your ALTITUDE in life. Experience an inspiring program that has delighted audiences throughout the country. By participating in this program, you will discover how influential your attitude is to your happiness, success, and the results you get on the job, in your career, and with other people at work and at home. 


After participating in this dynamic program, you will be able to: 


·          Appreciate and enjoy the benefits of a positive attitude 

·          Analyze how good, bad, and ugly attitudes are communicated 

·          Adjust your attitude using five "attitude adjustment" techniques 

·          Maintain a positive attitude in a "negative" environment 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 



Strategies for Reducing Employee Turnover 

Tom Hamilton 

Skinner C 



The talk focuses on reducing turnover through best practices techniques for:  


·          Proactive recruiting - Activities and branding to attract top candidates 

·          Improved Selection - Tools and techniques to dramatically improve selection 

·          Better Onboarding - New hire retention is critical for long term success 

·          Training/Development - How much is the right amount?  

·          Succession planning - Growing your own for higher productivity and long term success 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector