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Wednesday, Feb. 7th

  • 1:00 p.m. - Registration

    2:00 p.m.
         Presenter: Jerry Greenwell, CEO, CPS HR Consulting

    General Session
    2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
         Session 1: Get It On! What It Means to Lead the Way
         Presenter: Keni Thomas, Motivational Speaker

    • The Ranger motto is Rangers Lead the Way. Leadership is the core of every skill developed as a Ranger. But, leadership is not a position but rather an example set by every Ranger. Whether approaching the beaches of Normandy or the mountain ranges of Afghanistan, the world is made better when leadership is owned by each member of the team.

      In the pace of life, it is easy to lose perspective on our value to others. Make no mistake: Your presence is crucial! The individuals to the left and right are directly affected by the result of your actions. Each team is a puzzle with invaluable pieces.

      Keni Thomas helps attendees see themselves in the light of extraordinary. It is a choice made each day to impact those around them. It is the ultimate definition of “leading the way.”

    3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. - Break

    3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
         Session 2: World Café: What is Organizational Culture?
         Melissa Asher, Senior Practice Leader, CPS HR Consulting
         Vicki Brashear, Senior Leader, Products and Services, CPS HR Consulting

    • In this interactive session, we will explore the topic of workplace culture in a café style setting. Working in small table groups that rotate, we will move through a facilitated conversation with the help of a host. Gaining insight from the group, we will discuss what workplace culture is, how HR can influence culture and what it takes to shift culture.

    5:30 p.m. - Reception, sponsored by CPS HR Consulting

Thursday, Feb. 8th

  • General Session
    8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
         Session 3: Creating a Culture of Empowerment
         Presenter: Jessica Kriegel, Organizational Development Consultant, Oracle Corporation

    • Is it possible to define your organization’s culture? More importantly, how can you intentionally design a corporate culture? In this session Dr. Jessica Kriegel will provide the leaders with a tool called The Culture Map. The Culture Map is a process model for leaders to develop the culture of their choosing with their teams. Focusing on creating a culture of empowerment, participants will learn how to use the culture map to foster empowerment and engagement with their talent. Using a real world case study from a Fortune 100 company, leaders will learn how their culture affects their business outcomes and what enablers and what blockers are contributing to those outcomes.

    9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. - Break

    Concurrent Breakout Sessions
    9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

         Session 4A: Three Dimensional Leadership
         Presenter: Michael Grabow, Instructor, CPS HR Consulting

    • Are you looking to take your leadership skills to another level? How about another dimension? The best leaders focus on three dimensions: task, people and culture. In this session you will learn how to become a three dimensional leader by focusing on three key principles: Know your Folks, Own your Environment and Get Results. With these three principles you can transform how your team operates and the outcomes they produce. By the end of the session you will know how to move from one or two dimensions to 3D Leadership.

         Session 4B: Organize to Accelerate - A book briefing of (XLR8) Accelerate: Building      Strategic Agility for a Faster-Moving World by John P. Kotter, delivered by Randy Mayeux
         Presenter: Randy Mayeux

    • The jury is in, the formula is clear: hire the right people; nurture and develop these people; make sure they are in the right place and on the right team. Trust them! And then, as they do their needed work, also create space and freedom to beckon forth innovation, creativity and inventiveness.

      With ideas drawn from the books The Rare Find and You Can Do Anything, and a full briefing of the book (XLR8) Accelerate: Building Strategic Agility for a Faster-Moving World, by business thought leader John P. Kotter, this session will help you set an actionable trajectory to organize to accelerate.

    10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break

    General Session
    10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Noon

         Session 5: Legal Update and Hot Topics in Labor and Employment Law
         Presenter: Gage Dungy, Partner, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore

    • It has been an eventful year in the courts and in the legislature! This presentation will review recent labor and employment law cases and statutes both here in California and across the country that are of greatest significance to local public agencies. It will also examine how these cases and statutes fit into the larger legal trends and emerging legal issues that your local agency should be tracking. As always, with good humor, Gage’s session will explore some of the more interesting questions that have arisen in the past year in order to keep abreast of the most cutting-edge legal issues involving work and human resources. Be prepared for a wide-ranging, interactive experience!

    Noon – 1:15 p.m. Lunch, sponsored by CPS HR Consulting

    General Session
    1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
         Session 6: How to Become a Great Place to Work
         Paula Gibson, HR Director, City of Centennial, CO
         Robert Lavigna, Director, CPS HR Institute of Public Sector Employee Engagement

    • Decades of research have shown that employee engagement is linked to organizational performance, including in government. Engaged employees find their work meaningful and rewarding. As a result, they are more likely to deliver results for their organization, its leaders, co-workers and other stakeholders.

      In this session, we’ll share the key drivers of engagement and how government organizations can use this information. You’ll also hear how the City of Centennial, CO became the first city government to receive the 2017 Gallup Great Workplace Award, an honor that recognizes a select group of organizations around the world for their ability to create engaged workplace cultures that drive outcomes.

    2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. - Break

    Concurrent Breakout Sessions
    2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

         Session 7A: Building a Compelling Employer Brand
         Presenter: Diane Vertovec, Marketing and Communications Director, City and County of Denver

    • Building a brand isn't just for selling products and services. The right brand can help your public agency attract the right talent for the future. In this session, the City and County of Denver will share the process, marketing strategy and creative concepts they utilized for branding. Their focus and goal is to attract the best and the brightest talent in a highly competitive market. Learn how the City and County of Denver built a compelling employer brand.

         Session 7B: 5 Things You Can Do to Build an Awesome Personal Brand
         Presenter: Michael Grabow, Instructor, CPS HR Consulting

    • Branding on a business-level is common, but today branding is becoming just as important on a personal level. Not many of us have consciously cultivated these brands, but they exist nonetheless. Developing your personal brand is the proactive way of controlling your career development and how you are perceived in the marketplace.

      The question is no longer IF you have a personal brand, but if you choose to guide and cultivate the brand or to let it be defined on your behalf. This session will focus on five things you can do to start building an awesome personal brand.

    3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
         Session 8: Client Showcases

    • The best lessons are learned through experience. In this session we’ll share insights and practical solutions from a variety of public agencies. You’ll leave with ideas and inspiration that will shift your organization to a higher level of performance and strategically position HR as a driver of change and innovation.

    5:00 p.m. - Dinner on your own

Friday, Feb. 9th

  • General Sessions
    8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
         Grant Award Presentation

    • The winner of the 2018 CPS HR Innovation Grant will be announced.

    9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
         Session 9: Creating a Culture of Innovation
         Presenter: Brian Elms, Innovation Practice Leader, Change and Innovation Agency

    • Brian Elms, the former director of the Denver Peak Academy, and J.B. Wogan, a Governing staff writer, wrote the book Peak Performance: How Denver’s Peak Academy Is Saving Millions of Dollars, Boosting Morale and Just Maybe Changing the World (And How You Can Too!). Brian trains and coaches employees at all levels to improve the way government works. Through innovation, employees do more with less and enhance the Denver city experience. To date, Peak has trained and worked with more than 5,000 employees in the City and County of Denver and saved more than $15,000,000. In this session, Brian will share insights, challenges and successes behind innovation in the public sector.

    10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. - Break

    10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
         Session 10: Storytelling: A Must Have Leadership Skill
         Presenter: Kirk Weisler, Chief Morale Officer

    • Understand how to use storytelling more strategically to improve one's ability to engage, influence and persuade others. Storytelling can be one of the most powerful building tools with your team. It is one of the very oldest, most effective and proven tools of active leadership. Tragically, it is also one of the least understood and least utilized.

    11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
         Closing Remarks
         Presenter: Jerry Greenwell, CEO, CPS HR Consulting