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Wednesday, Feb. 8th

  • 1 p.m. – Registration

  • 2 p.m. - Welcome
    • Presenter: Jerry Greenwell, CEO, CPS HR Consulting

  • 2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. - Session 1: It Starts With You – Developing High Performing Teams, One Person at a Time
    • Presenter: Pete Smith

    • It all starts with individuals. Great people create great organizations, which produce great results. And no one knows more about those people than you, the HR professionals. With the right talent strategies and talent management plan, you can drive great performance by encouraging and supporting those who accept responsibility, accountability and ownership of their results. You can help team members communicate more effectively, to each other and to the customers. You can help motivate them to contribute in ways that are most meaningful while standing proud for something worthwhile. It all starts by focusing on each individual.
      Want a sneak preview? Check it out here.

  • 3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. - Break

  • 3:45 p.m. – 5 p.m. - Session 2: Taking Your Talent Management Strategies to the Next Level
    • Presenters: Melissa Asher and Vicki Quintero Brashear

    • Join us as we explore the New Talent Management Maturity Model. As we work through each of the four levels in this interactive session, you’ll use your smartphone or tablet and an online tool to discover where your organization lies in the model. Armed with this insight, you’ll learn how to move to the next level while driving increased organizational performance. Finally, we’ll map out how the rest of the conference sessions can supercharge your efforts, ensuring actionable takeaways to onboard your colleagues.

  • 5:30 PM - Reception

Thursday, Feb. 9th

  • 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. - Session 3: The Next Generation of Performance Management: Agile and Focused on the Future
    • Presenter: Mark Allen

    • Performance management has become a dreaded process in many organizations. Managers hate the chore, and employees are not satisfied with the outcomes. It has become so difficult that many organizations have abandoned the process entirely. But what if we could do it right?

      In this session, we’ll focus on best practices in performance management. We’ll return to the original premise: that performance management is designed to improve the performance of individuals and organizations. We’ll discuss ways to make the process less cumbersome, more agile and more productive. Using a number of real-world examples and a fun and interactive exercise, this session will provide participants with the knowledge and tools they need to transform performance management in their organizations.

  • 10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. - Break

  • 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. - Session 4: Unfairly Labeled: Your guide to generational dynamics in the workplace.
    • Presenter: Jessica Kriegel

    • Citing extensive academic research from her new book, Jessica Kriegel points out that labeling not only creates unfair biases and leads to inappropriate reactions, but in fact, there is no clear evidence to support the validity of stereotypes.

      Yet managers, political pundits and the media consistently use stereotypes to make decisions and predictions, presuming to understand the collective tastes, ambitions, values and work habits of millions of people born in the same 20-year time span. The result is miscommunication among team members and lower productivity.

      In this session Jessica will illustrate how interpersonal dynamics contribute to business success, regardless of generations. You will learn everything you need to know about leading an organization with three generations in the workforce.

  • 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. - Lunch

  • 1:00-1:30 p.m. - Grant Award Presentation

  • 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. - Session 5: Building World-class Organizations through Sound Compensation and Benefit Strategies
    • Presenters: Christi Tenter and Jennifer Ramos

    • Join CPS HR Consultants for a lively and practical discussion about developing compensation and benefits strategies in your organization.
        The basis of compensation – What is my job?
      • Keys to capturing a current and accurate picture of your workforce
      • Importance of up-to-date job specifications and impacts
      • The shifting pendulum – What are specialized and generalized classifications?
        Looking at inflexible structures that limit cross-functional teams
      • Effectively dealing with career ladders and creating promotional opportunities
        The future of compensation and benefits – What innovation is needed?
      • Ways to look beyond the median/max base salary method
      • Strategies for creating pay structures that are supportive of a dynamic environment
      • Trends in compensation and benefits – What are other considerations? Compensation environments, local and emerging issues, FLSA and ACA impacts and beyond
        Other HR elements that play into compensation and benefits

  • 2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. - Break

  • 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. - Session 6: Technology Round-up: Where is HR in the digital conversation?
    • Presenters: Jeff Hoye and Troy Wintersteen

    • In response to the digital age, we’ve all changed how we live and work, including the very models of how we manage our organizations. For HR and business leaders, these changes bring fundamental challenges. For example, how can we leverage HR to revolutionize the entire employee experience? Also, how can we evolve HR processes, systems and the HR organization using new digital platforms, apps, and ways of delivering HR services? In this session, we’ll challenge you to reimagine HR and the employee experience in a digital world.

  • 3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - Session 7: HR Analytics: Become a Strategic Partner with the Organization
    • Presenter: Brian Haggerty and Gary Brockett

    • Denver Water’s Human Resource department has gone through a transformation over the past three years moving from a functional area to a strategic partner with the organization. One of the key elements of that journey has been the emphasis on collecting, measuring, and understanding data. In this session we’ll describe the journey the organization took from keeping basic EEO statistics to actually developing key performance indicators and a balanced scorecard. They will help participants to better understand where their own organizations are currently with analytics and how they can either begin or continue their own data journey. They will cover best practices, dashboard design, and some easy steps to get started.

Friday, Feb. 10th

  • 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. - Session 8: Explore the Future: Prepare Your Organization for Tomorrow’s Talent
    • Presenter: Joshua Smith

    • Can you envision what talent management will look like in 10 years? Or 20 years? What does the incoming workforce expect, and what can you offer now and down the road to compel them to move your organization forward? Following a five-step process, we’ll contrast current practices with the future means of engaging and developing the incoming generation so that they can ultimately fill key leadership positions in your agency. This session will include an interactive group exercise and a roadmap to new approaches and tools that you can apply in your workplace.

  • 10 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. - Break

  • 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. - Session 9: Employee Engagement - A Deeper Dive
    • Speaker: Bob Lavigna and Janelle Callahan

    • Most of us know that improving engagement improves performance. We also know that we can measure engagement employee surveys. But do you know the best ways to take action on the survey results?

      In this session, we’ll share the results of the CPS HR national survey of engagement levels in the public and private sectors. Then, we’ll highlight several practical steps that government agencies have taken, based on the survey results, to improve engagement. With this background, we’ll launch into a hands-on workshop. You’ll analyze a set of engagement survey results and determine how you would take action on the data. This hands-on process will equip you to return to your own agencies and take real action to improve your agency’s engagement.

  • 11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. - Closing Remarks
    • Presenter: Jerry Greenwell, CEO, CPS HR Consulting