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Cultivate your knowledge with an outstanding lineup of speakers who will challenge and inspire those who are new to an HR career, established leaders, and experienced practitioners.

The agenda below includes the intended audience, although all attendees are welcome to attend any session.  The intended audiences are defined below the agenda.

Rooted in HR - Cultivate Your Knowledge features the following agenda, which is subject to change.

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Early Registration Opens

   Conifer Conference Room Evergreen A Conference Room  Evergreen C Conference Room

7:00 - 8:00

Audrey Nelson
A Woman's Guide Leadership: Power, Communication and Credibility

Level: Experienced Leaders

Susan Ruhl
Driving Development in the Age of the Modern Learner

Level: All

Jennifer Fairweather &
Tamara Dixon
Cultivate Your Communication Skills to Become a Stronger Business Partner
Level: Emerging Leaders

8:00 - 8:15

Registration and Break

8:15 - 9:30

Opening session Evergreen A-C Conference Rooms

Welcome Announcements

Galen Emanuele

Creating a "Yes, And" Culture of High-Level Performance & Engagement
Level: All

9:30 - 10:00

Resource Partner Break (Rocky Mountain Event Center)

   Conifer Conference Room Evergreen A Conference Room Evergreen C Conference Room

10:00 - 11:00

Stephanie Wachman
Managing the Crazy & Busy Work/Life Balance

Level: All

Austin Smith & David Zwisler
Responding to "Alt" Views in the Workplace

Level: Established Leaders

Courtney Berg
Think Ops II Trust and Teamwork: The 5 Keys to Building Trust and Teamwork with Your Operations Partners

Level: Emerging Leaders

11:00 - 11:15


11:15 - 12:15

Deanell Sandoval
How Fear Shapes Your Leadership

Level: Experienced Leaders

Robert Mines & Ron Wilcoxin
The Opioid Epidemic: Human Resources Implications and Solutions
Level: All

Heather Younger
Fascinating Truths About Employee Loyalty and Engagement
Level: Established Leaders

12:15 - 1:30

Lunch and Resource Partner Pavilion (Rocky Mountain Event Center)

1:30 - 2:30

Spark Talks Evergreen A-C Conference Rooms

Andrea Goodkin
Employee Value Proposition
Holly Pendleton Change or Die: Why Your Organization Needs Change Competency to Thrive
Greg Adamietz Are You Able to Identify "Best Fit" Candidates?
Catharyn Baird An Ethical Nudge: Using Behavioral Ethics to Successfully Navigate Change
Amy Packer Fostering Positive Leadership: Small Shifts that Lead to Big Results
Level: All

2:30 - 3:00

Resource Partner Break (Rocky Mountain Event Center)

3:00 - 4:00

Kevin Smith &
Madeline Marquardt
It's Not about Ping Pong Tables and Dogs at the Office. Cultivating Success and Growing the Bottom Line with Culture and Strategy
Level: All

Tim Goldstein
Understanding and Using Neurodiversity to Bridge the Tech/Non-Tech Divide

Level: Established Leaders

Traci Brown
Liar, Liar Pants on Fire

Level: Emerging Leaders

4:00 - 5:00

Happy Hour (Atrium)

Emerging: Emerging HR leaders may be those earlier in their HR careers, or those who serve in very specialized HR roles. Content in this session will include foundational HR principles as well as emerging HR trends.

Established: Established HR leaders may be experienced in HR generalist or specialized areas. Program content in this session will include both broad HR concepts and in depth discoveries of emerging best practices.

Experienced: Experienced HR leaders may both those who have much experience in their HR careers and often hold senior titles and responsibilities. Program content in this session will focus on strategic and business practices with an HR lens.

Engage. Educate. Empower.

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