May QEE - Bounce Back: Create a Resilient Workforce
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When: Friday, May 1, 2020
7:30 am - 11:45 am
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Curtis Ballroom
5345 Landmark Place
Greenwood Village, Colorado  80111
United States
Contact: Mile High SHRM
(303) 465-3522

Online registration is available until: 5/1/2020
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Bounce Back: Create a Resilient Workforce

Join us for this half day Quarterly Education Event with topics on Creating a Resilient Workforce. This event gives you the opportunity to earn multiple credits themed around how to help your employee base react to change and bounce back from challenging situations. Join us before our speakers for a delicious breakfast and to network with your peers and other HR professionals in the Denver area. 


Resilience vs. Retaliation






Session Description

“This is a horrible place to work.”  “You are a terrible boss.”  “I am being harassed by my supervisor.”  Employees say and write things that can prompt even the most senior human resources professionals to get angry.  Recognizing your reaction and knowing how, when, and whether to respond is critical.  Employers routinely present a successful defense to the underlying allegation and lose claims for illegal retaliation.  Join us for a discussion on managing through those difficult scenarios when employees take you to the brink.

David Zwisler is a shareholder in the Denver office of Ogletree Deakins with a 20+ year history of representing employers in all aspects of traditional labor, safety and health, and employment compliance.  David has extensive experience representing management in collective bargaining negotiations, arbitrations, union organizing campaigns, as well as unfair   labor practice and representation proceedings.  David also regularly represents employers accused of violating state and  federal health and safety regulations.  In addition, David devotes significant time to defending employers against charges and claims filed in various state and federal agencies and courts.  David is a trusted senior leader, legal advisor, and strategist with a proven history of navigating the complexities of compliance and developing practical solutions.


Confessions of Two Corporate Counselors

Session Description

In this interactive presentation, Mark and Erica teach leaders how to create cultures of wellness that supports employees' overall well-being.  They take audiences on a journey through some of the most hair-raising situations they've encountered in their 25 years of combined experience in the EAP field.  Participants will understand what truly matters when it comes to improving mental health in the workplace.  Attendees walk away from this session with practical tips to activate organizational change as well as learn enhanced interpersonal communication skills to properly support someone struggling with an unexpected life event or mental health concerns.






Mark DeFee is a Speaker, Coach, and Licensed Therapist with over 15 years of experience in workplace mental health.  As an experienced Employee Assistance Program (EAP) professional, he has worked with many of the largest organizations   in the US to help develop their employees and create cultures of wellness in the workplace.   He has delivered countless trainings on workplace wellness, consulted with companies on how to address behavioral-risk issues, and coached and  counseled hundreds of employees.







Erica Hanlon has developed and delivered trainings for some of the country's largest corporations, including FedEx and   The Home Depot.  As a trainer, career & life coach and licensed professional counselor, she has more than 20 years of experience helping people and companies.  She is certified as a Mental Health First Aid trainer through the National Council for Behavior Health and also holds a certification as a Talk Saves Lives trainer through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.


Rubber Band Resilience: How to Stretch Without Snapping

Session Description

With quotes like, "transform or die" and "disruption is king" it is pertinent that changes, especially those from technology, regulations and staffing, be embraced by Mile High SHRM professionals.  The ability to apply a disruption-friendly mindset to transitional shifts will be necessary to serve teams, retain personnel and meet budgets.  Equipping your members with the skill set to move through transitions while continuing to produce is imperative in the next decade.

Roadblocks and unforeseen adversity, both personal and professional, stretch us every day.  In this powerful keynote/session Kathy will share how devastating news led her on a journey to discovering the keys to thriving in the face of challenging circumstances.  While sharing her 3-R method for resilient behaviors (React, Reframe, Re-energize), Ms. Parry will engage the audience using questions and interactive exercises

Kathy will inspire and encourage your audience to stretch, not snap when faced with disruption.  Known for her candid stories and optimistic approach, Kathy is an expert in creating energetic teams and engaged professionals.

Learning Objectives-

• Understand the different reactions to adversity and how to use them to develop a positive outcome
• Increase awareness of growth mindset to keep teams engaged and productive during transitional events
• Discover their own unique coping mechanisms and how to employ them to gain control over situations
• Learn to escalate both personal and organizational energy levels to decrease absenteeism and increase retention and productivity

Kathy Parry energizes professional leaders so that productivity and performance stay high when teams are stretched.   Kathy holds degrees in Business and Food Management from Miami University, a Certification in Plant Based Nutrition from eCornell University and a coaching certification from WellCoaches.  She holds the designation of professional speaker from the National Speakers Association and speaks at events nationwide.  Ms. Parry has authored three books and lives in Pittsburgh, PA



7:30am - 8:15am          Registration Opens/Membership 101
8:15am - 9:15am          David Zwisler - Resilience vs. Retaliation
9:15am  -9:30am          Break
9:30am - 10:30am        Mark Defee & Erica Hanlon - Confessions of Two Corporate Counselors
10:30am - 10:45am      Break
10:45am 11:45am      Kathy Parry - Rubber Band Resilience: How to Stretch Without Snapping


Pending Approval for SHRM credits and HRCI credits.

Members: $50; Non-Members: $75



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