August QEE - Being Comfortable with the Uncomfortable
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Pending Approval for 3 SHRM credits and 3 HRCI credits.

 Export to Your Calendar 8/11/2020 to 8/13/2020
When: August 11,12,& 13, 2020
Varying Times
Where: Online
United States
Contact: Mile High SHRM
(303) 465-3522

Online registration is available until: 8/11/2020
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Being Comfortable with the Uncomfortable

As much as we would love to see all of your amazing faces in person, Mile High SHRM is moving our August Quarterly Education Event (QEE) to a virtual format to promote the safety and well-being of our members and speakers. The QEE will be broken down into three sessions on three separate days from August 11th - August 13th. You can get more information on the session times and topics below.

You can select to attend one, or all three!  If your schedule does not allow you to attend all three sessions live, you will receive the recordings to view as time allows.  While we cannot provide credits if you do not attend the event live, we hope that you find value in having these sessions with you to refer back at your own convenience, whenever you need it.

We have reduced the price from our usual QEE in-person event.  The fees help support the multiple platforms we are now using for our events as well as the on-going expenses of Mile High SHRM.  

If you are craving the social aspect that we've provided in our QEEs, check out our Virtual Roundtables July 20-23!


2020 Legal Update
August 11 - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Mile High SHRM Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, Colin Walker, will provide a recap of the 2020 Colorado legislative session, including new HR-related laws and bills that were introduced but did not pass.  Although abbreviated due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the legislative session was eventful and there are a number of developments that HR practitioners should be aware of, including paid sick leave.  Although it was not introduced in the legislative session, the family leave initiative known as “FAMLI” is expected to be proposed as a ballot initiative in the next election.  On the federal level, Mr. Walker will discuss surprising rulings by the “conservative” justices on the Supreme Court, including sexual orientation as a protected class under Title VII.

Colin Walker   Whether in the courtroom or the boardroom, Colin provides strategic counsel for clients facing complex employment and commercial problems.  As Director at Fairfield and Woods, P.C., his clients benefit from more than 20 years of trial and litigation experience.  Colin a former criminal prosecutor with the State's Attorney Office for Baltimore County. Colin handles disputes involving trade secrets, non-compete agreements, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage claims, and other employment related disputes.

When Times Get Tough, the Tough Get Compassionate (Panel Discussion)
August 12 - 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Downsizing, layoffs, mergers, reorganization or restructuring...these kinds of organizational upheavals are the new normal in business. Whatever the name, whatever the reason, when an employee loses a job, it's a painful, emotional and often devastating experience. As company leaders make tough business decisions that impact an organization's humans, best companies to work for navigate layoffs and major organizational changes with compassion for the impacted employees and TLC for the "survivors." In this highly engaging and super practical "how-to" session, attendees will learn from a moderated panel of HR executives who have been on both sides of the desk during reductions in force.  
Take-aways: all the dos and don'ts for conducting human-centered, compassionate reductions in force. When company leaders commit to putting humans first even when business needs dictate downsizing, the dignity of those being let go can be preserved and the total well-being of the "survivors," those on which the company must rely to return productivity to its new normal, can be maintained. In short, when times get tough, the tough will learn to get compassionate by conducting human-centered layoffs.

Meredith Masse (Moderator):
Panel moderator Meredith Masse is Senior Vice President at ICC: Innovate. Coach. Consult., a Denver-headquartered outplacement and talent management firm that acts as the extension to internal HR resources for their clients across the globe.  Meredith's mission is to partner with organizations to create best places to work led by "follower-worthy" managers and leaders. And when even best places to work have to course correct, she partners with them to do so as compassionately as possible.  

Liza McKelvey
A passionate, life-long learner and a leader who readily embraces the opportunity to conquer the next challenge, Liza McKelvey is the Vice President of People & Culture and the General Counsel at Cochlear Americas, headquartered in Lone Tree, CO. As part of an expanding organization dedicated to changing the lives of those impacted by hearing loss, she considers herself privileged to spend every day working towards achieving the organization’s mission to empower, transform and innovate. Both in her corporate roles as well as through many years of private legal practice advising employers, Liza has experience with conducting reductions with a focus on preserving the dignity of those impacted.

Tamarah Saif
Tamarah Saif has spent the majority of her career guiding organizations of varying sizes in developing and achieving key talent objectives through disciplined practices, data analytics, and a consultative approach. Tamarah is currently the VP of Human Resources at Charlotte's Web where she combines her love of human resources with her passion for holistic health. She has held various leadership positions at companies ranging from high growth startups to large global entities and has led the HR function and talent assessments, HR transformation and strategy, as well as mergers and acquisitions for domestic and global organizations. Tamarah shares her intimate familiarity with what it takes to conduct layoffs compassionately after having led consolidation and downsizing efforts at several national companies.  
Jennifer Darmofal
Jennifer Darmofal, a passionate Human Resources leader with an exemplary track record solving talent problems and examining legacy processes to breakdown organizational silos, streamline efficiencies, and exceed business outcomes, is an authentic strategic business partner with a strong operational background recognized for leading with emotional intelligence and positive energy to drive optimal team member performance. She oversees a team of business partners, has a strong commitment to mentoring, coaching and promoting collaborations and development of new approaches that are built on integrity, credibility, relationships, creativity and knowledge.  Jennifer is the Executive Director, Human Resources & Culture at the National Cattleman’s Beef Association. 

Raquel Ruiz-Carlson
As a passionate people and operations strategist, Raquel has dedicated over 15 years of her career to understanding how people and how we treat them (as team members) drives our business. She prides herself in understating what motivates her staff to do their best work and how they can implement systems, processes, policies and guidelines to remove barriers and drive their success. She is a leader in Employee Engagement initiatives, a Change Management/Change Leadership catalyst, and an Organizational Design agent. Nothing makes her happier than coaching and challenging team members and team leaders to create self-awareness and through that create new opportunities to grow and thrive.

Revolutionize Your Harassment Training
August 13 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Join Nikki Larchar, co-founder of Define the Line, during her interactive presentation to learn how you can spark meaningful conversations and get your team to talk about important topics. We know that talking to employees about sexual harassment can be difficult, but in the wake of the #metoo and #timesup movements, we have employees not only asking, but demanding that companies and HR departments do more. Nikki and her Define the Line co-founder have created a revolutionary approach to training employees by using a comic book format and interactive activities to spark real change in organizations. Participants will walk away from this presentation with a better understanding of how harassment affects their teams, what the ROI on harassment prevention training is, and will be able to facilitate their very own interactive activities with their employees. 

Nikki Larchar:
Nikki Larchar, SHRM-CP, is a trainer, speaker, author, and co-founder of Define the Line. Nikki loves working with organizations who want to end workplace harassment and spark real change. As a trainer and speaker, Nikki understands what it means to speak up and define the line for themselves and others. Their work has been featured nationally with media outlets such as NPR, SHRM, HR Dive, and HR Bartender.  

Pending Approval for  3 SHRM credits and 3 HRCI credits.

Members: $20; Non-Members: $40



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