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Emerging Leaders Conference

SHRM & HRCI credits pending approval.

 Export to Your Calendar 9/24/2020
When: Thursday, September 24, 2020
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
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United States
Contact: Mile High SHRM
(303) 465-3522

Online registration is available until: 9/24/2020
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2020 Emerging Leaders Virtual Conference

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of HR


We are HR professionals.  We love what we do.  But we all know there is the GOOD, the BAD, and the UGLY in the HR Profession.   Join us for our annual Emerging Leaders Conference as we get into the nitty gritty of moving your career forward.  Whether that means doing your current job better, determining how to get the next level promotion, or defining what your path should be.

This year we have some exciting speakers and activities to help you find your GOOD, deal with the BAD, and hope you don’t have to get UGLY!

This is a virtual conference, so we have scheduled a majority of the events in one afternoon.  Set your Out-of-office reply to “I’m attending the Mile High SHRM Emerging Leaders Conference” and don’t miss a second of the line-up.  You will also receive access to the recordings so you can listen again to those "aha" moments.

This year we will have keynote Shawna Simcik, a Generations Panel with SHRM National's Emerging Leaders Manager Chris Lopez as the moderator, Mentor Meetups, and a Career Café with experts to help you refine your resume and learn the best job-search strategies.  Phew, that’s a lot!  We are excited to host this event to impact your future and can’t wait for you to join us.


September 21 - 23, 25: Career Café

Thursday, September 24, 2020: Emerging Leader Virtual Conference

11:30am - 12:00pm      Conference Kick-Off      
12:00pm - 1:00pm        Keynote
1:00pm -   1:30pm        Break
1:30pm  -  3:00pm        Generations Panel
4:00pm  -  6:00pm        Mentor Meet-Ups


Emerging Leaders Career Café 

Wondering if your resume stacks up to the competition? Not sure if you are using the best strategies for the modern job search? Our individual, 15-minute sessions with experienced resume writers, coaches, and HR professionals can remove the guesswork and give you real insight on how to land your next job.  Theses sessions will be taking place at various times throughout the week of September 21 - 25. 

Spots are limited – sign up today to secure your virtual appointment!  Registration for these sessions will close on September 18 at 5:00 pm.

See the list of coaches and sessions here


Mentor Meet-Up

Join Mile High SHRM on Thursday, September 24th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm after the Emerging Leaders Conference for an exclusive opportunity to work with a highly respected mentor that will help guide you in shaping your future! Our mentors have faced and triumphed over adversity and challenges making them experts in their field. Mentors are the key for navigating success and avoiding unnecessary pitfalls as they have first-hand knowledge and experience that can help save you time, energy and resources. This opportunity will provide you with HR connections that can add richness and continued value through your career.
Our mentors are excited to meet and work with you. Conference attendees sign up to be a mentee by indicating interest in the conference registration form.  A few weeks before the event, Mile High SHRM will send a questionnaire to match a mentor with a mentee specifically based on your background and desired needs from the program. The meetup can happen either virtually or in person depending on the preference of the mentee and mentor. Come prepared to ask direct questions about challenges you are currently facing: career steps, hard conversations with managers, resources needed to build your soft skills (communication, networking, adding structure to your day).   
Our amazing mentors are eager to share what they have learned through their professional journey so you can go further on your fast track to growth and success!  Registration for all Mentees will close at 11:59 pm (MST) on September 20.

Calling all Mentors!
If you are interested in being a mentor for this event, please complete the intake form linked below. Someone from the Emerging Leaders Conference Team will contact you with additional details.

Become a Mentor



It's Never too Soon: The Emerging Leader

The phrase “what got you here, won’t get you there” is especially true for new managers. What may have gotten you promoted was an ability to do your job well as an individual contributor. To be a successful manager and leader, however, requires a vastly different skill set. It’s a major transition for which many people are not adequately prepared. In fact, organizations, on average, don’t invest in development for their leaders until the age of 42 – about 10 years after the leader is promoted. That’s 10 long years to develop habits that may or may not serve someone trying to influence and engage followers. Habits that lead to reduced productivity, increased turnover and decreased engagement to name a few. Learning how to be a great manager is rewarding personally, and also encourages higher performance from team members and guarantees a more positive impact on your company’s bottom line. Join Shawna Simcik as she discusses the ugly truth of traditional leadership development, the bad management habits within organizations and the good news – there is a solution.



Shawna Simcik

Shawna Simcik, MA, CMP is genuinely passionate about utilizing innovative resources and market knowledge to drive organizational, career and individual excellence. As a founding partner at ICC Inc., she firmly believes that the success of a business lives and dies by its people. Acting as an extension to your internal resources, ICC provides people strategies for business results in the areas of Compassionate Outplacement, Modern Leadership Development and Game-Changing Executive Coaching. 


Generations Panel and Interactive Activity

A Journey through Time and Perspective of the HR Profession  

There is a 40 year age gap spanning the most senior and most junior professionals in the workplace now.  In 2020, we see 4 generational cohorts collaborating in our organizations.  Hear from experts in each generation (Gen Z, Millennial, Gen X, and Baby Boomer) about their experience and predictions for the future.  
We will have a little fun while also diving into some of the most challenging generational controversies hitting our work-spaces -  like the "Okay Boomer" label, the "forgotten and invisible" Gen X, the rising leaders in the millennial generation and the entrance of Gen Z to the workforce…

Our Panelists


Christopher Lopez, is the Manager of Emerging Professional Engagement at SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management.

SHRM drives social and economic change in the workplace and fosters mutually beneficial work environments that serve both business and employees. In his role, Mr. Lopez serves as a key leader for developing the next generation of HR leaders through SHRM programming and plays a critical, strategic role in building relationships within SHRM and with affiliates to drive SHRM goals and objectives with these key stakeholders. Prior to his current role at SHRM, Mr. Lopez was the Manager of Executive Office Operations and the Special Assistant to SHRM’s CEO, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.

Over the years, Mr. Lopez amassed a wealth of experience in both the for-profit and not-for-profit space. He served as the Operations Manager for TM2 Executive Search, an organization dedicated to capacity building at higher education institutions by identifying, preparing, and building the next generation of educational leaders. Immediately prior to joining TM2, Mr. Lopez joined the Fox Entertainment Group and the 20th Century Fox Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) team, where he was essential to the foundational build of the company’s D&I initiatives.
Prior to his time at Fox Entertainment Group, Mr. Lopez served as the Program Manager and Executive Assistant to the President & CEO at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), a national organization supporting and representing nearly 300,000 students attending the country’s 47 publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs), medical schools, and law schools. He joined TMCF as the Education Policy Specialist and Executive Assistant to the President.

Mr. Lopez earned his Master of Business Administration with honors from the University of Miami. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Management with honors from North Carolina Central University.

Gen Z Panelist

Michael Greenlee, President, CU Denver SHRM Chapter - Michael is now in his senior year at The University of Colorado Denver graduating in December 2020. In early 2019 Michael was elected the Vice President of CU Denver SHRM and later transitioned into the president role. His main focus outside of classwork around the University is creating an engaging organization that can provide opportunity and connections.

Millennial Panelist


Chelsey Clay, Chelsea has five years of HR experience and is currently working as a People Business Partner for Safelite Autoglass, where she provides multi-unit support in the realms of talent management and employee relations. She enjoys driving engagement through the employee lifecycle and creating environments where employees feel empowered to succeed. She also recently joined the Mile High SHRM Membership Team as the Engagement Manager because she is passionate about what Mile High SHRM has to offer its members and wants to make sure everyone is using their membership to the fullest. 

Gen X Panelists

Shannon Sackman, Loves helping people. She is a HR Specialist with FRIENDS of Broomfield and the owner of Human Factor HR. She is an energetic, customer-focused human resources professional with over 15 years of experience aligning workforce strategies with business objectives. Shannon wants every employee to have a positive work experience during each phase of the employee lifecycle and believes this is achieved by actively engaging employees in the development and execution of people strategies.


Ed Baldwin is an experienced HR executive with a diverse background and global experience. He has successfully led the design and development of progressive human resources teams for a variety of organizational sizes and types and understands the importance of aligning HR services with business objectives. Ed has strong functional expertise in strategy development, recruitment, organizational effectiveness, learning and development, compensation, benefits, and employee relations. He is personally committed to attracting, developing, rewarding and retaining staff who invest their passion and energy to achieving new heights in personal and business success.  He holds an MBA from Rockhurst University and a BBA in Industrial Relations and Human Resources from the University of Iowa.

Baby Boomer Panelist: TBD


SHRM & HRCI credits pending approval.

Members: $35; Non-Members: $55; Student: $20; Join & Go: $135

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