Roundtable Discussions May 2020

Mile High SHRM Connection Week: Virtual Roundtable Conversations

May 18 through May 22

Are you desiring true connection? Do you need inspiration and new ideas? Are you looking for an inclusive space to have a conversation with other HR thought partners?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, don’t miss the opportunity to join Mile High SHRM’s FIRST EVER Virtual Roundtable Series during Connection Week. 

We are hosting six topic-specific roundtables for members to

share ideas, ask questions and generate creative solutions  

To make the experience personable and intimate, registration is limited to 15 attendees per session. Each session is moderated by a local HR Thought Partner who will ensure the conversation is lively and impactful.

Register Now to reserve your spot!  Session descriptions are below.


Leading with Compassion in Times of Uncertainty

Monday, May 18 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Session Description

Is your organization leading with compassion?  Compassionate leadership begins with the intention to see as others see and feel as others feel.  The COVID-19 crisis has forced an evolution to our workplaces and the way we do business.  The stage has been set for an approach to leadership that goes beyond traditional measures and requires us to lead at the heart level to take care of the people working tirelessly in our organization. In this roundtable discussion, we aim to see perspectives on how to deliver hard messages, especially in a new remote environment; how to develop compassion focused policies; and how HR can be a good steward for the employee. 


Adam McCoy, Mile High SHRM President 

Adam has been with Mile High SHRM since spring of 2015, and has been heavily involved in the Emerging Leader program, and has a deep passion for advancing the HR profession in Denver, particularly sharing his Global HR experience.  Adam also has great enthusiasm for educational programming, including assisting in the facilitation of our SHRM certification prep classes, Monthly Member Programs and PDGs, all of which drive value for members of Mile High SHRM and help members maintain their valuable HR certifications. 


Workplace Evolution:
Exploring Changes to our Business and HR in the COVID -19 Era

Tuesday, May 19 | 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Session Description

Overnight, companies were forced to put their 2020 strategic plans on hold and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Business leaders are learning to adapt and respond to the ever-changing landscape. HR professionals sitting at the leadership table or striving to have a seat, need to readapt their HR strategy to be focused on regulations, monitoring risk and evaluating crucial compliance guidelines. In this roundtable, we will discuss how to evolve HR strategy’s to meet the needs of the organization, anticipating changes to both HR and business as a whole, evaluating risk management, and create a plan to become stronger after COVID-19.


Heather Younger

Heather Younger is the best-selling author, international TEDx speaker on adversity, podcast host on leadership, facilitator and coach, she has earned her reputation as “The Employee Whisperer”. Her experiences as a CEO, entrepreneur, manager, attorney, writer, coach, listener, speaker, collaborator and mother all lend themselves to a laser-focused clarity into what makes employees of organizations and companies – large and small - tick. Heather has facilitated more than 150 communication style and leadership workshops, reaching +100 employers and their employees. Her motivation and philosophy have reached more than 20,000 attendees at her speaking engagements on large and small stages. Companies have charted their future course based on her leading more than 100 focus groups. In addition, she has helped companies see double-digit employee engagement score increases through implementation of her laws and philosophies. She has driven results in a multitude of industries, including banking, oil & gas, construction, energy, and federal and local government. Her book “The 7 Intuitive Laws of Employee Loyalty” hit Forbes Must-Read list and is a go-to source for HR professionals seeking insight into their organization’s’ dynamics. Heather serves on the Board of Directors for Mile High SHRM in Denver, Colorado. Coupled with her Leadership with Heart podcast, weekly videos and employer newsletters, Heather stays connected to organizations long after she leaves the stage or conference room. Today, Heather hopes to empower and inspire you to change the experiences for your employees, your customers, and your community.


Making Lemonade out of Lemons: 
Coping and Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis

Tuesday, May 19 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Session Description

The COVID-19 pandemic is plaguing society with heavy uncertainty…yet there is much we can still control. So, how can we take the lemons we’ve been given to make lemonade? It starts with building trust through thoughtful and truthful communication at all levels in our workplaces.  In this roundtable, we help HR leaders explore ways to redirect their energy away from uncertainty and focus on conditions that are certain. The conversation will focus on current state of affairs and tactics to make the most of tough situations like: providing positive leadership through furloughs, reductions in force, and shift cuts; providing helpful transition services and resources; and creative and compassionate separation packages.


Shawna Simcik, President Business Development, ICC


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. 

Key to Happiness: Promoting Employee Well-being

Wednesday, May 20 | 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Session Description

We’re all feeling it – work and life has changed a lot because of COVID-19.  Between anxiety about layoffs and pay reductions, a sudden pivot to working from home, challenges of self-isolation in a social world, fears for their health and loved ones, employees collectively are facing more challenges to well-being than any other time in modern history.  Now more than ever it is crucial for HR to support their employees as whole people and offer them an authentic, compassionate source of encouragement through troubling times. How do organizations convert feelings of loneliness and isolation to happiness and creativity? In this roundtable, the conversation will be directed around monitoring mental health, EAP utilization, health care provider resources, and crafting positive internal communications. It’s time to get innovative and brainstorm solutions for boosting employee well-being. 


Dr. Dani Kimlinger

Dr. Dani Kimlinger is the Chief Executive Officer of MINES and Associates, she joined MINES in 2008. Dr. Kimlinger has her undergraduate in Psychology and Sociology and a Master of Health Administration (MHA). Dr. Kimlinger completed the Executive Leadership Program at Cornell University and completed her Ph.D. in the school of Business Psychology in Organizational Leadership at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Kimlinger has a strong background in Human Resources and Organizational Psychology including workplace investigations, organizational assessments and interventions, strategic planning, interviewing, professional development, training, coaching, conflict resolution, human resources consulting and breakthrough projects.

She is a thought leader having presented at numerous national and international conferences on organizational psychology topics, published professionally on management of impaired professionals, managing millennials, women and leadership. Dr. Kimlinger is highly involved in the community volunteering and sitting on non-profit and professional boards.


HR Toolkit: Re-imagining Performance and Incentives for a Distributed Workforce

Thursday, May 21 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Session Description

The phrase "business as usual" is becoming a thing of the past.  As we develop and adjust in the new COVID-19 world, many companies are realizing that current and past performance standards simply are not realistic anymore.  Employees that work from home full time can get the job done on a flexible schedule (and if they are parents, most times they must!).  Companies with blue-collar and front-line employees seek a new way to support their staff when their workforce is more distributed than usual. In this roundtable, you can discuss how your colleagues are handling these new changes in our environment and brainstorm new ideas to measure your workforce’s performance, engagement and productivity, while at the same time preventing burnout and turnover.


Nicole Davies

Passion trumps fear.  Nicole Davies, VP of Talent Optimization for Valet Living, delivers hundreds of presentations a year.  Who would have thought that just 25 years ago she had a paralyzing fear of public speaking!  As a person who has always preferred listening to talking, Nicole splits her time between leading the learning, talent and performance teams of a billion + dollar organization with managing a robust executive coaching business.  

Passion trumps fear.  In her various roles Nicole has worked to redefine talent and performance management.  She has successfully eliminated performance reviews in her current organization, replacing them with monthly performance conversations.  Nicole also replaced her company’s classroom-based leadership development programs with virtual, cohort-based social learning experiences.

Passion trumps fear.  Nicole is on a mission to include the entire alphabet in her list of certifications.  The current list includes: SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CPC, ACC, CCP… and she is a certified doula.  If you are counting, that is 11 letters down.  15 to go.  

Passion trumps fear.  In her free time, Nicole loves to push the limits of her determination.  Having climbed the highest peak in over 20 countries, Nicole loves to experience the world from its tallest vantage points.  Most of those trips have been solo adventures. 

Pandemic Pivot: Adapting Interviewing, Hiring, and 
On-boarding Practices for the Virtual World

Friday, May 22 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Session Description

Amid rising unemployment and sweeping layoffs, companies that are still hiring during this crisis are a beacon of hope to those on the job market.  HR teams are forced to adapt quickly to sift through an influx of candidates for open roles and find ways to virtually interview, onboard, and train new employees.  We have all seen the articles about how to be a better virtual interviewer, but what can we as employers do to provide the best candidate experience in an unfamiliar process? In this roundtable, we will best practices for interviewing virtually, creating and utilizing remote on-boarding programs, and how to provide a fun and interactive on-boarding process for a distributed workforce that shows off your culture from day one.


John Reid, Emerge Professional Managing Partner

John Reid is the Founder and Managing Partner for Emerge Professional, a Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Startup of the Year in 2020.  He carries fifteen years of temporary staffing and direct hire recruiting experience, having worked in an executive leadership capacity for boutique retained search and a leading staffing firm in Chicago, prior to starting Emerge Professional in Denver in 2016.  Since, Emerge has become the top provider of talent and retention solutions for leading employers across greater Denver. 

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