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    2019 Jayhawk Chapter Business Leadership Conference - Leadership in the Workplace

    Date: April 9, 2019, 7:15am – 2:00pm
    Jayhawk Chapter of SHRM
    Maceli's Banquet Hall, 1031 New Hampshire, Lawrence, Kansas
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    7:15 am – 8:00 am Registration, Breakfast, and Network with Sponsors

    8:00 am – 8:25 am Announcements and Lunch Sponsor

    8:25 am – 9:45 am Melody Rayl, Fisher Phillips: Think It Can’t Happen to You?  A Proactive Approach to Workplace Violence

    9:45 am – 10:05 am Break and Network with Sponsors

    10:05 am – 10:15 am Platinum Sponsors

    10:15 am – 12:00 pm Kathy Perkins, Kathy Perkins LLC: Improving Your Investigative Skills – Getting the Information Employers Need to Make Good Decisions

    12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Lunch & Sponsors

    12:45 pm – 1:45 pm Frank Keck, CoreBuild: Building Trust and Alignment

    1:45 pm – 2:00 pm Wrap-up & Drawings

    This event has been submitted for professional development credit hours through SHRM and HRCI.


    Register by April 1:                             Member $59 ---- Nonmember $69

    Register after April 1:                         Member $70 ---- Nonmember $80

    Student/Retiree Rate by April 1:         $30

    Student/Retiree Rate after April 1:      $35

    Jayhawk SHRM members and member-company representatives may register as "Members" for this event.

    If paying by check, register online and pay at event or mail check to: Jayhawk Chapter of SHRM, PO Box 442033, Lawrence, Kansas 66044.



    Think It Can’t Happen to You?  A Proactive Approach to Workplace Violence 

    Homicide is a leading cause of fatal occupational injuries in the United States.  While workplace violence cannot be 100% prevented, employers can improve the odds and mitigate the impact.  This session provides some practical advice to employers to help prevent incidents of workplace violence or to minimize the impact of violent episodes when the unthinkable occurs.

    •  Learning Objectives:
      •    Understanding the potential for employer liability for incidents of workplace violence.
      •    Familiarizing employers with the causes and indicators of potential workplace violence to help minimize risk of occurrence.
      •    Considerations for developing and implementing a preventive program.
      •    Practical tips for responding to workplace shooters and other workplace violence.


    Presenter: Melody Rayl, Fisher Phillips Law Firm

    Melody Rayl is an attorney in the Kansas City office of national Labor & Employment litigation firm Fisher Phillips.  Her practice focuses on all aspects of employment litigation and counseling.  She also frequently provides management training to her business clients on a variety of employment related topics with an eye to preventing lawsuits before they occur.  Prior to beginning her law practice, Melody spent 20 years in law enforcement and 6 years on active duty as an Intelligence Analyst in the U.S. Army.


    Improving Your Investigatory Skills: Getting the Information Employers Need to Make Good Decisions

    Employers are required to investigate complaints of harassment and discrimination – and take prompt appropriate corrective action. This interactive program will provide the elements of a good workplace investigations program and then focus on interviewing strategies and techniques to get witness cooperation. The added bonus is that these skills translate to all aspects of employer decision-making and problem solving, ranging from addressing bullying to discipline/termination to exploring reasonable accommodations. Attendees will participate in exercises designed to help them ask better questions involving situations typically encountered in the workplace and apply the information gained to determine a course of action.

    Presenter:  Kathy Perkins, Kathy Perkins LLC Workplace Law & mediation

    After 25 years litigating employment disputes in corporate law firms, Kathy Perkins created her own company centered around resolving workplace disputes as early as possible.  She saw the tremendous cost to employers, employees, and ex-employees of wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, discrimination, misclassification and other lawsuits. Costs that are not just money paid to attorneys, but also the toll taken by stress, time, invasion of privacy including email, mental health records, and so on.  Kathy began analyzing what could have been done to avoid each lawsuit.  She uses her experience and observations to provide proactive counseling to employer clients. She conducts manager training on employment laws and litigation avoidance.  She independently investigates claims of harassment.  She serves as a mediator, working with both parties to come to a mutually agreeable resolution.  Kathy is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Kansas State University.


    Building Trust and Alignment

    In today’s busy world, in order to succeed at the highest levels of business, we must be able to build an aligned team.  This happens by strengthening trust and synchronicity.

    This workshop will help participants to learn how to become more aware of how they are perceived by others, how to understand better where other people are coming from and how to create deeper, more understanding and aligned relationships. 

    With a deeper level of understanding and connection, your team will thrive, your customers will be more fulfilled and your business will thrive.

    This program will be done in a very interactive, fun and engaging environment.  If you want to have some fun, learn some cool stuff and be better equipped for success, this is the workshop for you!

    In this workshop, you will learn:

    -How to read neurological signals other emit for greater understanding of how they think

    -Greater understanding of what motivates people right now

    -Increased awareness of what motivates you now and in the long run

    -How to utilize vulnerability to create greater trust with others

    -The importance of fun and laughter in creating trusting, thriving relationships

    Presenter: Frank Keck, CoreBuild Solutions

    Lack of employee engagement is a common reality in many companies. Often times businesses have high employee turnover and struggle to find and retain the best people. People and processes within businesses are often not aligned with their core purpose and values. Frank is dedicated to seeing our cities ablaze with thriving businesses filled with motivated and engaged employees. Frank helps businesses thrive by aligning people and processes with purpose and values. Frank and his wife Rachel and kids Dax, Leo and Addie, live in Shawnee, KS and enjoy family time, making each other laugh and the Golden State Warriors! He is the CEO and Founder of CoreBuild and has been helping people and businesses all across the globe, thrive, for more than 20 years.

    His values are: Alignment, Authenticity, Curiosity