2019 Conference Agenda


Wednesday, May 8 - Pre-conference Workshop

This workshop is not included with conference cost - additional $100 to attend
Ogletree 1st Floor Conference Room, The Ogletree Building, 300 N Main St, 500, Greenville, SC 29601
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Doors open at 8:00 a.m.). Lunch included.

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Workshop Speaker Biographies


This workshop day is pending for 5.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM and 5.5 hours of HRCI general recertification credit.

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Registration and Refreshments

8:30 – 8:35 a.m. Welcome from Nancy McCartney Fuller, MBA, SHRM-CP, PHR, Conference Chair, and Ogletree Representative

8:35 – 8:45 a.m. Introduction of Veterans at Work Certificate & GSHRM Challenge 

The SHRM Foundation is working to improve veteran employee integration and engagement into the workforce by identifying existing challenges and leading solutions in veteran employment. Therefore, the SHRM Foundation offers a new Veterans at Work Certificate Program, open to all HR professionals. This free, educational program, sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal, is part of the SHRM Foundation's commitment to building more-inclusive workplaces and focuses on best practices for attracting, hiring and retaining veterans. Attendees will receive a guidebook to jump start their certification and be supplied with the basic information to get a veteran hiring initiative underway.

Kelly Shumaker, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, HR Director, Pharmaceutical Associates, Inc.

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. 15 Things Vets Want You to Know

According to a US Chamber of Commerce “Veterans in the Workplace” poll, only 20% of HR professionals rank their military knowledge as an 8 or better on a scale of 1 to 10. This introduction set the stage by reviewing the 15 things veterans want you (HR!) to know.

John Serpa, Director of Human Resources, TPM, Retired United States Marine

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. The Business Case for Veteran Hiring and Advancement

This session will begin with an overview of military culture and military lingo, and explore the myths and facts of military leaders. Next, attendees will learn how to create a clear business case with goal alignment among all stakeholders to encourage the buy-in that is critical to any successful hiring initiative. Attendees will learn to customize the business case to their organization, assessing available resources and the investment needed to succeed. Speakers will introduce the tangible benefits of hiring veterans (such as the Work Opportunity Tax Credit) and discuss quantifying ROI. Speakers will also introduce the Hire Veterans Act.

Anna York, SPHR,
Director of Human Chemistry and Talent, North American Rescue, former US Army HR Officer
Will Jamison
, Associate Legal Counsel, North American Rescue, US Air Force Reserve, former Judge Advocate (JAG) in the United States Air Force

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Hiring, Retaining, & Advancing Veterans: Best Practices / Success Stories

The creation of a veterans’ program is a complex process that requires the support of all levels of management, the pursuit of partnerships in the nonprofit sector, and a willingness to learn more about veterans and dispel any stereotypes that may exist about former service men and women and their spouses. During this session, attendees will hear from veterans and employers about their experiences during the process including their lessons learned, so that attendees can apply those best practices in their own organizations.

John Serpa, Director of Human Resources, TPM, Retired United States Marine
Judy Horton, PMP, SHRM-SCP, Milliken Director of Talent Acquisition
Megan Horton, Area HR Manager, UPS Inside Sales
James Poore
, Production Manager, Refresco, US Navy Surface Warfare Officer
Demetrius Pyburn,
Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, active US Army Reserves
Kathy Wiggins, Military Spouse

11:15 – 12:00 p.m. Resume & Skills Translation Exercise

Robyn Grable
, VeteransASCEND

LUNCH 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Compliments of Ogletree Deakins

1:00 – 1:15 p.m. Announcements

1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Tailoring the Benefits Mix to Attract and Retain a Multi-Generational Workforce

In this session, you will: 1) Learn what motivates different generations in the workplace and how employers can adapt their benefit strategies to be more intentional with attracting great talent; 2) Identify and understand formative influences, motivations and values, workplace loyalty, work style, and management preferences in the work environment; and 3) Understand what "multi" tools and "multi" programs foster engagement and support the workplace culture to encourage them to stay.

Ava Smith
, Ava Smith and Associates
Guy Furay, The Insurance Source

2:15 – 2:30 p.m. Break

2:45 – 4:00 p.m. Recruiting Hacks - Creative Strategies for Hiring in Today's Tight Labor Market

In this session, you will: 1) Identify and apply different ways to build a network of recruitment tools and options in the realm of social recruiting; 2) Collect practical takeaways used to improve your recruiting approach, covering every aspect of the talent acquisition process from strategy and attraction to identification and selection; and 3) Learn to build the competitive edge to attract a solid candidate base through optimzing your company's brand and trending employee programs.

Rhiannon Poore
, Director of Talent Acquisition, Elliott Davis

Thursday, May 9 - Conference & Exposition

7:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Greenville Conference Center, 1 Exposition Drive, Greenville, SC

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Conference Speaker Biographies


This conference day is pending for 6 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM and 6 hours of HRCI general or business recertification credit.

7:30 - 8:15 a.m.  Registration, Exhibitor Booths, Continental Breakfast

8:15 - 8:30 a.m.  Welcome from Nancy McCartney Fuller, MBA, SHRM-CP, PHR, Conference Chair, and Announcements

8:30 – 9:45 a.m.  The Future State: Disrupting HR Like Nothing We've Ever Seen

As an HR professional, you can play a significant role in promoting the success of your organization by understanding your business objectives, workplace issues, and the changing environment – nationally and globally – in which you compete. In this session, you will learn about the past, present, and future state of HR, and how to be(come) a strong contributor to the “bottom line.” Through the lens of the President & CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., we will take a deep dive into how our profession plays a key role in three specific areas -- the work, the worker, and the workplace.

Keynote Speaker
Johnny Taylor, SHRM-SCP,
President & CEO, SHRM

9:45 - 10:15 a.m. Networking and Exhibitor Booths

10:15 – 11:30 p.m. Modernization of HR - The Virtual Workplace

In this session you will: 1) Learn alternative methods in meeting the needs of the business, company culture, diversity and compliance when designating the workplaces - alternate work locations, telecommuting, remote, etc.; 2) Identify the need, developing the policy with guidelines to address home office setup and inspections, technology and security, workers compensation coverage, classifications, wage/hour pay, managing remote workers and much more; and 3) Understand concepts in managing the remote worker - coaching, counseling and mentoring.

Madison Skinner,
HR Director, ScanSource
Katrina Thompson, Director of HR Business Teams & HR Operations, Dixon Hughes Goodman
Penny Wofford, Partner, Ogletree Deakins

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Lunch and Exhibitor Booths

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Mastering the Elements of Work-Life Balance, Starting with HR [You]

In this session you will: 1) Learn and implement vrious emerging practices and initatives associated with work-life balancing; 2) Identify best practices with a strategy to produce a positive and impactful results to improve productivity, efficiency, competitiveness, morale... gaining a competitive edge; and 3) Apply and foster employee engagement through initiatives that increase motivation to work, enhance satisfaction, empower the employee and managers while gaining commitment to the organization.

Nancy Grunnet
, VP Organizational Development & Training, Company
Beth Brotherton
, Director of Communications, Greenville County Schools


1:30 - 2:00 p.m.  Networking, Exhibitor Booths

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Pay Equity, a Competitive Strategy

In this session you will: 1) Learn to look beyond base pay to factor in incentives, bonuses and total compensation for compliance and strategies in recruitment and retention; 2) Apply the 'how to' when assessing and implementing a compensation program while increasing the level of employee satisfaction and transparency, giving your organization and competitive advantage; and 3) Understand what's really happening when it comes to paying for performance and the pay equity initiatives (best practices and regulations).

Stephanie Lewis,
Managing Principal, Jackson Lewis
Laura Cooper
, Director of Compensation, Midcountry Financial Corp.

3:00 - 3:15 p.m.  Networking, Exhibitor Booths

3:15 - 4:45 p.m.  The Hottest HR Topics Today

In this session you will: 1) Learn the importance of assessing the HR framework through the eyes of legal counsel by preparing for newly implemented and proposed regulations; 2) Identify HR's latest trends in the prevailing, competitive marketplace starting with FCRA Compliance, Background Checks (federal and state regulations), Drug Testing, Leave requirements and practices; and 3) Apply strategic methods in identifying current needs for workplace policy updates and changes based on the hottest HR topics today.

Lucas Asper, Partner, Ogletree Deakins

Jennifer S. Cluverius, Managing Member, Nexsen Pruet, LLC
Reginald Gay, Partner, Burr Forman McNair
Todd Higey, JD, Employment Screening Services (ESS)

4:45 - 5:00 p.m.  Closing Remarks & Grand Door Prizes