Thursday, May 4

Thursday, May 4

8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Registration
8:00–8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30–10:00 a.m. GENERAL SESSION

Radical Strategies for Creating an Authentic Servant Leadership Culture

If you could create the ideal culture for your organization, what would it look like? And once you have an idea of what it could be, how do you nurture and protect it to keep it vibrant, relevant, and sustainable— especially in today’s ever-changing world? This interactive and entertaining keynote address will introduce you to Strategic Government Resource’s radical approach for creating an authentic servant leadership culture in your city. Recruiting, assessing, and developing are the specific strategies involved in culture creation and succession planning. Innovative, collaborative, and authentic are the characteristics of the type of leaders who will thrive in our VUCA world of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity.

Tracie has dedicated her life to developing people and building sustainable communities, both in the private sector as a corporate leadership trainer and organization development director and in the public sector as an elected official for Frisco, Texas, where she served as the mayor pro tem. With more than 25 years of public speaking and facilitation experience, Tracie brings a unique blend of wit and wisdom to our audience.

Tracie Reveal Shipman, MASL, Strategic Government Resources

10:00–10:15 a.m. Break

The 411 for Youth @ Work

This session will detail hiring and recruiting practices geared toward business success and avoidance of a United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charge/litigation. Joe Bonke will share tips on how to successfully effectuate a termination, including information on delivering the decision, documentation, and the aftermath. This session is a must if you hire youths in your city.

Joe Bontke, Outreach Manager and Ombudsman, United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Creating a Culture of Health Engagement in Your Organization

The changing landscape of Healthcare has not changed the need for employers to find new ways of encouraging employees to become better consumers of Healthcare. Employee Engagement is important regardless of your size or funding. Join Holmes Murphy as we provide fresh ideas on ways to engage your employee population and help create a clearer understanding of their benefits through plan design choices, communications and for us to show you creative ways of leveraging technology to push out personalized, targeted messaging

Morgan Young, Vice President, Client Services, and Julie Rickman, Client Services Consultant, Holmes Murphy

Panel Discussion-Leadership and Other Lessons Learned on the Way to the Manager’s Office

Participants will gain wisdom from those who ascended from human resources directors to the city manager’s office.  This session will reveal lessons learned by these former human resources directors as they made their transition.  This session will be insightful for those who aspire to the city manager’s office as with those who want to know what the city manager’s office expects from human resources professionals.

Panelists: Erin Rinehart, City Manager, City of Carrollton; Jim Parrish, Deputy City Manager, City of Plano; Melinda Galler, Assistant City Manager, City of Lewisville; and LaShon Ross, Retired Deputy City Manager, City of Plano

Moderator:  Tadd Phillips, Human Resources & Civil Service Director City of Georgetown

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Lunch and TMHRA Awards Ceremony

The Veteran Hiring Opportunity: Getting Beyond the Hype,  Realizing the Potential and Building the Business Case

The military teaches character, discipline, resiliency and teamwork, and its members are highly skilled. But there are very real biases about hiring veterans.  In this session Peter will  discuss how military veterans can add value to  municipal organizations. He will help participants understand the  importance of seeing beyond media hype, recognizing the value that ex-military personnel can bring to a municipal organization. He will explain how to build the business case for hiring ex-military and ways to measure the Success of the program.   Peter will also discuss the importance of overcoming personal bias and misconceptions of hiring this highly trained talent pool.

Peter A. Gudmundsson, CEO/President, RecruitMilitary LLC

Complicated Leave Issues: Leave under FMLA and as a Reasonable Accommodation under ADA

Employees who miss work due to illness, injury, or disability can create compliance, coordination, and recordkeeping challenges. Julie Ross will address employee rights and employer obligations to provide leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and as a possible accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). She will highlight recent regulatory guidance on leave, as well as recent ADA and FMLA court decisions. Julie will also provide practical suggestions for managing this often complicated and legally challenging topic.

Julie Ross, Partner, Lynn, Ross & Gannaway, LLP

Engagement Strategies: How to Keep your Top Talent from Becoming Someone Else’s

This session will be based on Robert Lavigna’s book, Engaging Government Employees: Motivate and Inspire Your People to Achieve Superior Performance, published by the American Management Association. Governing magazine selected the book as “one of the six that public sector managers and staff leaders should read.”Participants will learn what employee engagement is and why it matters, particularly in government; why measuring employee engagement is critically important, how to measure and analyze the level of engagement and act on the results; the results of a national benchmark survey on the levels of employee engagement in the public and private sectors; and more.

Robert J. Lavigna, Director, CPS HR Institute for Public Sector Employee Engagement™


Drug Testing and Safety Sensitive Positions and Other Considerations

The laws relating to drug testing of public employees are quite different than in the private sector. This session will provide an overview of “safety sensitive” positions and what an employer must communicate to employees and applicants regarding drug testing. The presentation will provide examples and practical pointers for attendees to use in their cities.

Julia Gannaway, Partner, Lynn, Ross & Gannaway, LLP

What Are the Best Insurance Programs for Your Organization?

Brent Weegar will provide key insights to help determine if your insurance programs are designed to attract, retain, and protect employees, while managing benefit costs for your city. From health, dental, life insurance and more, there are pitfalls, best practices, and trends to be aware of when designing and selecting your insurance programs. This session is designed to help you determine the right fit for your organization while taking into consideration the key factors and stakeholders.

Brent Weegar, Principal and Senior Consultant, IPS Advisors

Lean Six Sigma for Municipalities

Service in government is a noble calling, but it is constantly tasked to do more with less. With limited staff and resources, combined with the pressure to improve performance and customer service, public service can be challenging. Through proven concepts of Lean Six Sigma, municipalities can learn how to be more effective and efficient with their heavy workloads. In addition, Lean Six Sigma can provide guidance on how to eliminate tasks that do not provide value within daily operations and create consistent standards for quality in government. In this presentation, city employees will learn about elements of innovation, brainstorming, and continuous improvement to enhance the experience of public service.

Joshua Smith, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CSSBB-ASQ, CPM, Principal HR Consultant, CPS HR Consulting Texas Region; and Kristi Boyett, Performance Excellence Manager, City of Tyler

3:30–3:45 p.m. Break
3:45–5:00 p.m. GENERAL SESSION

Outliers: The Story of Success and Peak: The New Science of Expertise—A Book Briefing Session

Here’s the question: Why are some people so amazingly good at what they do? This question is raised by Anders Ericcson in his book, Peak: The New Science of Expertise. And his answer is this: The right sort of practice carried out over a sufficient period of time leads to improvement. Nothing else.Mr. Ericcson did the original research on what Malcolm Gladwell named the “10,000 Hour Rule,” which he wrote about in his book Outliers. In this book briefing presentation, Randy Mayeux will take the key ideas and the transferable principles from these two books, and help us know what to work on, how to work on it, and then ultimately aim at mastery in what we do. Or, as Mr. Gladwell put it, we will learn this truth: The people at the very top don’t work just harder or even much harder than everyone else. They work much, much harder.

Randy Mayeux, Consultant – Executive Book Briefings, Strategic Government Resources

7:00 p.m.–Midnight SPONSORED EVENT

May the 4th (Force) Be With You

Sponsored by: TMHRA and Holmes Murphy & Associates