Wednesday, May 15

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15

8:00 a.m.–8:30 a.m. Full Breakfast Buffet

Granite Ballroom E-H
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Registration
Granite Ballroom Foyer
8:30–8:45 a.m. WELCOME COLLEAGUES
Moment of Silence for Missy Davidson-1952-2019

TMHRA President, Jill McAdams, SPHR, CSP-SHRM, Human Resources Director, City of Irving
Granite Ballroom A-D

8:45–10:00 a.m. OPENING GENERAL SESSION

We’ve Always Done It That Way Is Over: Transform Your Culture from Status Quo to Status Go!

Government organizations are often encouraged to institutionalize best practices, freeze them into place, focus on execution, stick to their knitting, increase predictability, and get processes under control. However, today governments face a radically shifting context for the workforce, the workplace, and the world of community building. To move forward toward better government, leaders must be vigilant and disrupt the fossilized mental model of “we’ve always done it that way” and replace it with a forward-looking approach to continuous improvement and transform their workplace culture from the status quo to the Status Go! Healthy cultures lift people up, expand the capacity of the workforce to execute new challenges, and, overall, enhance the organization’s performance.

Patrick Ibarra, Co-Founder and Partner, The Mejorando Group
Granite Ballroom A-D

10:00–10:30 a.m. Networking Break
Granite Ballroom Foyer
10:30 a.m.–Noon WORKSHOPS

Track 1
Mental Health and a Stressed-Out Workplace: Managing Invisible Disabilities with Visible Impacts

The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that one in five adults – or approximately 43.8 million Americans – experience mental illness in any given year.   Employers are seeing more and more accommodation requests with workers’ compensation claims related to workload and stress on the rise. This means lost productivity, and less innovation in our organizations.  Today, too much leave goes unmanaged, tolerated, and simply not budgeted for. This session invites employers to think differently. From investing in EAP services and staffing correctly to managing leave appropriately, learn how to not only take a new approach, but get real tools to put programs in place that work.  Participants will leave the presentation with an understanding of ADA law as it relates to mental and psychological disability compliance.  Importantly, they will walk away with a practical and implementable process.

Rachel Shaw, President and Principal Consultant, Shaw HR Consulting, Incorporated
Granite Ballroom A-D

Track 2
Strategies  to Reduce and Address Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) and Rising Costs

This session will discuss the latest trends to reduce OPEB liabilities and address rising pension costs. Our expert panel will address questions that your agency needs to know such as: how can my city manage its retiree healthcare obligations? Why should public agencies pre-fund their liabilities? What benefit and funding strategies should my city consider? What options do I have available to address my pension liabilities and stabilize pension costs?
Andrea Cockrell, Administrative Services Manager, City of Plano; Chris Goodman, Consulting Actuary, and Mike Morin, Principal & Consulting Actuary, Milliman
Limestone

Noon–1:15 p.m. Lunch Provided
Granite Ballroom E-H
1:15–2:15 p.m.. CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Track 1
 #nowwhat; Managing #metoo, social media and Changing Workplace Standards in a Digital World  

Melissa H. Cranford, Senior Attorney, Messer, Rockefeller & Fort, P.L.L.C.
Limestone

Track 2
Best Practices – ICMA-Retirement Corporation and Texas Municipal Retirement System

Jennifer Perry, Regional Manager, ICMA Retirement Corporation and David Rodriguez, Regional Manager, City Services, Texas Municial Retirement System
Travertine

Track 3
Change Management Leading Successful Transformations

Bobby Quinten, ACC, Director, Training and Development, Greyhound Lines, Inc.
Granite Ballroom A-D

2:15–2:45 p.m. Networking Break
Granite Ballroom Foyer
2:45–3:45 p.m. CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Track 1
How to Avoid Your Biggest Pre and Post Termination Legal Risks 

Documentation, Discrimination, Unemployment Compensation, and More.
George Hyde, Attorney, Russell Rodriguez Hyde & Bullock, LLP
Limestone

Track 2
Generational Preferences: Outcomes and Impacts on 21st Century Workplace

The Sea Change is occurring in the public workspace brought on by the exit of Baby Boomers and many Generation X employees and the demands, preferences, and challenges of the newest generations (Gen Y and Gen Z).  This sudden change impacts the public sector talent development issues, especially in local governments. The challenge that confronts us is how to effectively and efficiently adapt to these preference changes in ways that are both positive, productive, and real.
Dr. G.M. Cox, Director, Masters of Public Administration Program and Assistant Professor, Tarleton State University
Travertine

Track 3
Case Study: City of Georgetown’s Culture Shift

As Peter Drucker notably said, “culture eats strategy for breakfast.”  The Georgetown team will share their experiences and tips in building and maintaining a strong organizational culture.  The presentation will cover the need for strong executive ownership, cross-departmental buy-in, and human resources support and facilitation.  Tactics covered include making good use of your employee survey, reinforcement and communication tools, and training & development plans to engage and grow both future leaders and current people managers.
David Morgan, City Manager, and Tadd Phillips, Human Resources Director, City of Georgetown
Granite Ballroom A-D

3:45–5:00 p.m. CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Track 1
Back to the Basics: FMLA Nuts and Bolts

Sometimes the basics of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) seem anything but basic! Human Resources professionals can help their employers avoid costly compliance mistakes by brushing up on important FMLA topics.  This presentation will cover paperwork & deadlines, navigating intermittent leave & reduced schedules, how to watch for abuse & fraud, reinstatement/return to work rights, and more. Lauren is an experienced and highly-qualified HR professional who will provide the practitioner’s view, and Julia will explain the legal regulations. Whether you are new to FMLA or an experienced pro, you will not want to miss this beneficial and practical FMLA review.
Julia Gannaway
, Partner, Ross|Gannaway, PLLC and Lauren Safranek, Director of Human Resources, City of Frisco
Limestone

Track 2
Designing Employee Benefits to Impact Population Health

During this session we will discuss how employers can be proactive participants in assessing and understanding the variation in network offerings from their health plan partners. The dynamic between benefit design and network access is changing. The development of more narrow and high performing networks, bundled payment paradigms, and centers on excellence all contribute to this change. Employers must understand their population health needs to ensure that the networks and programs they offer align with the healthcare delivery and access needs of their insured population. Having insightful and actionable data is key to this understanding.

Understanding a population’s health is an important component across these decisions. We will discuss and share a number approaches to evaluate the needs of a population including factors such as but not limited to age, geography, job, and burden of illness. This will help ensure an informed approach as employers as design their benefit offerings. In this session you will learn techniques for using population health data to inform benefit design decisions and develop strategies for working collaboratively with health plan partners on member access and network decisions.
Bob Treacy, LHIC, Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc.
Granite Ballroom A-D


Track 3
Creating Magical Moments: Onboarding to Increase Engagement and Retention 

Dori Lee, SHRM-SCP, IMPA-SCP, Director of Human Resources/Civil Service, City of Lancaster
Travertine

5:00–6:30 p.m. Meet and Mingle Reception
Extra tickets may be purchased for guests who want to attend the reception. (see registration form)
Ballroom Foyer
7:00–9:00 p.m. New Member Dinner
Sponsored by HUB International
New TMHRA members over the past year are encouraged to attend, meet our board members, and network with other human resources professionals.
Doc’s Fish Camp & Grill, 900 FM 1431, Marble Falls, TX 78654
Past Presidents Dinner
(Invitation only)
Sponsored by TMRS 
TMHRA past presidents reunite for dinner and to mingle.
River City Grille, 700 1st St, Marble Falls, TX 78654