Friday April 10, 2015 from 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM EDT
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Crowne Plaza Tysons Corner 
1960 Chain Bridge Road
McLean, VA 22102

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Melissa Benik 
HR Leadership Awards of Greater Washington 

HRLA Education Workshop 

Join us for professional development and networking at our annual Education Workshop. We will begin with breakfast and networking followed by a keynote address, four topical speakers and a networking snack break.

Changing Dynamics of the HR Profession

7:30 am - 8:25 am Breakfast and welcome 

8:25 am - 9:30 am Keynote: Colin McLetchie, President, Five Ways Forward 

Learning Objectives:

  •  Understand the overall general landscape of the HR profession in today’s economy
  •  Understand the need to be a leader through purpose and presence especially during a changing environment 
  •  Learn how to minimize the relentless focus on costs and instead focus on how to generate value in the wider business

9:30 am: 9:45 am Break 

9:45 am - 10:30 am Session One: Executive Presence- The "IT" Factor

  • Tujuanna Williams, Vice President, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Fannie Mae

Overview:  This session is an interactive workshop that will identify for some, and develop for others the elusive concept we call Executive Presence.

 Learning Objectives:

  •  Bring clarity to the elusive concept we call Executive Presence
  •  Learn how to identify if you have the "IT" Factor
  •  Learn how to develop the “IT” Factor

10:30 am - 11:30 am Session Two: Workforce Planning: Ensuring a Robust Diverse Talent Pipeline for Organizational Success and Employee Engagement

Overview: In this dynamic session, two esteemed HR Professionals will share the importance of strategic planning for talent acquisition and retention resulting in organizational competence.  They will share best practice recommendations drawn from years of experience in workforce diversity inclusion.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the benefits of strategic workforce planning and how to ensure the organization’s business direction is strategically aligned with its diverse human capital in today’s ever-changing business climate
  •  Understand the value of diverse and engaged talent for business sustainability and growth
  •  Leverage the NEW legal compliance requirements for federal contractors and subcontractors to advance disability and veteran inclusion
  • Retention Strategies for Stay at Work, Return to Work, Multi-Generational workforce

11:30 am - 11:40 am Break

11:40 am - 12:25 pm Session Three: Crucial Conversations: How to Navigate and Advise Others to Navigate These Discussions

Overview:  In this interactive presentation, we will develop and hone a skill that is key for everyone working in the HR field, namely how to address conflicts and potential conflicts in your organization.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to identify when to have crucial/difficult conversations
  • Learn how to facilitate those crucial/difficult conversations
  • Understand how to advise someone else on having this type of conversation

12:25 pm - 12:30 pm Wrap Up


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by the HR Certification Institute of the quality
of the program.  It means that this program has
met the HR Certification Institute’s criteria to be
pre-approved for recertification credit.

Human Resources Leadership Awards is
recognized by SHRM to offer Professional
Development Credits(PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM