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HR Daily Advisor 2018 Annual Conference: Igniting Engagement for Performance and Retention 

March 8-9, 2018 – Savannah, Georgia 

CONFERENCE SNAPSHOT: Access research-backed strategies to help motivate your workforce, increase employee engagement, and boost productivity. 

Does your employee engagement program have what it to takes to beat out the competition to attract and retain top top talent? HRDA 2018 will arm you with the tools and tactics you need to motivate your workforce, comply with the latest benefit and tax updates, prevent harassment and other culture-crushing issues, and implement wellness and feedback programs that really shine.

You will:

  • Discover today’s top 10 employee engagement drivers and learn best practices for attracting, retaining and developing highly productive team
  • Identify the red flags making your company vulnerable to sexual harassment claims and develop processes to fix these gaps from the top down
  • Find out the most innovative ways high performance companies are motivating employees to increase market share, customer satisfaction, and profitability
  • Learn how to reengineer your company’s total rewards statements to gain a competitive advantage and attract high-performers
  • Learn what unique benefits top companies are rolling out to attract (and keep) great talent
  • Get strategies to redesign your wellness incentives so you are in compliance with the latest EEOC rules
  • Find out how the new tax bill will impact your organization
  • Meet Olympic medalist John Coyle and world-famous author Kevin Sheridan (and get an autographed copy of the best-selling book Building a Magnetic Culture!)


MAIN CONFERENCE DAY 1 | Thursday, March 8, 2018

Registration & Breakfast 
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Welcome Remarks from BLR’s HR Daily Advisor
8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Get a high-level view of the state of employee engagement, workplace culture, and wellness programs—and the all-important correlation among the three—as BLR’s HR Daily Advisor editors share some of the latest developments impacting what truly makes a best place to work.

Kickoff Keynote: Building a Magnetic Culture—How to Attract & Retain Top Talent to Create an Engaged, Productive Workforce
8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Presented by: Kevin Sheridan, Employee Engagement and Management Expert and Best-Selling Author
To become the best in the business, it is essential to employ the best people. But how do employers build a staff that is ready and able to take an organization to its next level? Inspired by the best-selling book, this dynamic keynote focuses on how to attract talented employees to the workplace, empower them, and sustain an environment in which they are more likely to stay.  Drawing on years of research and real-world examples from his consulting experience, Kevin Sheridan gives you the strategies and tactics to transform your organization by creating and maintaining a magnetic culture.

You’ll learn:Building a Magnetic Culture

  • How to redefine employee engagement
  • The bottom line benefits of employee engagement
  • Why recruiting the right hire matters so much
  • The top 10 engagement drivers and related best practices
  • The importance of embracing diversity and inclusion
  • How to perfect the missing “secret sauce”—FUN
  • Tips for creating an environment of shared ownership for engagement
  • Plus, you’ll get a personally autographed copy of Kevin’s best-selling book, Building a Magnetic Culture!

10 Ways to Make Your Company a Best Place to Work
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Presented by: Sangram Vajre, Terminus
Companies strive to make those coveted top 10, 50, 100 best places to work lists that job sites, media outlets, and publishers unveil annually, such as Glassdoor, Fortune, Forbes—the list goes on. What are the common themes among small-to-mid size employers that consistently make the cut? This session, featuring Terminus, which has been recognized as the #1 Best Place to Work by The Atlanta Business Journal, #1 in Employee Appreciation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and one of the Top 50 Best Workplaces in the U.S. by Inc. Magazine, will reveal:

  • Why some workplaces are marked for greatness—and tell-tale signs that others won’t make the cut 
  • Standout qualities that top workplaces share related to culture, employee engagement, work/life balance, and other important areas

Exhibits Open
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

Networking, Exhibits & Refreshments
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Employee Engagement to Drive Business Success: ROI You Can Take to the Bank (and to the CEO) - Approved for Business Credit
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Presented by: Jill Christensen, Jill Christensen International

Disengaged employees can be a death knell for business. HR consultancy McLean & Company found that a company can kiss goodbye $3,400 of every $10,000 spent on a disengaged employee’s salary. In the United States alone, this adds up to $350 billion in lost productivity its research concludes. On the flip side, an engaged workforce drives growth and profitability. This session will deliver:

  • Cold-hard facts the C-suite won’t be able to ignore on why your organization needs to invest in employee engagement
  • Tips on effective ways to measure and analyze your current employee engagement efforts against the competition
  • And much more! 

A Proven Formula for Aligning Corporate Culture with Business Strategy - Approved for Business Credit
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Presented by: Lisa Rueth, Cultivate Leadership
Does your company’s culture match where the business leaders want the organization to go? How can you tell? It’s time to roll up your sleeves as we dive into examining whether the cultural DNA of your company matches where the company is heading—and what you can do to get it back on track if things are currently misaligned. You’ll learn:

  • Why and how to intentionally design your culture so that it sustains your vision, goals and strategic plan
  • What to measure (and how) to determine if the current culture will support or sabotage the true strategic business priorities 
  • Examples of how a talent management strategy and organization’s design can influence culture in a meaningful way

Networking Lunch

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Afternoon Breakouts
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Choose from:

Wellness & Benefits
Total Rewards Communications: Powerful Messaging to Get Buy-In from Your Best Employees
Presented by: David Janus, Charlton Consulting and Ryan Grier, Connect Your Benefits
You’ve invested a lot of time and money in your wellness program and lifestyle benefits. The problem is that employees don’t seem engaged and aren’t participating the way you had hoped. This session, led by a benefits communication expert and an industry leader in lifestyle benefits, will deliver a road map for educating the workforce on your company’s benefits through total rewards statements and other strategic communications that foster engagement and gets them to actually take advantage of—and appreciate—the valuable resources available to them. You’ll learn:

  • How to make the business case for total rewards communications
  • The top 5 reasons benefit communication strategies fail
  • Research indicating the best ways to greatly increase the odds of employee engagement in this area  
  • Whether you should employ a generationally varied approach to benefits communication, and if so, what’s the best way to go about this 
  • Mistakes to avoid when refining your communication campaigns so your efforts to engage the workforce don’t backfire
  • What non-traditional voluntary benefits are and how they can increase buy-In for all of your benefits
  • How to measure the use and engagement of non-traditional voluntary benefits

Engagement & Culture
The Performance Feedback Loop: Trends in Coaching and Mentoring—And What’s Really Working and Why
Presented by: David Creelman, Creelman Research
There was a push to replace traditional annual performance reviews, and many larger employers like Adobe, Microsoft, IBM, Deloitte, Dell, and General Electric hopped on the bandwagon. But, recent research suggests that doing away with formal ratings might backfire. CEB reported that at organizations where performance-rating systems had been abandoned, employee performance dropped by 10 percent. Engagement went down, too, by 6 percent. This session will provide:

  • Research into why the promises of fixing the performance management system never seem to pan out
  • What sabotages an organization’s efforts to promote ongoing performance management, and insights into how to rid your company of what’s hindering its ability to move forward
  • Examples of what successful organizations are doing to nail their ongoing performance management efforts
  • Why  managers don’t do ongoing coaching on their own—and smart ways HR can get them to jump into action

Networking, Exhibits & Refreshments

3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Afternoon Breakouts Continue 
3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. 

Choose from:

Wellness & Benefits
Healthcare on the Fringes: Approaches to Wellness Plan Incentive Redesign—How to Keep ACA-Era Costs Down, Wellness Incentives Compliant, and Benefit Plan Offerings Consistent with Your ‘Engagement End Game’
Presented by: Ashley Gillihan, Esq., Alston & Bird LLP and Carol Phillips, Health Design 
Right now, the ultimate fate of the Affordable Care Act remains to be seen, and the $69 billion proposed merger between CVS and Aetna is being billed as a potential game-changer in terms of how medical treatment is rendered. What’s the practical impact of the latest healthcare plan trends—both inside and out of the political arena? Come 2019, employers are likely going to need to redesign their wellness plan incentives, as federal regulations sit in legal limbo. Consider, too, that employers need to balance the goal of providing the workforce and their dependents with affordable, quality health care options against what works best for the financial bottom line. This session will delve into how to improve plan offerings to make them more cost friendly—so employees truly recognize their value—while ensuring their alignment to underlying business objectives and legal requirements. You’ll learn:

  • How to identify the best program components that employees will love while meeting applicable legal requirements
  • The high cost of employee UNwellness
  • How to create an effective “top-down” wellness culture—no budget needed
  • Why it’s time to rethink costly wellness incentive programs, why ‘dangling carrots’ doesn’t work, and why expensive wellness programs don’t always provide the best return

Engagement & Culture
Generation Cohort: The Postnormal Shift to a Holistic Workforce
Presented by: Yvette Montero Salvatico, Kedge, LLC
Technology, social media, and complexity are uniting generations through passion-oriented cohorts rather than socio-historical cohorts, and companies that match employees to their passions will result in better retention, teamwork, and organizational results. Yvette Montero Salvatico previously led efforts at The Walt Disney Company to establish Future Workforce Insights to identify future workforce trends and leverage foresight models and techniques to assess potential threats and impacts, emerging ideas, and exciting opportunities. She’ll share her research on the shifting workforce of the future and the concept of the Generation Cohort. You’ll learn:

  • An overview of trends that point to a shift in the concept of “generations.”
  • The importance of incorporating trends from outside of your industry.
  • How to reframe issues like “generational warfare” as opportunities instead of threats.
  • How the research-backed idea of Generation Cohort leads to higher employee engagement and retention.
  • How to capitalize on the Generation Cohort concept in your organization.

Networking Happy Hour
4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

Exhibits Close for the Day
6:00 p.m.

MAIN CONFERENCE DAY 2 | Friday, March 9, 2018

Early Bird Power Walk
6:00 a.m. – 6:45 a.m.

Breakfast & Learn Demo: and Handbook Builder
7:35 a.m. – 7:50 a.m.

Exhibits Open
7:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Opening Keynote: Applying Design Thinking to Strengths - Approved for Business Credit
8:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m.
Presented by: John K. Coyle, The Art of Really Living
Through the metaphor of sport, Olympic silver speed-skating medalist, NBC sports analyst, TEDx presenter, and the founder and CEO of The Art of Really Living, John K. Coyle will teach you how individuals and teams within your organization can use innovation to identify and leverage their unique strengths (and design around weaknesses) to achieve exceptional performance. His energetic and empowering talk will:

  • Introduce you to the concept of “design thinking,” and the possibilities it opens
  • Demonstrate how innovation can lead to breakthrough performance by 1) deciding what to fix and what not to fix; and 2) zeroing in on what you—and your teams—do best
  • Help you identify when and what to delegate or outsource

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: How to Create and Manage Effective, Collaborative, and Inspired Teams
9:15 a.m. 10:15 a.m.
Presented by: Margaret (Magi) Graziano, Keen Alignment
Exceptional teamwork can take your company from good to great. This session will reveal the secrets workplaces that rock share for establishing and maintaining cultures that are collaborative and positively impact their business goals. You’ll learn:

  • How to create a seamless flow of communication—a key challenge many employers face amid today’s distributed workforce
  • How to keep team goals aligned with the company’s trajectory, and to know when it’s time to mix teams up (and how to do so in a way that delivers the most bang) 
  • How to manage an open forum where employees are rewarded for sharing new ideas
  • And more!

Networking, Exhibits & Refreshments

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 

20 Budget-Friendly Tricks for Enhancing Company Culture
10:45 a.m. 11:45 a.m.
Presented by: Briana Scearcy, Stoneridge Software
Nap pods; unlimited, free food, laundry service—these are just some examples of employee perks that companies like Google provide to the workforce. But, Google, and companies like it, have deep pockets that many small-to-mid-size employers just don’t have. And, when thinking about organizational culture, perks are just one slice of the pie. To truly embrace and enhance business culture, workplaces need to pay close attention to other factors, too, such as employee engagement, collaboration, values, and personal and professional goals. This session will provide: 

  • Low-to-no cost ways that work for boosting your company’s culture 
  • Strategies for improving your workforce’s experience day in and day out 
  • How to foster team-based collaboration to drive engagement 
  • How to evaluate whether employees trust or distrust your company—and why this matters so much 
  • How to develop a solid feedback loop to foster employees’ feelings of fulfillment

Proactive Employees = Productive Employees!

11:55 a.m. – 12:55 p.m.
Presented by: Vanessa M.Terzian of Terzian Law Partners, APC and Author of Executors, Trustees and Beneficiaries
We are a reactive society that is governed by a reactive government... Why should I be proactive? For that matter, why should my company be proactive? Is this new thinking? Could this be useful to those employees that are faced with responsibility? Having your employees "think" proactively could save them and your company time and money down the road. This session will demonstrate how being proactive will make a more productive, happy, and engaged employee.

You’ll learn

  • What employers can and should be doing to support their employees
  • Tips on how to communicate with your employees about dealing with an aging loved one
  • Legal issues your employee or their loved one(s) may be facing and how your company can help without overstepping 
  • What legal documents the organization should have in place
  • The potential cost and benefit of using pre-paid legal plans to get those documents in place

Plus, you’ll get a free copy of Vanessa Terzian’s book, Emerging Trends!

Networking Lunch 
12:55 p.m. 1:55 p.m. 

Afternoon Breakouts
1:55 p.m.  2:55 p.m.

Choose from:

Wellness & Benefits
The Evolution of Corporate Wellness Plans—And Their Impact on the Financial and Strategic Bottom Line
Presented by: Darrell Moon, Orriant
Can workplace wellness programs translate into bottom line financial and strategic results? You bet they can! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that individual and family health issues saps productivity at U.S.-based companies to the tune of $1,685 per employee (or collectively) $225.8 billion per year. The link between wellness and health, and engagement and overall business success shouldn’t come as a total surprise. Healthier people are often happier and experience lower rates of absenteeism. Wellness programs may also be a big benefit for companies looking to boost retention rates and their recruitment efforts. But, how are today’s wellness plans different from those of the past, and what can businesses expect in terms of the return on investment when rolling out new initiatives to employees’ financial health, trends in parental and caregiver leave, bettering mental and emotional health, managing stress and anxiety and more? This session will cover:

  • Research demonstrating incentives today’s employees want and those they likely could care less about 
  • How data-driven incentives work, and examples of the leg up they may provide 
  • Financial assistance that could entice workers grappling with crippling college and other debts 
  • Vacation and paid time off policy design to boost wellness 
  • How to establish a wellness committee to figure out wellness plan offerings that are right for your specific workforce 
  • And more!

Engagement & Culture
People Analytics and Surveys: Changing the Conversation from Engagement to Experiences - Approved for Business Credit
Presented by: Scott Mondore, Ph.D., Strategic Management Decisions (SMD)
The most comprehensive business impact study of employee surveys unearths surprising workplace elements that are key to driving actual business outcomes. Rather than repeat the same tired talking point of “only 30% of employees are engaged”, Strategic Management Decisions (SMD) has updated its latest three-year study of employee surveys and its direct, cause-effect impact on the true bottom line. During this session, SMD Co-Founder Scott Mondore will share revealing insights into the impact engagement has on business outcomes and address whether engagement is worthy of all the hype in the context of your employee surveys. During this session, you’ll learn:

 During this session, you’ll learn: 

  • The key drivers of business outcomes from employee surveys across industries
  • The impact of engagement on actual business outcomes
  • How to make the employee survey process more impactful for all leaders at all levels in your organization
  • And more! 

Networking & Refreshments

2:55 p.m. 3:15 p.m.

Exhibits Close
3:15 p.m.

Afternoon Breakouts Continue 
3:15 p.m. 4:15 p.m. 

Choose from:

Wellness & Benefits
Wearables: Using Technology to Transform Wellness
Presented by: Carla McCormick, Fallon Benefits Group
The adoption of wearable healthcare and fitness-related devices has proven to be critical in increasing engagement and improving population health. Wearable health technology integrates three distinctly beneficial trends—connected information, community, and gamification. By harnessing this technology, we have the ability to build excitement and create accurate perspectives of both personal and population health through data analytics. In this session, HR leaders will learn:

  • The latest statistics on why companies are rolling out wearables-based initiatives right now—and examples of companies that are experiencing desired results  
  • How to tell if the cost of investing in wearables is really worth it for your company 
  • Examples of how wearables may be used to measure employee satisfaction, retention, safety, and other key employment issues 
  • Tips for rolling out wearables-based wellness programs and how they fit into company strategy concerning incentives
  • Legal, security, and privacy concerns to watch out for when collecting wearables-related data from the workforce

Engagement & Culture
The ‘Me Too’ Movement:  Does Your Culture Make the Business Vulnerable to Sexual Harassment Claims? How to Tell and How to Fix It
Presented by: Mark Schickman, Esq., Freeland Cooper & Foreman
The accusations of sexual impropriety by Hollywood A-listers, politicians, and broadcast journalists continue to fly. And, every week it seems like the accused and their employers are drowning in a sea of #MeToo claims, which can prove devastating to businesses accused of perpetuating a “boy’s club” mentality that fosters a culture of harassment and even turns a blind eye to it. According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll—nearly half (48 percent) of currently employed U.S. women surveyed reported that they had experienced an unwelcome sexual advance or verbal or physical harassment at work. Thus, this is a widespread problem nationwide, and one that requires HR’s thoughtful attention. Whether you have a serial harasser in your workplace or not, it’s important that your overall culture doesn’t encourage or quietly condone this type of unlawful, demoralizing, and disengaging conduct. This timely session will examine recent cases illustrating the ways in which aggressive business practices may foster a culture that breeds harassment claims, including the latest allegations against many business executives currently in the news due to allegations of their reprehensible conduct. You’ll learn:

  • How the tone of a workplace may foster or thwart harassment culture—and signs that a company may be particularly vulnerable to costly legal claims against it
  • How to evaluate whether your company leaders’ communications and their actions align with efforts to maintain a harassment-free culture
  • How employment agreements can help or hurt you when responding to sexual harassment complaints
  • What to do if one of your company leaders is accused of harassment or other unlawful—and publicly damaging—sexual misconduct
  • What never to do while investigating allegations of sexual harassment at work
  • How to manage a situation when multiple alleged victims come out with claims against one or more members of your workforce
  • How to restore trust in your company following bomb-shell allegations of “me too” harassment against one or more members of your team—as recent history has shown, it can happen to any workplace, at any time

Conference Adjourns

4:15 p.m.

*Agenda subject to change.


Jill ChristensenJill Christensen
Employee Engagement Expert. Author. Speaker.
Jill Christensen International

With three decades of executive consulting, speaking, and most importantly, real-life, in-the-trenches global Fortune 500 business experience, Jill Christensen’s view is radically different. She shares with listeners that although HR “owns” culture change, they do not own culture change. Employees will not engage and stay, unless senior leaders and supervisors fundamentally change the way they manage employees from day on onward.

Ms. Christensen has served as the head of global Internal Communications at both Avaya and Western Union. She has a Six Sigma Green Belt – which she earned by catapulting satisfaction with Avaya’s global onboarding process from 38 percent to 88 percent in six months. She also authored the best-selling book, If Not You, Who’s Cracking the Code of Employee Disengagement, and works with the best and brightest leaders around the world to improve employee productivity and retention, customer satisfaction, and revenue growth. She has been named to the Top 100 Global Employee Engagement Influencers of 2017.

John K. CoyleJohn K. Coyle
Author of The Art of Really Living
and Olympic Silver Medalist 

John K. Coyle, founder and CEO of The Art of Really Living, is one of the world’s leading experts in innovation and design thinking. He has an MBA from Northwestern University and is a graduate of Stanford University’s “” where his academic advisor was David Kelly, the founder of IDEO and Steve Jobs’ right-hand man. John is an NBC sports analyst, two-time TEDx presenter, author, and sought-after keynote speaker.

Mr. Coyle won an Olympic silver medal in speed skating—an achievement he attributes directly to his design thinking background.

He has taught innovation courses at Marquette University, and is a thought leader in the field of chronoception—the study of how we, as humans, process time. His mission is to innovate the human experience, and he has been applying “design thinking” to Fortune 500 companies, careers, and leadership challenges for more than 20 years.

Mr. Coyle offers the intellectual and analytical background of a professor coupled with the inspired emotional storytelling of a champion athlete. His talent of weaving facts, frameworks, and storytelling into experiential learning sessions will activate both your intellectual and emotional centers.

David CreelmanDavid Creelman
Creelman Research

David Creelman is CEO of Creelman Research. He’s best known for this research on people analytics, the future of work, and reporting on human capital to boards.

Much of his work is built upon long-time collaborations, in some cases with famous names such as John Boudreau, Ed Lawler, Dave Ulrich and Henry Mintzberg. Over the course of decades, he’s got to know many of the people advancing the state of management.

Some of the most enjoyable work has been with Recruit in Japan, including taking leaders on a tour of US tech companies in the days before they bought Indeed. Another great experience was participating with Leif Edvinsson’s intellectual capital group, leading to a presentation on human capital in the big room at the World Bank in Paris.

Accomplishments have aggregated over time. He’s won the Walker Award and been made a Fellow of the Centre for Evidence-based Management; his HBR online piece on leadership with Wanda Wallace topped the most popular list for many weeks; and his co-authored book “Lead the Work: Navigating a World Beyond Employment” (now available in Chinese) is still the best book on the gig economy.

In his personal life he has traveled extensively, sometimes to places that no longer exist in the same way: Syria before the war, Romania just after the revolution, and Nepal when cars were rarely seen. He’s also enjoyed places that are still emerging, Aceh after the tsunami, Cambodia after the wars, and South Africa after apartheid. He’s based in Toronto and spends part of each year in Kuala Lumpur.

Ashley Gillihan, Esq.Ashley Gillihan, Esq.
Alston & Bird LLP 

Ashley Gillihan is counsel in the Atlanta office and a member of Alston & Bird’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation and ERISA Litigation Groups. Mr. Gillihan focuses his practice exclusively on health and welfare employee benefit compliance and litigation issues for employers, health plan administrators and other health and welfare benefit plan service providers. He also has extensive experience assisting financial institutions and insurance companies who serve as Health Savings Account trustees or custodians.

Mr. Gillihan is active in publishing and speaking on various health and welfare benefit plan related topics and serves as a faculty member and/or technical advisor for several health and welfare benefit plan focused organizations.

Mr. Gillihan is a member of the Employer’s Council on Flexible Compensation (ECFC) Technical Advisory Council and the board of editors for the Benefits and Compensation Law Alert, published by M. Lee Smith Publishers. He was named to the Benefits Committee for the Self-Insurance Institute of America, Inc. and served from 2007-2008. He is also a faculty member for the Institute for Applied Management and Law (IAML), and is the primary author of the Flexible Benefits Answer Book published by Aspen Publishers.

Mr. Gillihan received his undergraduate degree from Western Kentucky University and his law degree from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in 1996. He is a member of the Alabama Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association and the Georgia Bar Association.

Margaret GrazianoMargaret (Magi) Graziano
Talent Strategist & CEO
Keen Alignment 

Magi Graziano, CEO of Keen Alignment, is a leading talent management expert, keynote speaker, and author of The Wealth of Talent with over 20 years of real-world, hands-on experience in hiring strategy and talent development. She brings neuroscience to hiring, learning and development, and employee engagement. A pioneer in her field, she has developed a talent strategy system that gives business leaders the actionable steps they need to align their corporate strategy with their people strategy and thereby maximize employee effectiveness and engagement and develop high-performing teams who consistently elevate the customer experience.

A certified co-active executive coach, certified employee retention specialist and trainer, and an organizational development and talent architect, Ms. Graziano has been a guest speaker at conferences and seminars where she’s captivated audiences with her presentations on conscious hiring, leadership effectiveness, and workforce optimization.

Ryan GrierRyan Grier 
Vice President of Marketing
Connect Your Benefits

Ryan Grier launched one of the first and largest home services ancillary benefits programs in the nation. He joined Connect Your Benefits in 2007 and oversees partnerships and business development. He continually works with companies, associations, brokers and PEOs to expand their voluntary benefit offerings for increased engagement and to differentiate their programs. Prior to joining Connect Your Benefits, Mr. Grier was a regional sales manager for DISH Network and worked with companies to offer their employees group discounts on their TV and Internet service.

David JanusDavid Janus
Charlton Consulting Group

David Janus is a principal with Charlton Consulting Group, a Maryland-based firm that provides consulting services, custom software development and outsourcing solutions to HR and benefits professionals across the U.S. and Europe. 

His primary focus at Charlton is the development and delivery of total compensation communications. He works with a wide range of employers, helping clients to define their needs and create communications that help employees better understand the true value of their employment relationship. 

Mr. Janus brings to his work almost two decades of experience in both technology and communications. Prior to joining Charlton Consulting Group, he worked for The Learning Company, a leading developer of educational multimedia software, as well as with a start-up firm responsible for bringing to market a unique proofreading tool to speed the review of complex legal documents. His educational background includes a BA in philosophy from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the University of Maryland.

Carla McCormickCarla McCormick
SVP, Health Management Solutions
Fallon Benefits Group

Carla McCormick leads the Health Management Solutions practice at Fallon Benefits Group and supports domestic and international clients with their efforts to create and maintain a company culture of health and well-being. She collaborates with management teams to generate optimal health, productivity and wellness within their organizations by incorporating innovative strategies, best in class partnerships and engaging support tools. She holds degrees in Exercise Science and Industrial Psychology from Cal State and National University and is a licensed personal trainer, nutritionist and health education specialist.

Scott Mondore, Ph.D.Scott Mondore, Ph.D.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Strategic Management Decisions (SMD)

Dr. Scott Mondore is a predictive analytics expert, technology innovator, best-selling author and speaker with over 17 years of experience in the areas of HR technology, analytics, strategy, talent management, measurement, organizational development and customer experience. He is a pioneer in developing the new way for HR to approach surveys and assessments: moving from a focus on the outcomes of surveys to utilizing surveys and assessments to impact business outcomes. As a way to lead this change, he and Dr. Douthitt harnessed their HR expertise, business experience, and advanced knowledge of statistical methodologies to co-author two books, “Investing in What Matters: Linking Employees to Business Outcomes” (SHRM 2009) and “Business-Focused HR: 11 Processes to Drive Results” (SHRM 2011). Both have been Top 10 SHRM best-sellers for multiple years. His forthcoming book “Predicting Business Success” will be out in June 2018.

Recognized for his unique opinion and deep expertise, he was a recipient of the Walker Award for ‘best advances in state-of-the-art HR practice’ and is called upon frequently to speak. He has also published numerous articles in prestigious business and psychology journals in the areas of leadership effectiveness, employee litigation, assessments and employee safety.

Prior to founding SMD, Mr. Mondore served as East Region President for a large survey/assessment company. Before that, he worked as a corporate strategy director at Maersk, Inc. He also worked as an organizational effectiveness leader at UPS, focusing on employee assessment and measurement as well as working as a consultant to large and small organizations in both the private and public sector. He holds a master’s degree and doctorate in applied psychology from the University of Georgia.

Darrell MoonDarrell Moon

Darrell Moon founded Orriant in 1996 to change the dynamics of healthcare and give employers some control over the ever-increasing costs of the healthcare benefits they offer their employees. He believed that engaging individuals in the management of their own health was a key that had to be inserted back into the economic equation of healthcare. Mr. Moon received both his Bachelor of Science in Finance and his Master of Health Administration from Brigham Young University. As the CEO, COO, or CFO, he managed 10 different medical and psychiatric hospitals throughout the country prior to creating Orriant, one of the first health coaching companies. Orriant has had tremendous success at improving population health by changing population behavior. He has also had more than a decade of experience successfully managing population mental health by focusing on preventive interventions and care integration. He is a Forbes Leadership Contributor as well as a top speaker for Vistage CEO groups on controlling healthcare costs.

Carol PhillipsCarol Phillips
National Health & Wellness Expert 
Health Design

Carol Phillips is a national health and wellness expert, the multiple award-winning author of 52 Simple Ways to Health, and host of the Ask Coach Carol radio show on WTPL-FM. As an energetic corporate health coach and consultant, she has helped hundreds of employers and countless employees improve their wellness using her proven techniques.  Her company, Health Design, helps employers significantly reduce costs and increase productivity by Turning Wellness into Profits!

As a sought-after keynote speaker, Ms. Phillips entertains audiences while giving them the tools they need to positively transform their lives. In addition to 28 years of health and wellness experience, she holds degrees in Exercise Science and Health Education. She was one of New Hampshire’s first Wellness Coordinators when former Governor Lynch issued an Executive Order designed to promote health and wellness to NH State employees and their families.

Ms. Phillips is the founder of Coach Carol and Friends, the online group health coaching program, which empowers individuals to create happier and healthier lives through a positive, back-to-basics approach and a supportive network of like-minded people.  

Lisa RuethLisa Rueth
Senior Partner & CEO
Cultivate Leadership

Lisa Rueth is Sr. Partner and CEO of Cultivate Leadership, a consulting firm in Austin, San Francisco and Auckland New Zealand dedicated to Leadership Science, Organizational Design and Executive Coaching. With over 20 years of experience, Ms. Rueth has dedicated her career to helping organizations with the mechanics of leadership, human performance and systems of collaboration. She is a captivating speaker specializing in helping leadership teams through accurate diagnosis of their performance struggles. Whether working on culture engineering, leadership development, team building, change management, executive coaching, strategic planning, M&A or turn-around projects, she has the ability to help teams focus on the most important effort, while developing the leaders and culture. Ms. Rueth studied Applied Leadership and Organizational Psychology at the Ken Blanchard School of Business and did graduate work in Authentic Leadership at Naropa University and has a Masters in Social Change, marrying her passion for empowering leaders doing world changing work.

Yvette Montero SalvaticoYvette Montero Salvatico
Managing Director
Kedge, LLC

Yvette is an experienced and engaging speaker who is unique in her ability to transport audiences into the future. Holding a bachelor’s degree in Finance and an MBA from the University of Florida, Yvette has over 15 years of corporate experience with large, multi-national firms such as Kimberly-Clark and The Walt Disney Company. At The Walt Disney Company, Yvette led the effort to establish Future Workforce Insights to identify future workforce trends and leverage foresight models and techniques to assess potential threats and impacts, emerging ideas, and exciting opportunities for the organization. As the co-founder of The Futures School, a multi-disciplinary Strategic Foresight training program, Yvette has built a network of foresight campuses across four continents, including North America, Europe, Africa, and Australia. More than 500 global citizens have joined The Futures School movement to embody a future-empowered mindset. Yvette is also a partner at Kedge - a strategic design, foresight, and innovation firm - where she utilizes extensive research and customized toolkits to service a diverse global client base.

Briana ScearcyBriana Scearcy
Chief People Officer
Stoneridge Software

Briana Scearcy is the Chief People Officer at Stoneridge Software. She leads the company’s human resources, recruiting and readiness and is a passionate about team member advocacy initiatives. Previous employment includes CPA firm Eide Bailly LLP in Fargo, North Dakota where she spent more than three years as a recruiter and human resources advisor for the technology consulting and specialty services divisions. Prior to Eide Bailly, she worked in human resources roles for RDO Equipment Co., Concordia College, and SEI.

Ms. Scearcy holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota. She is a certified Predictive Index Analyst and LinkedIn Certified Professional Recruiter.

Mark Schickman, Esq.Mark Schickman, Esq.
Of Counsel
Freeland, Cooper & Foreman LLP 

Mark I. Schickman is a partner at Freeland Cooper & Foreman LLP in San Francisco. He is the Editor of the California Employment Law Letter and has written and appeared in numerous employment training videos. He concentrates on employment and labor law, litigating every type of employment matter, handling charges before California and Federal administrative agencies and providing advice in avoiding liability for discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, union-related charges, and all other aspects of the employment relationship. He is a member of the blue ribbon employment arbitration panel of the America Arbitration Association and has written about and taught labor and employment law across the country.

Mr. Schickman represents California on the American Bar Association's Board of Governors and has served as president of the Bar Association of San Francisco and as governor of the State Bar of California—posts that keep him focused on the entire employment law landscape in California.

Kevin SheridanKevin Sheridan
Employee Engagement/Virtual Management Expert and Best-Selling Author
Kevin Sheridan LLC

Kevin Sheridan is an internationally recognized and one of the most sought-after voices in the world on the topic of employee engagement and a New York Times best-selling author. For five years running, he has been honored on Inc. Magazine’s top 101 Leadership Speakers in the world, as well as Inc.’s top 101 experts on Employee Engagement. He was also honored to be named to The Employee Engagement Award’s Top 100 Global Influencers on Employee Engagement of 2017.

Having spent 30 years as a high-level human capital management consultant, Mr. Sheridan has helped some of the world’s largest corporations rebuild a culture that fosters productive engagement, earning him several distinctive awards and honors. His premier creation, PEER®, has been consistently recognized as a long-overdue, industry-changing innovation in the field of employee engagement.  His first book, Building a Magnetic Culture, made six of the best-seller lists including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. He is also the author of The Virtual Manager, which explores how to most effectively manage remote workers.

Mr. Sheridan is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conventions, including those hosted by the National Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), Harvard Business School, The Human Capital Institute, and the American Hospital Association.  He regularly conducts Leadership Development workshops on Employee Engagement, Virtual Workers and Remote Work, Generational Differences in the Workplace, and a wide array of other Human Capital related topics.

Prior to forming Kevin Sheridan LLC, Mr. Sheridan founded HR Solutions International in 1995, a firm specializing in measuring employee engagement and teaching best practices, which he sold in 2011.

Mr. Sheridan received a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School, concentrating his degree in Managerial Decision-making, Strategy, Human Resources Management, and Organizational Behavior.

In his free time, Mr. Sheridan volunteers with a variety of charities.  He also enjoys golfing, fishing, and high-altitude mountaineering.  He is in the process of climbing the highest mountain on every continent, an athletic journey known as “The Seven Summits.”  As such, he has stood at the top of Africa, Europe, and South America, climbing as high as 23,000 feet.  His personal and professional travels have brought him to more than 65 different countries.

Mr. Sheridan has been featured in numerous media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, USA TODAY, Chicago Tribune, Yahoo! News, Crain’s Chicago Business, Human Resource Executive, Hospitals & Health Networks, Talent Management, Modern Healthcare, and Engagement Strategies Magazine.

Vanessa Terzian, Esq.Vanessa Terzian, Esq.
Terzian Law Partners APC

An adjunct professor of Wills and Trusts at Southwestern Law School and named a top attorney of 2017 in Pasadena Magazine and a Rising Star by Super Lawyers, Vanessa Terzian began her legal career as a Trust Administrator for Wells Fargo, N.A.. This experience working closely with clients, portfolio managers, beneficiaries and other attorneys, shed light on how a poor estate plan can ruin a family’s fortune and their relationships. After witnessing firsthand the importance of proper planning, Ms. Terzian decided to pursue her own practice, helping countless families through her expertise in estate and tax planning, asset protection, elder law, kids protection planning, probate, and trust administration. She is a skilled public speaker and continues to deliver numerous influential seminars on various topics of estate planning, including kids’ protection planning, special needs planning, Medi-Cal planning, advanced tax planning and asset protection for individuals and small businesses. As a family woman, Ms. Terzian understands the significance of protecting assets, planning for the future and building your own legacy. She takes pride in providing her clients with the sense of comfort and security that comes along with having an effective and comprehensive estate plan in place.

Sangram VajreSangram Vajre

Sangram Vajre is co-founder and CMO of Terminus, the leader of the account-based marketing (ABM) movement transforming B2B marketing. Before co-founding Terminus, Mr. Vajre led the marketing team at Pardot through its acquisition by ExactTarget and then to Salesforce. Since co-founding Terminus in 2015, he has helped build one of the fastest growing companies in the Southeast winning numerous awards such as #1 Best Place to Work by The Atlanta Business Chronicle, #1 in Employee Appreciation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Top 50 Best Workplaces in the U.S. by Inc. Magazine. Terminus was also named one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Georgia, and B2B Innovator of the Year by the Technology Association of Georgia. He is the author of "Account-Based Marketing For Dummies" and is the mastermind behind #FlipMyFunnel. Follow him on Twitter @SangramVajre.



March 8-9, 2018 -  Savannah, Georgia

Andaz Savannah

14 Barnard Street
Savannah, Georgia, USA, 31401
Hotel Website

Room Rate: $189
Call 1-888-421-1442 for Reservations.
Reference HR Daily Advisor Conference room block when making reservation.
Reservation cut-off date: February 7, 2018

Self-Parking: Andaz Savannah is attached to the Whitaker Street Garage, with convenient underground parking or valet parking is $28 per night.

Event Details:

Continental Breakfast and Lunch provided both days.
Morning and afternoon refreshment breaks provided on Day One.
Morning refreshment break only provided on Day Two.
Welcome reception immediately following the final session of Day One.

HR Daily Advisor 2018 Conference Haunted Pub Crawl


Expand your experience at HR Daily Advisor 2018 Annual Conference with our HR Daily Advisor 2018 Conference Haunted Pub Crawl on Thursday, March 8.

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