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2015 Past Presentation List

Below is a summary of previous Professional Development and bi-monthly Lunch & Learn presentations. Slides and handouts are available to members only. Join us now!

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February 2015

“Trends in Compensation” presented by Candra Bryant, MBA, PHR

Strong reward systems inspire employees to deliver on the business’s operating goals and strategies. This program will focus on the basics of designing compensation programs that will help distinguish your company as a destination of choice and focus employees on the goals of the organization.

Candra Bryant has a strong background leading and supporting HR engagements for a number of organizations. She approaches HR from a global perspective and works closely with the executive team to ensure maximum performance and strategic impact on organizations. Having served as both a consultant and compensation practitioner for the corporate headquarters of Total Quality Logistics, Bryant is experienced in collaborating with stakeholders, developing and/or revising compensation structures, creating and administering both short and long-term incentive plans, and communicating compensation-related initiatives to senior leadership, boards, employees, and other stakeholders.

April 2015

“Compliance for Human Resources: A Scalable Model for Small or Large Organizations” presented by Judith Spain and Jennifer Strauel, Eastern Kentucky University

Compliance keeps HR professionals up at night, drives heightened performance expectations, and is generating more scrutiny from regulators. Audits, investigations, hearings, lawsuits, penalties, and high-level employee terminations make headlines when individuals fail to do the right thing and legal/regulatory compliance takes a back seat to profits or other corporate priorities. The cost of non-compliance is high, but with ever-changing regulations and competing demands for scarce resources, how do you know if you’re in compliance? How do you stay up-to-date? How can you get top management to understand the importance of compliance?

HR plays an important role in establishing an organization’s compliance program and in creating a culture of compliance within an organization. HR professionals must have a working knowledge of key laws and requirements, be able to articulate the business case for dedicating resources to compliance efforts, and be able to partner with legal, audit, and other functions to ensure the continued success of compliance efforts.

During this session, we will present a high-level framework of creating a compliance program for an organization, or an HR department. We will cover the following topics:

  • Compliance – an overview
  • Identifying the universe of HR rules and regulations
  • Assessing applicable HR rules and regulations
  • Completing a Compliance Matrix
  • Creating a Risk Map
  • Developing a risk mitigation plan

Judith W. Spain is an attorney, licensed to practice in Kentucky, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Dr. Spain is presently a tenured Professor in the College of Business and Technology at Eastern Kentucky University and has held the positions of MBA Director, AACSB Coordinator, and Interim Assistant Dean. For the past six years, Dr. Spain was the University Counsel and spearheaded the first University-wide compliance effort as the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer. Dr. Spain has extensive publications and presentations in the field of business law and business ethics. Prior to joining EKU, Dr. Spain worked at United States Steel Corporation in the labor relations department and represented the company by preparing and presenting over 300 grievances in binding arbitration. She was the labor law attorney for the City of Pittsburgh handling all labor related matters for the City, including administrative and public hearings before the EEOC, NLRB, Unemployment Compensation Boards and grievance arbitration. Dr. Spain designed the City’s first drug/alcohol screening program and served as the City’s spokesperson in binding interest arbitration with the firefighters. She has also been in private practice, handling a variety of civil litigation matters, primarily in the areas of labor and employment law.

Jennifer Strauel, CCP, GRP, SPHR, SHRM-CP is presently the Interim Director of Human Resources at Eastern Kentucky University. In this role, she leads all HR functions for the institution and plays a key role in the University’s Colonels Comply initiative. She has worked at EKU since 2009 and has also held positions of Director of HR Operations and Compensation Analyst. She holds an MBA from Eastern Kentucky University with an emphasis on Integrated Communications and a Bachelor’s degree in business management from Arizona State University. Prior to joining EKU, Jennifer was the Director of Business Operations for WorldatWork in Scottsdale, Arizona where she led Risk Management/Insurance, Supply Chain Services, Project Management, Business Analytics, and Facilities Services. Jennifer has also worked for State Farm Insurance and Enterprise Rent-a-Car.

June 2015

“Are You Complying with Federal and State Way & Hour Laws?” presented by Drew Millar, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

*The program was pre-approved for recertification credit by the HR Certification Institute

During the last 20 years, we have seen an exponential increase in wage and hour litigation. Thousands of lawsuits are filed each year claiming that companies are failing to compensation their employees correctly. These claims can be pursued in an individual or representative capacity.

This presentation and discussion will include:

  • trends observed in wage and hour class actions and initiatives of government agencies in ensuring compliance with federal and state laws;
  • typical classification pitfalls in both the exempt/non-exempt and employee/indepdent contractor context; and
  • classic pitfalls in Kentucky wage and hour law and how to avoid them.

Drew Millar is an Associate with Dinsmore and Shohl. As a member of the Labor and Employment Department, Drew’s practice focuses on the representation of both public and private employers in issues related to the workplace. He has significant experience in handling wage and hour matters, including both misclassification disputes and minimum wage/overtime issues. He has represented a wide variety of clients, including retailers, health care organizations, and information technology companies in cases brought by the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as a number of state labor boards. He also has handled a number of collective and class action cases in the wage and hour arena, where he relies on his thorough understanding of the nuances of the law to find favorable results for clients.

Outside of wage and hour disputes, Drew also has extensive experience with defending cases and administrative complains involving Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and other state and federal employment statutes and regulations. Drew has also represented several clients in proceedings under the NLRA including assisting with collective bargaining, dealing with strikes, and defending against unfair labor practice charges. Drew received his J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law.

August 2015

“Equal Pay and Compensation Discrimination” presented by Lynda Parker, Daphne Gilmore, and Phyllis Tucker-Wells, EEOC

*The program was pre-approved for recertification credit by the HR Certification Institute

Employers, large and small, must be in compliance with several laws and regulations. EEOC representatives will be sharing information regarding promoting equality of opportunities in the workplace, and enforcing Equal Pay Act laws prohibiting employment discrimination.

Lynda Parker (Investigator), Daphne Gilmore (Intake Supervisor), and Phyllis Tucker-Wells (PR, Outreach Education & Training Manager) with the EEOC.

October 2015

Professional Development
“Pay Fairness and its Impact on Employee Engagement” and “Creating Compensation Ambassadors: Engaging Managers to Willingly and Effectively Talk About Pay” presented by Mark Szypko, IBM

*The program was pre-approved for recertification credit by the HR Certification Institute

The October Professional Development session will feature two sessions in one!

“Pay Fairness and its Impact on Employee Engagement” – Both an organization’s total rewards architecture and its culture can impact the way employees perceive the “fairness” of their pay. In addition, external forces like an employee’s friends, family, and co-workers can influence perceptions. The increasing availability of salary data over the internet provides yet another point of triangulation as an employee considers the “fairness” of his or her pay. But if we know that we have designed fair and equitable compensation programs, why should we care about perception? In this session, Mark will discuss IBM’s latest research on the relationship between perceptions of pay fairness and employee engagement. Focusing on key drivers of employee perceptions of pay fairness, Mark will discuss what compensation leaders and organizations in general can do to improve these perceptions and maximize engagement across the organization.

“Creating Compensation Ambassadors: Engaging Managers to Willingly and Effectively Talk About Pay” – Organizations are larger, flatter, and more global than ever, and increasingly, employees approach the employer/employee dialog as informed consumers. In an era of limited increase budgets, where practitioners are most concerned about scarcity of talent, managers can be the critical “missing link” in ensuring that employees understand compensation in a meaningful way and believe that they are being treated fairly. Yet research shows that we don’t believe our managers are capable of having difficult conversations about pay and most of us don’t provide them with training on how to have these conversations. Why does this matter? Because research shows that employees who understand their pay are more engaged than those who don’t, and that organizations with more engaged employees outperform their peers on several key financial metrics. In this session, we will discuss why managers are such an important part of the compensation dialogue and explore practical ways in which compensation practitioners can help them become “compensation ambassadors” who advocate on behalf of the organization – event when the news is difficult to share.

Mark A. Szypko, CCP, GRP has over 30 years’ experience as a compensation practitioner, and has held compensation, benefits, and HR systems leadership roles for a number of organizations including Honeywell, Digital Equipment Corporation, Wang Laboratories, Kronos, Comcast, Progress Software, and Lightbridge.

Mark has extensive experience in all aspects of compensation, including the design, development, implementation, and ongoing administration of compensation systems and programs including base pay, variable compensation, sales, and executive compensation. Additionally, he has experience in international benefits, mergers and acquisitions, and HR systems selection and implementation.

In his role at IBM, Mark drives research on trends in compensation practice and spends most of his time meeting with their customers and other compensation professionals to understand the challenges that HR professionals face in today’s market. He tours globally speaking on compensation and HR-related topics, and in addition to his role at IBM, he is a member of the WorldatWork certification program faculty.

Marks holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Suffolk University and a Master of Business Administration from Western New England College with a concentration in Management Information Systems. He is also a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP), a Global Remuneration Professional (GRP), a WorldatWork Editorial Review Board member, and a recipient of WorldatWork’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Lunch & Learn
“What’s Trending in HR’s Total Compensation Future” presented by Wally Skiba, CMI Human Resources Consulting

*The program was pre-approved for recertification credit by the HR Certification Institute

The October Lunch & Learn will explore participants’ current and projected practices (group participation). In addition, we will investigate the challenges, both short- and long-term, and how to be prepared.

  • Compliance, Compliance, Compliance! (Federal, State, Local, and Executive Orders)
  • Communication and motivating a diverse and disintegrated workforce
  • Tools and policies to attract and retain the workforce your organization needs
  • Will your company look the same in 2016+?

Wally Skiba, SPHR, has over forty years of diversified experience in the human resources field. Wally has held numerous positions including Director of Human Resource Services for the University of Kentucky, Director of Human Resources for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, and Associate Director of Compensation & Benefits at Eastern Kentucky University.

Wally frequency speaks at the Kentucky Public Human Resource Association and the Kentucky League of Cities meetings. He is a Certified Mediator and has served as Program Committee Chair for the Mediation Center of Kentucky. Wally is adjunct faculty for Hazard Community and Technical College and Kentucky Community and Technical System (KCTCS) where he is the instructor for human resource management courses.

Mr. Skiba received his Bachelor’s degree in Education and Psychology from the University of Hawaii and a Master of Arts in Psychology, Guidance and Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado. In 2013, Wally was honored with an Honorary Life Membership for distinguished service to the College and University Professional Association – Human Resources (CUPA-HR). In addition, he holds a lifetime certification as Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

December 2015

“Effective Sales Compensation – Adopt Best-Practice Building Codes” presented by David Cichelli, Alexander Group

Less than effective sales compensation programs suffer from poor design decisions. Powerful and aligned sales compensation plans subscribe to a set of company defined building codes – that is well documented sales compensation design principles. Learn how HR sponsored “fixed designs” and standardized jobs can imperil a sales organization. Use these best-of-breed principles to build effective sales compensation plans that are simple, easy to understand, and reward the right results. Edit the suggested “Guide to Sales Compensation Design” for application at your company!

David Cichelli, a Senior Vice President with The Alexander Group, Inc., a sales effectiveness consulting firm, contributes his knowledge and experience to a wide array of sales organizations. His clients include leading companies in technology, telecommunications, wholesale/distribution, financial services, and healthcare. David helps clients redefine and deploy sales coverage to ensure optimal sales performance. By applying the Alexander Group’s Sales Management System, he helps companies achieve their sales objectives through a variety of techniques, including improved channel design, sales ROI, sales metrics, sales forecasting, quota allocation, sales force automation solutions, and sales compensation.

Widely recognized by national professional associations and trade publications for his work in linking sales compensation to management’s objectives, David is a frequent speaker on sales compensation topics. He is author of Compensation the Sales Force (2nd edition) and The Sales Growth Imperative, published by McGraw Hill. He serves a leadership role in the design of the firm’s sales effectiveness conceptual models. David is an officer of the company. His most recent publication is the 2015 Sales Compensation Almanac, published by AGI Press.

Prior to joining the Alexander Group in 1985, David served for five years as a national practice manager in sales compensation for a leading compensation consulting firm. Previously, he had spent seven years providing support to the field sales organization of a multinational Fortune 200 chemical company.

M.S., Michigan State University
B.S., Pennsylvania State University
Faculty Experience: Merage Foundation University California, Irvine; WorldatWork; Columbia University