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2014 Past Presentation List

*The program was pre-approved for recertification credit by the HR Certification Institute.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 2014

“Craft a Compensation Philosophy” presented by Linda Haft, CCP, SPHR

Presentation overview: Lay the groundwork for compensation that is competitive, cost-effective, and brand-aligned. The presentation includes a sample compensation philosophy template that can be customized for the attendee’s organization.

Linda Haft, CCP, SPHR is a senior HR professional with over 20 years experience as a business partner and has led major human resource initiatives.  She is a member of the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) exam development panel for PHR/SPHR certification exams. She is a member at large of WorldatWork.

April 2014

“Kepner Tregoe Clear Thinking” presented by Teri Lacy, SPHR (Professional Development)

As HR professionals we need to be equipped with not only HR expertise, but we also need additional professional tools and resources to drive strategic processes and decision making.  The Kepner Tregoe Clear Thinking methodology shows how to prioritize and accurately assess operations and processes and provides a systematic framework of analysis that gives professionals the tools and confidence to perform under pressure.   The KT process is known worldwide and helps to resolve complex business problems quickly by providing a repeatable framework to work through when addressing a problem or having to make a decision.

Teri Lacy, SPHR, has more than 15 years HR experience in a variety of different industries. She is currently a HR Business Partner for East Kentucky Power Cooperative. Teri is responsible for recruiting, employee relations, training and managerial coaching for several major business units, including the Executive Staff. Additionally, she is the corporate wide Kepner Tregoe Program Manager for EKPC. Teri holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management and is SPHR certified.

“Equal Pay Act – Current Trends and Developments” presented by Catherine Wright and Michael Mattingly

Our speakers, with Dinsmore and Shohl, will be speaking about the Equal Pay Act (“EPA”) including, but not limited to, current trends and developments in the interpretation and application of the law. They will pay particular attention to the Administration’s effort to increase pay equity among federal contractors and provide insight as to how this focus may impact your organization in the future. They will also discuss recent Kentucky case law interpreting the EPA.

Catherine Wright is a Partner in the Labor and Employment Law Department of Dinsmore and Shohl. Catherine provides employment advice to clients, conducts training, and provides investigation assistance. She has defended against stand and federal administrative complaints and handles employment litigation stemming from civil rights claims, the Family Medical Leave Act, and wage-and-hour issues. She has experience representing public employers, including public schools and the Commonwealth of Kentucky, defending First Amendment-based and Section 1983 actions. She has worked extensively with nonprofit entities that received federal funding. She obtained her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law.

Michael Mattingly is a member of the Labor and Employment Department of Dinsmore and Shohl. Having served two overseas combat tours as an Officer in the 101st Airborne Division, Mike understands the practical realities and challenges of military men and women reentering the workforce, from the viewpoint of both the employee and the employer. He is adept at working with employers and guiding them through the nuances of the USERRA, balancing his knowledge of the law with his personal experience. Mike also has experience handling a variety of other employment matters, including Title VII work and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective actions. He obtained his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School.

May 2014

“Salary Structures: Establishing Competitive and Equitable Pay Levels” presented by Mark Szypko, CCP, GRP

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

Presentation overview: Salary structures can be critical in managing pay throughout an organization. In this session, Kenexa’s compensation expert will provide an overview of best practices for developing externally competitive and internally equitable salary structures. Join us to learn how to: – Design salary structures – Align pay grades based on current compensation strategy and workforce – Make updates to structures and grades and analyze changes – Analyze costs associated with salary structures – Create various “what if” scenarios for planning and comparison. 

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, and Comcast. 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.

Mark currently works at IBM and drives research on trends in compensation practice and spends majority of his time meeting with customers to understand the challenges that HR professionals face in today’s market. He speaks on compensation and HR-related topics globally and is a member of WorldatWork faculty.  Mark holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Suffolk University and a MBA from Western New England College. He is also a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP), a Global Remuneration Professional (GRP), a WorldatWork Editoral Review Board member, and a recipient of WorldatWork’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

August 2014

“Retaining Key Talent and the Role of Rewards” presented by Hazen Witemeyer with Hay Group

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

Presentation overview: Employee retention is critical, particularly during economic recoveries when organizations aggressively compete for share of market and talent. If organizations fail to address key talent retention issues, they are likely to find employees exiting in significant numbers as job opportunities become more available. This situation will be exasperated by baby boomers retiring in record numbers and technological change creating employee obsolescence at a rapid rate. Given this “perfect storm,” reward professionals face enormous pressure to maintain competitive pay structures and to make special deals to retain talented employees (such as counter offers). If financial and non-financial rewards are not carefully designed, talented employees will walk out the door or organizations will pay a premium to retain them. Hay Group will present findings from a large scale study of WorldatWork members that will show how reward and human capital programs impact employee retention and the effect of counter-offer strategies in retaining key talent. Hay Group examined this topic four years ago and will highlight how retention strategies have changed as a result of the most recent economic cycle.

Hazen Witemeyer is a senior consultant with Hay Group and has over 15 years of experience helping global organizations interact with their employees, from conveying information through traditional media to facilitating conversation about organizational improvements. She recently completed a business doctorate with an emphasis in employee engagement and its measurement.

October 2014

“Total Reward Strategies” presented by Ron Reynolds with Lockton Companies (Professional Development)

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

Please join us for an engaging and interactive experience at our Professional Development session with Mr. Ron Reynolds. Ron will share his thoughts on the building blocks of Total Reward Strategies, what he calls Human Resources Business Plans. He will also share some of the work Lockton Companies is doing in the area of Physical and Financial Wellness, which aligns the important strategies of healthy living and saving properly to meet your future post-retirement income needs for a longer retirement period.  This session will offer insight into developing a strategy that offers meaningful rewards to employees and better prepares them for a successful retirement.

Ron Reynolds is the Compensation Practice Leader for Lockton Companies. Prior to joining Lockton Companies, Ron was Compensation Practice Leader for Wachovia Employer Solutions Group. He was also a Principal in charge of regional compensation and benefit consulting with a Big Five accounting firm. He has over twenty years of compensation experience in the financial, consumer products, manufacturing, and consulting industries.  Ron has extensive expertise with sales and productivity incentive design, board compensation, executive compensation, international and expatriate compensation, and non-qualified benefit programs.

Ron has published several articles on executive and international compensation topics and co-authored “Compensation and Benefit Strategies for International Mergers and Acquisitions,” a chapter in the textbook titled 2001 Guide to Compensation and Benefits. He also serves as an expert witness on litigation cases dealing with compensation issues.  Ron is a Certified Compensation Professional and has his Master’s Degree from Radford University in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

“Skill Based Pay Programs” presented by Ron Reynolds with Lockton Companies

Our October Lunch & Learn will also be led by Mr. Reynolds and he will discuss the renewed interest in skill based pay programs. Mr. Reynolds will discuss the construct of skill based pay programs, as well as models and off shoots of these programs. Finally, time permitting, Mr. Reynolds will share survey results of Lockton’s 2014 Executive Compensation Survey and provide a high level overview of executive compensation elements and trends.

 December 2014

“2015 Compensation Forecast” presented by Wally Skiba, CMI Human Resources Consulting

The December Lunch & Learn provided a compensation forecast for 2015, including an overview of compensation issues and focus areas. The meeting also provided an open forum discussion regarding prospective compensation plans for 2015 in various industries.

Walter “Wally” Skiba, SPHR, has over forty years of diversified experience in the human resources field. He has worked in various positions including the Director of Human Resources for the University of Kentucky, Director of Human Resources for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, and as Associate Director of Compensation & Benefits at Eastern Kentucky University.

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, Mr. Skiba was honored with an Honorary Life Membership for distinguished service to the College and University Professional Association – Human Resources (CUPA-HR). He also holds a lifetime certification as Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and has held numerous leadership positions.