2018 SHHRPP Conference Wrapup

The 2018 SHHRPP Annual Conference was held at the beautiful Toftrees Golf Resort in State College, PA on October 4th and 5th. The Toftrees Resort is nestled in secluded pine trees providing a quiet, relaxing setting. Guestrooms were renovated in the spring of 2016. Toftrees Resort is also the home of “The Field,” a well known burger and tap restaurant with unique food options with a farm-to-table mentality. The conference opened Thursday morning with a continental breakfast sponsored by US Foods and time to meet with exhibitors. Greg Maras, President of SHHRPP, welcomed everyone to the conference.

The sessions started with Michael Aitken from SHRM speaking about ‘The Washington Outlook for HR Public Policy’. It was great to get Michael’s insight on how the current administration affects the HR field.

Our next speaker was Jennifer Betts from Ogleetree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak, and Stewart, P.C. She gave us a very enlightening talk about medical marijuana and the missing legislation that can be very problematic for employers.

Sam Rosenberg, CEO of INPAX, informed us on the different severities of threats that may enter the workplace. He showed us what to look and listen for and what actions to take in various scenarios.

To finish off the day, Thomas Cummins, CCP, Survey Practice Leader of Gallagher Surveys entertained us, like he does every year, with the exciting side of economics and how it relates to the healthcare industry. He went over some of the Gallagher survey results both locally and nationally.

A reception and delicious dinner sponsored by Gallagher, VALIC and Oxford Immunotec was held that evening. This was a relaxing time to network with our peers in the human resources field.

Friday morning started with a continental breakfast sponsored by Maxim Healthcare & StaffAssist. As we ate, the exhibitors spoke about their companies as well as selected the recipients to receive their prize drawings.

The first presentation of the day was given by Lynn Outwater, Attorney at Law, Jackson Lewis P.C. Lynn keeps us informed about recent legislation and case studies related to the healthcare and human resources arenas.

Our final speaker was Andrew Sholly, PHR SHRM-CP. Andrew is the Vice President of Human Resources at AseraCare Hospice. Andrew gave an inspiring presentation about generational stereotypes and how they are not always spot on. He encouraged us to look at the individual and not the generation when making employment decisions.

We want to express our gratitude to all of the sponsors, attendees, speakers, and especially Peggy Maxwell for coordinating the conference. This conference is as informative as other, more expensive conferences that I have attended and I look forward to attending again in the future.

Respectfully,
Brooke Divins
SHHRPP Board Member