The 2019 SHHRPP Annual Conference was held at the beautiful Toftrees Golf Resort in State College, PA on October 10th and 11th. The Toftrees Resort is nestled in secluded pine trees providing a quiet, relaxing setting. 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 AFLAC. Brooke Divins, President of SHHRPP, welcomed everyone to the conference.

Thursday’s presentations began with Chip Madera, MS, CSP, a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) and results oriented Executive Coach. Chip presented on How to Move Your HR Department from a Cost Center to a VALUE Creator in just 90 days! Chip taught the HR professionals how to use intentional disruption to help healthcare teams identify and establish critical behaviors that will secure customer loyalty.

Angela Sanders, Esquire of the Brubaker Connaughton Goss & Lucarelli LLC law firm was our next speaker who presented on Advanced Discrimination and Harassment Issues in a #Me Too Climate. Through exercises in determining discrimination and possible discrimination situations, HR professionals learned how to recognize and respond to discrimination and harassment claims.

A delicious luncheon was served at which time Brooke Divins was presented with a gift for serving as President for SHHRPP during 2019. The gift and luncheon were sponsored by Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Following the luncheon, Derek Carpenter, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Hueman Solutions, along with Hilary Jarman, Vice President of Marketing, presented on Cultivating a Candidate-centric Recruitment Experience. They spoke on the importance of building a strong employer digital presence to attract and recruit successful candidates.

The final speaker on Thursday was Thomas Cummins’, CCP, National Practice Leader of Gallagher Surveys. His presentations focus on the current market and future trends of healthcare compensation. Tom is a regular speaker for the SHHRPP conference. Tom’s presentation, Compensation: Where Do We Stand, was presented in an innovated and interesting way using an antiquated overhead projector. His presentations, while always very informative, are enlightening and entertaining.

A brief membership meeting concluded the business portion of Thursday’s events. A reception and delicious dinner, sponsored by VALIC, was held in the evening. This was a great time to fellowship and network with other HR professionals in a relaxed and beautiful setting in the Toftrees Resort.

Friday morning began with a continental breakfast, sponsored by Maxim Healthcare and Staffassist, and the exhibitor prize drawings.

This was followed by a Legal Update presentation by Scott Hardy and Jennifer Betts from Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.. They presented on the top 10 employment and labor law issues impacting healthcare employers in 2019 and beyond. Topics included the FLSA changes effective January 1, 2020, the #Me Too Movement, Arbitration Agreements, Pay Equity, Medical Marijuana, Leave and Accommodations, Gig Economy, Emerging Technology, Flu Vaccines and EEO Wage & Hours Data.

The final speaker of the conference was Dr. Aileen Zaballero from Rothwell & Associates. Dr. Zaballero specializes in human resources and organization development with an emphasis on workplace learning and performance. Ms. Jones conducted a 2-hour workshop on succession planning providing succession planning steps and recommended resources and tools. She also provided a worksheet in determining and reaching goals for a succession planning and management program.

We received many wonderful and positive comments from attendees, exhibitors and sponsors. We wish to thank everyone who participated in making the 2019 SHHRPP conference a successful, informative, fun and valuable conference once again!

A very special thanks to Peggy Maxwell for coordinating all aspects of the conference.

Debra Keller
Communications Officer