Leadership Academy

January 12-13, 2017

Employment Law Employee Benefits Conference

February 27 – 28, 2017

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Leadership Academy

Date & Time

January 12-13, 2017


Bluemont Hotel

Manhattan, KS



Who Should Attend

Leadership development training and Kansas SHRM training for Chapter Board members, KS Chapter Committee members and Kansas SHRM State Council

Hotel Reservations

Bluemont Hotel

1212 Bluemont Ave

Manhattan 66502


ask for “KS State Council of SHRM”

$99 room rate


Group ID: SHRM0117

Password: shrm



Thursday, January 12

1 pm – 5 pm


Next Element program: Conflict and You: The Basics Of Compassionate Accountability Embark on a 4-hour self-discovery journey, where you will explore your personal contributions to negative conflict, and experience first-hand strategies for conducting healthier interactions.

Course Outcomes

  • Gain a better understanding of how drama works
  • Raise your self-awareness into how you participate in, and contribute to negative conflict around you
  • Discover strategies for reducing drama personally and professionally
  • Feel more confident inviting yourself and others into more healthy and productive conversations
  • Invite others into positive conflict for compassionate and productive interactions

Presenter – Sandy Gieber

sandy-gieberCo-developer of Next Element’s Leading Out of Drama® training and coaching system, Gieber directs Next Element’s strategic, operational and development priorities, including new product roll-outs. She also manages the firm’s trainer support network, serving as first point of contact for trainers, coaches and executive change agents who desire more information or resources. A certified LOD® master trainer, PCM® trainer and certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Gieber is a human resources generalist and expert in conflict resolution, team facilitation, talent development, process improvement, systems design and leadership and team development.

Sandy has over 28 years of experience in the Aerospace Industry, holding positions of Manager of Organizational Development for Beechcraft, and Change Management Leader for Cessna Aircraft. Sandy presents nationally and internationally on personality diversity, process improvement, and workplace conflict. She was born and raised in Brazil and is currently an advisor with Next Element Consulting.

Areas of expertise:
Communications, Change Management and Organizational Development, Leadership Development, Team Building, Training Design and Deployment, Human Resources Management, Performance Management, Project Management, Six Sigma, Continuous Improvement, Lean Manufacturing.

Friday, January 13

8 am – 2 pm (lunch provided)


Kansas SHRM Training – Information and Breakout Sessions to assist with key areas of operations for SHRM Chapters in Kansas. Training and Best Practices supplied for Chapter Executive Officers, Membership, Certification, Programs, and much more.


KS-SHRM State Council Members


Employment Law Employee Benefits Conference

Date & Time

February 27 – 28, 2017


Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

1515 SW 10th Avenue

Topeka, KS 66605


Early Bird Deadline Jan 22, 2017

SHRM Member – $199

Non-SHRM Member – $249

After Jan 22, 2017

SHRM Member – $249

Non-SHRM Member – $299


ksshrm-2017-eleb-conferenceReview employment law and employee benefit issues that impact HR today. The conference also includes HR Day on the Hill at the Kansas Statehouse to learn the legislative process that forms HR laws in Kansas. Network with other HR professionals, and learn the tips, tools and resources to help your company mitigate risk.

Monday, February 27th

8:15 am – Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:45 am – Welcome & Opening Announcements

9:00 am – Employment Law Update

10:00 am – HR Update Under the Trump Administration – Alan Rupe, Lewis Brisbois

11:00 am – Break

11:10 am – EEOC

12:00 pm – Lunch

1:00 pm – NLRB Guidance for HR – Brian Christensen, Jackson Lewis

2:00 pm – Leave & Return to Work – Terry Mann, Martin Pringle

3:00 pm – Break

3:10 pm – Avoiding Background Check Pitfalls – Melody Rayl, Fisher & Phillips, LLP

4:10 pm – Legislative Advocacy – Natalie Bright, Bright & Carpenter Consulting

5:30 – 7:30 pm – Networking Reception at Blue Moose Bar & Grill (3030 SW Wanamaker Rd, Topeka)

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Tuesday, February 28th

Optional breakout for Day on the Hill – 8:15 am to noon

8:15 am – Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:45 am – Welcome & Opening Announcements

9:00 am – Transgender or Confidential Information

10:00 am – Retirement Benefit Law Update and Trends – Mike Smoots, Lawing Financial

11:00 am – Break

11:10 am – Wellness Programs-Legal Rules for HR – Steve Smith, Hinkle Law Firm

12:10 pm – Lunch

1:00 pm – ACA Update – Linda Shephard, Kansas Health Institute

2:00 pm – Wage & Hour Update – Molly Keppler, Stinson Leonard Street

3:00 pm – Break

3:10 pm – DHS Perspective on I-9 Changes & E-Verify – Jenny Nelson, ICE

4:10 pm – Closing Remarks