With overflowing email inboxes and miles-long to-do lists, it can be a challenge for company leaders to find time to devote to improving company culture and developing personal leadership skills. This conference invites leaders to take time to focus on these crucial issues and shares vital tools, practical advice, guidance, and ideas. Improvement in culture and leadership development can supercharge company performance and streamline everyday tasks. Strategic attention paid to this improvement cultivates organizational excellence. This conference is designed for leaders, managers, and HR professionals at all levels.

8:00-8:30 Registration & Breakfast

8:30-8:45 Welcoming Comments / Jen Ward, JD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Arizona President

8:45-9:45 Keynote The Leader’s Role in the Experience Economy Deborah Dale Brackney, MA, SPHR, Executive Vice President

Welcome to the Experience Economy. Leaving behind the service economy, we are moving into a business world where value is derived not just from products but from the experience provided to the customer. Organizations that master this reality will depend on employees who can deliver a transformative experience. Leaders can create meaningful events to engage employees in a memorable and personal way. Learn how leaders can partner with their HR function to cultivate an employee value proposition where employees will thrive and perform in the Experience Economy. Discover how a well-crafted total rewards approach, enlightened leaders, and great employees can combine to produce great organizational rewards. 

9:45 – 10:00 Morning Break

10:00-12:00 Neuroscience Behind Leading Julie Auger, MOD

How does understanding how our brain functions expand a leader’s effectiveness? This workshop combines science and practical leadership skills to help you understand how your brain impacts your work and your ability to work with others. Neuroscience is an emerging field of research that is mapping the brain to better understand how we function in the work environment. Functional magnetic imaging (fMRI) of the brain gives us insight into our behaviors and the behaviors of others. Once you understand how your brain works, you are able to leverage your brain to become a highly effective leader in all situations.

12:00-1:15 Lunch

1:15-2:15 Mindfulness in the Workplace Eric Daly, M.A., GPHR

Cranky colleagues getting you down? Feel like you are running on empty? What fills your cup? The answers may lie in an old notion that is getting a lot of new buzz—mindfulness, or the practice of conscious awareness. Mindfulness holds great potential for maximizing effectiveness and satisfaction in the workplace. When you master mindfulness, you master the resource over which you have the greatest control—yourself! In this session, we will explore how the notion and the practice of mindfulness can enhance your role and your life.

2:15-2:30 Afternoon Break


Culture On Demand: The Power of Managers and Leaders in Shaping Organizational Culture Evan Abbott, M.A., SPHR, SHRM-SCP

"We’re struggling to meet our goals and retain a high-quality workforce. We need to build an effective, dynamic culture. Fast! What do you have for that?" Does this sentiment sound familiar? We all know that workplace culture is one of the best differentiators between good and great organizations. What does it take to build a high-value culture? While it’s true, culture comes from the top down, it is also built from the inside out – from the daily practices of who we hire, what we reward, and what we choose not to see. Managers and supervisors play a direct role in making the culture you profess into the culture you have. This session explores the power of managers and leaders in shaping and driving organizational culture as well as key practices that may be preventing you from having the culture you want now! ​

3:30-3:35 Closing Remarks

3:35-3:45 Elevating Payroll and HR from the Backroom to the Boardroom –

Where it Belongs!

Employers Council’s Arizona President, Jennifer Ward, invites Paylocity’s Rashanna Steenhoek to discuss the importance of payroll and human capital management as a high leverage point for HR professionals to secure their seat at the table, where organization-wide decisions are made. In this dynamic interview format, we’ll ask the tough questions attendees want to know about the strategic aspects of the payroll process to increase organizational influence.

3:45-4:30 HAPPY HOUR RECEPTION Sponsored by Paylocity


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