Conference Agenda 

8:00 -8:30 Registration & Breakfast

8:30 -8:40 Opening Remarks

Tammeron Trujillo, Employers Council

8:40-9:30 Kickoff

Evan Abbott, Employers Council
Being a leader in today’s world comes with challenges, especially for public employers. Human Resources is required to do more - efficiently, effectively and fast – all while managing a tighter budget and an even tighter labor market. As if this weren’t enough, the paradoxical challenges of being productive, innovative, and collaborative can tax even the most resourceful leader. This session will explore approaches for today’s leaders to resolve some of these most difficult competing demands.

9:30-10:25 Legal Update

Tina Harkness, Esq., Employers Council
This session will cover the latest legal and legislative changes, employment law trends, and court decisions affecting public sector employers

10:25-10:45 Break

10:45-11:30 Breakout Sessions

Culture Wars

Lorrie Ray, Esq., & Valorie Waldon, Employers Council
We know that the political and cultural landscape continues to become more complicated, and this naturally spills over into the workplace. The session will provide legal and practical guidance for managing today’s challenging work environment, while addressing the unique laws and circumstances that exist in the public sector.

Data Driven Recruiting

Laura Woods, Employers Council
Gathering the right data while recruiting job applicants who become great employees is an often overlooked activity. This session will discuss the why, what, and how of mining data that helps maximize the impact of recruiting.

11:30-12:15 Lunch

12:15-1:05 Keynote

Kathy Nesbitt has had a remarkable career in both the private and public sector. Kathy is currently the vice president for administration at the University of Colorado. Prior to that, Kathy served on Governor John Hickenlooper’s cabinet as the executive director of personnel and administration as well as the state’s chief personnel director. She was also the human resources director for Kaiser Permanente for nearly a decade, served as staff attorney for Employers Council, and was an attorney for Qwest Communications. This session will explore challenges and opportunities Kathy experienced in both private and public organizations.

1:05-1:15 Break

1:15-2:00 Gender Transition in the Workplace

Rachel Esters, Lieutenant (Ret), Correctional Consultant
Bridget Paris, Larimer County Human Resources Director
Christine Kuehnast, Larimer County Employee Relations Manager
A diverse workforce enables organizations to be more flexible and representative of the community. Prepared employers are more likely to experience change positively. This session will offer a story of gender transition and its emotional journey. Also three key take a ways to prepare for change will be discussed:
  • Educating and training to create an inclusive and diverse workforce.
  • Preparing Human Resources staff by reviewing medical and HR services.
  • Creating a guide or plan for all employees
  • Evaluating EEO, problem resolution, dress code and other policies with transition considerations

2:00-2:45 Investigations

Michelle Sturgell, Esq., Employers Council
Employers are seeing an increase in employee complaints with no apparent end in sight. It may not be if, but when will you receive a complaint requiring an investigation. In this session, we will discuss how to respond to a complaint, how to select an investigator, and how, as a public employer, to respond to the need for increased transparency, all while keeping employees’ confidences.

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00-3:45 Opioids and the ADA

Curtis Graves, Esq., Employers Council
This session will address the catastrophic trend of opioid addiction, its effect on the workplace, and how it intersects with employment law.​

Conference Highlights

Our annual conference is dedicated to Human Resource professionals who serve in government and quasi-governmental agencies across the region. Join Employers Council and your colleagues as we address the unique challenges facing public employers.

Designed For

Human resources professionals, administrators, managers, directors, and attorneys from state departments and divisions, counties, cities, towns, school districts, local authorities, and districts


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