Announcing our 2015 Keynote Speakers

August 24-26, 2015
JW Marriott Hotel and Indiana Convention Center

John Maxwell

John C. Maxwell is an internationally respected leadership expert, speaker, and author who has sold more than 18 million books. Dr. Maxwell is the founder of EQUIP, a non-profit organization that has trained more than 5 million leaders in 126 countries worldwide. A New York Times, Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek best-selling author, Maxwell has written three books that have sold more than a million copies.

Susan Cain

The author of “QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking,” Susan Cain is a writer, who practiced corporate law for seven years, representing clients like JP Morgan and General Electric, and then worked as a negotiations consultant, training all kinds of people, from hedge fund managers to TV producers to college students negotiating their first salaries. Her clients have included Merrill Lynch, Shearman & Sterling, One Hundred Women in Hedge Funds, and many more. Susan went to Princeton University and Harvard Law School.

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Announcing this year’s recipients of the Indiana State Council Awards Program. This is our 15th year in recognizing those who have exhibited excellence in our profession. The 3 awards that were presented at the HR Indiana Conference are:

  • Volunteer of the Year
  • The Award for Professional Excellence
  • Chapter of the Year

The Volunteer Leader of the Year award recognizes outstanding leadership, motivation, and organizational skills to the development of the Indiana State Council, the local chapter, or other SHRM programs.

This year’s recipient has been a board member at the local level of SHRM as well as the Indiana State Council. She has practiced as a Human Resource Professional for 20 years with additional experience as a school teacher. She currently serves as Director of Workforce Readiness for both NIHRA and the State Council and works in strategic HR consulting for businesses.

During her entire working career, she has been an active volunteer in a variety of organizations – from the SPCA and Junior Achievement to serving on the Ft Wayne Museum of Art Board of Trustees and the Ft Wayne History Center Board of Directors. She has always managed to carve out time to serve her community.

Indiana has the challenge of having the highest percent of National Guard and Reservists in the U.S. The issues facing our returning service men and women are formidable. Watching their struggles on the daily news focused her attention on assisting the military community. During her 8 years on the NIHRA Board, she has found her passion and works tirelessly to advance the need for employment assistance particularly for Veterans, the Guard, Reservists and their spouses as they reintegrate into civilian life.

Her strongest effort, and one she is most proud of, resulted in NIHRA receiving the Pinnacle Award in Washington DC for their “HR Joins the Ranks” Training & Jobs for our Heroes. This robust program was rolled out in three phases.

• Phase I – Expand & Improve opportunities for Military Veterans/Reservists for training & jobs
• Phase II – Provide training to Veterans to increase their success in finding employment through military job fairs and events
• Phase III – Provide employers communication of benefits of hiring Veterans

She has been interviewed by various media representatives and has been a worthy spokesperson to promote the Veterans hiring initiative. She is the epitome of the word volunteer, working almost full-time on something she is passionate about that improves the lives of others who have in turn given their time to our country in support of our freedom.

The Volunteer Leader of the Year Award was given to Bonnie Moorman from the NIHRA SHRM Chapter and the Indiana State Council.

The Award for Professional Excellence recognizes an individual who applies creative management concepts to improve performance, advance the profession, and promote the understanding of HR Management.

This year’s award recipient is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and holds a B.A. in Political Science from Indiana University. He has worked in the field of human resources for 21 years and currently holds the position of President, at Schrader & Associates. In this position, he advises senior business leaders on tough business decisions. Recently he worked with a company to determine if it was both advisable and less costly to stop providing health insurance benefits & migrate the workforce to insurance marketplace plans. He conducted an analysis of:

• Costs of annual fines associated for not providing insurance
• Strength of area marketplace plans in terms of design and network strength
• Feasibility of Section 105 plan to offset high deductibles in marketplace plans
• Assumed migration plan & associated costs with selection
• Survey of workforce to determine levels of acceptance/rejection of Affordable Care Act
Although the numbers returned favorable, the employee survey showed:
• A solid majority was steadfastly opposed to the Affordable Care Act
• Those in favor of the ACA would not accept a plan that did not have their desired hospitals and doctors
• A large majority believed that it was the employer’s responsibility (and not the individual or the government) to provide health insurance
• Less than ½ of the employees would take a pay increase if it meant they would lose access to their doctor and/or preferred hospital
He advised the workforce disruption that would almost certainly accompany a migration to marketplace plans would negate the gains from ending coverage. The decision to stay in their current model (with some adjustments) was made and they agreed to survey the workforce at the same time each year to gauge employee perceptions of the ACA and marketplace plans.

Fellow executives have always regarded him as a genuine partner (one said he is a businessman who “does HR”. He is routinely consulted by peer executives on their business plans and invariably contributes to their business models. He tries to drive change into the areas of the business perceived the safest as it usually these areas in which threats are late to be perceived and plans to mitigate damage are the least well developed.

He imparts knowledge and advice with confidence, tact, and humor; while the length and breadth of his knowledge never ceases to amaze. He is the consummate professional, ever the educator, drawing connections between HR issues and public policy in ways that are easily understood and can be applied by all. His representation of the profession has garnered strong interest and influenced many students to become part of HR. He is highly respected by his peers and exemplifies leadership and professional excellence in every aspect.

He is a board member of the South Central Indiana SHRM chapter. He is also on the board for the Indiana State Council of SHRM as the Director of Government Affairs. In his spare time, he volunteers for the City of Bloomington, Bloomington Hospital Advisory Board, Life Designs, and the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce.

The Professional of the Year is Chris Schrader, SPHR from the South Central Indiana SHRM chapter & the Indiana State Council.

The Chapter of the Year Award recognizes the outstanding achievements in chapter development and contributions to the advancement of effective HR management.

This year’s recipient has many accomplishments. They were a 2013 Pinnacle award winner by National SHRM, an award bestowed on only 9 chapters in the nation for their focus on hiring military in the workforce. The program entitled “HR Joins the Ranks: Training & Jobs for our Heroes” was created to assist service men and women with re-joining the civilian workforce. Unemployment for this sector had continued to grow and impact them along with their families. After keeping us safe through 9/11 and other disasters many returned home to find unprecedented levels of unemployment and underemployment.

At the same time, employers and Human Resources were striving for the very best quality of candidates to move their organizations forward. This chapter saw a natural link and opportunity to prepare by advancing our profession as expert trainers for our reserve and returning military; preparing them for challenging and satisfying careers.

A steering committee was quickly formed consisting of Employer Support of the Guard Reserve (ESGR), DWD, Military One Source, Army One Source, DOL/VETS and MFRI (Military Family Research Institute Purdue). The committee worked to form a statewide Veteran event calendar.

This program was comprised of 3 phases – with each phase consisting of numerous events. One event alone, the Hiring our Heroes Veterans Event, was sponsored with partners consisting of Chamber of Commerce, Ft Wayne Chamber, WorkOne, ESGR, DOL/VETS, and NBC News. The event drew 73 hiring employers and 220 veterans. Training was provided to the veterans and their spouses.

Over 73 chapters submitted Pinnacle applications to National SHRM. Upon the announcement of the award winners, Hank Jackson, president and CEO of SHRM said “Winners of this award are SHRM affiliates that have shown leadership in the HR profession through innovative and forward-thinking programs. Their efforts are a testament to our members, HR professionals, and their commitment to aligning people and business strategies. This year’s winners offer solutions to timely and real-life challenges facing workplaces today, including the skills gap and helping military veterans return to the civilian workforce”.

In addition to the military initiative, they held their 8th annual HR Professional Development and increased attendance by over 60% to 262 participants! They held a diversity and inclusion session at the conference with 4 panelists who shared their experience from their companies. They re-instituted scholarships by offering 2 $800 scholarships to students for HR certification. They also had over 75% of their programs certified for continuing education.

Other initiatives included placing a large focus on succession planning for board members and building and retaining their membership.

The Chapter of the Year is Northeast Indiana Human Resources Association.





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