April 22: 6 p.m. — Welcome Reception
April 23: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. — Program; Dinner to follow
April 24: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. — Program; Lunch to follow

  • Wednesday, April 22

    6 p.m.

    Welcome Reception

  • Thursday, April 23

    8 a.m.

    Registration Opens

  • 8:15 a.m.

    Breakfast Roundtables – Hosted by SHRAC

    Join your peers for this don't-miss opportunity to discuss your current HR challenges. Some of New York State's top HR leaders will facilitate lively conversation and brainstorming for new ideas and solutions to tackle your HR headaches in areas such as benefits and compensation, staffing, managing the generations, and leadership development/succession planning.

  • 9 a.m.

    Welcome Remarks

    James Kelley, President, HANYS Benefit Services (HBS)

  • 9:15 a.m.


    Embrace... Engage... Elevate: Leading High-Performing Talent

    Bruce Tulgan, Founder and Chairman, RainmakerThinking, Inc.

    Drawing on concepts from The 27 Challenges Managers Face; It's Okay to Be The Boss, other business books, and myriad titles on managing Generation X and Y, Bruce Tulgan's straightforward approach to talent management and leadership will inspire Human Resource (HR) leaders to drive change in their organizations and develop leaders in their organizations. This session will explore fundamentals such as building management relationships and being truly effective at communication. Participants will leave feeling inspired with practical ideas to implement right away!

  • 10:15 a.m.


  • 10:30 a.m.

    Current Trends in Workforce and Executive Compensation Programs

    Jennifer Loftus, M.B.A., S.P.H.R.-CA, G.P.H.R., C.C.P., C.B.P., G.R.P.,
    Founding Partner and National Director, Astron Solutions

    Compensation for your workforce and executives is under the microscope, creating challenges in attracting and retaining the talent necessary for organizational success. Internal organizational considerations, constituents, outside stakeholders, and the state and federal government all exert pressure on HR professionals and boards of directors to develop compensation programs that meet varying demands. What is fair and appropriate to the incumbents, while recognizing the considerations of internal and external stakeholders? This session will explore these topics and provide approaches for ensuring compensation programs are effective HR tools for 2015 and beyond.

  • 11:30 a.m.

    Technology Trends in Employee Benefits and Human Resource Management

    Facilitated by Melissa Feck, S.P.H.R., Vice President, Human Resources and Healthcare Educational and Research Fund, HANYS

    Human Resource technology trends abound in many areas beyond your HR information/management system, including social media, cloud applications, mobile apps, and data analytics tools. Join us for this in-depth discussion with fellow HR leaders to learn how they are using technology to improve employee self-service for total rewards and benefits programs, workforce planning, recruitment and onboarding, strategic HR decision-making, and other areas.

  • 12:30 p.m.


  • 1:30 p.m.

    Strategic Change Management

    Deborah Mackin, Founder/President and Principal Consultant, New Directions, Inc.

    Human Resources leaders play a critical role in leading the change movement in their organizations. Understanding how others react to change is just as important as having the tools to set up an effective change management process. This session will lead you through these concepts so you can successfully build buy-in among all levels of employees in your organization.

  • 2:45 p.m.


  • 3 p.m.

    Keys to Getting the Most Value Out of Your Retirement Program

    Carol Idone, CFP®, Vice President, Business Development, HBS

    The regulatory and compliance landscape affecting retirement plans is constantly changing and increasingly complex. This session will identify issues that are getting the attention of the media, the courts, and the Department of Labor, and why they should be getting your attention. Learn how to mitigate fiduciary liability, why plan fees continue to make headlines, and how success measures for retirement plans are changing for the better.

  • 4 p.m.

    Legal Trends and Updates

    John Ho, Esq., Attorney, Bond, Schoeneck & King

    Managing your workforce with the most current legal information is mission-critical. This engaging session, led by a former federal prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Labor, will provide critical updates on "hot" topics in New York and federal labor law, including wage and hour issues, Family Medical leave Act, payroll, and Fair Labor Standards Act matters for employers.

  • 5 p.m.

    Today's Programming Concludes

  • 6:30 p.m.

    Join Us for Dinner and Conversation

  • Friday, April 24

    8:30 a.m.

    Breakfast Roundtables – Hosted by SHRAC

  • 9 a.m.

    Leadership Development and Coaching a Motivated, Engaged Workforce

    Shaun Mahoney, Chairman, NextRidge, Inc. and CEO, Mahoney Performance Institute

    Developing strategy, building leadership, and creating culture are three requirements for a successful organization to mitigate change. With a focus on leadership development in an era of rapid change, this session will focus on building your brand as a change champion, organizational confidence, competence, and energy. Human Resource leaders need to realize their opportunity to engage a motivated, engaged workforce for strong performance and results!

  • 10 a.m.


  • 10:15 a.m.

    Healthcare 2.0: ACA Group Health and Welfare Plans and Beyond—Compliance Considerations

    Eric Meyerhoff, Regional Sales Director, Total Administrative Services Corporation
    Theresa Reiser, Director, Employee Benefit Services, HBS

    The Affordable Care Act has had significant impacts on the next generation of group health plan design. Our experts will provide updates for 2015 and beyond, including plan design models and compliance requirements. Many employers may be unaware of new requirements and unprepared for a potential audit. To help you be proactive, we will share expertise and trends on the current state of compliance in areas related to ERISA, Section 105 health reimbursement arrangements, Section125 flexible spending arrangements, health savings accounts, and COBRA.

  • 11:15 a.m.


    Quality Results through Effective Leadership

    Stuart R. Levine, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Levine & Associates, LLC

    Whether in healthcare or other industries, we all face the challenge of declining resources, increased regulation, lightning-speed technology, more work, and fewer people. Now more than ever, assuring a healthy level of leadership capacity in your organizations is critical to achieve your mission and vision for the customers you serve. Based on the tools and concepts from The Six Fundamentals of Success and Cut to the Chase, participants will learn how to work smarter. Management concepts related to meetings, energy, time, and relationships will help inspire you to strengthen your leadership capacity and your ability to work with continued passion to implement creative and innovative changes for your organization.

    Note: Each attendee will receive a copy of Stuart Levine's book, Cut to the Chase.

  • 12:15 p.m.

    Closing Remarks

  • 12:30 p.m.

    Conference Adjourns

    Please enjoy a box lunch courtesy of HBS and SHRAC.

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9 (HR (General)) recertification credit hours toward CA, GPHR, HRBP, HRMP, PHR and SPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.