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Join DC SHRM for our annual conference on May 22, 2019! This year's theme is - HR: Empowering Business and People!

When: Wednesday, May 22, 2019
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: The Catholic University of America - Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center
620 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, District of Columbia  20064
United States
Contact: Robbie Heacock
443.966.3872 x1152

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DC SHRM's 2019 Annual Conference
HR: Empowering People and Business

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
The Catholic University of America

Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center
620 Michigan Ave. NE, Washington DC 20064

6 Credits SHRM/ HRCI - (Approved for up to 6 Business Credits)

DC SHRM invites you to its annual conference on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. The theme for 2019 is "HR: Empowering People and Business."

As professionals continue to grow and evolve, it is up to the humans in human resources to move our people and our businesses forward. Human Resource management can either promote growth or stymie productivity. How can your human resource management continue to empower people and business in 2019 and beyond?

Our conference on May 22, 2019 is designed to help you to do just that and more. Grow and engage with other HR practitioners, knowledgeable speakers and look into the future. 

Registration Fees:

  • DC SHRM Members - $175
  • Non-members - $225
Cancellation Policy:

Please note any cancellations must be made in writing via email to no later than Wednesday, May 15 in order to receive a full refund. No refunds will be provided after May 15, 2019.


Registration & Breakfast

AM Keynote Presentation: The Power of One - How Ordinary Actions Influence Extraordinary Change (Natasha Bowman, JD, SPHR)  - 1 Business Credit

AM Breakout Sessions

  • The Gig Economy and Why It Should Be Part of Your Strategy (Jeffrey Luttrell, SHRM-SCP, SPHR) 1.25 Business Credits
  • HR Leader as Coach (Marvin Chambers)  1.25 HR Credits
  • Social Media Recruiting 101: Building Your Audience (Jon Thurmond, SHRM -SCP)  1.25 HR Credits

AM Breakout Sessions 2

  • The Future of HR: AI, Analytics, and Automation (Sterling McKinley)   1.25 Business Credits
  • Tools to Reduce Unconscious Bias in Your Workplace (Lorne Epstein, SHRM-SCP)  1.25 HR Credits
  • Secret Powers of Super Negotiators (Susan Borke)   1.25 Business Credits

Networking Lunch

PM Breakout Sessions

  • How to Ensure Your Performance & Comp Review Processes are Aligned (John Smith)  1.25 HR Credits
  • Driving Corporate Culture: Contrasting the Talk and the Walk (Joanna Hoffschneider, ALEP)   1.25 Business Credits
  • Amplify Your Personal Brand: Branding Through Social Media (Romona Foster)  NO HRCI Credit

PM Keynote Presentation: How to Lead the Way to Picture Perfect Change (Jonathan Michael Bowman)  1.25 Business Credits

Attendees also have the opportunity to purchase a headshot photo session during the conference. See below for details. 

Don't miss out on chances to win prizes throughout the day! 

We will hold a raffle drawing at the end of the day for several prizes - including the grand prize - a Grace Winery Sweet Treat Package including a 2 night stay at the Inn at Grace Winery, local chocolates and a bottle of wine during your stay, plus 3 bottles of wine.

Raffle tickets are 2 tickets for $20! Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the SHRM Foundation!

Drawings will also be held for participants who visit all exhibitor stations and hand in a completed card. Prizes will include books, webinars, and more!

We are excited to share details on some of our presentations:

Opening Keynote:

Natasha Bowman headshot

The Power of One - How Ordinary Actions Influence Extraordinary Change

Natasha Bowman, JD, SPHR - Founder & CEO, The Workplace Doctor

Most people think influence comes from stature; the "real" difference-makers are those with the fanciest titles, the highest salaries, and the most impressive personal gifts. Nothing could be further from the truth. Influence isn't about stature; it's about nurture—those ordinary acts of everyday kindness that ultimately yield extraordinary results. In this keynote, Natasha Bowman will walk the audience through the three C's of influence: Courage, Candor, and Civility. In her highly relational style, Natasha will inspire each listener with a clear sense of the power they have to effect massive change on both a personal and an organizational level.


Closing Keynote:

Jonathan Michael Bowman

How to Lead the Way to Picture Perfect Change

Jonathan Michael Bowman - CEO, Clear Picture Leadership

Have you ever wanted to create a new department or enhance the quality of your team's work? Change can be difficult for anybody. Leading change can be even more difficult and — at times — seemingly impossible. This keynote will teach attendees change leadership principles that every organization leader should know. In this energetic and content-rich presentation, you will learn how to lead the way to successful — "Picture Perfect" — change. Drawing examples from real leadership situations, Jonathan Michael Bowman will teach and inspire you to ignite your team to achieve dynamic results. You will learn how to set a vision of change, achieve buy-in and lead the way to capture your vision.

Breakout Sessions:

The Gig Economy and Why It Should be Part of Your Strategy  
Presented by Jeff Luttrell, SHRM-SCP, SPHR - Senior Director of Talent Acquisition, Alorica Inc.  

What is it a gig economy? In this session, we will learn all about the new gig economy, why it matters, and why it should be a part of your planning.  We will make sure everyone knows the difference between gig workers of past and the gig worker of future.  You will learn how to implement and how to sell it to your leadership team and manage the cost.

HR Leader as Coach
Presented by Marvin Chambers, MBA - Marvin Chambers Coaching, A Built to Last Solutions Company

As HR leaders, we need to learn the practices, processes, and tools that allows us to lead in an authentic way and help business leaders making sound people management decisions and take accountability for their behavior. This session will give HR professional exposure to the foundational skills of coaching. They will learn the mindset required and the practices and tools for how to bring the best out of others so they can maximize their potential.

Social Media Recruiting: Building Your Audience
Presented by Jon Thurmond, SHRM-SCP -Mid-Atlantic Regional HR Manager, Team Fishel

You've set up a social media page, but do you have a growth strategy to expand your presence and build your candidate audience across platforms?  Discover how to find, build, and nurture communities on social media that raise awareness around your employer brand. This session will discuss crafting pages, profiles, and posts that communicate your brand values and reaching and nurturing a community of talent that drives engagement.

The Future of HR: AI, Analytics and Automation
Presented by Sterling McKinley - Director of Digital Marketing, McKinley Media

The one thing that stays the same in business is…nothing stays the same. HR is at a crossroads, the likes of which we’ve never seen. New software, an ever changing workforce and other technologies are coming at breakneck pace and all of these changes will have a significant impact on HR practitioners within the next few years. This session will show how HR practitioners can integrate AI into their workflow while remaining human and how automation increases productivity and reduces turnover.

Tools to Reduce Unconscious Bias in Your Workplace
Presented by Lorne Epstein, SHRM-SCP - Electric Cow

The term unconscious bias is new to our lexicon and many of us don't fully understand what it means or how it influences our personal and professional lives. Through this session, you will learn how unconscious bias affects your workplace and the tools to minimize it. Lorne will explain what bias is and how our brain gets in the way of people making the best choices in business. Participants will be engaged with several exercises that help them see their own biases. Techniques will be demonstrated to reduce the effect that bias has in the workplace. 

Secret Powers of Super Negotiators
Presented by Susan Borke - Principal, BorkeWorks

This engaging program is valuable for individuals who want to be more effective when negotiating with vendors, internal or external clients, and other stakeholders. Participants will leave this session with the tools and confidence to prepare for negotiations strategically and achieve success for themselves and their organizations. The program topics and tools draw from the research and proven techniques.

How to Ensure Your Performance & Comp Review Processes are Aligned
Presented by John Smith - CRG emPerform 

What a year-end compensation review should look like:

  • Common challenges with conducting annual merit reviews
  • Factors to consider when building your compensation strategy
  • How to ensure performance & compensation reviews are aligned (and not diluting each other)
  • Key factors for effective pay for performance design
  • Thinking about the process: calibration and timing

Driving Corporate Culture: Contrasting the Talk and the Walk
Presented by Joanna Hoffschneider, ALEP - Resolute Consulting LLC

How can HR professionals influence the true implementation of culture? How can we ensure our own behaviors align with the cultural codes of our organization?  And how can we partner with Marketing (often the owner of brand – a client-facing representation of culture) to ensure corporate messaging is authentic and shared? Combining both reflective work (self-knowledge and self-assessment) with active work (strategies and tools for implementation) this interactive presentation broaches the sensitive topic of cultural disconnects and the subtle ways in which desired corporate culture can be undermined.

Amplify Your Personal Brand: Branding Through Social Media  
Presented by Romona Foster, Social Media Trainer & Consultant

Sure you've heard, "It's not what you know or even who you know, it's who knows you and what they say when you're not around," but how will they even know you exist with all the noise going on online? Branding yourself through social media is imperative if you want to make a lasting impression on your future employer or if you want to find new clients. This engaging session will show you how to build a powerful personal brand through social media platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. You will learn how to stand out from your competition and achieve greater success.

Special Headshot Opportunity at the Conference

This year, we are partnering with High-End Headshots. If you would like to sign up for a headshot session at the conference, you'll save $50 if you do it this month. Jon Meadows is our headshot photographer, and he is also a facial expression coach. He doesn't tell people to smile; he guides them to expressions that convey confidence and approachability. It's a new kind of headshot experience. Schedule and purchase your headshot now.


Thank you to our Event Sponsors!

Gold Sponsor:

CRG emPerform logo     The HR Source - Helping Great Companies Find Great People

Kronos      OneDigital Health and Benefits

Silver Sponsor:

EMP Trust HR - Engage Manage Protect      Fruit Movement

Kaiser Permanente       

Bronze Sponsors:

Aflac   burnalong      Business Pointers - AI Based Business Automation     HUB

     Legal Resources - Relax... You're covered.     Payroll Network       Robert Half

 Click here for details on how you can become a sponsor!