Wednesday, May 7th

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast and Registration

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.
Welcome Colleagues
TMHRA President Melinda Galler, Human Resource Director, City of Lewisville

8:45 – 10:15 a.m.
Opening General Session
Reaching New Heights
This session is a motivating presentation in which James shares life lessons  from expeditions around the world combined with the recent research from the fields of social psychology, and motivational theory. Using adventure as a metaphor for one’s life, James helps audience members see the importance of facing their fears, taking risks, persevering in tough times, embracing change and the necessity of a good team. With stunning images and compelling tales, James will challenge the audience to quit settling for average, whether in life or business, and outline the steps for reaching new heights.
James Robbins, Leadership and Motivation Strategist, St. Augustine, Florida
Moody I Ballroom
James Robbins bio

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
He Said; She Said: Workplace Investigations
Learn strategies, practices, do’s and don’ts about conducting workplace investigations at your city.
Julia Gannaway, Lynn Ross & Gannaway, LLP
Ivy Room
Julie Gannaway Bio
Gannaway – He Said-She Said – Workplace Investigations

Managing Risk: Practical Strategies to Impact Your Bottom Line!
Hear about simple, practical, and creative ways to engage employees throughout your organization in risk management to reduce your costs, liabilities, and your bottom line!
Lisa Norris, Human Resources Director, City of Grand Prairie
Vine Room
Lisa Norris Bio


Dealing with Dollars: Pay Plan Management
Matt shares his wisdom and expertise in methods, practices and challenges in managing your pay plans, reviewing compression, presenting data analysis to management, comparing data amongst your survey cities, and other related compensation issues.
Matt Weatherly, Public Sector Personnel Consultants, Tempe, Arizona
Moody I Ballroom
M Weatherly Bio
Weatherly – Pay Plan Management

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

1:00 – 2:15 p.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
You Can’t Have that Information…or Can You?  Personnel Files and Public Information Requests
This panel of legal, human resources and city secretary experts discuss their perspective on the requirements regarding the management and release of information in the personnel files.
Elliot Barner, Attorney,  Johnson Radcliffe Petrov & Bobbitt PLLC, Patrice Fogarty,  City Secretary,  City of LaPort; and Sheree McCarty, Administrative Coordinator, HR Department, City of Houston
Vine Room
Elliott Barner Bio
Patrice Fogarty bio 2014
Sheree D. McCarty bio
Fogarty – You Can’t Have that Information – Or Can You (2)

To Your Health: Beyond the Fundamentals of an Effective Wellness Program
Effective wellness programing involves much more than Lunch & Learns, HRA’s, and water bottle giveaway’s.  In this session, Todd shares cutting-edge strategies that progressive organizations are using to measurably improve the health of employee populations.  To truly impact the cost of healthcare we must slow the progression and destruction of disease and Todd will show specific steps that will help your company do exactly that.
Todd Whitthorne, President, ACAP Health, Dallas, Texas
Moody I Ballroom
Todd Whitthorne bio
Whitthorne – TMHRA-Galveston-2014 (2)

Best Practice for HR Employee Policies, Handbooks and Job Descriptions.
This session provides a legal perspective of best practices, key elements, and practical tips in the development and/or modification of policies, employee handbooks, job descriptions and other information relevant to HR professionals and critical to your organization.
Brian J. Begle, Partner, Olson and Olson, LLP
Ivy Room
Brian Begle Bio
Begle – Best Practice for HR Employee Policies, Handbooks and Job Descriptions

2.15 – 2:30 p.m.

2:30 – 3:45 p.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
HIPAA Policy, Protection and Pitfalls
Learn about complying with HIPAA privacy regulations in your organization, policies that should be in place, what to expect and how to prepare for an audit.
Andrew Malahowski, Area Senior VP Compliance Counsel, Gallagher Benefit Services
Ivy Room
Andrew Malahowski Bio
Malahowski– HIPAA Policy, Protection, and Pitfalls

Nine Minutes on Monday: Leadership and Motivation
Nine Minutes on Monday is a simple system to help you raise productivity, boost morale, and increase employee engagement. The number one reason why managers fail to increase productivity, and get the best out of their people is they neglect to keep their leadership priorities in front of them.  This session combines proven engagement drivers and principles of human motivation into a simple system of execution. No matter how busy you are, Nine Minutes on Monday will ensure your staff  are motivated, inspired, and equipped to bring their best to work each day.
James Robbins, Leadership and Motivation Strategist, St. Augustine, Florida
Moody I Ballroom
James Robbins bio
Robbins – Nine-Minutes on Monday

Succession Planning: Capturing the Institutional Knowledge Walking out the Door
LaShon Ross, Deputy City Manager, City of Plano
Do you want tomorrow’s success to be even greater than today’s?  We will explore ways to activate a plan to ensure performance continuity and success!”
Vine Room
Lashon Ross Bio
Ross – Succession Planning_TMHRA Ann Conf_May 2014

3:45 – 5:00 p.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Double Agent: Contractor or Employee? Beware!
Kathryn K. Boss, Associate, Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, William & Aughtry
Ivy Room
Kathryn K. Boss Bio
Helfand – Boss -Independent Contractor v Employee PPT

Navigating the ACA – Become the Expert!  (repeated at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday)
Compliance requirements, qualifying and look back periods, determining benefit eligible workers and impact to your business.
Claire Pancerz, Compliance Consultant, Holmes Murphy and Associates, Inc.
Moody I Ballroom
Claire Pancerz Bio
Pancerz – Navigating the Affordable Care Act Become An Expertv2

Continuing to Grow as an HR Professional…
The field of Human Resources is dynamic and rapidly changing.  This session will allow you to take personal inventory of your professional development and identity.  During this session, you will identify different ways to engage as an HR professional in order to make sure you maintain deep and broad knowledge that enhances your contribution as an expert and leader in the organization.  The session will also review how to remain relevent, HR savy and professionally connected to the myriad of professional networks and organizations that exists.  The session will also provide an update on the formation of the Texas IPMA chapter.
Mark Washington, Human Resource Director, City of Austin
Vine Room
Mark Washington Bio

5:00 p.m.

Meet and Mingle Reception
Extra tickets may be purchased for guests who want to attend the reception (see Registration Form).
Viewfinders Terrace (located on the 9th floor)

Evening Events:
New Member Dinner
New TMHRA members over the past year are encouraged to attend, mingle with Board members and network with other HR professionals. Transportation provided and departing hotel at 6:00 p.m.
The Spot, 3204 Seawall Blvd.

Past Presidents Dinner
TMHRA past-presidents re-unite for dinner and to mingle.
Landry’s Seafood, 5310 Seawall Blvd, Transportation provided and departs hotel at 5:30 p.m.

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