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CHRA’s Annual Spring Conference at Martin’s West on April 11, 2019.

When: Thursday, April 12, 2019
7:30 AM
Where: Martin's West
6817 Dogwood Rd
Baltimore, Maryland  21244
United States
Contact: CHRA
(443) 966-3870

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Chesapeake Human Resources Association

Annual Spring Conference

Elevate, Innovate & Dial Up HR



Thursday, April 11, 2019

7:30 am - 4:00 pm

Martins West

6817 Dogwood Road

Baltimore, MD 21244
(Free Parking)





*This conference has been approved for 5.50 HRCI/SHRM Credits

(Up to 2.50 Strategic credits dependent on breakout sessions attended)  





7:30am – 8:15am
...............Registration / Continental Breakfast / Vendors
8:15am – 8:30am
...............Welcome & Announcements 
8:30am – 10:00am
.............Morning Keynote Presentation – Emily M. Dickens
10:00am – 10:30am
...........Break / Visit Vendors 
10:30am – 11:45am
...........1st Breakout Session 
11:45am – 12:45pm
...........Lunch / Visit Vendors
12:45pm – 2:00pm
.............2nd Breakout Session 
2:00pm – 2:30pm
...............Break / Visit Vendors 
2:30pm – 3:45pm
...............Afternoon Keynote Presentation – Kechi Okwuchi
3:45pm – 4:00pm
.............. Closing Remarks / Conference ends


All attendees will be given electronic access to the handouts prior to the conference. To reduce waste, handouts will not be printed.




 Morning Keynote: Elevate, Innovate and Dial Up HR

 presented by Emily M. Dickens, J.D. SHRM Corporate Secretary & Chief of Staff 


It’s a great time to be in HR. CEOs, Executive Directors and other leaders are valuing good HR because every organization is in the people business. HR is being looked to for answers and solutions to help solve people issues in the era of #MeToo, pay disparity and discrimination while building a culture of inclusivity while the next challenge is accessing the right human capital for an organization’s needs. With advances in technology, how do we successfully merge biological intelligence and artificial intelligence? Who is going to provide the skills and solutions that are needed now and in the future? HR is hungry for transformational ideas and leadership to help compose the vision of the future to elevate the HR profession. You each play a key role in this transformation.


 Afternoon Keynote: My Scars Do Not Define Me
 presented by Kechi Okwuchi, Singer & Motivational Speaker


You may have seen Kechi at the SHRM 2018 National Conference or recognize Kechi from her performances on YouTube or NBC’s America’s Got Talent. From plane crash victim to a finalist on AGT, Kechi Okwuchi has overcome a lot. Through her love of music, Kechi has made a name for herself amongst other superstars singing covers such as "By the Grace of God” and “Don’t Worry About Me.” There is no doubt that adversity has only made Kechi Okwuchi stronger. Kechi will share how the hills and valleys of her recovery shaped the belief system she has today: My scars do not define me. She will communicate that elevating one’s internal qualities above their physical attributes elevates one’s self-worth, which in turn frees a person from the world’s ever-changing standards.





You will select ONE breakout session in EACH session (for a total of two breakout sessions). All breakout sessions are worth 1.25 HRCI/SHRM credits toward re-certification.

1st Breakout Selections: (Choose One)


 1a -Value vs. Merit: Conversations to Bridge the Gap Between What Employees Want and What Employers Expect

Ericka Sallee,Transformation Success Coach & Owner TruSynergy, LLC


About the Session:

In almost every industry, you’re sure to find employees who ask themselves, or discuss with peers, whether they are appreciated for the work they do. Employers and managers are focused on company goals and the bottom line, rightfully expecting employees to understand and drive toward those goals. The gray area comes when there is a constant drive toward meeting those goals, without taking the human resource into account. In this session, gain insight on employee/employer expectations in the workplace and obtain solutions on how to bridge the gap to meet the needs of both. This session will benefit HR practitioners because it will identify key areas where employers could potentially be unfavorably rated on employee engagement surveys and where employees could fall short of meeting expected goals and provide strategies that foster a value-based, relationship-centered corporate culture where employees and employers act as partners in achieving goals.


1b - Engaging & Elevating the Workforce Across Generations: Secrets of the Best Places to Work

Rachel Druckenmiller, MS, Director of Wellbeing and Richard Silberstein, CLU, ChFC, RHU President of SIG


About the Session:

Many of us spend more time than we’d like to admit complaining about “other” generations. Millennials are transient, lazy, distracted and impatient people who want a keg in every office, while Boomers are stubborn, antiquated workaholics who resist talking about feelings at work...right? Perhaps we should be more careful with our generalizations and assumptions. How do we begin to break down the silos and stereotypes that are often doing more harm than good? So much of the conversation around employee engagement across generations has been focused on what makes us different. What about what we have in common as human beings? What if we could focus on learning from each other instead of complaining about each other? What are the secrets from top workplaces that have effectively engaged and retained employees across multiple generations? 

Join us for this session led by nationally recognized wellbeing expert and speaker, Rachel Druckenmiller, and Richard Silberstein, President of SIG, an award - winning best place to work multiples years in a row. Learn from their lessons from the trenches, the latest research about what employees crave, and how we can begin connecting to create more engaged workforces.



1c *Business Credit* The Future of Work

Joe Mechlinski, CEO of SHIFT


 About the Session:

The future is closer than we think. The standard 9 to 5 will soon be a relic, made obsolete by today’s advancing technology. In the next 3 years, we can expect a rapid burst of opportunities in robotics, AI, and automation that will engulf workplaces. Hiding behind the fear of being replaced by a machine is not the solution to addressing this tech boom though. The future is not cold hearted and wrapped in a stainless steel bow, it’s flexible, creative, inspiring. It’s where leaders behind the implementations rise to the occasion, invest in technology, and transform their organizations. It’s where workers are empowered to find their purpose (regardless of historic limitations) and contribute to something bigger than themselves. 

This presentation by Joe Mechlinski will explore the visioning, development, and implementation of change management strategies that will empower leaders and organizations to prepare for and embrace the future workplace.


2nd Breakout Selections: (Choose One)


2a - *Business Credit* Elevate, Innovate and Dial Up your Career

Beth Rudy, President of Beth Rudy Consulting


About the Session:

HR works hard to recruit talent. Unfortunately, many employees leave because they see no path forward. HR lacks a structured way to help individuals define and design their career to optimize all the resources at their disposal. Often the focus is only on the mission, vision, and goals of the organization. While organizational goals are extremely important, so are the goals of the individuals who work for them. When employers align their goals with those of their employees they have a positive powerhouse of productivity. During this workshop, Beth will share a nine-step process all HR Professionals can use to help develop individual employees define and design their career. Organizations will maximize their resources and retain valuable talent. 



2b - Reducing Drama in the Workplace

Dr. Jack Skeen, Ph.D, Founder, Skeen Leadership Group and Lori A. Raggio, MBA, PHR, SHRMCP, Founder, Inspire Greatness Coaching and Consulting, LLC


About the Session:

This engaging, interactive presentation tackles a huge and often complex issue affecting companies of all sizes and types—worker disengagement, distraction and drama. In today’s hyper-competitive business climate, these can all manifest due to a range of different factors, both internal and external, but ultimately the end result is always similar: lost productivity, low morale and workplace/career satisfaction; and in the worst situations, organizational discord, employee attrition and organizational failure.

The goal of the presentation is to help participants instantly recognize drama in the workplace the instant it occurs, while teaching effective skills and techniques to help powerfully shift out of drama to create a more peaceful, harmonious and effective workplace. Participants will discover where they (and their team) currently are on the Thriving Scale. They will learn the concept of the Drama Triangle and why drama in the workplace is such a huge distractor and threat to the organization, while learning the three manifestations of drama: The Hero, The Villain, and The Victim. Participants will also be introduced to the concept of the Entitlement Circle and what it means for their workplace.


2c - Byte-Size Wellness Works: Wellness Self-Coaching Workshop

Kim Bercovitz, Ph.D., Health Behavior Scientist and Chief Exercise Officer, Exercise Bytes LLC


About the Session:

Many employees focus solely on work and give themselves a pass when it comes to healthy habits. Productivity takes a hit, as does overall health. A healthy workplace culture starts with HR professionals taking care of their own health and role modeling a healthy lifestyle for employees. 
Using a self-coaching model, participants will create a personal plan to stay healthy and feel balanced vis-à-vis healthy eating, sleep hygiene, mindfulness and fitness. Next, participants will learn quick and easy ways to create a healthy workplace that includes a micro-break encouraging culture, wellness messaging, and a self-guided wellness self-coaching program that fits into employees’ busy workdays. 
This hands-on workshop underscores the importance of self-care: putting health and oneself first because a healthy employee is a more productive and engaged employee. And healthy employees make for a healthy organization.  Take home healthy lifestyle tip sheets are included.





CHRA has partnered with the My Sister’s Place to help raise funds and provide much-needed supplies for women and children experiencing homelessness and poverty in our community. My Sister’s Place Women’s Center is a comprehensive resource center serving women and children in Baltimore City since 1982. The center provides meals, housing assistance, health care services, education and life skills opportunities, case management, personal services, and links to other community providers. 

Help us support this great cause by either:

  1. Donating at least one of the following items at the conference: laundry detergent (pods or small travel size) or hand wipes. These items are currently needed most.
  2. Making an online donation to My Sister’s Place to help the organization fill immediate needs. Online donations can be made HERE. Please put ‘CHRA’ in the special instructions box so we know the donation came from a CHRA member or supporter.



Please pre-register online for the conference. Space is limited and cannot be guaranteed. Walk-in registrations will only be accepted if space allows after all pre-registered participants have been accommodated. NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE TAKEN BY PHONE. Registrations must be received by Tuesday, April 9 at 9:00am.

CHRA Members: 
$185 if received by 4/4 | $210 if received after 4/4

$270 if received by 4/4 | $295 if received after 4/4
(Join to get the member rate!)

CHRA Student Member:
$92.50 if received by 4/4 | $117.50 if received after 4/4

Registration will close on Tuesday, April 9 at 9:00am.

Registering a group? If you would like to register a group of individuals you may either log-in to each individual's profile on and register them individually, or download the registration form here, print and complete a form for each registrant and fax to CHRA at 443-640-1031.

Martin's West
6817 Dogwood Road
Baltimore, MD 21244

From 695, take the Security Blvd. (toward Woodlawn) exit. Merge onto Security Blvd. Right on Belmont Avenue. Left on Dogwood Road. Facility is on the left. FREE parking.

If you must cancel your registration for a meeting, please do so in writing to The request must be received by fax or mail no later than the close of business on Thursday, April 4, 2019. If you register for this event and are a “no show” and did not cancel in advance, you will still be invoiced for the event so CHRA may recoup the funds used to pay for your meals at the event. If you do not cancel according to this policy, you will be assessed the full program fee.

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