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*CANCELLED: CHRA Annual Spring Conference: April 16, 2020
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Attend the largest HR spring conference in Maryland. CHRA’s Annual Spring Conference at Martin’s West on April 16, 2020 features excellent keynotes, over 40 exhibitors and the opportunity to earn HCRI and SHRM credits. Learn from and connect with industry experts on current HR trends and policies.

When: Thursday, April 16, 2020
7:30 AM
Where: Martin's West
6817 Dogwood Rd
Baltimore, Maryland  21244
United States
Contact: CHRA
(443) 966-3870

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*This event has been cancelled due to a State of Maryland executive order

prohibiting mass gatherings of 250 people or more


Chesapeake Human Resources Association

Annual Spring Conference


A New Decade, A New Future for HR


Thursday, April 16, 2020

Martins West

6817 Dogwood Road

Baltimore, MD 21244
(Free Parking)


*This conference has been approved for 5.25 HRCI/SHRM Credits
(Up to 2.50 Strategic credits dependent on breakout sessions attended)  




The Chesapeake Human Resources Association (CHRA) annual Spring Conference is a long standing tradition and a cutting edge event with approximately 450 attendees each year attracting Human Resource professionals from the Greater Baltimore area. 


CHRA is taking all developments concerning the coronavirus (Covid-19) very seriously and will continue to closely monitor the situation. There are currently no plans to postpone or cancel the 2020 CHRA Spring Conference. We have received no cancellations from exhibitors at the event, and registrations are on pace with previous years. We will continue to monitor the situation and of course will be in discussion with health authorities and the Association's volunteer leaders. The health and safety of all our attendees is our highest priority.



7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m...............Registration / Continental Breakfast / Vendors
8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m...............Welcome & Announcements 
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.............Morning Keynote Presentation – Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m...........Break / Visit Vendors 
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m...........1st Breakout Session 
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m...........Lunch / Visit Vendors
12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.............2nd Breakout Session 
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m...............Break / Visit Vendors  / Giveaways
2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m...............Afternoon Keynote Presentation – Karin Hurt
3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.............. Closing Remarks / Conference ends


A special message from our keynote speaker Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, SHRM President & CEO





Morning Keynote: Getting Talent Back to Work
presented by Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, SHRM President & CEO 


A dynamic presentation on historic commitments to criminal justice reform – particularly with the recent passage of the First Step Act, which provides the business community an opportunity to help people re-enter society by joining the Getting Talent Back to Work movement. In his own unique style, Johnny will share how by embracing best practices employers can identify a diverse pool of qualified applicants, improve opportunities for those deserving of second chances, and have a direct positive impact on their communities – strengthening them and keeping them safe.




Afternoon Keynote: Winning Well:  Building High-Performance High Engagement Cultures 
presented by Karin Hurt, Founder of Let’s Grow Leaders

Today’s managers face a hyper-competitive environment sandwiched between business realities and the needs of the people they supervise. Without the tools to win well, managers too often become frustrated, exhausted, or leave hoping it will be easier elsewhere. In this inspiring, interactive program, based on her best-selling book, Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results - Without Losing Your Soul, you’ll receive tools to help you and your leaders blend the bottom line with the human spirit - that is, to sustain excellent performance over time through energized, motivated people all working together.




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.


Morning Breakout Sessions: (Choose One)


1a: Courageous Cultures:  How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers & Customer Advocates
Karin Hurt, CEO, Let’s Grow Leaders

What would happen if every member of your team came to work focused on finding solutions and creating better results? Based on groundbreaking new research in innovation and problem solving, you’ll learn what HR leaders like you are doing to build more creative and solutions-oriented teams. We’ll explore the root causes of FOSU (fear of speaking up), ways to show up more courageously yourself, and techniques to your team’s fears and frustration into innovation.




1b:  *Business Credit* Conscious Management of Unconscious Bias
Bettina Straight, Independent Training Consultant and Manager of Leadership and Culture, Mercy Medical Center & Colleen Sabatino, Vice President of Business Development, BiasSync


Turning conflict into conversations starts with a clear understanding of our own unconscious biases. Using science-based measurement to quickly create awareness, this program leverages cutting edge information from leading unconscious bias experts to address the non-binary benefits of forging relationships that demonstrate how diversity leads to innovation. This program identifies specific and immediate strategies and examples that can be applied both personally and organizationally to achieve diversity & inclusion goals.



1c: Stay Interviews: Engage & Retain

Dawn Rodriguez, HR Director, Information Technology at Johns Hopkins

Exit interview practices have been in place for decades at most organizations. A stay interview is like an exit interview, except the people you talk to have not decided to leave (yet). The goal is to find out what people like about the work environment and what they do not like. By minimizing or eliminating the negatives and building on the positives, you have a better chance of building an engaged workforce and retaining your top talent.  




Afternoon Breakout Sessions: (Choose One)



2a: *Business Credit* HR & the “Hidden Strategic Plan”
Janet McNally, D.Ed. SPHR, Team Development Services

HR professionals are required to “be strategic” by accrediting bodies, employers, and academic institutions. However, to be strategic, HR programs need to be linked to the organization’s strategic plan, which can be “hidden” due to not being written clearly with the needs of HR or of the larger organization in mind. Some plans even fail to address the “strategy” part of strategic planning. This presentation shows how HR professionals can take a leading, proactive role in their organizations by clarifying how a more robust SWOT analysis can be used to examine the organization’s core competencies; value proposition to the customer; arenas; vehicles; and speed and sequence of events. Secondarily, this presentation shows how HR professionals can restore the “missing strategic middle” by conducting their own internal and external research.  




2b: 2020 Vision: A New Decade, A New Future: The Extraordinary Workplace Experience & Focus on the Quality of Interaction

Louise Phipps Senft, Founder & CEO, Baltimore Mediation

Quality human interaction, especially in crisis and when in emotional pain in the workplace, is the chief predictor of ease, trust, informed decision-making and cooperation.  For HR practitioners, it is the sine qua non for more productive, healthier, more grateful staff and greater cooperation. HR practitioners have always known interaction matters; now they will understand the cutting-edge research as to why and the wider implications for a healthier workforce. Louise Senft provides 7 case-studies and 7 skill takeaways to transform an HR practitioner’s everyday practice. Never again will there not be time for quality interaction with staff and colleagues.



2c: It Is More Than What You See: Shifting Mindset Sustained Success in 2020

Marvin Chambers, Executive Coach/Leadership & Talent Strategist, Marvin Chambers Coaching


Conscious leadership offers a choice.The opportunity to function like a thermostat instead of fitting into the status quo, to feel empowered to set the tone and shift the energy and culture in order to achieve greater results and levels of satisfaction. Attendees will get an overview of the Seven Levels of Energy or Conscious Leadership and learn how to move beyond their default tendencies and consciously choose a mindset level that best serves the situation - not be limited to what is comfortable or current knowledge base, skills and abilities. Attendees will also learn about the blockers of success and tips on how to overcome them.



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





CHRA’s Spring Conference has gone mobile! CHRA’S conference App is now available to all registered conference attendees. Check your email for download instructions.


With the app, you’ll have at your fingertips:

  • Full conference schedule and ability to create your own personalized schedule
  • Access to speaker handouts in advance and on-site
  • The ability to get to know your sponsors and exhibitors
  • Enhanced networking with the social feed, photo albums, and ability to message each other
  • An Attendee list
  • ...and more!


Be sure to Check-in! 

Once you download the app, click the three blue vertical lines in the top left corner and select “Other App Users: Connect,” then “Check In” so that you can connect with other attendees and be entered to win a $100 Massage Envy gift card!




If you download and check-in on the app by Wednesday, April at 15th (5 p.m. EST), you'll be part of a drawing for a $100 Massage Envy gift card*.



Martin's West

6817 Dogwood Road

Baltimore, MD 21244

410 944 9433


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 Friday, April 3, 2020. 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.


CHRA qualifies as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c) 6 of the Internal Revenue Code. As such, your sponsorship is not deductible as a charitable contribution, but may be deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense depending upon your individual tax circumstances — please consult your tax advisor.



CHRA has partnered with the Junior Achievement of Central Maryland to help raise funds and provide much-needed supplies for JA Biztown, a simulated city where fourth through sixth graders experience hands-on workplace, business, and personal finance challenges. JA inspires and prepares young people to succeed in the global economy. By partnering with JA, you will empower young people to own their economic success.


Help us support this cause by either:
Donating the following items at the conference: individual fruit snacks, copy paper. 
Or by making an online donation to Junior Achievement. Online donations can be made HERE. Please put ‘CHRA’ in the notes box so we know the donation came from a CHRA member or supporter.



Registration and attendance at, or participation in, CHRA meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to the use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions, and audiotapes of such events and activities by CHRA and other third parties, including but not limited the association, the venue, the host city, etc.


CHRA requires that all members and attendees abide by the association’s Code of Conduct while at CHRA events or while representing CHRA either directly or through apparent authority. By registering for this event, you agree to abide by CHRA’s Code of Conduct. If you believe that someone has violated the Code of Conduct, or if you would like to report an incident, please report to the CHRA staff person on site, or if not available, a board member on site. You may also email CHRA at





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