Events/Registration

Greetings MD higher ed HR colleagues! My name is Yvette Bunn Jones, and I’m your new CUPA-HR Maryland Chapter President.

Our program theme this year is “Equipping HR Practitioners to Navigate A New Reality.”

Not only will we be reminding you of the great conference, webinar, and workshop opportunities that the national organization provides, but we will also host many learning opportunities as well.

Our goal continues to provide you with resources and information that you need to help you guide your return to campus during a pandemic, have meaningful dialogue and take constructive action on social justice issues, and listen to and act on necessary changes to higher education. These topics and resources will help you LEAD on your campus.

We certainly miss the opportunity to meet in person, but look forward to reaching a broader audience online and to providing engaging content throughout the year. So, my challenge to you is to stay active in our chapter and share all of our resources and opportunities with your colleagues.

Together, we are going to work to continue making our institutions wonderful places to work.

Yvette Bunn Jones, Chapter President
MD CUPA-HR Chapter

UPCOMING EVENTS

General Session – State and Federal Legal Updates

Date: Friday, September 24, 2021
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Zoom
Register HERE

A presentation for CUPA to review requirements under new State and federal legislation (both COVID and non-COVID related) and discuss applicability in the context of higher education institutions in the State of Maryland.

Presented by: Bernadette Hunton from Kollman Law

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General Session – Building a Strong Financial Future

Date: Friday, October 8, 2021
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Zoom
Register HERE

This presentation explores strategies for building retirement savings so you can feel more confident about your financial security after you leave the workforce, balancing different financial goals, and preparing your estate plan.

Presented by: Joshua Fretz from Tower Federal Credit Union

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General Session – Strategies to Attract & Retain Diverse Talent in Higher Ed

Date: Friday, October 22, 2021
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Zoom
Register HERE

Studies show that campuses with diverse student populations have a higher educational quality for all students. Higher Ed, undoubtedly, has done a better job at attracting diverse student populations, by leaps and bounds ahead of corporations. As diversity grows on campuses across America, how do higher education institutions attract and retain the talent necessary to build inclusive environments for their diverse students? Professors, administrators, campus leaders and staff should all be equipped with the skillset to recognize how the biases, systemic racism and inequalities further divide the campus culture. Please note: This is a highly interactive session.

Presented by: Ciera Parks

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General Session – I Hired Employees … and People Showed Up

Date: Friday, November 5, 2021
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Zoom
Register HERE

This highly interactive session will leverage tools to focus on better ways to attract, develop, and retain top performers in your organization during the pandemic. Attendees will walk away with a new understanding of themselves, a more modern and effective way to look at hiring from a large talent pool, and action steps that will improve their organizations’ overall performance.

Presented by: Steve Picarde

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General Session – How to Conduct Effective Investigations

Date: Friday, November 19, 2021
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Zoom
Register HERE

Whether it is responding to an employee or student complaint, a customer complaint, a government investigation, or some other issue, it seems that companies and are devoting more time and resources to conducting investigations. The appropriateness of the company’s response can potentially help the company avoid liability, maintain a customer relationship, and protect its image, among other things. Thus, it is important to develop appropriate procedures for conducting investigations. Topics for this presentation include identifying reasons why investigations may be conducted, developing strategies for structuring investigations – from understanding how investigations are initiated (e.g., intake process, or responding to a lawsuit or public relations matter), to identifying potential investigators (including the role of legal counsel), and forming strategies for fact gathering and evidence preservation – and developing resolutions for the matters being investigated.

Presented by: Stephen Stern

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General Session – Neurodiversity at Work

Date: Friday, December 3, 2021
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Zoom

 

Presented by: Tina Schmitt

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General Session – Launch to Your Seat at the Table

Date: Friday, December 17, 2021
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Zoom

You have a goal to be at the executive table as a leader. You need the tools, the know-how, and skill to lead to be at and get to the executive table. This session shares with you how to launch into that role as a leader. You will learn: What are the steps you can take to get there? Who are the people who can help you and seeking them out? What things do you need to know to move to the next step in the organization? What should you expect on the journey to this seat? Is it really where you want to be, understanding your own why? Once you are there what should you expect and how do you continue to lead and grow. How to continue to grow as a leader and find mentors along the way. This training will provide you tools, steps, and direction on creating your launch to leadership at the table.

Presented by: Reanette Etzler

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General Session – Managing Your Applicant Flow Like a Pro

Date: Friday, January 14, 2022
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Zoom

The number of monetary settlements in fail-to-hire cases and rigorous audits by OFCCP prove it’s not enough to simply have an applicant tracking process. Companies must ensure their applicant tracking processes are compliant with federal regulations and structured to present their data in the best light possible if audited by OFCCP. This session provides attendees with a step-by-step guide to evaluating their applicant tracking process for regulatory compliance. The presenter also shares insight on audit trends regarding applicant data, discusses the importance of internet applicants, and covers best practices when dispositioning your applicants.

Presented by: Julie Dominguez

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General Session – From Corporate Sponsor: Be The Change

Date: Friday, January 28, 2022
More information to come!

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General Session – Retaining Your Diverse Workforce Through Employee Socialization

Date: Friday, February 11, 2022
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Zoom

This presentation is based on a dissertation titled Effective Socialization Strategies to Increase the Retention of a Diverse Workforce. The presentation will go through the evidence found in the research, and use that information to start a dialogue with the audience. The presentation will start by informing the audience on the academic research on employee socialization. Incorporating the findings of over 100 studies, the presentation will identify five key strategies to increase the retention rate of a diverse workforce: identifying with an organizational in-group, being empowered, having a mentor, having leadership engagement, and having role clarity. The strategies were developed using the research on socialization, diversity management, and social identity theory, and avoid the common recommendations of a one-size-fits-all onboarding program that may inadvertently increase feelings of conformity or forced assimilation. This presentation will give a brief overview of social identity theory, the concept that all individuals assign themselves to groups that they value, and may have feelings of discrimination or conflict towards other groups. This is an important concept in higher education, when group dynamics (such as faculty and staff) can positively, or negatively, influence newcomer socialization. In addition, the research includes a lens of diversity management, which focuses on leveraging the unique skills and abilities of a diverse workforce. The presentation will identify when strategies were particularly effective or ineffective with minority groups.

Presented by: Jennifer Strano, Towson University

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General Session – Digital “lipstick” vs. Digital HR Transformation – The real face of HR Technology Transformations

Date: Friday, February 25, 2022
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Zoom

Technology transformation is the future of HR. Participation in this session will help you decide if you are poised to make this transition and if going digital is right for your company. Data is now in every employees’ hands and how we implement its tremendous potential should be at the top of every organization’s agenda.

Presented by: Jay Polaki

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General Session – From Corporate Sponsor: Family Benefits & Empowering Women in the Workplace

Date: Friday, March 11, 2022
More information to come!

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General Session – Next Generation DC Plans: Decumulation Phase & Retirement Income

Date: Friday, March 25, 2022
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Zoom

What happens after saving the proverbial nest egg and it is time to collect? How do you take a lump sum and covert it into income? In some respects, accumulating that retirement balance is easier than managing the payout to yourself. Listen to a brief history of retirement plans, the passing of ERISA, the evolution of DC Plans, the recent SECURE Act, and explore Guaranteed and Non-Guaranteed withdrawal options.

Presented by: India Suter from Asset Strategy Consultants

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General Session – From Corporate Sponsor: Navigating Significant New Compliance Requirements for Health Plan Sponsors

Date: Friday, April 8, 2022
More information to come!

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General Session – Benefits in Academia

Date: Friday, April 22, 2022
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Zoom

College & University budgets were impacted by the pandemic. Staff benefits are among the the top 3 or 4 expenses behind salaries, pensions/retirement. Benefit Managers looking to expand your knowledge, or HR leaders faced with increased constraints on budgets will learn how the landscape has changed over the last 14 months. This will include – Student Debt, PTO, Infertility benefits. There will be actionable steps provided with insider knowledge on steps HR leaders can take for better financial stewardship of their health and pharmacy benefits.

Presented by: Greta Engle Kessler from USI

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General Session – DEI Training That Shapes Inclusive Cultures – Respect and Embrace the PAUSE!

Date: Friday, May 6, 2022
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Zoom

The PAUSE Model will be presented and discussed. This includes: -Pause -Acknowledge Differences -Understand Biases -Seek Commonalities -Educate We will discuss how to implement the OLE strategy (Observe, Listen, and Engage) to help your organization develop tools that will shape a more inclusive culture. s Objectives: 1. Establish a culture that embraces Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) 2. Communicate effectively between teams and leaders 3. Create a safe place to share ideas and conversations about DEI 4. Identify strategies to recognize and reduce unconscious bias

Presented by: Lynda Katz Wilner

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HR Academy

Due to Covid-19, this event is postponed until further notice. Return to this page and our other chapter social media for webinars on timely topics until we can meet again in large groups.

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