2020/21 Fall/Winter Virtual Conference Series

Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, we will be transitioning our 2020 Fall Conference to a series of virtual presentations throughout the Fall/Winter of 2020/21.  Details about upcoming presentations and speakers are listed below and more webinars will be added throughout the fall/winter.

These webinars are free to attend thanks to support of our sponsors and partners.


Past Event: Candid Connections – An interactive networking session for NC higher ed professionals

Friday, February 19, 2021 at 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM ET

Hosted by the NC CUPA-HR Board

With the onset of COVID-19 in 2020, most higher Ed HR professionals had to press pause on innovative practices and programs so that we could keep up with “pandemic speak.” As HR professionals, we are problem-solvers, talent detectives, cultural drivers, strategic thinkers, and now SME’s for all things pandemic. It’s hard to imagine how an institution could function, much less flourish, without our expertise. So now, let’s take some time to “connect” and talk about what we’d like to leave behind in 2020 so that we can begin to move forward in 2021.

In this session, we’ll offer a fun way to review the challenges of 2020 so we can better prepare for our future. We’ll host the party, but you’ll do the talking.  Join your higher ed HR colleagues in discussing the following:

  • Left behind a decade of change, how HR processes and behaviors have transformed.
  • Smashing 2020 – Quotes, phrases and words to leave behind.
  • Chat with CUPA-HR Board Members networking and more…
  • Pick your brains – Interested in having more conversation?


Upcoming Event: Strategies and Initiatives for Diversity and Inclusion

Friday, February 26, 2021 at 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET

Presented by Sheri Schwab, Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity at NC State University

Sheri Schwab, Chief Diversity Officer at NC State, will share some of the initiatives and strategies being used to bring inclusive excellence to the workplace.

To register, click HERE

This event is sponsored by:


Past Event: Top Legal Issues Facing Higher Ed HR in 2021

Friday, January 22, 2021 at 10:00 AM ET

Presented by Beth Jones, Partner at Womble Bond Dickinson

COVID-19, presidential transition, managing a remote workforce…these are a only a few challenges facing higher ed as we enter 2021.  Join us in January as we explore some of the Top Legal Issues Facing Higher Ed HR in 2021 led by Beth Jones, Partner at Womble Bond Dickinson and frequent presenter at NC CUPA-HR events.  Beth will provide insight into key changes in the legal landscape that higher ed HR professionals need to be aware of, and some recommendations and resources to help higher ed HR professionals navigate these challenges in 2021 and beyond.

This event is sponsored by:


Past Event: Work-life Harmony and Teleworking: It’s Possible

Tuesday, December 8 at 10:00 AM ET

Presented by Justin Yeaman, Director of Learning & Organizational Development at ECU

Work-life harmony can be difficult to maintain even in the best of circumstances, much less while working remotely as a result of a global pandemic. While the focus is often placed on preventing “life” from interfering with “work” while working remotely, for a large portion of human resources professionals, work is more likely to be interfering with (or even taking over for!) life. In this workshop, we will discuss ways we can set ourselves up for success by managing our workspace, time, and interruptions to experience better work-life harmony while working remotely.

To register, click HERE

This event is sponsored by:


Past Event: Emerging Technologies in Higher Education and the Future of Work.

Wednesday, October 21 at 2:00 PM ET sponsored by Oracle   

Presented by Joseph Clay, Vice President – Human Capital Management Transformation at Oracle

Emerging technologies are impacting every aspect of how we interact, learn and work. The most successful companies are discovering ways to use artificial intelligence (AI) and other evolving technologies to deliver superior growth, new jobs and faster innovation. Accenture estimates a 38% revenue boost over the next five years companies fully committed to AI and investing in human-machine collaboration. Institutions are combining the operational efficiency of AI with the engagement and awareness of people to enhance customer experiences, create new products and services and identify new markets.

In this session, we will examine the evolution of AI and the challenges associated with transforming the Higher Education culture and evolving workforce.

We will review how:

  • Disruptive forces in Higher Education are challenging leaders to evolve how campuses work
  • Technology is altering how institutions deliver educational content and engage students
  • Institutions are setting the stage for their journey to the future of Higher Education

The goal is to help participants better understand the current landscape of emerging technologies and provide examples of leading institutions successfully adopting AI and evolving human intelligence.

This event is sponsored by:


More virtual events/webinars to be announced soon!   Check back often!