“The Eras of HR:  The Past, The Present, and The Future”

Embassy Suites by Hilton Airport Hotel and Convention Center
5055 International Blvd
North Charleston, SC 29418 

Sunday, September 15, 2019

1:00 – 3:00pm                    Sponsor Registration and Set-Up, Silent Auction Table (Throughout Conference) – Embassy Suites Hotel – Ballroom C Foyer

1:30 – 3:00pm                    Conference Registration Open – Embassy Suites Hotel – Ballroom Foyer C

2:00 – 3:00pm                    New Member/First Time Attendee Meet and Greet – Ballroom C

3:15 – 3:30pm                    Welcome, Board Introduction, Announcements, and Acknowledgement of  Sponsors – Ballroom C

3:30 – 5:00pm                    “Birds of a Feather – Best Practices in Higher Education” – Ballroom C

Roundtable Discussion surrounding best practices through speed discussions led by subject experts on innovative recruitment, engaging employee relations,  affinity groups, creative training, Title IX and benefits, payroll, engagement and retention, Bringing Your Human to Work, etc.

5:30 – 6:30pm                    Welcome Reception – Wando

6:30 – 9:00pm                    “Dinner on your Own” – Enjoy a night on the town

Monday, September 16, 2019

7:30 – 8:30am                    Breakfast (complimentary for hotel guests) – Atrium

8:00 – 8:45am                    Conference Registration Open – Embassy Suites Hotel – Ballroom C – Foyer

8:45 – 9:00am                    Welcome and Annual Meeting – Ballroom C

9:00 – 10:30am                  Keynote Speaker:  Bruce Christopher, Clinical Psychologist – Ballroom C
“Are We Having Fun Yet?”

Attendees will discover the power of strategic thinking during this incredibly thoughtful start to your conference. In this very humorous session, the audience learns the power of a positive attitude and the secrets only OPTIMISTS know! They will discover how attitude creates success, shapes moods, and is contagious. Great for motivation, dealing with change, stress management, leadership, and personal life attitude adjustments. Very funny, great stories and excellent content. The most important thing about you is your attitude.

10:30 –11:00am                Break/Connect with Sponsors – Ballroom C

11:00am – 12:15               Breakout Sessions:  Meeting Rooms 6,7, 8, 9

Breakout Session A:    Meeting Room 6

”The Era of HR:  Impact on Student Retention
Speaker: Sandra Varney, University of South Carolina

Participants in this session will be reminded of and encouraged to think about how their work as HR Professionals impacts student retention and success at their institutions.  Attendees should walk away with a renewed energy and excitement for their work and a deeper understanding of how their work is connected to the mission of the University.  They should recognize how their work, though primarily behind the scenes, does have an impact on student success at their schools.

Breakout Session B:  Meeting Room 7

“Workforce Planning”
Speaker: Heather Keever, SC Department of Administration

This session will provide a general understanding of what workforce planning is, why it is especially important now, steps in the process, and strategies for addressing anticipated workforce gaps. We will discuss the obstacles to implementing a successful workforce planning initiative and strategies to overcome these obstacles. Participants are encouraged to share their own struggles and successes related to this topic and to consider how the information discussed in the session can be applied to their organization.

Breakout Session C:  Meeting Room 8

“Issues Resolved:  Case Management for this Era”
Speaker:  Jennifer Ray and Derek Ekaitis, Clemson University

This innovative session will focus on implementing a case management system for employee relations. Attendees will learn about the case management system that has benefited Clemson by increasing the ability to track turnover, provide performance and discipline metrics for specific areas, reoccurring discipline or performance issues and housing historical data. In addition, participants will be able to learn about new ways, Staff and Faculty Relations at Clemson is becoming more proactive instead of reactive to issues we help address.

Breakout Session D: Meeting Room 9

“Institutional Reforms and the Challenges to Establishing a Culture of Accountability”
Speaker:  Atiya K. Stokes-Brown, Coastal Carolina University

Establishing an inclusive campus culture requires that we affirm institutional accountability and infuse a focus on justice and inclusion in all levels of decision-making, policies, and practices.  In this interactive session, we will examine recent efforts by universities to establish a culture of accountability around diversity initiatives, practices, and policies, focusing specifically on policies requiring staff and faculty members to consider diversity issues. In particular, we will engage in discussion that will help us consider how these types of reforms impact campus culture and climate, and consider how we might promote and encourage these and other reforms at our home institutions.

12:15 – 1:30pm                  Lunch – Ballroom B

1:30 – 2:45pm                    General Session –   Panel Discussion with Higher Education CHRO’s / Administrators – Ballroom C

  • Caroline Agardy, University of South Carolina
  • Shirley Biggs, Claflin University, Private
  • Lisa Cowart, Winthrop University
  • Emily Watrous, Clemson University
  • Ed Pope, College of Charleston
  • Leah Schonfeld, The Citadel
  • Terry Dingle, Florence-Darlington Technical College

Human Resources is a challenging profession to say the least and the role of the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) is critical to the trajectory of success of any organization.  A great CHRO in the higher education space helps to shape the strategic direction of their institutions, improves the quality of the lives of the rank and file employees and influences the career pathways of fellow HR professionals. This panel discussion will cover the pressing issues, growing trends and key efforts in the HR higher education community.  Come learn more about the transitions over the eras of HR through the eyes of today’s Chief HR Officers. Don’t miss this great session.

2:45 – 3:15pm                     Break/Connect with Sponsors – Ballroom C

3:15 – 4:30pm                     Breakout Sessions – Platinum Sponsors

Breakout Session E: Meeting Room 6

“Targeting Talent: How Benefits Can Help Attract and Retain High-Value Faculty and Staff
Speaker: Christopher Smith,  Vice President, Senior Consultant, Sibson Consulting

Hiring, engaging, developing and retaining top talent is critically important when institutional and demographic change is so significant as it is today. Research studies indicate that benefits really do matter – more so than ever before. How are institutions approaching the talent issue with their employee benefit programs?

This session addresses the different types of talent, how they are identified and what metrics are particularly useful and prevalent in Higher Ed.

  • We examine how the preferences of High Value Talent might best be discovered and evaluated.
  • We discuss various attraction and retention strategies using traditional and non-traditional benefits.
  • We suggest a path forward to align the benefits function with the talent management function at higher education institutions.


 Breakout Session F: Meeting Room 7

Plan for 100, Embracing the New Longevity
 Speaker:  Billy Peebles,  District Vice President, AIG Retirement Services

Join us for a light and informative presentation that will address the top worries of living to age 100.

Breakout Session G:  Meeting Room 8
“Savvy Cyber Security”

Speaker: Sindy Wylie, Wealth Manager, Cetera Investors

Most people don’t realize how vulnerable they are to cybersecurity attacks or what they can do to maximize their security. In our world today, which has become more and more reliant on technology, new threats and data breaches are exposed every day that threaten our security.

Breakout Session H: Meeting Room 9
“What does your careers site say about your employer brand?”
Speaker: Ty Landry, VP of Business Development, PageUp People

To attract top talent in a competitive market, higher education institutions need a tech-optimized application process that focuses on the candidate experience. Candidates can often pick and choose the organizations they apply to, and job seekers expect a consumer-grade experience. That means institutions need a streamlined, tech-optimized application process. This talk will take the audience step-by-step through creating a great applicant experience: from social media integration to position description optimization, mobile functionality, employer branding and more.

5:30 – 6:30                         Hotel Reception (complimentary for hotel guests)

6:30 – 10:30pm                 Monday Night Event – Join us for a fun filled night as always!  Ballroom B

The Roaring 20s – The Great Gatsby:  Doing the Charleston in Charleston”
Let’s celebrate the Roaring 20’s as we take a stroll down memory lane! Connect with other conference attendees during this relaxed networking social.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Spirit Day – show your spirit by wearing your college or university’s gear! You can sport a shirt with your institution’s logo or simply wear your school’s colors.

7:30 – 8:30am                    Breakfast (complimentary for hotel guests) – Atrium

8:30 am                               Group Picture – 2019 SC CUPA-HR Participants – Spiral Staircase in Hotel Convention Center

8:30 – 9:00am                    Welcome and CUPA National Brief – Ballroom C

9:00 – 10:15am                  Keynote Speaker:  Martha Lanier, Owner of IGNITE Your Potential, Inc. – Ballroom C

“The Power of Choice: Turning Challenges into Achievements”
Today many of us face a variety of challenges whether it is choosing to stretch our comfort zones or face unexpected or day-to-day challenges. Martha Lanier is no stranger when itcomes to overcoming obstacles. During today’s keynote session, Martha provides an entertaining and action-packed program that demonstrates how you can adopt a more positive attitude, regain control and enjoy living a healthy, productive and rewarding lifestyle. You will leave this keynote recharged, refocused and ready to turn challenges into satisfying and rewarding achievements.

10:15 –10:45am                Break/Connect with Sponsors

10:45am –Noon                2019 Legal Update – Ballroom C

Speakers: Melissa L. Azallion and Reggie Gay, Partner
Burr Forman  McNair

12:00 –12:15pm               Closing Remarks