HR & Training CONNECT

HR & Training CONNECT

Firms with a strong and engaging HR and training department have a competitive market advantage. The HR & Training CONNECT focuses on developing the ability of a company recruitment, training and retaining function thru this dynamic line-up of thought leaders and dynamic best practice sessions. In addition, this conference offers ASA University users or those that are thinking about engaging Association training materials into their training program will have an opportunity to network with other users on how they are employing the industry standard of training materials into their company’s performance development programs.

Registration for the 2019 event is closed. Learn about the 2019 program below and check back later for updates.

Session Thought Leaders

Us vs Them


Jeff Havens
If you’re listened to any other discussion about generational issues at work, then you’ve undoubtedly been told there are four-even-five distinct generations operating side-by-side in today’s workplace. You’ve heard about the differences between these generations, and then you’ve been told that you just have to deal with all these people because they aren’t going away and they aren’t going to change how they operate. However, if you have ever been frustrated but how impossible it seems to deal with these multiple generational needs and if it seems that you are the only one being asked to accommodate the other generations, this session is for you. In this session, Jeff will show you a simpler way of looking at the generational differences, how to deal with them and how simple it is to resolve the differences between each. While some sessions will talk about what the generations want, this session will tell you why everyone wants the different things they do.

Your People: How to Find Them, Pay Them & Keep Them Motivated


Gene Marks
One of the biggest challenges faced by business owners today is attracting and retaining great people. During this entertaining and fast moving session Gene will touch on some of the most important employee related issues in your company including: How trends and regulations in minimum wage, paid time off, and overtime will impact your ability to find and motivate employees. Key issues that need to be addressed in your employee handbook. Innovative perks and benefits the big companies offer that you can too. The benefits, costs, risks and rewards of outsourcing, including the latest technology tools to manage your outsourced contractors. The newest and innovative cloud based technologies that are helping companies of all sizes recruit, manage, compensate and make them more attractive to work for. A review of the most recent legislation regarding retirement plans. The latest developments in healthcare reform and how smart employers are controlling their healthcare costs in 2019 while continuing to be competitive in the job market. Gene’s presentations help business owners & managers look ahead, making sure they are educated on critical issues affecting their industries.

Practical & Sustainable Ways to Build a High Performing Culture


Bill Kaiser
World class organizations have long recognized the powerful influence their cultures have on the performance of their people, and by extension, the performance of their organizations. Not surprisingly, while mot organizations allow their cultures to evolve naturally, top performing organizations don’t leave this to chance. Instead they are amazingly intentional about how they create and drive the cultures they want to have. In this session, Bill will walk you through the difference between good cultures and top performing ones; How to institutionalize your culture and make it more than a sign on the wall; how values are less important than behaviors; How to integrate culture thru acquisition and the role of ritual in sustaining a focus on culture over the long haul.

Humanity Works: Merging Technologies and People for the Workforce of the Future


Alexandra Levit
The professional landscape is transforming, and the only way to maintain competitive advantage is to maximize the unique skills of your workforce. In Humanity Works, bestselling author, global workplace consultant and futurist Alexandra Levit provides a guide to making the most of the human traits of creativity, judgement, problem solving and interpersonal sensitivity. Revealing what the 'robot takeover' will really look like, how talent and machines can work side by side and how you can make organizational structures more agile and innovation focused, this book will prepare you to lead organizations of the future.



3:00pm – 5:00pm ASA University Users Workshop

5:30pm – 7:00pm Registration

6:00pm – 7:00pm Welcome Reception


7:00am – Noon Registration

8:00am – 8:45am Opening Breakfast & ASA Update

9:00am – 10:45am Us vs Them

11:00am – Noon Your People: How to Find Them, Pay Them & Keep Them Motivated

Noon – 1:00pm Networking Lunch

1:30pm – 3:00pm the Future of Work

3:30pm – 5:00pm Best Practice Round Table

5:30pm – 6:30pm Networking Reception


7:00am – 7:45am Breakfast & Panel Presentation

8:00am – 11:00am Practical & Sustainable Ways to Implement a High Performance Culture

11:00am – 11:30am Wrap-up & Session Takeaways

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