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Talent Journey Conference: Retention Success

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Name: Talent Journey Conference: Retention Success
Date: September 18, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM EDT
Registration: Online Registration is no longer available. Please contact the office for more information.
Event Description:
With unemployment low, competition to hire your best staff is high, and turnover is expensive. Strategies to proactively engage your key staff and empower your leaders is the focus of this year’s conference. This half day conference brings together business owners, HR executives, higher education and available resources (including an expo resource center) for many different industry sectors including: advanced manufacturing/skilled trade, technology, healthcare, automotive/engineering, and professional services.

Representatives from a plethora of state-wide, local, public and private resources will be presenting and part of our trade fair to assist you and your company with your needs.


TIME                          AGENDA
8:00 - 8:30AM            Registration, breakfast & visit Resource Expo Center
8:30 - 9:45AM            Keynote: Retention Success Executive Panel
9:45 - 10:30AM          Networking Break - Visit Resource Expo Center
10:30 - 11:20AM        Breakout Session #1
11:20 - 11:30AM        10 Minute Break
11:30 - 12:20AM        Breakout Session #2
12:20 - 1:30PM          Working Lunch with Roundtable Discussion
1:30 - 3:00PM            BONUS SESSION: Tax Reform-Making Sense of It All!

Keynote: Retention Success Executive Panel
It is imperative to take strategic actions to keep employees motivated, focused, and fully productive. Learn how these executives representing companies of varying sizes and industries have faced challenges and found success with their retention efforts including:
  • Their company's retention strategy
  • How it relates to their mission, vision, and values
  • Unique ways they have built a culture of retention success
Presented by:
  • Roger Hitchcock, CPA, Managing Partner (Auburn Hills Location), Andrew Hoopers Pavlik
  • Matt Loria, CEO, Auxiom
  • David Okonoski, Chief Operating Officer, Lucerne International, Inc.

Breakout Session #1
Building a Thriving Workplace That Drives Employee Engagement & Commitment

Do you have employees who have quit and stayed in your organization? Do you have signs, symbols, and stories in your workplace that promote a healthy culture? Whether you are a small or large organization, hear how the checklist of little details and large initiatives define your culture and learn practical strategies to get your employees connected.
Presented By: Deanna S. Hatmaker, Managing Director, Midwest People Development

Leader-Driven Retention: Developing Managers to Reach Maximum Pro-Action
When holding exit interviews, often staff say they are leaving due to their managers, not the company. Learn tangible takeaways to shift your managers from reactive transactional interactions to proactive transformational results. Guaranteed to provide solutions to sharpen your own leadership expertise as well.
Presented By: Lynda Gugel, Sr. Director, Organizational Development & Learning, Volkswagen Group of America

Breakout Session #2

Creative Techniques for Retaining Happier and Engaged Employees
Companies with high-performing recognition programs are 12 times more likely to have strong business outcomes. Learn how to engage staff from all walks of life in wildly innovative ways, and how to make sure there is consistency with this process in multiple offices.
Presented By:
Nori Meyerson, Employee Engagement Manager, AccessPoint
Denise Fulkerson, Central Region - Director, Business Development, Halo Recognition

Revolutionary Plans Transforming Michigan's Talent Pipeline
Both Michigan's Talent & Economic Development Department and Oakland County Michigan Works! share exciting new initiatives changing the focus and scope of the talent pipeline. A high-level overview of the Marshall Plan for Talent, Business Resource Networks, top trending jobs, market conditions, and a projections forecast you cannot afford to miss.
Presented By:
Jennifer Llewellyn, Manager, Oakland County Workforce Development & Director, Oakland County Michigan Works!
Sammie Lukaskiewicz, Deputy Director, Marketing & Strategy, Michigan Department of Talent & Economic Development

Bonus Session

Tax Reform -- Making Sense of It All!
Join us for an interactive discussion regarding the new tax law and how it impacts you inividually, your employees, and your businesses. We will highlight the key components impacting you the most, provide tax planning opportunities and point out critical pieces you cannot afford to miss. This workshop is a must to be sure you are on the right track for 2018.
Presented By:
Ursula C. Scroggs, CPA, CGMA, President & Managing Director, DKSS CPAs + Advisors
Jean M. Stenger, CPA, Senior Manager, DKSS CPAs + Advisors
Baker College of Auburn Hills
1500 University Dr.
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
Contact Information:
Chamber Office 248.853.7862
Registration Fee:
Future Members: $149

For Sponsorship information: Contact Courtney Woods at

Register 5 or more, receive a 10% discount! 

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