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Past Volunteer Speakers


    We are grateful to our volunteer speakers for presenting on interesting and relevant topics.  Our past speakers include the following:

    July 2020

    Topic:  HR Disruptors
    Speaker:  Sebastien Girard, MBA, SVP, Workforce Engagement, Atrium Health

    June 2020

    Topic:  Managing your Headspace for success in Turbulent 2020
    Speaker:  Martha Allen - MSA Coaching

    March 2020

    Topic:  Creating a Culture to Attract and Retain Talent
    Speaker:  Chris Allen, Always About the People LLC Founder & Principal

    February 2020

    Topic:  CBD Oil:  Now... How is This Going to Work?
    Speakers:  Tene Osahar, MD, Gracienne Jean-Pierre, NP, and Wil Dees, Chiropractic Assistant; ARCPoint Labs of Monroe and Wadesboro

    January 2020

    Topic:  Why joining a nonprofit board is good for employees and business.
    Speaker:  Amy Sperry, Executive Director, Union County Education Foundation

    November 2019

    Topic:  Panel Discussion on Military Culture and Hiring
    Speaker:  Panel of speakers

    October 2019

    Topic:  Domestic Violence & the Employers Workshop
    Speaker:  Ron Kimble & Jan Kimble, JKFFC – Founders 

    September 2019

    Topic:  2019 UCHRA Employment Law Update
    Speaker:  David Klass and Tiffani Greene, Fisher & Phillips

    August 2019

    Topic:  The Value of a Custom Corporate Wellness Program
    Speaker:  Michelle Norris, Director of Corporate Wellness

    June 2019

    Topic:  Success Principles from Institute Success
    Speaker:  Harvey Smith

    May 2019

    Topic:  Tapping into the Talent within Union County Public Schools
    Speaker:  Robert Filter, Director of Career Readiness, Union County Public Schools

    April 2019

    Topic:  HR’s Role in Organizational Development
    Speaker:  Jeanne Pritt, CEO, People Outcomes

    March 2019

    Topic:  The Growing Risks of Employment Practices Liability for
    Small Businesses
    Speaker:  Theresa Cogar, Vice President, ECM Solutions

    February 2019

    Topic:  Policy & Culture: How to Build an Effective Harassment Program
    Speaker:  Keith Wheeler, HR Resources of the Carolinas

    January 2019

    Topic:  Developing Millennial Leaders and the need for a new type of leadership
    Speaker:  Christina Rozier

    November 2018

    Topic:  Addressing Poor Workplace Behavior
    Speaker:  Robyn Crigger, CEO, Compass Career Management Solutions

    October 2018

    Topic:  VR’s Working for Your Business
    Speaker:  Frances Robinson, Regional Specialist for Employment Services Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, NC Department of Health and Human Services

    September 2018

    Topic:  2018 UCHRA Employment Law Update
    Speaker:  Kevin J. Dalton, Partner, Fisher & Phillips

    August 2018

    Topic:  Leading Through Change Intelligently
    Speaker:  Jeanne Pritt, CEO, People Outcomes

    June 2018

    Topic:  Financial Wellness
    Speaker:  Tamika Williams, CE Smart Solutions

    May 2018

    Topic:  Worker’s compensation (Risk Management)
    Speaker:  Jay Roberts, JJ Wade & Associates

    April 2018

    Topic:  Cyber Security
    Speaker:  Jeff Gaura, The Network Team

    March 2018

    Topic:  Mental Health First Aid
    Speaker:  Kyla Barnes, Health Promotions Coordinator, Carolinas Healthcare System

    February 2018

    Topic:  The Current State of Economic Development in Union County, NC
    Speaker:  Chris Platé, Executive Director, Monroe-Union County Economic Development

    January 2018

    Topic:  Becoming A Person of Influence by John Maxwell
    Speaker:  DeAngelo Burse, President & CEO, Driven Life Consulting

    November 2017

    Topic:  Shaping & Influencing Organizational Culture
    Speaker:  Laura Hampton, VP Member Services, The Employers Association

    October 2017

    Topic:  Integrating Soft Skills Training In Your Workforce
    Speaker:  Julie Laytham and Wendi McCarn, South Piedmont Community College

    September 2017

    Topic:  Legal Updates
    Speaker:  Kevin Dalton, Fisher & Phillips

    August 2017

    Topic:  Talent Acquisition Panel
    Speakers:  Marc Hutto, Founder & Chief Encouragement Officer, Reveal Global Intelligence, Preston Harris, Account Manager Commercial, Aerotek, Rhonda McFarland, Regional Director, Workforce Relations, Carolinas HealthCare System, Monica York, CEO and Founder, Matriarch INTEL

    June 2017

    Topic:  How Safety Can Help HR (and vice versa)
    Speaker:  Barton Jones, ASP, Safety & Health Council of NC

    May 2017

    Topic:  Mental Health at Work
    Speaker:  Jim Curtis, Carolinas Healthcare System

    April 2017

    Topic:  WIOA and NEXGEN: Encouraging and preparing youth to enter the workforce
    Speaker:  Michele Walker, Director of Employment & Training, Union County Community Action, Inc.

    March 2017

    Topic:  Too Busy to Plan.
    Speaker:  Mr. Tom Cooper, Bright Hill Group

    February 2017

    Topic: Social Media, the Internet, & other Electronic Communication Tools: What's an Employer to do?
    Speaker:  Stephanie Dillon, The Employers Association

    January 2017

    Topic:  Military Culture and Military Hiring - How to tap into it.
    Speaker:  John Falkenbury, President and COO for USO

    November 2016

    Topic:  HR as a Profit Center and Strategic Leader
    Speaker:  Patrick Mieritz, Gallup

    October 2016

    Topic:  The Compelling Business Rationale for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Diversity
    Speaker:  Stan C. Kimer, Total Engagement Consulting by Kimer

    September 2016

    Topic:  2016 Legal Update
    Speaker:  Kevin Dalton, Attorney, Fisher & Phillips

    August 2016

    Topic:  The Current State of Economic Development in Union County, NC
    Speaker:  Chris Platé, Executive Director, Monroe-Union County Economic Development

    June 2016

    Topic:  Betcha' Didn't Know: 10 common misconceptions of employers and employees
    Speaker:  Trisha Ridenour, PHR, SHRM-CP, Human Resources Manager, The Employers Association

    May 2016

    Topic:  What's the Brain Got to Do With It: Using Brain Science to Make Training Stick
    Speaker:  Marcia Jackson, President, Training Resources

    April 2016

    Topic:  Creating a Culture of Engaged & Resilient Employees
    Speaker:  Dr. John Young (McLaughlin Young)

    March 2016

    Topic:  Don't Be Average: what it means and what it takes to be an Employer of Choice
    Speaker:  Wes Grigston and Jeff Ries (Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.)

    February 2016

    Topic:  Starting Your Employee (and You) on the Road to Financial Wellness!
    Speaker:  Shay Prosser, CEO, Perspecta

    January 2016

    Topic:  The Game Has Changed Forever
    Speaker:  James Holland, Millennium Investment & Retirement Advisors LLC