Upcoming events

    • October 06, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • 457


    Registration: Register before noon on October 1, 2021


    Recertification Credits: 2.0 HRCI/SHRM (pending)

    Topic: FMLA Basics and Advanced


    • 1.      FMLA Requirements For Employers
    • 2.      Employer posting requirements
    • 3.      What Is FMLA? How Does FMLA work?
    • 4.      Employee eligibility and leave entitlement
    • 5.      The different types of leave employees can take and what qualifies for each leave
    • 6.      Medical conditions eligible for leave under the triangle of FMLA, ADA, and Worker’s Compensation
    • 7.      Looking at the “gray areas” of FMLA eligibility and how to turn the gray black or white
    • 8.      Notifications and medical certifications
    • 9.      Cutting through the confusion of intermittent and reduced schedule leaves
    • 10.   Fitness for duty testing
    • 11.   Return to work options
    • 12.   Tracking and ending leaves
    • 13.   Fitness for duty testing
    • 14.   Strategies for identifying abuse, how to effectively document FMLA to confront abusers, and how to take effective steps managing FMLA abuse investigations
    • 15.   Steps to conduct an investigation and obtain evidence
    • 16.   Documentation strategies that protect your organization

    Presenter: Attorney Elizabeth Benjamin

    Presenter Bio:

    Attorney Benjamin is a partner at Beard Legal Group, P.C.  She is a 2004 graduate of Bucknell University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Education, summa cum laude, and went on to graduate magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2007.   Attorney Benjamin is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and the United States District Court for the Middle, Western, and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania as well as the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

    She focuses her practice in the areas of school law and labor and education law.  In addition to providing solicitor services Attorney Benjamin has represented school districts in both federal and state court litigation, local agency hearings, and administrative proceedings before the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records and the Office of Civil Rights.   

    Attorney Benjamin handles a large volume of Right to Know Law and employee attendance and absence matters arising for Pennsylvania Public School Districts. She frequently presents on these topics as well as topics of record retention and management, unlawful harassment training, and the management of electronic communications and social media within Pennsylvania Public School Districts. 

    Attorney Elizabeth Benjamin was invited to provide testimony on October 2, 2019, before the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee on the impact and more practical realities of eliminating and/or otherwise altering the statute of limitations applicable to civil actions arising from sexual abuse and other sexual misconduct towards children. Attorney Benjamin has over 10 years’ experience representing Pennsylvania public school districts.

    • October 20, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Park Hills Country Club 219 Highland Terrace, Altoona, PA 16602
    • 457



    Re-certification Credits: Pending 6.5 HRCI/SHRM

    Conference Details (Schedule):

    • 07:30 AM – 08:00 AM      Registration & Breakfast
    • 08:00 AM – 09:00 AM      HR Leadership Lessons from H-O-L-L-Y-W-O-O-D - Speaker: Andy Masters
    • 09:00 AM – 09:15 AM      Break
    • 09:15 AM – 10:15 AM      HR Leadership Lessons from H-O-L-L-Y-W-O-O-D - Speaker: Andy Masters
    • 10:15 AM – 10:30 AM      Break
    • 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM      Becoming a Person of Influence; Speaker: Ed Crow
    • 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM      Lunch (Presentation from Saint Francis University)
    • 12:45 PM – 02:15 PM:     Leader’s 7 - Speaker: Andre Young
    • 02:15 PM – 02:30 PM:     Break
    • 02:30 PM – 04:00 PM:     Recruiting in the Age of Googlization - Speaker: Ira S. Wolfe

    HR Leadership Lessons from H-O-L-L-Y-W-O-O-D (8:00 AM – 9:00 AM and 9:15 AM – 10:15 AM Tentative Times - But will be the first "key-note" speaker)

    Discussion Summary:

    Award-winning author and Leadership expert Andy Masters creatively uses the magical imagery of Hollywood to help HR leaders ignite a culture to DEVELOP and EMPOWER their organizations—while defeating the succession planning crisis–in this challenging era of having to “Do More With Less”. That’s right, ENTERTAIN and INSPIRE your audiences with actual license-protected scenes from movies such as The Devil Wears Prada, Apollo 13, The Iron Lady—and even Office Space and Star Wars! This unique program also cites the latest research from Harvard Business Review, Deloitte, and Glassdoor to provoke REAL organizational change from every attendee. Powerful leadership principles are based on Andy’s latest book Things LEADERS Say: A Daily Guide to Help Every Leader Empower & Inspire.” Andy’s program provides attendees with not only an interactive multi-media experience, but also with immediate “take-home” action items to help cultivate both millennials and Gen Z future leaders in today’s new economy.

    Speaker Bio:

    Andy Masters, MA, CSP, has presented as a keynote speaker for over 75+ HR/SHRM State and Regional Conferences — including as keynote for the National Institute for Staff & Organizational Development Conference with 1,400+ attendees in Austin, Texas.

    Andy’s HRCI “Business Mgmt” and SHRM-SCP approved programs help HR leaders IGNITE a cultural transformation to cultivate & empower future leaders, unlock the succession planning crisis, and align HR strategy with business strategy — all within a positive and high-morale work environment.

    Andy is an award-winning author and international speaker who has written 5 books, and earned 4 degrees — including an M.A.-Human Resources Development from Webster University in Missouri.  Andy has been featured on many major media outlets–including LifeTime Television, PBS, Investor’s Business Daily, and HR Florida Review.  He has earned the prestigious “CSP” award/designation of the National Speakers Association (NSA), the highest earned international recognition for professional speakers, in which less than 10% of over 5,000+ speakers worldwide have achieved.

    Becoming a Person of Influence (10:30 AM – 12:00 PM)

    Discussion Summary:

    The power to change your life and the lives of others depends on the degree of your influence. Without influence success is impossible. However, one need not be famous or be in a high-profile position to be a person of influence. Each person, whether they intend it or not is an influencer.

    Do you recall when your parents would tell you to stay away from certain people because they were a bad influence, or not to go to certain places in order to avoid potential problems? The places we go, the things we do, and the people in our lives influence who we are, what we do and the results we get. Things happen daily that have some level of influence on us. Now, along with actions and words influencing us, each one of us possesses the same power to influence others through our actions and words.

    John Maxwell says, “Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less.” Becoming a person of influence is not an instantaneous process. It takes time, effort, and the practice of certain behaviors. In this interactive session attendees will learn simple, insightful ways to interact more positively with others, and then watch their personal and organizational success go off the charts! With influence you can achieve success at work, at home, and in every area of life.

    By attending this program, participants will:

    • Identify the 5 methods that can be used to influence others.
    • Learn to influence others through a 4-stage process.
    • Identify the 10 traits that make a good influencer.

    Speaker Bio:

    Ed Krow works with executives and business owners who are struggling with people problems, such as adapting to changing business conditions and customer, investor, or community expectations. He turns irrelevant and ineffective HR functions into strategic contributors by aligning HR with the business objectives. As a result, Human Resources actually drives business results. To date, Ed has completed over 700 projects for more than 250 clients across nearly all industries.

    Ed is an advocate for using Organizational Development strategies to drive business results. He speaks to senior leaders across the United States and Canada about how to turn their people into strategic contributors. He is also the author of “Strategic HR: Driving Bottom Line Results Through Your People”.  Ed's clients and audiences include organizations as diverse as Johnson & Johnson, Goodwill Industries, Penn State University, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and UTZ Snack Foods.

    When he’s not working with clients, Ed can be found teaching at Millersville University. In his free time, Ed enjoys family time, travel, golf, the outdoors and Notre Dame and Baltimore Ravens football.

    Leader’s 7  (12:45 AM – 2:15 PM)

    Discussion Summary:

    If you were planning to move to France and live there would you learn to speak French? Why… Of course, because it would make life easier and you could connect and get your needs met much easier. Then let’s do the same in your Company or Team and learn to speak the 7 Languages that best help build, inspire and motivate your Employees and Athletes! Everyone likes all 7, but your people have a top one or two that connects with who and how they are. Once we know their language, Leaders can mix their language and style with the Leader’s 7 to build, inspire, and motivate; getting the best out of their team and the best for their organization!

    By attending this program, participants will learn:

    • The Definition of Leadership
    • The 5 Types of Employees
    • The 7 Languages of Employees
    • How to speak the 7 in casual times and in those dreaded “Though Conversations”

    Speaker Bio:

    Andre Young; is a speaker and author. He worked as a mental health therapist for 19 years, played sports at every level from high school to professional, has been an employee, a business owner, and self-employed, has written 4 books, … and the truth is… no matter where you go, people are the same as they are different; and most would like to EVOLVE as leaders professionally and personally! As Founder of You Evolving Now it's his mission to enhance Leadership and Work/Life Harmony for Companies, Employees, Teams, and Students with on-site speaking engagements and leadership programs; allowing a professional and personal evolution!  


    Recruiting in the Age of Googlization (2:30 AM – 4:00 PM)

    Discussion Summary:

    The future came too fast for HR. Routine, every-day events are quickly taking on a very futuristic route. Things that seemed impossible are now mainstream. Talent acquisition is no exception and yet many organizations continue to recruit like it was 1970. Consequently, top talent just “swipes left” in mind-numbing fashion. To win the race for talent, every expert agrees the future of HR depends on its ability to deliver an awesome candidate experience, from your career site to the job offer. During this presentation Recruiting in the Age of Googlization author/speaker Ira S Wolfe will guide you on a candidate’s job search, share modern candidate decision behaviors, and provide tips and insights on how to align recruitment with candidates, and ultimately convert more qualified job seekers to new hires.

    By attending this program, participants will:

    • Identify the 10 signs of a broken recruitment process
    • How to fix the most common candidate experience blunders
    • Learn no-experience required, easy-to-use recruitment marketing skills

    Speaker Bio:

    Ira S Wolfe is described as a “Millennial trapped in a Baby Boomer body, a “hire authority,” and “certified prophet” of workforce trends, Ira S. Wolfe has emerged as one of HR’s most visionary thinkers and is the world’s first Chief Googlization Officer!  Ira personifies the passion and mindset required to manage the convergence of the tired, the wired, and technology. His enthusiasm and engaging approach inspires his audience to challenge preconceptions about what it takes to attract, select, manage, and retain top talent and take the initiative to make change for them.

    He is president of Poised for the Future Company, founder of Success Performance Solutions, a TEDx Speaker and on the stage of DisruptHR, host of Geeks Geezers Googlization podcast, and frequent presenter at SHRM conferences including SHRM Annual, SHRM Talent, HR Southwest, PA SHRM, NYC SHRM, LI SHRM and more.

    Ira’s first book “The Perfect Labor Storm” launched him into national prominence. This was followed by Geeks, Geezers, and Googlization. His 2016 TEDx Talk “Make Change Work for You” became the inspiration for his latest book “Recruiting in the Age of Googlization: When the Shift Hits Your Plan”.  His most recent book, now in its 2nd edition, is recognized as one of the best HR and Recruiting books of all-time by Book Authority.

    Wolfe is also a prolific business writer, podcaster, and blogger, contributing to CornerstoneOnDemand’s ReWork, Forbes, Huffington Post, Lehigh Valley Business Journal Business2BusinessMagazine, and numerous industry and business publications. He’s been featured in INC Magazine, Fast Company, Business Week, American Express OPEN, NFIB, Inc., Intuit Small Business and Fox Business.

    • November 03, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • 491

    THIS WILL BE A VIRTUAL MEETING - Only those registered will receive the information to access the virtual meeting.

    Meeting will begin promptly at 8am and end at 9:30.

    Recertification Credits: 1.5 HRCI/SHRM (pending)

    Topic: Professional Ethics: A Preventive Maintenance Approach

    Details: The goal of this presentation is to provide HR professionals with immediately applicable ideas and tools to recognize often costly but often unseen or ignored risks for professional ethics difficulties in themselves as well as their colleagues, co-workers, and organizations. The emphasis will be on helping attendees learn how to develop and implement strategies to prevent ethics problems before they occur rather than – as is more typically done in most organizations – paying the steep price for catching problems after they have already occurred.

    Outcomes: Participants in this session will be able to:

    1. Identify at least four common but often unseen or ignored ‘red flags’ for ethics risks in themselves, others, and their organizations.
    2. Identify a minimum of two previously unseen personal risk factors for ethics problems and be capable of more effectively monitoring for further ethics risks over time.
    3. Articulate the practical, financial, and strategic value of effective ethics and values training for their organizations.

    Presenter: Dr. Christopher Bauer

    This won’t be a review of the ethics code, case studies, or case law! Instead, it will be a unique program designed to help assure that you and your entire organization are better able to recognize often over-looked or ignored ethics risks before they have the chance to turn into big and costly problems.

    Ethics and fun aren’t words you normally hear in the same sentence. However, Dr. Christopher Bauer has been making professional ethics both straightforward and fun for international audiences for more than 30 years. He will present ethics differently than you have probably ever experienced them before. The tone will be conversational and the ideas immediately applicable. You will leave with easy, practical ideas and tools to reduce your risk for ethics difficulties while simultaneously reducing the risk of your colleagues, coworkers and your entire organization.

    Dr. Bauer publishes a “Weekly Ethics Thought” which is available at no charge through his website (www.BauerEthicsSeminars.com) and the latest of his book, “Better Ethics NOW: How to Avoid the Ethics Disaster You Never Saw Coming” has been a business ethics “Top Seller” on Amazon.com.

    Presenter Bio:

    Christopher Bauer is a licensed psychologist by training with over thirty years of experience as a speaker, trainer, author, and consultant. Between coaching, speaking and consulting, he has worked with front-line workers to senior executives and everyone in-between. Clients of Dr. Bauer have run the gamut from small and medium sized businesses and organizations to every level of staff and management at Fortune 500 corporations. He speaks frequently to HR organizations and conferences around the U.S.

    Although ethics and fun are not words typically found in the same sentence, Dr. Bauer’s programs have long been helping international audiences build and maintain great ethics while having a terrific time. His keynotes and seminars are frequently billed as “Serious Ethics Programs That’ll Make You Laugh!”

    Dr Bauer’s articles on how to build and maintain great professional ethics have appeared in such journals as CEO Refresher, CFO Magazine, Financial Executive, and many others. The latest edition of his book, "Better Ethics NOW: How To Avoid The Ethics Disaster You Never Saw Coming” has been a business ethics Top Seller on Amazon.com and he publishes a free “Weekly Ethics Thought” seen by thousands of readers worldwide.

    Because of his unique contribution to the prevention of ethics problems, Dr. Bauer has been recognized with the prestigious Certified Fraud Specialist designation by the Association of Certified Fraud Specialists.

    Additional information on Dr. Bauer’s programs is available at his website (www.bauerethicsseminars.com)

    • November 17, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Park Hills Country Club 219 Highland Terrace, Altoona, PA 16602
    • 482

    Registration: 7:30 AM - 8:00 AM; Breakfast served during registration; Presentation begins at 8:00 AM

    Location: Expected to be in-person at Park Hills Country Club

    Recertification Credits: 2.0 HRCI/SHRM (pending)

    Topic: Active Shooter and Violence in the Workplace


    • Introduction - Overview of the instructor's background
    • Disclaimers
      1. Nothing will cause the audience harm.
      2. Anyone suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTDS) should consider their ability to partake in the training.
      3. The verbiage in this training is blunt and to the point.
      4. This training, nor any other training, can guarantee your survival.
    • Foundation - Who is an active shooter ?
    • Train your Brain - You are only as good as your last training. It is not instinctual to respond.
    • Situational Awareness - An explanation of how important it is to know your surroundings.
    • Jesse Lewis Story (Sandy Hook) Active Shooter Simulation - When given the opportunity...RUN! The audience will be warned that an active shooter situation is about to occur. A "shooter" will enter the room fire several simulated shots while playing the role of a shooter. PURPOSE: to train your brain you must Hear, See and Feel what it is like to be in this situation. OUTCOME: The audience will begin to realize that without a predetermined plan the brain will tell the body to "freeze".
    • Simulation (Break Down) - Instructor and audience will discuss what they saw, heard, smelt, felt.
    • Calling 911 - An audience member will be asked to simulate a call to 911. He/she will be asked identify their location, provide information on what they saw, and describe the shooter (the audience will assist). PURPOSE: The audience will have different accounts of what they saw and heard. This is how the brain works in the time of a crisis.
    • RUN - HIDE - FIGHT - Complete explanation of how to run, hide, and fight.
    • Gun 101 - The instructor will explain to the audience how a gun works. NOTE: This is a survival skill.
    • Lockdown - A breakdown of what a "true" lockdown is and when it should happen.
    • Police Response - A quick demonstration of the Police arrival to an Active Shooter scenario. 
    • Sarah Story - A story about a young girl who saved 6 children.
    • Closing Remarks - Emphasis on paying attention to your surroundings and identifying the verbal and non-verbal cues of an Active Shooter. You can...RUN- HIDE-FIGHT!!

    NOTE: This training is unique in that there is a live simulation of an Active Shooter. The simulation allows the audience members to:

    1. Hear what a gun sounds like being fired at proximity.
    2. Smell the aftermath of a weapon being fired.
    3. See the interaction of those around them.
    4. Feel the anxiety of a traumatic situation.

    This simulation allows the audience members to "train their brain" for proper response if ever involved in an Active Shooter scenario and to develop an active shooter plan for their organization. 

    Of course, the guns used in the simulation ARE NOT REAL, but provide for a REALISTIC atmosphere. 

    Disclaimer: This presentation is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information regarding the subject matter covered. Any handouts, visuals, and verbal information provide are current as of this training date. However, due to an evolving regulatory environment, Threat Preparedness does not guarantee that this is the most-current information on this subject after that time.

    Training content is provided with the understanding that the instructor in not rendering legal or other professional services. The training is intended information on survival tactics when confronted by an Active Shooter. However, this training nor any other training, can guarantee survival.   

      Presenter: Bubba Fatula, Consultant, Speaker, Motivator

      Presenter Bio:

      Said to be an "expert in his field" by the Wall Street Journal, Bubba is a high-energy, passionate keynote speaker. He is widely regarded as the go-to source on threat preparedness development and implementation. Additionally, Bubba has been invited to speak to organizations across the United States while empowering thousands of people "to train your brain to tell your body how to survive". 

      Using his military, law enforcement, and safety & security background, he compels people to believe they can survive a crisis. As a former police detective and undercover narcotics agent, Bubba shares his real-life experiences while explaining the importance of developing a survival mindset.

      As the owner/president of Threat Preparedness-The Fatula Group LLC, Bubba has made a name for himself throughout the United States as a sought after speaker and prominent Threat Preparedness Consultant who believes every business should have a plan on how to manage a crisis before it happens, as it happens, and after it happens. 

      • December 15, 2021
      • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
      • Park Hills Country Club 219 Highland Terrace, Altoona, PA 16602
      • 491

      Registration: 7:30 AM - 8:00 AM; Breakfast served during registration; Presentation begins at 8:00 AM

      Recertification Credits: 1.5 HRCI/SHRM (pending)

      Topic: Updates in Employment Law

      Details: To Be Announced

      Presenter: Attorney Patrick Fanelli

      Presenter Bio:

      Along with Ms. Willett, Mr. Fanelli is a founding partner of the Firm. Patrick focuses his practice on helping public and private employers navigate the increasingly regulated landscape of labor and employment law. Every year Pennsylvania school districts and other public entities turn to him for assistance in the collective bargaining process, while a number of others seek his guidance as a general solicitor.

      Patrick serves as the Immediate Past President of the Pennsylvania School Boards Solicitors Association. He has presented at numerous seminars in the field of education law, including the Sam Francis School Law Seminar in Pittsburgh, the Penn State School Study Council Seminar at the Dickinson School of Law, and various seminars and events sponsored by PSBA.

      Patrick served as an Adjunct Professor for Penn State University in the College of Liberal Arts, Department of Labor and Employee Relations where he teaches Employment Law.  He is also served as an Adjunct Professor for Saint Francis University’s Graduate School of Human Resource Management where he taught Labor Law.  He is a regular lecturer for The Lorman Institute.

      His Practice Areas Include: Labor Law, Employment Law, Employment Litigation, School Law, Municipal Law and Collective Bargaining.

      Patrick is a graduate of Penn State Dickinson School of Law where he earned a Juris Doctorate, Penn State University earning a Master of Public Administration and BA in Political Science.

      His bar/court admissions include the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the US District Court of Western Pa, and the US Court of Appeals – Third Circuit.

      Patrick is proud to be practicing in the Altoona and Blair County area, where he was born and raised. Patrick and his wife Tiffany, who grew up a short distance away in Martinsburg, now live in Altoona with their five children.  He is an avid sports fan and enjoys spending time with his family. Patrick also enjoys helping with activities in his church and other community organizations.

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