Upcoming events

    • May 19, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM (EDT)
    • Virtual Event
    • 469

    THIS WILL BE A VIRTUAL EVENT - Only those who register will receive the information to attend virtually.


    • The deadline to register is Friday, May 14, 2021 at noon!
    • HRMABC Members: Free (included with membership)
    • Non-HRMABC Members/Guests: $20 per person for the virtual event

    Re-certification Credits:

    • (1.5) HRCI business (approved)
    • (1.5) SHRM PDCs (approved)

    Presentation begins at 8:00 am and concludes at 9:30 am.

    Topic/Discussion: In Strategic HR, Employee Performance Management Comes First - More Details to follow soon!

    Summary Description:

    Effectively implemented performance management systems (PM systems) result in improved organizational performance. However, over the past 10 years, practitioners and researchers reported that PM system satisfaction and effectiveness continued to decline.

    Performance management (PM) systems equate to organizational success and are prevalent human resource (HR) practices used by a majority of organizations. PM systems, if effectively implemented, result in improved individual, group, and organizational performance.

    In many cases managers and employees continue to view PM systems as bureaucratic, unfair, failing to differentiate levels of performance, and lacking alignment to organizational goals (Mueller-Hanson & Pulakos, 2015).

    In spite of significant organizational investment in the redesign of PM systems; 60% of managers and employees do not know how their performance is measured; 45% believe performance reviews are a waste of time; and 36% do not understand how ratings link to compensation.

    Learning Objectives:

    In this session, participants will evaluate their existing PM system effectiveness by:

    • Reviewing PM system best practices
    • Discussing the strengths and areas for improvement of their existing PM system (if utilized)
    • Based on a formalized operationalized PM system assessment, completing a PM system self-assessment to determine specific areas for improvement
    • Determining the need to implement, or, how to specifically improve the PM system process based on the results of the self-assessment

    Speaker: Jonna M. Contacos-Sawyer, D.B.A. SPHR, CCP, SHRM-SCPSM; HR Consultants, Inc.

    Speaker Bio:

    JONNA CONTACOS-SAWYER has over 30+ years of management and human resource experience, which she utilizes to lead HR Consultants, Inc. (HRC), a management and human resource consulting and training firm, in the capacity of President. Since becoming the sole shareholder in 2001, Ms. Contacos-Sawyer has led the growth and expansion of HRC’s diverse clientele across the U.S., which includes for-profit, non-profit, and government organizations in industries such as, financial, educational, health and human services, professional services, retail, manufacturing, environmental, and energy.

    Ms. Contacos-Sawyer has specialized expertise in the areas of strategic planning and organizational development and from this expertise aligns business strategies and objectives with customized performance management systems that result in improved individual, team, and organizational performance. She also specializes in job analysis, strategic compensation, managerial communications, human resource infrastructure assessment, training, and mitigating employment practice risk and HRIS. By establishing performance measures and mapping workflow to organizational goals, quality processes, and customer service standards, Jonna has assisted many organizations to achieve a greater return on their investment in human capital. The firm has provided creative human resource solutions to over 1,000+ organizations in the private and public sector with staff size ranging from 5 to 17,000 and budgets from $250,000 to $10 billion in revenue.

    Through her innovative leadership and business acumen, Ms. Contacos-Sawyer has enabled sustainment and growth of HR Consultants, Inc. by selecting a highly competent staff and investing in her own firm’s human capital to create an engaged workforce, establishing practices that continuously influence long-time and referral customers, and ensuring the highest quality of products and services. HR Consultants, Inc. is one of the first management and human resource consulting firms in the nation that was ISO 9001:2008 certified, now 9001:2015 certified.

    Ms. Contacos-Sawyer has extensive experience in the development and delivery of both custom curricula and off-the-shelf training solutions. She has trained 15,000+ professionals in 500+ organizations, and developed and delivered Train-the-Trainer programs for in-house delivery. She has assessed performance and behavioral traits and developed and delivered specialized coaching and training services to improve performance and productivity, increase collaboration, and enhance communications to better enable achievement of client corporate goals. She has coached numerous Executive-level and Leadership-level members of multi-million dollar organizations. Jonna is a dynamic and highly rated presenter and certified trainer able to motivate audiences with her enthusiastic personality. Since she takes continuous learning and improvement to heart and she influences these traits in others by staying involved as:

     Adjunct Assistant Professor at Saint Francis University’s School of Business, Graduate Human Resource and MBA programs.
     Instructor for certification review courses for the Professional in Human Resources (PHR)/Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) testing.

    Jonna’s educational credentials include:
     Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) with a concentration in Human Resources; Northcentral University
     Master of Arts Degree in Personnel Administration/Industrial Relations – Saint Francis University (SFU)
    HR Consultants, Inc.
     Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management/Economics – University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (UPJ)
     National recognition as a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through Human Resource Certification Institute
     Member of Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and certified as a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCPSM)
     National recognition as a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP)
     Certified Management Development Trainer
     Certified Professional in 360 Task Cycle Surveys and Feedback on Leadership Development and Coaching through Clark Wilson Group

    In addition to her educational credentials, Jonna is also an active member of the following associations:
     WorldatWork Society
     National Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
     Human Resource Association of the Alleghenies (HRAA), Former President and Community Outreach Chair
     Delta Epsilon Iota Honor Society, UPJ, Lifetime National Honorary Membership
    Jonna has a strong commitment to her community that she demonstrates personally and through her firm. In recognition for her contributions to the community and the Pennsylvania economy, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development chose Jonna as one of Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business for 2003. Jonna was also chosen as 2003’s Pennsylvania Entrepreneur award winner in the small business category. This award is hosted through Pennsylvania Business Central and sponsored by Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers. Additionally, Jonna was named HR Person of the Year in 2004 and again in 2007 by Cambria-Somerset HR Association. Jonna also was selected and served as the Executive in Residence at Saint Francis University in 2008. Marcellus Business Central announced HR Consultants, Inc. as a Women Owned Business 50 to Follow in July 2017. Jonna’s HR firm provides more than 10% of its annual revenue in donations and in-kind services to community and non-profit organizations.

    Jonna’s past and present community leadership roles include Johnstown Industrial Development Corporation, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Advisory Board to the President, Board of Trustees for the Christian Home of Johnstown, Personnel and Finance Committees for the Christian Home of Johnstown, Business Advisory Council – Goodwill Industries, Cambria-Somerset Human Resource Association, Chairperson of REACH Out Youth Ministry Community Service Program for St. Michael Catholic Church, Mentor for the Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission – Entrepreneurial Assistance Network.

    Jonna continually influences professional growth and achievement through presentations and published work and provides mentoring services to individuals enrolled in human resource programs, advancing careers, or entering the field of human resources. Jonna models the qualities of integrity, innovation, and service, using these ethical principles to guide her firm. The nature of her work, her community involvement, and her personal values influence positive change in the organizations to which she serves as well as to those individuals she interacts with on both a professional and personal level.

    Ms. Contacos-Sawyer’s publications include:
     CEO Leadership Styles, Labor Productivity, and the Moderating Effect of Performance Management Systems: A Correlation Study in Pennsylvania’s Small Manufacturing Sector; Jonna Contacos-Sawyer, Proquest, 2017
    • High Performance Work Systems for Online Education; Jonna Contacos-Sawyer, Northcentral University; Mark Revels and Mark Ciampa, Western Kentucky University, Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, Volume XIII, Number III, Fall 2010
    • Business Compensation Design Plan; Jonna Contacos-Sawyer, Northcentral University, Mark Revels, Western Kentucky University, and Mark Ciampa, Western Kentucky University. Business Journal for Entrepreneurs, Volume 2011 Issue 4, Franklin Publishing Company
    • The ROI of Training; Jonna Contacos-Sawyer. Pennsylvania County News, September/October 2011, pp.10, 11
    • The Baltimore Sun, Article “City school system broke policy in hiring of Nowlin” December 07, 2012 By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun interviewed Jonna Contacos-Sawyer, see article and quotes - http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2012-12-07/news/bs-md-ci-schools-temporary-employees-20121207_1_melanie-hood-wilson-city-school-hazelwood-elementary
    • Benefits Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Employees; Marian Bender, Jonna Contacos-Sawyer and Dr. Brennan Thomas, Saint Francis University. Competition Forum, American Society for Competitiveness (ASC), 2013
    • Balancing Individual and Team Performance in the Workplace; Andrea Muth, Jonna Contacos-Sawyer and Dr. Brennan Thomas, Saint Francis University. Competition Forum, American Society for Competitiveness (ASC), 2013
    • How Marijuana Legislation Can Affect Human Resource Policies in the Private Sector; Amie Pastore, Jonna Contacos-Sawyer and Dr. Brennan Thomas, Saint Francis University. Competition Forum, American Society for Competitiveness (ASC), 2013
    • Workforce Challenges in Transit in Pennsylvania: An Analysis of Trends and Implications for Human Resource Practitioners; Jacqueline Sheader, Jonna Contacos-Sawyer and Dr. Brennan Thomas, Saint Francis University. Competition Forum, American Society for Competitiveness (ASC), 2013
    • Bloomberg BNA’s Human Resources Report and interviewed Jonna Contacos-Sawyer - Bloomberg BNA Human Resources Report, Vol. 32, No. 17. May 2014.
    • Bloomberg BNA’s Workforce Strategies and interviewed Jonna Contacos-Sawyer - Bloomberg BNA Human Resources Report, Vol. 32, No. 7. July 2014.
    • The Advantages and Affordability of HRIS Implementation in the Small Business Sector; Natasha Nunes, Saint Francis University; Jonna M. Contacos-Sawyer, Saint Francis University; Dr. Brennan Thomas, Saint Francis University. Competition Forum, American Society for Competitiveness (ASC), 2014
    • Effects of Long-Term Care Insurance and Elder Care Benefits on Employee Motivation, Satisfaction and Retention; Jonna Contacos-Sawyer, Saint Francis University. Competition Forum, American Society for Competitiveness (ASC), 2014
    • Employee Wellness Programs: Savings for Organizations and Employees; Kelsey Kohler, Jonna Contacos-Sawyer, Dr. Brennan Thomas, Saint Francis University. Competition Forum, American Society for Competitiveness (ASC), 2015
    • How Generation Z’s Reliance on Digital Communication Can Affect Future Workplace Relationships; Amanda L. Kick, Jonna Contacos-Sawyer, Dr. Brennan Thomas, Saint Francis University. Competition Forum, American Society for Competitiveness (ASC), 2015
    • Creating a No-Tolerance Policy for Workplace Bullying and Harassment after Suffering Litigation; Sarah Pastorek, Jonna Contacos-Sawyer, Dr. Brennan Thomas, Saint Francis University. Competition Forum, American Society for Competitiveness (ASC), 2015

    • September 15, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM (EDT)
    • Park Hills Country Club 219 Highland Terrace, Altoona, PA 16602
    • 494


    Registration begins at 7:30 AM; Breakfast served during registration; Meeting starts at 8:00 AM.

    Recertification Credits: 1.5 HRCI/SHRM (pending)

    Topic: Recent Developments in Employment Law

    Details: Coming Soon!

    Presenter: Attorney David P. Andrews

    Presenter Bio:

    Attorney Andrews has 40 years of experience in Employment Law.

    Attorney Andrews currently serves as In-House Counsel for Juniata College, where he also teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution and Human Resource Management.

    In addition, Attorney Andrews conducts a law practice, where he represents Private Employers, including such regional Employers as Appvion, Roaring Spring Blank Book, Alpha Assembly Solutions, Curry Supply, Ameriserv Financial, North American Hoganas, G.M. McCrossin, Sargent’s Court Reporting, WorkLink Staffing, and Goodwill Industries of the Southern Alleghenies.

    He is licensed before the United States Supreme Court, the Federal Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the Federal Districts Courts of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

    Attorney Andrews also serves as a Mediator for the Blair County Court of Common Pleas for Civil Trials, and served as a Hearing Judge for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Disciplinary Board for eight years.

    • October 20, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Park Hills Country Club 219 Highland Terrace, Altoona, PA 16602
    • 494


    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 17, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM (EST)
    • Park Hills Country Club 219 Highland Terrace, Altoona, PA 16602
    • 496

    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.

    • December 15, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM (EST)
    • Park Hills Country Club 219 Highland Terrace, Altoona, PA 16602
    • 497

    Details: TBA

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