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HR Emerging Leadership Conference

When: 10/23/2019
7:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Where: The Boat House at Confluence Park
679 West Spring Street
Columbus, Ohio  43215
United States
Contact: Chapter Management Professional

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Join HRACO for the first ever HR Emerging Leadership half day conference! The day will consist of engaging and interactive presentations on HR topics for young professionals. Topics will focus on: networking, organizational change, training and development, and many more.

$40 for all attendees
Breakfast and lunch are included.
Free professional headshot included with admission. 

Walk-ins are not guaranteed a spot after online registration closes.

No refunds will be provided after the Thursday preceding the conference.


Alex Alonso, Chief Knowledge Officer, SHRM  LinkedIn Profile
Alexander Alonso, PhD, SHRM-SCP is the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM's) Chief Knowledge Officer leading operations for SHRM's Certified Professional and Senior Certified Professional certifications, research functions, and the SHRM Knowledge Advisor service.   He is responsible for all research activities, including the development of the SHRM Competency Model and SHRM credentials.  
During his career, he has worked with numerous subject matter experts worldwide with the aim of identifying performance standards, developing competency models, designing organizational assessments, and conducting job analyses.   He was also responsible for working on contract task orders involving the development of measurement tools for content areas such as job knowledge (like teacher knowledge of instructional processes) and organizational climates (like organizational climate forecasting in military health care).
Dr. Alonso received his doctorate in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Florida International University in 2003. His works have been recognized for their contribution to real-world issues.  They include being recognized by the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology (Division 14 of the APA; SIOP) with the 2007 M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace for the development of the federal standard for medical team training, TeamSTEPPS; being awarded a 2009 Presidential Citation for Innovative Practice by the American Psychological Association for supporting the development of competency model for team triage in emergency medicine; and receiving the 2013 SIOP Distinguished Early Career Contributions for Practice Award.  
Throughout his career, he has published works in peer-reviewed journals such as Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, Journal of Applied Psychology, International Journal of Selection and Assessment, People and Strategy, Personality and Individual Differences, Quality and Safety in Health Care, and Human Resources Management Review.  He has also authored several chapters on community-based change initiatives in workforce readiness, as well as co-authoring Defining HR Success: A Guide to the SHRM Competency Model in Practice.
Dr. Alonso also served as a columnist analyzing major trends in the workforce for The Industrial Psychologist and HR Magazine. In addition, he has served on several professional society boards including the SIOP and the Personnel Testing Council of Metropolitan Washington.

Derek Grosso, CEO, Columbus Young Professionals Club  LinkedIn Profile
Derek Grosso is CEO and Founder of the Columbus Young Professionals Club (CYP Club), a “for-impact” membership association made up of 20,000 young professionals, entrepreneurs, executives, and creatives who live and work in the Columbus region. Founded in 2005, the CYP Club is the largest membership organization of Young Professionals/Millennials in the United States. 
Through Derek’s leadership, the CYP Club has offered hundreds of events, established thousands of connections, volunteered more than 100,000 service hours, donated more than $530,000 to local charities, and contributed $2.7 million in economic impact in Central Ohio since its inception. Derek advises young professional organizations and membership clubs around the country through The Grosso Group. He is an entrepreneur, a leadership consultant, and a public speaker. 
Derek studied entrepreneurship and small business management at The George Washington University in Washington, DC and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He proudly serves the community as a board member for CYP Club Cares, Columbus Inspires, Experience Columbus, and Keep Columbus Beautiful. He lives in Upper Arlington with his wife Nicci and daughter Hannah.

Tom Daniels, Assistant Director, Graduate & Executive Programs in Business, Bowling Green State University  LinkedIn Profile
Tom Daniels is the Assistant Director for Graduate & Executive Program in Business at Bowling Green State University. His primary focus is admissions and academic advising for the full-time MBA, Executive Master of Organization Development, and Doctorate in Organization Development & Change programs. Prior to BGSU, Daniels was the Director of the Executive Interviewing Center at MRops and the Vice President of Learning & Development at TNS North America. Tom received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toledo and Master of Organization Development degree from Bowling Green State University.  He is active in the community, serving as the President of the Owens Community College Alumni Association, the Past-President of the Greater Toledo Area Chapter of the Association for Talent Development, and the Workforce Readiness Chair for the Northern Ohio Human Resources Association. Tom is also actively involved with EPIC Toledo and many other local professional organizations in Northwest Ohio. 

Dionna Burkins, Senior Human Resources Director, JLL  LinkedIn Profile

Dionna holds a dual role as Sr HR Director at JLL and Adjunct Instructor at Southern New Hampshire University. She serves as a business partner working with senior leadership for corporate client accounts. Dionna is accountable for the successful delivery of initiatives that align with the firm’s People Strategy and provides strategic oversight and direction for HR Generalists.  
Prior to joining JLL in 2013, Dionna worked as a Senior Human Resources Generalist at McGraw-Hill Education where she provided HR support to several client groups in areas such as employee relations, recruiting, benefits administration, training and development, workers compensation, and performance management.

Chris Rutter, Chief Human Resources Officer, Mount Carmel Health System  LinkedIn Profile
Chris Rutter is the Interim Senior Vice President & Regional Chief Human Resources Officer for Mount Carmel Health System, a 1.9-billion-dollar healthcare provider, in Central Ohio with over 10,000 colleagues, 2,000 physicians and 900 volunteers as the third largest Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation.  Chris’ experience spans multiple industries including healthcare, security, communications, software development and education. Chris currently serves as Past President of HRACO, Advisory Board Member for Franklin University’s Human Resources program, and Advisory Board Member of the Ohio Diversity Council.
Honors for Chris include being named to the list of Young Professionals to watch in Columbus, graduate of Leadership Columbus, named by Columbus CEO Magazine as HR Executive of the Year and named as a Forty Under 40 recipient.
Chris received a dual Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Human Resources Management from Franklin University and his Executive MBA with a specialization in Human Resources Management from Ashland University. He is also SHRM-CP certified.

Rita Volpi, Founder + CEO, FORTH Talent Consulting  LinkedIn Profile
For more than 20 years, Rita Volpi has been helping companies (and their associates) grow by tapping into their strengths and purpose. Through her work with brands like REI, Accenture, DSW, Wendy’s and Abercrombie & Fitch, Rita has implemented strategies and processes to build teams, strengthen leaders and manage through change. As a hiking enthusiast, Rita understands the value of a good map, a compass and a clear path. And whether she’s in the woods or in the boardroom, Rita is always game to dig in and chart the way forward.

Rachel Roman, HR Director, Updox  LinkedIn Profile
Rachel Roman is the Director of Talent, HR, and Culture at Updox.  By consolidating provider and patient workflows into a single Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform, Updox gives out of hospital providers one place to manage all external communications and patient engagement. Integrated with 100+ electronic health records (EHRs), Updox serves 300,000+ users and 80 million patients. Our approach helps healthcare providers lower costs, improve staff productivity, strengthen patient relationships, and simplify referral processes through a secure, easy-to-use platform that can grow with your practice.
Rachel has been an HR professional for 7 years and has worked in Finance, SaaS Software, and Healthcare IT in various HR roles. She specializes in growing talent for both private and public companies in hyper growth phases by: bringing in top technical and executive talent, retaining top talent, identifying high potential performers, and by curating effective performance management programs.  She's a hands-on HR People Operations Leader, experienced in leading companies through periods of sustained, rapid growth, without letting the wheels come off.
Rachel lives in Italian Village with her hound dog Roca.  She serves on the START Fund Advisory board.

Kay Coughlin, CEO, Facilitator on Fire  LinkedIn Profile
Kay Coughlin is CEO and Chief Facilitator of Facilitator on Fire. Facilitator on Fire helps leaders and multi-generational teams break through barriers, mindsets and roadblocks through leadership seminars, coaching and decision-making summits. 
In Kay’s work as a leadership coach and as a facilitator of high-stakes decision-making summits, she has observed a set of common myths and strongly-held beliefs about what others “should” be like based on their age. Yet leaders who want to be future-focused can’t afford to let intergenerational assumptions and miscommunication get in the way of what is possible for their organizations. So, Kay developed her “3 Keys to Great Intergenerational Leadership,” which are: be clear, do not make excuses for people, and model the behavior you want to see. Using these 3 keys as a foundation, she helps leaders and business teams learn to listen, strive to understand their colleagues and clients, and achieve shared outcomes.
Kay honed her skills as a facilitator and creator of action and alignment in the high-stakes world of non-profit major gift fundraising and management. She was recognized on a national level for her innovative work in the field of donor relations, which is the non-profit equivalent of customer service. When she founded Facilitator on Fire, she quickly realized all types of businesses and their teams need new skills to move forward by changing old behaviors and patterns. 
To stay in touch with Kay, subscribe to the Great Teams On Purpose Resource, or book a talk or keynote about intergenerational communications for your organization, visit 

Jen Erb, Managing Director, HR Services, Tallann Resources  LinkedIn Profile
For over 20 years, Jen Erb has been committed to talent strategies in the human resources profession.  She earned an MBA, Leadership from Franklin University and BBA, Human Resources from Ohio University. Her career started in the staffing and recruiting industry, which was the foundation for expanded growth into corporate HR.  She was most recently the head of HR for a community financial institution for 12 years.  In this role she applied human resources strategy to earn the company an award as one of the Best Places to Work in Ohio based on best employment practices and employee engagement.  She is currently the Managing Director for HR Services at Tallann Resources.  She assists clients with all aspects of human resources strategy, with a focus on the staffing and recruiting industry. She has been on the Board of Directors for industry and field associations for over 10 years, most recently as the 2016 President for the Human Resources Association of Central Ohio.

Jessica Lewis, People Leader, Restoration Hardware  LinkedIn Profile
Jess Lewis is a native of the Sunshine State who moved to Ohio in 2018 to become the People Leader for Restoration Hardware. She holds her SHRM - CP and is a member of the HRACO Young Professionals Committee. Her favorite thing about her job is breaking the stereotype of what it means to be in HR by driving change through people initiatives and having fun while doing it.

HRACO is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.



This program has been submitted recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

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