The IPMA-HR Central Region/Southern Region conference planning committee would like to thank everyone who joined us in St. Louis to make this joint conference a great success. This event brought together attendees, sponsors, exhibitors, and speakers from across the central and southern regions of the IPMA-HR.

Use the links on the left side of this page and below to browse through conference presentations, photos, sponsors, exhibitors and more.

Conference Presentations (PDF):
1. The Fine Print: Labor and Employment Law Update and Sample Social Media Policy - R. Michael

2. Joining Forces: Getting our Guard, Reservists & Veterans Back to Work – Brigadier General E. Tracy

3. Making Smart Cuts & Managing Hiring Freezes (High Performance Organizations) – Dr. Daniel Schroeder
4. On Target: Compliance Issues for Wellness Programs - Elizabeth E. Vollmar, JD
5. Surviving the Alphabet Jungle: Coordinating ADA, FMLA, Work Comp & Paid Leaves and FMLA Summary
   Chart – Curtis Calloway
6. A Case for Hybrid Retirement Plans - William Dowd
7. It's Not Just About the Amount, It's Also About the Mix - Neville Kenning & Malinda Riley
8. Organizational Savvy: Navigating Agency Politics with Integrity – Rick Brandon
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  Thank You to our Conference Keynote Speakers

John O’Leary, President, Rising Above  

    Ignite your Life! Discovering the keys to unlock passion, potential and impact
What if one message
could positively change your life?
What if one man could provide hope that the best is yet to come? This man is John O’Leary.
International speaker and burn survivor, John O’Leary, will share his powerful message of hope.  John’s presentations have been described as “amazing, life changing and unforgettable.”John’s life is proof of the power of the human spirit. As a nine-year-old boy, he was burned on 100% of his body, and was given less than one percent chance of survival.  Despite the odds, he survived - and has thrived. With emotional story-telling and great humor, John challenges every audience to embrace their scars and grow through adversity. Don't miss this great opportunity to courageously dream again and re-ignite your life!

Rick Brandon, Ph.D., CEO & President, Brandon Partners

    Dr. Brandon is CEO and President of Brandon Partners and Co-Author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller, Survival of the Savvy: High-Integrity Political Tactics for Career and Company Success.
   Organizational politics need not be swept under the carpet, a dirty word, or a foggy and vague issue.  Dr. Brandon’s high-energy, humorous presentation addresses organizational politics in innovative ways and provides you with practical skills to improve your organizational savvy.
   All conference attendees will receive a FREE online Organizational Savvy Self-Assessment and an in-depth Scoring Report with personalized and practical recommendations. Normally a $25 value, the Organizational Savvy Self-Assessment is included in your conference registration!

Leah Hawthorn, owner, Advanced Business Image & Etiquette  

    Ms. Hawthorn, owner of ABI – Advanced Business Image & Etiquette, is a certified business image & etiquette coach and a training facilitator for the Defense Acquisition Universities, Senior College Fellowship. She trains frequently for the Air Force and was a Master Trainer for the Protocol School of Washington.
    Image is important, protocol does matter and networking gets you everywhere. As HR professionals, we are envoys and must present the positive face of our organizations.  Leah Hawthorn provides you with the business etiquette and social intelligence skills you need to “Outclass the Competition!” With more than 30 years in the business image arena, Ms. Hawthorn trains business women and men from all over the world and works to facilitate change by improving individual and corporate images.

R. Michael Lowenbaum, The Lowenbaum Partnership, L.L.C.

The Fine Print-Labor and Employment Law Update.   
    Mr. Lowenbaum represents management in all aspects of labor and employment law on a nationwide basis. Mr. Lowenbaum negotiates over 50 collective bargaining agreements each year, and handles numerous arbitration hearings and NLRB charges and hearings.
    Mr. Lowenbaum participates in all aspects of employment discrimination litigation, including serving as a mediator. In addition, Mr. Lowenbaum has substantial experience counseling and training a nationwide network of clients on employee hiring/firing, sexual harassment and all other supervisory human resources issues.

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