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2018 Annual Conference - Master Series Track
SHRM Jacksonville 10th Annual Conference | Thursday, April 12 - Friday, April 13, 2018 
 Changing the World of Work - Business Management & Strategy
"Changing the World of Work" - Business Management & Strategy track focuses on strategic topics. These presentations are eligible for Business credit with HRCI.  Please note: speaker times are subject to change.


Charu Avasthy

Berkshire Associates


Is There Hidden Liability Lurking in Your Compensation System? Identifying and Eliminating Pay Inequity

Presented by Charu Avasthy

Thursday, April 12, 2018 | 2:45 PM to 3:45 PM

This informative session will focus on the dangers of pay inequity, the importance of analyzing compensation processes, how to establish and maintain fair pay, and the steps to take when correcting inequities while remaining compliant.

Attendees will receive guidance on the basic components of an internal pay analysis and most importantly how to develop a pay analysis project plan to help them identify and eliminate pay disparities within their organizations.

About the Speaker: Charu Avasthy is a leading Senior Human Resource Consultant for Berkshire Associates Inc. With over ten years in the compliance industry, Charu is a subject matter expert in compliance regulations and she provides customized solutions to a national base of clients across a broad span of industries.

With in-depth knowledge of Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) regulations, Charu helps clients with the design, development, and implementation of affirmative action programs. She also provides clients with leading pay equity analyses, audit support, outreach, training, and government regulation assistance. As a talented speaker, Charu is passionate about educating fellow professionals, which is why she regularly conducts training courses on the latest HR trends and updates. Charu has also spoken at industry meetings and events throughout the country including the SHRM Talent Management National Conference, SHRM Florida State Conference, FL chapters of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM),, and local Industry Liaison Groups (ILG).


Seth Davies

Competitive Solutions, Inc.

HR Metrics: How to Educate, Facilitate and Motivate

Presented by Seth Davies

Thursday, April 12, 2018 | 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

One of the greatest challenges organizations face is maintaining a common business focus on improving results across all functional areas and levels, as well as communicating these said results to all involved. This interactive session outlines the process for developing, tracking, communicating and presenting workgroup business goals and objectives. Attendees will learn the importance of a common business focus to organizational success through the development of a mission statement and specific, measurable business goals.

This workshop will provide specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely methods for tracking and communicating business results for HR. Shane, with over 25 years of scorecard development experience, will provide the knowledge and understanding to begin implementing practical, auditable business scorecard techniques to your individual work environments.

About the Speaker(s): As Managing Partner of Competitive Solutions, Inc., Seth Davies runs the day to day operations of the Atlanta office. Seth is a popular speaker at Human Resource, Operational Excellence and Quality Conferences. He believes organizations today must create and sustain a culture with three non-negotiable attributes. Those attributes include: a sense of urgency, a clear and concise business focus and leadership driven, shared accountability. He has assisted a wide variety of organizations in the development of their key business metrics, documented communication strategy and established collective accountability across the company.


Sherry Johnson

Society for Human Resource Management


The Future of HR: Promoting Business Success in a Changing Global Workplace

Presented by Sherry Johnson

Friday, April 13, 2018 | 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

As an HR professional, you can play a significant role in promoting the success of your organization by understanding your business objectives and the changing environment – nationally and globally – in which you compete. In this session, you will learn the business skills you need to develop to become a strong contributor to the “bottom line.” You will also review ways to leverage three key tools – analytics, leadership development, and workplace flexibility – to more effectively engage your human capital assets in fulfilling your business goals.

About the Speaker: Sherry Johnson, SHRM-SCP, CAE is Field Services Director for SHRM, based in Round Rock, Texas – in the Austin area.  She supports the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.  Sherry serves as SHRM’s staff liaison to the HR Certification Core Leadership Area; and, she is a member of the SHRM Speaker’s Bureau.

Sherry has worked in the HR profession for over 20+ years with industry experience in not-for-profit community organizations, public education, and entrepreneurial experience as owner of a small business.  Prior to joining SHRM as a staff member, in 2009, she served as president for her local SHRM affiliated chapter and she held a seat on the Texas SHRM State Council.


Please note that Speakers Bureau presentations are copyrighted and, therefore, will not be posted to this website.


Karen Gregory


Trevor Fry

HRSS Consulting Group

Data Driven Decision Making (D3M)

Presented by Karen Gregory & Trevor Fry

Friday, April 13, 2018 | 9:15 AM to 10:15 AM

Data can provide insights that help you answer your key business questions (such as ‘How can I improve customer satisfaction?’ or 'How can I increase positive performance?'). Data leads to insights; business leaders can turn those insights into decisions and actions that improve the business. This is the power of data and HRSS Consulting Group will demonstrate how this power can be leveraged to further develop the organization and the people within.


About the Speaker(s): Karen J. Gregory has a visionary ability to identify the potential in people and organizations and turn that into action that creates far-reaching and life-changing results. Her gift and vision to motivate and inspire others to make workplaces better places for all is what led to her mission to launch HRSS Consulting Group in 2012. A thought leader and fresh voice in the business world, Ms. Gregory connects the dots between individual performance and organizational excellence. She challenges and teaches business  professionals and organizations to clearly identify obstacles that are preventing them from transforming their status quo environments into thriving, high performing workplaces.

Trevor Fry is an experienced psychologist with Master’s degrees in experimental and industrial-organizational psychology, bringing a wealth of knowledge to the HRSS Consulting Group team. He is an expert at applying science to workplace issues facing individuals, teams, and organizations. His background in organizational science and advanced data analysis has allowed him to contribute to a range of training and organizational development projects at HRSS.


Matthew Snook


Mergers & Acquisitions - HR's Importance and Role in Key Transactions
Presented by Matthew Snook
Friday, April 13, 2018 | 10:45 AM to 11:45 AM
With the increasing number of mergers, divestitures and acquisitions occurring in the US, it is critical that the strategic HR practitioner understands critical issues, tasks and processes that MUST be driven by the HR function. This session will outline key issues and concerns, how due diligence activities should be structured and into what key areas diligence processes should dig, what the typical red flag areas are, and what the typical pathways are following deal close.
About the Speaker: Matthew Snook, a Partner and Senior Health and Welfare Benefits Consultant in Mercer’s Tampa office, has expertise in benefit plan strategy, design, marketing, financial analysis, demographic and statistical analyses. Matthew focuses on the use of all types of health and welfare benefit programs to complement and enhance corporate strategic initiatives.

Matthew has 30 years in the health care and benefits arena and extensive experience with benefits consulting assignments across a wide range of topics, and for companies in a broad array of industries. Matthew has spoken in various forums, including network television, numerous HR Florida and regional SHRM conferences and at national conferences. Topics have included health care cost containment, health care reform, advanced benefit plan design and pricing techniques, consumer directed health plan arrangements, and population health improvement programs. Topics of published articles include benchmarking, defined contribution health plans, and adverse selection control.


 Karan Ferrell Rhodes

Shockingly Different Leadership

Is Your Organization Unintentionally Sabotaging Your High Potential Talent?

Presented by Karan Ferrell Rhodes

Friday, April 13, 2018  | 12:45 PM to 1:45 PM

Executive leaders love to talk about inspiring their high-potential leaders to create game-changing impact within the organization. Senior leaders sit on the edge of their seats - eager to witness this talented group of employees implement mind-blowing innovation, turn under-performing departments into success stories and revive departments from the brink of extinction. The inconvenient truth is that most organizations actually are sabotaging, although unintentionally, their most promising talent and driving them to look for greener pastures outside of the organization.

Based on her years of research of over 5000 high potential leaders, Karan will provide a riveting presentation on the top forms of high potential "talent sabotage" and how to integrate small, but vital elements into your current talent rhythms in order to achieve optimal engagement, confidence, and performance from the very key talent who are the likely future leaders of your organization.

About the Speaker: Karan Ferrell-Rhodes is the Founder of Shockingly Different Leadership, an international high potential leader development and leadership branding consultancy. She is a thought leader on inspiring differentiated leadership in top performers in order to accelerate their readiness for their next leadership opportunity. Immediately before following her passion to share her consulting gifts on a more global scale, Karan held numerous executive positions at the Microsoft Corporation, including leading the human capital strategy for 6 Corporate Vice Presidents and leading the Microsoft Global High Potential Leadership Development Programs, which were ranked in the top 5 global programs by Fortune Magazine, Leadership Excellence, the Best Practices in Leadership Institute, and Workforce Magazine. Karan loves unleashing the magic which occurs when ambitious, gifted professionals are able to create and implement innovative ideas that differentiate their leadership acumen in a way that delivers greater value to their organizations, creates raving fans, builds their brand, and impacts the bottom line.


Rushe Hudzinski

Savannah Technical College

SHRM Georgia State Council Inc


Organizational Redesign: Strategically relating marketing and HR

Presented by Rushe Hudzinski

Friday, April 13, 2018  | 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Marketing and human resources aren't as separate as one might think. A company needs to attract profitable customers to achieve positive revenue. Identifying, obtaining and developing top talent interested in the company is critical to long-term success. HR must align with organizational strategy to position and market the organizational value proposition so it is consistently attractive through leadership competencies applied to the following to obtain a redesign that includes marketing for talent. 

About the Speaker: Rushe Hudzinski came to Savannah Technical College as a professor after being the Chief Human Resources Officer and a managing partner for New South Financial Group. Before coming to New South she served as the Director of Human Resources for Effingham County Board of Commissioners for over a decade and oversaw personnel matters concerning the County Staff, Elected Officials and Constitutional Officers. Currently she is a member of SHRM national, SHRM Savannah (Past President), and serves on the SHRM Georgia State Council as Director along with other community boards and committees. She holds the Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) and the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certifications.


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