Pick your issue: staffing shortages, COVID stress, remote work, rebirth of union organizing, mental health, inflation, and workplace and public violence. The last few years have been tough on anyone in the HR profession. So, our 2022 conference theme of “HR Upside Down” seems quite appropriate for the times!

This year we focus on these topics with speakers who seek to help us regain some sanity, ending with a social event at Greendance Winery in Mount Pleasant. We hope you join us for some professional insight and friendly networking as we come together for this year’ WHRA Conference.

Notes:  All conference presentations are recorded in the event a registered attendee cannot make the live meeting, a copy can be provided.  Our conference materials are subject to changes as we complete all the details and make important adjustments.


Active Shooter Training

Helping to prepare our employees should the unthinkable happen may be one of the best investments any of us can make. John Sakoian of Command Excellence will give us critical insights about how we can prepare and act should we ever face an active shooter threat.

John Sakoian is the owner of Command Excellence™ and ACTION™ Training. He is also a Director for the international company First Tactical. 


Emotional Intelligence

Think of the importance of self-care and understanding how emotions affect us personally and dynamically with others in the work place. Author Joie Seldon draws from her expertise and book “Emotions: An Owner’s Manual” to give us pause for thought on this topic.

Master emotion intelligence trainer and dynamic speaker, Joie Seldon is the author of EMOTIONS: An Owner’s Manual and the creator of EMOTIONS AT WORK online course. Debunking myths that hold us back and providing easy-to-apply emotion management tools, she’s coached and educated creatives and professionals around the world.


Labor Relations Update

Amazon. Starbucks. UPMC. Whose next? Organized Labor has demonstrated some resilience not seen in quite a few years. Time to refresh our knowledge on the subject with Attorney Mike Stieff of Jackson Lewis about what you can and cannot do if a Union comes calling.

Mike Stieff,  Attorney, Jackson Lewis


HR Upside Down -- Employees Spread Their Wings: How a pandemic, evolving demographics, a tight labor market, and changing workplace relationships shifted employees’ wants and demands.”

Turnover. COVID. Stress. Dr. Cathy Giunta of Seton Hill University will takes us on a sightseeing tour of issues that employers are now facing in today’s environment. What are we to do about remote work, policies, engagement? Let’s find out.

Dr. Catherine Giunta, SHRM-SCP, SPHR; Professor-Business, School of Business, Seton Hill University


The Employment Crisis

No one seems to have the answer for the workforce shortages that cross all industry lines. After a presentation by Aubrey Hart, Practice Director at Robert Half, a panel of our HR peers will field questions and discuss topics that address this critical HR need.

Aubrey Hart, Practice Director, Robert Half


HR Wellness--Taking Care of Yourself

COVID, staffing shortages, turnover, the impact of inflation on employees. HR is under more stress than ever. Theresa Matson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker will draw on lessons from a variety of subject areas to help us understand what we can do to address personal stress.

Theresa Matson, L.S.W. Vice President Behavioral Health and Community Based Services, Adelphoi Village.

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