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    • 12 Oct 2023
    • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • NW Education Service District, Anacortes, WA

    Annual Fall Workshop

    Cultivating HR Excellence:
    Audits, Benefits and Strategies

    When:           Thursday, October 12, 2023

    Where:          NW Educational Service District  
                            1601 R Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221

    Time:              8:00 am – 1:00 pm

    Join us in beautiful Anacortes for our annual Fall Workshop. This session will provide 3.25 HRCI and SHRM recertification credits. 

    Workshop Schedule:

    08:00 am to 09:00 am: Buffet breakfast and networking
    09:00 am to 10:00 am: "Shaping your Voluntary Benefits Strategy" by Christina Buchholz
    10:00 am to 11:00 am:  "Deep Dive into HR Audits" by Kathy Henderson
    11:00 am to 11:15 am:  Break
    11:15 am to 1:00 pm: "Culture: What, Why, and How?" by Kevin Meenaghan 

    Deep Dive Into HR Audits

    Employers have a duty to conduct thorough and impactful HR Audits.  It's important to understand not only what exactly constitutes an HR Audit, but also when to do them, what all is included, and how to prioritize auditing in a busy HR schedule. 

    Kathy Henderson, SPHR, SHCM-SCP, Senior Consultant, All Things HR 

    Kathy has over 20 years of experience in HR strategy, regulatory compliance, project planning and implementation, employee relations and development. Her broad background in the daily operations of a human resources department has given her insight into the synergy of the many aspects of a strong HR strategy. Kathy's passion is in helping bring this all together. 

    Shaping your Voluntary Benefits Strategy

    Voluntary benefits have become an essential part of employee benefits packages. They have evolved from being add-ons to being vital components of effective benefits strategies. Supplemental plans offer employees a path to wealth building and financial protection, personal security, and overall wellness.  It's important to understand what to consider when selecting which benefits to offer, and what tools are available to help employees and employers navigate enrollment and administration. 

    Christina Buchholz, THRP, Sr. Vice President, Brown & Brown Insurance

    Christina's history in the insurance industry spans the many facets of it: she started in benefits administration; she served in executive leadership for a third-party administrator of self-funded plans; she acted as a national account manager for a large carrier, and for the last 15 years, she has been a broker and consultant who strategizes alongside employers to achieve the best value from their employee benefits investment.

     Culture: What, why, and How?

    With all the recent talk about corporate culture, it's critical to explore the many facets of team and organizational culture, including the effects of remote work, the impact of management, engagement, and personal & professional wellbeing. Evaluating and improving organizational culture is key to the success of any business in today's climate. 

    Kevin Meenaghan, Chief Strategist and President, Wardroom Success Strategies

    Kevin has first-hand experience and insight into the power of the Wardroom. Kevin invested 26 years as a Navy pilot and officer. His own personal leadership journey began in the Wardrooms and flight decks onboard aircraft carriers, where his leadership abilities orchestrated the movements of hundreds of crew members as they assisted in the takeoff and landing of aircraft, and the employment of carrier strike group ships. His military leadership reached the highest levels, culminating in the facilitation of meetings with the President’s National Security Advisor, Secretary of Defense and Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff.

    Kevin’s business, Wardroom Success Strategies, stems from his time as a Naval Officer. The Wardroom onboard a Navy vessel is the private room for higher-ranking officers, a place where those in management positions gather to rest, take meals, and discuss matters. In the Wardroom, leadership is nurtured and camaraderie grows. Founded by Kevin, Wardroom Success Strategies offers professional organizations The Wardroom Experience through methodologies that foster leadership, build teams, and deliver stronger professional cultures.  

    This workshop will equip professionals with information and tools to address topics that are trending in today’s organizations. 

    Don’t miss out on this popular training opportunity!

    • Early (Online) Registration SHRM/SIHRMA Member: $55
    • Early (Online) Registration non-SHRM/SIHRMA Member: $65
    • Student & Displaced Worker: $30
    • Regular Registration (Walk In): $75

    Thank you to our Sponsors!

    Gold Sponsors:
    Dispute Resolution Center 
    All Things HR 
    LeGros Buchanan & Paul

    Silver Sponsors:
    Express Employment Professionals 

    • 9 Nov 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Virtual Zoom Meeting

    Unleash the Power of Your Company's Marketing and HR Partnership

    Thursday, 11/09; 11:30 am – 1 pm, via Zoom

    Amid the economywide workforce shortage, companies struggle to fill open positions.  There exists a perception gap between potential employees and the reality of a company’s culture and brand. This perception gap is likely contributing to the current shortage of applicants, as companies are competing for talent globally and, more importantly, at the hyper-local level. Impact Washington believes there is an increasing need for marketing and HR to work together toward building a mutually beneficial relationship where driving engagement with both candidates and customers is vital. In this session, you will learn: 

    1. How to engage the skills of the entire organization to attract employees
    2. What is involved in developing a company brand and will learn how to communicate the message to targeted employees.
    3. To innovatively identify more effective platforms for attracting new employees.

      About the Speaker

      Sarah has dedicated the last 21 years working at Impact Washington. She is a process improvement and change management specialist with a proven track record of increasing product speed and reducing costs. Focusing on Lean Sigma and Quality Systems, Sarah takes a holistic approach to identify business improvement opportunities, developing solutions, managing initiatives, and identifying the resources and various disciplines needed to execute continuous improvement and deliver operational transformation. 

      • 14 Dec 2023
      • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
      • Virtual Zoom Meeting

      Cannabis Testing and Today's Law in Washington 

      Thursday, 12/14; 11:30 am – 1 pm, via Zoom

      Workplace Drug testing in the Era of Marijuana. Now more than ever, being informed on the laws regarding marijuana drug testing is vital to compliance and safety in the workplace. Don’t get left in the dark. In this session, you will learn:

      1.    Current legislation in Washington State.
      2.    What employers may need to do.
      3.    Understand important policies, procedures, job descriptions, reasonable suspicion testing and supervisory training.
      4.    Testing options available.

      About the Speaker:
      Brett Kinney is the CEO and Owner ARCpoint Labs of Bellingham and Arlington a Licensed Medical Test Laboratory and Clia-Waived Lab and a franchisee of a National third-party provider/administrator of accurate reliable and confidential diagnostic testing and wellness solutions for individuals, companies, and legal and healthcare professionals.   Over past years Brett and his business performed thousands of toxicology collections, clinical collections and thousands of diagnostics tests as well as has helped several organizations with improving their drug and alcohol testing procedures and employee wellbeing programs.Brett Kinney has over 25 years of Business and Technical Operations experience in Safety/Environmental Management, Human Resources, Healthcare, Construction and Manufacturing. He began working in the Medical Laboratory and Toxicology business over the past 2 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree of science in Industrial Technology with an intensity in business administration from Western Washington University.  He is also a certified DOT Drug and Alcohol collector and an active member in DATIA (Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association) and SAAPA (Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association).

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      New SHRM Recertification Providers for July 2022                    

      Skagit-Island Human Resource Management Association                                                                Chapter #0492

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