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IPMA-HR Texas Conference 

July 25 – July 27, 2018

Houston, TX



#MeToo: How HR Should Be Responding - Eileen Begle (handouts)

How is Technology Impacting HR - Jon Nordby - Director of Strategy, Houston Exponential

The Hidden Cost of Stress in the Workplace - Cigna Panel

Emotional Intelligence - Tony Cross


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

12 - 4:30 PM   Executive Board Meeting                  
5:30 - 7:30 PM   Benefit Harbor’s Opening Happy Hour                  


Thursday, July 26, 2018

7:30 AM   Registration Opens      
8:00 – 8:30 AM   Breakfast      
8:30 – 8:45 AM   Welcome & Conference Kickoff   Debbie Maynor, IPMA HR Texas Chapter President 
Assistant Director of Human Resources for the City of Austin
8:45 – 10:00 AM   Opening General Session  

“The Rapidly Changing Workforce – Shifting From Employee Engagement to Employee Experience”
Panel Facilitator:
David Kester, Harris County Budget Management
Janet May, Chief Human Resources Officer, Houston Community College
Karen Kauffman, Chief Human Resources Officer, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO)
Jane Cheeks, Director of Human Resources, City of Houston
Yolanda Howze, Director of Human Resources, City of Bellaire

10:00 – 10:15 AM   Break      
10:15 – 11:30 AM   Concurrent Breakout Sessions    "#MeToo: How HR Should Be Responding" 

Speaker: Eileen Begle

“How is Technology Impacting HR” 
Speaker: Jon Nordby - Director of Strategy, Houston Exponential

11:45 – 12:45 PM   Stress Panel & Lunch


  Cigna Round Table Panel Discussion

Cigna Panelists:
Sarah Acosta, Wellness Supervisor, Harris County
Christi Telshaw, Behavioral Network Market Manager, Cigna
Matt Grebliunas, Director of HR, City of Lewisville
Margaret Howard, Senior Health Promotion Manager, Cigna

12:45 – 1:30 PM   General Session   “Government Affairs Update”
Speaker:  Neil Reichenberg
1:30 – 3:00 PM   Concurrent Breakout Sessions  

“Updates in Employment Law” 
Speaker: Michael Hurwitz CEO & Co-Founder of Careers in Government

“HR Strategic Planning in Government”
Speaker: Robert Thomas

3:00 – 3:15 PM   Break      
3:15 – 4:30 PM   Concurrent Breakout Sessions  

“Leadership Presence” 
Speaker: Ray Anthony

“Emotional Intelligence” 
Speaker: Tony Cross

4:30 – 5:00 PM   Vendor Floor Open      
5:00 – 7:00 PM    Community Service Project      


Friday, July 27, 2018

8:00 – 8:30 AM   Breakfast Buffet      
8:30 – 9:30 AM   Benefits Panel  

Aetna Panel

"Leading Employee Benefit Consultants Discuss Emerging Opportunities and Trends for Public Sector Employers in Texas"
Panel Facilitator:
Louie Heerwagen, Sales Vice President, Aetna Public Sector
Scott Gibbs, Senior Vice President, McGriff, Seibels & Williams
Jarrad Wills, Vice President, Holmes Murphy & Associates
Nick Long, Public Sector Practice Lead, Gallagher Benefits

9:30 – 9:45 AM   Break      
9:45 – 11:00 AM   General Session  

"Igniting Your Power"
Keynote Speaker: Carla Brown

11:00 – 11:15 AM   Closing Comments/Wrap Up    Debbie Maynor  
11:15 AM   Box Lunches/Depart      
11:30 – 12:30 PM   HR Directors' Round Table      


IPMA-HR Recertification: All HR Related Courses Are Recognized!

IPMA-HR recognizes all HR related professional development courses, conferences, and webinars. A certified individual will receive the following points upon their completion of their program:

Programs spanning 6 hours or more per day = 3 recertification points.
Programs spanning less than 6 hours per day = 1 recertification point.


2018 Sponsors

















Includes 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, breaks, team building activity & T-shirt.

Members:  $100

Non-Members:  $250

Sponsors, Speakers, and Board Members:  no fee*

*There is no fee, but please use the link above to register.  Your discount code can be obtained by emailing [email protected]


Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria.  There are a limited number of rooms available for $119-139– the conference discounted room rate.