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July 25 – July 27, 2018

Houston, TX

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2017 Conference:  Wednesday, July 19 through Friday, July 21, 2017 at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort & Spa in Lost Pines, TX
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2017 Texas IPMA-HR Annual Conference

Registration deadline: July 7, 2017

Conference Rate


Conference Rate


Sponsors, Speakers, and Board Members

There is no fee, but please use the links below to register.


Receptions are included in the registration. To help us plan a fabulous event please let us know if you will be attending each reception by answering these questions when you register:

Will you be attending the Wednesday evening Reception?

Will you be attending the Thursday evening Reception/Networking Activity?


If you are in need of assistance of any kind, including if you have any special dietary needs (such as allergies, restrictions, or sensitivities to particular ingredients) or need mobility, audio-visual, or other assistance, please contact Trinh at 512-974-2544 or


Hotel Accommodations at Hyatt Lost Pines Resort and Spa, Lost Pines, Texas: Please use this link to reserve your room today. Hurry, there are a limited number of rooms available for $209– the conference discounted room rate. Deadline: June 28



Wednesday, July 19

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Sponsored by: NEOGOV

Welcome Reception

Thursday, July 20

7:30 a.m. Registration Opens
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Buffet
8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Welcome & Kickoff
Priscilla Wilson, IPMA HR Texas Chapter President
Sr Managing Director, City of Garland
8:45 – 10:00 a.m.

Sponsored by:
Holmes Murphy

Opening General Session
Confident, Capable & Connected – Unleashing the Million-Dollar Public Management Professional in YouVictoria Ashford is not only a sought-after speaker & trainer, she’s an Air Force veteran, real estate investor, former library director and college instructor. Whether she’s in front of audience’s at large international corporations, member associations, governmental agencies or academic institutions, Victoria mines her 25+ years of experience in training, sales/marketing and management to bring her innovative methods, messages and materials to improve the lives and performance of individuals and teams. She’s also been a featured expert in national publications and major websites such as Modern Woman, Black Enterprise, The Ladders and Career Builder. She is an author of two books: When Would NOW Be a Good Time? and Incredible Business.Victoria will provide a practical, humor-filled, motivating presentation that will provide information to help hone your skills in workforce development, improving employee engagement, creating sensational customer service and building the best teams by creating stronger connections!! Victoria’s interactive session will provide a memorable experience and attendees will receive a copy of her co-authored book/DVD SAVVY Leadership Strategies for Women or When Would NOW be a Good time?VICTORIA ASHFORD, M.A.Ed.
Speaker, Trainer, Happy Staff Training
10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 – 11:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
Innovative Recruiting in a Diminishing Workforce
Michael Hurwitz
Creating Collaborative Teams
Diane Miller, Owner Civic Collaboration
& Erin O’Toole, Principal Consultant, Collaborative Action – Developing Leaders. Facilitating Change.
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Awards & Recognition/Lunch Provided
12:45 – 1:30 p.m. General Session
Neil Reichenberg is the executive director of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR). He has worked for IPMA-HR for 36 years, the last 21 as the executive director. As executive director, he is responsible for the overall management of the association.Mr. Reichenberg speaks and writes on human resource and employment issues. He has given presentations in numerous countries and has presented papers at international conferences and United Nations meetings. He has testified before the United States Congress.Mr. Reichenberg is a graduate of the University of Maryland and New York Law School. He is a member of the Bar in the District of Columbia and New York. He is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), which awarded him the designation of Certified Association Executive. He worked previously for a law firm specializing in labor and employment law.Neil E. Reichenberg
Executive Director, IPMA-HR
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Managing Your Health Care Plans
Randy McGraw, Sr Vice President, HUB International
Challenges of Being Neutral
Lynda Baker, IAF Certified Facilitator and Assessor and Certified ToP Facilitator, Mentor Trainer and Assessor
While you may focus on the health and well-being of your employees and your organization – you’re frequently reminded that you’re also accountable to several other stakeholders, with differing and sometimes conflicting needs, concerns and demands. They don’t always perceive you as neutral and sometimes you aren’t! What are the challenges you face when employees, executive leadership, elected officials or citizens’ interests conflict with one another and your neutrality is essential?  How do you maintain your neutrality and successfully fulfill your roles of enforcer, partner, advocate and strategist? In this session, we’ll garner the human resources in the room to share the neutrality challenges you’ve faced and explore best practices for how to overcome them.
3:00 – 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 – 4:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
BestBest Practices in Human Resources: Panel DiscussionSheila Balog, Manager, Organizational Development Manager, City of Austin – Best Practices in Succession PlanningBrett Byers, Managing Director, The Hawkins Company- Best Practices in Recruitment InitiativesGreg George, Human Resources Director, City of Lubbock – Best Practices in Managing Health Plan CostsValerie Francois, Human Resources Director, City of Round Rock – Best Practices in Starting and Managing an Employee ClinicKaren Haywood, Assistant Human Resources Director, City of Austin – Best Practices in Developing, Implementing and Managing Wellness Initiatives
Building a Culture of Engagement
Bob Lavigna, Director, CPS Institute for Public Sector Employee Engagement
4:30 – 5:00 p.m. Vendor Floor Open
6:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Sponsored by: Aetna
Meet and Mingle Reception
Texas/Tex-Mex Themed BuffetIron Chef Cooking Competition
Open to all attendees who would like to participate!! Each team will create their own:
• Appetizer: Salsa & guacamole OR
• Beverage: Margarita
Volunteer to be on one of multiple teams who will be creating their own margarita with a bartender or making salsa and guacamole. All ingredients are provided and step by step instructions will be available.

Friday, July 21

6:30 – 7:30 a.m. Walk/Run Event
Details TBA
8:15 – 8:45 a.m. Breakfast Buffet
8:45 – 9:00 a.m. Welcome & Kickoff
Priscilla Wilson, IPMA HR Texas Chapter President
Sr Managing Director, City of Garland
9:00 – 10:45 a.m. General Session
Bridging the Divide: Understanding General Diversity in the WorkplaceDeWayne Owens is a nationally sought-out Motivational Speaker, Trainer, Consultant, and Best-Selling Author. He is the Founder and President of Maximum Motivation Training Systems and the Official Chaplain of the Zig Ziglar Legacy Certification Program. DeWayne’s mission is to teach up and coming leaders how to incorporate positive internal leadership characteristics in order to effectively lead others. DeWayne’s speaking programs focus on educating, informing, and equipping leaders and workforce personnel with the tools, wisdom and motivation to maximize their productivity in the work place. He specializes in teaching winning principles and practical approaches to enhance both professional and personal growth while effectively challenging people to think outside of the boxes they have been conditioned to think within. DeWayne is able to get people of the workforce to understand their own value and the incredible value that they bring to their company’s success. DeWayne was mentored personally by Zig Ziglar in becoming a successful motivational speaker and author.DeWayne Owens is the author of the highly-acclaimed book, How to Get Rich on PURPOSE. His book has gained international recognition and is has been published and sold in countries outside of the United States which include Mexico, Russia, Korea, Thailand, India and Indonesia.The Bridging the Divide program is designed to help you to acquire the knowledge and ability to understand and relate well to all types of people in the workplace. The U.S. workforce now contains a complex mix of races, cultures, languages, sexual identification, generational gaps and religious affiliations. For these reasons, it is critical for the success of U.S. businesses and organizations to understand and overcome pre-conceived assumptions to work effectively as a team. This is an exciting, interactive and engaging presentation to enhance valuing diverse backgrounds in order to help you thrive in an ever-changing workforce culture.DeWayne Owens, Author, President, Maximum Motivation Training Systems
10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Closing Comments/Wrap Up
11:00 a.m. – Noon Post Conference Session
HR Directors Roundtable


2017 Sponsors



Past Chapter Conferences

2016 Texas IPMA-HR Annual Conference

The Texas IPMA-HR Annual Conference was held on April 7-8, 2016 at the University of Texas at Dallas, located in Richardson, Texas. The conference participants were amazed by our keynote speaker, Kelli Vrla, who presented her perspective on “Rethinking HR.” Throughout the conference, many discussions were held regarding innovative HR practices, advances in the workplace, legislative issues, and much more.

Legislative Updates – Neil Reichenberg

The 3R’s of Employee Engagement – 10 Key Principles About Employee Rewards – Marie Diaz

Law and Order – Avoiding Workplace Violence – Barry Stevens

The 3R’s of Employee Engagement – Recognition, Rewards, Rejuvenation – Jerri Robertson

IPMA 2016 ACTION PLANNING PAGE – Kelli Vrla Session

Inclusion Matters – Lauren DeCillis and Patti Fink

Inclusion Matters – DGLA-EF LGBT

FLSA Proposed Changes – Are We Compliant – Julia Gannaway

Employer of Choice – Competing for Scarce Resources

Employer of Choice – Workforce 20/20


View our 2016 Texas IPMA-HR Conference Sponsors.