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    • 8 Mar 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (CST)
    • Dead Fish Grill 2207 Lake Rd Belton, TX


    Velissa Chapa, Assistant General Counsel at Texas Workforce Commission


    During this session, Velissa Chappa will bring her legal knowledge to help businesses succeed when navigating documentation, directives, and discipline in the workplace.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Recognize the necessity of appropriate documentation in supporting the organization’s policies and protecting the organization from legal claims
    • Learn how to develop and execute effective disciplinary processes
    • Master what information to include in all documentation
    • Understand the process of progressive discipline


    Velissa R. Chapa is an Assistant General Counsel at the Texas Workforce Commission. Velissa specializes in employment law and advises agency management on a variety of employment law issues. She also conducts training sessions for internal management, where she discusses the policies and procedures, medical leave-related laws, and diversity, equity, and inclusion in business. Velissa serves as Board President for the Austin Youth River Watch, is the Treasurer of the Austin LGBT Bar Association, is a recent graduate of Leadership Austin, and in her spare time enjoys film, music, and supporting local art.


    Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Visit our "Sponsor" page for details and benefits!

    • 28 Apr 2023
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (CDT)
    • Killeen Civic and Conference Center - Killeen, TX


    DeAdrian (Dee) Maddox, MBA - Founder & CEO, DMX Consulting, LLC"

    "Performance Management: Your D.E.E.D. to Success

    "Every employee needs motivation for performance management to be successful. Employees must take some responsibility in motivating themselves. Management must help motivate and develop employees. However, both managers and employees must take and own the actions for success to occur.

    In addition to stimulating motivation, performance management is important because it highlights: training needs, boosts morale, helps with identifying the right employees for promotion, helps define career paths, supports workforce planning, increases employee retention, delivers greater employee autonomy, and improves accountability.

    Using my original platform: Demand Excellence in Everything You Do: Your D.E.E.D. to Success. I will share with participants how to D.esign - E.ducate - E.xecute - D.ocument strategies for effective performance management. The D.E.E.D. gets to the heart of goals. Also, it lays the groundwork for increasing personal development in individuals and offers a laser-focused approach to engagement and culture for organizations. The word DEED has two primary meanings: (1) Own and (2) Action. Teaching leaders how to create an environment that is conducive to individual success will reduce turnover and improve the bottom line for the organization."

    Sarah Glaser Employment Law Attorney & Principal at Lloyd Gosselink Rochelle & Townsend, P.C."

    "Legal & Policy Updates"

    Charley Ayres, Director, Industry & Education Partnerships at Workforce Solutions of Central Texas

    "Panel: Where in the World is the Talent? Addressing the Skills & Talent Shortages"


    Dr. Stephanie Ferguson - Director, Career & Technical Education - Belton Independent School District

    Dr. Russell Porterfield - Principal, KISD Career Center - Killeen Independent School District

    Denise Ayres - Director, Career & Technical Education - Temple Independent School District

    This session will start with an overview of the economic, demographic, and social evolutions that are impacting our hiring practices. It will provide participants with labor market data to have a better understanding of our local talent. It will provide opportunities to interact directly with our local Career & Technical Education Directors from our school districts, as well as colleges and universities in Central Texas.

    It will answer:

    • Where is the talent?
    • What are they being trained for?
    • What are the soft skills? hard skills?
    • What are the biggest challenges?
    • What are ways HR professionals can help support their transition into the workforce?
    • Is talent staying local or leaving Central Texas? And much more...

    Rick Lozano, Keynote Speaker - Consultant, Author, Musician, CSP

    Unlock & Amplify: Unleash Talent and Potential in a Dynamic World

    Talent & Potential.

    Leaders have it, organizations have it, you have it. What if you utilized and realized more of it? How would that impact everything?

    The answer: immensely!

    Higher productivity, lower attrition, greater engagement, and unlimited possibility! So, how do we do it?

    Incorporating themes from his first book, Acoustic Leadership: Develop A Leadership Culture That Resonates, and based on the research for his forthcoming publication, Unlock & Amplify is brought to life with a combination of energy, interactivity, fun, and his signature presentation style (and guitar).

    Rick brings his clever insights and actionable strategies to tap into that wealth of

    potential and transform your organization and your people.

    Introducing his proprietary RIFF ModelTM, you’ll learn how to:

    • Develop a strategy for identifying and focusing on the high leverage work that inspires instead of drains.
    • Implement a process for creatively tapping into resources available to produce results that were previously unavailable.
    • Navigate through noise by simplifying, streamlining, and narrowing the scope of what we give our attention
    • Focus on positioning talent so that people grow exponentially rather than incrementally, in their jet stream versus uphill.

    With solutions in hand, you’ll help create an environment where opportunity abounds, talent thrives, and potential is realized!"

    Bettye Benten SHRM-SCP, HRCI-SPHR, HRCI-PHR HR and Diane Harvey, LCSW - Austin Dispute Resolution Center"

    Mediation & HR's role

    Mediation is one of several dispute resolution techniques available to help groups and individual resolve conflict. HR professionals are usually the first point of contact whenever a workplace dispute arises. Therefore, they play a substantial role in assisting to achieve resolution in workplace disputes. It is important for HR professionals to understand how and when workplace mediation can or should be used.

    Learning Objectives:

    • What is mediation?
    • Stages of mediation
    • Role of a Mediator
    • Understanding Your Conflict Style
    • Mediator skills
    • Ethics
    • How to become a mediator?

Past events

8 Feb 2023 What We Should Be Telling Our Managers About The ADA, But May Not Be
11 Jan 2023 HR Compliance Update: Classifying Well For the DOL (and Other Agencies)
8 Dec 2022 CenTex SHRM - Holiday Mixer
9 Nov 2022 Leveraging Total Rewards Strategies to Address Employee Engagement & Navigating Business Challenges
12 Oct 2022 When Workplace Investigations Go Wrong - Labor and Employment Law
14 Sep 2022 Balancing Your Organization's Online Presence with Increasing Security Threats
10 Aug 2022 Career Transition from the Business Partner Lense
13 Jul 2022 Self Care for HR Pros
8 Jun 2022 Top 10 Wage and Hour Mistakes to Avoid
11 May 2022 Transforming Your Team from Dysfunction to Cohesion
21 Apr 2022 CTHRMA Annual Conference
9 Mar 2022 HR Beyond COVID: Preparing the Way for the Post-Pandemic Workforce
9 Feb 2022 Changes in Employment Law under the Biden Administration
12 Jan 2022 The “Next Normal” in HR: The Future Workforce
9 Dec 2021 CTHRMA - Holiday Mixer
11 Nov 2021 Workplace Violence an Employer Safety Consideration, a 21st Century Dilemma
14 Oct 2021 Why Employers Need to Think of AI as an “Employee”
9 Sep 2021 Maintaining Team Cohesion in Turbulent Times
12 Aug 2021 Marijuana, Oral Fluids and the Future of Workplace Drug Testing
8 Jul 2021 Uncovering Unconscious Bias
10 Jun 2021 The Yellow Cake Principle
13 May 2021 What Happened to My Daddy's Job?
8 Apr 2021 Be Bold: Inclusive Behavior Through Courageous Conversations
11 Mar 2021 Confidence Through Chaos
11 Feb 2021 I Make Folks Unfireable!
14 Jan 2021 My Journey Towards Recovery and How My EAP Played a Pivotal Role
12 Mar 2020 CTHRMA March Monthly Luncheon
13 Feb 2020 CTHRMA February Luncheon
9 Jan 2020 CTHRMA January Monthly Luncheon
12 Dec 2019 Holiday Miixer
14 Nov 2019 It's Not Your Father's Apprenticeship
8 Aug 2019 August Monthly Luncheon - Workplace Transformation: Navigating the New Normal
11 Jul 2019 July Monthly Luncheon - Policy and Procedure for Company Fleet Accidents
8 Nov 2018 November Monthly Luncheon
11 Oct 2018 October Monthly Luncheon
9 Aug 2018 August Monthly Luncheon


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