Pre-Conference Workshops


Employment Law Trends and Case Studies

Robin E. Shea, Esq., Partner, Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP


How to Build a Successful Benefit Strategy

Steve Byrd, Area VP, Health & Welfare Consulting, Hill, Chesson & Woody Employee Benefit Services, a division of Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc.


Handling Difficult Conversations

Drake Maynard, DMHRServices, LLC



Keynote Speaker: Building a Culture of Employee Engagement in Government


Bob Lavigna, IPMA-SCP, Director, Institute for Public Sector Employee Engagement, CPS HR Consulting



Concurrent Sessions


The Business Case For Diversity

Douglas R. Bender, Sr., Senior Consultant, JER HR Group


The Affordable Care Act – “It’s Anyone’s Guess”

Greg Clarke, Senior Benefit Consultant, USI Insurance Services


Too Busy to Plan

Tom Cooper, Principal, BrightHill Group


How to Solve Government Recruiting Needs

Vincent VanAuker, East Coast Account Executive, NEOGOV

Mike Slator, Account Executive, NEOGOV



General Sessions


Legislative Update

Hugh Johnson, Government Relations Coordinator, North Carolina Association of County Commissioners

Will Brooks, Grassroots Initiative & Civic Engagement Associate, North Carolina League of Municipalities


Building a Better Community: What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Hyong Yi, Author of 100 Love Notes and Director of Innovation for the City of Charlotte

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