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Annual Employer Seminar & Exposition

  • March 29, 2019
  • 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • West Monroe Convention Center 901 Ridge Avenue West Monroe, LA 71291


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7:30 - 8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 - 8:15 Introduction - Anetra Robinson-Howard

8:15 - 9:15 "The GROWTH DELIMA: Organizational Accountability & Transformation REDEFINED" Presented by Andrew Mulford

9:15 - 9:30 Break & Vendor Viewing

9:30 - 11:30 "Striking a Balance: Increase Engagement and Enhance Productivity with Your Employment Policies" Presented by Marcia Dickerson

11:30 - 12:00 Life Share Blood Center Presented by James Brown and Asya Capers

12:00 - 12:30 Lunch

12:30 - 1:30 "How is Your HR Technology Working for You?" Presented by Chris Baldwin

1:30 - 1:45 Break & Vendor Viewing

1:45 - 2:45 "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion" (DEI) Presented by Shelva Thomas

2:45 - 3:00 Wrap Up


“The GROWTH DELIMA: Organizational Accountability & Transformation REDEFINED”

Andrew Mulford, Founder & CEO, One Life Group

Andrew Mulford is the founder of One Life Group - a CEO Coaching and Consulting Company uniquely equipped to guide Business Owners to become the CEO Everyone Respects by overcoming status quo and clarifying a clear path to grow.

Andrew’s background includes advising Business Owners on risk and corporate insurance decisions with both Querbes & Nelson and Gillis, Ellis & Baker. Today, Andrew partners with Vistage International to lead CEOs in Louisiana and Texas in private Peer Advisory Groups. He is the Chairman of 2 CEO Groups (Monroe and Shreveport). He also leads the only Vistage Key Executive Peer Group in North LA.

Andrew also coaches CEOs and Leaders to implement EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System) - a strategic method of running businesses that creates operational excellence through accountability while radically improving the health of organizational culture. Additionally, Andrew is a Certified Guide with StoryBrand to coach CEOs and Leaders to clarify their message so that people will listen.

Andrew is married to his wife Leslie of 13 years with 3 amazing children, Christian (the gift child age 7), Meg (the long-awaited child - age 4) and Molly (the surprise baby – 18 months). Andrew is a native of Shreveport, a Graduate of LSU in Shreveport, a follower of Jesus Christ and a student of the Bible.

The GROWTH DELIMA: Organizational Accountability & Transformation REDEFINED

There has never been a time in the history of modern business when more organizational tools, resources and training has ever been available to Leadership Teams; yet, the difficulty to grow remains. Leaders of small and midsized companies are often frustrated or discouraged by the challenging efforts to align their teams for greater performance and results. Why is this?

It’s the GROWTH DELIMA! Push hard - do more - grow fast OR… settle for something less. But are those the only options?

Organization Accountability & Transformation REDEFINED provides a solid framework for Healthy Accountability and 3 Key Ingredients for Team Transformation. Blend these ingredients well and you’ll Discover Your Clear Path to Grow! But dismiss this as touchy-feely consultant talk… and you’ll get what’ you’re getting right now: Increasing Turnover, Decreasing Moral and a High Stress Life!

REDEFINE Organizational Accountability and realize the gift of Team Transformation.


“Striking a Balance: Increase Engagement and Enhance Productivity with Your Employment Policies”

Marcia Simmering Dickerson, Ph.D., Francis R. Mangham Endowed Professor of Management at Louisiana Tech University & CEO of Dickerson Management and Career Consulting

Marcia Simmering Dickerson, Ph.D. is the Francis R. Mangham Endowed Professor of Management at Louisiana Tech University and CEO of Dickerson Management and Career Consulting. In her university job, Dr. Dickerson has published more than 23 journal articles and has taught classes on the topics of Human Resources, Leadership, and Research. As a consultant, she provides leadership training, human resources consulting, and small business start-up assistance.

Speaker Notes: How can a company best leverage its policies and procedures to provide the right amount of guidance to employees without making the culture so rule-bound that employees feel micromanaged? In this two-hour presentation, I blend the most recent academic knowledge on employee engagement and empowerment with practical tips as to how to create, implement, and enforce policies that enhance the overall culture and productivity of the workplace. Additionally, I address common legal questions that employers have about policies that they need and ones they should avoid. In the course of this talk, I’ll cover best practices for policies and procedures, list some of the policies that a company should consider having, and give practical advice on how to craft policies that really work.  

“How is Your Technology Working for You?”

Chris Baldwin, Regional Leader – HR & Benefits Technology Sales Leader, South Central Region, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Chris joined Gallagher in January of 2014 as a benefits consultant. He began his career in the Healthcare industry in 2009. Prior to joining the Gallagher Dallas office, Chris worked at UnitedHealthcare in Dallas, Texas.

In his role as Regional HR & Benefits Technology Sales Leader, Chris primarily supports Gallagher consultants’ business development activities and helps prospects and clients strategize, buy, implement, and optimize technology that supports an organization’s strategic goals around Administration, Compliance, and Human Capital. Gallagher’s HR & Benefits Technology Consulting team dives into the details and can help identify, design, and secure a technology solution that supports those goals. His past experiences as a consultant working with small and large companies, together with his benefits communications and plan implementation acumen, prove critical to developing consultative best practices and client relationships. In addition, his skills in analyzing the impact of Healthcare Reform and market trends enable him to be a trusted advisor to our clients.

Chris is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama. He resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife Shirin and daughter Alexandria.

How is Your HR Technology Working for You? (very interactive with whole-group role playing and participation)


An interactive meeting with fellow HR leaders where we’ll discuss how technology can be leveraged to empower organizational wellbeing and manage human capital risk. Explore real-life scenarios related to benefits administration, workforce management and decision support tools, just to name a few. Gain actionable insights on how to avoid common challenges and pitfalls HR teams face when selecting best-fit technology solutions that can make your workplace better.

You will walk away with an understanding of:

·         The current HR and benefits technology landscape

·         Key risks to consider when evaluating HR and benefits technology

·         HR and benefits technology trends and what is driving them


“Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion”

Shelva Thomas, Founder & CEO, InspHIRE HR Learning & Leadership, LLC (IHRLL)

Shelva Thomas founded InspHIRE HR Learning and Leadership, LLC (IHRLL) out of the growing need of a skilled and diversified workforce in Northeast Louisiana. Organizations large and small shared the same experience with individuals having a lack of business acumen, leadership skills, and specialized training. InspHIRE HR Learning and Leadership, LLC (IHRLL) was founded to develop cutting edge solutions for employee, leadership, and organizational development.

Ms. Thomas brings over 20 years of human resource leadership to InspHIRE HR Learning and Leadership, LLC (IHRLL). From operations management, training and development, and compliance and regulatory, she has built a solid and trusted reputation. InspHIRE HR Learning and Leadership, LLC (IHRLL) was founded in March 2019, following a successful and impressive twenty-year career at a Fortune 500 Company specializing in employee and leadership development.

In 2018, Ms. Thomas became an adjunct instructor for Louisiana Delta Community College. In this role, she delivers Workforce Development training to prepare students for the business environment to ensure job readiness as tenured staffing and external applicants.

Ms. Thomas has extensive experience in leadership development, organizational development, career development, staff development, diversity equity and inclusion, generational cohorts, coaching, performance management, multi-rater/360 initiatives, values based and strategic interviewing methodologies, climate assessments, executive management, individual effectiveness training, program design, facilitation, and teambuilding.

Ms. Thomas obtained her graduate degree, Master of Science in Leadership and Human Resource Development, from Louisiana State University. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Louisiana at Monroe. Ms. Thomas is the Diversity Director Chair of the Northeast Louisiana Society of Human Resource Management, an active member of the Junior League of Monroe, and a 2003 Graduate of Leadership Ouachita.

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Training Overview:

For companies and organizations to be successful in the 21st Century, they must encompass a workforce that is skilled and diversified.  Recognizing the benefits of a diverse workforce; diversity, equity, and inclusion are becoming more of a business objective with deliberate and intentional conversations to become and be a standard barrier of inclusion.

Diversity and inclusion training is an effective tool to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in workplace culture.  This training will assist organizations in building a comprehensive talent strategy that is inclusive by educating employees on what diversity and implicit biases are, and what inclusive thinking means in their day-to-day interactions with peers, colleagues, customers, business partners, and vendors.