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2021 NELA SHRM Annual Conference - Hybrid Meeting

  • September 16, 2021
  • 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Tower Place - 1500 N 19th St, Monroe, LA 71201


  • Discount is valid if registered and paid by 9.10.2021.



R. Andrew Yarbrough, Jr.
TOPIC: The Workforce & You

Andrew was born in South Korea; his father a service man and his mother a cosmetologist. He grew up in Korea and in the US on the West Coast, in the North, and the South. As a only child he had to learn people very quickly in order to make friends and establish relationships. This gave him a natural ability to lead people, which served him well in the military. He joined the military at 17 and by 20 he was serving in combat in Afghanistan. After several deployments around the world, he retired in 2014 from the Arm Forces and just focused on his career and his family.

With 20 years of leadership experience and 14 years of financial experience, he leads a successful Financial Advising practice with clients across the Nation and a successful consulting practice that works with people around the world! Andrew puts God first, then his family, and by following this, it has led him to open a nonprofit that now runs on its own, several pro-bono projects, and he continues to help those in need.

Andrew is married to Catherine (14 years/together 18 years) and has 2 boys Mason (13yrs old) and Bryce (11 yrs old). Together they work to serve their communities, they work to make this world better, even if it is just one person at a time.

Dr. Toni Washington Thibeaux
TOPIC: Advertising Belonging in the Workplace

Dr. Thibeaux, a native of Shreveport, Louisiana, is a multidisciplinary professional holding a degree in clinical laboratory science (CLS) and public health (MPH). She earned a doctoral degree in Higher Education with a specialization in Leadership from Northcentral University. Toni is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc., and Kappa Delta Pi, an International Honor Society for members who rank in the top 20 percent of those entering the field of education.

Dr. Thibeaux has been working in secondary and postsecondary schools for more than twenty years. Previous employers include Cornell University, George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, Louisiana Department of Education, Southern University- Shreveport, Wiley College, and Caddo Parish School District. She is also is a founding member of the Masters of Public Health (MPH) Program at Cornell University.

In her role as AVC for Diversity Affairs she collaborates with senior leadership members at LSU Health Shreveport to determine promising practices for the recruitment and retention of URM college students. Additionally, she develops, implements, and assess the institution’s diversity, inclusion, and sense of belonging initiatives.

Marcia Simmering Dickerson, Ph.D.

TOPIC: Talent by the Numbers - An Introduction to HR Analytics

Marcia Simmering Dickerson, Ph.D., is an award-winning educator and researcher with over 20 years of experience in people development. She is currently the Francis R. Mangham Professor of Management at Louisiana Tech University, where she has been a faculty member since 2003. She holds a B.B.A. in Human Resource Management from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. in Management from Michigan State University. She has the SHRM-SCP certification, is a certified executive business coach, and is an approved training provider for SHRM and HRCI recertification credits and Texas and Louisiana CPA CPE. She and her husband Steve live in Choudrant, LA, with their daughters Lydia and Josie.

While our team consists of several industry and subject-matter experts, Marcia is extremely hands-on and accessible and will be your main point of contact as we begin to work with your company. She is invested in the Northern Louisiana region, having chosen it as the place to build her career and family, and committed to making a positive impact in the surrounding community. 

All conference topics are HRCI & SHRM credit approved.

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