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Nebraska State Conference



Thursday, Aug. 27 
Thursday, Aug. 27   
7-8 a.m.
Registration and continental breakfast        12-12:30 p.m. Lunch with exhibitors in ballroom
7:45-8 a.m. Welcome, opening remarks 12:30-1:30 p.m. Keynote Kim Hoogeveen, Filling the Void: HR's Opportunity to Lead
8-9 a.m.
9-9:30 a.m.
Keynote Shawn Woods, Motivate you and your team
Break-in exhibitor hall 
1:30-2 p.m. Break-in exhibitor hall
9:30-10:30 a.m. 
Break-out sessions
• Danielle Crough Total Rewards
• Kim Hoogeveen Morale Killers: What Data Says
• Kelli Lieurance Social Media in Workplace
• Shawn Woods Managing Conflict
2-3 p.m.  Breakout sessions
• Mike Henke Promote positivity
• Chad Richter NLRB
• Kathy Dempsey effectiveness strategies
• Tim Olson, Carolyn McNair benefits and DOL audits
10:30-11 a.m. Break-in exhibitor hall
3-3:15 p.m. Break
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Break-out sessions
• Kelli Lieurance Protect Business Info
• Mira Mdivani 2015 Immigration
• Jason Lauritsen Maximizing new talent
• Autumn Long Health Care Reform
3:15-4:15 p.m.  Endnote Kathy Dempsey, Stay alive and thrive in midst of change
12-12:30 p.m. Lunch with Exhibitors in Ballroom 4:15-6 p.m.
Reception exhibitor hall, CenturyLink

Friday Aug. 28 Friday, Aug. 28
6:30-8 a.m.
Registration and continental breakfast      11:30-12 p.m. Lunch and Awards in Ballroom
7-8 a.m. Early Bird Breakout: Marriage Equality Impact on Workplace 12-1 p.m.
1-1:15 p.m.
Lunchnote speaker Kit Welchlin, Stress, Time, Procrastination Mgt.
8-9 a.m. Breakout sessions
• Suzanne Ritchie Strategic Thinking
• Steve Bogue, Ruth Horvatich Internal investigations
• Rick Derse, ROI behind HR Technology
• BCBS experts, ACOs, PCMH, value base care
1:15-2:15 p.m.
Breakout sessions
• Bonnie Cox, How to Think like a CEO
• Kerri Reisdorff, FMLA, ADA, Pregnancy Discrimination
• Ty Bennett, Power of Storytelling
• Craig Johnson, Cclinical Wellness in a Regulatory Environment

9-9:15 a.m. Break 2:15-2:30 p.m
9:15-10:15 a.m. Break-out sessions
• Todd Conkright, Small Biz Guide to People Performance
• Scott Moore, Labor & Employment Law Developments, Trends
• Eric Thompson, Skills Gap in Midwest
• Michael Demman, Health Care Reform a Year Later
2:30-3:30 p.m.

Endnote speaker Ty Bennett
• Power of Influence
10:15-10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 -11:30 a.m. Break-out sessions
• Kit Welchlin, Handling Bullies, Tyrants, Jerks
• Marcia Washkuhn, Mental, Medical under ADAAA
• Gwen Combs, Recruitment, Retention of Diverse Employees
• Matthew Eickman, Achieving Return on your Retirement Plan
3:30-3:45 p.m.
Grand Prize Drawing and Announcements


SHRM Certification...a goal and incentive!

Make a goal to get SHRM Certified BEFORE August!

We have a goal for you -- and an incentive!  Get SHRM certified before the 2015 Nebraska State Conference to be eligible to win a $100 Amazon gift card.  Stop by the SHRM Nebraska State Council booth to enter your name for the drawing.  You have two chances to win if you attend both days.  It's easy:

1. Complete the SHRM tutorial for SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP before Aug. 27 if you are already HRCI certified as of Jan. 1.

2. Attend the Nebraska State SHRM Conference

3. Visit the SHRM Nebraska State Council booth to enter your name

SHRM Pathway

If you were HRCI Certified by Jan. 31, 2015, you may be eligible to take SHRM's certification tutorial for free before Dec. 31, 2015.  It's quick and easy!  Become SHRM Certified prior to the state conference to start earning your re-certification credits and be eligible for an Amazon gift card. 


If not currently HR certified - become SHRM certified by taking the SHRM certification exam.  Download the certification handbook at: to learn about eligibility requirements, testing windows and application process.

Conference Forms and Handouts

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  1. 2015 Conference Agenda (conference speakers, hotels, schedule, etc.)
  2. 2015 Conference Signup
  3. Exhibitor signup closed for 2015.  Email to ask about other opportunities.
  4. 2016 Speaker RFP (2015 complete)
  5. Exhibitor Hall (pending)

Conference Speakers

Check out videos from conference speakers

Ty Bennett   Kit Welchlin    Kathy Dempsey




Speaker Handouts (password provided at conference)
2015 SHRM Nebraska State Conference Pricing

Members Thursday Only Early (extended to July 24) $199; Standard $249

Members Friday Only Early (extended to July 24) $199; Standard $249

Members Day 1&2   Early (extended to July 24) $299; Standard $349

Non-Members Thursday Only Early (extended to July 24)  $249; Standard $299

Non-Members Friday Only Early (extended to July 24)  $249; Standard $299

Non-Member Day 1&2 Early (extended to July 24)  $349; Standard $399


Presenting Partner




Platinum Partner

Charging Station
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Thursday Lunch




Names, Tags and Lanyards

Titanium Partner


Coffee Bar






Graphics and Brochures

Gold Partner


Grand Prize




Mobile App

Gold Partner



Silver Partner


Also sponsoring Reception Libations!


Bronze Partner