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2015 HR Florida Conference & Expo
August 31 – September 2, 2015

The HR Florida Conference & Expo is the annual conference of the HR Florida State Council, a state affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Each year the event attracts 1,500+ human resource professionals and vendors throughout the state of Florida and across the globe. These individuals represent virtually every industry, and companies ranging from small businesses to large industrial centers. Join us as we return to the month of August for our 2015 conference, August 31 – September 2 at the Hilton Bonnet Creek, Orlando’s newest AAA 4-Diamond hotel surrounded by Walt Disney World® Resort and nestled on a 482-acre nature preserve. Please note the conference is the weekend BEFORE Labor Day, so please come and enjoy the educational and networking opportunities!

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Call for Presenters!

Share your experience and expertise with your HRABC colleagues!Submit proposal(s) to be considered for Monthly Workshops, Dinner Meetings, Special Events (Diversity) or the annual HRABC Conference. Others will benefit from your experience while you make a valuable contribution to the profession’s field of knowledge. You are cordially invited to submit a proposal.

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2015 Annual Diversity Event - June 10, 2015

Diversity Workshop and Dinner

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Diversity Workshop: "Unseen Disabilities - What HR Professionals Need to Know!"  3pm to 5pm

PRESENTERS: A Joint Presentation with Picasso Einstein & Best Buddies International


1) Opening Activity (15 mins) – “What does Autism feel like?”

2) The growing trends of unseen disabilities & how it impacts the workplace now & tomorrow

3) Review of what some unseen disabilities are and how they impact one’s ability to perform in the workplace 

4) Strategies on how to successfully recruit, hire and provide sustainable employment for persons with developmental disabilities 

5) Why HR & Management education on unseen disabilities is key to the future of disability employment 


Diversity Dinner Meeting: "Cultural Competency in a Multicultural World" 6pm to 8pm                            

Cultural Competency in a Multicultural World                             Click Here to Register!

This training model works within the context of a network of relationships. In addition to race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation; we take into account language, tradition, history, economics, etc.

Participants will increase their ability to communicate, build trust and become sensitive to the unique qualities of various cultures.  This training approach does not single out particular groups or ethnicities then "attach" lists of assumed values and beliefs.  Instead, the strategy brings about a basic, but atypical understanding of culture that addresses multiple layers of communication.  The interactive curriculum teaches participants to view each person as a unique "culture" and provides the tools to develop enhanced cultural savvy.

Learners should be able to…

  • Increase the knowledge and skills required to function effectively within cultural differences.
  • Establish a clear understanding of diversity and culture.
  • Define cultural proficiency and explain its relevance to service implementation and the workplace.
  • Create an awareness of the impact of culture using personal and organizational experiences
  • Develop an understanding of how differences influence cross cultural encounters

This event is Sponsored by:



HRABC - What you Missed in 2015!

May 13, 2015 Dinner Meeting & Some Celebrating!


HRABC recognized those who have taken the initiative in achieving the new SHRM-CP & SHRM-SCPprofessional certification. There will be a short ceremony for these members who attend the May Dinner Meeting, &they received a bottle of champagne to celebrate the occasion. 

EEOC/HRABC 2015 Workshop - 3pm to 5pm

Presenters:  Kimberly Cruz, EEOC Miami District Supervisory Trial Attorney 

                    Miguel Escobar, EEOC Miami District Mediator               

The EEOC Workshop will address the following:

  • Recent EEOC National and Local Charge Filing Statistics
  • Litigation in the Miami District (Florida, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands) 
  • EEOC’s 2012-2016 Strategic Enforcement Plan – what it is, why it exists, and national and local   efforts.    
       - Eliminating Barriers in Recruitment and Hiring   
       - Protecting Immigrant, Migrant and other Vulnerable Workers. 
       - Addressing Emerging and Developing Issues.  Explanation of the scope of this initiative, a     discussion of current emerging issues in equal employment law (to include LGBT coverage and the interplay between ADA/PDA), and how these issues may impact employers.   
       - Enforcing Equal Pay Laws.   
       - Preserving Access to the Legal System.  
       - Preventing Harassment Through Systemic Enforcement and Targeted Outreach.
  • EEOC’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Program  
       - Recent EEOC Mediation Statistics  
       - Discussion of the Mediation process, services provided, and confidentiality provisions  
       - How an employer can prepare for mediation at EEOC

Dinner Topic - 3 Gaps: How Organizations Can Attract, Engage and Retain Top Performers by Hyrum W. Smith.  

Individuals and Organizations share many things in common - their desire to “make a difference” is one of the most profound. When both the individual and the organization can unite in both, deciding on and executing around “making a difference” great things happen. For most of us the primary barrier to making a difference lies not in desire but in execution. We believe that each of us has “3 Gaps” in important areas of our lives that, if closed or reduced, would fundamentally impact and positively improve our ability – individually and collectively – to make that difference. The 3 Gaps is a concept that refers to Governing Values, Beliefs and Productivity.

Hyrum W. Smith is a distinguished author, speaker, and businessman. He is the co-founder and former CEO of FranklinCovey®. For three decades, he has empowered people to effectively govern their personal and professional lives. Hyrum’s books and presentations have been acclaimed by American and international audiences. He combines wit and enthusiasm with a gift for communicating compelling principles that incite lasting personal change.  From 1985 through the early 2000’s Hyrum concentrated his efforts to make a difference by building and then growing the global training and consulting company we all know as FranklinCovey. In his final years at FranklinCovey, working with his partner Stephen R. Covey, their team took the Franklin Productivity Pyramid, with its emphasis on living personal and organizational values, and the ideas behind The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People across the globe, improving both the quality and productivity of millions of lives.  

This event is Sponsored by:

HR IN TRANSITION - Free to All HR Professionals in Transition ACCELERATED job search Tools & Resources offered to local HR Professionals 

What:       “Video Interviewing 101 for HR Professionals in Transition”


1) Practice video interviewing with fellow HR Colleagues offered as a take away

2) How to stand out in an interview among your HR interviewing competition 

3) Ongoing tools for leveraging your network to initiate HR Interviews simultaneously

4) The inside track on finding HR job openings that others don’t see *

 Presenter:  Mike “Myke” Powers,  Employee Benefits Advisor,  LaRocca & Associates;  HRPBC 2012 HR Volunteer of the Year

 Moderator:  Geli Eldemire, SPHR

HRABC 2015 Legal Seminar           


What Human Resources Professionals Need To Know for 2015!

HRABC’s 4th Annual Legal Seminar will focus on what Human Resources professionals of all levels need to know for 2015.  Our presenters will discuss new and emerging legal issues and trends, including:

  • The EEOC’s enforcement activity on pregnancy accommodations, gender identity/gender expression claims and criminal background checks.
  • Litigation trends involving background check consent forms and separation agreements.
  • The regulation of employer policies and employer-provided email systems by the NLRB.
  • A unique view into the plaintiff-employee’s perspective, providing insight on why employees pursue these claims.

When: Friday, May 1, 2015


Networking in April Joint Event with HRPBC!

HRABC and HRPBC meet up to share, network and celebrate in this special event to support ChildNet.  The event is being held centrally located and conveniently accessible.  Bogart's is located on Airport Road, just north of Glades Road east of I-95 on the second floor of the Cinemark Theaters.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Bogart's of Boca, Palace Centre, 3200 Airport Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431, 5:30PM- 8:00PM


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It’s not too late to Support the HRABC Walk for MS Fort Lauderdale 2015

Date: March 14, 2015

Location: George English Park: 1101 Bayview Dr, Fort Lauderdale

Time: Walk starts at 9am; Registration starts at 7:30am

Click to Donate - Our Team Still Needs the Support!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 was a great success!

Workshop Topic:  

What's Broken in Performance Management?
SPEAKER: Jim Gallo, MS, SPHR  3:00PM to 5:00PM

Join us to hear more about this exciting topic:  Employees can be a major source of competitive advantage and organizations understand that performance feedback is important for human capital development.  Yet supervisors often put minimal effort into performance assessments, and subsequently employees receive the same minimal benefit.  Effective on-going feedback is key to the success of any performance management program. The lack of a performance feedback dialoged within organizations can be a silent killer. We believe the practice of revamp, revise and incorporate new performance management systems are often misguided strategies and of little value to organizations without understanding the individual complexities of feedback and the context in which they exist.

It is time to change the performance management paradigm!  This session will explore the science of why performance management systems (PMS) continue to be the Achilles heel in performance improvement and will provide practical solutions on changing the paradigm.

Dinner Topic:  

How to Retain Your Talent:  Creating a Positive Culture and Ethical Workplace

SPEAKER: Shannon Lands, SPHR, CMA  6:00PM to 8:00PM


Join us to hear more about this exciting topic: While it typically is not considered HR’s sole responsibility to create a positive culture and ethical workplace, HR does have the responsibility of helping to cultivate and maintain that culture.  When a workplace culture is positive and happy, the employees are happy.  And, as we all know, HR plays a key role in ensuring happy employees!  This session will detail 7 items that help create a positive culture and ethical workplace and how HR can be a strategic contributor in ensuring a company succeeds in those areas.

We thank our March Sponsors!  Click their logos for their Website!





Wednesday, February, 11th Breakfast Meeting was another Hit!

2 HRCI/SHRM Credits Approved!                                      Click here for a copy of Gail Dobbs Presentation

TOPIC: Becoming a Person of Influence
Gail L. Dobbs, LLC, Business Coach, Speaker & Trainer, The John Maxwell Team

Join us for a breakfast event that will give an overview of Whether you desire to build a business, strengthen your children, or reach the world, you can achieve it by raising your level of influence. In Become A Person of Influence you will learn simple, insightful ways to interact more positively with others, and watch your personal and organizational success go off the charts. Managers will see their employees respond with new enthusiasm, parents will connect with their children on a deeper level, and coaches will see their clients’ blossom and salespeople will break records. Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - Meeting was a Success!
Workshop and Dinner Meeting - Westin Hotel Cypress Creek

 2105 Board Induction - Meet the new HRABC Board!  Induction Ceremony At Dinner 

Workshop TopicHow to Set-up and Managing a Drug-free Workplace and the Impact of Medical Marijuana on the Program

Dinner Topic:  Learn how to strategically develop the right team of leaders to create an organization of excellence. Laurie-Ann will share proven strategies and easy-to- implement ideas she uses to help Fortune 500 companies such as Johnson & Johnson and American Towers create their winning teams.

Our Sponsor for the Meeting was Mobile Medical Solutions, Inc





HRABC members receive discounted LEGOLAND Florida tickets by clicking on the logo!


Human Resource Association of Broward County,

P.O. Box 9623, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33310

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