Welcome to the Evansville-Area Human Resource Association, Inc., an affiliate chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. We are the leading professional association for human resource professionals in the tri-state area of Southwestern Indiana, Kentucky, and Southern Illinois.


Upcoming Events:

2018 EHRA Spring Seminar

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Old National Events Plaza – Ballroom A

7:30am-8:00am - Registration/Breakfast - Exhibitors Open

8:00am-11:45am - Programming

11:45am-12:45pm - Lunch - Exhibitors Open

12:45pm-4:30pm - Programming

4:30pm - PRIZES! (Must be present to win!)


Program Information

Join EHRA, for the 2018 Spring Seminar, which features a theme - The Human Workplace.  Overall, you will receive practical, value-added information to support and drive a better workplace.  Engaging, Employee-Centered sessions providing insight to You, Your Colleagues, and Our Industry including a Mock settlement conference/mediation on "The Do's and Don’ts of Settlement Conferences and Mediations"


8:15 AM - Keynote - Attention Pays™: How to drive profitability, productivity, and accountability

We all want (or at least need!) attention to get the results we want. The question is – how? Too often we approach attention as a transaction: we think we have to give it to get it. However, that’s not how the most valuable attention works. In fact, attention really only pays when we pay attention to attention itself -- when we invest our attention with intention and focus on what truly matters. 


Neen shares strategies on how we can focus personally, professionally and globally, to pay attention to what matters. In this session, you will discover how to:

*Accelerate the internal customer experience to create off the chart results 
*Attract and engage top performers so they are ready and able to conquer the world
*Dramatically increase productivity to invest your time and focus on the highest return activities
*Fuel team engagement and collaboration across the organization

Neen James is the author of Folding Time™ and Attention Pays™. In 2017, she was named one of the top 30 Leadership Speakers by Global Guru because of her work with companies like Viacom, Comcast, and Abbot Pharmaceuticals among others. She is the kind of speaker that engages, educates, entertains, and delivers the real-world solutions that apply in your organization, your home, and your community. She also provides one-on-one consulting in a variety of leadership topics and loves serving her audiences.


9:45 AM - Ethics and Financial Well-being

With over 50% of Americans having less than $10,000 saved for retirement, financial stress is a major issue.  In this presentation, Chuck Gillespie will discuss the need for a focused strategy for financial wellness and how money issues can create moral and ethical dilemmas for employers and employees. 

*The need to educate all employees young and old on financial related issues
*The ethical dilemma of delayed retirement and its effect on innovation, productivity, retention and succession planning
*Retirement or student loans – what should employers help fund? 
*What to pay for and what not to pay for as an employer?
*The fine art of balancing privacy issues with financial wellness. 

3 Case studies (this case study will occur throughout the presentation): 

*How to deal with a long tenured employee who is not financially ready to retire, but cannot do their job any longer.
*How to retain young talent with focused financial strategies. 
*How to ensure the next generation of leaders is not stifled by delayed retirement. 


Chuck Gillespie is a Business Development Consultant with Votaire.  Everything is interconnected, and how we connect things is how we experience them.  With over 25 years working in all facets of business, Chuck has seen firsthand the importance of connecting people, processes, and strategies.  His work in the wellness industry has been recognized and utilized nationally and internationally.  He has developed numerous workplace and community initiatives, as well as evaluated and consulted with hundreds of organizations on wellness strategies.  He connects our life-cycle financial platform to all dimensions of well-being, which helps employees understand how their habits and choices are affecting their lives today and into the future.  Chuck holds degrees from the University of Indianapolis (MBA) and Purdue University (BA). 


12:45 PM - How Just Two Minutes A Day Can Change Everything

People think and communicate differently, and with more communication channels emerging through technology, leaders need to expand their knowledge and comfort level in diverse ways of communicating.

*Assess the individual communication styles of oneself and others in their workplace
*Learn the evolution of workplace communication channels over the last several decades
*Discuss various types of diversity and cultural differences that impact communication effectiveness. 

Leah Brown is the Talent Retention Strategist for Crescendo Strategies.  She brings a unique perspective to talent retention! She is a GenXer bridging gaps between Boomers & Millennials. She has 25 years of diverse training and speaking experience. She is a former military wife who has traveled the world. Louisville Business First included her in their “20 People to Know in Education & Workforce Development.”


1:45 PM - Respect, Safety and Ethics - A Fresh Look at Harassment Avoidance

2018 promises to be a year of accusations and resignations – and this presentation will explain how we got here, what we should do, and what challenge is on the horizon once we work through these issues.

You may think we are going through a “perfect storm” of harassment in the workplace, but it is bigger than that.  It appears to be fundamental climate change in how we handle power and ethics.   We will discuss the past, confront the present and anticipate the future:

This fast-paced agenda includes:

*Modern “trigger points” that started the avalanche
*What is, and what isn’t harassment
*How to measure your organization’s level of harassment risk
*Changing the training model to get traction with modern audiences
*Anticipating the next wave of change

This presentation is suited for thought leaders at all levels, and is freshly researched and written to reflect the “New abnormal” world of 2018.


Karl Ahlrichs has broad experience in Human Resources, Operations and senior level problem solving.  Karl is a national speaker and author, presenting on the people issues in manufacturing and LEAN theory, and is often quoted in the local and national media.  Karl joined Gregory & Appel, an Indianapolis-based Benefits and HR Services firm, after serving as a founding partner of ExactHire, a human resources services firm.  Prior experience was as a Senior Consultant for Professional Staff Management, and earlier he was in Business Development in the Indianapolis office of Marsh & McLennan, and Vice President of Right Management Consultants.  At those firms, his clients included manufacturers Roche Diagnostics, Boeing, Apple Computer, and Frito Lay. Karl has been named the SHRM Human Resource Professional of the Year for the State of Indiana.  He has presented at the National SHRM Conference for 20 years, and holds the SHRM-SCP and Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) certifications. 


3:30 PM - The Do's and Don’ts of Settlement Conferences and Mediations

If your company is sued in federal or state court for an employment-related claim, you will likely be required to participate in a court-mandated settlement conference or mediation prior to trial.  EHRA's Mock Settlement Conference/Mediation will provide you with valuable insight into how the settlement conference and mediation processes work, and offer practical tips on how you can best prepare your case to be resolved short of trial by utilizing alternative dispute resolution.  This mock settlement conference/mediation event is a must-see for Human Resource professionals who may be called upon to represent their organizations in court or through alternative dispute resolution processes.


This program will provide valuable insight into how the alternative dispute resolution process works, and offer conference attendees the opportunity to network and share experiences with their peers, participate in a group discussion regarding the legal and strategic issues raised in the ADR process, and to ask questions of the panelists.


William G. Hussmann is a former U.S. Magistrate Judge who joined Kightlinger & Gray's Evansville office in 2016, after retiring from the bench. Hussmann, who presided over a wide range of civil cases in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, focuses his practice on Alternative Dispute Resolution, including handling mediations and arbitrations. He also litigates a variety of civil claims for corporate clients across a broad spectrum of industries.


During his nearly 28 year judicial career, Bill conducted bench and jury trials and wrote approximately 50 opinions each year. He spent most of his time each year conducting approximately 150 mediation style settlement conferences where parties were present in person. He has recently completed the necessary training requirements to be listed as an Arbitrator with the American Arbitrator Association. Bill's caseload included a wide range of civil disputes, including those related to Employment, Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice, Breach of Contract, ERISA and Disability, Civil Rights, Unfair Business Practices, Patent and Trademark issues, and Environmental Law.


Jake R. Fulcher exclusively represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law for a broad client base, including both private and public employers located in the US and abroad. Jake believes in a proactive approach to labor and employee relations. Accordingly, Jake devotes much of his practice to daily client counseling, developing best practices, and providing management and supervisor training on a variety of labor and employment-related issues. Jake also reviews and drafts employment contracts, consulting agreements, handbooks, non-compete/trade-secret agreements and severance packages.


Erin Borcherding Bauer grew up in Posey County where she attended North Posey High School.  She attended the University of Southern Indiana where she majored in History and earned a minor in Anthropology.  She graduated from USI in 3½ years with a 4.0 GPA.  She then attended law school at Indiana University - Bloomington.  While in law school, she served as Staff Editor of the Federal Communications Law Journal and became a certified Domestic Relations Mediator.  She was very active in IU's Domestic Relations Mediation Clinic, serving as mediator in dozens of cases and later as a mentor to other students.  Upon graduation from law school, Erin returned to Evansville and became an associate attorney at Barber & Shoulders, LLP.  In 2011, she became partner of Barber & Bauer, LLP.  She has a general practice and regularly handles cases in the areas of employment law, general litigation, Social Security Disability, short-term and long-term disability, family law, personal injury, estate planning, and appeals.  She has handled appeals with the Indiana Court of Appeals and Indiana Supreme Court and has successfully argued in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.


Joshua B. Gessling assists businesses in a broad range of employment and labor law matters, and provides litigation and trial services for the firm's clients. Josh utilizes his background in employment, labor, and international law to help employers effectively manage all aspects of the employment relationship in the U.S. and abroad.  Josh routinely counsels employers on developing and implementing lawful policies and best practices, and avoiding and defending against wage and hour, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, interference, and other employment-related claims.  When litigation cannot be avoided or is preferred, Josh defends employers in federal and state courts and before local, state, and federal administrative agencies.  Josh's employment and labor law practice spans several industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, banking, education, and hospitality.  Josh is licensed to practice law in Indiana and Florida, and has litigated employment and labor-related claims in several other jurisdictions throughout the U.S.


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EHRA was represented at our nation's capital on Thursday, November 16, 2017 when hundreds of HR professionals lobbied with representatives to share employer implications of tax reform on employer-sponsored benefits and ask for support for the Workflex in the 21st Century Act.

Sara Garrett, President; Wendy Gumbel, President-Elect; Congressman Dr. Larry Buschon; Maddy Erdell, Signature School Student; Tela Erdel, Past President

 We were honored to be recognized at the Indiana State SHRM Conference on August 28, 2017 for being the chapter with the highest SHRM membership affiliation percentage in our state! Thank you to our members for helping us achieve this award!

Left to right: Mary Thompson, Membership Chair; Jake Fulcher, President; Sara Garrett, President-Elect; Kelly Rideout, Treasurer; Wendy Gumbel, Web Chair; Josh Gessling, Communications Chair