Meeting/Event Information

EHRA 2019 Spring Conference

April 24, 2019
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Old National Events Plaza
715 Locust Street
Evansville, IN 47708

2019 Spring Conference 

April 24, 2019 - 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Old National Events Plaza in Ballroom A

SHRM & HRCI Approved 6.5 CE Hours!

Conference Schedule:

7:00-8:15AM      Registration/Breakfast - Exhibitors Open
8:15-8:30AM    Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:30-10:15AM    Attracting The Future: How Culture and Campaigns Drive Talent, Brian Carter

Program Summary

Getting and keeping employees is more challenging than ever. That's why recruiters, staffing companies and HR professionals are looking at new talent acquisition strategies. There are reliable and affordable new ways to capture job applicants. Are enough of the right people hearing about the open positions you're concerned about? Are the right candidates being actively targeted? Are job descriptions and other messaging powerful enough to increase candidate's interest? Find out what really works with the Internet and social media to attract the people you need.

This customized hands-on session is based on over 100,000 job applications in dozens of industries for 100s of job roles including office, warehouse, healthcare, financial and more. You'll learn the specific tools and tactics to get more of the best candidates to apply! In this motivational and entertaining keynote, some of the things you'll learn include:

  • How to take more action and get more great candidates to apply for jobs.
  • How to show candidates exactly why the specific culture is a great fit for them in language they'll get excited about.
  • How to overcome generational and other demographic issues in attracting a great workforce.
  • How to become more competitive, even at a regional or national level, regardless of the geographic location of the hiring organization.

Brian Carter Bio

Brian Carter is a popular speaker and bestselling author selected to be IBM Futurist and recognized by LinkedIn as "an expert you should listen to." In his 20 years of business success, Brian has worked with organizations of all sizes, including Microsoft, NBC, Salesforce, JP Morgan, Humana and The U.S. Army. His frequent media appearances include Bloomberg TV, ABC, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, AdWeek and The New York Times.

A trusted expert and influencer for a decade, Brian has taught 50,000 students in topics including sales, generational differences, social media, customer service, leadership, teamwork and marketing. He has 250,000 online fans and reaches an overall audience of over 3 million people each year. Brian's ideas and insights come from 20 years of trailblazing work in the modern business world, up-to-date experience and deep case-studies. His hands-on, consultative and speaking work with 100's of companies in 25 industries means you get unrivaled expertise by collaborating with him.

Brian’s business experience, cutting-edge insights, and stand-up comedy background culminate in a keynote speaker who leaves every audience entertained, motivated and armed with powerful strategies and tactics.

10:15-10:30AM Break - Exhibitor Time
10:30-12:15PM Practical Strategies for Conducting Workplace Investigations and Eliminating Unconscious Bias from  the Investigative Process, Joshua Gessling

Program Summary

Josh will introduce practical strategies aimed at formalizing the workplace investigative process and eliminating unconscious bias from the process. Attendees will learn about the sources of law and policy that can give rise to the obligation to investigate, practical tips on formalizing the investigative and complaint intake process, and post-investigative considerations. The segment will feature a mock investigative interview applying principles introduced during the workshop. 


Joshua Gessling Bio - 

Josh represents public and private employers in a broad range of labor and employment law matters. Josh devotes a substantial portion of his practice to counseling employers on strategies to avoid labor and employment-related claims, developing employee handbooks and policies, and conducting workplace investigations and training. 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 is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), is a member of the Board of Directors for the Evansville-Area Human Resource Association (EHRA) and serves as its Legislative Affairs Chairperson, and is the former Chairman of the Evansville Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section. Josh’s labor and employment practice spans several industries, including manufacturing, government, finance, construction, health care, education, and transportation. He is licensed to practice law in Indiana and Florida and has been admitted to practice on a pro hac basis before several other state and federal courts.

12:15-1:15PM Lunch - Exhibitor Time
1:15-2:30PM Creating Inclusive Workplaces, Erin Brothers

Program Summary

Have you heard the term uniqueness + belonging = inclusion? How do we as HR professionals create an environment where people feel the freedom to bring their whole self to work, knowing their ideas will be heard and their contributions will be valued?  It’s a tall order!

Creating an inclusive workplace goes beyond diversity to fostering inclusion. 

In this session we will cover:

  • Uniqueness + Belonging = Inclusion
  • Our unique contributions combined with our need to belong in our work groups and organizations
  • The difference between inclusion and diversity
  • What an inclusive workplace looks like
  • Define hidden bias, microaggression


This focuses on the SHRM BoCK Interpersonal cluster, in both Communication, and Global & Cultural Effectiveness behavioral competencies.  Additionally, it covers the HR knowledge area of Diversity and Inclusion, in the Workplace domain.

Our session will be hands-on, interactive, and include a variety of lectures using short videos, small group discussions and group activities.  Our goal is to encourage participants to be engaged and participative.  A typical session includes 30% lecture, 15% videos, 30% small group activities or discussions and 25% full group activities or discussions.  Our philosophy is that participants should learn as much from each other as they will from the facilitator.


Erin Brothers Bio -

Erin is the Director of Consulting Services with Purple Ink. She has 15 years HR experience, most recently as HR Director for the last five years in the professional motorsports industry. Prior to that, Erin

worked in the healthcare industry for ten years. She started her HR career working with individuals with disabilities, helping them become gainfully employed. Erin enjoys the responsibility of all aspects of the Human Resources function for small single owner companies to large corporations.

Erin’s bachelor’s degree is from Butler University. She earned her MPA from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs with a focus on Human Resources. She also has a certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from IU’s McKinney School of Law.

She is currently the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for IndySHRM; Carmel Library Foundation Board member; Pass the Torch for Women mentor and 500 Circle Member; and serves as a Small Group Leader at College Park Church, where she is a member. She has been an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management and IndySHRM for 14 years.




FMLA Master Class: Managing FMLA and avoiding RISK!, Chad Sullivan


Program Summary


In this session Chad will discuss daily management issues for managers and supervisors to effectively administer leaves and reduce your company’s liability. Find out the latest trends and if paid leave is really going to happen! Chad will also be prepared to answer questions from the audience!  Start thinking of your questions now!!!!



Chad Sullivan Bio - 


Chad frequently represents and counsels’ clients on a variety of matters across a number of industries. He advises employers on a variety of labor and employment issues, including covenants not to compete, wage and hour, civil rights discrimination, unfair labor practices, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), sexual harassment, union avoidance, union elections, and wrongful discharge. He also drafts companies’ employee policies and procedures and reviews those already in place for compliance. As part of his practice, he has defended clients before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, numerous state and federal courts and state and local Human Rights commissions.

Chad also represents businesses and trustees in complex litigation, involving such issues as trade secrets, breach of contract, fiduciary duties, securities, and business torts. Additionally, Chad represents the coal and oil and gas industries in litigation issues, ranging from royalty disputes, lease interpretation, slurry injection rights, coalbed methane and other mineral ownership issues, objections to longwall mining, and determination of working interest ownership.

Chad is also involved in the legal community and the community at large – he is a frequent speaker on labor and employment law topics, knowing that it’s important to ensure his clients are up-to-date on the latest changes to the law. He also supports the local and national election process through his roles as a precinct committeeman and as an Indiana Republican Delegate.


Wrap up/Prize Drawings - Giveaways - Remember you must be present to win!



Gold Sponsor - Ask about being the GOLD Sponsor!

Silver Sponsor - Reference Services

Silver Sponsor - ONI Risk Partners

Bronze Sponsor - Brentwood Springs

Bronze Sponsor - NFP



$125.00 Member Ticket - Full Day
$130.00 after 07:00 pm April 18

$75.00 Member Ticket - Half Day Morning
$80.00 after 07:00 pm April 18

$75.00 Member Ticket - Half Day Afternoon
$80.00 after 07:00 pm April 18

$175.00 Guest Ticket - Full Day
$180.00 after 07:00 pm April 18

$100.00 Guest Ticket - Half Day Morning
$105.00 after 07:00 pm April 18

$100.00 Guest Ticket - Half Day Afternoon
$105.00 after 07:00 pm April 18

$0.00 Student - Full Day

$0.00 Life Ticket - Full Day

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