Meeting/Event Information

FALL Conference

October 23, 2020
7:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Old National Events Plaza
715 Locust Street
Evansville, IN 47708

2020 **FALL Conference

October 23, 2020 7:30 AM to 4:45 PM 

Old National Events Center, Ballrooms A & B


 7:30 AM -  8:00 AM

Registration/Breakfast - Exhibitors Open

 8:00 AM -  8:15 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:15 AM -  9:30 AM

Stereotyped 101, Karith Foster


Stereotyped 101™ takes the "division" out of traditional DEI programming by offering a truly inclusive way to communicate, learn, and create an environment vital to current employee, management and company success. Karith's INVERSITY™ model invites all members of her audience to C.A.R.E. so they leave with the enhanced tools of Conscious Empathy, Active Listening, Responsible Reactions and Environmental Awareness. (SHRM & HRCI certified)

Karith Foster, CEO and Founder Foster Russell Organization

For over a decade Karith Foster has taken her passion for entertaining and critical thinking nationwide- from the airwaves to organizations; from universities to corporations creating a seismic shift in mindsets when addressing issues of true diversity and inclusion.

This former co-host of controversial radio personality Don Imus and former Fortune 500 human resources executive administrator brings the perfect blend of knowledge and experience when conveying the ever-present need to address diversity, inclusion and effective communication. Karith leaves her audiences feeling inspired and encouraged to commit to the journey of mutual respect, acceptance and a greater sense of belonging. 

“If you can laugh at it you can get through it,” is not only her motto, but the invaluable lesson Karith Foster seeks to instill in others. As a humorist, speaker, TV & radio personality, author, entrepreneur, wife, and mother whose sense of duty, service, along with her riotous sense of humor, have made her a positive force of change. The words “no” and “impossible” are not in her vocabulary as evidenced by her career path, life challenges, chosen adventures and desire to help others. Karith is Diversity Engagement Specialist whose signature programs “Stereotyped 101TM”, “You Are E.N.O.U.G.HTM”, “The Humor InitiativeTM” and “You Can Be Perfect...OR You Can Be HappyTM”are impacting lives at academic institutions, organizations and corporations across America in a time when humor, understanding, acceptance and respect are so desperately needed.

She is one of the featured comedians in the 2016 hit documentary about comedy and outrage culture, “Can We Take a Joke?” which garnered accolades in The Washington Post and TIME Magazine. She most recently founded the Foster Russell Family Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit, whose mission is to inspire free speech, social change and empowerment through education and mentorship.  Karith is an alumna of Stephens College(Missouri) and Oxford University. In March 2017, Karith joined one of the highest echelons of the speaking world when she delivered her TEDx Talk “The Art of Defying Stereotypes: Learning to be True to Your Voice” at the TEDx LincolnSquare Risk Takers and Change Makers in New York City.

  9:30 AM -  9:45 AM

Leveraging Emotional Intelligence Through Effective CommunicationPam Goedde


Emotional intelligence is a critical skill that can be learned and practiced by anyone who wants to develop strong relationships. Those who demonstrate effective emotional intelligence have a greater ability to influence, persuade, and connect with others, which ultimately is about the way we communicate.  This session will help participants enhance their personal and social competence by focusing on communication skills in the four areas of emotional intelligence.

As a result of attending this session, participants will learn:

  1. Self-Awareness:  How to identify their communication styles by learning about type
  2. Self-Management:  How to tell a story succinctly and effectively 
  3. Social Awareness:  How to value, give, and receive feedback
  4. Relationship Management:  How to plan for and frame difficult conversations

Pam Goedde, Goedde Consulting     

Pam holds a BA from Hanover College and an MPA from Indiana State University. She has worked in the Human Resources (HR) field for over 35 years.  She has experience serving in lead HR roles at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Ivy Tech State College, and Southwestern Healthcare, Inc.  She has served as an HR consultant to clients in healthcare, education, manufacturing, banking, and technology since 2008.

She received the Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) certification in 1993 and the Society of Human Resource Management – Senior Certified Professional (SHRM–SCP) in 2015.  She served on the Board of the Evansville-area Human Resource Association (EHRA) for 18 years and 2 of the years as President. She received the HR Professional of the Year Award from EHRA in 1995 and again in 2010.  She has been a co-instructor for the SHRM certification course and SHRM Essentials of HR course at USI.  Pam was one of the founders of the IN State SHRM conference and served on the conference committee for 20 years.  She was the State Conference Chair 3 times.

 11:00 AM -  11:15 AM

Break - Exhibitor Time

11:15 AM -  12:30 PM

New Laws and Issues Employers Face With Medical/Recreation Marijuana Use, Cory Kuhlenschmidt


This presentation will provide a general summary of recreational and medical marijuana laws that have been enacted by states across the country, including how these laws interact and differentiate with federal law.  We will also review Illinois’ recent marijuana legislation and how that impacts employers with regard to drug testing and employee discipline issues.  Finally, the presentation will share some general thoughts and experiences that Berry has encountered in managing drug testing, employee discipline and accommodations under recreational and medical marijuana laws.

Attendees will walk away with:

  • General understanding of how state recreational and medical marijuana laws interact with federal law
  • Understanding of how Illinois’ recreational marijuana law impacts employer drug testing and discipline policies
  • General understanding of how an employer’s responsibility to provide accommodations under applicable state and federal laws are impacted by state medical marijuana laws


Cory Kuhlenschmidt, Associate General Counsel, Berry Global

Cory provides labor and employment guidance to the US Human Resources team and handles Berry’s employment and labor disputes for US operations.  He earned his J.D. from the University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law in Richmond, Virginia in 2001.  After completing his law degree, Cory moved back to his hometown of Evansville, Indiana where he worked for two local law firms handling management-side labor and employment matters before joining Berry Global.


12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch - Exhibitor Time

 1:30 PM -  1:45 PM

Networking Event with Vendors

1:45 PM -  2:45 PM

Legislative and Labor Law Developments for Union and Non-Union Employers, Josh B. Gessling & Jake Fulcher


Management-side labor and employment lawyers Jake R. Fulcher and Joshua B. Gessling will talk about recent legislative and labor law developments, and discuss practical strategies for union and non-union employers to avoid trouble with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).  Updates include recent decisions that affect the rights of employees to use employer-provided technology for non-work purposes, the interpretation of collective bargaining agreements, the scrutiny of workplace policies commonly found in employee handbooks, and election rules.

Josh B. Gessling, Partner Ziemer Stayman Weitzel & Shoulders, LLP, Attorneys at Law

Josh represents public and private employers in a broad range of labor and employment law matters, and provides litigation and trial services for the firm’s clients.  Josh devotes a substantial portion of his practice to counseling employers on strategies to avoid harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and other labor and employment-related claims, including claims brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state wage and hour laws, Title VII, and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  When litigation cannot be avoided or is preferred, Josh defends employers in federal and state courts and before local, state, and federal administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEOC), the Department of Labor (DOL), and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

He is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Evansville-Area Human Resource Association (EHRA) and its Legislative Affairs Chair, and is the former Chairman of the Evansville Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section.

Jake Fulcher, Partner Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn, LLP, Attorneys and Counselors at Law

Jake is a management-side labor lawyer who devotes a significant part of his practice to negotiating labor contracts and defending employers in labor arbitrations.  Jake’s practice also includes union avoidance strategies, as well as counseling clients with labor agreements and the interpretation of those labor agreements in the day-to-day management of a business.  Jake regularly counsels employers on employment-related matters, such as the Family and Medical Leave Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act.  Jake prefers a proactive solution in lieu of litigation, but if litigation occurs, Jake defends employers in employment-related cases in both state and federal court and regularly appears in front of administrative agencies such as the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. 

He is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and has served as a board member as well as the President of the Board of Directors for the Evansville-Area Human Resource Association (EHRA) for several years.     

2:45 PM -  3:00 PM


3:00 PM -  4:15 PM

Servant Leadership that Transforms our Workplace, Lynn Miller Pease


Servant leadership through engaging people, building trust and valuing all people strengths will bring about positive cultural change. Lynn will teach methodology that when applied will build the strong teams that can and will thrive.   Participants will be able to identify how they authentically lead and will be able to lead others through that process. 

They will work on how they lead best through their strength development and how to teach others to recognize their strengths in leadership.   People who use their strengths are more engaged and perform at a high level.   All the work will be asset based and easily applied to the participants work. To lead through the service of others helps everyone grow and engage. 

Lynn Miller Pease, Executive Director of Leadership Everyone

Lynn has a passion for diversity, servant leadership, and the collaborative process. As Chief Executive Officer of Leadership Evansville, she develops servant leaders to transform communities, with the support of her board of directors, staff, alumni, and volunteers. Lynn has more than 25 years of experience in facilitation, leadership development, civic engagement, and visioning for strategic action. She has served as Chief Executive Officer of the 40-year organization since 2003.

Her extensive community leadership experience has culminated in a unique ability to facilitate the gathering of community visions that can be converted into actionable projects that better the community. Her collaborative process has become a sustainable model for civic engagement by empowering participants to convert their dreams into civic action. Lynn’s ability to attract diverse stakeholders to this process – giving all people a voice – has led to more creative, sustainable solutions for community transformation.

Lynn’s community service includes her roles as President of the Evansville Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series, past president of the Holly’s House Board of Directors, and past president and founding member of Alhambra Theatre, Inc. Board of Directors. She also serves on the Indiana Leadership Association board of directors and the Women’s Equality Day committee.  Lynn has been honored as the recipient of the 2011 ATHENA Award and was named one of the Evansville YWCA’s “100 Women in 100 Years.” As the 2010 recipient of the Sydney and Sadelle Berger Community Service Award, Lynn was recognized as “a tireless community advocate who promotes fairness, inclusion and respect for all.”

 4:15 PM -  4:45 PM

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



Gold Sponsor: Brentwood Springs

Silver Sponsor: TBA

Bronze Sponsor: Health Resources, Inc., German American Insurance Company & PMR


General Meeting Information

Regarding Coronavirus

As always, the health and safety of our members, board members, volunteers, and partners remain our highest priority. Following the guidance of SHRM, we currently expect that the Spring Conference and monthly meetings will proceed as planned. As such, we will take the fullest precautions, in partnership with the venues, for this event to ensure compliance with CDC and local health guidance. Please use your own discretion for attending these events; we understand the continuing uncertainty surrounding coronavirus and respect each individual’s decisions regarding personal health and safety. 

Please reference this resource from SHRM in response to the virus outbreak.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your registration more than 3 days before the event, your registration fee will be credited towards a future event.  If your registration fee is not cancelled more than 3 days before the event, any payments made will be forfeit or if unpaid will show as an 'amount due' on your account. We do not offer cash or credit refunds. 

Group Participation & Photo Release

By taking part in this event you grant the event organizers full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming, and any reproductions or adaptations of the images for fundraising, publicity or other purposes to help achieve the group’s aims. This might include (but is not limited to), the right to use them in their printed and online publicity, social media, press releases and funding applications. If you do not wish to be photographed, please inform an event organizer.


$0.00 Student Ticket

$0.00 Life Ticket

$150.00 Member Ticket
$155.00 after 7:00 pm October 19

$200.00 Guest Ticket
$205.00 after 7:00 pm October 19

$75.00 Member Ticket - Half Day Morning
$80.00 after 7:00 pm October 19

$75.00 Member Ticket - Half Day Afternoon
$80.00 after 7:00 pm October 19

$100.00 Guest Ticket - Half Day Morning
$105.00 after 7:00 pm October 19

$100.00 Guest Ticket - Half Day Afternoon
$105.00 after 7:00 pm October 19

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