2013 Annual Conference Presentations

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Keynote: Leveraging Change for Excellence

Marissa Krupat

Senior Human Resources Specialist, LAUSD Classified Training Branch

Ms. Krupat presented a number of great concepts about change.

Additional handout:  Adaptability Self-Assessment


Hiring Superstars: How to Strategically Select Top Performers

N. Elizabeth Fried, Ph.D.

President, The Learning Engine

We all want to hire passionate, top performing employees to help carry out and reinforce our vision, mission and core values, yet we’re often disappointed after they’ve come on board.  We’re puzzled because their resumes looked great—their skills matched perfectly, they worked for terrific companies, wowed us in the interview, and yet they still failed.  What are we doing wrong?  To unravel this mystery, Dr. Elizabeth Fried’s presentation, Hiring Superstars, sheds light on this phenomenon by providing some surprising answers.

Additional handout:  Notes Page & Exercises


Legal Updates

Meredith Karasch

Musick, Peeler & Garrett LLP

Legal updates and a discussion on conviction-related applicant dismissals.


Managing Change in the Workplace

Ellen Contente

Psychologist, Optum Health

Managing Change – Taking a Positive Approach

  • Determine how to respond proactively to workplace transitions
  • Examine the critical mix that contributes to positive employee morale and how that mix is affected during transition
  • Identify managerial transition strategies appropriate for
    specific situations
  • Develop strategies to ease transitions for their employees and for themselves


Why Closing the Generation Gap Will Not Inspire the New Generation of Employees

Sunny Lee-Goodman

Director, Public Sector Practice, Lapin International

Many experience the new generation as their toughest managerial task yet. They say things like: “they’re so entitled”; “they don’t know the meaning of hard work or loyalty”; “it’s as if they’re from a different planet”.  In some ways they are from another planet, and this makes the current generation gap far more complex and challenging than any before it.

Traditional discussions around working with new generations of employees have revolved around closing the generation gap, but today’s discussions and strategies are not producing the same results as in the past. The reason for this disconnect is a different type of employee that is differentiated not by time but by culture. This employee is not a younger version of ourselves, and no amount of time is going to bridge that gap. This workshop will identify the difference between the time gap and the cultural gap. We will highlight ways to bridge the cultural gap. Furthermore, we will discuss ways to inspire this new generation employee by offering great leadership based on status, not stature.