SHRM Conference Instructors

Carroll County SHRM Conference: It Starts with Us

Friday, Oct. 10
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Developing Your Leadership Influence
Presented by Todd Burrier

This interactive session discusses leadership concepts to help grow your ability to be seen and heard among the other executives in which you interface. Focus on growing your ability to lead from a 360 degree position, and engage in how you can impress upon your fellow leadership the importance of the people development side of the corporate world.


Todd BurrierTodd Burrier is a coach, speaker and trainer who provides leadership, management and soft skills training for companies of all sizes. He has an Economics degree from University of Maryland, College Park and an MBA, with a concentration in Marketing, from Mount St. Mary’s University. He has authored several books, audio programs and personal and professional development curriculums, and is working on his next book. He is a past member of the Carroll Community College Foundation Board, and a current member of the YMCA of Central Maryland Board and the Lifeplus International Advisory Board. He is the founder of the Million Lives Team, a multi-million dollar referral marketing organization that markets Life Plus supplements in the United States and internationally. Burrier lives in Westminster with his wife Melanie and their two children.


When the Switch Flips – How Good Employers Create Disengaged Employees
Presented by Suzy Dyer-Gear, SPHR

Employers and supervisors sometimes do things to encourage disengagement. Some are little things that leave bad tastes in employees’ mouths that build up overtime. These could be described as “dimmer switches” towards disengagement. Sometimes one statement or action “flips a switch” in an employee’s engagement level. The person may not quit on the spot, but he/she may never feel the same commitment towards a supervisor or organization again. 


Todd BurrierSuzy Dyer-Gear has been having fun in HR for more than 25 years! She is vice president of Human Resources with Carroll Lutheran Village and teaches graduate level courses at local colleges and universities. In the past, she has worked in large multi-national corporations and with organizations, large and small, as Principal of an HR and OD consulting firm. Dyer-Gear earned a master’s degree in Management from the Johns Hopkins University and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). She has developed and delivered hundreds of seminars on more than 30 different management and HR topics and has presented at both national and international conferences.


Social Media for the HR Professional: It’s More Than Just LinkedIn
Presented by Amanda Haddaway, SPHR

Social media has changed the way that we communicate with each other and with our employees and customers. If you are not online, you will be left behind in this ever-changing technological world. Learn about the “Big 4” social media tools, as well as some up and coming niche sites that have practical applications to the HR profession. We also discuss who is using social media tools and how they are using them, why you need a social media policy, how to use social media for employee engagement and communication, social media pitfalls and concerns, and tips for monitoring your own personal brand and the brand of your organization.


Todd BurrierAmanda Haddaway, SPHR is a recognized career expert and leader in the human resources field. She has been interviewed and quoted by numerous national media outlets including U.S. News & World Report, CBS Money Watch, Fox Business and Chicago Tribune. She is the author of "Destination Real World: Success After Graduation and Interviewer Success: Become a Great Interviewer in Less Than One Hour." Over the past 15 years, Haddaway has worked in many facets of human resources and marketing, including recruiting, training, employee communications, corporate compliance, social media and advertising campaign development. She is the director of Human Resources and Marketing for Folcomer Equipment Corporation, a multi-state construction equipment dealership. Prior to her employment at Folcomer Equipment, Haddaway worked for SRA International, a Fortune 100 Best Company to Work For. She holds a master's degree from the George Washington University and a bachelor's degree from James Madison University.


Beyond Being the “Policy Police” Creating and Communicating Policies that Really Matter
Presented by Katharine Giacalone, The Corporate Nanny™

Updating your Employee Handbook can be an endless task. The real impact HR professionals can make about an Employee Handbook is knowing your company’s culture and the best way to communicate the policies to the staff. Are your company policies fair, logical, to the point and purposeful? As an HR professional, go beyond being the “policy police” and strengthen the partnership between HR and your managers and staff.  


Todd BurrierKatharine Giacalone, a human resources and management consultant for more than 25 years, has a well-earned reputation as a people-focused problem-solver for her clients. Giacalone has developed a common sense method of addressing management conundrums, believing that time and money are saved when communications are well-crafted from the get-go. As The Corporate Nanny™, she offers organizational development consulting, supervisory training and executive coaching across a broad range of topics. Giacalone is the author of a fresh, humorous look at the challenges confronting mid-level managers and is also a well-regarded speaker who frequently addresses attendees at human resources, entrepreneur and trade association events. Giacalone holds a Master of Science degree in Organization Development from the Johns Hopkins University, is a certified Executive Coach and a master trainer of thousands of leaders and managers across the United States.


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