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[2015 Program Materials & Attendee List]
2015 Agenda At-A-Glance
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast Sponsored by: WageWatch
8:30 - 9:45 a.m.

Start Your HR Innovation Journey Now
Chris Hunsberger, EVP, HR & Administration, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts

Think you can’t be creative and innovative in HR? Tired of the same diet of lukewarm initiatives and fads that rarely or barely move the needle on your human capital and business agendas? Keynoter Chris Hunsberger will share his thoughts, ideas, strategies and tactics on how to materially impact an organization’s strategic imperatives through transformative and truly innovative initiatives. Mr. Hunsberger will discuss specific case studies in innovation from his long and storied career at the Four Seasons. You’ll leave armed with practical action steps that you can implement in your organization.

Session takeaways

Articulate human capital implications of business challenges
Recognize and manage key project success factors
Develop innovative ideas into strategies and plans
9:45 - 10 a.m. Refreshment Break
10 - 11:15 a.m.

Compensation Trends in Hospitality
Cathy Shepard, Senior Principal, Mercer
Christina Watts, Senior Associate, Mercer's Compensation & Benefits Center of Excellence

Compensation is key to retaining critical talent. Ms. Carroll will familiarize you with what’s changing in the compensation landscape, including base pay movement, incentive practice changes and pay-for-performance models. You’ll learn how rewards practices in the hospitality industry stack up against other service industries like retail and healthcare, as well as other industries in general.

Session takeaways

Identify compensation trends and how they impact your workforce
Discuss property-level application of compensation structures
Determine whether your practices are current within the hospitality industry
12 - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch Networking Discussions in Expo

Finding, Managing and Empowering Your Contingent Workforce
Video Interviewing: Improving the Candidate Screening Process
How to Inspire Great Work From Your Employees
How to Write a Compelling Job Ad
Building Bench-Strength With Your HIPO Bilingual Employees
Rosetta Stone Ltd.
Social Recruiting and Talent Acquisition Best Practices
Aon Hewitt
1:30 - 2:45 p.m.

HR1 Ensuring Competitiveness: Implications of Compensation and Benefits Trends

Randall Pullen, President & CEO, WageWatch, Inc.
Cathy Shepard, Senior Principal, Mercer
Christina Watts, Senior Associate, Mercer's Compensation & Benefits Center of Excellence

Moderator: Michael Sturman, Ph.D., Professor, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration

Learn how to use industry trends for making key decisions about compensation and benefits programs. Ms. Carroll and Mr. Pullen will provide insights about the utility of available data and how that data can be used to enhance employee motivation and performance. Particular attention will be given to pay level and trends related to jobs at or near the minimum wage, as well as trends in pay mix and total compensation for the exempt and non-exempt jobs that constitute the majority of employment in the hospitality industry.

Session takeaways

Discover emerging trends of pay levels in the U.S. hospitality market
Identify how changes in minimum wage and labor supply are affecting wage rates across hospitality jobs
Understand how pay mix and a total compensation approach are changing pay practices

HR2 HR Similarities and Differences in Small, Medium and Large Hospitality Organizations

Marian Barbieri, VP, HR, New Castle Hotels and Resorts
Denise Bober, HR, The Breakers Palm Beach
Carolyn Clark, SVP, HR, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts

Moderator: J. Bruce Tracey, Professor, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration

Some HR policies and practices are universally relevant for hospitality settings. However, the size of your company influences the way in which those policies and practices are implemented, as well as their corresponding effectiveness. Come learn how to adapt universally relevant HR policies and practices based on the scope of your organization.

Session takeaways

Distinguish which policies and practices are applicable to any hospitality organization
Define how organizational size may influence the roles and relevance of various HR policies and practices
Determine when and how to adapt your HR program to account for the scale of your current operations

LAW1 FLSA Legal Think Tank

Carolyn D. Richmond, Co-Chair, Hospitality Practice, Fox Rothschild LLP
David Ritter, Partner, Barnes & Thornburg

Two legal experts will facilitate discussions on FLSA legal issues, case law and current requirements for employers in the hospitality industry, giving you the solutions you need — not just the answers. Plus, you’ll learn about new trends in compliance and audit preparation and review.

Session takeaways

Identify and discuss the most relevant recent FLSA case law
Apply advice learned to comply with federal and state jurisdictional requirements
Discuss the latest approaches for FLSA compliance and audit preparation and review

LAW2 Discrimination Law 2015: The Focus of EEOC

Ilene Berman, Partner, Taylor English & Duma
Barry Hartstein, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson, P.C.

With a decreasing number of lawsuits and intensified focus on its list of priorities, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is different than what employers have grown accustomed to and have learned to “manage.” Find out what the EEOC’s new priorities are and how they affect the way employers approach investigations. Additionally, you’ll learn how to approach pregnancy related issues now that the EEOC has issued guidance that essentially mandates reasonable accommodation for pregnant employees.

Session takeaways

Recognize the EEOC’s evolving priorities and how they affect your organization’s practices
Explain the subtle nuances regarding the term “reasonable accommodation,” especially in relation to pregnancy
Develop an EEOC strategy with regard to policies and responses to EEOC charges
2:45 - 3 p.m. Refreshment Break Sponsored by: Microsoft
3 - 4:15 p.m.

HR3 Strategic and Operational Role of Training/Development at Four Seasons

Ellen Dubois du Bellay, SVP, Learning and Talent Management, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts

The Four Seasons designs, positions and leverages learning and development as a foundational component of its entire HR program. Ms. du Bellay will share with you how the Four Seasons deftly structures and administers its learning and development activities to achieve this objective. In addition, you’ll gain insight into the specific learning and development initiatives that Four Seasons has implemented to address organizational learning needs and to seamlessly integrate and support all other major HR functions, so you can do the same.

Session takeaways

Employ learning and development as a strategic and tactical lever in pursuit of your organization’s enterprise and local business imperatives
Identify the factors that make or break design and implementation of successful learning and development initiatives
Discover ready-to-implement ideas you can infuse into your current training and development philosophy, strategy and programming

HR4 ACA and Wellness: Will You Avoid the Excise Tax in 2018?

Alan Hahn, Partner, Davis & Gilbert, LLP
Alan Momeyer, VP HR, Loews Corporation

The next major piece of the Affordable Care Act is looming on the horizon: the 2018 “Cadillac” plan excise tax. You’ll not only hear about the latest legislative developments, you’ll also learn how organizations are dealing with emerging challenges of implementation, specifically EEOC, GINA, HIPAA, ADEA, ERISA, and ADA risks, and state law considerations. Find out how to effectively incorporate wellness strategy and programming into your business strategy and planning so you can optimize the organizational and financial impact on your company.

Session takeaways

Present wellness as a business strategy
Design your wellness program in line with IRS rules
Understand the ethics associated with requiring employee engagement in wellness programs

LAW3 Wage and Hour 2015: What’s New

Michael Gray, Partner, Jones Day
Kara Maciel, Chair, Labor Employment Practice, Conn Maciel Carey PLLC

As an industry, we’ve been inundated with wage and hour compliance challenges and litigation that few employers have been spared. The laws, rules and regulations are intricate and exacting, and there is no room for error. Recently, courts and agencies have threatened new standards for joint employment and franchisor-franchisee relationships. In this interactive session you’ll discuss strategies and tactics that you can implement to stay ahead of the curve and ensure wage and hour compliance in your organization.

Session takeaways

Use the tip credit to your advantage, creating valid tip pooling arrangements
Discuss the IRS’s rule enforcement of automatic gratuities as service charges
Explain the implications of revised exempt classifications from the DOL regarding the trend toward joint-employer status

LAW4 NLRB: A Closer Look at the Supreme Court’s Noel Canning Decision

Paul Ades, SVP of Labor Relations, Hilton Worldwide Inc.
David Rothfeld, Partner, Kane Kessler, P.C.
David Sherwyn, Professor, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration

Steven M. Swirsky, Member, Epstein Becker Green

The Supreme Court’s 2014 decision in Noel Canning v. NLRB resulted in the invalidation of President Obama’s recess appointments in 2012. Though the Court based its conclusion on constitutional law rather than labor law, Noel Canning has far-reaching effects on the NLRA, NLRB, employers and workers alike. Find out about the critical areas of impact on the hospitality industry including challenges to Board decisions rendered during the period when the Board was comprised of unconstitutional appointees; the issuance of regulations calling for “ambush” elections; and the application of the NLRA to non-union employers.

Session takeaways

Summarize the Court’s reasoning behind the Noel Canning decision
Recognize significant decisions rendered while the Board’s composition was unconstitutional
Assess the impact on labor relations and the future of the Board
4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Networking Reception in Expo Sponsored by: Fox Rothchild
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast Sponsored by: Talent Plus
8:30 - 9:45 a.m.

HR Tips and Trends
Debbie Brown, VP, HR, Four Season Hotels & Resorts
Carolyn Clark, SVP, HR, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts
Robert Mellwig, SVP, Really Cool People, Destination Hotels and Resorts/Lowe Enterprises
Alan Momeyer, VP, HR, Loews Corporation
J. Bruce Tracey, Professor, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration

In this fast-paced session, five respected industry leaders will provide best practices and expert guidance on key HR strategy and process thought-leadership in the areas of staffing, performance management, leadership development, employee engagement, metrics, employment branding, culture, diversity, total rewards, organization design, service delivery models, and much more.

Session takeaways

Identify alternative solutions for designing and implementing impactful human capital strategy
Explain how companies are addressing current HR challenges posed by internal and external forces
Manage, track and determine your human capital programming ROI
9:45 - 10 a.m. Refreshment Break Sponsored by: Aetna Voluntary
10 - 11:15 a.m.

50 Legal Tips in 50 Minutes
Ilene Berman, Partner, Taylor English Duma
Gregg Gilman, Partner, Davis & Gilbert LLP
David Sherwyn Professor, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration
Paul E. Wagner, Shareholder, Stokes Roberts & Wagner
Celeste Yeager, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson, P.C.
Moderator: Alan Momeyer, VP, HR, Loews Corporation

Leading hospitality attorneys take turns presenting new concise, practical tips for HR professionals on critical issues such as class actions, wage and hour compliance, gender bias, social media, micro-bargaining and other key topics in employment and labor law.

Session takeaways

Review and discuss current and pending employment and labor laws, regulations and cases
Discuss how organizations are developing HR programs in reaction to current trends
Clarify specific compliance strategies and tactics and alternative approaches to litigation
12 - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch Networking Discussions in Expo

Career Success Through Online Hospitality Management Programs
American Public University
Helping Employees Manage Financial Stress
Breakthrough Ideas to Building a Guest-Centric Workplace
Talent Plus
What Does Employment Branding Mean to You?
The 7 Habits of Healthy People
Silver Consulting Services
Specialized Industry Solutions for Part-Time and Full-Time Employees
2 - 3:15 p.m.

HR5 Out-of-the-Box HR Planning

Rick Garlick, Ph.D., Practice Leader, Global Travel & Hospitality, J.D. Power & Associates
Robert Mellwig, SVP, Really Cool People, Destination Hotels and Resorts/Lowe Enterprises

Aligning your human capital strategy with your organization’s strategic imperatives can be challenging. Dr. Garlick and Mr. Mellwig will provide insight into the practices and procedures you can use to develop targeted HR plans which support your company’s overarching business plan. In addition, you’ll learn how to account for external influences — such as competitors, rules and regulations, labor market conditions, technology enhancements, and identify key priorities in order to develop prescriptive, actionable HR programming aligned with your organization’s strategic imperatives.

Session takeaways

Outline key business plan issues which can complement your HR strategy
Identify challenges that must be met to ensure parallel organizational success
Account for a myriad set of external influences in aligning your HR strategy with your business plan

HR6 Developing Employee Surveys to Enhance HR Decision-making

Mark Blankenship, EVP HR, Jack in the Box
J. Bruce Tracey, Professor, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration

Gathering reliable and valid employee survey data can be a daunting and difficult process. But you don’t need an advanced degree in research design and statistics to design, develop and administer customized surveys to gather the data you need. Come learn when it is appropriate to use employee surveys, how to design them and methods for reporting the data that is captured.

Session takeaways

Design employee surveys that promote employee responsiveness
Implement strategies to overcome cultural resistance to employee surveys
Analyze survey data and report results that will spur organizational action

LAW5 Mental and Chronic Health Issues – An Employer’s Responsibility?

Gregg Gilman, Partner, Davis & Gilbert LLP
Celeste Yeager, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson, P.C.

Hoteliers and restaurateurs have long recognized the business cost of employee physical illnesses: absenteeism, reduced work performance, disability claims, higher healthcare costs and adverse morale. But what about the effects of mental and chronic illnesses, particularly those that develop over time and often in the shadows? Two expert attorneys will explore the legal responsibilities and practicalities of employers’ efforts to detect, address and prevent mental and chronic health issues which might manifest as depression, obesity and even workplace violence.

Session takeaways

Identify what HR can do to address employees’ mental and chronic health conditions
Develop measures to protect the workplace
Discuss the impact of mental illness on workplace morale

LAW6 Hiring and Firing: The HR Professional’s Greatest Exposure to Lawsuits

Greg Smith, EVP, HR, Commune Hotels & Resorts
Paul Wagner, Shareholder, Stokes Roberts & Wagner

Misadventures in hiring and firing can be extremely costly to an organization. This panel will show you how to avoid employment liability by engaging in positive employee relations and creating a mind-set that ensures consistently “starting with the end in mind”. You’ll gain an understanding of the root causes of employment claims to help you prevent them from occurring in the first place, and position you and your organization to better defend them when they do arise.

Session takeaways

Position your organization to better defend employment claims
Analyze an evolving paradigm that is helping create the mind-set shift required to pre-empt or minimize the number of
employment claims
Implement strategies and tactics to enact in order to minimize exposure and avoid employment liability
3:15 - 3:30 p.m. Refreshment Break  
3:30 - 4:45 p.m.

HR7 Re-thinking the Welcome Experience for New Employees

Katie Osse, Vice President Talent Development, Destination Hotels
Julie Wooten, Area Director of Human Resources, Terranea Resort & Spa

Successfully being able to assimilate new employees to your company, culture, work location, manager and work group is a key to success in the hospitality industry. Ms. Osse leads the "talent conversation" at Destination Hotels and Ms. Wooten has created and executed a world-class culture and onboarding experience at Terranea Resort. Utilizing an engaging group discussion on creative and best-in-class ways to welcome and orient new employees to your organization, together they will detail practices and share their "best kept secrets" in how Destination Hotels creates a memorable and impactful "welcome" experience for really cool people who sign up for the mission to build the best place to work on the planet.

Session takeaways

Implement creative ideas that have proven to be successful
Compare what "the best" do in this area inside and outside of hospitality
Shift "onboarding" from an HR activity to an integrated business priority

HR8 Technology Accelerators: Successful, High-Volume Hospitality Hiring

Brittney Ballard, Director of Compensation, Caesars Entertainment
Jay Floersch, Solution Architect, Aon Hewitt

In partnership with Aon Hewitt, Caesars Entertainment designed and implemented an innovative, technology-enabled, high-volume recruiting solution. The program efficiently filled every available seat in its training program in just five weeks by leveraging best practices in talent acquisition, enabled by technology tools that accelerated screening, interviewing and scheduling. Hear how the recruitment process and technology accelerators produced the significantly positive results at their Cincinnati location and how you can apply the same principles at your organization.

Session takeaways

Identify specific hiring pitfalls of a typical new facility opening
Explain how technology accelerators can be used at each stage of hiring
Improve the hiring process to facilitate remarkable outcomes

LAW7 ACA Compliance: Implementing a Cost-Effective, Compliant Legal Strategy

Alan Hahn, Partner, Davis & Gilbert LLP
Joseph L. Murgo, SVP and Chief Distribution Officer, Aetna Voluntary Plans

Under the ACA’s employer mandate, large employers must offer affordable healthcare coverage to all full-time employees or pay a hefty tax. Because of untimely regulatory guidance and the uncertain legal terrain, many employers have implemented a “wait and see” strategy, with an eye towards a better compliance approach in 2016 and beyond. Not only will you learn about the latest regulatory guidance in this session, but also how businesses of all shapes and sizes have implemented the ACA employer mandate and what they are doing to manage costs as well as address ongoing legal challenges.

Session takeaways

Identify the practical challenges and legal risks associated with the employer mandate
Implement an effective ACA employer mandate
Assess the impact of your ACA compliance strategy

LAW8 Ask the Legal Experts

Speakers to be added

Wouldn’t it be great if your favorite HR in Hospitality speakers had office hours – like your college professors? We’ve got you covered. Whether it’s about how to handle a specific legal challenge or getting more details about a specific breakout session, here’s your opportunity to pose your specific questions to some of our most popular speakers! Our legal experts will each command their own table, where the topics discussed come from you.

8 - 9 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9 - 10:15 a.m.

6th Annual Cornell University Executive Summit

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to witness and learn from the strategic and practical discussions that occur in boardrooms across the country. Our panel of top HR executives and veteran employment law attorneys will dissect a handful of wide-reaching and relevant HR topics that hospitality companies are facing every day. This simulated executive meeting will cover the root causes of current challenges, the opportunities they present for HR practitioners, and proven, viable strategies, programming, tactics and tools to solve those issues.

Session takeaways

Recognize the significant issues currently challenging the hospitality space
Identify specific strategies and HR programming employed by leading hospitality companies
Explain how the solutions and strategies discussed can be used at your own company

Participants Include:
Mark Blankenship, EVP, HR, Jack in the Box
Denise Bober, HR, The Breakers Palm Beach
Debbie Brown, VP, HR, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Carolyn Clark, SVP, HR, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts
Richard Garlick, Practice Leader, Global Travel & Hospitality, JD Power & Associates
Chris Hunsberger, EVP, HR & Administration, The Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Robert Mellwig, SVP, Really Cool People, Destination Hotels and Resorts/Lowe Enterprises
Alan Momeyer, VP, HR, Loews Corporation
Arte Nathan, Executive Director, The Center for Professional and Leadership Studies, The Harrah College of Hospitality at UNLV
David Sherwyn, Professor, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration
Greg Smith, VP, HR, Commune Hotels and Resorts
J. Bruce Tracey, Professor, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration
Paul E. Wagner, Shareholder, Stokes Roberts & Wagner
Nancy Yaffe, Partner, Fox Rothschild, LLP
10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

The NLRB: A View on Hospitality From the Chair
Wilma Liebman, Former Chair, NLRB
David Sherwyn, Professor, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration
Moderator: Richard Hurd, Associate Dean for External Relations, Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations

In theory, the National Labor Relations Board’s role is to enforce the National Labor Relations Act, a 76-year-old law that sets the rules for unionization efforts and collective bargaining in the private sector. As a board member for 14 years, and as Chair from 2009 - 2011, Wilma Liebman knows that, in practice, board decisions can affect every aspect of the daily relationship between business and workers. She’ll share her expertise by discussing past decisions, the effect of the Noel Canning case on the hospitality industry and issues the board will likely review in the future.

Session takeaways

Learn about the inner workings and processes of the NLRB
Clarify the potential effects of the Noel Canning decision on your organization
Prepare and plan ahead for future board decisions
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