August 27 - August 39, 2018
Hilton Bonnet Creek | Orlando, FL

Preconference Offerings

In addition to the HRCI and SHRM Certification Prep classes we have the following educational opportunities! These offerings are not included in the conference pricing – preregistration and an additional fee is required.

HR certified? Earn additional recertification credits by attending a preconference offering in conjunction with HRFL17.

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HRCI Certification Class –PHR & SPHR

Sunday, August 27, 2017, 8:00AM – 5:00PM

Suzanne Lemen, SHRM-SCP, SPHR


Certification is the badge of our profession.  Employers large and small are increasingly seeking human resource professionals with the capabilities to be an effective contributing partner to the bottom line.  Earning your PHR or SPHR certification provides assurance to your employer that you are HR smart, dedicated to your profession and have the tools to be successful in today’s workplace.


The Pre-Conference HR Florida Certification Prep Class is presented by a team of leading HR professionals.  Primary focus of the day is key concepts of all the functional areas from the HR body of knowledge.  The prep class also offers test taking tips and what to expect on exam day.  Attendees will get the benefit of experienced facilitators, peer-to-peer interaction, and a structured classroom environment to enhance learning.


You will also have the opportunity to share real work experiences with your fellow HR professionals.  Notebooks are provided with all presentations along with access to an on-line final exam.


Make the commitment now to take your career to the next level.

SHRM Certification Class – SHRM-CP & SHRM-SCP

Sunday, August 272017, 9:00AM – 4:00PM

Linda Bailey, SHRM-SCP, SPHR


SHRM has spent three years developing a new competency model and this led to two new SHRM certifications, the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP. These new certifications recognize that HR professionals are at the core of leading organizational success:

  • Built on one singular Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK™) designed to elevate the HR profession around the world
  • Tests the HR professional’s competency—the ability to put that knowledge to work through critical thinking and application
  • Demonstrates that the HR professional is a technical expert and has mastered the application of HR technical and behavioral competencies, through practice and experience, to drive business results

This certification preparation program covers four knowledge domains: People, Organization, Workplace and Strategy as well as eight behavioral competencies; Leadership & Navigation, Ethical Practice, Business Acumen, Relationship Management, Consultation, Critical Evaluation, Global & Cultural Effectiveness, and Communication. This session is designed to help prepare those who are going to take the test in the fall, or want to get an overview of the material being tested on. The course will be six hours and full of material based on the SHRM body of knowledge.


HR Viewed through the Competency Lens for New Practitioners 

Sunday, August 27, 2017, 9:00am - 4:00pm

E. Scott Bowers, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, MA


The objective of this six hour pre-conference session to provide the new practitioner with a baseline of information that will help them meet the expectations of their organization.  The program will be aimed at providing the new HR professional with the breadth of information that is required to be effective and an understanding of how to develop the depth that will be expected in their new role.  It will not be an exam prep session but rather a session aimed at motivating and educating the participants on what is expected and how to be a HR professional.  In addition for those individuals who wear many hats within their small organization it will give them a primer on how to maximize their effectiveness and minimize their frustration with their HR duties.


Objectives of this session:

  • Touch on the very complex role HR plays in today’s organizations
  • Give participants practical ways of coping with HR issues as they happen in every organization without fear or panic
  • De-mystify practice and theory of HR and how we can effectively deal with all types and levels of employees in a positive manner


Motivation-Based Interviewing: Interviewer Training For Hiring High Performers

Sunday, August 27, 2017, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Carol Quinn




Hiring decisions based on an applicant's skill level alone produces mixed hiring results. Why? Because it takes more than just skill to succeed! This presentation teaches motivation-based interviewing (or "MBI"), a global interviewing methodology specifically developed for hiring high achievers. It takes into consideration the 3 components common to ALL top performers: skill, attitude and passion. This workshop involves lecture, video and interactive exercises. It also satisfies the pre-requisite required to advance to the MBI Train-the-Trainer class. 


Objectives of this session:

  • The 3 essential attributes that ALL High Achievers have in common and how assess each.
  • The knowledge required to compose effective interview questions and create MBI interview guides.
  • All of the criteria and knowledge necessary to implement the motivation-based interviewing ‘Hire ONLY High Performers’ hiring standard.

Your Leaders are Your Secret Sauce

Sunday, August 27, 2017, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Chris Mulligan



Your employee engagement and retention programs aren’t really moving the needle.  Maybe it’s time to add some secret sauce – by way of your leaders. Leaders are the lens through which an employee sees everything in your organization. You can leverage this resource you already have to change your culture into one focused on engagement and retention. Leaders focused on engagement create teams who will stay longer, feel more satisfied in their work, and deliver better performance.


Objectives of this session:

  • Learn how to develop, influence, and execute leadership strategies for managing organizational change that balance the expectations and needs of the organization, its employees, and other stakeholders.
  • Learn how to develop a human resource strategic plan and align with the organization’s strategic plan.
  • Learn tactics to reinforce the organization’s core values and behavioral expectations through modeling, communication, and coaching your leaders.


Talent Management Through the Lens of Neuroscience

Sunday, August 27, 2017, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Kim Ruyle



The past decade has seen remarkable advances in our understanding of how the brain works.  Many of the research findings have very significant implications for talent management.  This workshop explores practical ways in which brain science can be leveraged in all aspects of talent management, including:  employee selection, performance management, leadership development, employee engagement, and succession management.


Objectives of this session:

  • Accelerate the development of fast-track talent with brain science
  • Create a learning and innovation environment of threat-free urgency
  • Address implicit bias and accurately identify and differentiate talent

Workforce Planning:  Key to Sustained Workforce Effectiveness

Sunday, August 27, 2017, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Robert Greene, Ph. D.

The competence of an organization's workforce is the key to success.  In a turbulent environment, it is critical to continually assess the adequacy of the workforce and to plan for future needs through environmental scanning, scenario based planning and workforce planning on a strategic level. 
  • Teach HR professionals to develop workforce management strategies that address human capital needs and that enable the organization to execute its business strategy.  This session introduces tools such as environmental scanning, scenario-based planning, current and future staffing analysis and assessment of human capital development needs.  It shows how a dynamic workforce planning model can be used to ensure the organization has the knowledge, skills and abilities required to produce operational effectiveness at all times.
  •  Teach HR professionals how to use effective forecasting models to continuously compare current workforce competencies to current organizational needs.  This session presents an integrated flow model that can be used to dialogue with executive management and other functions to create the best projections of needs and challenges.
  • Teach HR professionals to persuade senior leadership to invest in evaluating talent, sourcing talent and developing talent.  This session uses a model that can identify likely deficiencies in competence and demonstrates how they can impact organizational effectiveness.