April 18th (4:30PM – 7:30PM)
Join us at The Pour House Taproom for a welcome reception you get into town! You will also receive your welcome pack with conference and sponsor goodies.
April 19th (8:00AM - 4:00PM)
Location: The American Theater
Welcome to HRmonize!
Keynote Speaker Session - How to Drive a Pay Strategy When Managers are at the Wheel
Jamie Colvin, Founder & CEO, SimplyConnect
With Spring just around the corner, let’s take a pay-road trip! You get to set the destination. You can pick the beaches of pay equity, the rugged mountains of pay transparency, the adventure park of paying for performance or even pick a new spot on the map. The challenge ahead…your managers are at the wheel and get to decide how to get there and what route to take. But their choices and behaviors can be influenced and shaped by you. Let’s explore what’s working, what’s not working, and how you can take your strategy to the next level.
Session 1 -Pay Equity: The Challenge & The Opportunity
Ruth Thomas, Chief Product Evangelist, Payscale
2022 was a turbulent year, with labor market challenges, wage growth, a cost-of-living crisis, and concerns of a possible economic downturn. We saw pay equity focus shift as states began passing pay transparency laws and the Great Reevaluation fueled job moves and pay compression concerns.
Against this background Ruth will consider:
• What is the Pay Equity challenge today, and what is the opportunity?
• What’s the rate of progress?
• How can we solution this by taking collective action.
Session 2 - Innovation in Compensation
Marc Mullis, Founder & CEO, Payformance Partners
The world, and the labor market, have changed drastically over the last few years. Traditional compensation methods are not keeping up. Payformance Partners founder and CEO, Marc Mullis will highlight innovative solutions to help you solve today’s labor market challenges and ease administrative burdens.
Let's go to the Movies!
Join us in the cinema of the American Theater for warm popcorn and candy to hear from a Gold Sponsor on technology can facilitate analysis and resolutions for pay equity, pay transparency, and minimizing your time spent with these tasks.
Session 3 - Innovations and Trends in Healthcare - Increasing Impact, Managing Cost Heather Rowe, Vice President, Client Success, Craft HR Solutions & Ken Cole, Vice President, Employee Health & Benefits, Marsh McLennan Agency
Employee benefits strategy is at the center of total rewards solutions that can make a game changing difference to your employees. Boost the value of your healthcare and benefits, and gain new perspectives from experts shaping the future of workplace benefits to recruit and retain employees. Join Heather Rowe of Craft HR Solutions and Ken Cole of Marsh McClennan to learn about growing trends to manage healthcare costs and maximize benefits from international sourcing of expensive specialty medication to solutions to help employees access high-quality low-cost providers.
Session 4 - The Clear Advantage: Pay transparency rooted in Career Pathing
Joanna Anderson, Talent Development Leader, USAA
Joanna has spent her career designing and delivering HR programs and processes that enable employee engagement in support of business goals. Joanna understands how Pay Transparency begins with career paths’ and job architecture. Join her for a session covering job architecture and career design based on the needs of the employee and priorities of the business.
April 20th (8:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Location: The American Theater
Welcome Back to HRmonize!
Session 1 - Pay Transparency
Lulu Seikaly, Sr. Corporate Employment Counsel, Payscale
Pay transparency laws are taking effect throughout the US (upcoming in Europe as well). Is your organization prepared? During this session, we will discuss new pay transparency laws and how to navigate to compliance.
Session 2 - Personal & Professional Development Session
Meaghan Barry, Founder & CEO, Pique Mindset
Meaghan will help us live more mindfully: Living mindfully is about taking responsibility for the unconscious thought patterns and habits that run and shape our daily lives. Burnout and stress are at an all-time high in the workplace. Learn ways to actively reduce stress. Together, we will get better!
Let's go to the Movies! Part 2 of the Double Feature
Join us in the Cinema of the American Theater to hear from one of HRmonize's Gold Sponsors.
Keynote Speaker Session - The Impact of Diversity on Compensation
April Simpkins, DEI Strategist | Mental Health Advocate l Ambassador for NAMI
CHRO, QuestCo Companies
For many organizations compensation is still anxiety-inducing and subjective.
Even though several studies have been done regarding the disparity in pay for many diverse communities, explanations of why a disparity exists to, begin with, vary widely. According to the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE), women had to work all of 2021 thru March 15, 2022, to equal the salary men earned in 2021. We recognize this day as Equal Pay Day. And while this day has fallen earlier each year, the end goal is to understand why the disparity exists and what organizations can do to address it.
This energetic and information-packed presentation will provide attendees with action steps that can be applied immediately to help understand and address compensation disparities in diverse communities.
Attendees of this presentation will learn:
1. How a DEI initiative can provide a strategy to address compensation disparities.
2. The impact of generational differences on compensation.
3. Tips on policies and practices that make conversations on compensation less anxiety-inducing.
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25 years of consulting experience. Keen business sense. Exceptional strategic savvy. Her mojo is unstoppable. Her passion is deep. She’s the real deal.
Jamie Colvin founded SimplyConnect Consulting in 2010 after a 12-year career with a large consulting firm. Since then, she’s been working hard to solve business problems and make a difference for her clients.
Want to see Jamie’s real talent emerge? Tell her “We can’t do that” or “That’s not how we do things.” Then watch her creative vision, strategic savvy and keen business sense beat those hurdles into submission. When she isn’t tackling client problems, Jamie spends time giving back to the community, watching her two kids on stage and cheering on her TCU Horned Frogs. Go Frogs!
April Simpkins is a dually certified HR Professional with 30 years of executive-level Human Resources experience.
April is a DEI Strategist, Mental Health Advocate, HR Consultant, and the Chief Human Resources Officer for QuestCo Companies. She has helped more than 1000 business owners shape and develop their human capital.
April’s experience and expertise, coupled with her continued study of Human Resources trends, has made her a trusted advisor for many in the business community. It also led to an invitation to The Business Journal Leadership Trust, which allows April to share her expertise with leaders nationwide. She has been a requested presenter and guest speaker for organizations that include Harvard University Extension School, Winthrop University, The Citadel, EEOC, and The City of Charleston, to name a few. She is also a member of the SHRM Speakers Bureau.
April is a board member of both the York County Regional Chamber and the SC Small Business Development Centers (SBDC). She is the Chapter Chair for the Charlotte affiliate of the Women Presidents Organization (WPO), a non-profit membership organization for women presidents, CEOs, and managing directors of privately held, multimillion-dollar companies. In 2016 WPO honored April with the Woman of Color Award for her business achievements.
April is the Chair of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee for Greenville SHRM. In 2020 April received the Unsung Hero Award from Greenville SHRM for her exemplary leadership in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She was the Diversity Director for the South Carolina Society for Human Resources Management from 2018 – 2020. Her service and commitment to the HR community and the profession’s advancement led to her selection as a member of the HR Advisory Board for Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. She works with a team of HR thought leaders who have been charged with designing the human resources undergraduate and postgraduate degree curriculum and programs.
April has received many awards and honors for her business acumen. Her awards include: the 2020 Women In Business Achievement Award from the Charlotte Business Journal, the 2018 Fort Mill/ Tega Cay Business Person of The Year Award from the York County Regional Chamber, the Movers & Shaker Award given by Business Leader Magazine and, in 2016, April was named one of Charlotte’s 50 Most Influential Women by Mecklenburg Times.
April is a classically trained pianist, an avid runner, athlete, mother, wife, and entrepreneur.
Chief Product Evangelist
Sr. Corporate Employment Counsel
Founder & CEO
Mindfulness / Self Development
VP, Client Success
Innovation in Benefits
VP, Employee Health & Benefits
Innovation in Benefits
Talent Development Leader
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