The Federal Midwest Human Resources Council will hold its annual HR Symposium, “Raising the Flag on HR Issues” on June 14, 2005 at the Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd. in downtown Chicago. This one day program has become known as the only such event “outside the beltway” and packs as much information and thought-provoking discussion into one day as many events of its kind provide in three.
The three-part program of breakfast panel, luncheon, and workshops will start with a discussion of HR best practices on recruitment, staffing, employee/labor relations and benefits. Local experts will offer highlights from successful HR programs, and a panel of well known HR experts: Steve Nelson, Merit Systems Protection Board; John Palguta, Partnership for Public Service; Nancy Randa, Office of Personnel Management; and Dr. James Thompson, University of Illinois at Chicago; will share comments and offer guidance on current news and trends in the federal human resources topics mentioned above based on their national experience. The panel will be moderated by Gary Koca of GRA, Inc.
David M. Walker, Comptroller General of the United States, will share his insight on HR reforms in the federal sector, GAO’s own HR transformation, and other relevant topics at the luncheon program. Walker will be followed by Nancy Randa, deputy associate director for talent services at OPM, who will discuss methods of assuring accountability in pursuing human capital initiative goals.
Workshops throughout the day will give participants information on a variety of topics, such as:
— Employee retention and motivation by the Performance Assessment Network.
— An overview of recent studies by the MSPB, Office of Policy and Evaluation.
— Best practices in marketing public service careers to undergraduate and graduate-level students by the Partnership for Public Service and University of Illinois at Chicago, Graduate Program for Public Administration.
— Effective ways to transition HR specialists to consultant roles;
— The ever-popular OPM Update and MSPB Employee Relations Update in repeated sessions to conclude the day.
Tuition for the event is $75 and includes breakfast and lunch. Registration will be available soon on the USDA Graduate School website. Limited lodging arrangements for out-of-town participants will be available through the Union League Club at an all inclusive federal rate of $139.00 per night.
Coming Soon: The Federal Sector Labor Relations and Labor Law Program, sponsored by the Chicago-Kent School of Law, is scheduled for Sept. 22, 2005. Watch for details.