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23rd Annual HR Florida Leadership Conference returns January 9, 2016

Building on the success of the 2015 HR Florida Leadership Conference and the 300 in attendance, the District Director team of 10 conference planners present the 23rd Annual Leadership Conference, scheduled for Saturday, January 9, 2016 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando.

The location is new for 2016 and so is the format, designed to better provide educational opportunities for all levels of chapter leadership. “Leading with Courage in 2016” is the conference theme and the planning team lead by Jennifer Gunter, have developed an impressive event that is sure to leave chapter leaders motivated all year.

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) affiliated chapter presidents, president-elects, committee chairs, board members or other volunteer leaders within the 28 chapters across the state of Florida are all encouraged to attend the upcoming conference.

HR Florida is partnering with Dale Carnegie Training. The partnership features an interactive session during the conference. The session will be based on the principles of Winning Friends and Influencing People. During the session, volunteers will learn how to overcome the 10 most common obstacles to getting results with volunteer leaders and much more.

Photo Margaret MorfordMargaret Morford, CEO of The HR Edge, Inc., an international management consulting and training company will serve as the keynote speaker. Morford will speak on Management Courage – Having the Heart of a Lion.”

Chapter volunteer leaders should not miss the HR Florida Leadership Conference. There is no cost to register. Registration and hotel information are available at:

HR Review Magazine spoke with Jennifer Gunter, the conference chair, more in-depth regarding the Leadership Conference.

HR Review: How valuable is the Leadership Conference for first time and veteran chapter volunteers?

Gunter: The Leadership Conference is extremely valuable for both first-time and returning chapter volunteer leaders.  The conference provides a unique opportunity for attendees to network and collaborate with chapter leaders throughout the state that hold the same and/or similar positions.  Additionally, the professional development opportunities that exist for both groups of participants is definitely a value-add. The conference not only focuses on the core volunteer leadership areas, it also provides an opportunity through our keynote speaker and others to apply management concepts to our professional careers in the workplace as well.

HR Review: What will be different about the 2016 conference than in previous years? 

Gunter: For 23 years, HR Florida has hosted the leadership conference. Over that time, we have been adapting and enhancing our programming to meet the needs of our volunteer leaders.  For 2016, we are committed to elevating our programming in order to provide volunteer leaders with the tools and resources they need to execute their roles effectively. To meet this objective, we will seek to create an environment that fosters engagement, provide breakout sessions that provide peer-to-peer exchange of best practices and highlight chapters and volunteer leaders who have led with courage by spotlighting successful initiatives featuring SHRM’s core leadership areas of: College Relations, Diversity, Government Affairs, HR Certification, Membership, SHRM Foundation and Workforce Readiness.

HR Review: What is the best way to maximize information obtained at the conference? 

Gunter: To best maximize the information obtained at the conference, each leadership team should debrief as soon as they return from the conference. During the leadership debrief, each volunteer leader should be asked to report on what they learned from the conference about their role and how they plan on putting what they learned into practice for the year. As a matter of reference, the Conference team will post available presentations on the HR Florida website for attendees to reference throughout the year. 

HR Review: Are there any workshops you would like to highlight? 

Gunter: Yes. HR Florida has partnered with Dale Carnegie Training, a leader in workplace learning, to provide two interactive leadership development workshops to our 300 anticipated attendees.   The sessions will be based on Dale Carnegie’s famous principles of gaining willing cooperation and engagement. During the session, our volunteer leaders will gain an understanding of the unique needs of their team members, practice techniques to understand the values that drive performance and learn how to motivate each other to achieve their annual goals.

HR Review: What else would you like to share?

Gunter: As a former chapter president of the HR Association of Palm Beach County (HRPBC), I understand first-hand how important it is for our volunteer leaders to obtain the leadership development training HR Florida provides on an annual basis. By attending the conference, each of our volunteer leaders will gain the proper tools and skills to continue onward with our mission to Serve the Professional and Advance the Profession.

About Jennifer Gunter

2014_head_shot_jennifer_guntJennifer Gunter, SHRM-CP, PHR is a dynamic HR Practitioner with over 10 years of experience specializing in corporate recruitment, retirement administration and employee benefits. Jennifer is currently a Benefits Consultant with the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) in Boca Raton, FL.  She is an active member of the HR Association of Palm Beach County (HRPBC) and served as the chapter president in 2013.  Jennifer is currently serving her second year as an HR Florida District Director for the Human Resources Association of Broward County (HRABC), Greater Miami Society for Human Resource Management (GMSHRM) and Florida Keys SHRM Chapters.  She is also the Chair of the 2016 HR Florida Leadership Conference.

Are you an incoming chapter president, president-elect, committee chair, board member or other volunteer leader within the 28 chapters across the state of Florida?  Then you are encouraged to attend the upcoming conference!  Register today!

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