2019 HR Conference
3.21.19 | Red Lion Hotel Cromwell


7:30 am | Check-In & Networking Breakfast

8:30 am | Opening Remarks
  • Mark Soycher, HR Counsel, CBIA

8:40 am | Disagree Without Being Disagreeable
  • Kenya Rutland, KJR Consulting

9:10 am | Networking Break

9:30 am | Breakout Sessions
A. Getting the Right Start in HR (Part 1)
  • Carol Kardas, Founding Partner, KardasLarson, LLC, Human Resource Solutions 
B. Labels Don’t Make Leaders
  • Bobbie Rich, Senior Account Director, Emerge Leadership Group, LLC
C. Domestic Violence Comes to Work
  • Linda Blozie, Director of Training & Prevention, Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Karen Jarmoc, President & CEO, Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence

10:30 am | Networking Break

10:45 am | Breakout Sessions
D. Getting the Right Start in HR (Part 2)
  • Carol Kardas, Founding Partner, KardasLarson, LLC, Human Resource Solutions
E. Moving from Diversity to Inclusion: Beyond the Numbers
  • Jean McGill, Vice President of Human Resources, Goodwin College
  • Tamara O’Day-Stevens, Dean of Students, Goodwin College
F. Wage & Hour Update
  • Hugh Murray III, Partner, McCarter & English, LLP

11:45 am | Lunch & Networking

12:50 pm | Breakout Sessions
G. Medicinal, Recreational Pot, & More: Should HR Intervene?
  • Vincent Farisello, Partner, Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP
  • Tom Matthews, Director, Advanced Behavioral Health/Solutions EAP
H. Tune Up Your Workplace Investigations
  • Zach Hummel, Partner, Shipman & Goodwin
  • Peter Murphy, Partner, Shipman & Goodwin
I. Checklists & Critical HR Transactions
  • Patrick McHale, Partner, Kainen, Escalera & McHale, P.C.

1:50 pm | Networking Break

2 pm | Breakout Sessions
J. Is AI the Future of HR?
  • Dean Boyer, Director, Information, Management, & Analytics, CohnReznick
K. The Hire Brand: Succeeding in the Recruiting/Retention Race
  • Dan O’Donnell, Vice President, odonnell company
  • Eileen O’Donnell, President & Creative Director, odonnell company
L. Managing Employee Speech: What’s Free & What’s Not
  • Josh Goodbaum, Partner, Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti
  • John Stretton, Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins

3 pm | State Legislative Update: HR Issues
  • Eric Gjede, VP, Government Affairs, CBIA

4 pm | Closing Remarks
  • Mark Soycher