Workshop Speakers

Workforce Summit: Reducing Unnecessary Employee Turnover
Cara Silletto, MBA, Founder and President, Crescendo Strategies
Full Day Workshop

Join us for the Pre-Conference Workforce Summit on April 18, where we’ll tackle your staffing challenges head on!

National workforce expert Cara Silletto, MBA, will share insights about the shifting demographics of the workforce, employees’ evolving expectations, and strategies for reducing unnecessary employee turnover. She’ll also dive into the mindset of your millennial workers, those 35 and under, to explain exactly why they think and work so differently than previous generations.

By the time you leave this workshop, you’ll discover the true cost of employee turnover, know how to assess your brand as an employer and walk away with an action plan for improving your workforce woes.

About Cara Silletto:

Cara Silletto, MBA, is the Founder and President of Crescendo Strategies, a company committed to reducing unnecessary employee turnover for clients across the country by bridging generational gaps and making leaders more effective in their roles. Cara currently sits in a unique sweet spot for her specialty of speaking about the new workforce, because she is an early Millennial herself, born in 1981, yet she is equipped with an MBA and more than 12 years of experience learning the unwritten expectations of older managers and business owners in order to advance her own career. She was named a “Game Changer” by Workforce magazine in Chicago, currently serves as the President of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) Kentuckiana Chapter, and is a co-author of the 2015 book, What’s Next in HR.



Anne-McNabEmployment Law Update 2015-2016
Anne McNab, Attorney, and Jennifer Rulon, Attorney, Frost Brown Todd LLC
Half-day Workshop

  • Learn how recent case law may influence current human resource policies;
  • Learn the potential risks associated with particular human resource policies
  • Learn how to modify particular human resource policies to reduce risks of litigation

 About Anne McNab: 

Anne is an Associate in Frost Brown Todd’s Columbus office. She is experienced in employment litigation, collective bargaining negotiations, and advising employers on human resources and employment law related matters. Specifically, she has represented employers in wage and hour litigation, discrimination/harassment litigation at the state and federal level, as well as, claims before the State Personnel Board of Review and the Industrial Commission of Ohio. Additionally, she advises and problem-solves with clients in areas involving FMLA, FLSA, social media use, employee discipline, workers’ compensation, civil service rules, collective bargaining agreements, union organizing and arbitration. Anne strives to help clients circumvent future legal issues by educating clients through presentations and publications.



Effectively Managing Conflict
Sean Olson, Consultant, Business Development, FlashPoint
Half-day Workshop

  • This workshop will help participants understand the reasons behind conflict and explains five conflict-handling modes: competing, collaborating, compromising, avoiding, and accommodating
  • Participants will become aware of their own conflict styles and how to identify the conflict styles of others and will learn tips for reducing each style’s negative side effects
  • Participants will also identify when to use each style and learn specific techniques for employing each style effectively. Prior to the session, participants will take the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument, a 30-question online assessment that will be used throughout the workshop

 About Sean Olson: 

Sean Olson offers innovative thinking and fresh perspective as he helps organizations solve their talent management challenges. He supports many of FlashPoint’s national accounts, connecting clients and prospects with our services. Sean has extensive experience with strategic planning, leadership development, training, coaching, and succession planning, which allows him to easily assess and understand clients’ needs and help them find answers that move their organizations forward.

This session requires pre-registration via the session selection survey.



Julius-RhodesManaging Up Through The Use of Influence and Collaboration
Julius E. Rhodes, SPHR, Founder and Principal, mpr group
Half-day Workshop

  • The ability to define Influence, collaboration and managing up to achieve intended objectives
  • The ability to better understand your boss and the values you display to establish needed relationships
  • The ability to better understand accountability in action and strategies to manage up

 About Julius Rhodes:

Julius E. Rhodes, SPHR, is a life-long resident of Chicago’s Southeast Side and the youngest of four children born to the 63 year marriage of Pete and Marzet Rhodes. His greatest accomplishment is his marriage to wife Linda and their two children, Jerome and Lauren.    Mr. Rhodes is the author of BRAND: YOU Personal Branding for Success in Life and Business and has completed his coursework towards a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Business Ethics at Loyola University. In addition, he has a lifetime Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification. In 1992 he completed a certified arbitrator development program through Cornell University and the New York State Employment Relations Board.    A graduate of Mt. Carmel High School he has a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Resources Management from Roosevelt University and a Master’s of Science in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from Loyola University.     In 1994 he began the mpr group, an MBE Certified broad based full-service human resources consulting firm providing customized training, consulting, meeting and retreat facilitation, keynote and motivational presentations and project management services. Prior to that time he spent over a decade at several leading edge Fortune 100 firms such as Mobil, General Electric, Baxter Healthcare and Sara Lee Bakery, as well as, the National Labor Relations Board.     Mr. Rhodes has facilitated numerous human resources related activities in an array of businesses too vast to name for public and private firms in the profit and not-for-profit sectors. He is a frequent contributor to local and national publications and has instructed graduate and undergraduate level courses at several Universities and Colleges in ethics, human resources and project management, human relations and training.



Compliance Program Considerations for HR Professionals
Tabitha Meier, Partner; Anthony Burba, Partner; Felicia Boyd, Partner; Brian McGinnis, Partner; Kendall Millard, Partner; and Brendan Miller, Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Half-day Workshop

  • High-level compliance program overview and key HR touchpoints
  • Business ethics
  • IP and trade secrets compliance
  • Data security and information privacy
  • Talent constraints and competitive business forces: Guarding against antitrust allegations
  • E-discovery and information governance