GMA SHRM Professional Development Summit

June 20, 2017
Alliant Energy Center


Session 1:  Creating Effective Teams and the Impact on Attracting, Retaining and Maximizing Talent 


Session 2:  No Thanks … I Took Another Offer

Presented By:   Sarah Gibson, Accent Learning and Consulting

  Presented by:  Jeff Kortes

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Session 1:  Creating Effective Teams and the Impact on Attracting, Retaining and Maximizing Talent 

Session 2:  No Thanks … I Took Another Offer

With the shifting workforce, we are seeing employee retention decrease. The reason? Often it’s management or team culture. This session will discuss Patrick Lencioni’s Five Cohesive Behaviors of a Team and help attendees identify practical things they can do to increase team cohesiveness, maximize performance and increase retention. 

Participants will learn to:        
  • Identify and discuss trends in employee retention.
  • Identify the key trust-building behaviors and skills that increase retention and engagement.
  • Show ways to actively increase employee performance through healthy conflict and commitment.
  • Discuss ways SHRM members can bring engage leadership and managers in this conversation within their organizations
As a “headhunter,” Jeff understands why candidates turn down offers…and the implications to an organization.  He provides insight into the thoughts and reasoning of employees who decide to or are contemplating accepting jobs in various organizations.  The program explores the 8 main reasons that qualified candidates turn down job offers from seemingly highly regarded organizations.  Using real-life examples, Jeff shows how you can build “selling” into your recruitment strategy to create a competitive advantage for the enterprise.  This sales perspective plays an integral role in the organization’s ability to attract and land the best talent in the marketplace.

As a result of this session, you will…
  • Recognize the need to have a cohesive recruitment strategy that has “selling” as a key component.
  • Prepare you to advocate to senior leadership the business and community implications of not “selling” as part of your strategic talent recruitment process.
  • Enhance your organizations image in the eyes of candidates and community to avoid turning off candidates and hurting your brand.
  • Understand selling techniques that will land “A” candidates that are entertaining an offer from other organizations and avoid “turndowns.”
Sarah Gibson founded Accent Learning and Consulting, LLC in 2004 because it allowed her to share her passion for speaking and teaching practical workplace skills that help individuals and businesses succeed.
Since then, Sarah and her team have helped companies understand the impact of workplace communication through a large variety of professional development and leadership classes.
Sarah wrote Geezer. Punk. Whatever. to help people learn more about the impact of generational pieces in the workplace.
She has worked with more than 100 organizations across a variety of industries throughout North America. 
Beyond her corporate experiences, Sarah has also taught for the University of Wisconsin-Madison evening MBA program and as an adjunct instructor at Madison College, UW-Whitewater and North Dakota State University.
Sarah holds a Master’s degree from North Dakota State University.
Jeff Kortes didn’t become an employee retention speaker, author and expert by accident. His early career spanned 25 years as a human resources professional, trainer, and consultant. He has held leadership roles in companies such as ConAgra, Midas International, SPX, and Regal Ware, Inc.

During that quarter-century, Jeff saw countless employees come and go. The reasons rarely varied. The employers always suffered, though. Good people are hard to replace. Over time, Jeff devised a plan of inventive, common sense employee retention strategies to help businesses keep their best talent.

After three facility closures, a strike and a corporate buyout, Jeff put all his experience together and started Human Asset Management, LLC, a multi-segment HR services firm. He has helped hundreds of first-line supervisors, managers, and executives with training in employee retention and engagement

Jeff speaks and conducts workshops nationwide as an employee retention trainer. He draws on his experiences as a human resources professional, father, coach, martial artist and U.S. Army veteran to provide thought-provoking programs that yield results.

Jeff also works as a “headhunter,” finding candidates to fill organizations’ talent needs … and constantly learning about what drives candidates to choose one employer over another. 

  • Registration
7:30am to 11:00am
  • Session 1
8:00am to 10:00am
  • Session 2 
10:30am to 12:30pm

  • GMA SHRM Member
Free - Advance registration positively required.
  • Student Member
Free - Advance registration positively required.  
  • Guest / Nonmember
$35 each session   -   $70 both sessions
  • Guest Grant Registration

Not a member yet?

GMA SHRM has a limited number of Professional Grants available for potential members to attend one Professional Development Summit at no cost. 

If you are considering joining GMA SHRM, have a bona fide connection to Human Resources and would like to apply for one of these Professional Grants, please complete the contact information on the form at this link.  We would love to have you join us! 




Alliant Energy Center

1919 Alliant Energy Center Way
Madison, WI 53713

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For more information contact:

GMA SHRM Management Team
2820 Walton Commons    Suite 103
Madison, WI 53718
(608) 204-9814
fax (608) 204-9818

Program Schedule subject to change.