GMA SHRM Professional Development Summit

June 21, 2016
Alliant Energy Center


Session 1:  Be a Change Champion!


Session 2:  Improving Employee Productivity Through Health, Humor and Happiness.

Presented By:   Heather Kennedy, SPHR, SHRM-SCP,  Sparq Consulting

  Presented by:  Brian Udermann, PhD

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Session 1:  Be a Change Champion!

Session 2:  Improving Employee Productivity Through Health, Humor and Happiness.

HR is often charged with leading change management efforts. First, we must understand our individual responses to change, then how to lead others through that change.  HR’s role in change management will be explored, including assessing organizational systems that may help or hinder acceptance of the change, how to involve and retain high value/ high potential employees, measuring change readiness and the impact of change, and gathering feedback. Further focus on steps for developing and executing a change management plan as an HR practitioner will be offered. 

In this interactive workshop, we will:
  • Learn what it takes to be a change champion.
  • Review individual and organizational change curves.
  • Learn strategies to help ourselves and our teams become more change resilient.
  • Apply those strategies to a current change initiative.
  • Share expertise on things that have worked and things that have not.
Ask the average person nowadays how they are doing and they will usually say “I’m just so busy!” Our work environments are often fast-paced and hectic, we are continually being asked to do more with less. Our home environments can, at times, be overwhelming as well with running children to numerous practices and events, to taking care of the yard or completing house related projects. When was the last time you really felt at peace or felt centered and full of joy? How are you at controlling stress in your life? Would you like to laugh more, eat healthier and sleep better? Would you like to have a better relationship with your partner, spouse, children or your friends? This presentation will explore a number of practical strategies you can use to regain a healthy balance in your life! 

Following this presentation, participants will be able to:
  • Identify ways to incorporate more laughter and humor into their daily routine.
  • Identify ways to recognize and cope with stress to regain a healthy balance in life.
  • Identify ways to improve health related habits such as eating healthier, sleeping better and incorporating more physical activity into their daily routines.
Heather has been helping individuals, teams, leaders, and organizations manage the people side of change for over 20 years. As a Change Champion, she has led change efforts for systems implementations, organizational redesigns, acquisitions, career transitions, and growing companies. Her background as an HR practitioner of change positions Heather to understand what it is like to lead change from the HR perspective. Brian is a health and motivational humorist, and the author of “TV Rots Your Brain … Or Does It?” Brian’s interactive and energetic style is entertaining and appeals to a wide variety of organizations.  Brian speaks to school districts, colleges and universities, government agencies, small and large businesses, non–profit organizations, and national and international associations. Brian's passion is encouraging people to laugh more, stress less and regain the healthy balance most people desire.

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




Alliant Energy Center

1919 Alliant Energy Center Way
Madison, WI 53713

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For more information contact:

GMA SHRM Management Team
2830 Agriculture Dr.
Madison, WI 53718
(608) 204-9814
fax (608) 204-9818

Program Schedule subject to change.