September 14-16, Manhattan, KS
All work and no play makes for a boring HR conference! Join us for networking events on Wednesday the 14th and Thursday the 15th. It's a fun way to close out the nights.1
The Conference will include subjects and topics in the HRCI Body of Knowledge and SHRM Body of Competency & Knowledge. All presentations will meet the criteria for recertification credit from both SHRM and HRCI.3
We've got plenty! Attending the conference in-person will get you up to 13. If you choose the On Demand option you can earn up to 28 hours of recertification credit.4
We plan to host 400+ attendees this year, the majority of whom will include, senior Human Resources (HR) professionals, supervisors, managers, and directors currently practicing in the Human Resources field.2
KS SHRM invites you to submit a call for proposal to share your knowledge and expertise with human resources professionals at our annual KS SHRM State Conference, September 14-16, 2022 in Manhattan, Kansas. Our theme is Manhappiness and we’ve had up to 450 attendees in the past for this annual event.
Wednesday Opening Keynote
President Emeritus, Kansas State University
General, USAF, Ret.
General Myers recently retired as president of Kansas State University. He assumed this role on an interim basis April 26, 2016, and was selected to the permanent position November 15, 2016. He retired from the university on February 11, 2022. As President, Myers cultivated collaborative relationships with a broad range of diverse individuals and groups to enhance the university’s substantial strengths in research, academics and outreach. The university has three physical campuses in Manhattan, Salina and Olathe, Kansas, as well as a Global Campus for distance education.
General Richard B. Myers retired from the military as the 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on 1 October, 2005 after serving more than 40 years in the US Air Force. As the nation's highest ranking military officer, he served as principal military adviser to the president, secretary of defense, and the National Security Council. General Myers also served as Vice Chairman and Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He has commanded at every level, including Commander of US Space Command, North American Aerospace Defense Command, Pacific Air Forces, US Forces Japan, and two fighter wings. A fighter pilot with over 4,100 hours, General Myers logged 600 combat hours during the Vietnam conflict. General Myers is a native of Merriam, Kansas and a 1965 graduate of Kansas State University, and received his commission through ROTC.
Thursday Lunch Keynote
Pam Garramone, M.Ed., is an award-winning speaker who presents positive psychology -the science of happiness- to students, educators, and corporate and community employees.
Through professional training and meaningful personal practices, Pam has found that the smallest changes make the biggest difference. You can truly become happier through the development of a new mindset and simple yet powerful exercises. Pam has shared her insights with thousands of stressed out and over-burdened youth and adults who have learned that feeling happier is simple when you practice happiness habits.
Thursday Closing Keynote
What’s GOOD?! How do today’s best companies accelerate business results? By engaging their employees, celebrating all that’s GOOD and creating a culture of experience that empowers their workforce to create joy, FUN and fulfillment. Paul Long is a speaker, author, podcaster and master of shenanigans. He has developed a concept called Fundamism, simply defined as the FUNdamentals of a F.U.N. and optimistic lifestyle. Paul’s philosophy has been proven to reduce attrition, attract great talent, improve customer experience and drive employee engagement. Paul is not only great in discussing operational growth theory, but in his corporate leadership experience he’s also seen success putting his FUNdamentals into practice.
Friday Diversity Keynote
Brian A. Black is director, Diversity and Inclusion, Customer Channels Group (CCG) and Corporate Information Technology for Thermo Fisher Scientific.
In this role, Dr. Black provides guidance to the CCG and Corporate Information Technology executive team in diversity-related activities including talent acquisition, leadership training, performance management, total rewards, recognition, succession planning and employee resource groups. He plays a pivotal role collaborating across the enterprise to ensure alignment in executing the diversity, equity and inclusion strategy.
Friday Closing Keynote
Joel Zeff creates energy. His spontaneous humor and vital messages have thrilled audiences for almost 25 years. As a national workplace expert, speaker, author and humorist, Joel captivates audiences with a unique blend of hilarious improvisational comedy and essential ideas on work and life. He has shared his experience and insight on collaboration, leadership, change, communication, innovation, fun and passion at more than 2,500 events. His book, “Make the Right Choice: Creating a Positive, Innovative and Productive Work Life” is consistently listed as one of the top work/life balance books on Amazon. He has appeared on CNBC and featured in the Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, The Kansas City Star, and many others.
No matter how excited you may be to attend the KS SHRM State Conference, you still have to convince your boss to let you go. Getting approval to attend the conference is a two-part endeavor. First you will need to demonstrate the benefits of the conference to your organization. Next you’ll need to persuade your boss that it’s worth the investment of time and money. It also never hurts to prove that you’re the right person to go!
Determine which sessions you want to attend and justify this selection to your boss. Look at the sessions. Craft a curriculum that will provide you and your organization with the information you need. Select the sessions that are most beneficial to you and your company. When explaining the selection to your boss, be specific. Is your organization struggling with employee engagement? Show your supervisor the sessions that cover talent management and engagement tactics. Do you need to advance your leadership and communication skills? We have a large number of topics on this from speakers who are trusted and recognized for their expertise. If your organization has a challenge, there are definitely sessions that will provide you with a solution.
Say it like it is, the better you are informed on all things HR, the better it is for your organization! The pace of legislation, trends, and even social media can be a real landmine for your organization- from recruiting to compliance to strategic planning. It’s your job to help reduce risk for your company. Stay on top of these issues (and many, many more) by attending the Conference and getting the resources you and your organization need. Boss still not convinced? Your boss may be worried about the cost or even your time out of the office, but remind her it’s worth it in the long run. And finally, let her know you’ve figure out a way to make it as cost-effective as possible. By registering early you will lock in savings before rates increase.
You can visit the Exhibition Hall and be among the first to learn about the latest HR business solutions. You will have the opportunity to discover answers to on-the-job challenges and find the tools your organization has been looking for; recruiting software, a rewards program, or wellness strategies, and more. Talk about the business opportunities that could develop from establishing connections with industry professionals and partners – and maybe remind your boss once again that you’ll be provided lunch in the Exhibition Hall!
Set the stage for next year. Don’t leave what you learn in the convention center – share your new knowledge. Let your boss know that you will commit to a post-conference briefing for staff. This can include senior management or your team, where you’ll highlight what you’ve learned from the conference. Be sure to tie your learnings to your organization’s strategic plan and goals. It’s important to show your boss that the conference wasn’t just good in theory. You received real, actionable solutions that you can implement for your company immediately.
To submit a proposal, please complete the online application form.
Our breakout sessions last one (1) hour. Feel free to submit as many proposals as you would like.
Proposals are reviewed and selected by the following:
Thank you for sharing your passion with HR professionals in KS SHRM.