An "Amazing HR Race" starts August 24-25 in LaVista, Nebraska when hundreds of human resource professionals from throughout the Midwest gather to learn from some of the nations top speakers and HR partners.

The conference will engage and inspire people involved with human resources whether a veteran or new professional.  Valued presenters will challenge participants to develop their skills professionally and to help them ensure their employers is compliant with HR practices.  HR leaders are also tasked with understanding culture, emotions and balance with their workforce.

Long-lasting professional relationships are invaluable during networking opportunities and exhibitors and sponsors welcome conversations about products and benefits HR people would appreciate.

Certification hours are weaved into the event so HR professionals can continue their education and certification.  Stay tuned to this website for updates on our world-class conference!


We've built a mobile app for SHRM Nebraska State Conference. It has all the important information needed for the event plus some cool interactive features.

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Thursday, Aug. 24 

8-9 a.m.

  • Ballroom KEYNOTE, DeDe Murcer Moffett - Leadership & Influence 7 Strategies for Success

9-9:30 a.m.

  • Break-in Exhibitor Hall

9:30-10:30 a.m. 

  • Dapper 2 Room, Dan Riordan - Energy Management 
  • Dapper 1 Room, Kelli Lieurance - If it Walks like a Duck, Quacks like a Duck, it’s a Duck!  Developments in Employee Misclassification
  • Dapper 3 Room, Joel Zeff - The Tao of Teamwork: Chemistry, Trust and Risk Taking
  • Gatsby Room, Andy Neary - Striking out of the Status Quo:  3 Ways to Crush your Health Care Out of the Park
  • Fedora 2 Room, Aaron Clark - Final Test Prep

10:30 - 11 a.m. 

  • Break-in Exhibitor Hall

11 a.m.-noon

  • Dapper 2 Room, Josh Erickson - Managing the Engagement Cycle
  • Dapper 1 Room, Chad Richter - The Top 10 Compliance Habits HR Should Consider under the Trump Administration
  • Dapper 3 Room, DeDe Murcer Moffett - How to Reduce Workplace Anxiety and Increase Personal Productivity 
  • Gatsby Room, Elise McHatton, Simply Well - Stress-Sleep Connection
  • Fedora 2 Room, Tracey Fricke - Mindfulness for the HR Professional

Noon - 12:30 p.m.

  • Lunch with Exhibitors, Ballroom

12:30-1:30 p.m.

  • Ballroom KEYNOTE, Dr. Tracey Wilen - Digital Disruption: The Future of Work, Skills, Leadership and Careers in a Digital World

1:30-2 p.m.

  • Break, Exhibitor Hall

2-3 p.m.

  • Dapper 2 Room, Dan Riordan - The Basics Matter
  • Dapper 1 Room, Margaret Hershiser - Conducting Internal Investigations
  • Dapper 3 Room, Lona Smart - The Cost of Keeping Score
  • Gatsby Room, Matt Ruma - Medicare: The Basics
  • Fedora 2 Room, Bonnie Balistreri - Up Your Professional Image in the Workplace

3 - 3:15 p.m. 

  • Break, Exhibitor Hall

3:15-4:15 p.m.

  • Ballroom KEYNOTE, Joel Zeff - Watch What Happens When Work Becomes Play

4:30 - 6 p.m. 

  • Networking Reception at the Courtyard Marriott

Friday, Aug. 25

8-9 a.m.

  • Dapper 2 Room, Suzanne Ritchie - Building Trust and Ownership with Employees
  • Dapper 1 Room, Scott Moore - Key Employment Law Developments and Trends
  • Dapper 3 Room, Ronnie Thomas - Necessitating Leadership Starts with People First
  • Gatsby Room, Craig Spilker - Why Recognition Alone Will Change the Workplace Forever
  • Fedora 2 Room, Kim Brammer - HR Career Development

9-9:15 a.m. 

  • Break

9:15-10:15 a.m.

  • Dapper 2 Room, Sal Balistreri - Unique Executive Recruiting Insights for Today 
  • Dapper 1 Room, Pam Bourne - Managing Poor Performers
  • Dapper 3 Room, Kyle Price - Coach Employees to Higher Levels of Performance
  • Gatsby Room, Dave Wirka - Transforming Healthcare - A Look to the Future
  • Fedora 2 Room, Aaron Clark - Final Test Prep

10:15-10:30 a.m. 

  • Break

10:30-11:30 a.m.

  • Dapper 2 Room, Sara Roberts - Candidate Success Profiles: Evidence-Based Talent Acquisition
  • Dapper 1 Room, Mike Welna - IT Security
  • Dapper 3 Room, Kim Brammer - The Unexpected Bully
  • Gatsby Room, Craig Johnson - Clinical Wellness Excellence in a Regulatory Environment
  • Fedora 2 Room, Stash Dwornicki - Safety Obligations for the HR Professional

11:30 a.m. - noon 

  • Lunch in Ballroom 

12-1 p.m.

  • Ballroom KEYNOTE, Craig Zablocki - Changing Times Demand Innovation 

1-1:15 p.m. 

  • Break

1:15-2:15 p.m.

  • Dapper 2 Room, Mike Henke - Innovative Onboarding
  • Dapper 1 Room, Mark Segerstrom - Developing a Road Safety Program:  Impact on Employee Safety and Employer Liability
  • Dapper 3 Room, Cathy Fox - Beyond Bereavement Leave: Grief in the Workplace
  • Gatsby Room, Cara Kirsch & Patrick Fay - Your Workforce is Changing...Are your Total Rewards

2:15-2:30 p.m. 

  • Break

2:30-3:30 p.m.

  • Ballroom KEYNOTE, Craig Zablocki - The Intelligence of Fun and Big Picture Imagination
  • 3:30 p.m. GRAND PRIZE DRAWING (must be present to win)


Conference programs have been submitted for PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM and SHRM-SCPSM. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

These sessions have also been submitted for HR CREDIT from the HR Certification Institute. The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR CertificationInstitute of the quality of the program. It means that these programs have met the HR Certification Institute's criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.



Participate in the conference with first class accommodations at Courtyard by Marriott Omaha-La Vista, 12560 Westport Parkway, La Vista, NE 68128.  Call Courtyard at 402-408-5460.

SHRM Nebraska has loaded the guestroom block and your attendees can start booking their reservations by calling the Courtyard at 402.339.4900 and requesting the SHRM NEBRASKA STATE CONFERENCE block.

Your guest’s group code is SHR We have created a web link that your guests can utilize to make their guest room reservations. You can place it in invitations and link it to the event website or a Facebook page. Your guests can then make their reservations through the internet and are guaranteed they will be quoted the negotiated group rate we have for your guests.We recommend using either Internet Explorer or Chrome to book reservations

Book your group rate for SHRM NEBRASKA STATE CONFERENCE 

Your guests will have until July 31, 2017 to make reservations at the discounted room rate. After this date, any remaining guest rooms will be released back to the hotel to sell. Anyone calling after that point will be told that the block is unavailable and offered our standard nightly rate. 


WIN a trip on the West Coast Train Adventure

Fly from Omaha to San Francisco and spend your first two nights in San Francisco. Then take Amtrak Coast Starlight to Seattle, a spectacular train route that links the greatest cities on the West Coast. Spend two nights in Seattle before flying back to Omaha. Five-nights include airfare, four nights hotel stays and a day on the Amtrak.

Silent Auction

Get ready for some AMAZING items for auction on Thursday. Donation proceeds go to the SHRM Foundation.

  • Framed 16x20 canvass print
  • OGI Sunwear
  •  Tulips in Bloom basket
  • Complete Car Detailing Kit
  • Diversity Bracelet by elisa ilana
  • Super Hero package
  • Ice cream fanatic package
  • Homemade Baked Goodies
  • Hornady Hunting 
  • Wine Galore 
  • Essentials Oils 
  • O! We Doesn't Coast! 
  • 4 Tickets to Play of Your Choice at The Rose Theater
  • Mystery Prize
  • Recruiter Recharge
  • Starbucks Basket with a $100 Visa Gift Card
  • HR Books & Wine
  • Summer Nights! Moscow Mules

2017 SHRM Nebraska Conference Sponsors


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