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    September 22nd - Joint SHRM Chapter Meeting (Akron, Medina, Portage, Stark and Wayne)

    Date: September 22, 2021, 3:00pm – 6:00pm
    PCHRA, AASHRM, SCHRA, Media and Wayne SHRM
    In-person and Virtual Event - Akron Zoo
    505 Euclid Ave.
    Akron, Ohio 44307
    Cost are Varied - see below for schedule
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    5  Koalafications For Amazingly Awesome HR

    Our September meeting will be our first in-person event of the year with a remote option for those who cannot attend in person.  We will be joining HR professionals from five (5) local SHRM chapters including Akron Area SHRM, SHRM Medina, PCHRA (Portage), SCHRA (Stark), and Wayne SHRM.

    The event will be held on Wednesday, September 22nd from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm at the Akron Zoo. The agenda includes:

    • 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm - Registration
    • 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm - John Bernatovicz President, and Founder of Willory, a staffing and consulting firm solely focused on HR and payroll will speak on "5 Koalafiocation for Amazingly Awesome HR"
    • 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm - Networking and Happy Hour event with beverages and appetizers

    Cost Schedule:

    • Member, non-member, and guest In-person $25.00
    • Student In-person $15.00
    • Member, non-Member, guest, and student remote $15.00

    NOTE:  Please, no walk-ins.


    About the Event

    The upside-down environment we have endured in the world and our workplaces since March of 2020 has created a greater need for an amazing HR.  According to Gallup, the “engagement at work number” is spiraling down as workers reassess priorities.  Who is responsible for the hike in disengagement?  Lots of fingers can be pointed in a variety of directions, getting us nowhere. That said, the profession of Human Resources has the best chance to change the course of engagement levels for the modern workforce.

    During this thought-provoking presentation, John will present specific strategies and takeaways that can impact employees, managers, executives, and organizations.  He will identify five keys to making an impact through purpose, people, productivity, profit, and process; help you understand how to develop and implement an impactful strategic plan and describe how, by removing the barriers HR faces from detractors, you can make an impact across the organization.

    About the Speaker

    As the president and founder of Willory, John focuses on transforming organizations to meet their full potential. Through Willory, John ensures his clients have the best talent in their HR and payroll department and optimize the technology supporting companies’ number one asset: people.

    Over his 20 year career, John has focused on understanding the needs of his clients, candidates, and partners. He thrives on instilling enthusiasm, growth mindsets, and accountability in the Willory team. John strives to win and build successful businesses that go above and beyond his clients' expectations, candidates, staff members, and competitors. This sets a standard for the firm to provide a high quality of service and building exceptional relationships. Willory has achieved great results, including NorthCoast 99, Weatherhead 100, Crain’s 52, and Inc. 5000.

    John graduated from Kent State University where he was an Academic All-American in Golf playing in three United States Golf Association events. He began his professional career at ADP, quickly advancing and qualified for seven President’s Clubs, a premier award for top-performing employees. Following his successful career at ADP and preceding the establishment of Willory, John joined a boutique search and consulting firm as a partner, expanding his expertise into successfully growing a staffing practice. John has spoken at local and regional events, including the American Payroll Association, DisruptHR, Ohio Conference for Payroll Professionals, and many others.

    John’s latest project, HR Like a Boss, a book releasing in 2021 and a multimedia chat series, delves into how HR professionals can become amazingly awesome and make a demonstrated impact within their role. In addition to spending time with his wife of over 20 years, Emily, and their two children, Will and Mallory, John loves to golf, coach sports, root for Cleveland sports teams (he is a die-hard), and consistently runs in the Akron Marathon relay race.