Meet the Speakers: 2018 HR Star

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Meet the Speakers: 2018 HR Star

The HR Star Conference Cleveland being held on July 25 will attract over 600 HR professionals for a day of education, networking, and engagement. ERC proudly supports this conference year after year. This year ERC has the privilege of providing four speakers on four different, engaging topics. Meet our speakers below and catch their sessions at the event.

Tara Motheral, JD, SHRM-CP

The Times They Are A-Changin’: How Your Handbooks, Policies, and Business Strategies will be Impacted by Recent Legislative Developments

2018 has seen a handful of landmark court decisions, critical employment legislation, and the implementation of new business-oriented programs. This session will look at what these events mean for your organization, from employee handbook updates to considerations when making business decisions. Participants will walk away with an understanding of key developments that impact their organization and what HR needs to do to ensure the organization is up-to-date and compliant. Topics like mandatory arbitration agreements, salary history legislation, and the status of medical marijuana in the workplace will be addressed.   

Tara Motheral

About Tara:

Tara Motheral is an HR Advisor with ERC. She co-manages ERC’s HR Help Desk where she provides members with information and professional guidance on a variety of HR and general business-related topics. Tara’s strong background as an attorney and in research and compliance has positioned her to tackle the common issues employers face today. Tara also holds a SHRM-CP certification.

As an Account Executive covering the law school market for LexisNexis, she annually trained 1,200 students and faculty on how to effectively conduct legal research and held recruiting and performance management responsibilities over teams of student employees. Tara also previously served as an attorney at a regional litigation firm where her practice focused on litigation of civil matters, including employment issues and contractual disputes. She also worked for the Office of the Ohio Attorney General, where she represented the Ohio Lottery Commission in administrative hearings and staffed a Charitable Law hotline, where she researched and provided guidance to questions from the general public on topics including charitable giving, fundraising, and gaming.

Lisa Codispoti

Trends in Performance Management

Many organizations are moving toward a new direction in performance management, keeping the performance conversation going throughout the year vs. a one-time, annual event.  What are the key differentiators that make one approach better than the other, and how do you know if your current system needs a refresh? This session will help review current trends regarding Performance Management and discuss best practices for making the transition to a new format.  

Lisa Codispoti

About Lisa:

Lisa Codispoti is ERC’s Director, Consulting. At ERC, Lisa is responsible for our Consulting services which include the full cycle of the Employee Experience. With over 25 years of Human Resources and business leadership experience, Lisa has gained valuable knowledge and expertise in everything from Talent Management, to HR transformation, organizational development, change management, and leadership effectiveness.

Prior to joining ERC, Lisa has held a variety of HR and business operations roles including prominent positions at Sage Software, Outsourcing Solutions, KeyCorp, and GE. Lisa received her Bachelor’s Degree from Walsh University and her MBA from Case Western Reserve University. She has completed Ph.D. coursework in Human and Organizational Development from the Fielding Institute.

Tom Ault

Difficult Workplace Conversations

This presentation will provide tools to allow you to have more effective conversations in the areas of performance, behavior, attitude, and challenging workplace situations that need to be addressed. Many times we know what we would like to be able to say to an employee or a client, but how do we communicate in ways that leave the recipient of the message still motivated to make the necessary change or to not get defensive? 

Tom Ault

About Tom:

Tom Ault is the Director, Technical Training and a Senior Training Consultant with ERC. Tom specializes in assisting organizations with a full spectrum of human resources projects, programs, and training. Tom’s primary areas of focus are leadership development, supervisory development, financial acumen, goal setting, leading change, communication, talent management, organizational and employee development, performance management, coaching and mentoring, retreat facilitation, workforce planning, and employee engagement.

Before starting with ERC, Tom managed administrative, financial offices in three cities within the United States. He then went on to hold numerous positions where he interfaced with internal and external customers to implement solutions that led to cost-saving improvement initiatives totaling over $90 million.

Tom’s past business and financial experience allow him to bring simple models and processes that allow participants to connect concepts and strategy to real-life application.

Tom possesses a unique blend of financial acumen, talent management, and process improvement techniques that are valued by all participants. He has designed and facilitated a full spectrum of customized training programs for clients spanning all industries.

Meg Matejkovic 

Conducting Workplace Investigations

This session will review the basics of developing and conducting thorough, complete and timely workplace investigations. Participants will hear topics including but not limited to when is an investigation appropriate; who should conduct the investigation; what steps should be taken to prepare for the investigation; what are the elements for a successful investigation interview; how to assess credibility; and how to prepare an investigation report. 

Margaret Matejkovic

About Meg:

Margaret “Meg” Matejkovic assists employers by providing practical tools to develop and maintain positive, proactive workplaces.  Examples of her work include conducting workplace investigations; offering counseling and coaching sessions for managers, supervisors, and employees often as part of an employee’s professional development; and training on a variety of employment law-related topics.  She regularly counsels employers on all aspects of labor and employment laws (e.g., Title VII, FMLA, ADA, ADEA, FLSA, USERRA, related state laws) and has represented employers before State and Federal Courts, the U. S. Department of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and State Fair Employment Practice Agencies.

With over 20 years of private practice exclusively representing employers and in-house employment, labor, and human resources law experience, Meg also served as Associate Dean for Akron Law from 2005 until 2013 when she opted to return to consulting with employers and the practice of law on a full-time basis.  Meg continues to serve as an adjunct faculty member for Akron Law, teaching a course that she developed entitled The Human Resources Lawyer.  She received the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award from Akron Law in May 2016 and also has been named an Outstanding Alumnae of The University of Akron School of Law for 2018.

Meg has been a member of the national faculty for the Society for Human Resource Management since 2013.