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2018 HR Academy

HR Academy
Presented by: Doug Lwin, Angelo Kostopoulos, Freddi Donner, Dr. Scott Mondore, Scott Lesnick and Don Rheem

Location: Valo Park Office Building - First Amendment Dining Room

Please park on level P2 (follow signs to event parking)

This program has been approved for 7.0 HRCI and SHRM credits.

When: Thursday, September 27, 2018
8:00AM - 5:00PM
Where: Valo Park / First Amendment Dining Room
7950 Jones Branch Drive
Mclean, Virginia  22027
United States

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Thursday, September 27, 2018 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Registration will be from 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM


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Early Bird Registration Rates:

Member: $135
Non-Member: $185

Regular Registration Rates:

Member: $150
Non-Member: $200



Making Sense of Salary Surveys: Understanding and Analyzing Market Data

Presenter: Doug Lwin and Angelo Kostopoulos
 This program has been approved for 1.5 HRCI and SHRM recertification credits.

A 90-minute hands-on practical presentation that teaches participants how to read and interpret surveys with a critical-eye and how to use survey data to determine an organization’s competitive position within the market and formulate pay recommendations. The program is designed for any HR professional that works with compensation surveys and any HR professional looking to better understand survey data and how to leverage it.


Excelling as a Manager with a Coaching Approach

Presenter: Freddi Donner
 This program has been approved for 1.5 HRCI and SHRM recertification credits.

A coaching approach helps managers move from being the expert and having all the answers (and answering challenging problems) to a question based approach to open conversations, as well as to create the space for others to think and explore. Having an answer ends a conversation, but using questions keeps the dialogue going and helps people learn to think on their own. As a certified coach, Freddi will share the importance of understanding which types of questions to use when, and which question to avoid.


HR as a Strategic Business Partner: Smarter Analytics to Drive Outcomes

Presenter: Dr. Scott Mondore
 This program has been approved for 1.5 HRCI and SHRM recertification credits.

This session is designed to equip HR leaders at all levels with the understanding and strategy to connect HR data to business outcomes through predictive analytics. Real world organizational issues will be solved using data and business case analysis. Practical and actionable strategies for harnessing the power of analytics in one’s own organization will be provided. HR leaders will take away knowledge of how to use, discuss, and champion analytics in order to directly impact the bottom line and be seen as a strategic business partner in their organization.


Communication at Work: Removing Barriers to Increase Workplace Productivity

Presenter: Scott Lesnick
 This program has been approved for 1.5 HRCI and SHRM recertification credits.

Today’s HR professionals are tasked with the responsibility of navigating so many jobs within their job. It’s a busy life! And, some or even many, are counting on you to have ALL the answers. This session is designed to shed light on the real barriers we’re facing as we continue to strive for business excellence, a productive work environment, increased employee retention and more.


Engaged Employees – Solutions for Increasing Staff Retention & Performance

Presenter: Don Rheem
 This program has been approved for 1.0 HRCI and SHRM recertification credits.

Science has revealed more about the brain in the last five years than in the previous thousand. The implications for organizational health and prosperity, as well as employee retention and wellness, are nothing short of astounding. Much of what has been assumed and thought to be true about effective management techniques and human relations in business turns out to be not simply ineffective, but dangerous. Don Rheem, the founder and CEO of Engagient, LLC, delivers a one-hour primer on the science of employee engagement. He will review some of the latest research findings and neuroscience directly related to employee behavior in the workplace and how HR professionals and other organizational leaders can achieve literally breakthrough results in workplace performance by creating Neural-Alignment ™ – workplace conditions that fit with what we now know the brain needs to truly thrive. 




Doug Lwin, CCP, CBP, GRP

Doug has more than 25 years’ experience successfully helping Fortune 100 and 200 companies navigate the challenges of compensation management. Over the years he has worked on all aspects of Compensation at small US organizations to very large global corporations and in various industries.


Freddi Donner 

Freddie Donner is a seasoned executive coach specializing in the power of communication and interpersonal skills to achieve professional growth and business development goals. Freddi founded Business Stamina in 2004 after more than two decades as a corporate marketing executive and successful entrepreneur.

Dr. Scott Mondore

Dr. Scott Mondore is a predictive analytics expert, technology innovator, best-selling author and speaker with over 20 years of experience in the areas of HR technology, analytics, strategy, talent management, measurement, organizational development and customer experience.

Scott Lesnick

Scott Lesnick is a high content international keynote speaker who is motivational, instructional and educational in style and tone. He presentspowerful keynotes and interactive breakout sessions and is a consultant and author.

Don Rheem

Don Rheem is an author, TEDx speaker, and the CEO and founder of E3 Solutions. A former science advisor to Congress and White House correspondent, Don draws from his diverse experience to guide business leaders in creating workplace cultures that spark engagement and increase profitability.

Angelo Kostopoulos

Angelo is founder and President of AKRON, Inc., the data analytics and survey company that conducts and administers numerous regional and national compensation and benefits surveys, including the HRA-NCA Compensation Survey, the HRA-NCA Benefits Survey, and the Local Government Personnel Association (LGPA) Compensation Survey. AKRON is also publisher of the National Think Tank Compensation Survey, the only survey in the nation focusing on public policy think tanks and research organizations.