Strategic hr forum

March 20, 2019

7:30am - 12:00pm

because - Space for Life

3410 E. University Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85034


Strategic HR Forum Brings HR and CEO's together to share ideas.

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Strategic HR

Within the world's largest corporations there are few departments with as far-reaching responsibilities as that of human resources.  To continue meeting the challenges that HR brings requires a balancing act between change, risk and innovation.  The role of the human resource professional is changing rapidly, and keeping up while maintaining the highest standards can only be achieved through learning from CEO's, leaders  and peers. This is an event you don't want to miss!

Who should attend?

This program is intended for HR professionals who would like to learn how they can add value to their organizations. By bringing together the best and the brightest, this forum will provide HR professionals with a  powerful and practical learning experience.


7:30am - 8:00am

Continental breakfast, networking and amazing vendors

8:00am - 8:15am

Welcome message

8:15am - 9:15am

Session 1 - Tips on how to be the hero at the next open enrollment 

Tired of getting beat up each year at open enrollment by your CEO, CFO, and employees?  Tired of seeing your personal deductions go up for a plan that gets worse each year?
Steve Watson was fed up with the stacked system and in 2014 he decided to change things.  Come hear what he learned through the process and how he was able to save his employer and employees 20% in costs with no carrier or plan design changes to employees.
Come learn actionable steps he took that you can implement in 2020 to be the hero at your company.

Actionable take-aways:  

1.  You will learn how a broker is incentivized and how it works for and against employers

2.  You will learn how your CFO analyzes the benefits program

3.  You will learn about different ways to buy the same coverage for your employees at a lower cost.

9:15am - 9:30am

Break with the vendors

9:30am - 10:30am

CEO Panel moderated by Brian Mohr

Brian Mohr will ask our three CEO panelists great questions on how HR can better support their organization and what CEO needs from their HR department.

10:30am - 10:45am

Break with the vendors

10:45am - 11:45am

Session 2 - HR can be more strategic.  A view from the CEO point of view.

Tom Riggs, CEO from MindWire will share his thoughts and experience on how HR professionals can be more strategic and add value to their company.

Detailed program information coming soon.

11:45am - 12:00pm

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Meet our speakers

Session #1 Speaker - Steve Watson

Steve Watson has been a CFO/CHRO to many employers including various medical providers and insurance brokers.  He has a unique understanding of how things work behind the scenes for employer paid health benefits.  He is now using this background to help employers secure the best plans and the lowest rates through his company Summit Path Group.

Brian Mohr (Moderator) of the CEO Panel

I deeply believe the most valuable currency in today’s workplace is meaningful work, not just a paycheck. In April of 2000, I became a founding member of a locally focused job board called Over an 11-year period, I helped build the company from 5 employees and a few thousand dollars in revenue to nearly 400 employees and $38M in revenue – the secret to our success was our hiring philosophy. We privileged purpose and values alignment at a level of parity as career experience, education and skill. In short, we believed the heart mattered as much as the head. I consulted with nearly a thousand employers on their employment brand, employment value proposition, and employment advertising strategies. Through this experience, I saw first-hand the power of values, the power of culture, and the power of unwavering purpose – when done right, it was the ultimate competitive advantage.

In March of 2012, I co-founded Y Scouts with the belief that today’s leaders must authentically connect to the purpose and values of the organizations they lead. If disconnected, the strength of their experience will only compensate for so long. With more than 70% of the workforce unhappy with their work experience, and the associated half trillion loss in productivity this disconnect yields (not to mention the host of additional ripple effects), there has never been a more critical time to re-examine how we find and connect the right leaders with the right organizations.

CEO Panel

Heidi Jannega - President & Co Founder of WebPT

As president and co-founder, Heidi leads WebPT’s product vision, company culture, and branding efforts, while advocating for the physical therapy profession on a national scale. She co-founded WebPT after recognizing the need for a more sophisticated industry-specific EMR platform and has since guided the company through exponential growth, while garnering national recognition. Heidi brings with her more than 15 years of experience as a physical therapist and multi-clinic site director as well as a passion for healthcare innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership.

Session #2 Speaker - Tom Riggs

Tom is the CEO of MindWire with 20+ years of experience leading teams as a C-Suite Leader in Operations, HR, and Marketing. He is hopelessly passionate about helping organizations unlock the astounding power of people, leaders and teams at their very best.  Tom was a SVP of HR turned COO, turned SVP of Marketing, turned Workforce Analytics Nut, turned entrepreneurial CEO. (An admittedly odd career path.)

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