The Great River HR Association to host Quad Cities conference 

The Great River Human Resource Association (GRHRA) will host an inaugural Ignite HR Conference on Tuesday, May 17, at Rhythm City Casino, Davenport.

The all-day, in-person event will offer attendees information and updates on topics relevant to today’s human resource environment. 

The conference will feature two keynote speakers: Claudia Schabel and Monique Akanbi. Ms. Schabel, of Schabel Solutions, a woman-, minority-owned business based in Des Moines, opens the conference with the topic of Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and its impact on core organizational and societal changes. Ms. Akanbi, SHRM Field Services Director, will close out the conference focusing on empathy as a critical HR leadership skill. 

“Now more than ever, it is imperative that HR professionals keep current with emerging trends related to changing workplace issues, compliance requirements and the latest HR technologies and programs,” said Lea Ann Dies, 2022 GRHRA president. “The information and insights gained during the conference benefit not only the individual, but their organizations as well.”

The event also will include breakout sessions on topics including: healthcare strategies for employers, attraction and retention techniques, and two sessions on critical employment law updates. 

In a single day, HR professionals can earn six Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recertification credits, said Liz McCredden, GRHRA’S vice president and programming chair. Attendees also can “listen and learn from industry leaders on the latest and greatest in their fields of expertise, understand the ‘why’ behind SHRM, State Council, and what your chapter affiliation has to offer … ,” she added.

Participants can meet throughout the day with 12 conference partners who will be on hand with display booths and HR-related information. 

To register, visit Doors open at 6:30 a.m. with breakfast at 7 a.m. The conference fee includes breakfast, lunch, breaks, and happy hour. Cost is $159 for GRHRA and SHRM members and $189 for non-members. Students can attend for $49.99. 

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