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Virtual Fall Conference
Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM PST
Category: Seminar



CBSHRM Virtual Conference

COST: $80 ($5 will be donated to the SHRM Foundation & enter you into the raffle)



8:30 am – 8:55 am – Meet and Greet, Columbia Basin SHRM President opening, sponsorship and raffle.

9:00 am – 10:00 am – Overview of Benton-Franklin Workforce System and Partners presented by David Chavey-Reynaud, Chief Operations Officer at Benton-Franklin Workforce Development Council (BFWDC).

David will provide an overview of Benton-Franklin Workforce System and Partners. He will share in a bit more depth what happened with center engagement, business services, and training throughout the pandemic, including some successes and pitfalls.  He will wrap up with an update on current training and workforce development trends, and what we’re seeing as a result of some forms of pandemic assistance end and other forms of pandemic funding become available.

10:15 am – 11:45 am – Legalities for Employers in the New Cancel Culture and Vaccines presented by George Cicotte, Attorney with The Cicotte Law Firm.

The workplace is ever-changing right now, the rules keep changing and employees keep changing.  We have to cancel culture, new acronyms, and new vaccine and mask requirements.  How do we keep out of trouble and still set boundaries and rules for employees as HR professionals?

11:45 am – 12:00 pm – Sponsorship and Raffle.

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm – Lunch Break.

12:45 pm – 12:55 pm – Welcome Back and Raffle.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Businesses, employee, families and communities WIN with SharedWork presented by Rafael Colón.

Rafael will provide an overview of the SharedWork program to include updates on new federal law changes impacting eligible business, hiring and retaining your workforce for payroll savings, controlling your unemployment experience rates, and speak to SharedWork FAQ such as job search requirements, seasonal businesses, refusal of work, and much more.

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm – Columbia Basin SHRM President/Board comments, SHRM Foundation, sponsorship and raffles.

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm – Why Coaching Matters presented by Jan McDonald.

Jan will lead you through an entirely different level of understanding to positively impact the people you lead. Help others exceed their existing performance levels and excel beyond what they thought they were capable of. Regardless of whether your title is Manager, Leader, or Entrepreneur, you are in the business of developing people. Coaching is a primary tool used in that development, and every leader can benefit from mastering this skill. In this presentation, you will discover why this matters today more than ever before.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm –Columbia Basin SHRM President closing and questions.


Recertification Credit

SHRM Certification has been submitted for this virtual conference for 4 PDCs toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification.  A program code will be provided at the end of the conference.  The program also meets recertification credit standards set by the HR Certification Institute and other HR certifying bodies, but candidates must manually enter their activity into their records.

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Event sponsored by HAPO Credit Union

About our presenters: 

David Chavey-Reynaud
David grew up in the small town of Twisp, WA. After getting his Bachelors in Music Education at CWU, he spent two years as the Band Director at Sunnyside High School. He got his MBA at Seattle University and worked in Economic Development at the Tri-City Development Council (TRIDEC) for four years, as both a Business Recruitment Specialist and the Director of Business Retention. For the past year, David has been working as the Chief Operations Officer at BFWDC and also directs a Jazz Band at Richland High School. In his free time David enjoys hang-gliding, playing music at local venues, and adventures with his wife, Tori, and their two dogs.”

 George Cicotte

George F. Cicotte founded The Cicotte Law Firm in 2002. Mr. Cicotte's entire career has focused on employee benefits, beginning in 1989 as a pension actuary and, since 1995, as an ERISA attorney. He serves clients throughout the U.S., with a preponderance in the western and southwestern states. Before establishing The Cicotte Law Firm, Mr. Cicotte practiced law in Washington, D.C. with Covington & Burling, consistently ranked as one of the most selective law firms in the nation.

Mr. Cicotte's broad employee benefits practice involves such diverse issues as health and retirement plan design, representing employers in labor relations matters, federal taxation, assisting health plans with HIPAA, COBRA and all other requirements and advising on a myriad of employment and fiduciary responsibility issues. In addition to counseling with clients on compliance and transactional matters the Firm frequently defends ERISA lawsuits.

Mr. Cicotte has spoken throughout the country for groups such as the Western Pension and Benefits Conference, The Institute for Applied Management and Law, The Society for Human Resource Management, Deloitte & Touche Consulting, Lorman Education Services, The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, The National Employer Conference and The Zero Alpha Group. He has authored and co-written several articles and publications including the employee benefits chapter of The Contingent Workforce - Business and Legal strategies, published by Law Journal Press.

Mr. Cicotte is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell, the premier attorney rating service. This video describes what this rating means. The AV designation indicates that Mr. Cicotte has been recognized by other attorneys and judges as having achieved the highest standards of legal ability and ethical conduct.

 Rafael Colón

Rafael Colón is the SharedWork program business, outreach manager. Rafael serves as ESD leadership team representative on the Governor’s Small Business Liaison Team. He works to connect and is passionate about removing communication barriers between workforce system partners, stakeholders, small business owners, ESD, and other government agencies to create successful partnerships and to better serve Washington’s businesses. He is a proud military brat whose father’s distinguished service of over 27 years in the United States Army includes the Congressional Gold Medal with the 65 Infantry Regiment – Borinqueneers.  Rafael works closely with internal program managers to roll out all of ESD’s business-friendly programs across the state.

Jan McDonald

Jan McDonald cares about people and their future growth and success. For 13 years, Jan was the CEO of very successful, faith-based Pregnancy Medical Clinics. Jan became a John Maxwell certified Coach, Speaker and Leadership Trainer because of the great impact leadership skills have had on those organizations, her life and relationships. Her keynotes are motivational, educational and fun.

That experience as CEO makes her an excellent match for the leadership, vision and strategic planning required for the companies and individuals she serves. Jan is a results-oriented, yet compassionate leader. She is proficient at identifying organizational needs, and has the desire to build business relationships and possesses the ability to lead others. Jan’s leadership experience and success in achieving organizational goals and objectives has consistently taken those she serves to the next level.

In March of this 2018, Jan joined John Maxwell and 250 of The John Maxwell Team coaches in San Jose, Costa Rica, at the invitation of President Luis, Guillermo Solis. They were a special delegation that conducted a national leadership education project known as Transformación Costa Rica that will reach 400,000 of the Costa Rican population by equipping them with values-based principles they can learn, live and lead in their social and professional environments. Transformación Costa Rica carries the slogan "Transformation Is In Me", because it resides in each of us, in each person, the ability to change and to improve. With the conviction that if one changes, the world changes.

In July of 2019, after studying characteristics to take the “edge” off of her own dominating, task-oriented DISC “D” behavior style, Jan published a book called “Fruitful Leadership: Leading by The Fruit of The Spirit.”    Who wouldn’t like to expand the characteristics of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control?