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Putting Social Capital to Work:  Unleashing the Power of Networks

Friday, April 1st | Des Moines, IA

“It’s not what you know, but who you know that matters.”  That’s how people describe the power of relationships in our personal and professional lives.  Learn why it’s never been more important to have a strong network of relationships and how to go create one.  This session will break down how networks and relationships work and share the “Laws of Connection” that will empower you to create the network you need to be successful.

We seem to intuitively understand that there is power in the relationships we have with others and yet many people fail to intentionally and deliberately harness this power to fuel their own success.  Of all the variables that contribute to our success and happiness, relationships may be where we are least clear about our ability to drive change. Inspirational and informative, this session will provide guidance that you can immediately apply to your personal and professional life.

This is the same session that Joe and Jason will be presenting at the SHRM 2011 Annual Conference & Exposition and that session has been approved for HRCI Strategic credits.

The Central Iowa chapters of the Society for Human Resource Management (CISHRM) and the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) have joined forces to sponsor a 1/2 day workshop exploring the topic of Social Capital.

Central Keynote   –      8 AM to 9:30 AM
Breakout #1  –  9:45 AM to 10:45 AM
Breakout #2  –  11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
*Refreshments are included in registration


Breakout Sessions – Participants will attend 2 of the 3 breakout sessions:

The Creative Leader – What To Do When the Way’s Not Clear

Presented by Mike Wagner (

Skilled speaker, facilitator, business leadership consultant for more than 30 years, Mike Wagner is founder and CEO of White Rabbit Group, a nationwide consulting firm specializing in building effective leadership and unique brands. Mike specializes in identifying organizations’ “sticking points” and implementing changes to get them “unstuck” so they can break through to the next level.

Mike’s breakout will introduce the strategic importance of “creativity” as a leadership competency. Participants will be taught two mental models that support creative leaders in their work. Deeply ingrained assumptions and generalizations regarding how leaders approach their role will be examined. Skills and resources will be shared for attendees to use and apply as part of their practice as HR professionals.

Legal Implications of Social Media in the Workplace

Presented by Mark Hudson (

Mark Hudson is a vice president at Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C. Mark’s work focuses on labor and employment compliance and counseling (including personnel policies and decisions, workplace investigations, affirmative action program compliance, wage and hour advice, and general employment counseling), labor and employment litigation (including equal opportunity, wrongful discharge, discrimination, sexual harassment and defense of employment-related claims), and fair housing litigation and compliance.

Mark’s breakout session will explore the legal aspects of social tools in the workplace. From Facebook to FMLA, Mark will share his professional insight about the cases that are defining how the law looks at the media landscape.

Learn, Listen, Engage – Social Tools Inside Organizations

Presented by Ben Stone (

With more than 10 years of employment related work, and 13 years of having an online presence, Ben Stone brings a personal and professional prospective to the social media and HR conversation. His company, RPO Consulting, helps the people who make up our organizations develop productive and positive relationships. He is a board member of both the Central Iowa Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management as well as the State Council of SHRM. With a BS in Psychology from Drake University and this experience as his guides, he is now dedicated to helping people and companies connect.

Ben will share a framework for leaders to use as they integrate social tools inside organizations. By 2014, half of our workforce will be from Gen Y. This wave of workers thrive in environments rich with social communication and organizational strategic goals will increasingly be achieved through networks and connections. Areas of focus include Recruiting, training, employee engagement, customer service, and employee retention.

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