Sunday,  July 15

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Executive Committee Meeting


 Lincoln Room

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

President’s Reception



 Vertex Bar




Monday, July 16

7:30 am – 8:30 am

New Member Breakfast

(invitation only)

Lincoln Room

Newly-appointed members and first-time state government attendees should plan to attend this meeting to find out more about NASPE and what to expect during the Annual Meeting.

7:30 am – 8:30 am

Corporate Membership Council Meeting/Breakfast (For corporate members only.)

 Washington Room

8:00 am – 8:45 am

Continental Breakfast

 Yesterday's Ballroom

8:45 am – 9:00 am

Opening Session and Welcome


  • NASPE President Joyce Oreskovich, Maine
  • NASPE Meetings Chair Byron Decoteau, Louisiana
  • Host State Chair Laurie Gill, South Dakota

 Yesterday's Ballroom


9:00 am – 10:15 am

Keynote Presentation

Facilitator: Laurie Gill, South Dakota

SpeakerBrenda Clark Hamilton

 Yesterday's Ballroom

Recalculating! Skills for When Life’s GPS Takes an Unexpected Turn

We’ve all experienced that moment when, traveling our journey of life, the road takes a sudden, unexpected turn, and our life’s GPS announces, “Recalculating!” For most of us, these sharp turns are laden with a certain discomfort or even dread of what might lie ahead.

This fun, upbeat, and interactive session is chock-full of practical, take-home strategies, based on current research into how to face times of uncertainty with strength, wisdom, and creativity.

The next time your life’s GPS announces, “Recalculating!” you’ll be looking forward to the opportunity, not anticipating the worst.

See Presentation

10:15 am – 10:30 am



10:30 am – 11:15 am

Workplace Diversity and Inclusion for Everyone

Facilitator: Byron Decoteau, Louisiana

Speaker: Dr. Leah Raby, Executive Director, Louisiana Commission on Human Rights

Yesterday's Ballroom

Encouraging and maintaining a diverse workforce is critical.

See Presentation

11:15 am – 12:00 pm

NASPE Corporate Council Projects

Facilitator: Joyce Oreskovich, Maine

Corporate Council Co-Chairs:

  • Heather Sherlock, Infor
  • Jennifer Dowd, Kronos


 Yesterday's Ballroom

  • Overlying HR Challenges
  • Best Practices and Solving These Challenges

See Presentation

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Networking Lunch

 Vertex Outdoor Patio

1:15 pm – 4:00 pm

World Café Facilitated Discussion

FacilitatorJoyce Oreskovich, Maine

Speaker: Sam McKeeman


 Yesterday's Ballroom

Back by popular demand! Make a return visit to the World Café – come with an appetite for good discussion and thought-provoking solutions to the challenges facing HR professionals.

4:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Dinner and Visit to Mt. Rushmore

Enjoy dinner at Custer State Park then follow it up with a trip to Mt. Rushmore and its famous lighting ceremony.

Meet in the lobby to load busses; buses leave at 4:30

See video

Tuesday, July 17

7:45 am – 8:30 am


  Yesterday's Ballroom

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Keynote Presentation

Facilitator: Byron Decoteau, Louisiana

Speaker: Sylvie di Giusto, Personal Branding Expert


 Yesterday's Ballroom

First Impressions and Beyond

You have 7 seconds. Make them count!

People whom we meet make quick decisions about us. Should they hire us? Trust us? Buy something from us? It takes a blink of an
eye and like it or not, you are going to be judged because our brains are built to size each other up quickly. And even if there is lots of
evidence to the contrary, our brains will be attached to our initial impressions.

The good thing is that this impression is something you can control, and Sylvie will show you how you can influence the message you
send to others. It’s a combination of your dress, your attitude, how you communicate and how you present yourself on the Internet.

These are all things that you can shape and mold to work in your and your company's favor, and help you to become the leader that
you deserve to be.

9:45 am – 10:30 am

Best Practices in Compensation

Introduction: Joyce Oreskovich, Maine

Facilitator: Neville Kenning, Kenning Consulting


  • Justin Najaka – New Mexico
  • Chris Deer – Louisiana
  • Rebecca Hunter – Tennessee


 Yesterday's Ballroom

Hear from states on some of their new compensation strategies – that have become increasingly important in the effort to recruit and retain employees.

10:30 am – 10:45 am



10:45 am – 11:30 am 

Sexual Harassment Training and Prevention in the States

Facilitator: Byron Decoteau, Louisiana

Possible panelists include:
Byron Decoteau, Louisiana Sharon Larson, Florida
Nick Hermes, Connecticut
Beth Fastiggi, Vermont
Dana Webb, Oklahoma


 Yesterday's Ballroom

Hear from state members regarding what they are doing to address sexual harassment training and prevention in their states.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

NASPE Annual Business Meeting

Facilitator: Joyce Oreskovich, Maine

Yesterday's Ballroom

Join us as we take care of important association business and elect officers for the upcoming year.

See Presentation 

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm

LtGovMichelsRemarks from South Dakota Lt. Governor Matt Michels

Introduction: Laurie Gill, South Dakota

NASPE Awards Luncheon

Facilitator: Justin Najaka, New Mexico

Executive Committee Recognition

Facilitator: Joyce Oreskovich, Maine

 Yesterday's Ballroom

Recognizing NASPEs Awards Program Winners and those who’ve made significant contributions to the association during the year with remarks from South Dakota's lieutenant governor.

(See NASPEs Award Program)  


1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

HR Directors Roundtable

Facilitator: Byron Decoteau, Louisiana

Lincoln Room

State Government HR Directors will discuss their top issues, successes, and lessons learned in this welcoming environment of peers.

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Top HR Issues - Facilitated Session in Open Space Technology Format

Facilitator: Sam McKeeman, Maine

Yesterday's Ballroom

It was so popular last year – attendees asked for more! Tackle top state HR issues and share ideas in this facilitated, open format.


Dinner on your own



As is typical for our annual meeting, we don’t have formal events scheduled for Tuesday evening.

We have 1 bus available (for up to 56 people) to travel to Deadwood – about a half hour drive. Deadwood features restaurants, gaming, shopping, etc. (https://www.deadwood.com/). You are on your own for dinner and entertainment. The bus will leave the Hotel Alex Johnson about 5:30 and leave Deadwood around 9:30. If you are interested in riding the bus, please sign up here. It will be first come-first serve and we will waitlist in case of cancellations.  
If Deadwood isn’t for you or the bus space has run out, there is plenty to do in Rapid City – very walkable with lots of great restaurants. There are also Chuckwagon Dinners & Shows in the area that make for a nice evening. (www.blackhillsbadlands.com/dining/chuckwagon-shows-dinner). Reservations and transportation are on your own. 

Wednesday, July 18

7:45 am – 8:45 am



 Yesterday's Ballroom

Network with current and previous NASPEs Award Winners about their winning projects and initiatives

8:45 am – 9:30 am

HR Legal Update
Susan Buxton, Idaho

Yesterday's Ballroom

HR Legal Update

Get the latest on legislation and court decisions affecting the workforce.


9:30 am – 10:30 am

Wrapping it Up

Yesterday's Ballroom

Hear summaries from previous days’ Open Space Technology and World Café’ and HR Directors Forum sessions.

10:30 am

Meeting Adjourns