Dare to Matter: The HR Professional’s Rise to Significance

With every path an HR professional can choose, they are challenged to Say more, Do more, Be more, and Achieve more than ever before. But the most effective HR professionals won’t excel if they merely keep their focus on being successful. To get to the next level, it requires that they relentlessly pursue significance. It’s time for a transformation.

What we’re all searching for, from organizational leadership to the individual employee, is to know with certainty that who we are and what we do matters. It isn’t enough to promote organization, team, and employee success if that isn’t accompanied by a relentless pursuit of significance. At our core, significance is what we desire.

Today’s HR professionals don’t need more of the same messaging. They’re looking for something bold, something different, possibly even a bit contrarian than the typical “feel good” messaging so common in today’s society, yet a message that will help them make a significant impact.

This incredibly engaging, humorous, and transformational message provides the tangible takeaways that can immediately be applied upon the conclusion of the conference. Based on the best-selling book Dare to Matter, attendees will be educated, entertained, and elevated as they travel through the detailed framework designed to help HR professionals incorporate significance into their own lives, as well as the lives of those they serve.

At the conclusion of this presentation, the attendees will:

  • Recognize how the power of choice elevates responsibility, accountability, and production
  • Explore the role of identity and the critical role it plays as it relates to behaviors and feelings
  • Understand the difference between powerful motivators and sustainable motivators and determine our own motivation
  • Learn a proven formula that help individuals, teams, and organizations get unstuck and keeps them moving forward

Pete Smith, Best-Selling Author, International Speaker and Coach

Daymond John’s 5 Shark Points: Fundamentals for success in business and life

Daymond John has been a phenomenally successful business person for over 25 years. Along his entrepreneurial journey, through his many successes as well as failures, he has learned a few things about getting the best out of business and life. He believes the keys to his success include establishing the right mindset and following a few fundamental principles, which he calls his five “”S.H.A.R.K points.”

Get ready! Daymond John is going to share his unique goal-setting and achievement strategies, which will empower audience members to make positive changes in every aspect of their lives.


DAYMOND JOHN, “The People’s Shark” of ABC’s Shark Tank, Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship, Founder/CEO of FUBU

Diversity & Inclusion, Unconscious Bias, Micro-Aggressions and Creating a Safe and Inclusive Workplace

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The issues of harassment, discrimination, diversity, inclusion and unconscious bias are among the most critical issues and challenges facing employers today. Employers cannot stop the discussion at just talking about the legal and textbook definitions of harassment and discrimination. Employers also cannot simply talk about diversity without talking about inclusion. Companies have to look beyond these limited views to affect real change in their business.

This session will focus on how to train managers and employees beyond the legal definitions of harassment and discrimination. If employers want to create a truly diverse, inclusive and safe workplace and culture, the focus has to be on what is appropriate vs. inappropriate and what makes people feel safe and included, rather than on what is “illegal.”

Employers also need to take a deeper dive into more hidden and unconscious biases and micro-aggressions, which negatively impact diversity and inclusivity in hiring, promotions and mentorship opportunities, as well negatively impacting employee morale. The question is not whether we have biases, but rather, how we manage the biases we do have. Employers must encourage open and honest communication on these difficult topics and encourage managers and employees to get outside their comfort zones to create real change within a company.
This pre-conference session will provide great education and insights from professionals who have extensive experience in the diversity and inclusion space. It will be an interactive workshop which will teach you tangible skills that you can apply as soon as you return to the office. You will be able to take a deep dive into the subject matter and learn through case-studies, demonstrations, and deep discussion during this session.


Deirdre Groenen, Vice President of Human Resources and General Counsel, Innovative Benefit Planning, LLC


Tianna K. Kalogerakis, Associate, Kang Haggerty & Fetbroyt LLC


Sheryl Axelrod, President, The Axelrod Firm, PC
Tonya Ladipo, LCSW, Founder and CEO, The Ladipo Group
Khalil Smith, Practice Lead, Diversity & Inclusion, The Neuroleadership Institute