Conference Day Two

8:30 am Check In & Networking

9:00 am Chair’s Opening Remarks

Attract, Inspire & Retain the Next Generation of Workers

9:30 am Discover: Enticing the Younger Workforce with a New Choice of Retirement Plan

  • Monty Bell Head of HR, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority


  • How can we compete with private industry for next gen talent?
  • Listen to what the younger generations want from an employer, and make those changes where possible
  • How the city of San Diego implemented the choice for a more flexible retirement plan, with virtually no extra costs, as a perceived benefit to new hires. Giving them the flexibility, they desire that competes with private industry retirement schemes. The scheme has already seen the majority of employees switch to the newer plan.

9:50 am Discover: Switching up Recruitment Strategy to Bring in Next Gen Workers


  • How can we decrease vacancy rates?
  • Tailor recruitment strategy to the next generation of workers
  • How the State of Illinois have transformed their recruitment strategy: switching to more flexible hours that are favored by younger generations, targeting colleges and high schools for next gen talent pipelines and fine tuning the hiring process such as giving applicants a conditional offer within 3 working days to keep engagement and instant gratification to younger workers. These efforts have left the State of Illinois with a 7% vacancy rate down from 18%.

10:10 am Develop: How Else Can We Inspire & Appeal to the Next Generation of Workers?


Question & Answer Session Facilitated by the Focus Day Chair

10:30 am Action: What Changes are you Going to Make to Attract, Inspire & Retain the Next Generation Workers?


Output Focused Action Session Facilitated by the Chair

10:50 am Networking Break

Turbo Charging Training & Development to Increase Our Skilled Staff

11:10 am Discover: Conducting a SWOT Analysis – Including Employees in the Conversation of their Development to Increase Engagement & Morale


  • How can we counter frustration, disengagement and increase employee development?
  • Include employees in the conversation of employee development and process improvement. Invite employees to contribute to a department they are proud to be part of
  • How the City of Little Rock conducted a SWOT analysis where employees could put forward plan that aligned with their professional goals, while increasing engagement, retention and morale.

11:30 am Develop: How Can We Develop Our Staff in a Way That is Appropriate For Them?


Question & Answer Session Facilitated by the Focus Day Chair

11:30 am Discover:Recruiting from Within- Harnessing the Power of Skills & AI to Drive Employee Retention

  • Erick Allen Principal, Thought Leadership & Advisory Services


Recruiting from within drives employee engagement and retention and reduces your overall labor costs. Do you know at any given time what skills and capabilities exist within your agencies or departments? Are your employees driving their career paths, or are they expecting you to tell them about their next move? We will discuss how skills and AI put employees in the driver’s seat, reduce labor costs related to recruitment, intra-departmental transfers, turnover, and provide the data needed for workforce planning. 

  • Developing a pipeline of talent using Skills
  • Leveraging Technology & AI to create career paths & develop talent
  • Reduce labor costs by recruiting internally or cross departments

11:40 am Action: How are you Going to Develop your Staff?


Output Focused Action Session Facilitated by the Chair

Constructing a Culture of Care with Regards to Mental Health and DE&I


  • Discuss how can we be more authentic in our DE&I outreach
  • Evaluate different methods of employee support
  • Discover how technology can help to construct a culture of care

12:00 pm Panel Discussion: Constructing a Culture of Care with Regards to Mental Health and DE&I

  • Shon Buford Assistant Deputy Chief, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), San Francisco Fire Department
  • Dr. Tita Gray DEI Administrator, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
  • Dianna Giordano Director of Human Resources & Civil Service, City of Fort Worth
  • Maria Mastrokyriakos Senior Human Resources Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Analyst, City and County of San Francisco

1:00 pm LUNCH

2:00 pm Speed Learning


In this quick-fire session, each table will be hosted by an HR leader who will share the secrets of their most high-impact leap; you then get the opportunity to question the host before moving on to your next table.

Developing a Supervisor Training Program Without a Trainer on Staff

Building Your Employees’ Resources: How ERG’s and educational opportunities can promote a culture of service

HR Burnout: When There’s Nothing Left in the Tank

Leveraging AI in Public Sector Recruiting

  • Keri Pharris Deputy Chief Human Resources Officer, Kern County

Career Ladders – An Effective Path of Career Advancements

3:00 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks & End of Conference