2020 Update:

After extensive discussion and consideration among the members of the program committee, the decision has been made to postpone the 2020 Michigan Healthcare Human Resources Conference that was scheduled for March 26 in Lansing. Healthcare organizations are actively managing the response to the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in their organizations and communities, and we understand and support your hospital’s need to focus on these concerns.

Further details will be available in the coming weeks. 

Each year, the MHA Unemployment Compensation Program and the Michigan Healthcare Human Resources Association partner to present the Michigan Healthcare Human Resources Conference. This one-day conference provides an opportunity for Michigan human resources professionals to come together for professional development, continuing education and networking.


7:30 – 8:15 a.m.
Continental Breakfast, Exhibits and Registration          

8:15 – 8:30 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Jan Harrington-Davis (MHHRA) and Neil MacVicar (MHA)

8:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Keynote Presentation – Don't Hold People Accountable - Develop Accountable People
Dave Moss, Senior Consultant, Arbinger Institute, Farmington, UT

When it comes to performance management, 95% of employees are dissatisfied with their company’s performance process, while 90% believe it doesn’t provide accurate information. With the overwhelming majority being so dissatisfied, it’s easy to see why accountability is an issue in today’s workforce. And it’s not just employees who are dissatisfied with performance management. Research shows that the single most neglected responsibility of executives is holding people accountable. In this session, drawing from the bestselling book on transforming work culture, The Outward Mindset, participants will learn an accountability model that both employees and managers like.

Participants will learn: 1. The major problem underlying processes that hold people accountable. 2. How to develop self-accountable people. 3. A simple but powerful self-accountability model that can be applied immediately. 

9:45 - 10 a.m.
Break and Vendor Visits

10 - 11:15 a.m.
A Year in Review from the Perspective of a Human Resource Professional
David Buday, attorney, Miller Johnson, Kalamazoo

This presentation will discuss recent legal developments that impact human resource professionals.  Topics that will be discussed include new developments in wage and hour laws, including the new overtime salary threshold; recent developments in the requirements for independent contractors; recent rulings from the National Labor Relations Board that affect employers’ rights, both in union and nonunion settings; an update on patient preference policies; and more. 

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Networking, Vendor Visits and Lunch

12:30 – 4 p.m.
Education, Interaction and Constructive Networking
New and Exciting Format for the Afternoon Session!

Participants will hear a series of presentations on topics that regularly confront and impact healthcare human resource professionals.  After each in-depth presentation, there will be a period of attendee interaction that includes a question and answer period with the speakers, followed by short networking discussions among the attendees. You will learn, react and interact throughout the afternoon.  

Employee Engagement

Know Me, Include Me, Empower Me
Ovell Barbee, MLR/HR, senior vice president, human resources, and diversity officer, Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids

Learn how Spectrum Health is leveraging employee engagement to help its organization and employees connect to purpose. With a newly created vision, mission and values, Spectrum is using multiple approaches to hear from its employees with an ultimate desire to focus on achieving its strategic priorities.

Recruiting and Building Workforces

Workforce Jewels, Finding Diamonds in Your Backyard Through Strategic Collaborations
Roy Walker III, dean, health science and career programs, Malcolm X College, Chicago
Rhonda Hardeman, director of workforce partnerships, Malcolm X College, Chicago
Clayton Pryor, director of workforce development, Advocate Aurora Health, Chicago

This presentation will discuss identifying workforce opportunities through strategic partnerships with internal and external stakeholders of training institutions and human resource departments. In anticipation of a diminishment of healthcare professionals with an aging population, human resource departments will need to consider unique approaches to ensure they have a pipeline of employees to address their needs. This presentation will discuss the creation of the medical assistant pathway plan in which incumbent workers are being retrained to address workforce shortages within their organizations. 

An Untapped Talent Pool — How Autistic Workers Bring Valuable Skills to the Workplace
Colleen Allen, PhD, president and CEO, Autism Alliance of Michigan, Southfield
Kathy Oswald, CEO, Center for Physician Leadership Excellence, Troy, and board member, Autism Alliance of Michigan

Employment has become an issue of national concern at the same time a growing number of individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder move from adolescence into adulthood. Many will be looking for jobs in an inclusive workplace where they can develop their existing strengths, learn new skills and begin to build a productive and satisfying career. Employers who look beyond traditional recruiting practices can greatly benefit from the unique talents of workers with autism. Explore the employment of individuals with autism and the success of nontraditional hiring methods.

Social Media in the Workplace

Don’t Tell Me What to Say: Employee Freedom on Social Media
Jonathon Rabin, attorney, Hall Render, Troy

Rabin will present on social media issues facing human resource professionals and answer your questions in that realm. He will focus on what employees can and can’t say (or do) and the constraints you face in investigating and issuing discipline.

Human Resource Metrics:

Getting Ahead of the Curve! Creating an HR Scorecard
Marcie McCune, director, HR Shared Services, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit
Larry Misuraca, MPA and HRIS consultant, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit

This presentation will demonstrate how gathering and analyzing HR dashboard and customer experience metrics exposes everyone’s part in helping to exceed customer needs and stay relevant in today’s market.

4 p.m. 

Conference Specifics

Registration and Confirmation: Registration is available online via the MHA Member Portal. Credit card payment is required to complete registration. Confirmation of your registration will be sent automatically via the MHA Member Portal. Contact Wendy Knight at (517) 886-8260 if you have not received confirmation or have any questions. 

Recertification Credits: This conference is approved for 5.5 HR General Recertification Credit Hours by the HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®).

Cancellation Policy: Registration fees less a $25 cancellation charge are refundable if notice is given on or before March 18, 2020. No refund will be issued after this time. Registrants may send an alternate.

Special Needs and Acommodations: If you have any special needs, please contact Wendy Knight at (517) 886-8260 at your earliest convenience so adequate arrangements can be made. We cannot accommodate last-minute dietary requests at the conference. All menus are planned in advance by hotel staff.

Hotel Accomodations: The Candlewood Suites East Lansing Hotel is attached to the James B. Henry Center for Executive Development. To make reservations or for directions from your location, call the hotel directly at (517) 351-8181. Online reservations may be made at cwsuites.com. Reservations will be accepted on a space-available basis at prevailing rates.

Parking: On-site public parking is available at no charge.


Dave Moss has a background in leadership and organizational development, with more than 15 years of experience in consulting, training and systems development for corporate, government and nonprofit organizations. He has taught a range of international business and general management classes at the college level and regularly facilitates leadership training workshops. His professional background also includes senior leadership roles within the financial services and technology services industries. 

David Buday is a member of the Miller Johnson law firm and is chair of the firm’s Employment-Healthcare Practice Group, a group of dedicated labor and employment attorneys who monitor current developments and trends. 

Ovell Barbee is responsible for leading Spectrum Health’s talent acquisition, diversity, equity and inclusion, and employee relations teams and is the lead human resources business partner for the Spectrum Health Continuing Care space. As the diversity officer, Barbee serves as the liaison across the system and throughout the community, building consensus and collaborating to support diversity, equity and inclusion goals.

Roy Walker is a dedicated public servant with a demonstrated history in post-secondary education, curriculum development, workforce advancement, and academic management in City Colleges of Chicago. He is recognized in the community for his expertise in clinical exercise physiology and wellness programming and is passionate about providing equity and access to education.

Rhonda Hardeman serves as a key liaison to industry and community organizations seeking to partner with the college. She directs partnership engagement and successfully manages relationships to increase awareness around healthcare education pathways at Malcolm X College.

Clayton Pryor carries out his passion for job creation, neighborhood revitalization and sustainable communities by managing a multimillion dollar portfolio dedicated to preparing candidates for the healthcare industry by offering job skills and training in underserved communities. He also oversees college and university partnerships, internships, education assistance and an internal frontline workforce development program called NAVIGATE. 

Colleen Allen founded the Henry Ford Health System Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities in 2008 and served as its director until 2012. In her current role at the Autism Alliance, she is engaged in advocacy, programming, and trainings for families and service providers to improve access to critical services, support and employment opportunities for adults with autism and related disabilities. 

Kathy Oswald leads the Center for Physician Leadership Excellence, which provides assessment and coaching services for physicians in leadership positions. She has over 40 years’ experience in human resources, including more than a decade as chief human resources officer at Henry Ford Health System. Her career spans a variety of industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, global automotive, information technology staffing and services, and organizational consulting.

Jon Rabin is a health lawyer who defends employers and healthcare organizations in litigation and consults with them in human resource and labor relations matters.

Marcie McCune has held her current position at Henry Ford Health System for five years, but she has 25 years of progressive human resources experience specializing in HR service delivery, health and welfare administration, Lean process improvement, metrics, HRIS and process optimization/efficiency. Through a variety of positions, McCune’s HR career has been exclusively in healthcare. 

Lawrence Misuraca has over 12 years’ experience in talent acquisition, HR technology and data analysis. Joining Henry Ford Health System in 2010, Misuraca identified and recruited top talent for the health system. In 2015, he joined the human resources technology team to develop applications, tools and analytics solutions to meet the needs of the integrated healthcare delivery system.  

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