Human Resources Conference

Human Resources Conference

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 – Thursday, May 11, 2017
Hershey Lodge & Convention Center
325 University Drive, Hershey, PA


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Day I – May 10, 2017
8:30am: Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:45am: Welcome/Opening Remarks

9:00am: Out of the Closet and Into the Workplace: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Speaker: Michael Cohen, Partner, Duane Morris, LLP

Michael S. Cohen concentrates his practice in the areas of employment law training and counseling. He has trained and counseled employers throughout the country on subjects including harassment prevention; workplace diversity; discipline and discharge; hiring and recruiting practices; performance evaluations; FMLA, ADA and FLSA compliance; leave of absence policies; performance management; workplace privacy; sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace; substance abuse testing; workplace violence; records retention; conducting background checks; teens in the workplace and managing attendance problems. He has conducted trainings for executives, directors, managers, supervisors and employees in many industries, including financial services, healthcare, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, retail, real estate development, law firms, human services and deans and faculty in several institutions of higher education.

Mr. Cohen has conducted investigations into claims of harassment and discrimination and has drafted employee handbooks, employment agreements, noncompete agreements and post-termination agreements. He has represented clients throughout the country in EEO and other administrative proceedings.

Mr. Cohen has been cited as a national authority on employment issues by The New York Times, The Associated Press, USA Today,, HR Magazine, HR Executive Magazine, HR Executive Online, SHRM On-Line, Employment Law 360, Inside Counsel Magazine, What’s Working in Human Resources, Workforce Management Magazine and many more. He is a regular guest lecturer on human resources issues at West Chester University for its Masters of Science in Administration program. He also is a member of the board of editors for the Privacy Law Journal and of the SHRM PA State Council Diversity Committee.

Mr. Cohen is a 1997 magna cum laude graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law and a cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

10:10am: Compensation Challenges in Today’s Environment
Speaker: Patrick J. Cole, SPHR, CCP, Crowe Horwath LLP

Patrick J. Cole has 14 years of experience with Crowe Horwath LLP, and over 25 years of HR leadership experience with three industry leaders all ranked among “100 Best Companies to Work for In America.” Patrick has a wealth of experience in compensation design, updates, and audits for base, incentive, executive and board compensation. He also specializes in organizational and leadership assessments for effectiveness and roles and responsibility fulfillment and HR strategy and process design for organizational strategic alignment and employment law compliance.

Patrick brings experience in: Base, Incentive, Executive, and BOD Compensation Design and Implementation; Organization Design and Development (Organization Re-Structure and Workforce Planning); HR/Employment Law Compliance Audits; BOD and Management Effectiveness Assessments; and Acquisition Due Diligence and Integration.

11:10am: BREAK

11:20am: Strategic Health Care: Perspectives on Bank Health Care Decision-Making
Speaker: David E. Ritter, Glatfelter Agency

David E. Ritter is an insurance professional with more than 20 years of experience providing employee benefits consulting to private employers and public entities in the Pennsylvania market. His experience includes consulting and leadership positions with third party administrators, insurance carriers and brokerage agencies. David’s background is particularly strong in the areas of employee benefit self-funding, employee benefit management, union negotiations and consortium administration.

Highly customer-focused, David believes that he and his staff must partner with clients to deploy a delivery model that encompasses a multi-year strategic planning approach to benefit plan design. He has an intense dedication to his craft and works diligently to stay current on industry and regulatory developments in order to create a best-in-class approach and a full suite of employee benefit solutions

12:30pm: LUNCHEON

1:30pm: Current and Emerging Issues in Employment Law: What You Need to Know – A Panel Discussion
Speakers: Lindsey E. Snavely, Esquire, PILLAR+AUGHT

Having previously worked as Counsel, Global Labor & Employment for The Hershey Company, she supported the Human Resources organization and provided advice and training on various workplace issues. Lindsey provides practical, actionable business guidance in representing and advising employers.

With comprehensive knowledge of labor and employment law, Lindsey has defended employers in state and federal courts, as well as before the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  She also regularly provides counseling to employers on various workplace issues, including disciplinary matters, leaves of absences, and wage and hour questions.  In addition, she routinely speaks at seminars and other workshops about labor and employment issues such as the Affordable Care Act, navigating employees’ leaves from the workplace, and compensation and benefits.

A graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law, Lindsey is admitted to practice law in the Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and West Virginia. She is also admitted in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, as well as the Unites States District Courts for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, District of New Jersey, Northern District of West Virginia, and Southern District of West Virginia. Lindsey also is a member of the Dauphin County Bar Association and Pennsylvania Bar Association.

John R. Martin, Esquire, PILLAR+AUGHT

John brings a proven, hands-on approach to Pillar+Aught. One day he’s running a federal jury trial for a national organization, the next he’s at a client site, providing actionable human resource training to managers and their teams.
John has successfully litigated cases before the state and federal court for companies based in Pennsylvania and across the United States.  John has advised his clients on a myriad of employment law matters including gender, age, disability, and race discrimination, as well as claims alleging harassment, retaliation, and wrongful discharge. 

Well-versed in a wide variety of employment practices, John is able to counsel and train his clients on best practices to address their workplace challenges including: how to properly discipline employees, comply with EEO and FMLA requirements, develop and implement effective workplace policies, and enforce employee non-compete agreements. He writes and lectures frequently on a variety of topics including social media, wage and hour issues, and sexual

Angela Thomas, Esquire, BB&T

Angela L. Thomas serves is an Associate General Counsel for BB&T.  Angela has been a member of BB&T’s Legal Department since August 1, 2015, coming to BB&T via acquisition of Susquehanna Bancshares, Inc. where she served as Director of Employee Relations and Employment Counsel.  Prior to that, Angela was in private practice for more than twenty years where her practice focused on employment and labor law, as well as litigation.  Angela supports BB&T on Human Systems matters. 

Angela received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Pennsylvania State University in 1989 and her Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law  in 1992. Angela is located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. 

3:00pm: Managing Human Capital: Integrating Succession Planning with Attraction and Retention of High Performance Employees
Speaker: Karen Young, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, President, HR Resolutions

Karen Young is the award-winning founder and President of HR Resolutions, a full-service human resources management company. With over 25 years of experience in personnel and human resources, Karen has worked with distribution, service and manufacturing organizations along the East Coast to lower their HR costs and increase their bottom line.

In addition to her consulting work, Karen has been recognized by former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell as one of Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business for her commitment to business growth, professional excellence and community. She is also recognized by the HR Certification Institute as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

Since opening her firm in 2005, she has become a regular speaker for the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC, the HP Professionals of Central PA, PA Society for Human Resources Managers and many private clients on a national basis.

Day II – May 11, 2017
8:00am: Coffee Break

8:30am: Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania: Employers Should Prepare for Accelerated MMA Program Implementation
Speaker: Zachary D. Bombatch, Esquire (invited), Steptoe & Johnson

Zachary Bombatch focuses his practice in the areas of labor and employment law and general litigation. In his practice, he counsels clients on compliance with federal and state employment laws and advocates on their behalf in disputes arising under them. He is also a member of the firm’s Higher Education Team. Zachary is particularly prepared to assist clients as he relies upon both his business and legal education that focused on employment law, human resources management, and organizational behavior.

9:30am: Recruiting: Who are you REALLY talking to? Talent Acquisition in a Competitive Marketplace
Speaker: Cami Ressler, CEO and Founder, Ressler Career and Business Solutions LLC

Cami Ressler’s primary focus has been career development, organization development, executive and professional job search from both the individual and company perspectives, executive coaching, strategic planning, and brand management within the higher education, financial services, hospitality, and non-profit industries.

Cami has recently taught seminars for The Directors Institute, the Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers, Central Pennsylvania Chapter – American Society of Training and Development, Business Women’s Forum, West Shore Chamber of Commerce, and other independent professional human resource firms. Topics include but are not limited to: Career Conversations: A Way to Enhance Employee Performance; How to Create and Implement Career Development Action Plans; Leading the Workforce of the Future; How We Lead Matters: Inspiring Others; Need Talent?; Seat at the Table: Defining Strategic Human Resource Leadership; Planning for Succession: A Community Bank’s Toolkit; Addressing the Succession Planning Gap through Mentoring; The Power of Networking; and How to Hire the Right Leaders.

Ressler Career and Business Solutions LLC is a career coaching and talent management professional services firm focused on career planning and coaching for executives and professionals, workforce training and development, including DiSC and Myers Briggs assessments, recruiting advising and strategic planning facilitation within the financial services, higher education, hospitality and non-profit industries.

10:30am: Workplace Flexibilities – Pros, Cons, and Tips for Success
Speaker: Sally Williams, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, President, Williams HR Solutions, LLC

Sally Williams is the senior principal and primary client contact for the system design and management of consulting services offered by Williams HR Solutions, LLC in the areas of Organizational Planning, Wage and Salary Administration, Performance Management, Personnel Policies and Practices, Affirmative Action and Adherence to Employment Law.

Sally began her human resources career with L.R. Webber Associates, Inc. of Hollidaysburg, PA, in 1976. One of the original founders of that firm, she remained there until 2006, and in early 2007 Sally formed her own consulting practice. She now serves clients in four states.

Sally is a frequent presenter at various industry conferences, conventions and educational seminars including PACB, and is noted for her ability to take technical human resources issues and make them easy to understand and implement.



HR Professionals, CEOs, HR Officers, all HR Departmental Employees


This program has been submitted to HR Certification Institute for HR General Credits. It will also provide the potential of 8 hours of CPE through the State Board of Accountancy.


Guests who prefer to call to make reservations can call 855-729-3108 and ask for the room block for the PA Assn of Community Bankers HR Conference at the Hershey Lodge, May 9-11, 2017. Make reservations online: