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Sessions & Speakers

A Virtual Event On October 21–22, 2020

The IPMA-HR 2020 Annual Conference is now fully virtual!

While we can’t meet face-to-face for this year’s event, HR 2020: Building a New Vision Together will feature a robust lineup of keynote speakers, virtual sessions, panel discussions and networking, and digital resources that will make you feel like you’re at an in-person event. Continuing to talk, connect, learn, and share experiences has never been more important so don’t miss this must-attend, first-ever, virtual annual conference.

Keynote Speakers

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Dr. Kevin Snyder

Motivational Speaker and Author

Dr. Kevin Snyder is a motivational speaker and author with a passion for helping individuals think differently to create new results. He has presented for over 1,000,000 people across 1,150 audiences in all 50 states and around the world. Kevin’s empowering and forward-thinking presentations inspire audiences to lead more effectively and make a difference in desired areas of their life, both personally and professionally. Prior to becoming a sought-after speaker he held a career in university Student Affairs, most recently serving as a Dean of Students for High Point University. Kevin is author of several books including a best-seller, has sailed around the world, is a certified skydiver, scuba diver, and a winner on the television game show, The Price is Right!

Dr. Shirley Davis

President and CEO of SDS Global Enterprises, Inc.

Dr. Shirley Davis is an accomplished corporate executive, global workforce expert, an international speaker, certified leadership coach, and a master of reinvention. She has consulted, coached, and presented to leaders at all levels, including Boards of Directors and C-Suite executives. She has also worked in more than 30 countries around the world across all industries business sectors. She delivers high energy, high content, and high impact solutions that enable organizations to build more inclusive and world class cultures where ALL talent can thrive.

Dr. Davis is also President and CEO of SDS Global Enterprises, Inc., a strategic development solutions firm that specializes in HR strategy development, talent management, organization transformation, diversity & inclusion, implicit bias, leadership coaching, and personal and professional reinvention.


Session Speakers

Meloney Sallie-Dosunmu

Meloney Sallie-Dosunmu, MBA

Human Resources Director, City of Allentown, Pennsylvania

As Director of Human Resources, Risk and Safety for the City of Allentown, Meloney serves as the chief HR executive for the third largest city in the Commonwealth of PA. In her current role, she has driven diversity incentives in recruitment and hiring, the establishment of the City’s first HR dashboard and targeted programs to drive employee engagement and leadership.

Regina W. Romeo

Chief Human Resources Officer, CPS HR Consulting

Regina W. Romeo is the Chief Human Resources Officer for CPS HR Consulting, She is responsible for managing the day-to-day HR operations and organizational development for CPS HR while also consulting and managing special projects for clients. Ms. Romeo has more than 20 years of experience in public sector human resources as an analyst, manager and director. She has worked for both large and small public-sector agencies and brings a unique perspective and real-world experience to her role.

Regina Romeo

Panelists & Facilitators

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David Kitchen

Human Resources Manager, Lehi City, Utah

David Kitchen is passionate about serving employees and managers of the public sector. He is currently the HR Director for Lehi City, Utah, a municipality of about 70,000 residents and about 325 full-time and 600 part-time employees. He has 10 years of experience in public sector HR, at the local and state levels. He is currently serving as Chapter President of IPMA-HR Utah.

Stacey Lewis

CHRO/Director of Human Resources, Port of Long Beach, Long Beach, California

Stacey Lewis is the CHRO/Director of Human Resources for the Port of Long Beach, the second-busiest seaport in the United States, with approximately 530 employees and generates annual operating revenues in excess of $300 million. Stacey has over 30 years of professional human resources experience, both in the private and public sectors.

Stacey Lewis
Musiiwa Netshimbupfe

Musiiwa Netshimbupfe

President, Institute of Municipal Personnel Practitioners of Southern Africa

President of IMPSA( Institute of Municipal People Practitioners in Southern Africa) and a member of Limpopo HR Working Group. Musiiwa has more than 15 years of Human Resources experience in the South African Local Government Sector. As Human Resources Manager, she takes overall responsibility for all HR disciplines in the municipality.

Julie Broussard Berko, MPA

Director, Office of Human Resources, NIH

Julie Broussard Berko serves as the Director of the Office of Human Resources (OHR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). From HR strategy to the delivery of the complete lifecycle of HR services, Julie directs the activities of six HR divisions and over 300 staff to support NIH’s diverse workforce - a mixture of researchers, clinicians, and scientific support that fuel NIH’s mission of biomedical discovery.

Pam Dollard

Pam Dollard

IPMA-HR President-Elect

Pam is the current President-Elect of IPMA-HR. She previously has served as a member of the Executive Council and has held leadership roles for the Central Region and the Wisconsin Chapter. She is the Director of Human Resources for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension, supporting employees who develop practical educational programs that meet local needs to improve lives and communities throughout the state.

Ileana Turner

Diversity & Inclusion/Recruitment & Outreach at FDA/CDER/OM/Division of Management Services

Ileana joined the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2017 working for the Office of Strategic Initiatives and shortly after, joined the Division of Management Services. Ileana currently works as a Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement Specialist and supports the Center of Drug Evaluation and Research in their Diversity program.

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Jennifer Fairweather

Jennifer Fairweather

Director of Human Resources (CHRO), Jefferson County, Colorado

Jennifer Fairweather is currently the Director of Human Resources (CHRO) for Jefferson County, located in Golden Colorado. She is also an Affiliate Professor with Regis University where she facilitates undergraduate and graduate courses for the College of Business and Economics. Jennifer has been an active volunteer and member of IPMA-HR for over 20 years and has held volunteer leadership roles at all levels of the Association, including the chapter level, region level and national level.

Quinton Herbert

Chief Human Capital Officer for the Department of Human Resources for the City of Baltimore

Quinton M. Herbert serves as the Director and Chief Human Capital Officer for the Department of Human Resources (“DHR”) for the City of Baltimore. In this capacity, he is responsible for creating, developing, and driving comprehensive and strategic programs and initiatives that align with organizational goals and strategies. Mr. Herbert has an extensive background in labor and employment relations and leadership development.

Quinton Herbert

Session Descriptions

The IPMA-HR Virtual Conference will be held in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).


2020 Vision and Beyond… Thinking Differently to Achieve New Results

Dr. Kevin Snyder, Motivational Speaker and Author

10/21/2020, 11:45 AM-12:45 PM

Whether you hold an executive leadership position in your organization, are a direct-line employee or serve anywhere in between, you make a difference. You are the #1 determinant of your organization’s success. In this presentation, learn actionable “think differently” strategies to help you lead positive change and inspire others around you at every level. From his best-selling leadership book and experience presenting for over 1,000,000 people all over the world, Kevin’s insights on extraordinary leadership will motivate you to envision far beyond the adversity we’ve faced in 2020 and think differently to achieve new success!

This session will help you:

  • Learn actionable leadership secrets that are proven to maximize achievement at all levels
  • Share strategies that empower professionals to problem-solve
  • Discover proactive ways to increase motivation, build relationships quickly and differentiate to make a difference


COVID-19 Experience

Panelists: David Kitchen, Stacey Lewis, Julie Broussard Berko & Musiiwa Netshimbupfe, Facilitated by Pam Dollard

10/21/2020, 12:45 PM-1:45 PM

Learn how COVID-19 is affecting Public Sector HR Professionals and participate in discussing their various challenges and solutions.


Inclusion in Action: Combating Micro Inequities in the Workplace

Meloney Sallie-Dosunmu

10/21/2020, 2:00 PM-2:45 PM

This interactive session explores unconscious bias and micro inequities as they apply between coworkers or between employees and citizens.

Leaders who are sincere about inclusion must be intentional about driving out all types of bias and inequities, including those that may go unnoticed or that may seem insignificant. This is a must for any municipality that is serious about inclusion.

This session will help you:

  • Determine the impact on organizational culture, on community reputation and on results in the workplace stemming from micro inequities
  • Offer, discuss and practice proven strategies to recognize and alleviate micro inequity and bias


IPMA-HR Regions Roundup Networking Event

10/21/2020, 3:15 PM-5:00 PM

Missed out on your regional conference? Take this opportunity to catch up with everyone from your region.

Eastern Region Networking Event Sponsored by Segal



Compassion Fatigue and the HR Profession

Regina Romeo

10/22/2020, 11:45 AM-12:45 AM

Per Dr. Charles Figley: "Compassion Fatigue is a state experienced by those helping people or animals in distress; it is an extreme state of tension and preoccupation with the suffering of those being helped to the degree that it can create a secondary traumatic stress for the helper." Public sector human resource professionals deal with employees that are literally dealing with life and death situations, domestic violence, workplace violence, health challenges and a long list of other challenges. With experience as an animal care specialist and then 20 years as a human resource manager, Regina will share parallels and insights between her employees experiences and her own, as well as information related to her doctoral studies on compassion fatigue in HR Professionals.

This session will help you:

  • Define compassion fatigue and how it is different from exhaustion or burn out
  • Understand secondary trauma and how it affects HR specifically
  • Discuss ways to combat compassion fatigue and coping strategies


Addressing Racial Inequities, Diversity and Inclusion In Organizations

Panelists: Ileana Turner, Jennifer Fairweather & Quinton Herbert

10/22/2020, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

A panel discussion about challenges and solutions to racial equity, diversity, and inclusion in the public sector workplace.


How HR Professionals Can Reinvent Themselves in an Era of Disruption

Dr. Shirley Davis

10/22/2020, 2:15 PM-3:15 PM

It couldn't be a more opportune time for HR professionals to reinvent themselves. The workforce is rapidly changing, we’re in the midst of a global pandemic, and there’s greater demand for HR leaders to create more inclusive, equitable, and welcoming workplace cultures where all talent can succeed. HR professionals must also demonstrate new competencies and skills in order to be effective business partners. Prepare to learn, be inspired, and be renewed, while Dr. Shirley Davis shares real life stories and proven strategies from her 25+ years as an HR professional and corporate executive for how to reinvent yourself and to remain relevant in your HR role and in every area of your life.


Closing Networking Event (Sponsored by Oracle)

10/22/2020, 3:30 PM-4:30 PM

Get a chance to connect with everyone that attended that conference during our Closing Networking Event.



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