Oct 30

IPELRA Celebrates 40 Years in Galena

Posted on October 30, 2018 at 10:05 PM by Paula Freeze

IPELRA held its first Annual Training Conference in 1978 … 40 years later, our Association is still going strong! We hope you were able to join us in Galena to celebrate our 40th Anniversary! IPELRA’s conference offered three days of professional development, compelling speakers, supportive sponsors, and many networking opportunities to help public sector professionals keep up with the daily challenges they face. 
 IPELRA 2018 Annual Conference Logo
On Sunday, as in the past, National PELRA conducted one of its Academy classes – this year, it’s Academy III: The Negotiation Process. IPELRA is very proud to bring these classes to our conference each year, enabling our members to progress toward their CLRP®.

Sundays are also host to our pre-conference workshops. This year we welcomed attorney Keri-Lyn Krafthefer from Ancel Glink for a panel discussion: Not in Our Locker Room: Are Your Doors Open to Transgender PopulationsAttendees were able to delve into this hot topic and hear a transgender woman explain the challenges that transgender populations face, her life experiences, and what the appropriate practices and expectations are for public facilities. This session took place in the early afternoon and attendees were still talking about it during the President's Reception that evening! Thank you to our panelists Michael Clark, Palatine Park District, and Sophie Michaels, our transgender panelist. 

Sunday wrapped up with the President’s Welcome Reception. As always, this was a time for IPELRA members to reunite, get reacquainted, and celebrate surviving another year in labor relations.

We BRACED FOR IMPACT Monday morning with our keynote speaker, Dave Sanderson – Personal Leadership Authority, Survivor of Miracle on the Hudson, Inspirational Survivor, and Author. He shared the story of Flight 1549, and how teamwork and leadership can help us overcome any obstacle and “Brace for Impact.” Remember, success does not require an apology. Failure always has an alibi.

After the keynote, Robert J. Smith, Jr. (Partner, Clark Baird Smith LLP and IPELRA General Counsel) presented his very popular plenary session: An Update on Labor Trends in Illinois. As always, Bob boils down important labor statistics and law for us so we can see the trends this year and what the future may or may not hold. Since this was IPELRA's 40th anniversary, Bob also gave us a look 40 years back -- does anyone remember how much eggs cost in 1978?

Monday's Awards Luncheon was a little different in 2018 since it featured a tribute to IPELRA, in honor of the 40th anniversary, presented by one of its founders, Jim Baird (Partner, Clark Baird Smith LLP). Jim put together a memorable presentation you can view here.

Our 40th Anniversary Celebration and Sponsor Recognition Reception on Monday evening

Tuesday night’s 40th Annual Conference Banquet and entertainment

A Bad Day at the Office: Good Ways to Deliver Bad News and Negative Reviews – presented by Melissa DeLay (President, TruPerception)

Attorney Paul Farahvar (Farahvar Law Group P.C.) closed the conference by facilitating an interactive presentation on the topic Everyone’s a Lawyer.

To view all the photos from the conference, please visit the IPELRA18 photo album.
Oct 30

2019 IPELRA Training Calendar

Posted on October 30, 2018 at 7:56 PM by Paula Freeze

Save the date for IPELRA's 2019 training programs! We are excited to bring new topics and opportunities, as well as tried and true programs, to professionals like you. Download the 2019 Training Calendar today!

2019 IPELRA Training Calendar - one training program shown each month, page laid out like a grid

Tag(s): Training, 2019

May 23

IPELRA President Patty Hoppenstedt Announces a Move!

Posted on May 23, 2018 at 4:45 PM by Paula Freeze

Board of Directors
6133 N. River Road, Suite 1120
Rosemont, IL 60018

May 17, 2018

Dear IPELRA Members,

Patty HoppenstedtAs many of you know, I recently announced that I will be resigning from my current position as Interim City Manager for the City of DeKalb. This decision comes as my family and I have chosen to relocate to the Nashville, Tennessee area and fulfill our dream of moving to the South. While this is an exciting time for my family, it comes with the disappointment of having to resign from my role as President of the IPELRA Board of Directors.

IPELRA has been an important part of my professional life for many years now. I first joined IPELRA in 2007 and immediately realized the value the association offers. Shortly after joining IPELRA I volunteered to serve as a member of the Training Committee. In 2009, I became an At-Large Member of the Board. Since joining the Board, I have served as the Training Committee Chair, Marketing and Membership Committee Chair and Technology Committee Chair. In recent years, I have held officer positions on the Board, including Assistant Vice President and Vice President. In October 2017, I assumed the role of Board President.

Serving IPELRA in these many roles has further proven to me that this association truly stands out as one of the premier professional associations, not only in our field, but across the public sector. IPELRA’s mission is to provide exceptional and valued resources for professional development and advocacy in the field of labor and employee relations for public sector employers. There is no doubt in my mind that we have achieved that mission, and I have the utmost confidence that my successor and the current Board will continue to raise the bar.

Finally, I want to thank my fellow Board members for their professionalism and support. Words cannot express my appreciation for the great opportunities IPELRA has offered. I leave IPELRA having formed amazing relationships with so many great professionals. Collectively, we have provided our members with the best training, resources, networking, and advocacy available in the field of public-sector labor relations. Thank you for allowing me to serve IPELRA and best wishes for the future.

Patty Hoppenstedt

Click here for a .pdf of the letter above

Patty's last Board meeting as President will be June 14

The IPELRA Board would like to thank Patty for her many years of service to our Association -- as Committee member, Board member, Committee Chair, Board officer and, finally, President of the IPELRA Board of Directors.

We wish Patty the best of luck in her new endeavor!

2017-18 IPELRA Executive Board