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October 21, 2018 - October 24, 2018
1:30 PM - 12:00 PM
Time Details:
Registration Desk Opens on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 1:30pm
Eagle Ridge Resort
444 Eagle Ridge Drive
Galena, IL 61036
2018 IPELRA Annual Confrence
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40th IPELRA Annual Conference

Sunday, October 21, 2018

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IPELRA is back in Galena for our 40th Anniversary! 

Click here to read the full write-up of our 40th Anniversary celebration!

2018 ATC Brochure FINALThe full conference brochure is available and registration is open! 

IPELRA held its first Annual Training Conference in 1978 … 40 years later, our Association is still going strong! We hope you can join us in Galena to celebrate our 40th Anniversary! IPELRA’s conference offers three days of professional development, continuing education, compelling speakers, supportive vendors and many networking opportunities to help human resources and labor relations professionals, directors, department heads, and others keep up with the challenges faced daily. Brace for Impact… and register for IPELRA’s Annual Conference today!

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 The Annual Training Conference is packed with valuable information for public sector employers – Robert J. Smith, Jr. (Partner, Clark Baird Smith LLP and IPELRA General Counsel) will present a plenary session on An Update on Labor Trends in Illinois. We close the Conference with two great sessions: A Bad Day at the Office: Good Ways to Deliver Bad News and Negative Reviews – presented by Melissa DeLay (President, TruPerception); and attorney Paul Farahvar (Farahvar Law Group P.C.) facilitating an interactive presentation on the topic Everyone’s a Lawyer.

We are conducting a Sunday afternoon Pre-Conference Workshop (at no extra cost to Conference registrants) – this year we welcome Keri-Lyn Krafthefer from Ancel Glink and a panel discussion on Not in Our Locker Room: Are Your Doors Open to Transgender Populations?

Also on Sunday, as in the past, National PELRA is conducting one of its Academy classes – this year, it’s Academy III: The Negotiation Process.

Be sure to take part in our Sponsor Raffle Mania! Visit our sponsors for a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card from IPELRA! Visit our 2018 Annual Conference sponsors in the Sponsor Gallery and collect entry tickets. Write your name on the back of each ticket and turn in your entries at the IPELRA Registration Desk by 4:00 pm on Tuesday. Three lucky winners will be drawn during the reception Tuesday night! (Winners need not be present)

And … don’t miss these events: President’s Welcome Reception on Sunday evening; a special Awards Luncheon on Monday, featuring a tribute to IPELRA presented by one of its founders, Jim Baird (Partner, Clark Baird Smith LLP); our 40th Anniversary Celebration and Sponsor Recognition Reception on Monday evening; Tuesday night’s 40th Annual Conference Banquet; as well as the other networking opportunities throughout the three-day Conference.

A final note -- As IPELRA continues to grow, we need your help. Want to pitch in? Here’s your opportunity to help spread the word and mentor new members … become an IPELRA Ambassador! Join us after the close of the Conference on Wednesday for our Ambassador Workshop and find out what you can do to help.

IPELRA’s foundation is built on four pillars: Premier Training; Membership Resources; Interactive Networking; and Legislative Insight. Our Annual Conference embraces all four of these pillars. We hope that you will take advantage of all the wonderful and cost-effective training available at the Conference, as well as the opportunities to network, laugh, share, and truly learn from one another. It promises to be a great event. You won’t want to miss it!

We look forward to seeing you in Galena! -- 2018 IPELRA Executive Board

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dave Sanderson 

BRACE FOR IMPACT! We are pleased to announce this year’s Keynote Speaker: Dave Sanderson – Personal Leadership Authority, Survivor of Miracle on the Hudson, Inspirational Survivor, and Author. He will share the story of Flight 1549, and how teamwork, leadership, and management can help us overcome any obstacle and “Brace for Impact.”

Dave Sanderson, Keynote Speaker

Personal Leadership Authority
Survivor of Miracle on the Hudson
Inspirational Survivor

Brace for Impact
When US Airways Flight 1549, or "The Miracle on the Hudson" ditched into the Hudson River on January 15, 2009, Dave Sanderson knew he was exactly where he was supposed to be.

The last passenger off the back of the plane on that fateful day, he was largely responsible for the well-being and safety of others, risking his own life in frigid water to help other passengers off the plane. Despite the hazard to himself, Sanderson thought only of helping others and emerged from the wreckage with a mission: to encourage others to do the right thing. In this stirring presentation, Sanderson shares the story of Flight 1549, revealing the inner strength it took to make it through the day, and how teamwork, leadership, and state management can help overcome any obstacle.

In his presentations, he shares the 12 resources he and others used not only during the "Miracle on the Hudson but during his 30 years in sales and sales management, his 10 years being on and leading Tony Robbins security team and the precepts that enabled him to become a top producer in some of the largest sales organizations in the world and ultimately enabled him to survive the plane crash.

Moments Matter book cover    In his recent book, "Moments Matter," Sanderson discusses lessons learned from the Miracle on the Hudson and how one defining moment in your life can create your lifetime of purpose. A firsthand account of his experience aboard US Airways Flight 1549 appears in the book "Brace for Impact: Miracle on the Hudson Survivors Share Their Stories of Near Death and Hope for New Life" by Dorothy Firman and Kevin Quirk. He has also participated in many documentaries for TruTV, BBC, NHK in Tokyo and one produced and directed by Rick Lopez, which will premiere in 2018 in addition to an upcoming episode for Caught on Camera, a British documentary series.

His new radio show, "Moments Matter with Dave Sanderson" is on Contact Talk Radio and C-Suite Radio. Dave focuses on how the top people in their industry move from being excellent to outstanding. His Flash Daily Briefing on Alexa, an Amazon voice service, is "Dave Sanderson: Declassified" and focuses daily on one skill the top 1% in their industries used to get to where they are and "declassifies" the strategies they used.

Work Towards Your CLRP Certification at #IPELRA18
We will be offering National PELRA Academy III Training - The Negotiation Process on October 21st. You will need to register through National PELRA for this training. To find out more about Academy III and the four-step Labor Relations Academy Certification Program (CLRP®) please visit To register for this October 21st Academy III Training, please click here.

Continuing Education Units (CEU): It is NOT necessary to sign-in at the sessions for CEU credits. Please contact IPELRA at for a certificate of completion.


   HRCI Recertification Credits: This Conference has been approved for up to 11.75 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. The Program ID number will be announced at the Conference sessions and will also be available at the registration desk. Please be sure to note the program ID number on your recertification application form. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval
SHRM Seal    SHRM Credits: IPELRA is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. This program is valid for up to 15.25 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

  • Online registration closed on October 10, 2018.

  • Member & OAM* (before 9/11/18) $375
  • Member & OAM* (after 9/11/18) $425
  • Non-Member (before 9/11/18) $450
  • Non-Member (after 9/11/18) $500
  • Single Day (Mon or Tues) $150
  • Guest Fee** $100

*OAM = Organizational Associates of Members are other employees of the same employer as a current IPELRA member. 

** Includes entry to all meals and events provided during the Conference to guests of registrants.

Early Registration Discount… Please note that in order to receive the early registration rate, registration must be received by September 11, 2018.

Quantity Discounts… are available. Register more than five from the same employer and the 6th and further registrants receive a $50.00 discount. Online registrants: Please contact Debi Stensland at for the required coupon code.

Registration confirmation and any other communications to program registrants will be sent via email. Please insure your internal network security will allow email communications from to avoid your confirmation being lost in a spam filter.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing and received by October 12, 2018 to qualify for a refund. An administrative fee based on current per person costs may be deducted. Cancellations received after October 12, 2018 are non-refundable. No shows are non-refundable. 

IPELRA has once again retained a block of rooms at Eagle Ridge Inn and Resort. Eagle Ridge offers a variety of lodging options.

Type of Room/Unit Nightly Rate Resort Fee
Inn Rooms/Standard $146.00 $18.00
1 Bedroom Villa $146.00 $18.00
2 Bedroom Villa $196.00 $25.00
3 Bedroom Villa $290.00 $30.00
3 Bedroom Home $310.00 $30.00
4 Bedroom Distinctive Home $499.00 $35.00
5 Bedroom Distinctive Home $619.00 $40.00
6 Bedroom Distinctive Home $769.00 $45.00

Please make reservations directly with Eagle Ridge (please click here for the Individual Reservation Request). In order to receive your preferred room type and the best rates, make your reservations early! Housing deadline is October 2, 2018 … Reservations received after October 2, 2018 will be made on a space available basis. 


Attendee materials and session handouts are available for review, download, and/or printing. Just click on the links in the lists below and your document will appear in a separate window. NOTE: Guidebook and session handouts require a password which will be distributed to all Conference registrants via email on October 15, 2018.

Conference materials are also available on Guidebook via smart phones, tablets or computers (password/passphrase required).
  • To get the Guidebook app on your phone - visit from your phone's browser. Follow the instructions to install the app on your phone. Once the app is installed, enter the passphrase that was emailed to you to get the 2018 IPELRA Annual Training Conference Guide.
  • To access the 2018 Conference Guide on your computer or tablet - go to and enter the passphrase that was emailed to you.

If you have misplaced your password/passphrase, please contact Debi Stensland at the IPELRA office ( or 847-378-7711)

Attendee Materials
If you cannot find a presentation or handout, please check back. We are updating materials as they become available.

Be sure to take part in our Sponsor Raffle Mania! Visit our sponsors for a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card from IPELRA! Visit our 2018 Annual Conference sponsors in the Sponsor Gallery and collect entry tickets. Write your name on the back of each ticket and turn in your entries at the IPELRA Registration Desk by 4:00 pm on Tuesday. Three lucky winners will be drawn during the reception Tuesday night! (Winners need not be present)

Event Materials
2018 Brochure
General Information
Full Conference Agenda
Attendee List
Local Information
Sponsor List
Speaker List
Speaker Bios
Social Media Guide
Upcoming 2019 Training
December 2018 Training: Conversation with the Unions
About IPELRA (Boards, Committees, Etc.)
Thank You, Sponsors!

Gold Sponsor Information

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., Inc. (flyer)
Assurance Agency Ltd. (flyer)
Clark Baird Smith LLP
Employer’s Claim Service (flyer)
Engler Callaway Baasten & Sraga LLC
Family Heritage
Franczek Radelet, PC  (flyer)
GovHR USA LLC (flyer)
HR Source
HSHS Medical Group (flyer)
ICMA Retirement Corporation (brochure)
IRMA (flyer)
Laner Muchin (flyer)
Maciorowski, Sackmann & Ulrich
Segal Company (flyer)
SmithAmundsen, LLC (flyer)
The Horton Group (brochure)

Silver Sponsor Information
Public Safety Testing, LLC dba IPSP

Bronze Sponsor Information

Ancel, Glink, Diamond, Bush, DiCianni & Krafthefer
Klein Thorpe & Jenkins
Wright Benefit Strategies, Inc.

Session Handouts
Materials will become available after October 15th. If you cannot find a presentation or handout, please check back. We are updating materials as they become available. 

Day/Time Topic
SUNDAY 10/21/18
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.   Pre-Conference Workshop: Not in Our Locker Room: Are Your Doors Open to Transgender Populations?
  Keri-Lyn Krafthefer, Ancel Glink Diamond Bush DiCianni & Krafthefer; Michael Clark, Director, Palatine Park District; Sophie Michaels, Transgender Panelist
MONDAY 10/22/18 
9:05 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.   Keynote Address: Brace for Impact    Dave Sanderson, Dave Sanderson Speaks
10:50 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.   An Update on Labor Trends
  Bob Smith, Clark Baird Smith
1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.   Enhancing Healthy Enterprise Efforts with Behavioral Economics
  Christopher Goldsmith, Segal Company
    We’re Not Gonna Take It, No We Ain’t Gonna Take It, We’re Not Gonna Take It Anymore (So We Are Going to File a Grievance and Take It to Arbitration): Recent Arbitration Awards
  Amy Moor Gaylord and Jennifer Dunn, Franczek Radelet PC
3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.   Discipline in the Uniformed Services
  John Kelly, Ottosen Britz Kelly Cooper Gilbert and DiNolfo, Ltd.
    Workplace Conflict Resolution
  Jenny Andrews, Sikich, LLP
    Then and Now: 40 Years of EEO “Lessons Learned”
  James Powers and Abigail Rogers, Clark Baird Smith LLP
TUESDAY 10/23/18
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.   Human Capital Investment Management and the Organizational Fingerprint
  Bob Lemke, Arthur J. Gallagher and Co.
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   Negotiation Tips to Limit Hidden Costs in a Collective Bargaining Agreement
  Benjamin Gehrt, Clark Baird Smith LLP
    Hire Hard, Manage Easy – Tips for Getting the Best Employees
  Joellen Cademartori, GovHR USA
1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  We Have a Contract … Now What Do We Do With It?
  Lisa Callaway, Engler Callaway Baasten & Sraga, LLC
    The Current State of Sexual Harassment Legislation in the Wake of the “#MeToo” Movement
  Julie Proscia, SmithAmundsen, LLC
2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  Internal Investigations: What to Ask, What to Write and How to Handle the Unexpected
  Kelly Hayden, HR Source
    Strategic Thinking in the Grievance/Arbitration Process
presentation outline
  Joseph J. Perkoski, Robbins Schwartz
    Reasonable Accommodations: What Are They? When is Enough, Enough?
  S. Leigh Jeter, Jeter Law Firm
WEDNESDAY 10/24/18
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.   A Bad Day at the Office: Good Ways to Deliver Bad News and Manage Negative Reviews
  Melissa DeLay, TruPerception
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   Everyone’s a Lawyer -- IPELRA Edition
  Paul Farahvar, Farahvar Law Group, P.C.

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