Preconference Workshops

 How to Register for a Preconference Workshop

To register for a preconference workshop, simply select the workshop of your choice on the CUPA-HR Annual Conference and Expo registration form.
If you have already registered for the conference, please call the CUPA-HR office at 877-287-2474 to sign up for a preconference workshop.

The CHRO Summit

Sunday, October 4 | 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Monday, October 5 | 7:00-8:15 a.m.

$263 for CUPA-HR Members | $310 for Nonmembers
Please Note: Full conference registration is required to attend this preconference workshop.

As the higher education landscape continues to shift, it has never been more important for leaders to adopt new strategies to meet current and future challenges. This two-day workshop (all day Sunday and Monday morning) offers chief HR officers (CHROs) the opportunity to interact with thought-provoking speakers and one another. The sessions will challenge your assumptions, help you build upon your network of colleagues and give you practical takeaways to implement immediately on campus.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Agile HR Leadership. The future of HR is agile, and CHROs have a key role to play. This session will focus on the impact of agile leadership on the HR landscape. Our presenters will share how lean-agile leadership techniques and HR practices create a high engagement-high impact environment that thrives on empowerment, collaboration and diversity and inclusion. Join us to learn lean-agile and hear about one university’s transformation story.
  • Managing Through Executive Leadership Transitions. Frequent turnover of executive-level positions is becoming the new normal for many institutions. What are some of the trends? How do we, as higher ed HR leaders, navigate these changes and help new leaders transition to these roles?
  • CHRO Development: Capabilities and Changing Expectations. What does it take to be successful in the CHRO role? What are the changing expectations and priorities? Based on Kincentric and Aon’s “Learning to Fly” research, this session will examine the study results, how expectations are changing, and what HR leaders can do to prepare the next generation of CHROs.

It’s a can’t-miss event that sells out every year, so be sure to register early!

Andy Brantley, President and CEO, CUPA-HR; Fabiola Eyholzer, CEO, Just Leading Solutions; Jeff Herring, Chief HR Officer, University of Utah; Pierre Joanis, Associate Vice President for HR, Bucknell University; Mike Rask, Senior Vice President and National Practice Leader, Higher Education, Aon; Carl Sorensen, Chief HR Officer, University of Richmond; Jay Stephens, Chief HR Officer, Kansas State University; Josh Ulman, Chief Government Relations Officer, CUPA-HR; John Whelan, Vice President for HR, Indiana University; Jenny Wich, Partner and Southwest/West Market Leader, Kincentric; Marie Williams, Associate Vice Chancellor for HR, North Carolina State University

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HR’s Role in Creating and Sustaining a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Sunday, October 4 | 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

$211 for CUPA-HR Members | $288 for Nonmembers
Please Note: Full conference registration is required to attend this preconference workshop.

What does a culture that welcomes, learns from and celebrates differences among people look like? How can HR drive the dialogue, lead the way toward a respectful environment, and offer swift and sustainable solutions for everyone? These are the questions we’ll explore during this popular full-day workshop.

Key topics of conversation will include:

  • how HR can help strengthen the cultural competence of the entire campus community, including a deep dive into the train-the-trainer approach;
  • ways HR and other campus leaders can create a sense of belonging across campus;
  • how HR can help search committee chairs create more inclusive searches;
  • how to use CUPA-HR’s DEI Maturity Index to assess our institutions’ DEI efforts, including areas of strength and areas that need improvement; and
  • how we can strengthen efforts to ensure that the demographics of our HR staff more closely reflect the demographics of those we serve.

You can expect to leave this workshop with practical approaches that you can take back to your campus to help you lead DEI efforts from where you are.

Barbara Abercrombie, Chief Human Capital Officer, University of North Texas System; Sheraine Gilliam-Holmes, Executive Director and Chief HR Officer, Austin Peay State University 


Research Skills Lab: DataOnDemand Basics

Sunday, October 4 | 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Sunday, October 4 | 12:30-3:30 p.m.

$160 for CUPA-HR Members | $211 for Nonmembers
Please Note: Full conference registration is required to attend this preconference workshop.

DataOnDemand (DOD) is an application that lets you conduct your own analyses of CUPA-HR survey data any time you want and as often as you want, using peer comparison groups that you create. During this hands-on lab, you’ll work with CUPA-HR’s research team to delve into DOD’s capabilities. Novice users will discover why DOD is an indispensable tool for benchmarking salaries, diversity and equity. More experienced users will find ways to use DOD to make informed strategic decisions for their campus. All workshop participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and get direct individual guidance in every aspect of DOD.

Who should attend?

  • New DOD users who are not sure where to begin
  • Experienced DOD users who want to dive deeper into what DOD can do
  • Anyone who would love to get in-person guidance on using DOD from the CUPA-HR research team

To participate, you must bring a laptop (tablets that are purely touch-screen do not work well), and your institution must have purchased and provided you with access to at least one DOD subscription.

To make this a more practical experience, seating is limited, so register soon for either the morning or afternoon session!

Jackie Bichsel, Ph.D., Director of Research; Melissa Fuesting, Ph.D., Survey Researcher; Sarah Nadel-Hawthorne, Ph.D., Survey Researcher; Adam Pritchard, Ph.D., Senior Survey Researcher; Anthony Schmidt, M.S.Ed., Data Visualization Researcher, all of CUPA-HR

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Understanding Higher Education

Sunday, October 4 | 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

$211 for CUPA-HR Members | $288 for Nonmembers
Please Note: Full conference registration is required to attend this preconference workshop.

This popular workshop has been created specifically for HR professionals who are new or returning to higher education or those who are moving into a higher-level role that requires a better understanding of higher ed culture and operations.

Prior to the conference, you’ll have the opportunity to explore CUPA-HR’s Understanding Higher Education e-learning course, which includes sections on higher ed history and culture, structure and governance, and practitioner perspectives.

During the in-person workshop, you’ll explore:

  • The environment and culture of higher ed;
  • Ways institutions are classified, organized, structured and governed;
  • Budgetary and financial aspects of colleges and universities;
  • Faculty characteristics;
  • Terms and conditions of employment for administrators and academics;
  • Highly visible issues in higher ed;
  • Important relationships to build and maintain; and
  • A discussion about the future of higher ed, how it may affect you and what you can do to prepare.

You’ll also take home rich resources for continued education and reference.

Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with and learn from higher ed HR leaders from across the country who have witnessed many changes over the years in the higher ed landscape.

This workshop sells out every year, so be sure to register early!

Donna Popovich, Executive Director for Human Resources, University of Tampa; Kelli Shuman, Associate Vice President and Chief HR Officer, Elon University

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