HR: Forging Our Future in the Magic City

May 20 – 23, 2018
Birmingham, Alabama


13.5 HRCI and SHRM CEUs


All HR Related Courses Are Recognized!

IPMA-HR recognizes all HR related professional development courses, conferences, and webinars.  A certified individual will receive the following points upon their completion of their program:

  • Programs spanning 6 hours or more per day = 3 recertification points.
  • Programs spanning less than 6 hours per day = 1 recertification point.



Gary C. Huckaby, Jr., Ph.D., is a nationally recognized author, consultant and professional speaker. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Mississippi, his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama. As a founding partner and President of Huckaby Consulting Group, Inc., he has been the recipient of the “National Durrance Award” given to the most outstanding academic advisor, the “Delta Leadership Award”, the Small Business Administration “Excellence in Consulting” Award—Mississippi, 1995, Junior Achievement “Instructor of the Year”— 2001 for the State of Alabama and the “Commanders Leadership Award” from Redstone Arsenal 2007. He currently is an Executive in Residence at Athens State University.

He maintains a busy schedule consulting and speaking to a wide variety of corporations ranging from small family owned businesses to Fortune 500 companies throughout the United States and abroad. Dr. Huckaby provides keynote speeches, leadership training, executive coaching and HR related consulting to companies all across the country. He also works with both amateur and professional athletes in a variety of sports including, several division one football programs including the University of Alabama and Louisiana State University (LSU), along with NASCAR, USTA, PGA and the NFL. He has published numerous articles in both professional journals and trade magazines and authored two books, “Lead Like a Lizard” and “Build a Bridge and Get Over It.” Gary and his wife Stacey have two daughters and reside in Huntsville, Alabama.

Karim R. Ellis is a Dynamic Motivational Speaker with 10 years of experience in the field of speaking, training, and coaching. Karim takes pride in developing both leaders and champions. His sole desire is to create an atmosphere of greatness in the lives of the people he connects with on a daily basis. He is also an active member of both the National Speakers Association and Past President with Toastmasters International. As a certified member of the John Maxwell Team, he has spoken and taught Leadership and Team Building principles to a multitude of companies and organizations like General Electric, Anthem, Kroger’s, The United States Postal Service, The Dept. of Defense DFAS, DODD, SHRM and many more. All successful organizations understand that effective leadership is at the heart of every business and The John Maxwell Team prides itself on Leadership Creation and Development. As a Leadership trainer, Karim has several engaging group programs specifically designed to help take your Leaders to the Next Level.

Kristin Scroggin can’t do math or bake a pie, but she is a GREAT speaker! Kristin has her Masters in Communication studies, Bachelors in Communication Arts and has been a Communications Lecturer at the University of Alabama in Huntsville for 11 years. Her passion is generational diversity, and for the past five years, she has spoken conferences and organizations across the United States ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small non-profits. Obsessed with travel and desperate to see the world, she and her husband try to keep their heads above water while parenting their four children and any foster children who come their way.

Candice Taylor-Sherwood has Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology. She has been working in the field of Human Resources and Education for over sixteen years. She currently is the Executive Director of Civil Service for the City of Long Beach. Before working for the City of Long Beach she has also gained valuable experience serving as the Deputy Director of Human Resources and the Employment/Recruitment and Organizational Development/Training manager for the City of Anaheim. Kandice has also worked for Los Angeles Unified School District as the Principal Human Resources Specialist, managing a team of training and development specialists. Kandice values learning and education and has taught as a part-time instructor for California State University, Long Beach. She also owns her own consulting business. Sherwood Consulting, and has provided training services, organizational development interventions, and key note speeches in both the public and private sector. Kandice is certified as a trainer with several training organizations such as Strengthsfinders, Achieve Global, Leadership Strategies, Franklin Covey, ASTD, etc. She is certified to train topics such as Project Management, Coaching, FOCUS: Time Management, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People/ Managers, the Four Disciplines, Leadership, and others. Kandice is certified in process facilitation, INSIDE OUT Coaching, the DiSC personality inventory, and Myers Briggs, etc., which allows her to perform one of her passions, which is helping teams to work and play well together.

Richard Lehr is a founding member of the labor, employment and benefits firm of Lehr Middlebrooks. Richard has received several accolades by various peer rating services, including Super lawyers (Top 50 of all lawyers in Alabama), Best Lawyers, U.S. News and World Report and The Chamber’s Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Richard’s non-work related interests include physical fitness and comedy. As Woody Allen said, “The one problem of living to 100 is that in order to do so, you must give up all those things that are the reason why you would want to live to 100.”

Sheraton Birmingham Hotel
2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard North
Birmingham, AL 35203
Hotel Reservations: 888-627-7095 (reservations link)

Experience the undeniable energy of Alabama’s biggest city at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel. Located in Birmingham’s vibrant Uptown District. The Sheraton’s location offer access to many of Birmingham’s attractions, including the Birmingham Zoo (3 miles), Regions Field (1.6 miles), home of the Birmingham Barons, Civil Rights Institute (0.6 miles), just to name a few. The Sheraton Birmingham has a direct connection to the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex where the 2018 Southern Region Conference will be held.

The Sheraton has several room options available.

A courtesy shuttle is offered to and from the Birmingham Airport between the hours of 6 am and 11 pm.


Join us for a warm welcome to the Alabama-hosted Southern Region Conference. Enjoy light appetizers and drinks while listening to some music and talking with friends. Finish your evening off with a visit to the hospitality suite and/or a nice stroll through the Uptown District. (UPTOWN DISTRICT)


Come enjoy a reception at the Cantina Laredo Rooftop hosted by the Oklahoma Chapter. Enjoy light appetizers, drinks and music with the host of the 2019 Southern Region Conference. (CANTINA LAREDO)


Join us for an evening at Sloss Furnaces, a National Historic Landmark. Sloss Furnances was once the largest manufacturer of pig iron in the world. It stands today just as it did in the late 19th century – a monument to the Industrial Revolution. Guest can enjoy a walk through this amazing landmark. (Sloss Furnaces)

Top your evenings off with a visit to the hospitality suite where you can mingle with friends and enjoy light snacks and drinks.

Full conference registration fee: $315 if registered by March 31, 2018. $340 if registering after March 31, 2018.

Monday only: $150 by 03/31/2018. $200 after 03/31/2018
Tuesday only: $150 by 03/31/2018. $200 after 03/31/2018
Wednesday only: $75 by 03/31/2018. $125 after 03/31/2018

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Registration cancellation information:

Full refund (less $10 processing fee) will be made on cancellations received by April 30, 2018. No refunds will be granted after April 30, 2018.

If you are unable to pay for your register online, a check must be received 15 days after registration or your registration will be cancelled. Please mail checks to “Southern Region IPMA-HR, c/o Brian Jepson, HR Program Manager, Oklahoma Water Resources Board, 3800 N. Classen Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73118.

Registration questions?

Contract Andrea Roberson at 251-580-1635 or We will make every attempt to return your call or email within 2 business days.

13.5 HRCI and SHRM CEUs


Sunday, May 20th

  • 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm     IPMA-HR Southern Region/Alabama Chapter Conference Registration
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm     President’s Reception | Sponsored by CIGNA
  • 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm    Hospitality Suite

Monday, May 21st

  • 7:00 am – 4:00 pm      Registration Open
  • 7:30 am – 8:30 am       Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
  • 8:30 am – 9:00 am       Opening Ceremonies- Lucinda Meltabarger- Southern Region President
  • 9:00 am – 10:00 am     Opening Keynote:  If You Think Sushi Taste Bad…Then It Will Taste Bad – Speaker, Gary Huckabee -Sponsored
  •                                           by CIGNA
  • 10:10 am – 10:30 am    Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall
  • 10:30 am – 11:30 am    Concurrent Educational Sessions
  •                                          Leading from the HR Position/Talent Management – Speaker, Gary Huckabee
  •                                          Creating a Culture of Listeners – Speaker, Tim Hast
  •                                          Creating Human Capital Efficiencies: Better HR and Benefits for Public Administrators – Speaker, Bo Hartsfield
  •                                            and Brian Butler –  Sponsored by Cobbs Allen
  • 11:30 am – 12:45 pm    Awards Luncheon
  • 1:00 pm – 1:15 pm        State of the Association – Speaker, Jacqueline Weymeyer, IPMA-HR President
  • 1:15 pm – 1:50 pm        Legislative Update – Speaker, Neil Reichenberg
  • 1:50 pm – 2:00 pm      Stretch Break
  • 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm      Afternoon Keynote:  Game Time: How to Create Massive Success Before You Roll the Dice – Speaker, Karim Ellis
  • 3:15 pm – 3:30 pm      Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall
  • 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm     Concurrent Educational Sessions
  •                                         When Civility & “Civil” Rights Collide: Employee Social Media & Off Duty Conduct Policies – Speaker, Matt Stiles
  •                                         Strategic Planning: Your GPS For Success From Start to Finish – Speaker, Tim Hast
  •                                         EEOC’s Laws and Regulations, Sexual Harassment, and How to Conduct a Sexual Harassment Investigation-
  •                                            Speaker, Eddie Abdulhaqq
  • 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm     Oklahoma Chapter Reception – Cantina Laredo
  • 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm   Hospitality Suite

Tuesday, May 22nd

  • 7:30 am – 8:30 am       Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
  • 8:30 am – 8:40 am       Welcome- Bersheba Austin- Alabama Chapter President
  • 8:40 am – 10:00 am     Keynote:  Generation “Them”: Navigating A Multi-Generational Workforce – Speaker, Kristen Scroggin
  • 10:00 am – 10:30 am   Refreshments/Networking
  • 10:30 am – 11:30 am    Concurrent Educational Sessions
  •                                           Professional Communication and Behavior – Speaker, Kristen Scroggin
  •                                           Alternatives to Oral Interviews – Speaker, Chad Legal
  •                                           The Evolving Health Care Landscape- Sponsored by Cigna
  • 11:30 am – 1:15 pm       Luncheon and Southern Region Business Meeting
  • 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm        Concurrent Educational Sessions
  •                                           Outsmarting Invisible Mind Blocks: How to Out-Think Your Mental Barriers to Perform at Your Mental Best –
  •                                            Speaker, Steve Haffner
  •                                           Productive Conflict – Speaker, Lori King-Taylor
  •                                           Building the Workforce of the Future- Sponsored by Colonial Life
  • 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm       Refreshment Break and Door Prizes in Exhibit Hall
  • 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm       Concurrent Educational Sessions
  •                                            Virtual Mind Blocks: A Closer Look – Steve Haffner
  •                                            Bullying in the Workplace – Speaker, Lori King-Taylor
  •                                            Span of Control Panel Discussion- Darby Forrester (State of Alabama) and Heather Hebron (State of Louisiana)
  • 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm     Alabama Reception – Sloss Furnaces
  • 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm   Hospitality Suite

Wednesday, May 23rd

  • 7:30 am – 8:30 am       Networking Breakfast
  • 8:30 am – 9:30 am       Legal Update – Speaker, Richard Lehr, Esq.
  • 9:30 am – 10:00 am     Refreshment Break
  • 10:00 am – 11:15 am     Closing Keynote: How Full Is Your Bucket: Strategies for Creating A Positive Work Environment –
  •                                           Speaker,Kandice Taylor-Sherwood
  • 11:15 am                          Adjourn

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