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    Fall Morning Seminar - Driving Employee Engagement

    Date: October 24, 2018, 7:00am
    Bay City Restaurant
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    Please note that in order to keep our event registration fees down in a constantly rising economy, we observe a policy regarding the last-minute cancellation of registrations.  If you RSVP and are no longer able to attend, you will still be responsible for the event registration fee if you do not notify our Treasurer, Jenn Kremenik at or 443-821-1140 prior to the event registration deadline the Friday before the event.  Electronic Invoices will be emailed out immediately following the event for those that were unable to attend.  We appreciate your understanding in this matter!


    Registration:  7:00am
    Seminar: 8:00am - 12:00pm

    Presenters:  Kim Kerrigan and Grace Elsner

    Driving Employee Engagement

    Employee engagement has emerged as a critical driver of business success in today's competitive marketplace. High levels of engagement promote retention of talent, foster customer loyalty and improve organizational performance and stakeholder value.  

    According to a recent Gallup report, “State of the American Workplace,” only 33% of U.S. employees are engaged at work. Achieving significantly higher levels of employee engagement is possible. Join us for an interactive half-day seminar for Human Resources professionals at all levels, and learn how to increase employee engagement and make a positive impact on organizational performance.

    This seminar will cover the following topics on Driving Employee Engagement:

    • Why Employee Engagement Matters
    • Roles/Functions in Driving Employee Engagement
    • Strategies to Improve Employee Engagement
    • Make the Business Case
    • Call to Action


    Grace W. B. Elsner is founder and owner of Organization Development and Training, a strategic consulting, coaching and change leadership firm.  Elsner has over twenty-five years’ experience in leading and managing transformative change, developing leaders, facilitating strategic communications, delivering exceptional service and maximizing organizational performance.

    Elsner designs and facilitates customized workshops, retreats, meetings, executive offsites, team building and coaching focusing on strategic planning, leadership, change management, teamwork, communications, service excellence and organizational effectiveness.  She provides results-based consulting, organizational assessment, training and executive coaching for a wide range of clients, including healthcare systems, manufacturing and service-based companies, federal and state agencies, educational institutions and nonprofits.  She has served as adjunct faculty for University of Maryland, Towson University, Baltimore City Community College, and has been a guest lecturer at Penn State University.

    Elsner holds an M.S. in Applied Behavioral Science from John Hopkins University and a B.A. in Speech Communication from Shippensburg University.  She is also a graduate of the Fellows in Change Management leadership program at Johns Hopkins University.

    Elsner has served in numerous volunteer and leadership capacities for United Way of York County, American Red Cross, VNA of Hanover and Spring Grove, First United Methodist Church, Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce and Shippensburg University, and is a past recipient of the YWCA Hanover Women Making a Difference award.

    Kim Kerrigan has held HR Management positions for over fifteen years and is currently the Vice President, Human Resources - Manufacturing for Sheridan.  Kim joined HAHRA in 2001 and has held many roles over the years.  She served as Chairperson on Membership Committee, volunteers on the Chapter Certification Committee and currently serves as Vice President and Co-chairperson on the Professional Development Committee.  Kim is an advocate for continuing education and is a volunteer instructor for the Hanover Area Management Association and has served as their Education Chairperson.

    Kim holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado Technical University in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources Management and her Master's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Leadership from Post University.  Kim holds her Senior Professional in Human Resources SPHR an SHRM-CSP certifications.

    Kim is a Certified Coach, Teacher, Trainer and Speaker with the John Maxwell Team, an organization focused on adding value to people worldwide through leadership training, talent and skills.