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Mid Florida SHRM is excited to announce that former US Senator Dennis Ross will be their speaker on April 9, 2019. The topic will be "Self Government Requires Civic Engagement: Purpose and Goals for the New America Center for Political Leadership." Dennis will provide his expertise regarding civil engagement, it's importance, and all we need to know about the new American Center for Political Leadership.

Tue, April 09, 2019
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Grasslands Golf & Country Club, 1600 Grasslands Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33803


Dennis A. Ross is a native of Lakeland, Florida. He is married to Cindy Hartley Ross and has two sons, Shane Ross and Travis Ross. Dennis graduated from Auburn University in 1981, where he then attended law school at the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. In 1989 Dennis started his own law practice, formerly known as Ross Vecchio, PA. While running his law practice, Dennis also served in the Florida State House of Representatives for eight years. In 2010, Dennis ran for and was elected to the United States House of Representatives, where he represented Florida’s 15th Congressional District for eight years. Since retiring from Congress, Dennis accepted a position with Southeastern University (SEU) as Director of the American Center for Political Leadership (ACPL) and as a Distinguished Professor. In addition to his work at SEU, Dennis joined Gray Robinson, Of Counsel and handles government relations at both the state and federal level.

Lake Sumter SHRM plans their 28th Annual Human Resource and Business Management Conference and Expo.

The theme of this year's annual conference is "Trouble" My Employee Did What" and is being planned for May 22, 2019 at the Wildwood Community Center located at 6500 County Road 139, Wildwood, FL. Registration is $75.00 for SHRM and chapter members, $85.00 for non-members and $25.00 for students.

Presentations include:

“How to Conduct a Workplace Investigation"

     Presented by Joyce Chastain,


    Presented by Phillip Russell, Attorney, Ogletree Deakins

“Embrace and Resolve Conflict through Workplace Mediation”

    Presented by Sheryle S Woodruff and Sergio A. Delgado

"How to Cleanse a Toxic Workplace"

    Presented by JJ Jarrell

4.5 Hours Recertification Credit for SHRM-SCP, SHRM-CP, and HRCI Certifications SPHR, PHR Pending

Meet the Speakers:

Joyce Chastain
Human Resources Consultant
The Krizner Group

With many years of senior-level human resources experience in the private sector environment, Joyce Chastain brings practical know-how to each engagement. As a human resources consultant with The Krizner Group, she specializes in talent development, employee relations, internal investigations, employment law compliance, and affirmative action plans. She is a frequent guest speaker for professional associations and academia covering a wide array of human resources topics.

Chastain holds a Business Administration degree from Emmanuel College, Franklin Springs, Ga.; was awarded Senior Certified Professional designation, Senior Professional in Human Resources designation and holds an Advanced Certificate in Internal Investigations.

Chastain has been named a Tallahassee Volunteer of the Year Finalist and Leon County Schools Volunteer of the Year. She was selected as one of the 25 Women You Need to Know in Tallahassee and was honored with the designation of the Florida Human Resources Professional of the Year. She has also been featured by the Florida Trend Magazine as a Trendsetter in Human Resources.

Phillip B. Russell
Shareholder Tampa


Phillip Russell is Board Certified in labor and employment law by the Florida Bar. He is a practical labor and employment lawyer who represents businesses in a wide range of labor and employment law matters, including workplace safety and health (OSHA), traditional labor relations (staying union-free), unfair competition and trade secrets litigation, employment litigation defense, and advising and counseling employers on workplace legal compliance issues. Phillip represents clients in the construction, staffing, technology, manufacturing, banking, and other industries. He is also a nationally recognized speaker and author on labor and employment law issues.

Phillip’s first job was bagging groceries and stocking shelves in his family’s grocery store. As a teenager, he learned the value of hard work and business. His grandfather took him to business meetings and Phillip saw first-hand the challenges of managing a business and employees. But he also saw the true value in positive employee relations. Now, Phillip represents and protects each of his clients, large or small, as if they were his family’s grocery business – with enthusiasm, dedication, and a strong belief that lawsuits, government investigations, and unions are not good for business or employees.

In 2015, Phillip celebrated his 20th year of practicing law. He is a peer-review AV-Preeminent® Rated Attorney (by Martindale-Hubbell), rated among the top 5% of lawyers by Florida Super Lawyers (Thompson Reuters), and is listed in Best Lawyers® by U.S. News and World Report. He earned his law degree from Stetson University and has B.S. Management and M.S. Economics degrees from Georgia Tech.

Sheryle Woodruff, MS
Owner Conflict Management Assoc. Inc


Sheryle S. Woodruff, MS, founder of Conflict Management Associates Inc. (CMA), is a Trainer, Conflict Coach, EEO Counselor and Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator. She holds a Master’s Degree in Alternative Dispute Resolution/Conflict Studies and has been working in Human Resources field for over twenty years. Sheryle has authored two books on peer mediation and has written many articles about workplace conflict and early intervention. Sheryle specializes in helping organizations eliminate conflict related obstacles that weaken organizations and distract staff from their core functions. Sheryle has helped hundreds of organizations like Lockheed Martin, United States Postal Service, Army/Navy, Lynn University, City of Kissimmee and Orlando Utilities Commission avoid costly lawsuits, improve employee morale as well as decrease costs related to unresolved conflict.


Sergio A. Delgado, retired from The Federal Mediation Conciliation Service (FMCS) after thirty years. He was a mediator and later the Director of Mediation and Supervisor for the Southern Region. During that time, he was involved in many complex labor negotiations and mediations. Sergio has also delivered hundreds of speeches and presentations to a diverse group of participants on a variety of labor management and ADR topics. Sergio has a Master’s Degree in Industrial Relations and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Since retiring from FMCS in 2014, he has been working as a Consultant, Labor Arbitrator, Mediator, Trainer and Dispute Resolution Specialist. He has worked on disputes in the public, private and federal sectors of the economy servicing customers such as The Kennedy Space Center and Walt Disney World.

Jonathon "JJ" Jarrell, SHRM-CP, PHR
Corporate Director of Human Resources Cone Distributing, Inc.


Jonathan Jarrell, is the Corporate Director of Human Resources for Cone Distributing based in Ocala, FL. He is a Certified Speaker and Leadership Coach with the John Maxwell Company and a Certified Social & Emotional Intelligence Coach. Known by his friends as JJ he has used his influence in HR to focus on individual strengths while improving performance. In his previous role as a Regional Director of HR JJ was responsible for an employee group of over 1800 people. This has taug ht him a few things about Leadership! JJ is a little different, he actually believes you can change the world by the way you lead.


Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 7:30 am to 9:30 am for their March Breakfast - "Become the Driving Force for Performance and Productivity: Establishing HR in Business Operations" Featuring Chad Sorenson, SHRM-SCP, SPHR.

The Human Resource Department is not simply a cost center in your organization – or at least it shouldn’t be. The potential of HR can be realized only if the HR staff earns the recognition, speaks the language of business, and the business realizes the value of HR. So how do we make this happen?

It starts with changing the mindset of both the business and HR. From the HR perspective, we need to ask four fundamental questions in any organization:

1. How does the organization make money and sustain growth? AKA – what business are we in and why?

2. Who are the largest/biggest/most important clients and what challenges do they face?

3. What are the biggest challenges to our company and what is needed to overcome those challenges?

4. How can we partner with the business operations to ensure we conquer the obstacles through increased performance and productivity of the staff?


Speaker Bio: Chad Sorenson is the President and Founder of Adaptive HR Solutions and has over 25 years of diverse business, communications and human resource experience. He works with companies across the state that range from 5 to 1,200 employees and focuses on leadership development, manager training, employee performance management and employer compliance in industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, construction trades, and professional services organizations. Prior to founding Adaptive HR Solutions in 2008, Chad has been Vice President, Director and Manager of Human Resources for several companies in the Jacksonville area. He is certified as a SHRM-Senior Certified Professional and a Senior Professional in Human Resources. Chad serves the 2019 President Elect for the HR Florida State Council. He was also the President of SHRM Jacksonville in 2015 and 2016. Chad regularly speaks to other SHRM Chapters, business associations, and companies across the state on topics such as leadership development and employee engagement.

In addition to giving back to the HR field, Chad is actively involved in his church and has been a volunteer leader with Boy Scouts for over 10 years. He is an Eagle Scout and a graduate of Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. The keys to his success are Devotion to God, Dedication to Family, Continuous Service, Lifetime Learning, and Always Remembering to Laugh.

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