Last Call for Speakers

The deadline for 2018 Northern Ohio HR Conference speaker proposals is Monday, September 25th.

As our profession continues to evolve from slow bureaucratic personnel departments to strategic business partners, it drives us to re-engineer the way we plan, construct, and manage how we do HR.

If you are interested in being a speaker at #NOHRC2018 HR: Re-Engineered, please visit to learn more and to submit your proposal!


The 2018 Northern Ohio HR Conference HR: Re-Engineered

Cleveland SHRM is ready to share their secret… things are changing with the Northern Ohio Human Resource Conference!

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As our profession continues to evolve from slow bureaucratic personnel departments to strategic business partners, it drives us to re-engineer the way we plan, construct, and manage how we do HR. To stay aligned to where HR is going in our businesses today, we are excited to share with you NOHRC is changing too!

Join us on March 22 and 23, 2018, as we move to the Cleveland Convention Center for NOHRC 2018 HR: Re-Engineered. Stay tuned for the next update when we will announce the workshop and key note speakers.  #HRReEngineered #NOHRC2018


We can’t thank you enough! Each and every one of our sponsors helps to make the annual Northern Ohio Human Resource Conference a success!

Some of the #NOHRC2017 sponsors include:

PLATINUM: Alliance Industrial Solutions, Alliance Solutions Group, Hylant Group, Kent State University, and Ultimate Software.

GOLD: Advance Ohio, Delta Dental of Ohio, Champion Personnel System 2.0, Global Cash Card, Cuyahoga Community Department of Development, and USI Insurance Services LLC.

SILVER: Akron Beacon Journal, Arthur J. Gallagher, CareWorks, CompManagement, ERC, Everstaff, Lifetime Financial Growth, Optimal Leadership Solutions – Crestcom, Outside the Lines Creative Group, PNC Bank, Ratliff & Taylor, Robert Half, and University Hospitals.

Stay tuned for exciting announcements about NOHRC 2018!

Help NOHRC support Seeds of Literacy!

We are excited to help fundraise this year for Seeds of Literacy, a non-profit organization that provides free basic education to adults in the Cleveland area. For $400, one student can receive a full year of education. We are aiming to raise $2500 for the organization at NOHRC 2017! With your donation of $25 or more, you will be entered in a raffle to win a Vitamix! Details on how you can donate will be provided at the conference. We hope you will be able to help us reach (or surpass) our goal to help adults in Cleveland receive the education services they need!

HR: Out Hustle, Out Work, Out Think, Out Network! Join us for the Thursday NOHRC Networking Social!

Join HR professionals attending NOHRC and the conference speakers for a special networking event, on Thursday, March 9th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Tony K’s Bar & Grille in Berea! It’s a fun kick-off before Friday’s conference! Register at by Monday, March 6th. The event is $15 per person, which includes light appetizers and soft drinks! Special thanks to Credential Check and PS Awards for sponsoring the social.

Join Steve Browne as he kicks off NOHRC 2017 with his half day workshop on Thursday!

Steve Browne is the Executive Director of Human Resources for LaRosa’s, Inc. – a regional Pizzeria restaurant chain in Southwest Ohio with 16 locations and over 1,200 Team Members. Steve has been an HR professional for 30 years and has worked in the Manufacturing, Consumer Products, and Professional Services industries in various HR roles. He is currently a member of the SHRM Board of Directors and has been a member of the Membership Advisory Council (MAC) representative for the North Central Region of SHRM and Past Ohio State Council Director. He facilitates a monthly HR Roundtable as well as an HR internet forum called the HR Net which reaches over 8,200 people globally each week. Check out his nationally recognized HR blog, Everyday People, at

At NOHRC, he will present on defining your team’s HR brand. He will focus on these four main learning objectives:

1. Transitioning from “Soft Skills” to “Relevant Skills” – The first step in establishing the HR Brand is to position ourselves in a new way where we show the business skills we bring to our role and the organization.

2. Developing and Defining Your HR Brand – This will look at how HR is currently viewed by Sr. Management in attendees organizations and then see how/why it should shift to a Branded position.

3. Making Your Brand Come to Life – These are takeaways that attendees will create during the workshop on setting the steps of making their brand move from design to action.

4. Integrating your Brand with the Company Brand – Attendees will learn how they can make the HR/Employment Brand support and promote the overall brand of their organization.

Make sure to register for Thursday to participate in Steve’s workshop!

Rick Lozano will kick off the day at NOHRC 2017 as the morning keynote speaker!

Engage. Develop. Inspire. These are the things Rick Lozano does best in his own, unique way! (Sometimes with a guitar in hand) Rick has found a way to combine his talents as a facilitator, speaker, performer, and musician to create an environment that is the definition of fun, engaged learning. From functional training to keynote speeches, his energy, music, and refreshing delivery leaves audiences raving wherever he goes. As a thought leader in talent development, Rick has presented at multiple international conferences and organizations as diverse as Washington Trust Bank, Roche Diagnostics, and James Madison University.
The goal of Rick’s presentation at NOHRC is to help you take your organization from “lacking the swagger” to “moves like Jagger!” With an emphasis on engagement, he will focus on the following workplace applications:
Create a culture of engagement where everyone has a role to play.
Develop greater engagement by focusing on growth and creativity as key levers.
Discover creative training ideas that can help engage participants in learning.
Develop greater engagement by playing to people’s strengths and passions.

NOHRC 2017 Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Connie Dieken

The NOHRC committee is excited to announce that Connie Dieken will be the 2017 luncheon keynote speaker! Connie is a thought leader in the field of modern leadership influence and presence. She’s the founder of The Dieken Group, a senior executive coaching, consulting and training firm that transforms leaders into purposeful influencers. Her insights are often featured in leading publications including The Wall Street Journal, CNBC,, and Investor’s Business Daily.
Prior to launching her firm in 2000, she spent 20 years as a television journalist, earning five Emmy Awards, two Telly Awards, and induction into the Radio/Television Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame.
The National Association of Women Business Owners selected Connie as one of its Top 10 Female Business Owners, named her one of America’s Top 10 business speakers, and she was recently named a Top Global Guru of senior executive coaching.

We are looking forward to her presentation, Talk Less, Say More:
The Influence Illusion: How to Unleash the Influential Presence You’re Meant to Be
Gaining true influence is one of the greatest challenges facing leaders today. Connie’s message challenges the myth that power equals influence. She will discuss the crucial distinction between power, influence, and persuasion. Influence is the key driver of sustainable leadership and is deeply rooted in connection, clarity, and commitment. Often people attempt to use their position as power and spend their time persuading others to make one-off decisions, which is short-term, inefficient, and squanders leadership capital.
Connie will present a powerful approach to deepen any leaders’ lasting influence involving three core habits that she uncovered during 16 years of guiding C-suite executives to successfully grow their organizations – Connect-Convey-Convince. © Connie will share relatable, often humorous, examples of how and when to use each one:
Habit 1: Connect – to engage, align, and resonate with shared values
Habit 2: Convey – to clarify information, increase certainty, and reduce doubt
Habit 3: Convince – to activate, empower, and gain specific commitment

Join us for NOHRC Social Events on Thursday AND Friday!

Thursday, March 10 – Pre-conference Networking Social, hosted by Cleveland SHRM!

Cleveland SHRM will be hosting the pre-conference networking social at Berea Union Depot Taverne! Enjoy food, drinks and good company. The event is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 10th. Register here:

Friday, March 11 –  NOHRC After Hours Social Event, presented by Alliance Solutions Group!

The fun doesn’t end when the conference does…join us for the after hours social event at the 100th Bomb Group. Play casino games and enjoy food and drinks, at this 1960s themed party! The event is from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. and it’s FREE for all NOHRC attendees. Please pre-register for the event at  

Hope to see you there!