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!

Support March of Dimes at NOHRC 2016!

This year we will be helping March of Dimes raise funds by collecting clothing, shoes, accessories, books, linens and small household items. Bring your donations to the conference, and a collection truck will be available outside of the I-X Center on Thursday, March 10th from 12p.m. to 1p.m. and on Friday, March 11 from 7a.m. to 10a.m. Let’s fill the truck and earn funds for March of Dimes!

NOHRC 2016 registration is limited for the ½ Day Workshop on Thursday, March 10, 2016

In addition to the full day of quality programming on Friday, March 11, 2016, NOHRC is expanding into a 2-day event. Kicking off the conference is a 1/2 day workshop on Thursday, March 10, 2016. The workshop, Leadership Skills for the Senior HR Executive – Mastering the Art of Negotiation, will be presented by the talented Val Grubb. Registration for this workshop is limited to 250 participants, so register today to secure your spot!

The NOHRC committee is excited to host Jay Kuhns, SPHR as the morning keynote speaker and Cheryl Cran as the luncheon keynote speaker!

In Jay’s session, “2025 Leadership  Experience: Redefining Talent and the Future of Work,” he will use his epic personal energy and experience to share insights, strategy, predictions and powerful illustrations of what the future holds. This session encourages and provokes thoughts around the future of talent  management and how we need to be shaping it before it shapes us.
Cheryl will present the session “Lead with 20/20 Vision.” She will discuss the challenges HR professionals will face now and in the future, including ongoing global change, technological innovation and changing workplace dynamics. Click here to view a video message from Cheryl about her session at NOHRC. To learn more about Cheryl, visit her website:

Greetings from Conference Chair

Dear Friends of NOHRC-


As the 2016 Chair, I wanted to personally share some exciting news regarding our upcoming conference in 2016. Now that registration is officially open, mark your calendars for March 10th and 11th and plan to attend the Northern Ohio Human Resource Conference 2016 – Celebrating 5 Decades of Excellence! We’re planning lots of changes this year in celebration of our 50th anniversary including but not limited to:


1)      A ½ day workshop on Thursday

2)      An EXCEPTIONAL lineup of speakers

3)      More space in the ballroom to accommodate an unlimited number of attendees, sponsors and exhibitors

4)      New sponsorship offerings


Make sure to visit to register for one or both days today to take advantage of early bird pricing! Check back often as we continually post new announcements and information related to the event. Like us on our Facebook page at for frequent updates.

Save the date for NOHRC 2016 – Celebrating 5 Decades of Excellence!

The NOHRC committee is excited to announce a new and improved two-day conference in honor of its 50th anniversary! Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 10th and Friday, March 11th. In addition to a full day of programming on Friday, we are offering a half day HR workshop on Thursday. Make sure to register today for both days or pick and choose and take advantage of early bird pricing!! Go to the  homepage for details on registration and pricing. Check back often as we finalize details throughout the year. We hope you can celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2016!

NOHRC 2015 is finally here!

We hope you enjoy the conference tomorrow. Don’t forget to join us for the networking social hosted by Cleveland SHRM on Thursday, March 19th from 5pm – 7:30pm at the Berea Union Depot Taverne. The event is sponsored by BackTrack, Hylant, and Your Partner in HR. Please come to meet and mingle with many of our speakers arriving prior to the event, which is open to all CSHRM members and guests. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available. Pre-register for a cost of $5 per person. Register here.

The fun doesn’t end after the conference! Join us for the after party at the 100th Bomb Group. sponsored by Alliance Solutions Group. Doors open at 4:30pm. Food, drinks and prizes will be provided while you try your hand at the blackjack table, spin the roulette wheel or play a round of craps all in support of Youth Opportunities Unlimited. Space will be limited to the first 300 registrants and the event is free for all conference attendees. Register today to reserve your spot. Click here to RSVP for the event.