WORKSHOPS & SESSIONS
OSHA Fall Protection Training
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Wyoming Rooms C and D
Casey Dreux, and Matt Schmidt, Shur-Sales
Fall Protection Training: it’s more than just don’t fall. Many people work at height in their jobs daily; from warehouses to construction sites, fall hazards are often seen as just a part of doing business, but it doesn’t have to be. Join us for a full-day workshop on fall hazard identification, demonstration, inspection procedures, and ladder safety. This workshop will incorporate both classroom and hands-on training to help attendees understand fall protection, proper equipment instruction, and basic ladder safety. Successful participants will receive a certificate of completion following the successful completion of the workshop.
Workers Compensation Safety Discount Programs
9 a.m. – noon | Cheyenne Room
Lauren White, Ricardo Lind-Gonzalez, and Alyssa Quinn, DWS Risk Management Team
The Workers’ Compensation Risk Management team is committed to building a relationship with your business, and are always happy to meet one-on-one. This informative session includes an overview of the services Risk Management provides, including discount programs, base rates, Experience Modification Ratings (EMR), and many more programs available to employers registered and in good standing with Workers’ Compensation.
A Deep Dive into Business Training Grants
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Cheyenne Room
Shaye Moon, Sharon Geissler, and Ivie Moore with Mike Broad, Department of Labor, Wyoming Office of Apprenticeship
DWS’ Business Training and Support Unit, hosts this workshop for businesses interested in learning more about apprenticeships, internships, and business training grants. Mike Broad, U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), will join the team and explain how to formally register an apprenticeship program with the DOL. Learn the basics of how the grant program works, what businesses must do to be eligible, and which grants may best fit their needs.
Social media has become the go-to source for information for people from all walks of life. Whether
you’re trying to grow your business, influence change or promote an event, if you’re not using social
media to its fullest potential, you’re missing a connection to a crucial segment of the population. Learn
how to make the most of social media – and to put it to work to help actively spread your message – in
this Social Media Masterclass.
Wyoming Council for Women’s Issues Super Session
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. | Grand Ballroom
Diana Enzi, Lexie Garrett, JoAnn Skeim-True, and Laurel Vicklund
The Wyoming Council for Women’s Issues has a long history. Started in 1965, Governor Clifford Hansen issued a proclamation creating the Governor’s Commission on the State of Women, making Wyoming the 45th state to have such a commission.
Fast-forward through the years, and the council found its home with the Department of Workforce Services. This 14-member council is represented by Governor-appointed women in each of the nine Judicial Districts, four at large members, and a liaison from the Department of Workforce Services. The Governor appoints Council members through the Boards and Council application process. The council receives its funding from the Legislature and relies on numerous volunteer hours to carry out its work.
This Super Session honors the strong, resilient, and remarkable women in Wyoming. Sponsored by the Wyoming Council for Women’s Issues, this panel brings together four such women, each of whom serve as role models for other women in our state: Diana Enzi, Lexie Garrett, JoAnn Skeim-True, and Laurel Vicklund, who will discuss the challenges and successes they’ve experienced on their journey to success. Moderated by Robin Sessions Cooley, Director, Department of Workforce Services.
The Great Resignation vs. The Great Return
10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Cheyenne Room
Zach Shifflett, Premier Virtual
In the battle between companies trying to get people back to the office and people leaving jobs at a record pace, who will win? Zach Shifflett with Premier Virtual discusses the Great Resignation and The Great Return, with a look at the way business has changed over the last two years.
Telework in the Post-Pandemic World
10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Wyoming Room AB
Brenda Reedy, Human Resources Manager, Wyoming Supreme Court
Description: The 2020 pandemic brought with it a rollercoaster of emotions and just as many questions, from considering what would be needed in setting up home offices, to establishing new routines. Employers today are still experiencing that rollercoaster; Brenda Reedy, HR Manager for the Wyoming Supreme Court, looks at the current state of teleworking, reviews current trends and provides practical actions employers can take to manage telework effectively.
Safety Leadership, Rules, and Engagement: How Leaders Drive Safety Culture Success
10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Wyoming Room CD
Edwin Foulke, Partner, Fisher Phillips LLC; Attorney specializing in Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management, and former Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA under George W. Bush
Workplace safety is a crucial component for businesses to function and to be profitable and competitive; however 54% of respondents to an EHS survey primarily view it as “someone else’s job.” This climate of unclear accountability is part of the reason millions of incidents occur every year, resulting in unnecessary deaths and injuries as well as millions in losses affecting the bottom line. With a demand for increased transparency from the market and significantly higher penalties from regulating booties, it’s not enough to assume employees, vendors, or contractors will adhere to your expected safety outcomes. Safety is built through strong culture, which is created through strong leadership. This program highlights notable findings from a survey of more than 550 safety and health professionals.
OSHA Whistleblower Protection Program
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. | Cheyenne Room
Lydia Davidson, Regional Supervisory Investigator, OSHA Region VIII, Whistleblower Protection Program, and Sara Penney, Regional Investigator, OSHA Region VIII, Whistleblower Protection Program
OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program enforces the provisions of more than 20 federal laws protecting employees from retaliation for, among other things, raising or reporting concerns about hazards or violations of various workplace safety and health, aviation safety, commercial motor carrier, consumer product, environmental, financial reform, food safety, health insurance reform, motor vehicle safety, nuclear, pipeline, public transportation agency, railroad, maritime, and securities laws. Topics to be discussed include the laws covered by OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program, types of retaliation, stages and possible results of an OSHA whistleblower investigation, and how to create an anti-retaliation program for your workplace.
Moral Injury and Veteran Employment
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. | Wyoming Room AB
Mike Keller, Senior Director of Veteran Services with Volunteers of America, and Trevor Mansfield, DWS Deputy Administrator, WIOA Policy
Michael Keller, Senior Director of Veteran Services with Volunteers of America, will define moral injury, discuss its common symptoms and impact on employment, and provide employers with steps to help employees who may have experienced a morally injurious event. Trevor Mansfield, Deputy Administrator, WIOA Policy, reveals the benefits and incentives to hiring a veteran as a Wyoming employer via the W.E. Hire Veterans program.
Today’s Youth – Tomorrow’s Workforce
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. | Wyoming Room CD
Michelle Sullivan, Wyoming Afterschool Alliance
How does engaging, meaningful out-of-school care help working families? And how can we leverage the power of out-of-school time to grow talent and increase competitive advantage? Joan Evans and Michelle Sullivan with the Wyoming After School Alliance answer these questions and more, as today’s youth is tomorrow’s workforce.
Wyoming Preference Act
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Cheyenne Room
Lee Williams, Business Unit Manager
Description: What is the Wyoming Preference Act? Prevailing wage? What are Certificates of Good Standing? Lee Williams, Business Unit Manager with DWS Workers’ Compensation Division, explores these topics and answers employers’ questions.
Second Chance Hiring
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Wyoming Room AB
John Jenks, WBC, and Melody Norris, DWS Career Compass Program Manager
Description: What are the benefits of hiring formerly incarcerated individuals, and how do we get there? John Jenks, Economic Initiatives Director with the Wyoming Business Council, offers his perspective on the viability of such an endeavor, and Melody Norris, DWS Career Compass Program Manager, examines the Pathway Home 3 Grant, which provides incarcerated adults with critical skill building and support services prior to – as well as after – release.
Board Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) Credentials
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Wyoming Room CD
BCSP is recognized as the leader in high-quality credentialing for safety, health, and environmental practitioners. BCSP sets and certifies technical competency criteria for safety, health and environmental practitioners worldwide; enhancing careers, advancing the profession, protecting the public. Creating a safer world through safety, health and environmental certification. In this course you will find out what it takes to achieve the eight certifications that BCSP offers.
How to Say Anything to Anyone: Setting Expectations for Powerful Working Relationships
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Grand Ballroom
Speaking up when we’re frustrated is hard, and as a result, most of us don’t. Instead, we either tell other people (aka gossip) or we say nothing, and relationships become strained. Learn how to:
- Establish trust in any relationship, laying the foundation to be able to address issues when they arise.
- Set expectations with co-workers, direct supervisors and clients – paving the way to successful long-term relationships.
- Determine what’s important to your manager, co-workers and clients, making it more likely that you give them what they need.
- Tell others what you need, making it more likely that your needs are met.
- Create a regular practice of asking for feedback so you know your reputation and how you are perceived among your clients and co-workers.
- Receive more feedback and implement it.