Human Resources & Talent Development Conference

Spring 2024 HR & TD Conference:

Pack your bags and let’s go! Plans are underway for a spring conference - May 6-8, 2024.

The multi-day event will feature guest speakers, roundtable discussions, subject matter experts, and more!! You will benefit from the opportunity to network, learn, and refresh your skills. You will return to your bank with innovative ideas and knowledge that will enhance your bank’s culture and your employee experience.

Contact Kristi Greer to provide conference topic suggestions.  More details coming soon.

Callaway Gardens
4500 Southern Pine Drive
Pine Mountain, GA 31822-2593

Community Bank Human Resource Officers/ Managers and those that support HR, Talent Development & Management initiatives. 

Agenda    Hotel     Speakers
Monday, May 6        Tuesday, May 7        Wednesday, May 8
Monday, May 6
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Registration Desk Open

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM Program Kick Off & Conference Learning Goals
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM Georgia Department of Labor Update
Bruce Thompson, Commissioner, GA Department of Labor
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

HR Legal Update
Grant Greenwood & Kelli Hill, James-Bates-Brannan-Groover, LLP

4:15 PM - 5:00PM

Conference Workshop Exercise

Participants will continue learning through discussions related to topics covered by the department of labor and our legal experts. We will build a functional HR reporting checklist.
5:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Announcements & Instructions for Tomorrow

5:15 PM - 5:45 PM

Exhibitor Set Up

Tuesday, May 7
8:30 AM  -  9:00 AM Networking Breakfast with Sponsors & Exhibitors
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Keynote Address: The DNA of Talent Development
John Brantley, The Auxin Leader

In this engaging and interactive presentation you will learn: The essential skills of talent development today; How to build relationships that inspire growth, The Pareto Principle & Leadership, The Power of Role Growth, The 4 Stages of Growth in Every Role
10:15 AM  - 10:30 AM

Stretch Break

10:30 AM  - 11:15 AM

2024 Critical Employment and Compensation Trends for Financial Institutions
Christie Summervill,  BalancedComp

The macroeconomics impacting organizational structures, Why employees are quitting, the predicted labor budgets, fastest moving salaries in the industry labor budget, Remote work and the evolving geographical wage differentials. 
11:15 AM  - 12:00 PM

Navigating Mental Health Awareness: Addressing the rising need for mental health support and coverage among employers. 
Jim Stewart, Sr VP, Relation Insurance Services

The presentation will focus on the need for employers to offer mental health support being stronger than ever, the benefits of offering mental health support, and how it’s an important offering to include when looking to attract and retain talent. 

12:00 PM  - 12:15 PM

United Healthcare - Health Insurance Opportunity
Michael Wahlstrom, United Healthcare

12:15 PM  - 1:15 PM

Networking Lunch

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

AI in HR— Transforming Talent Management 
Brian Rhonemus, Rhonemus Group

This presentation is designed to empower HR professionals with the knowledge and tools to harness the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in talent management. We explore the various ways AI can optimize and streamline HR processes, including candidate sourcing, screening, and selection, leading to more efficient and effective hiring decisions. Additionally, we delve into the use of AI-driven analytics for identifying skill gaps, predicting workforce trends, and creating data-driven strategies for employee development and retention. We discuss how AI-powered chatbots and virtual assistants can enhance employee engagement and support, ultimately fostering a positive workplace culture. We address potential challenges and ethical considerations in adopting AI in HR, providing a comprehensive overview to help HR professionals navigate the transformative power of AI with confidence and success. 
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Stretch Break

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Roundtable Discussions Topics Determined by our Participants
Kristi Greer, CBA

Topics May Include: Personnel Policies, Performance & Talent Strategies, Recruitment & Hiring Tips, Interview Plans & Process, Onboarding & Training Best Practices, FMLA, Engagement Strategies
Submit Topics to: Kristi Greer
3:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Announcements & Instructions

Wednesday, May 8
8:15 AM    8:45 AM

Attendee Networking Breakfast 

8:45 AM    10:15 AM

Cultivating Tomorrow’s Leaders: Growing Your Own Successor
Julia Johnson, Wipfli

Succession planning is a critical process for any financial institution, ensuring its long-term sustainability and growth. To truly thrive, organizations must have a plan in place to identify, nurture, and develop future leaders from within their own ranks. This session is designed to provide insights, strategies, and practical tools for financial institution leaders seeking to build a pipeline of capable successors within their organization.
Learning Objectives:
  • Identify high-potential successor candidates
  • Build a succession roadmap
  • Develop strategies for knowledge transfer
10:15 AM    10:30 AM


10:30 AM    11:30 AM

The Plane Landed - Labor Market Trends, Hidden Data, The Post COVID Workforce, Identifying New Threats, Weakest Link in Workforce. 
David Salters, Warren Averett

Latest Labor Market Trends:  Explore the current shifts in the labor market, including emerging trends and patterns that are reshaping workforce dynamics. 
Hidden Data Insights:  Uncover often overlooked data that holds valuable insights for strategic decision-making in talent acquisition, retention, and workforce development. 
Navigating Post-COVID Workforce Challenges:  Examine the challenges and opportunities presented by the post-COVID workforce, addressing the evolving needs and expectations of employees in the new normal. 
Identifying New Threats to Your Workforce:  Discuss the emerging threats that organizations may face in developing and maintaining a resilient workforce, focusing on proactive strategies to mitigate potential risks. 
Weakest Link in Workforce and Culture:  Analyze the vulnerabilities within workforce and culture frameworks, emphasizing the identification and strengthening of the weakest links for sustained organizational success.
11:30 AM    12:15 PM

Deep Dive & Unanswered Questions 

12:15 PM    12:30 PM

Conference Highlights!  Action Planning and Next Steps
Closing Remarks
Kristi Greer, Moderator


Resort Lodging Entrance for CBA:

Callaway Gardens
4500 Southern Pine Drive
Pine Mountain, GA 31822

Click here for online reservations.

To call in reservations, please reach out to 855/943-6375. You will need to advise them that you were with the Community Bankers Association of Georgia group in order to receive our discounted rate.

CBA Rate:
• starting at $209.00 per room / per night plus $40 resort fee and applicable taxes (16% and $5.00 Georgia hotel fee).

The Resort fee includes admission into the Gardens, two bottles of water, a virtual concierge, wireless internet and unlimited access to a digital magazine/book. 

Cutoff date: We encourage you to book your room prior to Thursday, April 6, 2024. After April 6, rooms will be released, and CBA cannot guarantee the group rate or availability after that date.

Check-In and Check-Out Time: Check-In at the hotel is 4:00 pm and check-out is at 11:00 am.

Reservation Cancellations: All rooms are subjected to Callaway Gardens hotel cancellation policy. Cancellations within 7 days of arrival result in loss of deposit equal to one night's stay.  An early departure or no-show fee of one night room rate and tax will apply if a group attendee checks out prior to the confirmed checkout date and / or is a no show for their reservation.

HR/TD Conference Speakers

  • John Brantley
    John Brantley
    KEYNOTE: The DNA of Talent Development
  • Grant Greenwood
    Grant Greenwood
    James-Bates-Brannan-Groover-LLP (478)749-9935
    HR Legal Update
  • Julia Johnson
    Julia Johnson
    Director, Organizational Performance Wipfli - Atlanta
    Cultivating Tomorrow's Leaders
  • Brian Rhonemus
    Brian Rhonemus
    CEO Rhonemus Group (614)686-4409
    AI in HR - Transforming Talent Managment
  • David Salters
    David Salters
    CSP, TSC Practice Leader Warren Averett, LLC (205)769-3284
    The Plane Landed - The Post Covid Workplace
  • Jim Stewart
    Jim Stewart
    Senior Vice President (678)740-0101
    Relation Insurance Services
  • Christie Summervill
    Christie Summervill
    2024 Critical Employment and Compensation Trends
  • Bruce Thompson
    Bruce Thompson
    Commissioner of Labor
    Georgia Department of Labor Update
  • Michael Wahlstrom
    Michael Wahlstrom
    United Healthcare
    United Healthcare - Health Insurance Opportunity

HR/TD Conference Sponsors

  • James-Bates-Brannan-Groover-LLP
    2827 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 300
    Atlanta, GA 30305
    United States
    Grand Level Sponsor
  • Wipfli
    10000 West Innovation Drive Suite 250
    Milwaukee, WI 52336-690
    United States
    Champion Level Sponsor
  • United Healthcare
    United Healthcare
    2100 River Edge Parkway
    Sandy Spings, GA 30328
    Leader Level Sponsor
  • Newcleus
    1671 Carriage Ridge Dr.
    Greensboro, GA 30642
    General Level Sponsor
    6700 Pioneer Pkwy.
    Johnston, IA 50131
    United States
    General Level Sponsor
  • CBIZ
    3625 Cumberland Boulevard, SE, suite 1100
    Atlanta, GA 30339
    United States
  • The James Paul Group
    The James Paul Group
    7725 Wentworth Drive
    Duluth, GA 30097-1608
  • Sutter McLellan & Gilbreath Inc, an Alera Group Company
    Sutter McLellan & Gilbreath Inc, an Alera Group Company
    33 Buford Village Way, Suite 329
    Buford, GA 30518