Sheriff Wayne IveyBrevard County Sheriff

Sheriff Wayne Ivey has been a Law Enforcement Officer for over three decades. Sheriff Ivey is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Daytona State College in Management and Supervision. Sheriff Ivey’s background in law enforcement is inclusive of Management, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Patrol Services, Public Integrity Investigations, and Corrections.

Prior to being elected in 2012, Sheriff Ivey served the citizens of the State of Florida as a Resident Agent in Charge for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. As a member of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sheriff Ivey developed and created the country’s first ever statewide Task Force on Identity Theft.

The 4 A’s of Survival in the Workplace

For workplace violence preparedness is the key. According to OSHA nearly 2 million people are victims of some type of workplace violence every year. OSHA defines workplace violence as any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. Workplaces that don’t prepare can also be found negligent which can result in costly financial settlements. At an increasing rate Human Resource professionals and business owners are faced with possible violent situations in with work place. The 4 A’s of Survival presentation is designed to bring awareness and education about work place and personal safety. Sheriff Ivey shares how to prepare in the event of an Active Shooter scenario and/or other critical incidents in the work place. In light of mass shootings across the country, Sheriff Wayne Ivey of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has put together a presentation on how human resource and business professionals can help prepare their workplaces to survive an active shooting. The presentation focuses on the 4 A’s of preparedness; awareness, avoidance, arm and attack.
‘While the best law enforcement agencies in the country have response times in minutes, a violent criminal can take your life in seconds, so it’s vital that citizens are prepared to be the first line of defense for them and their families when the incident starts. It is also vital to be aware of what signs you can look for in the office to try and prevent the incident from ever happening.’-Sheriff Ivey “Sometimes bad people do bad things that are intended to harm others,” Ivey says. “Their motivations are different, and the warning signs may even vary, but without question, the devastating effects are always the same. Being prepared is the first step to prevention.’ Sheriff Ivey has been a law enforcement officer for more than three decades and is a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy. Before his election as Brevard County sheriff, Ivey served as a resident agent in charge for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Learning objective: The attendee will learn the details of the 4 A’s of Survival in the Work Place and how to share them in their place of business. The 4 A’s are: awareness, avoidance, arm and attack.

Andy Hament, Esq., Partner at Ford Harrison
Louis D. WilsonEsq. Partner at Ford Harrison

Andy Hament represents management in all areas of employment and labor law.

He is certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in Labor and Employment Law.

He regularly advises private and public sector employers in discipline and discharge, reductions-in–force, collective bargaining, union grievance/arbitrations, discrimination issues, sexual harassment investigations, executive employment and severance agreements, trade secret and non-compete issues, drug abuse and drug testing, the Family and Medical Leave Act and violence in the workplace.

Andy regularly represents employers in state and federal courts and in investigations and charges before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Florida Commission on Human Relations, the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board and the Florida Public Employees Relations Commission.

Earlier in his career, Andy was in-house labor counsel to Harris Corporation, where he handled all the company’s domestic and international employment, labor and benefits law matters for 30,000 employees worldwide. While at Harris he also served for several years as Harris’ European Counsel based in Brussels, Belgium.

Andy currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Brevard Health Alliance. He is also a past President of the Academy of Florida Management Attorneys. He also previously served on the board of directors of the United Way of Brevard County, where he co-chaired the Leadership Giving Council, as well as on the board of directors of the Easter Seals of Brevard and Bridges, Inc., human services agencies which provide support services to individuals with developmental disabilities. He is a former member of the board of trustees of the Holy Trinity Academy. He is a past president of the South Brevard Society for Human Resource Management and currently serves as its legislative chair.

How to Avoid Becoming the Next #MeToo Headline: Ensuring your Sexual Harassment Policy, Training and Investigations are Effective

Andy and Louis will present a lively and interactive presentation that will focus on what is required to have effective policies, investigations, and training for employees, including management level employees, to prevent and address harassment in the workplace.

Learning Objectives:

  • Aid employers and HR professional in understanding the legal elements, requirements and issues surrounding workplace harassment
  • Educate HR professionals on how to develop and implement effective sexual harassment policies, training and investigations
  • Develop practical insights and understanding on the various forms that harassment can take, and appreciating different perspectives as to what may be perceived or considered harassing or inappropriate

Geoffrey Scheer, Managing Director Access Communications

Acting with Respect – The Only Workplace Drama You Need
Program Description: Discrimination and harassment can wreak havoc on an organization. At best, they’re a distraction. At worst, they bring companies to their knees.
During Access Communications’ Acting with Respect program, Managing Director Geoffrey Scheer will reenact scenes of discrimination, harassment, challenges to leadership and other workplace issues, live and in front of you. Then you, the audience, will have the chance to offer up your expertise as we guide our characters toward effective resolutions of each challenge.

Focusing on topics such as discrimination, sexual harassment, unconscious bias and more, you will have the opportunity to lend your voice to this important discussion of how we can make the workplace an environment where everyone feels respected, valued and safe.

Come join us at Acting with Respect and experience the only workplace drama you need!

Learning Objectives: (1) Underscore the importance of diversity and harassment awareness training; it’s the “right” thing to do (moral and ethical reasons) and it’s the “smart” thing to do (legal and financial considerations), (2) explore alternative, “outside-the-box” training methods prioritizing human connection over reliance on technology and (3) emphasize the importance of empathy in training.
Speaker Biography: An accomplished actor and playwright, Geoffrey has turned his talents away from the bright lights of show business to the offices and boardrooms of corporate America. Employing the same skills he once used to entertain, Geoffrey now educates audiences on the importance of respect in the workplace with his company’s theater-based training methods. Balancing drama and humor with the latest research on legal and ethical issues facing today’s workforce, he promises to deliver a presentation that will stay with audiences long after they leave the meeting room. Geoffrey has been training on issues of diversity, leadership and sexual harassment since 2004, working with such companies as AIG, HSBC, Merrill Lynch and many others. He is also a published, produced and New York Times reviewed playwright and a contributing writer on ethical issues for TheHumanist.com.


Paula Just, Chief Human Resource Officer, HealthFirst

Candidates as Customers and Consumers:  HR’s New Era of Lions and Tigers and Bears

Candidates have emerged as our new customers and consumers.  There is no denying it any longer.  The dynamic between candidates and employers is changing rapidly, and organizations who will be most successful in the fierce competition for talent are those focusing intensely on the candidate experience.  There is a tremendous amount of energy in HR teams across the country being invested in creating the best candidate experience, and interesting trends are emerging.


In this session, we will:

  • Illustrate how candidates have evolved into the roles of customer and consumer
  • Reframe our focus on candidate experience – how should organizations respond?
  • Reinforce the basics – what are the table stakes to stay in the game?
  • Identify emerging strategies to engage the customers of our talent acquisition processes more effectively


Andy Masters,  Award Winning Author


Award-winning author and Leadership expert Andy Masters creatively uses the magical imagery of Hollywood to help HR leaders DEVELOP and EMPOWER their organizations—while defeating succession planning crisis–in this challenging era of having to “Do More With Less”. That’s right, LEARN and be ENTERTAINED from actual license-protected scenes from movies such as The Devil Wears Prada, The Iron Lady, Apollo 13—and even Frozen and Star Wars!  This unique program also cites the latest research from Harvard Business Review, Deloitte, and Glassdoor to provoke REAL organizational change from every attendee.  Powerful leadership principles are based on Andy’s latest book “Things LEADERS Say: A Daily Guide to Help Every Leader Empower & Inspire.” Andy’s interactive program provides attendees with not only a memorable multi-media experience, but also with immediate “take-home” action items to help HR develop millennials and future leaders in today’s new economy.


Andy Masters, MA, CSP is an award-winning author and international speaker who has presented hundreds of programs across North America, including as the keynote speaker for over 50+ SHRM Conferences & HR events.  He also served as keynote speaker for the National Institute for Staff & Organizational Development Conference with over 1,400+ attendees in Austin, TX.  Andy has earned the prestigious CSP award of the National Speakers Association (NSA), the highest international recognition for professional speakers, achieved by less than 10% of the 5,000+ speakers worldwide.

Andy has written 5 books and earned 4 degrees, including an M.A.-Human Resources Development and an M.A.-Marketing from Webster University in Missouri.  He is the author of the award-winning book “Kiss Your Customer: 77 Reasons Why Sales & Service Are Just Like Dating & Relationships” and his latest book “Things LEADERS Say: A Daily Guide to Help Every Leader Empower & Inspire.”  Andy has been featured on the LifeTime Television network, PBS, Investor’s Business Daily, and Leadership Excellence magazine.  His website is www.Andy-Masters.com.


Moderator, Wendy Sellers MHR, MHA, COO at BlackRain Partners

Wendy Sellers, MHR, MHA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP Chief Operating Officer BlackRain Partners, LLC. “The HR Lady” Attendee’s walk away from Wendy’s session energized, educated and motivated to act. Wendy is not what one would expect considering her extensive Human Resources background! Why?

Wendy says, “I speak up. I tell it like it is. I challenge the status quo. I understand the reality of a fast paced business and the lack of resources. I recognize that people are a profit center. High performing employees and strong leadership are vital to keeping a business profitable.”

Wendy has a keen sense for business practices that manage risk, drive high performance while attracting and retaining top talent. She has a master’s in human resources and master’s in health care administration. In 2015, HRO Magazine named her a “HR Superstar Practitioner”.

With experience in companies of different life cycles, industries, size and ownership types, Wendy offers clients honest, open, business-minded consulting with a sense of urgency. She guides them through change management, employee and leadership challenges. Wendy is extremely passionate about delivering sound solutions that address real-business issues.

Her focus always remains on the bottom line.

A sample of past speaking engagements:

HR Florida Conference, 2014/ 2015, 2016 Master Series,
World at Work National Conference, 2015,
Camaraderie Foundation Workshop
Leadership Seminole, Day 1
Business & Financial Crimes Seminar 2014, 2015
Women’s Network, Lake Nona, 2016

CONTACT: Wendy Sellers [email protected] www.BlackRainPartners.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/wendythehrlady 407.493.1582 mobile

NOTE: We are aiming to have Presentation materials available to download starting 7 days prior to the conference. Registered attendees will be sent instructions on how to do so.