2015 May Cobb GEM
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Business Acumen Content Area

When: 05/20/2015
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP
100 Galleria Parkway
Suite 1600 (17th Floor)
Atlanta, Georgia  30339
United States
Contact: SHRM-Atlanta

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What It Means To Be an “HR Business Partner”
Business Acumen Content Area

HR professionals have long made the argument that HR is an essential business partner that needs to be represented in C-level strategy and planning sessions. As business has evolved, HR has a greater chance than ever to be a true business partner – but must have the skills and competencies to do so. In addition to mastery of the HR profession, it takes the right mix of experiences and knowledge, business acumen, analytics and communication skills. In this session, Verla Calhoun Kelley, Director of HR for Turner Enterprises, and SHRM-Atlanta EVP of Signature Events, and Anthony Austin, current Executive Search Consultant and former Sr. VP of HR with Winn Dixie, Delta and Tenet Healthcare, will share what competencies and experience HR professionals need to establish and display to be an effective HR Business Partner to executive leaders.

-Anthony Austin, Executive Search Consultant, E-Link Recruiting Solutions, Inc.
-Verla Calhoun Kelley, PHR, SHRM-CP, Turner Enterprises, Inc.

Anthony Austin is a Human Resource executive with extensive experience in transforming the HR value proposition through driving trust, innovation and business process improvements linked to business strategies to aid in the achievements of enterprise objectives.  He is known for  “best in class” organization building, change management, innovative leadership, organization alignment and dramatically upgrading talent at every level of the organization. He is currently an executive search consultant for a boutique-recruiting firm, E-Link Recruiting solutions Inc., in Atlanta Georgia. There objective is to help clients attract leaders who will improve the vitality, quality and competitiveness of there organizations. Anthony has also served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.  Winn-Dixie is one of the largest food retailers in the nation, ranking 340 on the 2009 FORTUNE 500 ® with over $7 billion in annual sales.  The company operates over 500 stores with 52,000 employees across the Southeastern United States.  He was responsible for all aspects of the Human Resource function. Mr. Austin holds an undergraduate degree in business management and an MS in labor relations from the University of Oregon.

Verla Calhoun Kelley is the Director of Human Resources for Turner Enterprises, Inc., a private company, which manages Ted Turner’s business interests, land holdings and investments, including the oversight of two million acres in 12 states and Argentina.  Turner Enterprises, Inc., also manages the largest commercial bison herd (55,000) in North America on 15 ranches.  Verla possesses over 16 years of human resources experience.  She has built her experience by working as a specialist in different functions of human resources, such as policies, training, workforce planning, employee benefits, employee relations, payroll and other related areas.  With her keen sense of business management, Verla continues to build strong, positive relationships throughout the business community.  Verla has held several volunteer roles within SHRM-Atlanta, Executive Women International, Executive Women International Atlanta, Southern Employee Benefits Conference and within her community.

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Parking: There is a parking lot located directly outside of the building.  There is no charge for parking.

 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM Registration, Networking & Dinner
 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM  Announcements & Speaker Presentation

Advance Registration Deadline: May 19, 2015
Cancellation Deadline: May 13, 2015

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