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Keynote Sessions

SHRM-Atlanta is excited to present two fantastic keynote speakers at this year's Symposium. Both of these speakers will provide valuble information, advice you can use in your daily work life, and a little bit of fun. Check them out below!

Morgan BarrettAlly or Adversary?
Navigating Professional Relationships at Work

Morag Barrett, CEO & Founder, SkyeTeam
8:00 am

Work is the toughest team sport any of us will play. But few are equipped with the skills to grow business relationships and bottom-line results. Research and experience show it’s the quality of your working relationships that has the greatest impact on your success. Relationships matter.

If you can’t get your team aligned to deliver results, your success is in jeopardy. In this interactive keynote, you will learn how to identify your critical stakeholders, diagnose the health of those relationships and identify the steps to leverage Ally relationships and manage Adversary relationships.

This is not a ‘be nicer’ message. It is one that is fundamental to your success and that of those who work with you.

Learning Objectives:

  • Articulate why quality working relationships matter, the business and personal impact.
  • Apply the Relationship Ecosystem™ to diagnose the health and quality of your professional relationships.
  • Determine the next steps to develop your Ally relationships and manage Adversarial relationships.

SkyeTeam is the brainchild of Morag Barrett. Morag’s experience ranges from senior executive coaching to developing high impact teams across Europe, America and Asia. She is a highly effective speaker, trainer and executive coach.

Morag draws from a deep and unique operational skill set. Her corporate career started in retail banking with Royal Bank of Scotland Group in the UK. With 15 years’ experience in the finance industry, Morag understands the challenges of running a business as well as the complexities of leading and managing the people that are part of that business.

Prior to launching Skye in 2007, Morag was responsible for global leadership and executive development in a US Telecoms company. Since launching SkyeTeam she has had the opportunity to work with clients in a range of industries including: Healthcare, Telecoms, Mining, Manufacturing, Engineering, and Technology.

Morag earned a Master of Human Resource Management and received the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation. She is also a recognized business coach for the Corporate Coach University and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in the UK.

Morag is a contributor to and has been featured in, business insider,, American Management Association and is a regular contributor the Association for Training and Development, Society for Human Resources and among others.

Morag has established herself very happily and firmly in Broomfield, Colorado, with her husband and 3 sons. For fun, in addition to time with her family, you’ll find Morag playing in the Broomfield Symphony Orchestra where she is the principal bassoonist or ballroom dancing. (It’s also possible she may simply be relaxing in front of an episode of Law & Order). As a footnote, her name is Scottish and means “great."

Thank you to our Premier Sponsor!

Jack enterWalk the Narrow Road of Leadership Excellence -
Practical Methods that HR Professionals Can Implement to Create Effective Leaders

Jack E. Enter
12:15 pm

As HR professionals, we continue to face significant challenges in creating strong leaders within our organizations. Unfortunately, one of the more pressing issues is the failure of supervisors and managers to receive appropriate training and support to enable them to consistently practice recognized leadership principles. Many supervisors and managers seem to take the “path of least resistance” when dealing with difficult teams, or with effectively communicating with employees in difficult situations. Understanding how to guide and develop supervisors and managers to become stronger at leading teams, delegating and communicating are key attributes for developing excellent leaders.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine why leaders are not as effective as they could be in their roles;
  • Learn practical methods to strengthen your managers and supervisors so that they can become stronger, more effective leaders

Jack E. Enter has been associated with the field of criminal justice since 1972 when he began his career as a law enforcement officer. Since that time, he has worked as a street police officer, detective, vice/narcotics investigator and as the administrator of a law enforcement agency in the suburbs of Atlanta. Jack obtained his Ph.D. in 1984 and has served as a professor and administrator in the university setting and as Director of Information and Education for the Governor’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. He was also one of the research associates assigned to the planning of the security component of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta.

He has lectured throughout the United States and abroad. He recently published his first book, "Challenging the Law Enforcement Organization: Proactive Leadership Strategies."

Sponsored by:

Emory University - Law School