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Network with restaurant human resources and risk and safety professionals who face the same challenges, and share on-target, specialized experiences. What better way to discover best practices, solutions to stubborn problems, or opportunities for advancement than from restaurant leaders in your field?

Our Human Resources & Risk and Safety Executive Study Group delivers information essential to your daily workload and long-term career. Whether you need new training tactics or information about employee benefits, regulations, smarter coverage or risk reduction, this group is your window into what fellow restaurant industry leaders are doing and which strategies work best.


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As an added value for our members, both Human Resources & Risk and Safety have separate Listservs. These Listservs are an effective way to ask colleagues questions, share news, and contribute to discussions on issues important to your field. To be eligible, you must work full-time in the field of human resources or risk and safety for a company that is a restaurant member of the National Restaurant Association. Click here to subscribe.

Once you join the list, simply send Human Resources email messages to humanresources@lists.restaurant.org and Risk and Safety email messages to rsm@lists.restaurant.org. Your message goes to everyone who is subscribed to the list.

Can I view past messages?
Yes. For Human Resources, click here to visit our archives. For Risk and Safety, click here to visit our archives. Registered members of the Listserv can read or search past messages. You can also change the settings of your account.

How do I unsubscribe?
To leave the Human Resources email list, send a message to hr-unsubscribe@lists.restaurant.org. To leave the Risk and Safety email list, send a message to rsm-unsubscribe@lists.restaurant.orgBe sure to send this message from the email address you want to remove from the list.

2017 Featured Speaker

Dee Ann Turner is vice president, enterprise social responsibility for Chick-fil-A, where she began her career more than 30 years ago. She previously was vice president, corporate talent, for 16 years. Over the years, she has been integral to growing Chick-fil-A's unique, highly regarded culture while overseeing recruitment, selection and retention of corporate staff and recruitment and selection of franchisees. 

Turner reveals her insight and tools to building an incredible, influential company culture in her book, "It's My Pleasure: The Impact of Extraordinary Talent and A Compelling Culture."

Turner attended Cincinnati Christian University in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she majored in journalism and Christian education. She completed her education at Clayton State University in Atlanta with a management degree. She has certifications from several other business schools and completed Harvard Business School's advanced management program. She is a board member for the Kenya Project, which provides education, homes, food and spiritual growth for children in Kenya. She is also a board member of Proverbs 31 ministry in Charlotte, N.C. She has a passion for missions that support women and children and strengthen families.



Wed., Feb. 8, 2017

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Registration and Sponsor Exhibits Open
  Stop by the registration desk to pick up your materials and mingle with our conference sponsors.
1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Joint Session: Healthcare Reform in the Post ACA World
3 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Networking Break
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Breakout Panels
  Human Resources: TBA
  Risk: Food Contamination Liability: Is Your Brand Prepared?
Moderator: Justin F. Lavella, Partner, Blank Rome
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Breakout Panels
  Human Resources: Recruing Panel
  Risk: TBA
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Welcome Reception
*Dinner on your own*

Thurs., Feb. 9, 2017

8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast and Sponsor Introductions
8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Legislative Outlook
  Speaker: Mike Whatley, Director, State and Local Affairs, National Restaurant Association
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Keynote - It's My Pleasure: The Impact of Extraordinary Talent and a Compelling Culture
  Speaker: Dee Ann Turner, Vice President, Enterprise Social Responsibility, Chick-fil-A, Inc.
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Networking Break
11 a.m. - Noon Roundtable Discussions
Noon - 1 p.m. Lunch
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Breakout Sessions
  Human Resources: Overtime Implementation
Moderator: Tammy D. McCutchen, Principal, Littler Mendelson P.C.
  Risk: TBA
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions
  Human Resources:
HR I (Quick Service & Fast Casual): Upcoming Issues with the National Labor Relations Board

Moderator: Paul J. Kennedy, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson P.C.
HR II (Table Service Restaurants): The Tipping Point: What Table Service Operators Need to Know to Avoid a Lawsuit
Risk: TBA
3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Networking Break
3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. The Future of OSHA Compliance
5:30 p.m. Shuttle departs Hotel for Dinner
6 p.m. Dinner - Cooper's Old Time Pit Barbeque, 217 Congress Ave.

Fri., Feb. 10, 2017

7:30 a.m. Breakfast
8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Business Meeting
  *Open to restaurant operators only
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Joint Session
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions
  Human Resources: Immigration Reform - What's on the Horizon?
  Risk: TBA
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Networking Break
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Roundtable Discussions
11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. Closing Remarks & Lunch





1900 University Avenue
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 404-1900
$219/night + tax - single/double 
January 17, 2017


Operator registration is open to restaurant operators and those who work for restaurants or hospitality companies. If you are a product or service provider, please contact John Lehmann for sponsorship opportunities.


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