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PART 2 ONLY: Onboarding and Retention: Promoting Individual and Business Success

Event Start Date: 10/15/2020 9:00 AM

Event End Date: 10/15/2020 11:30 AM

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Cost per place: $45.00
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The Right Talent, Right Now Symposium Series

Onboarding and Retention: Promoting Individual and Business Success

October 15th 

9:00am - 11:30am

*held virtually via ZOOM*

This program has been pre-approved for 2.5 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) by the Society for Human Resource Management and 2.5 HR General credits by the HR Certification Institute

At this pivotal time in our shared history, talent solutions are needed now more than ever.  The unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities and many minority populations is at alarming levels, while businesses struggle to fill job openings and to find the right talent, right now. How do we survive and thrive in this new normal? How does Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) adjust to these times? How do underserved populations find a workplace that feels like home? Our impactful educational and professional development series offers three sessions that give organizational leaders, workforce preparation agencies, and Human Resource/Staffing professionals the opportunity to learn strategies for improving employment results. This ultimately improves business outcomes through attracting, retaining and advancing the broadest diversity in talent. Join us!

Many business segments struggle with 100% or more annual turnover rate costing billions. Gallup reports worker engagement (involved, enthusiastic, and committed to their workplace) in June 2020 was 31%. We desperately need innovative retention and advancement strategies that leverage all employees’ skills and potential.  

This session will include:

Expert solutions on onboarding, employee development and advancement

Out-of-the-box partnering to solve outside obstacles like child care and transportation

Understanding the law when it comes to accommodating disability and other situations

Why millennials and zennials are demanding CSR 

Employees’ perspectives on why they are job-hopping     

Attendees will learn:

  • Attendees will hear expert solutions on onboarding, employee development and advancement
  • Participants will gain a greater understanding of the law when it comes to accommodating disability and other situations
  • Attendees will discover why millennials and zennials are demanding Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Participants will be challenged to think of out-of-the-box partnering to solve outside obstacles like child care and transportation


Nicole Nabors, LMSW worked at Rochester Regional Outpatient Chemical Dependency for three years.  Nicole served as a primary therapist. After that time, she founded Grace & Peace, LLC. The business services consist of inner healing through coaching or counseling, online courses, and transformative speaking engagements. Nicole owns a private practice, Grace & Peace Counseling. She serves as one of two therapists. She created a course on forgiveness and teaches lessons quarterly. The course provides tools to individuals who are ready to forgive past hurts. As a speaker, Nicole speaks at colleges, high schools, rotary clubs and more about domestic violence and persons with disabilities. She is an strong advocate for the voices of people who are not heard or silenced. She mentors the youth and volunteers her services within urban communities. Her professional interest focuses on children, the family unit, intimate partner violence, overcoming obstacles, forgiveness, disability awareness, and a healthy lifestyle. Nicole has presented a presentation at NCSW National Conference on intimate partner violence and the role of religion. Nicole presented at Disabled Sports USA on the value of inclusion. In addition, she is working on writing a book about her personal road to healing.

Paul Keneally, ESQ. Partner - Underberg & Kessler LLP

Strategist and diplomat. Advocate and persuader. Formidable opponent, trusted friend. Paul’s effectiveness as a litigator is due to his depth of legal understanding and his determination to get clients the right result. As chair of the Firm's Labor & Employment Practice Group, and a partner in our Litigation and Municipal Practice Groups, Paul represents a wide variety of businesses, individuals and organizations. From untangling complex commercial and construction litigation, navigating the minefield of labor and employment disputes, resolving tax assessment and other municipal matters, to handling general litigation, insurance defense and personal injury cases, Paul has a wealth of litigation experience in the administrative agencies and the state and federal courts.

Talethea M. Best is founder & CEO of Best Innovations Consulting LLC, a boutique HR consultancy focused on unique practices in talent strategy, diversity, equity and inclusion and strengths-based team building. Relentless about making business strategies inclusively possible, she helps organizations create employee-centric experiences in a way that prepares their workforce to successfully meet rapid growth, business challenges and complex change. Before launching Best Innovations Consulting, Best was global head of talent development at Aon Corporation and was head of learning strategy for the consulting side of Hewitt Associates to drive business growth. Having accumulated over 30 years of strategic planning, talent management and leadership effectiveness experience with Scott Paper Co., Shell Oil Co. and Moog Inc., Best continues to be recognized and praised for her focused, collaborative, results-oriented approach. Her people philosophy is simple: Inclusive leaders build inclusive organizations, and inclusive organizations enable thriving communities. Best is an honors graduate of Drexel University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and communications, and she has a master’s in learning and organizational change from Northwestern University.

Teri Tarshus, CHA has over 15 years over experience as a hotel and property manager in the Southern Tier. She currently is General Manager of the Hilton Garden Inn Ithaca and an 8 story, 102,000 square feet office building in the heart of downtown Ithaca. She has been actively involved in hiring people with disabilities since 2015. Her Hilton Garden Inn was awarded as Employer of the Year for her efforts to hire people with disabilities in 2017 and she has been an active Board member at Challenge Workforce Solutions (the largest agency in Ithaca to assist people with disabilities) since 2018. Teri has a degree in Hospitality and is a Certified Hospitality Administrator.


Robin Eccleston, CPC is the Director of Human Resources at Broome Tioga BOCES. Previously, he was General Manager of Stafkings hiring agency in Broome County for 19 years and served on the Broome-Tioga Workforce Investment Board for 13 years. Robin has also served as a State Council member of NYSSHRM from 2009-Present. He has a BS from Albany State and is a licensed Certified Personnel Consultant.

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