Human Resources professionals play a vital role in the bank. Working with all employees, departments and functions, the HR department works to build a quality team and develop a successful organization.
The Human Resources Conference is designed to bring needed information to our HR banking professionals across Arkansas, addressing human resource issues that are unique to the banking industry. Join your colleagues and our expert speakers to discuss topics including generational challenges, employment law, cybersecurity and more!


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

8:00 a.m. | Registration / Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. | The Balance Act – Five Generations in the Workforce Today
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Dianne Barton, Performance Solutions, Inc.

9:30 a.m. | The First 100 Days and Beyond: Key Issues for HR in 2017

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Neemah Esmaeilpour & Stuart Jackson, Wright Lindsey Jennings

10:30 a.m. | A Passion for Your Profession

Becky McCrary, Becky McCrary Speaks

12:00 p.m. | Lunch featuring 2017 Legislative Update - Employment Law

Melanie McClure & Brian Vandiver, Cox, Sterling, McClure & Vandiver, PLLC

1:00 p.m. | Speed Networking

Dianne Barton, Performance Solutions, Inc.

2:00 p.m. | Cybersecurity Updates

Rodney Moore & Quinten Whiteside, Wright Lindsey Jennings

3:00 p.m. | HR Insights: Issues for Bankers 

Abtin Mehdizadegan, Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C.

4:00 p.m. | Adjourn

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Dianne Barton, Founder and President of Performance Solutions, Inc., has expertise in customer service, leadership, deposit regulatory training, team and performance culture development. Her programs are designed to “close the gap” between the bank’s needs and employees’ skills.

Neemah Aaron Esmaeilpour is a labor & employment attorney who represents employers and professionals in a variety of employment matters. His areas of practice include discrimination, minimum wage and overtime, employee leave, employment contracts, severance agreements, covenants not to compete, unemployment claims and EEOC/DOL investigations.

Stuart Jackson heads up Wright Lindsey Jennings’ Labor and Employment Team. He advises employers on compliance with civil rights laws and developing personnel policies, employment agreements and covenants not to compete. Jackson also defends employers in federal and state court litigation and appeals involving claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Arkansas Civil Rights Act.

Attorney Melanie McClure is a Partner with Cox, Sterling, McClure & Vandiver, PLLC and primarily represents employers in all aspects of employment law. Melanie routinely defends employers in discrimination, wrongful termination, and wage and hour cases, and represents companies and individuals in litigation over trade secrets and noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements.

Becky McCrary is an internationally recognized expert on relationship building. Using personal experiences, hold-your-face humor, and unimaginable insight, she guides audiences to a profound belief in their own abilities, passions, and power. She spent twenty years in financial services: performed teller transactions, opened new accounts, approved and processed consumer loans, originated mortgage loans, managed branch operations, developed regional business partners and inspired her staff.

Abtin Mehdizadegan is an Associate at Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C. His practice focuses on general and complex employment and business litigation and appellate advocacy. He represents and advises clients in a wide range of employment and traditional labor-related matters. Abtin also represents employers and businesses in the process of drafting and negotiating various contracts. Abtin frequently speaks and publishes on current labor and employment law matters for human resources professionals and various trade associations. Within the Firm, Abtin serves as Chair of the Library and Research Committee, and is a member of other Firm standing committees.

Rodney Moore is an attorney at Wright Lindsey Jennings. He provides advice and representation for businesses in the healthcare, banking, technology and insurance industries. Additionally, he represents clients in commercial litigation; multi-party and class action litigation; and appellate matters. Moore is an active member of the American Bar, Arkansas Bar and Pulaski Bar Associations.

Quinten Whiteside is an attorney at Wright Lindsey Jennings. He focuses his practices in litigation. His practice centers on insurance defense, transportation, intellectual property, premises liability, medical malpractice and employment law. Whiteside is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel, Pulaski County Bar Association and Defense Research Institute.
Attorney Brian A. Vandiver is a Partner with Cox, Sterling, McClure & Vandiver, PLLC and primarily represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. Brian routinely advises management in labor and employment compliance and litigation. Brian also represents clients in various legislative, public policy, and constitutional law matters.


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