NNHRA's Special Event: "2021 HR Bootcamp"

    April 08, 2021
    9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
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    HR Bootcamp is a 4-week, 100% online, human resources training course hosted by the Reno+Sparks Chamber of Commerce and Northern Nevada Human Resources Association (NNHRA).

    Our goal is to equip business owners, organization leaders, and HR professionals with the tools they need to build a better workplace.

    Participants will receive a certificate of completion; SHRM and HRCI recertification credits will be available (credits pending). **Certificate and credits will be issued after successful completion of the entire course. You must attend all four sessions to qualify.

    APRIL 8 | 9-10:30 AM
    Policy: Best practices on Employee Handbooks & HR policy/procedures

    APRIL 15 | 9-10:30 AM
    People: Onboarding, retention, and building culture

    APRIL 22 | 9-10:30 AM
    Progress: Goal-setting, reviews, and performance improvement

    APRIL 29 | 9-10:30 AM
    Important changes to HR policy due to COVID-19

    HR Bootcamp is open to both NNHRA members and non-members.


    Program Description

    Session 1 | APRIL 8 | 9-10:30 AM
    Policy: Best practices on Employee Handbooks & HR policy/procedures

    In this session, Deputy Attorney General, Charity Felts, will discuss best practices for employee handbooks.  This will include discussion about creating, distributing, and maintaining an employee handbook. 

    Learning Objectives:

    • How the size of your company will dictate the contents of your handbook
    • Key reasons to have an up-to-date handbook, what types of policies to include
    • Suggestions for organizing your handbook
    • The need for employee acknowledgments


    Session 2 | APRIL 15 | 9-10:30 AM

    People: Onboarding, retention, and building culture

    The Critical Key to Your Business Success

    Once the COVID pandemic comes to an end, it is expected by SHRM that there will be a "tsunami" of employee new hires, employee turnover, and major changes in business culture. Is your organization prepared? How will you recruit top talent, keep them engaged, and build a business culture that retains these high performers?

    Join Katherine (Kit) Prendergast, Certified Executive Leadership Coach, to discover 7 key actions you can take (and must take)  now to strategically position your business to attract and retain the best of the best. Come ready to share your own knowledge and wisdom, and learn from the experiences of your colleagues here in Northern Nevada.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Clarify the critical value a talented and engaged workforce means to business success
    • Identify what to look for in recruiting and on-boarding top talent
    • Learn why top talent will leave your company and how to build a culture that will keep them


    Session 3 | APRIL 22 | 9-10:30 AM

    Progress: Goal-setting, reviews, and performance improvement

    Helping People Win at Work 

    Humans have essential questions they need answered to achieve high levels of performance at work. Join Founder and Chief Education Officer, Amber Barnes, as she reveals how by learning these questions and incorporating processes into your approach to performance management, you’ll be able to help employees win while reducing the stress and frustration that typically happens around expectations and performance.  

    Learning Objectives:  

    • Explore the four questions employees need answered to make a meaningful contribution to your organization. 
    • Practice using a model for setting expectations.  
    • Compare your current performance management practices with current research on human performance. 

    Learning Outcomes:  

    • Improve your effectiveness as well as those you support at setting expectations.  
    • Refine your performance management process to ensure it sets your employees up to win.  
    • Take this information and revamp your employer brand and your employee value proposition.  


    Session 4 | APRIL 29 | 9-10:30 AM

    Important changes to HR policy due to COVID-19

    COVID-19 has made business continuity management a way of life. In order to maintain effective and relevant policies, HR must engage stakeholders and management buy-in, as well as draft, implement and train on the policy changes. An effective compliance management program ensures these changes occur timely, and that resulting policies are effective and useful upon implementation.

    Nicole Harvey, Attorney for Blanchard, Krasner & French, will provide guidance on key legal issues including vaccinations, paid leave, attendance, safety, travel, telecommuting, hiring, and group health insurance. We will review new workplace poster requirements and identify government resources. Participants will also receive tactical training on policy drafting and there will be opportunities for Q&A along the way.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Create a responsive and effective HR Compliance Program
    • Manage policies in a rapidly changing legal environment
    • Utilize reliable resources for ongoing  policy development




    Speaker Introductions

    Charity Felts, Deputy Attorney General
    Nevada Office of the Attorney General, Personnel Division

    [email protected]

    Charity Felts is a Deputy Attorney General in the Personnel Division of the Nevada Attorney General's Office. She provides advice and counsel to state agencies in all employment-related matters. Before joining the Attorney General's Office, Charity focused on employer-side employment law matters in private practice. She has developed and presented numerous trainings across the state for employers on a variety of employment topics. Charity is a past President of NNHRA.


    Katherine (Kit) Prendergast, PCC
    Leadership Development Coaching & Training

    [email protected]

    Katherine (Kit) Prendergast is the owner of Career Connections of Sierra Nevada (estab. 2000) in Reno, Nevada. She is a PCC credentialed coach with the International Coach Federation (ICF), a Certified Executive & Leadership Development Coach (CELDC) and a Certified Social & Emotional Intelligence Coach (SEI) as well as a Certified Career Management Coach (CCMC).

    Kit is experienced in a variety of career/strength assessments and is a certified Myers Briggs Inventory (MBTI) instructor as well as a licensed provider of the Four Lenses Temperament Discovery. She welcomes coaching and training clients nationally and internationally.

    To learn more visit Kit’s website www.CareerConnectionsSN.com or connect with her through LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/in/kitprendergast. She may also be contacted directly by calling (775) 224-2553.


    Amber Barnes, Founder and Chief Education Officer

    [email protected]

    Amber Barnes is the founder and Chief Education Officer of StartHuman, an organization that helps human-first leaders and employees around the world by equipping them with the education, practices, and tools needed to replace unhealthy behaviors with ones that promote human flourishing. This results in sustainable success for organizations and humanity. 

    For practical experience, Amber has held positions as the Sr. Manager of Learning and Performance at Veritas Technologies, Learning and Development Consultant at Wells Fargo, Retail Branch Manager at Wells Fargo, and Director of Operations, HR, Marketing and Print Shop for a chain of funeral homes.  

    Her clients include a diverse group of organizations, including: Fortune 50 companies, startups, higher education, small to mid-sized organizations, nonprofits, government (local, state, federal and tribal) as well as professional associations. Amber is also involved with a series of global programs, including: The Young African Leadership Program, The Brazilian Youth Leadership Program, The Algerian Youth Leadership Program, and the Belarussian Youth Leadership Program.  

    Amber holds a bachelor’s degree in education as well as a masters degree in organizational developmentShe has certifications in the methodologies and programs of Brené Brown, Ken Blanchard, Susan Fowler, and the Conscious Leadership Group.  

    Her community service includes founding the Northern Nevada Chapter of Conscious Capitalism, serving on the advisory board of Social Impact 360, serving as board development chair for Susan G. Komen Northern Nevada as well as volunteering for the Crisis Call Center, Girls on the Run, Junior Achievement, and Hands on Banking.  

    Outside of StartHuman, Amber is an avid outdoor adventurer, rookie gardener, voracious reader, and dog mom to two Labrador retrievers, Guinness and Finn.  


    Nicole Harvey, Attorney
    Blanchard, Krasner & French

    [email protected]

    Nicole M. Harvey is an attorney and former bank compliance manager with over a decade of experience representing Nevada families and business owners through their most important decisions and biggest challenges. When Nicole takes on a case, her clients enjoy the benefit of her knowledge, experience, personal investment and ready sense of humor. Her areas of practice include corporate law and governance, estate planning (including online wills), trust administration and probate transfers, employment law, insurance law, civil litigation and the regulation of federally insured financial institutions. Nicole is a frequent speaker on numerous topics, including human resources compliance, bank regulatory compliance, estate planning and constitutional law. She is the author of I Hope You Die Laughing: A Beginner’s Guide to Estate Planning.


    Cancellation and No Show Policies

    No refunds will be given. If you are unable to attend, we will be happy to give you credit toward another event as long as we receive notice 48 hours before your scheduled event. Please send your request to [email protected].



    $75.00 HR Bootcamp Virtual Ticket