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HR in the Days of COVID-19: What we’ve learned and where we go from here

  • June 03, 2020
  • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtual meeting - Link will be emailed the day before the meeting
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As we have done the last two months, we are donating all registration fees collected for our monthly meeting to a local nonprofit that is supporting the health and welfare needs of our community. This month our registration fees will be forwarded to Arlington Life Shelter.

During this unprecedented time of need, we hope that all of you and your loved ones are well and are going to stay well throughout this national emergency.

Thank you for your continued support!


(Link to be emailed the day before the meeting)

HR in the Days of COVID-19:

What we’ve learned and where we go from here

As our businesses slowly embrace a reopening, what role does HR play in that process and how do we prepare for Wave 2 of the coronavirus?

MCHRA will once again offer a virtual format for our June meeting. We have assembled a diverse panel to advise attendees on the best practices to implement during the unprecedented challenges we face with COVID-19.

The panel will address the following questions from each panelists’ unique professional perspective:

o What have we learned from our experience in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis?

o How do we get to a new normal while also preparing for a second wave later this year?

o How do we maintain the good that has come from this crisis so that our new normal is better than the old normal? (e.g., our care and compassion, our broadened awareness of the needs of others, how remote working technologies will empower organizational growth in the future)

Please join us for this very insightful program.

About the speakers:

Annie Carolla

Annie Carolla is a Kansas City native and graduated from Kansas State University. Her professional Human Resources experience has primarily been dedicated to the AEC industry, with additional experience in mortgage/banking and executive search.

Ms. Carolla joined HKS two years ago and uses her nearly 20 years in talent acquisition to bring top talent to HKS. As Director of Global Talent Acquisition, Annie partners with leadership to attract the best to the firm, to keep competitive in our unique markets, and educate our hiring leaders to be strong evaluators of talent. Annie oversees global talent acquisition efforts, processes, employment branding, onboarding, and delivers strategic recruiting enhancements and solutions.  


John Hagan

John Hagan is a trial lawyer Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and focuses primarily on employment law in the Firm's Allen office. He advises and defends corporate employers, both large and small, on employment disputes, including clients who have nonsubscribed to the Texas Workers' Compensation Act and those with unionized employees. He advises and defends corporate clients on commercial and insurance litigation issues.

Mr. Hagan also helps employers avoid and, if possible, resolve employment disputes before they ever reach litigation. He advises clients on a wide variety of employment issues arising under both state and federal law, including issues arising under applicable collective bargaining agreements. He reviews company policies, procedures and handbooks for compliance with the law, and suggests and implements appropriate revisions. Having enforced numerous arbitration agreements, he also advises clients whether an arbitration policy would be appropriate for their business.

Mr. Hagan has considerable experience in both court and arbitration, successfully defending employment claims. He has handled claims for discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge and sexual harassment under a variety of state and federal employment laws.

Mr. Hagan was named as a Texas SuperLawyer (Thomson Reuters) for six years in a row, 2011 - 2017.

David Barnett

David Barnett is the vice president of Human Resources and University Relations for DeVry University, responsible for identifying, attracting and engaging key talent with a focus on driving exceptional student outcomes. He also oversees the communications architecture designed to inform and build a culture of care with colleagues, students and alumni, and foster goodwill with the community and other stakeholders.
Prior to joining the university in 2017, Barnett was the senior director of Culture and Talent Development at Adtalem Global Education, where he was responsible for guiding and driving talent management and culture-shaping efforts across its 10 institutions of higher education.
With more than 20 years of experience, Barnett has worked with numerous universities to help drive large-scale change during times of high growth and turnaround, including large land-grant institutions and proprietary education providers.
Barnett earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago, and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A certified master trainer and Targeted Selection Administrator, he holds numerous certifications, including Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR) and Registered Corporate Coach (RCC). He has been recognized by the American Society for Training and Development, Training Magazine, and the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Awards.

Jackie Todd

Jackie Todd serves as an Employee Assistant Program Counselor for JPS Health Network. She brings extensive training in crisis intervention and diagnostics, as well as experience with individual, group and couples counseling. As a consultant, she strives to provide compassionate, goal-oriented counseling and referral services to JPS employees and their immediate family members.

Ms. Todd earned her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Texas. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP). In her past, she has conducted clinical research at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) and was published in 2015.

This program is preapproved for 1.00 Professional Development Credit towards SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification through SHRM and 1 general recertification credit through HRCI.


Mid-Cities HR Association is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit".

All online reservations are due by close of business on the Monday before the meeting.  Online registration will be closed at that time. 

Cancellations & Payments:
We regret that we must charge members and guests the cost of the event when cancellations are not received at least 48 hours prior to the event day. Also, all payments must be made before or by the time of attendance.  By submitting your registration, you agree to these conditions. We appreciate your understanding and support.

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