On behalf of UPHRA and the Superiorland Chapter of SHRM, we are pleased to present the 16th annual H.R. Fall Forum to be held on Friday, September 13 at the Island Resort and Casino in Harris, MI. The fall Forum has become the U.P.'s premier H.R. training event with a variety of information needed by any size organization in any field. Plan now to attend--this is an event you can't afford to miss.

Keynote Speakers

John Zorbini has spent his career helping organizations understand the strategic link between effectively managed human capital and successful business results. John’s unique background and experiences as a senior executive, professional speaker and certified leadership coach, combined with his collaborative and results-focused approach, makes him ideal to consult, coach and facilitate all levels of leadership. For 30 years, John held various leadership roles for three of Wisconsin’s largest employers, spending 25 of those years in the Chief Human Resources Officer position. Having an intimate understanding of the complexities and daily challenges of senior-level leaders has enhanced his ability to quickly relate to and strengthen the leadership capabilities of those he coaches. As a professional speaker, John has delivered hundreds of workshops and presentations and continues to be a much-in-demand facilitator and speaker. Additionally, John has over 20 years of university-level teaching experience as an Assistant or Adjunct Professor at Marquette, Concordia, Cardinal Stritch and Mount Mary Universities, where he taught courses in Business and Communications. John received his bachelor’s degree from West Liberty University and his master’s degree from Marquette University. He completed his Fellowship for Healthcare Executives at the Healthcare Advisory Board in Washington, D.C. He has served as a board leader or member for numerous governmental agencies, civic groups and not-for-profit organizations, including Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s Council for College & Workforce Readiness and the Wisconsin Hospital Association’s Workforce Development Council. He currently serves as Chairman of the Washington County Ethics Board and as an advisor to numerous professional, educational, and community organizations.

Cassie Sobelton is a motivational, inspirational and corporate Detroit-based speaker focused on health, wellness and balance. She is currently on her 2016 Speaking + Book Tour, Back to Balance, where she shares her personal journey to achieving wellness, easy "health upgrades", and her tried-and-true tips and tricks for living a more balanced life.

Cassie's unique background in the corporate wellness industry and  her own personal health struggles allow her to connect with both executives and employees alike. Her platform is one of wellness - both inside and outside of the workplace - providing insight on and guidance for living a more balanced life. 

In Cassie's current talk, Back to Balance, she shares her personal journey to health and wellness. As a career-driven professional, Cassie was working over 60 hours a week, neglecting her body and overall wellbeing. A serious medical condition was the wake-up call she needed to start making health a priority.

After a decade of research, education, trial-and-error, Cassie shares valuable information, resources, health upgrades and philosophies that allow individuals to take control of their lives and find balance in Mind, Body and Spirit. 

Conference Program

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Registration fees are $65 for UPHRA members and $85 for non-UPHRA members in advance and $100 the day of the conference.  The cost includes a light continental breakfast, lunch, education sessions and conference materials. Advance registration will close on Monday, September 9 at 11:59 p.m.

Golf Outing/Welcome Reception

U.P. Fall Forum registrants, sponsors and presenters are encouraged to arrive the day before to attend a fun and casual golf outing sponsored by EHIM. Tee times will begin at 1:00 pm.  All skill levels are encouraged to participate and rentals are available if needed

Not able to make it in time to golf? Please consider attending the welcome reception at the Sweetgrass stater shack located directly behind the Island Resort and Casino conference center from 6:30-8:30 pm. Appetizers and cocktails will be served. 

This event is graciously sponsored by EHIM.

Please register below for the Golf Outing and/or Welcome Reception:

Golf Outing/Welcome Reception Registration

Hotel Room Rates

Reserve a room at the Island Resort and Casino by August 15 to receive the discounted rate of $90.95 for Thursday night and $128.01 for Friday night.  When making the reservation, please refer to block #1351DR- UPHRA Fall Forum.

Day of Details

  • Not sure how to get to the Island Resort and Casino? Click here.
  • Click here for a map of the convention center
  • Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the event kicks off promptly at 10 a.m. 
  • Coffee, tea and breakfast goodies will be available during registration
  • Be sure to bring plenty of business cards and visit our exhibitors as they will be raffling off an assortment of amazing prizes.  Additionally, have each exhibitor sign off on the card you receive at registration for a chance to win our GRAND DOOR PRIZE!
  • The Island Resort and Casino runs on EST though it technically lies in the Central Time Zone.  Therefore, be wary of relying on your cell phone (or other devices which may convert automatically) as a watch!

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