2017 Small Firm Council Winter Seminar: Defining HR for Your Firm

Thursday, February 16, 6:15 PM-7:15 PM; Friday, February 17, 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM; Saturday February 18, 7:30 AM – 1:00 PM (PST)

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Member Organization: National Events

Faculty: Barbara Irwin, Principal and Founder of HR Advisors Group

What does management need to know and understand to ensure an effective human resources function for the engineering consulting community?  This seminar will answer this question no matter what size your firm is, you will learn what the various aspects of a human resources operation are and how firms can create programs, processes and procedures that meet the needs of the workforce while continuing to focus on the bottom line.  Seminar topics included are:

  • HR Basics and HR Audit – A to Z (from recruitment and selection to performance management and everything in between)
  • Accounting, Office Manager and now HR – what happens when HR is part of your job?   What Non-HR professionals need to know when it comes to HR
  • Understanding the various HR Employment Laws (federal, state and local regulations) and how they impact management and business
  • Creating a culture that matches the firm’s vision
  • Employee Engagement – what are some best practices in the engineering consulting industry

This seminar is for any employee in a small firm tasked with making human resources decisions, such as: owners, principals, HR professionals, CEOs, CFOs.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

4:00pm to 6:00pm                            Small Firm Council Steering Committee Meeting (All are                                                              Welcome)

6:15pm to 7:15pm                            Welcome Reception

Dinner on your own


Friday, February 17, 2016

7:30am to 8:30 am                           Continental Breakfast

8:00am to 12:00pm                          Small Firm CEO Roundtable

10:00am to 10:30am                        Break

12:00pm to 1:30pm                         Joint Coalition Buffet Lunch

1:30pm - 5:30pm                              Seminar — Part I: Defining HR in Your Firm

                                                                Barbara Irwin, HR Advisors Group                

3:00pm – 3:30pm                             Break - Foyer

6:00pm to 8:00pm                            Joint Coalition Roundtable


Saturday, February 18, 2017

7:30am - 8:30am                               Continental Breakfast

8:00am - 12:30pm                            Seminar — Part II: Defining HR in Your Firm

                                                                Barbara Irwin, HR Advisors Group                      

10:00am – 10:30am                         Break

12:30pm – 1:00pm                           Seminar Wrap-Up

                                                                Tricia Huneke, Chair, Small Firm Council

1:00pm                                                 Adjourn    

About the Speaker:

Barbara Irwin, Principal and Founder of HR Advisors Group, is an accomplished human resources leader with over 25 years of experience in the field of human resources management and development. HR Advisors Group, LLC is a management consulting firm, focusing on human resources, training, development and organizational design; HR Advisors Group was established in 2003 providing customized strategic solutions to HR and training needs in various industries including engineering, technology, non-profit and the federal and municipal public sector markets.

Prior to forming her own company, Ms. Irwin held various senior level HR positions in the engineering consulting industry including a Vice President with Montgomery Watson Harza (MWH) and Director of Human Resources with Dewberry.  Other organizations where Ms. Irwin has held senior level positions include, Lockheed Martin and Alcon Laboratories Pharmaceutical Corporation, where she was an HR Manager for the International Operations for the organization.

As an experienced human resources consultant, Ms. Irwin has a solid background in organizational growth and development, workforce development and planning, training and career planning, diversity initiatives, cultural change and reorganization, executive coaching, HR metrics, recruitment and retention and global HR initiatives.



Coalition Members - $399
ACEC Members - $499
Non-members - $599

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Refunds, Credits, Substitutions, and Cancellations

For cancellations received at least 15 days prior to program date, ACEC will issue a full refund. For cancellations received between 14 days and 3 days prior to program date, ACEC will issue credits toward any ACEC online class, live or on-demand. Credits are valid for 6 months from issue date. For cancellations received 2 days or less before a program date, no refunds or credits will be issued. Refunds or credits will not be issued for "no-shows." Registrants may choose another online class or substitute attendee/s without penalty at any time. Contact education@acec.org for further information.




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