Live chat: Back to the workplace

What's forever changed, and how to prepare for the transition

Co-presented by Intoo USA

Our work lives have changed dramatically in the last few months. Some companies equipped workplaces with plexiglass, while others installed employee surveillance software. Some conducted virtual layoffs, others have begun hiring and rehiring employees. Add to those coronavirus-related concerns the urgent call to action of the Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ rights movements, and HR leaders have been very busy in 2020 indeed.

In these fast-changing times, how can HR leaders make the best decisions for our organizations and people? What should we be paying attention to today to build strength and resilience for the near, medium, and long term?

COVID WEBINAR PANEL.pngJoin The Granite Group’s Chief People Officer Tracie Sponenberg, employment attorney Kate Bischoff, HR leader and #HRSocialHour Podcast host Jon Thurmond, and outplacement veteran Caroline Vernon for a live Q&A and panel discussion that will provide insights, best practices, and share experiences from the HR community so you can help your organization and people navigate the next stage of the coronavirus crisis.

Register for the event to:

  • Get tips and tools for navigating unprecedented changes for your organization and people
  • Pick up best practices for building an inclusive, antiracist culture
  • Learn what new laws regarding layoffs, furloughs, leaves, and recalls mean for your company
  • Ask your most pressing questions to an experienced panel of HR and employment law experts


Attendees of the webinar are eligible for the programs below.

HRCI-Logo-2019.pngThis webinar has been approved for recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute.
SHRM Recertification Provider CP-SCP Seal 2019.jpgThis program is valid for 1 PDC for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM


About the panelists:

Tracie Sponenberg is Chief People Officer at The Granite Group, a NH-based wholesaler with 45 locations and 600 team members across New England. She has spent her entire career in Human Resources, focusing on working with CEOs to align people & business strategies. Tracie has a BA in Psychology from Holy Cross and a MA-HRM from FSU. She is co-founder of DisruptHRNH and HRRebooted & a speaker and writer on all things HR. A bookworm, introvert and former technophobe, she started getting comfortable with being uncomfortable and embracing technology, and is on a mission to help HR professionals to do the same.

Kate Bischoff is an enthusiastic management-side employment attorney and SHRM-SCP/SPHR-certified HR pro. She advises organizations in a wide range of industries on employment law and human resources issues, from recruitment and workplace culture to terminations. Kate is passionate about improving company culture and using technology (social media and data analytics) in the workplace. Kate speaks from experience when advising clients when administrative and court matters commence. Prior to founding tHRive Law and Consulting, Ms. Bischoff served as a Human Resources Officer for the United States Department of State at the U.S. Embassy Lusaka, Zambia and for the U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem. Kate is also an Adjunct Professor at Mitchell Hamline, serving as faculty for the School of Law’s HR Compliance Certificate Program.

Jon Thurmond, is the Mid Atlantic Regional Human Resources Manager for Team Fishel, a utility engineering and construction company. He oversees the company's national social media recruiting program and produces the company's "HR Pro Podcast." Outside of his day job, Jon is the host and producer of the #HRSocialHour Half Hour Podcast and Twitter chat. He is recognized nationally as a speaker on topics including social media recruiting, workforce development, and podcasting. Jon's career includes roles in Recruiting, Labor Relations, HR Leadership, and Training in the construction, utility, healthcare, and finance industries.

CareerArc’s outplacement expert Caroline Vernon helps companies effectively transition the modern workforce while preserving and protecting their important employer brand and reputation. Caroline’s proven and progressive experience leading organizational growth and change, talent management initiatives, training, and recruiting initiatives has led her to become a valuable partner and thought leader in the outplacement and career management industry. Caroline served as a co-founder of DisruptHR Omaha and is a frequent presenter at DisruptHR events around the U.S.

The views expressed within this discussion are those of the individual authors speaking in their individual capacities only—not those of their respective employers. All liability with respect to actions taken or not taken based on the contents of this discussion are hereby expressly disclaimed. The content in this discussion is provided "as is" and no representations are made that the content is error-free. The information provided on this discussion does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available in this discussion are for general informational purposes only. Information contained within this discussion may not constitute the most up-to-date legal or other information. Participants of this discussion should contact their attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular legal matter. Only your individual attorney can provide assurances that the information contained herein—and your interpretation of it—is applicable or appropriate to your particular situation.

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