Spring 2017 CUE Conference Newport Beach, California

Newport Beach, California • April 23-25, 2017

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Greg Hawks, Keynote Speaker:

Registration Includes:

  • Welcome Reception
  • All General Sessions
  • All Concurrent Sessions
  • Networking Events
  • All Breakfasts
  • All Lunches
  • Monday Night Beach Party
  • Tuesday Night Event

Conference Rates:

  • Member: $850
  • Non-Member: $1,195

CUE Room Block:

Special Room Rate of $219 per night available through March 31st.

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Every year, CUE Inc. conducts two national conferences, one in the Spring and the other in the Fall. These events attract labor and employee relations professionals, labor lawyers and consultants from across North America and across the globe. Our members and attendees represent virtually every industry, and companies ranging from small businesses to large Fortune 100 employers.

While attending our conferences, attendees take part in sessions offering a cutting edge focus on pro-active human resources practices, and the latest developments in labor and employee relations. CUE conferences offer unparalleled networking opportunities with hundreds of other labor relations, human resources and operations management professionals.

Earn credits for both the HR Certification Institute certification and SHRM Competencies certification.


Earn HR (general) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.orgThe use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute™ of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute's criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.


CUE, Inc. is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. Earn PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. This program is valid for 13.0 CPD Credits for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit www.shrmcertification.org


Engage with industry leaders who will transform the way you think about employee relations.

Greg Hawks

Owner/Portfolio Manager
Hawks Agency, Hawks Ventures, LLC

China Gorman

Board Chair
Universum Americas

Rick Turner

Senior Director Employee Relations
Whirlpool Corporation

Phil Wilson

President - General Counsel
Labor Relations Institute, Inc. | Approachable Leadership

Fiona Jamison

Spring International

Charlie McLane

Former Board of Directors Chairperson & Executive Director
CUE, Inc.

Bob Kinsella

Former Executive Director
CUE, Inc.

Jim Gray

Jim Gray Consulting

Steve Wardrop

Executive Vice President
Labor Relations Institute, Inc.

Clyde H. Jacob III

Coats Rose, P.C.

Brian W. Bulger

Cozen O'Connor

Rob Buikema

Attorney & Board Member
Buelow Vetter Buikema Olson & Vliet, LLC

Brent Southwell

PJs of Houston

Chris Craddock

Projections, Inc.

David Wimmer

Swerdlow Florence Sanchez Swerdlow & Wimmer

Dr. Zev J. Eigen

Global Director of Data Analytics
Littler Mendelson

Eric Funston

Vice President
Labor Relations Institute, Inc.

Katie Lev

Owner and President
ERL Consulting

Tim Murphy

Labor & Employment Attorney and Partner
Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C.

Robert Nagle

Fox Rothschild LLP

Andrew L. Eisenberg

Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP

Terry Dunn

Positive Management Leadership, Inc.

Brad Rechel

Team Manager, Human Resources & Engagement
Honda North America, Inc.

Juan Garcia


Don Powell

Employee and Labor Relations

Mary Faulkner, SHRM-SCP

Talent Strategist & Business Leader
Denver Water

Mark Stubley

Shareholder & Attorney
Ogletree Deakins

Michael VanDervort

Executive Director
CUE, Inc.

Bret Jacobson

Red Edge


CUE's Spring 2017 Conference will be an immersive and invaluable experience taking place over four action-packed days in beautiful Newport Beach, California.

Each day will be made up of engaging keynote presentations and panels from some of the brightest minds in human resources and employee relations. The conference is designed to provide real, actionable employee engagement ideas that you can implement immediately and create an environment for positive employee relations.


Sunday, April 23

11:00 AM Registration Desk Opens; Check in and pick up conference materials
2:00 PM Industry Discussion Groups (Manufacturing, Retail, and Transportation)
3:00 PM New Member Orientation
3:30 PM Scavenger Hunt/Networking
6:00 PM Grand Welcome Reception/ Dinner/ Networking Event/ 40th Retrospective
6:30 PM Registration Desk Closes

Monday, April 24

6:45 AM Registration Desk Opens; Check in and pick up conference materials
6:45 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM General Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:15 AM 40th Retrospective - Looking Back: Then & Now
9:00 AM Unlocking an Ownership Culture
10:00 AM Break
10:30 AM It's Yuuuge! - Labor Law Update & Trump's First 100 Days
11:30 AM Cleaning Up in a Corporate Campaign - PJS Case Study
12:15 PM Lunch
1:15 PM

Concurrent Sessions:

- The Perfect Online Communication Formula or
- See Something. Say Something. - Live Demo or
- Open-Sourcing Amazon's Career Choice Program
2:15 PM Break
2:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions:

- The Perfect Online Communication Formula or
- See Something. Say Something. - Live Demo or
- Open-Sourcing Amazon's Career Choice Program
3:30 PM Break
3:45 PM

Concurrent Sessions:

- International Labor Review or
- Looking Outside to Fix Inside or
- As Goes California, So Will Go the US
5:30 PM Beach Party: Networking/ Cocktails (Casual Attire Required!)

Tuesday, April 25

6:45 AM Registration Desk Opens; Check in and pick up conference materials
6:45 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM Opening Remarks
8:15 AM Humanity Means Business
9:15 AM It's All in the Numbers - Data Analytics and HR/LR
10:15 AM Break
10:30 AM The Future of Employee Relations
11:20 AM Lunch; Program Committee Lunch - Fall 2017
12:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions:

- Understanding "Misclassification" Issues - Contractor or Employee? or
- How to Be a Loser & Winner in 13 Months! or
- The Leader's Legacy: Managing Your Impact on Your Company's Culture
1:30 PM Break
1:45 PM

Concurrent Sessions:

- Understanding "Misclassification" Issues - Contractor or Employee?
- How to Be a Loser & Winner in 13 Months! or
- The Leader's Legacy: Managing Your Impact on Your Company's Culture
2:45 PM Break
3:00 PM It's All About the People
4:00 PM CUE's Legacy: Managing Our Impact on the Next 40 Years
5:30 PM Twenty-Eight for Dinner/ Networking/ Virtual Reality Demo

Wednesday, April 26

7:00 AM Breakfast for Post Conference Attendees
8:00 AM

Post Conference Workshop:

Approachable Leadership


Newport Beach Marriot - FULL

Overflow Hotel
Hyatt Regency Newport Beach

1107 Jamboree Road
Newport Beach, CA 92660, US
(949) 729-1234



Networking Events

In honor of CUE's 40th anniversary, and in response to requests by our attendees for more informal and activity based networking events, we're doing things a little differently this time. We're planning multiple networking opportunities for attendees throughout the conference. We hope you’ll join in on the fun, beginning Sunday afternoon with an offsite teambuilding event for first time attendees.

Sunday Event

CUE Scavenger Hunt for First Time Attendees
3:30 PM
A Team Building Event

Get out in the California sunshine and meet the CUE Board and our Program Committee Volunteers. CUE is teaming up with Strayboots to plan a challenging, yet fun, way to engage with colleagues and visit a variety of locations all around Newport Beach!

How it Works

"Split your group up into teams before the big event and receive a downloadable link to access the hunt. Teams earn points while exploring the city with unique challenges, trivia questions, and photo opportunities. The team with the most points at the end is the winner! Finish your hunt at a cool bar or restaurant to celebrate."

Watch a Hunt


Monday Event

Monday Night Beach Party @ Newport Dunes
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Casual Attire Required!

Monday Night Beach Party @ Newport Dunes

On Monday evening, join us for our first ever CUE Beach Party. We'll serve up a picnic style meal and cold beverages on the beach. We also have musical entertainment, fire pits, volleyball and games along with a spectacular pacific sunset as the evening draws to a close.


Tuesday Event

Tuesday Night Event @ Twenty Eight
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Virtual Reality Demo

Tucked away between Newport Beach and Irvine is Twenty Eight. Seafood. Meat. Bar. Twenty Eight Is An approachable meat centric concept in a modern space. Twenty Eight offers a unique modern design and food vibe to close out the 40th anniversary of CUE. Join us for an evening of great networking, a finely crafted unique menu, adult beverages, and a peek into the world of virtual and augmented reality using head mounted displays such as her Oculus Rift (DK2, CV1) and HTC Vive.

Meet Our VR Event Facilitators

Kristi Hansen Onkka is a healthcare marketing consultant with over 20 years of experience in innovative engagement platforms. She has been an early evangelist of the use of VR and AR in health and patient care. In fact, she founded healthiAR.com, the first website to bring all of the healthcare related VR and AR experiences under one community resource. She is an adjunct professor at Reed College of Media at West Virginia University where she is developing a course on the use of virtual and augmented reality in integrated marketing communications.


Al Romero is a design director, photographer and instructor with over 20 years of experience in advertising, marketing and live events. He designs and photographs for a range of platforms including web, mobile and print. He has an extensive knowledge within a variety of creative and technology fields focusing on user experience, virtual reality and drone photography.


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