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CUE Session Profile: The 9 faces of Leadership

  • September 29, 2015

The 9 faces of Leadership

have you ever wondered what kind of leader you are? Do you know what kind of leaders you have in your organization?  Like it or not, you’re about to find.

which one are you?

Kris Dunn, Chief Human Resources Officer for Atlanta-based Kinetix HR will kick off the CUE Conference in Denver with a session entitled The 9 Faces of Leadership.  This lively session will blend pop culture references with HR and marketing jargon to describe and profile the 9 types of HR leaders found in most organizations and how that can impact talent, performance, and employee relations knowledge in the workplace. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry.  Check that. Hopefully you won’t cry, but it’s a guaranteed lock that you will learn what makes your organizational DNA move and shake, and will discover some fun and useful truth about the art of leadership. Most importantly, you’ll learn how understanding the management styles of your leaders helps your organization improve employee engagement and retention.

Who is Kris Dunn? That’s an easy question – he’s the Chief Human Resources Officer for Kinetix. He’s a VP of HR type who has led HR practices in Fortune 500s and venture capital-held startups, and believes that the key to great business results is to get great people, then do cool stuff to maximize their motivation, performance and effectiveness once you have them in the door. As it turns out, that’s his simple definition of talent management. He’s also the noted founder of The HR Capitalist and Fistful of Talent, as well as a Contributing Editor at Workforce Management Magazine and workforce.com, where he has written over 50 feature columns. Kris is among the most transparent HR pros or recruiters you can find, and here’s why: He cares so much about the art of HR and recruiting that he’s started two blogs (The HR Capitalist and  Fistful of Talent) with the goal of building a community he and others could learn from. He’s been putting his thoughts down every business day for over 4 years. As a result of that commitment, he’s been named one of the Top 100 Influencers in the World of HR and a Top 25 Digital Influencer in the HR and Talent Management arena.


CUE Top 10 List of Labor Relations Resources

  • September 28, 2015

 Top 10 List of Labor Relations Resources

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With apologies to David Letterman, we are often asked by CUE members and others where the average HR professional can go to keep up with developing trends in labor relations and labor law.  With all the recent changes coming down from the National Labor Relations, I though it might be useful to publish a listing of some of the labor relations resources we follow every week here at CUE.  Here is a list of ten resources to watch.

The first source everyone should pay attention to is the National Labor Relations Board agency web site.    There is an unbelievable amount of information to be found on this site, including search tools and data bases.  You can also subscribe to agency newsletters.

  1. Labor Relations Today publishes daily legal updates on the NLRB and many other topics.
  2. The Ohio Employer’s Law Blog features content from longtime labor law blogger Jon Hyman
  3. Labor Relations INK from LRI is one of the top labor relations management side websites and a must read every month.
  4. Management Memo bills itself as management’s inside guide to labor relations.
  5. Labor Union Report is one of the most comprehensive labor relations blogs with new content available on a seemingly continuous basis.
  6. The Employer Handbook offers savvy but snarky analysis of many labor and employee relations issues.  A longtime fave!
  7. Another prolific law blogger with great insights, Jonathan HR Law offers the witty work of Jonathan A. Segal
  8. The Delaware Employment Law Blog
  9. Employment and Labor Insider from Costangy
  10. Vorys on Labor

Following these resources can help any HR professional gain a head start on keeping current with developing labor relations issues like:

Protected concerted activity – the Board has raised their level of attention on all kinds of protected, concerted activity but have exerted special focus on non-union employees working in service sector industries.

“Quickie elections” –  new rules were implemented on April 14th, 2015 and have significantly shortened the election cycle.

Joint employer – the Board recently issued the controversial Browning Ferris decision which revised the joint employer status making it more risky for employers. and they are currently reviewing numerous complaints and charges against McDonald’s USA, LLC, McDonald’s USA franchisees, and/or McDonald’s franchisees and their franchisor, McDonald’s USA, LLC as joint employers.

Handbooks, Overbroad Confidentiality Policies – it’s illegal to prohibit discussion of wages, many other types of confidential info, and the NLRB is looking for these kinds of violations, which many employers experience due to lack of training on labor matters.

Micro-unions – in which a small group of employees inside your business are allowed to form a union without including all employees at a location. Imagine the servers at a restaurant in a union, while the kitchen staff might not be.

You Need a Response Plan

CUE can help.  This is something that is happening right now.  You can’t afford to ignore it.  Click here for more information or assistance.

Fall 2015 CUE Conference – Know Before You Go

  • September 27, 2015

The excitement is building and your conference program team is putting the finishing touches on the CUE Conference in Denver. We can’t wait to see you there.

As you plan your conference experience, you may find the following logistical information helpful as you prepare to travel.


CONFERENCE BOOKS – During registration, you selected either an e-Book or printed Book for use at the conference.  If you selected an eBook, you will receive it a week before conference via e-mail. Printed books will be at the registration desk upon your arrival.

MOBILE APP – CUE attendees can now access session descriptions, speaker bios, speaker presentations, speaker evaluations, create a customized conference schedule and so much more – right from your smart phone, tablet or computer!

To access the mobile app, go to https://cuefall2015.pathable.com.

CONFERENCE PROGRAM DOWNLOADS – All session presentations will be available to download via the CUE App a week  before the conference in the CUE mobile app. You can also download presentations from the CUE website http://bit.ly/1ieMJAF, or from the CUE Conference memory stick you will receive as part of your conference attendee package.

CUE PUBLICATIONS – We will be offering some of our most popular CUE publications for sale at special rates during the conference. Stop by the registration desk for full details.


Maximize your 2015 CUE Conference experience by meeting CUE Board members and networking with other  CUE members. This is one of the most important aspects of any CUE event.

1ST TIME ATTENDEE RECEPTION – If you are a first-time attendee at CUE, plan to begin your conference experience at our 1st Time Attendees Cocktail reception on Sunday from 6:00 – 6:30 PM in the foyer of the spectacular Capitol Peak Ballroom on the 38th floor of the hotel.

GRAND OPENING RECEPTION – Join us at the Grand Opening Reception on Sunday evening from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Capitol Peak Ballroom on the 38th floor of the hotel. Enjoy great food and cocktails, and meet with your CUE colleagues from across the globe.

MONDAY NIGHT SOCIAL AND NETWORKING OPTIONS – Monday evening is typically set aside for attendees to hold team dinners or to explore the social life in downtown Denver, but before you head out, be sure to attend the CUE member networking reception for a cocktail and snack in the Aspen Ballroom from 5:15 – 6:15 PM.

TRAVELING ALONE?  – Check out our “Dine Around” options on Monday night  for a chance to eat dinner with CUE Board members and other conference attendees. Check with the registration desk for more information.

TUESDAY NIGHT AT THE WYNKOOP BREWERY – Get ready to relax, let your hair down and get your party on with a special event at the Wynkoop Brewery.  Please join us Tuesday night from 6 – 8 pm in the second floor pool hall which features 15 tournament-sized billiards tables, foosball, darts, brewery tours and great networking. Close out your CUE conference experience with great company and delicious Wynkoop food along with fresh Wynkoop beer from their critically acclaimed brewery.  Buses will begin loading at 5:30 pm.


GRAND HYATT – The times for check-in at the Grand Hyatt Denver will be 3 pm and check-out will be at 12 pm. In the event that you have to cancel your hotel room, please note that the Grand Hyatt has a 2 day (48 hour) cancellation policy. Cancellations made less than 2 days out will be charged a one night’s room and tax penalty. Hotel address is 1750 Welton St, Denver, CO 80202 phone: (303) 295-1234.

From Denver International Airport: Exit Pena Boulevard to I-70 West. Proceed to I-25 South. Exit at Speer Boulevard. South and proceed on Speer Boulevard. Turn left on Lawrence Street Turn right on 17th Street Turn left on Welton, Grand Hyatt is located on the right. More detailed directions can be found at http://bit.ly/1JapRbc.

HOLIDAY INN – The times for check-in at the Holiday Inn will be 3 pm and check-out will be at 11 am. Hotel address is 1715 Tremont Place Denver, CO 80202. Phone: (303) 296-0400.

GRAND HYATT PARKING – The Hyatt offers Valet Parking in a covered garage adjoining the hotel.  (Porte cochere entrance of Grand Hyatt Denver). Overnight Parking is available seven days/week for $37/night USD, and includes in and out privileges. Daily parking is available seven days/week: 0 – 4 hours: $20 and 4 hours or more: $25. Oversized vehicle parking is available seven days/week for $43/day USD. For guests with oversized vehicles, please note, the limited height clearance of the garage (6’9”). Self-parking is available for a fee at several parking lots located near the hotel.


BREAKFAST AND LUNCH SCHEDULE – General and concurrent sessions on Monday and Tuesday will run throughout the entire day. All meals will be served in the Aspen Ballroom on the 2nd floor. Breakfast will be served from 6:45 – 7:45 am and lunch will be served from 12:15 – 1:30 pm both days. Morning breaks will be from 9:15 – 9:30 am and 10:45 – 11:00 am.  The afternoon break will be from 2:45 – 3:15 pm.  Coffee and other assorted beverages will be available.

DINING OPTIONS – Dining in Denver can be an adventure.  Options at the Hyatt include Pub 17 on Welton Street, one of the newest restaurants in downtown Denver offering high plains cuisine and local microbrews, the Fireside Lounge and Starbucks Café. Explore other nearby options at http://denv.co/1Qfyd6U.


THE REGISTRATION DESK – The place to go for help with any conference needs you may have. CUE staff members will be available daily during conference hours to help you with questions.

ATTIRE – Conference dress is typically business casual. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes! Also, we urge you to bring a sweater or jacket as the meeting rooms at the hotel may be cool.

ATTEND OUR SUNDAY PANELS AND DISCUSSION GROUPS – Open your conference with these unique opportunities to network with industry peers and experts. Our industry discussion groups meet Sunday from 3:45 – 4:45 PM and offer an opportunity to exchange information with peers from the Manufacturing, Retail and Transportation sectors in an informal conversational environment. Our “Ask the Experts” panel meets from 5:00 – 6:00 PM and offers a moderated, open format in which CUE experts answer questions about the latest developments in labor and employee relations. Check your schedule or at the registration desk for specific locations.

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP – The pre-conference workshop will be held from 12:00 – 4:00 PM in the Mt. Oxford and Mt. Columbia rooms on the 3rd floor. Attendees should check in at the registration desk to get materials and their specific room assignment.  Registration desk opens at 11:00 AM.

SPEAKER EVALUATIONS – This year we are proud to partner with Pathable for online speaker evaluations on our mobile app at https://cuefall2015.pathable.com . Each session has a speaker evaluation. Simply click on speaker evaluation, enter the speaker name(s) in appropriate field and rate each speaker in each category and submit. By completing the evaluations, you are providing valuable information for the planning and development of future CUE Conference Programs. We appreciate your time and feedback!

NEW MEMBERSHIP MANAGEMENT WEBSITE – If you would like brief training on how to utilize the new CUE website and manage your membership, please feel free to stop by the registration desk and speak with Morgan Jennings. She will gladly answer any questions or walk you through the site and resolve any issues you may have. If you are interested in signing up for a webinar for training, you may do so by speaking with her. 

CUE CHARITY/ HR Gives Back to a Future Without Parkinson’s

Each conference, we donate to a charitable organization in recognition and appreciation of the speakers who give their time to give to our event. For Fall 2015, we are proud to partner with the Michael J. Fox Foundation as part of the “HR Gives Back to a Future Without Parkinson’s” initiative to raise funds for finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson’s today. Click to http://bit.ly/1OV59RN to donate or learn more.

On behalf of the entire CUE Conference Team, thank you for choosing to attend the 2015 fall CUE Conference! So many CUE members and volunteers come together to make this a premier event for our attendees – we truly hope you enjoy it!



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