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    The Conundrum of Employee Engagement

    Date: June 13, 2018, 11:15am – 1:30pm
    Heart of Illinois HR Councial
    Lariat Club
    2232 West Glen Avenue
    Peoria, IL 61614
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    Lariat Steakhouse

    11:15am-11:45am Registration

    11:30am Lunch

    11:45am-12:00pm Council Updates

    12:00pm – 1:00pm  Program 


    Employee engagement has been a hot topic for several years, and while the needle has moved slightly in a more positive direction, the latest statistics remain grim – and, frankly, puzzling. With countless books, articles, workshops, webinars, reports and more on the subject, why do organizations still struggle to engage and motivate employees? The quick answer is because it’s complicated! There are multiple, interrelated dynamics that influence engagement and motivation that must be understood and addressed. In this upbeat and engaging (pun intended!) presentation, Cindy will share fresh perspectives and her unique approach for what organizations can do to solve the employee engagement conundrum and create a thriving workplace.

    Specific Learning Objectives:

    • Review the latest employee engagement statistics and trends
    • Understand the neuroscience associated with stress, trust, and empathy
    • Recognize the critical need for leadership presence, integrity, and civility
    • Learn strategies to help employees strengthen self-management skills, build resilience and adaptability, and feel more empowered


    Our Speaker: Cindy Byrd

    Teaching and inspiring others how to bring their best self and best thinking to all they do fuels Cindy’s passion for improving quality of life. As a branding and leadership development specialist, educator, and public speaker, she helps individuals and businesses communicate with greater insight and impact, build positive brands and long-term relationships, and create exceptional experiences for employees and customers alike. Cindy uses her keen insight and creativity to customize engaging learning opportunities for employee development programs, public workshops, and conference presentations and to serve as a visionary thinking partner with the individuals and organizations she assists.


    Cindy’s background includes 10 years as a manager, 16 years as a business owner, and 13 years as a business professor at Robert Morris University Illinois where she is now professor emeritus. She is certified in leadership development, is a past recipient of the 25 Women in Leadership award, and is a member of the East Peoria Chamber of Commerce, McLean County Chamber of Commerce, I’ve Decided, the Association for Talent Development Heart of Central Illinois Chapter, and the Central Illinois Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. She is a frequently requested keynote and breakout session speaker for conferences at the local, regional, and state levels. Additionally, Cindy hosts Business Minds, a weekly webcast featuring interactive coaching and social learning on a variety of topics designed to foster an entrepreneurial spirit and promote business growth and success. For more information, connect with Cindy on LinkedIn at and on Facebook @insidebusinessminds.


    This session is pending approval for 1.0 SHRM General Credit and 1.0 HRCI Business Credit.