Conference to help manage in tough economic times

| 05/05/2009

(CNS): George Town candidate Walling Whittaker will be one of the speakers at a one-day conference on 7 May hosted by the Cayman Islands Society of Human Resources Professionals (CISHRP), which will focus on strategies for managing in an economic downturn. Targeted to business leaders and senior managers in the community, in addition to human resource professionals and business owners, this annual professional development conference will feature a combination of prominent local professionals in addition to top international experts.

This year’s conference theme, “If the Bubble Bursts… How Will You Manage and Motivate Your Talent”, is focused the HR challenges facing businesses in light of the economic climate, according to CISHRP, which has even reduced the registration fee to demonstrate the Society’s knowledge that all businesses are being asked to do more with less.

CISHRP has “We are extremely excited about this year’s conference and feel it is relevant to what is currently going on in the Cayman Islands,” said Conference Chair, Samantha Bennett.

The event is being held at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort Conference, where keynote speaker will be Dorothy Hill, SPHR, Field Services Director in the Southeast Region for the US-based Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM). Hill is based in Vero Beach, Florida, and is responsible for programmes in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi as well as Bermuda, The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and St. Croix. She will be discussing HR Competencies – Setting the Stage for Success and will conduct a workshop for attendees on how to identify these competencies and how to integrate them into their organisations.

In addition, Doug Soares, founding partner of Expertise, Bermuda’s largest consulting firm specializing in human resource management and who was the keynote speaker at last year’s CISHRP conference will return. Soares will be discussing Cutting People Costs Without Cutting People and will conduct a workshop that will identify strategies for reducing personnel costs without resorting to redundancies. Other speakers include Walling Whittaker who will discuss Don’t Think Pay Think Total Compensation and John Harvey who will discuss Performance Management in Good Times and Bad.

A new feature in the conference programme will be the HR Open Forum which will comprise a panel of experts to whom attendees can ask a multiplicity of human resources related questions and engage in discussions. This year’s panel will include Franz Manderson, Chief Immigration Officer; Lonny Tibbetts, Director of Employment Relations; Cyril Theriault, Superintendant of Pensions; and Mervyn Conolly, Superintendant of Heath Insurance.

In addition to the speakers and workshops, CISHRP has brought back the HR Marketplace, a social event held the evening before the conference providing an opportunity for attendees to meet vendors of human resources products and services. Vendors interested in participating by sponsoring a table at the event can contact a CISHRP on 916-3742 for details.

Registration for the event includes attendance to theone day conference, lunch, refreshments, conference bags sponsored by Bank of Butterfield; CISHRP polo shirts sponsored by ICO Uniforms and lots of other CISHRP giveaways.

For further information on the CISHRP’s annual conference 2009, please contact Meaghan Mitchell at 949-1345 ext 128, Samantha Bennett at 916-3742 or or log on to for registration and speaker details.

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