Mary S. McClatchey, J.D.,
Founder/President, WorkSmart Partners
After a fifteen-year judicial career, Mary McClatchey, J.D., founded WorkSmart Partners to provide state-of-the-art compliance programs, while teaching leaders that managing the modern workforce with strong teams and a flexible culture is crucial to reducing legal exposure. As an employment law judge and mediator, Mary witnessed how difficult it is for leaders and managers to keep up with changes in the law. Dramatic transformations in the workforce, in technology, and in workers’ attitudes about how, where, and when they should work have changed the legal landscape. Mary started WorkSmart Partners to help executives, managers, and employees navigate these legal, demographic, and cultural changes in a balanced way that manages risk. Her mission is to help clients mitigate risk while strengthening business performance.
As Senior Administrative Law Judge for the State of Colorado, Mary decided and mediated hundreds of federal and state employment law claims, giving her exceptional expertise in employment and civil rights law, the factors that contribute to employer liability, and best practices for managing risk. Mary previously served as General Counsel to the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and trial counsel in the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, prosecuted jury trials in the Denver City Attorney’s Office, and litigated in private practice.
Prior to law school, Mary co-founded the Women’s Leadership Training Institute, a not-for-profit business she grew to serve the Front Range. She has also co-founded and served on the boards of several community organizations, including Mi Casa Resource Center. A frequent presenter to judges, attorneys, and managers, Mary has also guest lectured at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and the University of Colorado at Denver Graduate School of Business Executive MBA Program. Mary recently studied Human Capital Management Analytics under Dr. Wayne Cascio, Distinguished University Professor, Robert H. Reynolds Chair in Global Leadership, at the University of Colorado Denver Graduate School of Business, to enhance her insight into how human capital management strategy impacts business outcomes. Mary brings a balanced perspective, a sense of humor, and a passion for results, to her work.
Vice President of Client Services and Senior Business Consultant, HR Choice
Christie is Vice President of Client Services and Senior Business Consultant, at HR Choice. She specializes in organizational and leadership development, strategic planning, and workforce transformation. Christie is especially sought for her ability to assess and align corporate culture and business and talent strategies for progressive organizations focused on bottom-line results. Her extensive corporate and non-profit experiences have given her a unique perspective of the challenges and opportunities of leadership in small and large for-profit and non-profit firms.
Former Vice President, Wholesale Service Delivery at Qwest, Christie had responsibility for Customer Service Operations for Wholesale customers, managing over 1,700 employees with revenue responsibility for $3.2 billion. She held a number of executive positions in the telecom and cable industries, including Strategic Planning, Customer Operations, Marketing, Sales, and Organization Effectiveness. Christie is also the former CEO of The Leadership Investment, a non-profit focused on gender equality and the advancement of women in business. Active in the community, Christie is a Board member of a variety of local and national non-profits focused on hunger and poverty; education; diversity; leadership; and the advancement and support of women. She is the recipient of the US West Chairman’s Award for Leadership, the Women’s Leader of Excellence Award, and the Woman of Vision Award.
HR Choice supports clients nationally with corporate offices in Denver, CO and branch locations in Phoenix, AZ, Colorado Springs, CO and Columbus, OH. HR Choice offers a broad set of operational and strategic employer services with a fully staffed, skilled and experienced human resources department ready to meet clients’ needs.
MINES and Associates
MINES and Associates has been in business since 1981. Since that time MINES has become a nation-wide provider of Employee Assistance Programs services, wellness programs, managed behavioral healthcare, and organizational development and consulting services. MINES has developed a nationwide PPO network of over 21,000 provider locations that span the entire United States.
MINES’ EAP provides highly tailored services that fit each organization’s particular needs. Combining high-touch service with customized promotional programs, MINES’ EAP services maintain a utilization rate far above our competitors. Valuing quality over all else, MINES’ EAP provides effective counseling services for employees and their families, access to online resources including do-it-yourself legal forms, financial calculators, informational articles and self-help tools. The EAP also acts as a management tool that helps leadership be more proactive in supporting their staff further reducing their healthcare costs and increasing productivity at the same time.
MINES offers a wide selection of trainings and seminars across a huge array of topics including stress and resilience, workplace conflict and safety, nutrition and fitness, communication, teambuilding, legal and financial issues, aging and caretaking, family and more. MINES also provides a wellness enhancement to our standard EAP services. Our “Whole Organization Wellbeing” system allows members and employees to utilize EAP sessions to access specialized wellness professionals for personal and customized assessments to address fitness and nutrition needs, sleep issues, smoking cessation, and weight loss.
Sally Spencer-Thomas is a clinical psychologist, inspirational international speaker and an impact entrepreneur. Dr. Spencer-Thomas was moved to work in suicide prevention after her younger brother, a Denver entrepreneur, died of suicide after a difficult battle with bipolar condition. Known nationally and internationally as an innovator in social change, Spencer-Thomas has helped start up multiple large-scale, gap filling efforts in mental health including the award-winning campaign Man Therapy and the nation’s first comprehensive program designed to help employers with the successful prevention, intervention, and crisis management of suicide. A recent invited speaker at the White House, Spencer-Thomas’ goal is to elevate the conversation and make suicide prevention a health and safety priority in our schools, workplaces and communities. Spencer-Thomas has also held leadership positions for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, the International Association for Suicide Prevention, the American Association for Suicidology, and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. She has won multiple awards for her advocacy including the 2014 Survivor of the Year from the American Association of Suicidology, the 2014 Invisible Disabilities Association Impact Honors Award, and the 2012 Alumni Master Scholar from the University of Denver, the 2015 Farbarow Award from the International Association for Suicide Prevention and the 2016 Career Achievement Alumni Award from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology.
Dr. Spencer-Thomas has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver, Masters in Non-profit Management from Regis University, a Bachelors in Psychology and Studio Art with a Minor in Economics from Bowdoin College. She has written four books on mental health and violence prevention. She lives with her partner and three sons in Conifer, Colorado.
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Julie Raines helps employers around the world create a strategic advantage as they compete to attract, retain, and engage the right talent. Her expertise includes employment value proposition (EVP), positioning and branding, marketing communication, and change management.
She partners with clients to define their compelling, differentiating, and authentic promise to candidates and employees, and bring it to life. Why work “here” versus other choices? What does the organization expect from me and why? How do I deliver it? What can I expect in return?
She brings a unique and valuable perspective, blending a consumer marketing mindset with deep human resources insight. She is sought-after for her integrated thinking, innovative solutions, and road maps for action that get results, in areas that include employee engagement, total rewards, wellness, and flexible work arrangements.
Julie has more than 20 years of experience working with clients and within organizations to inspire the hearts, minds, and behaviors of their current and future employees. Formerly she was Global Lead for Employment Branding at Aon Hewitt, the global provider of human resources services, where she defined and branded the Why Work “Here” experience for a wide variety of employers. Prior to that she was Executive Director of Global Marketing at UCLA Extension and Senior Vice President at an integrated marketing communications agency in Chicago.
Julie holds an MS, Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University and a B.F.A., Graphic Design from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
CEO, McBassi & Company
Laurie Bassi is the CEO of McBassi & Company, a leading-edge human capital analytics consulting company. Since she founded McBassi in 2001, she has been working with clients – from start-ups to Fortune 100s – to help them get better business results by using analytics to improve the management of their employees.
In the earlier years of her career, Laurie served as vice president for research at Association for Training Development, the director of research at Saba Software, the director of two U.S. government commissions, and a tenured professor of economics and public policy at Georgetown University. She is a licensed investment advisor who, for over a decade now, has been generating above-market returns by investing in companies with superior human capital management.
Laurie is a sought-after speaker – having spoken on every continent, with the exception of Antarctica. As a still-recovering academic, she is also a prolific author, with over 90 published papers and books. Her most recent books are The HR Analytics Handbook and Good Company: Business Success in the Worthiness Era (the winner of 2012 Nautilus Gold Award, for the best business/leadership book of the year).
Laurie holds a B.S. in mathematics from Illinois State University, a M.S. in Industrial Relations from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University.
Managing Partner, Colorado, Ware | Immigration Law Firm (http://www.david-ware.com/)
I-9 Compliance Attorney / Editor
Dan Kowalski has been practicing immigration law exclusively since 1985. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Bender’s Immigration Bulletin, published by LexisNexis, Online Editor of the LexisNexis Immigration Law Community (ILC), Bender’s Immigration Bulletin – Daily Edition, and co-author of Immigration Enforcement: I-9 Compliance Handbook, published by LexisNexis. He tweets daily @dkbib.
A major part of Dan’s law practice involves I-9 compliance, representing employers in private audits and/or defense following an ICE raid or investigation. He is a member of IMMLAW, the National Consortium of Immigration Law Firms, a former member of the Board of Governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and a recipient of innumerable awards for pro bono immigration litigation. Since 2010, he has been a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Justice Journalism.
A native of Denver, Dan recently relocated to Colorado from Austin, Texas. He is licensed to practice in Colorado, Washington and Texas, and admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, U. S. Courts of Appeals for the 5th, 8th, 9th and 10th Circuits, the United States District Courts for the District of Colorado, the Western District of Washington, and the Western District of Texas.
Dan holds a B.A. in Spanish with high honors from University of Texas at Austin, Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio.