HR conference to focus on three Cs

Carlene Goldthwaite
Carlene Goldthwaite

An upcoming conference in Grand Junction will offer information about topics related to three Cs — managing conflict, improving communication and advancing corporate social responsibility.

The Western Colorado Human Resource Association fall conference scheduled for Sept. 26 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 743 Horizon Drive in Grand Junction. To register or obtain more information, log on to

The conference will be designed to meet the needs of HR professionals as well as business owners and managers. While some sessions will examine organization-wide culture, policies and practices, other sessions will delve into one-to-one interactions, interpersonal skills and group dynamics.

HR professionals and business owners and managers frequently help employees manage conflict. Christi Sanders will lead a presentation titled “I’m Not a Therapist, I’m an HR Professional: Conflict Resolution in the Real World.” Participants will learn about techniques to better handle their own conflicts and support others working through difficult situations. Sanders joined the business department at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction as an associate professor of human resources and also will serve as faculty sponsor of the Society for Human Resource Management student club. Before joining CMU, Sanders served as  HR director of the City of Granbury in Texas.

A session designed to help participants craft effective internal communications will feature Nathan Watchman, digital marketing consultant with the Sentinel Digital Agency in Grand Junction. Watchman will share tips and best practices for using traditional and online media to communicate messages that employees read and understand — whether that’s invitations to employee picnics or complex information about benefit changes.

Corporate social responsibility describes an organizational philosophy that seeks to not only operate a successful and sustainable organization, but also to be perceived as a desirable employer with a commitment to improve local and global communities. Visiting Angels will present a session outlining the challenges and resources available to the growing number of employees who also serve as primary caregivers for the elderly or those with special needs. Peer Assistance Services will introduce One Degree, a new program championed by behavioral health professionals to change the conversation about alcohol and marijuana and eliminate substance abuse. A panel discussion led by the Western Colorado Community Foundation will feature speakers from the Mesa County health and human service departments talking about how employers can partner with community resources to eliminate hunger. Participants will receive a copy of the Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger, a statewide initiative that will be advanced through local projects.

In addition to the sessions, the League of Women Voters will staff a table from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. offering onsite voter registration as well as information on registration and voting.