American Society of Employers (ASE) announces the Michigan HR Executives of the Year for 2019

Media Contact: Heather Nezich, ASE, 248.223.8040, hnezich@aseonline.org

Livonia, Mich. —October 3, 2019 — American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, is pleased to announce the honorees for its annual Michigan HR Executive of the Year for 2019. Through a nomination process overseen by ASE, candidates are selected in four categories and recognized for their admirable work that distinguishes them in the field of Human Resource Management. The 2019 winners are:

• Kathleen (Kathie) Patterson, Chief Human Resources Officer, Ally Financial
(For-profit Organization – Large Employer)

• Sara Van Wagoner, Vice President of Corporate Growth Strategies, Edcor
(For-profit Organization – Small Employer)

• Laurita Thomas, Associate Vice President for Human Resources, University of Michigan
(Non-profit Organization – Large Employer)

• Andrew McKinnon, Director, Human Resources and Labor Relations, Macomb County
(Non-profit Organization – Small Employer)

“The honorees continue to impress me each year, and this year is no exception. The dedication to the HR profession is prevalent in each of the 2019 HR Executives of the Year,” stated Mary E. Corrado, ASE President & CEO. “We look forward to celebrating their achievements at the Annual Summit on November 7th.”

The 2019 Michigan HR Executives of the Year will receive their awards at ASE’s 16th Annual Summit, which celebrates not only the honorees but also the pivotal role of the HR profession in Michigan’s business and non-profit communities. ASE will also celebrate and recognize its members that have been with ASE for 50+ years.

The ASE Annual Summit will be held Thursday, November 7th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Detroit Athletic Club. The event will feature a keynote presentation by Ted Abernathy, Managing Partner at Economic Leadership, LLC, who will speak about 10 trends that will impact every employer in the future. Ted has 38 years of experience in directing local and regional economic development and workforce development programs and later as CEO of a leading economic policy think tank.

ASE’s 2019 Annual Summit is open to both ASE members and non-members. Tickets are $99 per person, $539 for groups of six, and $639 for groups of eight. The evening includes networking, cocktails, small plates, and dessert. To purchase tickets or for registration information, please call 248-223-8006 or visit the ASE website.

About the American Society of Employers (ASE) – a Centennial Organization
American Society of Employers (ASE) is a not-for-profit employer association providing people-management information and services to Michigan employers. Since 1902, member organizations have relied on ASE to be their single, cost-effective source for HR information and support, helping to grow their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people. Learn more about ASE at www.aseonline.org.

The region’s largest one-day Human Resources conference will address opportunities and issues in the modern workplace on March 17

The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, will hold its 13th annual People, Profit, Progress Conference and Workshops on Thursday, March 17 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. The event attracts more than 350 attendees and is the region’s largest one-day Human Resources conference. ASE CEO Mary E. Corrado notes that the role of HR is evolving, demanding a broader, more strategic approach to human resources management.

“This year’s conference acknowledges that shift,” Corrado said. “Some of the speakers will address traditional HR topics like compliance, solving people problems and building a positive culture. But other sessions will look at emerging issues such as using predictive analytics to tie HR strategy to business outcomes, and employee engagement data to the realization of the organization’s vision.”

Keynote speakers are Jennifer McClure, founder of Unbridled Talent, and Todd Henry, founder of Accidental Creative.

Henry teaches leaders and organizations how to establish practices that lead to everyday brilliance. He is the author of three books: The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, and Louder Than Words, which have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and he speaks and consults across dozens of industries on creativity, leadership and passion for work. Die Empty was named by Amazon.com as one of the best books of 2013. His latest book, Louder Than Words, is about how to develop an authentic voice that resonates and creates impact. His keynote address is titled Passion for Work(life).

McClure is a sought-after speaker and business advisor who combines her expertise as a business leader, Human Resources executive, executive recruiter and executive coach with practical strategies to help leaders increase their impact, grow their influence and deliver results in their careers and in their organizations. Her keynote is titled The Future of HR: Four Keys for Creating Competitive Advantage through Innovative People Strategies.

Conference topics and breakout sessions include:
• Taking the Mystery out of Mobile Recruiting
• Ignorance is Not Bliss: Staying on Top of the Changing Legal Landscape
• Key Human Resource Trends and Priorities for 2016
• Creating Manager Accountability for Employee Development
• Seeing the Future Using Predictive Analytics
• Why Employees Sue: A Live Debate Between Management-side and Employee-side Attorneys
• Techniques to Build a Culture of Collaboration
• Talent Shortages & Skills Gaps: 5 Ways to Win the War For Talent
• Demystifying Engagement Data: Moving from Numbers to Insight to Action
• Manage Your Problem Employees Without Losing Your Mind
• Building an HR Strategy
• Hello ‘Stay Interviews’, Goodbye Talent Loss

For a complete conference agenda and registration information, please visit the ASE website.

About the American Society of Employers (ASE) – a Centennial Organization
The American Society of Employers (ASE) is a not-for-profit trade association providing people-management information and services to Michigan employers. Since 1902, member organizations have relied on ASE to be their single, cost-effective source for information and support, helping to grow their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people.

Learn more about ASE at www.aseonline.org.