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Be a HR Ringmaster: Strategies & Tips to Take your HR Career to the Next Level

Are you at a crossroad in your HR professional career? Have you wondered how to reach your career goals? Whether you are a young professional just starting in HR or an experienced HR professional this session is for you. During this session, you will learn from the experiences of four seasoned HR professionals with common skill sets and specialized competencies that took different career paths as an HR professional. Come learn how to serve your organization as a strategic business partner, employee advocate, and change agent to lead your organization while taking your career to the next level as a HR Ringmaster.

Tim Orellano, PHR, SHRM-CP

President at The Human Resources Team

Tim Orellano is the President of The Human Resources Team, a Little Rock based human resources management consulting company. His consulting firm provides assistance and resources in preparation, training, support and implementation of Affirmative Action Plans with Positive Solutions. He works with a wide and diverse range of industries including banks and financial institutions, utilities, health care, technology, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, nonprofit, construction, and service organizations. He has over 30 years of experience in all areas of functional areas of HR as a Director of Human Resources in manufacturing, service and financial industries and in his consulting firm with clients coast to coast. He is a top rated speaker on the topic of Affirmative Action compliance for SHRM and other conferences many other professional associations and conferences across the country. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Member Award from the local SHRM chapter and the Arkansas Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development. He received the Arkansas Human Resources Professional of the Year Award and the Jim Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award in Human Resources, and was finalist for the SHRM National Award for Professional Excellence

Donna Merriweather, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Human Resource at Arvest Bank

Donna Merriweather is a human resource management professional with over thirty years’ experience with oversight of strategic planning in regard to policies and procedures, staffing, benefits, compensation administration, and training in multi-state environments in both the financial and manufacturing industries. She is currently in the financial industry working in the Human Resource area at Arvest Bank and was the Chief Human Resource Officer for Bear State Financial, Inc. She received her SPHR in 2001 and her SHRM-SCP in 2015. She was recognized by her peers in 2003 as Arkansas’ Outstanding Professional in Human Resource Management and the local chapter in 1998 and 1996. She is currently the State-Director Elect for the Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management and has been an active member of the council for many years serving as the State Conference Chairperson and as the State Legislative Director. She is a graduate of the Hot Springs Leadership Institute, Class II.  Donna is active in her community and currently sits on the First Step School Board of Directors and is the past United Way Chairperson in Garland County.

Minnie Lenox

Minnie Lenox, a native of Hot Springs, attended the historic Langston High, Hot Springs High Indiana University and University of Oklahoma, February 1, 2004, she became Director of Human Resources for the City of Hot Springs where she is currently employed. She has written and conducted numerous workshops in Professional Development, Customer Service, Teamwork, Leadership in Today’s Workplace, Diversity in the Workplace, Sexual Harassment, Dealing with Negativity in the Workplace, You are Important-You are Needed-and You are Necessary, Drama Queens, Stress Management and Workplace Ethics. She has been very involved in the community, especially working with our youth, through various tutoring programs as the past Community Faith-Based Tutoring Liaison for the Hot Springs School District. Her hobbies include motivational speaking, conducting numerous training seminars, and writing, producing and directing various church plays, bowling, golfing and reading. She and her husband Lonell, a professional trainer/recruiter driver for Elite Transportation of New Jersey, have four children; Lonell (Natasha), Ronald, Eric, and Melody; nine grandchildren and currently attends Union Missionary Baptist Church and is the Youth Education Coordinator.

Don Marr

Don Marr leads the City’s operations of over 763 employees and over a $218 Million budget for the City’s General & Enterprise funds and is responsible for all City Operations. He is a consultant for HR Factor a regional human resource consulting company working with a range of organizations from Fortune 500 businesses to start up entities to develop and implement strategic HR initiatives to help businesses and management teams be more productive to meet their organizational goals & mission. Don served as Chief Operation Officer of Staffmark, LLC with over 250 branches in 27 states and 9 countries responsible for all phases of the company’s operations, internal human resource strategies, strategic planning and plan implementation, including budget and financial management. Don received the State of Arkansas Human Resources Professional of the Year, a State-wide honor given to the top Human Resource Professional in the State of Arkansas. Don holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Radford University and is actively involved in civic groups, board of directors and is past board member for the NWA Center for Equality.

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Date: Thu, April 04, 2019 | 8:15-9:45 am

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Location: Room 203-204

HRCI Credits:

1.25 Business HRCI Recertification credits available.

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is a recognized provider of recertification credits. HR Certification Institute® pre-approved this program for 1.25 HR (Business) credit(s) toards a PHR™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification. Please be sure to note the program ID number on your recertification application form. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HRCI website at

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SHRM Credits:

1.25 SHRM Recertification credits available.

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is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP℠ or SHRM-SCP℠. This program is valid for 1.25 PDCs for the SHRM-CP℠ or SHRM-SCP℠. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit


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