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Arkansas SHRM 2023 HR Conference & Expo • October 18-20 • Fort Smith, Arkansas

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Program Details

Navigating the Future of Total Rewards: Adapting to Evolving Compensation Trends

Key Objectives

Participants will gain insights into the latest trends and developments in compensation and total rewards within the contemporary business environment. This includes an examination of flexible compensation packages, pay equity, and the impact of change. Explain ways to communicate compensation decisions effectively.

This presentation reviews aspects of compensation and total rewards in the workplace and addresses how organizations can stay competitive and attract top talent in an ever-changing business landscape. 

Michele Burns, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CCP, CBP, GRP

Manager Total Rewards at Private Family Office

Michele Burns is a human resource practitioner and educator specializing in the areas of compensation, benefits, statistics, and workforce development. In addition to teaching at various higher educational institutions, she has served as a Total Rewards leader at various organizations. Her responsibilities have included providing strategic oversight of compensation, classification, job analysis, job documentation, compensation, benefits administration, leave, and work-life balance processes. Michele is a doctoral candidate and recently completed a graduate certificate in Educational Statistics and Research Methods, an area that she finds specifically suited for the statistical side of human resources like job analysis, job evaluation, and compensation management. In addition to holding the generalist certifications of SHRM-SCP and SPHR, she holds various specialist certifications such as CCP (Certified Compensation Professional), CBP (Certified Benefits Professional), and GRP (Global Remuneration Professional). She is passionate about the field of human resources and completed a three-year term as the State Council Director for the Arkansas SHRM State Council. She has served in various volunteer positions including MAC Representative alternate for the Southwest Central Region, ARSHRM Arkansas State Council Director-Elect, State Council Chapter Advocate Director, Certification Chair, WAHRA (Western Arkansas Human Resource Association) President, President-Elect, Treasurer, and Certification Chair.

Cliff Sandsmark, CCP, CSCP, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Sr. Consultant at JER HR Group

Cliff Sandsmark is a SPHR certified senior Compensation Consultant has 30+ years of experience working on various compensation projects. His experience includes corporate and regional office compensation plans, job valuation, regional and national market pay studies and other related compensation projects. Cliff also has experience implementing HRIS systems like Peoplesoft and Workday covering HR and HRIS projects in a shared service environment.

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Location: Room 4,5,6

Category: Compensation & Benefits

HRCI Credits:

1.00 General HRCI Recertification credits available.

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HR2023 is a recognized provider of recertification credits. HR Certification Institute® pre-approved this program for 1.00 HR (General) 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

The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute's criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.

SHRM Credits:

1.00 SHRM Recertification credits available.

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HR2023 is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP℠ or SHRM-SCP℠. This program is valid for 1.00 PDCs for the SHRM-CP℠ or SHRM-SCP℠. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

Please Note: Speakers and topics are subject to change without notice.

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