Legal Update & Workforce Readiness Panel



Join us for a half-day meeting to get up to speed on all legal updates as well as hear from our Workforce Readiness Panel, comprised of representatives from iJag, Junior Achievement & The Career Network. This event will be a great opportunity to not only get refreshed on legal matters but it will also serve as a great avenue to learn about and understand the importance of workforce readiness.


Our speakers will be:

  • Allison Wright of Pappas O’Connor, Attorneys at Law
  • Jeff Wright of Pappas O’Connor, Attorneys at Law
  • Carly Voltz from iJag
  • Dougal Nelson from Junior Achievement
  • Paula Arends, Workforce Innovation Director for Eastern Iowa Community Colleges and IowaWORKS, will be speaking about Sector Boards.

***This program has been approved for 4 hours of continuing education credit through SHRM and HRCI***


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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

7:30 AM to Noon (doors open at 7:15 AM)

(Breakfast will be available at arrival and box lunches will be available prior to departure)

$40 for GRHRA members | Free for students members | $60 for GUESTS
(RSVP prior to end of day November 7 to avoid paying a $5.00 late fee)

​Rhythm City Casino, Davenport, IA


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Carly Voltz: Relationships and education have been the two most important life changing factors in her life. These steeped in values of equity and humility have led Carly throughout her career path. Carly earned both her Masters in Social Work and Bachelors in Sociology from the University of Iowa. Carly brings high levels of enthusiasm and joy to her work at iJAG in connecting our students with caring employers who are willing to stretch limits and support a program that works!  


Paula Arends: Paula is the Workforce Innovation Director for Eastern Iowa Community Colleges and IowaWORKS.  She oversees several workforce programs including Title I, PACE, GAP, and Intermediary Network (State of Iowa programs), and coordinates apprenticeships for the Eastern Iowa Community College District.   


Dougal Nelson: Dougal Nelson has extensive experience in management, sales, and business development in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.  Dougal has been instrumental in leading change throughout his professional career. A polished presenter and communicator, he is widely known for building and cultivating relationships, and inspiring the cooperation and confidence of others. Prior to joining the senior management team at Junior Achievement of the Heartland in November 2016, he held senior leadership roles at Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, and Isabel Bloom, LLC. In April of 2018, Dougal was named the President and CEO of Junior Achievement. He is a Quad City native and Western Illinois University Alum where he was named the Outstanding Senior of the College of Business and Technology while enrolled.  Nelson and his wife, Pam, reside in Moline.  


Allison Wright: Principal of Pappas O’Connor, P.C. Ms. Wright’s practice focuses on all aspects of management labor and employment law and civil litigation with an emphasis on education law.  Ms. Wright manages various labor and employment issues, including defending clients from the administrative level through trial, defending clients in arbitrations, drafting and negotiating collective bargaining agreements and leading clients through union efforts and elections. Additionally, her practice focuses heavily on employment law, whereby she advises clients during the initial preventative stages of trainings, drafting handbooks and counseling on management-related issues all the way through resolution of litigation.  She litigates employment disputes in federal and state courts and has also successfully represented public and private employers in grievances, at arbitration and before the National Labor Relations Board and Illinois Labor Relations Board.  Ms. Wright has an extensive litigation practice and regularly defends employers at both the state and federal level.


Jeffrey Wright is also a principal with Pappas O’Connor, P.C.  Mr. Wright advises employers and managers on all aspects of labor and employment law.  He participates in the representation of clients in state and federal courts as well as administrative agencies.  He regularly manages caseloads dealing with wrongful discharge claims arising under Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, and FLSA.  Mr. Wright also performs an important role in the drafting and revision processes related to employment contracts, policies, procedures, and handbooks. One of the major elements of his practice is litigation and he regularly defends clients in both state and federal court. Mr. Wright’s practice encompasses the entire range of labor and employment matters.  He excels at collective bargaining and grievance/arbitration preparation and strategy.  He has successfully negotiated labor contracts on behalf of clients as well as represented clients in both the public and private sectors in various stages of the grievance process and grievance arbitrations. He has successfully argued and defended cases before the National Labor Relations Board, Illinois Labor Relations Board and various state and federal courts.




Tuesday, 11/13/18 at 7:15am - 12:00pm | iCal


Rhythm City Casino
7077 Elmore Avenue
Davenport, IA 52807 USA

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Look Who's Coming:

Sandy Hodgson
Emilie Williamson
Sylvia Gomez
Margaret Hoskins
Kellie Kerns
Mary Jones
  Management Resource Group, LTD.
Tally Curry
  Benefit Staff
Hilary Spengler
Leonna Ellis
  Two Rivers YMCA
Janice Dolan
Cheryl Riley-Hayles
Elizabeth Schwarz
Jennifer Palar
Tiffany Lunsford
  S.J. Smith Company
Sara Ryan
Mia Mayberry
  Pappas O'Connor, P.C.
Vandana Gohain
  Cobham Mission System
Tiffany Paarmann
  Holmes Murphy & Associates
Patti Kenyon
Miranda Marshall
Sherry Rodriguez
Jennifer Bohler
  Group O, Inc.
Drue Curry
  Putnam Museum & Science Center
Kathy Sattizahn
  Performance Foodservice
Mary Jekel
Anne Howard
Dawn Meier
  Mississippi Bend AEA
Holli Ebizo
  Mississippi Bend AEA
Kerry Garrow
Julie Klaus
Audrey Strothkamp
Kristen Ryan
Doug Petersma
Maria Vasquez
  The Arc of the Quad Cities Area
Rhonda Harksen
  Stanley Consultants
Lori Bassow
  Sterilite Corporation
Laura Flanagan
  Management Resource Group, Ltd.
Erin Waters
  MidAmerican Energy Company
Kimberly Fox
Eileen Smith
Jessica Eaton
  Honkamp Krueger, CPA/HKP
Jessica Apel
Tami Just
  Wyffels Hybrids
Sondra Meyers
Amy Goodwin
  Scott County Family YMCA
Lena Holland
Jean Clark
  The Arc
Connie Miller
Lisa Gerhardt
Tracey Kmetz
Meg Roth-Roffy
Rhiannon Nichols
  Group O
Paula Kirkwood
Tyler Roberson
Lindsay Adolphs
  University of Iowa
... a total of 56 guests.
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