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    Monthly Chapter Meeting - HR's Secret Weapons - Presence & Perseverance

    Date: April 13, 2022, 7:30am – 9:30am
    Akron Area SHRM
    Akron Hilton Garden & Streamed virtually via Zoom

    7:30am - Registration Opens
    8:00am - Networking & Breakfast
    8:20am - Announcements
    8:30am - Presentations Begin
    $25 Members, $35 Non-Members, $15 Students, $15 Members-in-transition, $20 Virtual
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    HR’s secret weapons – presence and perserverance

    Presented by Barb Utrup, Sr. Management Consultant at PRADCO

    On a scale of 1-10, how are you doing? What do you have left after 2 years of riding a bike as you build it?  After hearing complaint after complaint, handling staffing shortages, and listening to people that “just want to vent,”  what’s left of YOU? While being everything to everyone else, you will often put yourself last. You question your priorities and feel that you’re not as effective as you want to be.

    Join Barb Utrup for an engaging workshop that will center you back to your brand and use presence to put you in the strongest position to be your best self. Attendees will learn tips and tools for being deliberate with communicating, being cognizant of their appearance, and focusing where they add value. And most importantly, be reminded how they’ve persevered through the toughest of years.


    • Call to mind your individual brand
    • Review the components of presence to persevere and show your brand
    • Explore data on confidence
    • Examine tangible steps to overcome imposter syndrome

    Barb Utrup has been leading Human Resources departments and doing business consulting for more than 20 years. In that time, she has partnered with leaders to support their strategic goals in the areas of talent management, organizational development, and human resources. Her experience in public and private sector organizations including healthcare, manufacturing, sports, and non-profit spans from strategy and operations to leadership and team development. Through this work and as a former Chief of Human Resources, she is keenly aware of the various challenges leaders face.                                                  

    At PRADCO, Ms. Utrup focuses on delivering development initiatives to meet the changing needs of our clients. She works with leaders to refine their leadership skills and offer strategies to enhance their effectiveness on the job through executive coaching.  Ms. Utrup develops and facilitates training programs to assist teams and organizations in becoming high-performing units and operating more effectively.

    Prior to joining PRADCO, Ms. Utrup progressively advanced as a human resources professional. After spending several years as a Talent Recruiter, she held the Chief Human Resources Officer position at a national private non-profit child welfare agency. She was a key contributor to strategic initiatives, served as a consultant to operations, and managed all of the HR functions of the organization.

    Ms. Utrup’s strengths include outstanding communication and the ability to build relationships. With a professional, yet relatable communication style and ability to connect with individuals at all levels, she is very passionate about learning and development. She is an active member of Human Resource Association of Central Ohio (HRACO), and has been an Ohio SHRM annual conference planning committee member.  Ms. Utrup also volunteers her time with the Women for Economic Leadership Development (WELD) annual conference committee and is an active member.


    • Leadership development and executive coaching
    • Organizational development and human resource strategies
    • Onboarding, goal setting, and performance management
    • Advising and implementing business processes related to selection, development, and retention
    • Training facilitation and group presentations


    Ms. Utrup earned a BBA in Human Resources from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and holds certifications from Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).

    Thank you to our April sponsor!




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