Speaking Engagements

2018 Upcoming Speaking Engagements

Please look to this page for upcoming public speaking events regarding current workplace issues.


Central Florida Employment Council
“Sexual Harassment 2018: Old Assumptions, New Realities and Avoiding Medical Leave Traps”

My presentation will provide the Annual Law Update for the Central Florida Employment Council due current headlines regarding continuing sexual harassment issues in the workplace. I will also discuss some of the problematic issues that arise when administering various kinds of medical leaves.

This event will take place on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 from 7:30 am-9:00 am at Everglades University, 850 Trafalgar Ct., Ste 100, Maitland, FL 32751. Please contact cfec.org regarding monthly meetings for employers for further details.

Central Florida Employment Council
“The Science of Hiring – Recruiting and Hiring Capable, Self-Motivated People”

This is a panel discussion featuring many of the top HR professionals in the Central Florida area.
The event will take place on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 from 11:30 am -1:00 pm during the April lunch session of the Central Florida Employment Council. The location host is DeVry University, 7352 Greenbriar Pkwy., Orlando, FL 32819

Recent Speaking Engagements

Lake Sumter SHRM, Leesburg, Florida

“Looking into Trump World: What’s Next in Labor and Employment Trends?”

My presentation will take place Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 at 11:30 am at the Leesburg Community Building at Venetian Gardens, West Room, 109 E. Dixie Ave., Leesburg FL, 34748.

“Looking into Trump World: What’s Next in Labor and Employment Trends?”

This presentation is a component of the 2017 Employment Law Update sponsored by the Central Florida Employment Council (“CFEC”).

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017 7:30 am-9:00 am at LaSalle Computer Learning Center, 12900 Challenger Pkwy, Ste 102, Orlando, FL 32826.

For further details, please see cfec.org or the link, below:


Central Florida Employment Council | CFEC Employer Meetings
“The Place for Recruiters to Network and Learn since 1994”
– 2nd Tuesday of every month

“The Science of Hiring”
Panel Discussion
Panel Facilitator:
Lorrine Collins, LaSalle Computer Learning Center
Barbara Seifert, Ph.D.,CPC, Committed to Your Success Coaching & Consulting
Beth E. Weiss Manpower
Jill-Capri Simms, Plumb Line Consulting, LLC
Rick Larson, Larson Law, Employment and Civil Litigation
Seema Rafay, Agile·1
*APPROVED* for SHRM credit hour(s)
(Special thanks to our partnering sponsor UCF Continuing Education who helps make this process possible for re-certification credit hours.)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 from 7:30-9:00 AM (7:15 AM suggested arrival time for sign-in, networking, and Continental breakfast)
Meeting fee $15.00 payable at the door, only please. Cash/Checks made payable to CFEC. Please make any cancellations by the Fri. before the meeting, or cost will be administered directly.
Seats go fast and space is limited, reserve your spot today! Feel free to bring a colleague! Reserve your seat(s) via email by sending your Name, Company Name, and Email Address to Paulette Weir, CFEC Director at . (No “annual membership” fees! Attendees are employers, recruiters, managers, human resource, career & employment resources only please.)
Tews Company
LaSalle Computer Learning Center, 12900 Challenger Pkwy, Ste 102, Orlando, FL 32826 (located within the Florida Technical College Building*)


Orlando Diversity Council Meeting
Date: Tuesday, October 4th
Time: 12:00-1:30pm
Location: Enterprise Holdings
5442 Hoffner Avenue, Orlando, FL 32821
*RSVP to raphael.parra@nationaldiversitycouncil.org

Educational Segment:
Diversity Revisted: “Compliance, Culture, and the Next Generation.”
From his unique background combining law practice and HR administration,
Rick Larson touches upon the key elements of diversity compliance that have
changed throughout the years, as well as the changing landscape of diversity
and inclusion in corporate culture. The presenter takes a long look back at
some key historical landmarks in the diversity journey and where we may be
headed as corporate citizens in the 21st Century.
– Led by Rick Larson, Rick Larson Law


“Building Team and Positive Culture in the Legal Environment,” before the Central Florida Chapter of Legal Administrators. As such, this discussion will center upon some of the more unique challenges of the legal working environment, whether within the law firm setting or governmental agency, and creative team approaches to improving employee morale, engagement and productivity. Anyone having an interest in this subject is welcome to attend.

This event will take place Monday, June 1, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at the Citrus Club, 255 South Orange Avenue, Suite 1800, Orlando Florida 32801.

I anticipate this will be a most lively discussion!

“2016 Employment Law Update for HR Professionals,” February 9, 2016, 7:30 A.M.-9:00 A.M, before the Central Florida Employment Council, Nova University, Orlando, FL. Please contact the Central Florida Employment Council for further details at cfec.org or open the following link:

“Tips on How High Performing Cultures Manage Low Performing Employees,” June 23, 2015, 1:15 p.m., before the National Health Care Leaders Association, First Annual National Conference, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, Orlando, Florida.

“Recruiting Screens: Do We Really Hire the Best?” October 6, 2015, webinar presentation for the National Diversity Council. Further details pending.

“2015 Employment Law Update: Key Changes for the HR Professional” February 10, 2015, before the Central Florida Employment Council, University of Central Florida Continuing Education, Innovation Center, Orlando, Florida.

“Making the Business Case for Diversity,” before the Central Florida Region, Florida Diversity Council, April 5, 2014, at the University of Central Florida.