SPEAKER BIO PRESENTATION DESCRIPTION
Scott Bankert In his current capacity as Regional Director of Employment Tax Taking Control of the Rising Costs of
Director Services for TALX, Scott assists companies in analyzing tax Unemployment
Employment Tax Services consequences and propert reporting requirements associated with In the recessionary period 2009-2010, employers
TALX mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, and similar business experienced record unemployment cost increases of
transactions. 50% to over 100%. This session details the long term
impact of these expenses to employers, economic
TALX is the market leader in two of its chosen fields: outsourced indicators, and reviews planning strategies to assist
employment and income verifications and unemployment cost control. with increasing unemployment costs.
Scott started his career in 1980 with R. E. Harrington (subsequently
acquired by TALX). During this tenure he has had responsibilities for
both operations and customer account management in all aspects of
payroll tax and claim consulting.
Scott graduated in 1980 with a BS degree in Finance from Ohio State
University and resides in Savannah, GA.
Jamie Raethz Jamie Raethz is a seasoned HR professional with over 12 years in the A Pit Stop at Accountability
Manager insurance industry and experience in various disciplines, including There is no end or limit to the rewards of a life lived
Learning & Organizational learning and development, recruitment, employee relations, with accountability. And anyone who longs for the
Development performance management, coaching and counseling, and strategic freedom of being in the driver’s seat – rather than living
Dearborn National planning. She is dedicated to leading initiatives that improve a life that’s nothing more than a series of random
retention, as well as enhancing individual and group performance. accidents – should heed this message. When you
commit to accountability, everything else falls into
place. Your relationships become deeper, more honest,
more fulfilling. Your career takes off. Your health
improves. Accountability unleashes your creativity and
expands your abilities. No, you will not live a perfect
life – life is too unpredictable to ever be perfect – but
you will live a deeply rich and meaningful life. The
accountable person knows that anything is
possible….and is not afraid to get out there and achieve
Session 2 it.
Thomas Tyrrell Thomas Tyrrell is a commissioner with the Illinois Workers’ Safely Maneuver the Changing Course of IL
Commissioner Compensation Commission. He is also a trial attorney with Workers’ Compensation
Workers’ Compensation considerable experience in both civil and criminal advocacy. He has Find out how the new legislation House Bill 1698 will
Commission successfully practiced law for more than 30 years achieving numerous drive the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission
acquittals for clients in felony, misdemeanor, and civil cases. Mr. with the same speed and precision of NASCAR’s
Tyrrell has shared his knowledge of the law as an instructor at John newest driver, Danica Patrick. This session will
Marshall College of Law and Northern Illinois University. highlight the changes to Illinois workers’ compensation
and provide guidelines to work within the new rules.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lewis University
majoring in Sociology with minors in Education and Psychology. He
subsequently earned a Juris Doctor degree from Chicago Kent College
Mary Kay Slowikowski Mary Kay Slowikowski is an internationally known speaker and the Stay On Track: Communicating Effectively
Motivational Speaker first female speaker to appear nationally in her own Emmy-nominated It’s time to light the fire of desire among your team
Slowikowski & Associates PBS special. members. Success in the workplace is the ability to
achieve desired results through positive interaction and
She is a master storyteller and veteran of business who uses personal the willing cooperation of others. Learn how to
stories and proven techniques to teach and inspire. communicate with coworkers and customers to “race”
toward optimum teamwork.
A former victim of crippling panic attacks and agoraphobia, -- Mary
Kay was once unable to leave her home – now she speaks in front of
Mary Kay started her own business with her husband and has trained
and spoken to countless Fortune 500 companies like Kraft,
McDonald’s, Sprint, Pepsico and DuPont as well as dozens of
Women’s groups, Education groups, Health Care Systems, Direct
Selling Companies and Government Agencies.
Mary Kay is a Marketing Strategist who helps organizations design
and develop consulting interventions. She is an expert in delivering
human resource training and customer service applications.
Mary Kay has been listed in Who’s Who of American Women for the
last 15 years. She is also the author of the Future Woman and
Managing Multiple Priorities seminars which have over 50,000
Mary Kay’s ability to touch and teach audiences in a unique way is
Lunch remarkable. Mary Kay doesn’t come out of a book, she comes out of
Bob Wagner Bob Wagner is Director of IT and Membership Publications for the Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn: Boost Your
Director American Payroll Association. He has been working in the payroll Personal Network with Social Media
Information Technology and industry for almost two decades as an editor, manager, and director. These days, networking happens online. While face-to-
Member Publications face contact is still important, many professional
APA In his current position, Bob oversees the Information Technology, relationships begin in the online world. It’s easy to
Websites, and Membership Publications departments. During the become fluent in Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and
previous seven years, he also supervised APA’s Public Relations other social media, but sometimes it’s hard to get
department, where he was in charge of National Payroll Week started. This “101” level session will get you into the
celebrations, social networking initiatives, and promotion of the social networking game.
payroll profession to the media. Over the course of his tenure with
APA, Bob has also served as editor and managing editor of PAYTECH
magazine; Payroll News & Views (PVN); Congress Today;
ePayXpress; and PAYTECHonline. Some of Bob's other notable
achievements include: interviews for print and audio with
commissioners of both the Internal Revenue Service and the Social
Security Administration; helping to launch the first National Payroll
Week celebration in 1996; and interviews with Payroll Men and
Session 4 Payroll Women of the Year and APA Presidents, dating back to 1993.
LaJune Davis LaJune Davis has been employed with the State of Illinois Department Navigating the Curves of a Payroll Audit
Compliance Officer of Labor for over 25 years, and has been a compliance officer for the This session will take the guess work out of what is
Illinois Department of Labor past 19 years. Ms. Davis is a humble expert in her field and involved in an Illinois Department of Labor payroll
immensely enjoys sharing her knowledge of labor law. audit. Learn what initiates the audit process, what to
expect along the way, and what to do to ensure workers
Ms. Davis is a native of Illinois, born in Carbondale. She is married are properly compensated.
and has a 24 year old daughter and enjoys being a grandmother. Her
passion for her job in enforcing the laws stems from the pride she has
Session 5 for her family and the desire to protect the workers of Illinois so they
can provide for their families.