Denver Public Schools Goes Paperless: Reforming HR Process & Initiating Self-Service with Technology

2014 Annual Conference
Workplace Application: Learn strategies to use technology to reform, streamline, and automate established HR processes.
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Technology leaders from Denver Public Schools discuss how large, complex organizations can successfully employ HRIS technology to restructure and automate processes that will ultimately increase efficiency and establish a philosophy of self-service with employees. By utilizing the latest technology systems, including mobility applications and interactive user portals, both public and private entities can effectively transform their HR culture and develop a better understanding of how HR impacts the bottom line. Assess your organization’s technology readiness to determine when HRIS should be utilized, how it should be deployed and how to effectively manage the change, and evaluate internal processes and consider different data access methods to take first steps toward becoming a paperless organization. 

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 10:00am to 11:15am

Carolyn Henzel


Carolyn Henzel is the Director of HR Systems and Processes for Denver Public Schools.  With over 20 years of experience in Information Technology, Carolyn’s background is primarily in telecommunications with roles in business systems architecture, program management, product management, training and development, and operations.  Driven by a passion for K-12 education reform, she moved to the public sector in 2008.  Carolyn has both her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado, and holds the Project Management Professional and Certified ScrumMaster credentials.

Ellen Rehmar


Ellen Rehmar is  Executive Director for HR Operations at Denver Public Schools.   DPS has 15,000 employees serving more than 80,000 students.  DPS is currently the fastest growing urban school system in the country. Previously, Ellen worled 22 years at University of Colorado Hospital as Director of Human Resources.  Prior experience includes owning her own business and working for municipal government in Ohio.  During her career,  Ellen has provided strategic and operational leadership for compensation and benefits, learning & development, recruitment, employee relations, and wellness.  She has a masters’ degree in Public Administration from The Ohio State University. Ellen served as President for the local ASHHRA chapter in Colorado,  a member of Leadership Aurora and Aurora Public Schools Education Foundation Board, and a member of ASHHRA Legislative Committee.

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Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
HR Expertise
Critical Evaluation
Business Acumen
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