Drive Business Success with Workplace Flexibility

2014 Annual Conference
Workplace Application: Hear about award-winning strategies, practical tips and advice from best-practice companies to help you design a workflex program uniquely suited to the needs and culture of your organization.
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Demographic and technological transformations are the new workplace reality, forcing HR and organizations to reimagine how work gets done to ensure business competitiveness. Learn how you can drive business success by harnessing the power of workplace flexibility (“workflex”) to manage these workforce changes and support your organizational goals and strategy. Explore how workflex can add value to the bottom line at your organization by improving retention and employee health and well-being, reducing absenteeism and real estate costs, and increasing productivity with better engagement and a solid business continuity strategy. Also hear from representatives from Sloan Award winning organizations on how to make a strong business case for the value of workflex to your leadership team, using strategic workforce planning data and performance metrics, and by benchmarking your work life offerings and leveraging other resources available under the SHRM-Families and Work Institute partnership. 

The When Work Works Sessions at the SHRM Annual conference explore ways to #ReinventWork and create effective workplaces. Visit, a partnership between Families and Work Institute and SHRM, for more information.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 10:45am to 12:00pm

Cassidy Solis


 Cassidy Solis has served since September, 2012, as the Workplace Flexibility Program Specialist for SHRM’s Workplace Flexibility Initiative and Partnership with the Families and Work Institute (FWI).  She is responsible for growing When Work Works, the centerpiece of the Partnership, and for educating employers about workplace flexibility issues. 

Prior to joining SHRM, Cassidy worked for the Texas Dental Association where she managed two statewide dispute resolution processes and advised on community oral health public policy issues.

 Cassidy received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from the University of Texas at Austin and her Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership and Ethics from St. Edward’s University in Austin.

Lora Geiger


Lora Geiger is the Vice President of Human Resources for Coughlan Companies, Inc. . Prior to joining Coughlan Companies, Lora gained extensive experience in senior HR business partner organizational development, and leadership roles having worked in the software development and manufacturing industries, as well as consulting and account management experience in the medical equipment and insurance/financial service industries. During Lora’s leadership as Director of Human Resources for Turck Inc., an internationally recognized industrial automation company, they received local and national recognition for their holistic approach to culture, well-being and leadership development and related positive organizational and individual outcomes. Lora earned her doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University. She earned her B.S. degree in Human Resource Management from Winona State University and her Master’s in Human Resource Development from the University of St. Thomas. She has the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation from the Human Resources Certification Institute and is an ICF (International Coaching Federation) accredited coach. Turck employer honors during Lora’s tenure as Director of HR include:

  • Work-Life Seal of Distinction, WorldatWork Alliance for Work-Life Progress
  • Workplace Well-being Award, Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)
  • HR Excellence Award – Management Resource Association, Employer’s Association
  • The Alfred P. Sloan Award for Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility for being in the top 20% nationally for engagement in the use of flexibility in work as an effective workplace strategy to increase business and employee success
  • Platinum Level Wellness by Design Awards from Hennepin County for finding unique and innovative ways to promote well-being at work, 2011, 2012 and 2013
  • Outstanding eWorkplace Employer Award from the State of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute for the advancement of Telework, for demonstrating corporate social responsibility, and contributing to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion and improved quality of life
  • The Star Tribune, leading newspaper in MN, published its list of “Top Workplaces” and TURCK made the list consecutively based on employee survey feedback

Lora has been asked to speak at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) National Conferences on driving business results through strategic HR initiatives; the Work and Family Research Network’s international conference on leading towards well-being through organizational climate, leadership and individual factors that relate to thriving at work; Minneapolis Business Journal’s Innovations in Healthcare Forum on positive organizational and individual outcomes of well-being at work; Twin Cities Human Resource Association (TCHRA) and hrConnection on best practices in talent management; and at SHRM’s National Work-Life Conference and Work and Family Institute on creating organizational effectiveness and work-life fit. Lora has also been asked to speak on the role employers play in fostering workflex and well-being for business results by TCHRA, and HR Professionals of MN, Chicago’s SHRM Chapter, Twin Cities Commuter Services, Center for Law and Social Policy and New America Foundation in Washington D.C.; SHRM at the Democratic National Conference in Charlotte, NC and the International Association for Worksite Health Promotion – Executive Summit, in Las Vegas, NV. 



Megan Lee,  has more than 10 years of experience developing human resource departments, creating programs to improve business operations, directing executive-level training programs, and establishing flexible workplaces.  As a human resource professional with experience in software development, service/hospitality and federal government contracting industries, Megan has worked with diverse employee populations within multi-unit environments.  These experiences have provided her with a unique understanding and appreciation of employee needs and for being known as a trusted business partner. 

A proponent of flexible work, Megan was a featured speaker at the Work Life & Flexibility Expo and has helped numerous human resource professionals develop their own flexible work programs.  In her current role as Director of Human Resources for Architecture Technology Corporation (ATCorp), the organization has become a leader in workplace flexibility.  In 2012 and 2013, ATCorp was awarded the When Work Works Award (formerly the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility) as awarded by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Families and Work Institute (FWI).  ATCorp has also been named a 2014 When Work Works finalist.  In addition, ATCorp is recognized as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2014 as awarded by Minnesota Business Magazine. 

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Credit Type: 
Business Credit
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
HR Expertise
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