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September Chapter Meeting-HR Fairy Tales: Avoiding the Poisoned Apples
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HR Fairy Tales: Avoiding the Poisoned Apples

 Export to Your Calendar 9/19/2019
When: Thursday, September 19th
Where: RTP Foundation
12 Davis Drive
RTP, North Carolina  27713
United States
Contact: TSHRM Secretary

Online registration is available until: 9/16/2019
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Albert Einstein teaches us that to effectively communicate an issue you have to be able to simplify it enough for a six-year-old to understand. This highly interactive and entertaining session will help you achieve this goal. Come to adult story-time, where we will review a childhood fairy tale through an HR and legal lens. There will be games, prizes and maybe even cookies.


At the end of this session, you will leave with tips on how to effectively communicate with your team about the following common management misconceptions:

· “I can fire anybody because they are at-will.”

· “If I pay him a salary, he is not entitled to overtime pay.”

· “She sets her own hours, so she’s an independent contractor.”

· “We can’t ask about his medical condition, so there is no way to figure out an accommodation. We just need to let him go.”



Jennifer Vuillermet practices small business, employment, and municipal law in North Carolina and California. Her goal is to provide clients with practical legal solutions in a timely manner. She has worked as an attorney for the County of Marin, CA and served as general counsel to thirteen other local governments. 

Through this broad experience, Jennifer advised clients on every type of legal issue facing organizations and gained specialized expertise as the Lead labor and employment law attorney, advising on personnel matters, managed employee and labor relations, and litigated cases at the state and federal level.Since arriving in North Carolina in 2013, Jennifer has continued focusing on employment law compliance and municipal law. She also joined the Durham-based law firm of Legal Direction to support and protect small business owners and entrepreneurs at all stages of the business lifecycle.

In her spare time, Jennifer serves on the Boards of the Town of Chapel Hill Personnel Appeals Committee, the Local Food Economy Workgroup of the Orange County Food Council, and the Friends of the Durham Public School Hub Farm.


Mimi Soule left traditional employment litigation and established Soule Employment Law Firm to focus on providing business owners and managers with practical advice to help avoid costly litigation. She now focuses her practice on providing employment law and human resources compliance advice, preparing employment-related contracts, and defending employers against administrative claims. As a business owner herself, Mimi understands the importance of budgeting expensesespecially legal costs. 

Prior to founding the Firm, Mimi practiced with Hedrick Murray in Durham, Ice Miller (then Schottenstein Zox and Dunn doing business as SZD Wicker) and Schneider Law Group in Raleigh, and the national firm of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. in Washington, D.C. She has also been voted one of Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite by her peers for 2013 – 2018, helped establish the Women Business Owners Alliance at the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce, and served on the Board of Trustees for Hospice of Wake County Foundation and the Board of Directors for Cary Area EMS & Club Nova. 

As Global Head of Human Resources for TransEnterixShannon Gardner is responsible for the company’s global human resources function, focusing on talent strategy design and supporting business growth. She is responsible for recruitment, employee and organizational development, and setting the worldwide human resources framework.

Previously Shannon held roles as Associate Director, Human Resources Business Partner for R&D, and Senior Manager of Talent Development at Biogen. She also worked at GE Healthcare, where she is a graduate of their Human Resources Leadership Program and held various HRBP roles in multiple business units across medical devices and life sciences. Shannon earned an MBA in International Business from the University of South Carolina and a BS in Business Administration from the University of Dayton.

Erin Spencer (BBA, University of Georgia) has over 15 years of progressive experience in strategic organizational development & alignment, marketing, human resources, finance, IT, M&A, risk management, and operations. She is passionate about empowering teams and clients with the best knowledge and resources available to impact their business. 

For fun, Erin loves to work with teams in a training and development capacity, so they can reach their highest potential and adores public speaking. She is actively involved in the community and serves on numerous boards.