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Blue Collar Workforce Tour

Hiring Non-Traditional Employees

Categories: HR Event

Join us this September 24th as we present the first Blue Collar Workforce Tour. At this event we will share information and resources with area companies (just like yours) about the profit impact and economic benefits of accessing non-traditional employee candidates to fill immediate workplace needs. Interested in improving your candidate pool while decreasing turnover and recruiting costs? Three panels of experts and employers will present on the best practices of hiring the prior incarcerated and veterans and building apprenticeships. Come and get free tools and resources to make your recruiting and training processes easier and cheaper while finding and keeping ideal employees.

This event is approved for 4 business recertification credits from HRCI and 4 professional development credits from SHRM.

  • 7:45am - 8:15am - Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:15am - 9:00am - Opening Speaker
    Bill Murphy - Tulsa Regional Chamber's VP of Economic Development
  • 9:00am - 9:50am - Prior Incarcerated Panel 
    John Dunbar - Plant Manager at Morcon Tissue 
    Christi Williams - Student Services Coordinator at Oklahoma Department of Careertech and former probation officer
    Lani Burns - Employment Specialist at Women in Recovery 
  • 10:00am - 10:50am - Veteran Panel   
    Christin Warren - Senior HR Consultant and Supervisor Talent Acquisition Programs at ONE Gas
    Sarah Palmer - City of Tulsa
    Jeff Fryer - Veterans Employment Representative NE territory at Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC)
    Mark Lounsbury - Director of Veteran Services for Volunteers of America & former Marine
  • 11:00am - 11:50am - Apprenticeship Panel
    Robert Epperly, MBA - Director of Webco University & Corporate Environmental, John Maxwell Certified Coach/Mentor & DISC Consultant
    Dudley Light - Regional Director at the US Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship
    Hector Guerra - CEO at ERA Solutions with 20 years in the U.S. Army
  • 11:50am - 12:15pm - Lunch
  • 12:15pm - 1:15am - Closing
    Emeka Nnaka - Motivational Speaker on Disability Access featured on the Ellen Show and NPR

Registration for this event is $40 and includes light breakfast and lunch. 

TAHRA is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP℠ or SHRM-SCP℠. This program is valid for 4.00 PDCs for the SHRM-CP℠ or SHRM-SCP℠. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

This event is approved for HRCI credits

The use of this official seal confirms that this Activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval. This Program has been approved for 4.0 HR (Business) recertification credit hours toward aPHR™, aPHRi™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®). For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HRCI website at

The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute's criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.

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September 24, 2019 | 8 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

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Tulsa Tech - Owasso Campus
10800 North 137th East Ave.
Owasso, OK 74055

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Tulsa Tech - Owasso Campus
10800 North 137th East Ave.
Owasso, OK 74055