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Hosted by the IndySHRM Legislative Affairs Committee.

When: Tuesday, September 24th, 2019
5:30 PM
Where: Country Heritage Winery
6291 Cambridge Way
Plainfield, IN  46168
United States
Presenter: Suzanne Newcomb

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States across the country are enacting sweeping changes that directly impact HR professionals. Paid leave laws, mandatory training, legalized marijuana, the list goes on. Join members of the Indiana House and Senate for a lively panel discussion of recent Indiana legislative proposals and legislative trends across the country. Attendees will learn what is new in Indiana, what may be on the horizon, as well as how YOU, as an HR expert, can help to shape legislation in our state. Hosted by the IndySHRM Legislative Affairs Committee. 

Program is certified for 1.25 SHRM and HRCI credits.


Suzanne Newcomb

Employers in all industries are bombarded with ever-changing and increasingly cumbersome regulation, not only from the federal government and its agencies, but also a patchwork of state and local laws. Suzanne helps her clients navigate these obstacles by getting to know their business and tailoring employment policies that are both legally compliant and workable for their unique operation.

A skilled litigator, Suzanne’s jury trial experience spans an array of industries including commercial aviation, hotel and hospitality, manufacturing, banking, nonprofit, and the public sector and she vigorously represents clients facing litigation through all phases of the process. However, whenever possible Suzanne uses the insight gained through years of defending businesses facing litigation as well as her earlier experience as a plaintiff’s side employment attorney, to help her clients spot and defuse potential problems before they become litigation. By guiding her clients through complex personnel issues in real time, Suzanne often helps them avoid litigation and quickly return to running their business.


Senator Jean Breaux, Democrat, District 34, Assistant Minority Floor Leader

Jean Breaux was elected to the State Senate in December of 2006 and elected Assistant Democratic Leader by the Senate Democratic Caucus in 2012. Breaux formerly served as Assistant Democratic Caucus Chair. Breaux is a member of the Indiana Recycling Market Development Board and the State Workforce Innovation Council. She is appointed to serve on the Health and Human Services Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures, a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation’s 50 states, its commonwealths and territories.

In 2009, Breaux was selected to attend the Program for Emerging Political Leaders hosted by the State Legislative Leaders Foundation and the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

Breaux attended Boston University and graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She also earned professional certificates from the Economic Development Institute and the International Economic Development Council.


Representative Robin Shackleford, Democrat, District 98

An Indianapolis native, State Representative Robin Shackleford has dedicated her life to the principles of servant leadership. She has extensive experience in government, community and diversity affairs coupled with a strong background in project management, supervision, training and budgeting.

First elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 2012, Shackleford represents the citizens of Indiana House District 98 and serves as ranking minority member of the Public Health Committee. She is also on the Financial Institutions, and Government and Regulatory Reform committees.

Shackleford is also the current chair of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus.

Due to her passion for project management and transformational travel experiences, Shackleford currently serves as an independent travel consultant to expose clients to vast and stunning locales around the world.

She previously served as a project manager for both Crowe Horwath and Engaging Solutions consulting firms. In these roles, Shackleford managed projects, enhanced client relationships, improved staff development and increased sales.

Prior to consulting, her passion for public service was at the forefront while employed in the office of Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson as the Diversity Affairs Director. In this role, she was responsible for raising and maintaining awareness of diversity matters and for promoting a broad range of activities to help the city achieve greater diversity.

With a career rooted in government affairs, Shackleford has worked as a policy and research specialist for the Indiana Health Care Association, where she developed public policy. Additionally, she gleaned extensive experience about issues impacting the Indiana General Assembly through positions she has held with the Indiana Department of Commerce, the Clerk of the Supreme and Appellate Courts, and the Indiana House of Representatives.

Shackleford is a graduate of Indiana University and IUPUI, having earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public affairs because of her dedication to community growth and education. She served as president of the Indiana University Neal Marshall Indianapolis Alumni Chapter and board member for Indy Reads. She currently serves on the boards of Martin University and the Pathway Resource Center.

Other civic involvement includes Eastern Star Church, National Black Caucus of State Legislators, Governing Institute’s Women in Government Leadership Program, Concerned Clergy, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.


Senator Phil Boots, Republican, District 23, Chair Senate Pensions and Labor Committee

State Sen. Phil Boots has represented Hoosiers in west central Indiana at the Statehouse since he was elected in 2006. Boots represents Senate District 23, which includes all of Fountain, Montgomery, Parke, Vermillion and Warren counties and a portion of Boone County.

Boots is Chair of the Senate Committee on Pensions and
Labor as well as a member of the Senate Committees on Appropriations; Homeland Security and Transportation; Public Policy; and Veterans Affairs and the Military. Outside the Senate, he is the owner and operator of Boots Bros. Oil Company in Crawfordsville and president of Sagamore News Media, which publishes The Paper of Montgomery County, The Times of Noblesville, Sheridan News and The Weekly.

He attended Milligan College in Tennessee as well as Wabash College. He also served in the 1st Cavalry Division in the United States Army.

Boots has been named Outstanding State Senator by the Indiana Retired Teachers Association and Small  Business Champion by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.


Tuesday, September 24th, 2019

Registration begins: 5:30 pm
Introduction & Table Discussions: 6:00 pm
Program begins: 6:15 pm
Program concludes: 7:30 pm


Country Heritage Winery
6291 Cambridge Way
Plainfield, IN 46168


Members: $30               ($25 before 9/16/19)
Non-members: $40        ($35 before 9/16/19)
Flat-Rate Program: $0

A $5 early bird discount will be applied to registrations received a week prior to the event.