Encore Presentation: Attracting and Retaining Values Based Employees

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2024 | Time: 12:00-1:00pm | Location: Virtual – Zoom

Event Description

Following great feedback from the 2023 WorkLife Office Conference, we are offering an encore presentation of the “Attracting and Retaining Values Based Employee” breakout session. The shifting work environment requires organizations to rethink their approach to recruiting and retaining employees. This session will offer insights into what employees value, the importance of flexibility, support for caregivers, and the importance of investing in the mental health and wellbeing of employees.

About the Speaker: Sherri Reese, PhD

Sherri Reese, PhD has emerged as a formidable expert in human resources, beginning her journey in 2000 with compliance roles in East Lansing and swiftly rising to prominence in various investigative and regulatory capacities. Now serving as the Director of Talent at Michigan State University, she innovates in talent strategy by assisting in shaping the institution’s culture, and initiatives in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Sherri concurrently serves as a Professor at the University of Arkansas, extending her expertise in fields like Criminal Justice and Public Policy. Her work is characterized by strategic initiative leadership, a passion for cultural competency, and an unwavering commitment to elevating talent and inclusivity at every organizational level.

About the Speaker: Jake Lathrop

Jake currently serves MSU as a Consultant to the Vice President/Chief Human Resources Officer.  He has over 15 years of experience at MSU, with previous roles including: Consultant to the Executive Vice President for Administration; Human Resources & Facilities Director in the College of Education; and HR Specialist for recruitment, selection, classification, compensation, and strategic staffing within MSU HR.  Prior to MSU he worked in Operations Management at UPS.   

Jake currently serves as the Chair of the Midwest Region Board of Directors for the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR).  He also serves on the CUPA-HR National Public Policy Committee and was named the 2018 CUPA-HR Midwest Region Emerging Leader.  Additionally, Jake represents MSU on the Big Ten Collaboration on Staff Advocacy. Jake is a proud alum of Michigan State and has been a life-long Spartan.  He enjoys fly fishing, exercise, hanging with family and friends and spending time “up north.” 

About the Speaker: Rachel Perez, CHRS, GCDF

Rachel Perez is a WorkLife Consultant for the WorkLife Office at Michigan State University (MSU). She brings nine years of Human Resources experience as well as a bachelor’s degree from MSU’s Eli Broad College of Business. Rachel has served as an HR Coordinator and an Assistant Health & Safety Coordinator for the Student Life & Engagement division. In these positions, her teams benefited greatly from her project management and program coordination experience. As an HR Generalist for the MSU HR Solutions Center, she was able to advocate for faculty and staff members throughout the processes of hiring, benefits enrollment, and training, while considering their emotional and cultural needs as they begin a transition in their career. Rachel has a passion for working with MSU’s diverse faculty, staff, and students. Serving as a resource to our diverse communities has given her great pride in her work at MSU as well as when she began her career as an Enrollment Counselor at the University of Phoenix. In this position, she guided students through the process of enrollment, major designation, financial planning, and all major changes in their educational paths.