In the face of adversity, will you crumble or will you soar?

Shannon Huffman Polson has tackled her fair share of challenging experiences. She chose – quite literally – to soar, becoming one of the first women Apache attack helicopter pilots in the United States Army.

As opening keynote speaker of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s 54th Annual Human Resources Conference & Expo, Polson will share her story. That journey includes growing up in Alaska, serving in the U.S. Army on three continents, finding her way in the corporate world and then leaving the boardroom to become an author.

A popular corporate speaker, Polson has addressed organizations across the country, imparting lessons of leadership and determination. She’s also spent several years interviewing women in the military for The Grit Project, which inspired The Grit Institute, culminating in a four-week course to identify and develop grit.

Sponsored by Frost Brown Todd, the 54th Annual Human Resources Conference & Expo is May 7-9, with pre-conference workshops on May 7. Among the activities on May 8 are Polson’s opening address at 8:30 a.m.; a roundtable discussion luncheon with lawyers from Frost Brown Todd at 11:30 a.m.; and the HR Market Expo from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Ogletree Deakins Human Resources Professional of the Year will be awarded during a luncheon event on May 9.

The conference, at the Indianapolis Marriott East, features 32 breakout sessions and four educational tracks.

Topics to be addressed include:
• The opioid epidemic and implications for the workplace
• Navigating conflict in a politically-heated workplace
• How male allies support women leaders for gender equality
• From harassment to civility: a changing culture and landscape
• Recent trends in workplace harassment law

Indiana Chamber members can attend for $399. Find full registration options and more information at Continuing education credit is available.

Platinum sponsors are OurHealth; ProCourse Fiduciary Advisors; and University of Indianapolis – School of Business Graduate Programs. Gold sponsors are Center for Diagnostic Imaging; and IU Health Plans. Silver sponsors are ARGI Financial Group and Kings Island.

Additional sponsorships are available. Contact Jim Wagner at (317) 264-6876.