NACPA 2017
Nashville, TN

April 30 – May 2, 2017

2017 Plenary Speakers


Jodee Blanco

Bishop Kincanas

Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas


Rev. Donald Senior, C.P.

To All NACPA Members and Supporters:

The NACPA Convocation Committee is pleased to announce the 2017 Plenary Session speakers. In selecting the topics and the presenters, we incorporated feedback from our members obtained through surveys and conversation, as well as input from 2016 convocation attendees.

The presentation topics correspond well with our convocation theme — “Human Resources and the Church: Continuing in Harmony.” We are grateful for the willingness of these outstanding individuals to meet with us and for the depth and insights they will bring to our upcoming meeting.

Please stay tuned to our website for interviews and YouTube appearances featuring our keynoters during the months leading up to our 46th annual meeting in Nashville. We are eager for you to know our Plenary Session speakers better and we look forward to introducing our many talented workshop leaders as well.

Regina Haney, Ed.D.
Executive Director

How to Deal with Difficult People without Losing Your Cool or Compassion — A Keynote “Course” for HR Professionals

If you’ve ever had to deal with a difficult person, whether an employee in your charge, a colleague or a superior, this presentation will give you a fresh, new perspective on why they are behaving as they are, how to get through to them and how to determine whatever is causing the problem.  You will learn how to to identify patterns in your own behavior that may be making things worse when interacting with someone difficult. You will then learn how to self-correct in the moment, utilizing compassion-centric techniques inspired by core Christian values. Ms. Blanco will provide tools to establish clarity of communication with anyone, no matter how trying he or she may be.  She will demonstrate how to disarm defensiveness and how to engage with empathy and understanding.  This presentation will underscore how to lead with truth and compassion and provide advice on how to gently but firmly refocus the irate, unreasonable or uncooperative person and elevate the atmosphere from one of animosity to growth.

About the Speaker:

Jodee Blanco is one of the most respected authorities on bullying, a survivor turned activist and speaker. Whether she’s helping a corporation navigate its way to a kinder, more compassionate workplace, inspiring a gym full of teenagers to a new level of tolerance and acceptance of others or motivating 3,000 educators at a Catholic convention on how to better handle difficult parents, Ms. Blanco’s methods and techniques have been redefining how people treat each other for nearly 30 years. Considered the “mother of the anti-bullying movement,” with her New York Times best-selling book series, Please Stop Laughing at Me, Jodee Blanco speaks on bullying around the world, continues to write books and also consults for private clients, governments and educational entities on more enlightened communication practices. She has been featured in USA Today and other national newspapers and is a regular expert commentator on network television.

HR in the Catholic Church: How the Bishops Are Addressing Complex New HR Issues to Ensure Justice in the Workplace. 

In today’s increasingly complicated world, the U.S. Bishops are facing employment issues that demand close study and sensitivity. Industry leaders cite same sex marriage, protection for LGBT individuals, accommodations for a diverse workplace, the redefinition of who is entitled to overtime pay and increases in minimum wages among the top HR challenges.  As arch/dioceses wrestle with these and ongoing issues such as leadership development, succession planning and compensation, the HR director provides context and counsel. Bishop Kicanas, who served as Vice President for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and has been in the forefront urging more effective communications in the Catholic Church, will explore HR and the Church today — and whether the HR director should always be a vital voice in the bishop’s cabinet.

About the Speaker:

Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas was installed as Bishop of Tuscon in 2003 having served as Coadjutor Bishop of the diocese since 2001.  He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago in 1995 and served as Episcopal Vicar of Vicariate I of the Archdiocese of Chicago.  He was ordained a bishop on March 20, 1995. Ordained a priest in 1967, Bishop Kicanas has served in various capacities in the seminary system of the Archdiocese of Chicago for more than 25 years. A former Vice President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the former Secretary of USCCB, Bishop Kicanas holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, a M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling from Loyola University and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, Illinois.  Over the years Bishop Kicanas has served as a trainer, facilitator or lecturer in personnel/human resource development, leadership and human growth and conflict management.

Administrative Service as a Christian Vocation

Paul the Apostle listed administrative service as one of the “gifts” of the Spirit.  Yet some of us who work in religious or not for profit institutions view administrative tasks as a “necessary evil” or fail to see it as an authentic form of Christian discipleship.  This presentation will highlight the biblical foundations for the various dimensions of administrative service and its essential role in the witness of the Church to the world.  To see administrative service as a biblically rooted gift can help those involved in this way of life find deeper and more satisfying spiritual meaning in what they do.

About the Speaker:

Rev. Donald Senior, C.P., is President Emeritus and Chancellor of Catholic Theological Union in Chicago (CTU), the largest Roman Catholic graduate school of ministry in the U.S.  Father Senior was the president of CTU for 23 years and continues to serve there as Professor of New Testament.  Born in Philadelphia, Father Senior is a member of the Passionist Congregation and was ordained a priest in 1967. A frequent lecturer and speaker throughout the country and abroad, he is actively involved in the interreligious dialogue, particularly with the Jewish and Muslim communities. Father Senior has published extensively on biblical topics and is the general editor of the acclaimed Catholic Study Bible.  He is the recipient of many honors and was appointed by Pope John Paul II as a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission and was reappointed by Pope Benedict XVI and by Pope Francis.

2017 Program

Registration & Accommodations

Nashville Slider Reg open

Cancellation Policy

Attendees: A refund of fees paid, less $150, will be made upon receipt of cancellation notification before 4/10/17.  After 4/10/17 no refunds will be made. Exhibitors: Reservations for exhibit space and advertisements may be canceled with full refund of fees paid less $500 upon receipt of cancellation prior to March 1, 2017. Due to contractual and other commitments made by NACPA, no refund will be made for cancellations received after March 1, 2017.


We are pleased to announce that NACPA 2017 will be held at the Inn at Opryland – A Gaylord Hotel ~ Marriott.
NACPA special booking rates of $129/night are now available.

See below link or call 1-855-584-3466 and mention National Association of Church Personnel Administrators 2017 Room Block.

The Inn at Opryland, Nashville, TN

The Inn at Opryland, Nashville, TN

Exhibitors & Sponsors

NACPA members return to Convocation each year not only for the ongoing education and to build relationships with peers but to come away with the solutions to the daily challenges and hurdles which are specific to the lives of an HR Director in a church or diocesan office. As the professional membership organization for HR practitioners who see their career as a ministry and desire to exercise good management practices anchored in Gospel values, NACPA’s annual Convocation offers your organization an opportunity to present ideas that will create relationships with churches, diocesan offices and eparches around the country.

  Exhibitor and Sponsorship Materials for Convocation 2017:


NACPA Convocation 2017 Certification

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

NACPA 2016 is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. This program is valid for 11 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit SHRM Recertification Provider Seal 2015-2016

HR Certification Institute (HRCI)

NACPA 2016 has been approved for 11 (General) Recertification Credit Hours, with the opportunity to earn 2.5 Business (Strategic) hours.


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


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