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One DAY: $199

TWO DAY: $379




Thursday, September 27

10:30 - 11:45  Make an Observation: Registration + Do Research: Vendor Hall

11:45 - 1:30  Construct a Hypothesis: Lunch + Learn with Dennis Danilewicz: Metrics: How to Begin to Tell Your Story

1:45 - 2:45  Design a Study & Collect Data Session 1: A–C

2:45  3:00  Form a Question: Break

3:00 - 4:00  Design a Study & Collect Data Session 2: A–C

4:15 - 5:15  Design a Study & Collect Data Session 3: A–C

5:15 - 5:45  Networking + Vendor Hall with Cash Bar + Appetizers

5:45 - 7:30  Conduct an Experiment: Dinner + Learn with Michael Sciotti: NY Paid Family Leave with FMLA 

Friday, September 28

7:00 - 8:00  Breakfast

7:45 - 9:15  Legislative update

9:15 - 9:30  Form a Question: Break 

9:30 - 10:30  Design a Study & Collect Data Session 4: A–C

10:30 - 10:45  We're Bubbling to the Top: Photo Op

10:45- 11:15  Do Research: Vendor Hall + Networking Opportunity

11:15 - 12:45  Construct a Hypothesis: Lunch + Learn with Martha Bryan: Take this Job and Love IT!

12:45 - 1:45  Design a Study & Collect Data Session 5: A–C

1:45 - 2:00  Form a Question: Break

1:55 - 2:45  Analyze the Data: Wrap- Up + Door Prizes (Must be Present to Win)


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Our 2018 Speakers


Keynote Speakers


Opening Keynote

Charting the Results: Metrics: How to Begin to Tell Your Story

Dennis Danilewicz, CPP from NYU Langone Health

Dinner + Learn Keynote

New Elements of Payroll: NY Paid Family Leave with FMLA

This seminar will review the key differences between the New York State Paid Family Leave Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act, along with common problems being experienced by employers.  The seminar will also review recent changes to the New York State Paid Family Leave Act

 Michael Sciotti from Barclay Damon, LLP

Lunch + Learn Keynote

Discover Hidden Truths: Take this Job and Love IT!

George Bernard Shaw said, "master in the art of living knows no sharp distinction between their work and their play, their labor and their leisure, their mind and their body, their education and their recreation . . . They simply pursue their vision of excellence through whatever they are doing and leave others to determine whether they are working or playing."

Because we manufacture ourselves through our work, each time we make a choice on the job, we shape our identities, our inner feelings about who we are, our sense of self-worth, and our relationships with others. This program is about discovering the hidden truths about our life and how we can move from simply surviving our work to mastering the art of living through our work.

Martha Bryan, Bryan and Bryan Associates


Martha Bryan

Owner, Lead Presenter, and Consultant

Bryan and Bryan Associates

Martha Bryan is a management consultant, author, speaker, and seminar leader who speaks nationally and internationally regarding the development of human potential and personal excellence.

With an education background in teaching, she has taught at both high school and college levels and has held positions in both government and private industry. Her work career expands from farm laborer and cafeteria helper to positions in staff support, sales, training and personnel administration. She has served in leadership positions for a number of organizations -- chair of college advisory boards, president of women's organizations, president of personnel administration organizations and chairman of a financial institution. After 20 years of working in public sector administration, Martha resigned to start her own speaking, training and consulting firm. 

Fascinated by what makes some individuals strive to be the very best, Martha has devoted her life to studying peak performers. She is a highly effective organization consultant and dynamic public speaker who is recognized for her informative, down-to-earth, and entertaining keynote presentations and workshops on motivation, personal effectiveness, leadership, customer service, and change management. Her programs on implementing quality, excellence, leadership, vision and strategy, self-esteem and success psychology bring about immediate changes and long - term results. She gives such practical ideas, methods, tips and techniques that participants emerge excited, enthusiastic and eager to apply her ideas in their work and personal lives. You will enjoy spending time with her!


Dennis Danilewicz, CPP

Senior-Director-Disbursements Services

NYU Langone Health

Dennis Danilewicz is a popular speaker that has been asked to speak on various topics related to Management, Generational Differences in the Workplace, Payroll and Accounts Payable for more than 25 years.  Currently he is the Senior Director of Disbursements Services at NYU Langone Health in New York City.  Previously, he served as Director of Corporate Payroll at Pfizer Inc. as well as a Senior Director, HR @ BMS and Payroll, for Bristol-Myers Squibb.  

He is a Past President of the national APA, (American Payroll Association).

Dennis has authored many articles for professional publications in The United States, Canada and the UK, including PAYTECH and Management Accounting. He has been interviewed for articles published in various media outlets such as CNN Money, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post; and his interview with The Associated Press regarding tax changes was picked up by numerous media outlets throughout the country.

Dennis received a Meritorious Service Award from the American Payroll Association in 1997, a Special Recognition Award in 1999, and was named the APA’s “Payroll Man of the Year” in 2000.  He is a two time winner of the APA Prism Award for Best Practices.

He can be reached at his website:


Michael J. Sciotti, Esq.


Barclay Damon, LLP

Michael is a Partner with Barclay Damon, LLP and a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Law and Health Care & Human Services Practice Areas.

His practice includes the defense of employers and members of management in all  types of discrimination, harassment, whistleblower and retaliation claims brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, New York State Human Rights Law, New York State Labor Law and numerous other laws.  Michael also defends all types of wage and hour actions brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the New York State Labor Law.  Michael has also represented numerous employers and fiduciaries in claims involving the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.  In addition, he has represented numerous employers in dealing with the New York State Workers' Compensation Law on various issues.

Michael provides day-to-day counseling for employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, and conducts internal investigations, audits, and supervisory and employee training on a regular basis.  During his 26 year career, Michael has presented over 500 times on wide variety of labor and employment topics for many organizations including the Society for Human Resource Management, American Payroll Association, American Corporate Counsel Association, New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, Northern District of New York Federal Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, and Lorman Education Services.

Michael is admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association,  and is the Immediate Past President for the Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association having served as an officers of the bar association for over 5 years. Michael received his Bachelor of Science degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, where he graduated summa cum laude. He received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees from Syracuse University College of Law. 

Michael was also recently awarded the following distinctions:

  • The Best Lawyers in America 2016 Syracuse Employment Law - Management "Lawyer of the Year"

  • The Best Lawyers in America 2016 Syracuse Labor Law - Management "Lawyer of the Year"


Session 1



Be Part of the Solution: Sexual Harassment

We will be covering the recent changes/additions to New York State law concerning sexual harassment, along with changes to the Internal Revenue Code which will impact the settlement of sexual harassment claims by employers and whether the settlement is tax deductible.

Michael Sciotti from Barclay Damon, LLP


Passing the Payroll Litmus Test: Employee Development & Core Competencies

We all know the story, you worked in finance or HR and suddenly, you find yourself doing payroll. Now you have a responsibility of training individuals to do payroll and of course they have no experience. In this session, we will define core competencies needed for a payroll professional. Then, show you how to use them to develop your non-payroll employees to be outstanding Payroll Professionals.

Tina Wescott from Bryant & Stratton


Going to Simmer: Emerging Issues in State Unemployment

Beginning with an overview of the unemployment tax system, we will progress to discussing the unemployment tax rating system, savings opportunities, compliance issues, and touch on the ramifications that occur when companies move employees between entities. We will also discuss UI Integrity, SUTA Dumping and look at legislation, and how this is effecting the industry.

Rori Carney from Equifax

Session 2



Avoiding a Payroll Explosion: 10 Most Common Payroll Pitfalls

Payroll practitioners strive for perfection, but even so, sometimes mistakes happen. Having spent more than 35 years in the payroll business and in multiple consultant roles, Tracie shares some missteps she has experienced in payroll. We will cover 10 of the most common payroll mistakes and some methods for alleviating those mistakes along with some steps you can take to avoid them all together.

Tracie Piller from Ultimate Software


Scanning the Galaxy: Non-Res Taxation

Introduction to NRA Tax Withholding and Reporting

Kirstin Guanciale from Syracuse University Payroll Service Center


Weathering the Costs: Prevailing Wages

This seminar will review common pitfalls associated with the payment of prevailing wages and New York State, and a review of enforcement actions and audits by the New York State Department of Labor.

Christopher Harrigan from Barclay Damon, LLP

Session 3



Charting the Results: Metrics: How to Begin to Tell Your Story

A more advanced look at utilizing metrics, including dashboards, to deliver your message to senior leadership and sell your ideas

Dennis Danilewicz, CPP from NYU Langone Health


Chemical Balancing: Optimizing the Funding of your Healthcare Plan

The funding of a benefits plan.

Dan Colacino from Dan Colacino, LLC


Experiments Outside the Lab: Global Compliance Trends

Payroll compliance is not just local, it is Global" Recent trends for payroll all multinational companies should be aware of.

Suzann Schroepfer from Celergo

Session 4



Formulas for Savings: Tax Credits

Identify popular federal tax credits

  • Discuss business qualifications

  • Discuss employee and wage qualifications

  • Identify necessary IRS and certification forms

Rob Tiernan from HIRETech


Anatomy of an Audit: FLSA & US DOL Investigation

A general overview of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requirements from an investigative prospective and information about the new PAID pilot program.

Shequeila Birdsong from the U.S. Department of Labor


Crystal Clear Calculations: Child Support

Employers serve as key partners in ensuring financial stability for many children and families through the withholding of support and health insurance premiums.  This workshop will provide information about the responsibilities of employers with regard to income withholding, new hire reporting, medical support, completion of the Wage and Health Benefits Report, and terminations.  Employer compliance with these responsibilities benefits everyone, especially New York’s children.

Mary Hans from the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance

Session 5



Essential News: Fed Tax Reform – What's New for Payroll

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, new W-4 , withholding table changes , IRS withholding calculator.

Steve Ingraham from the Internal Revenue Service


Getting the Right Mix: 3 Cs of Workforce Management

  • Compliance–FMLA, ACA, & FLSA Compliance and History

  • Costs–How can this affect your organization?

  • Control–How Can you prepare?

Ryan Betzing from TimeClock Plus


Formulating the Workforce: NY Call-In/On Call Pay EE Scheduling

This seminar will review the proposed regulations by the New York State Department of Labor  commonly identified as "just-in-time," "call-in" or "on-call" scheduling.

Rosemary Enright from Barclay Damon, LLP