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Vertical Alliance Group believes one of the most important ways to empower the industries we serve is through knowledge.  Each month we host a series of free webinars designed to empower school district administrators, trucking management teams, and human resource professionals with the knowledge they need to be compliant and successful in their industry.

How to Ensure Compliance with the December 18th ELD Deadline

November 30, 2017 - 10:00 AM CST

About the Webinar:
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will begin enforcing the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate requirements on December 18, 2017. If you’re not in compliance with ELD mandates by then, inspectors and roadside enforcement personnel will begin documenting violations on roadside inspection reports, and, at the jurisdiction’s discretion, will issue citations to drivers.

In this hour long webinar, you will learn:

  1. How the status of last minute attempts to delay the ELD compliance dates may impact you
  2. How the FMCSA’s recent ELD exemption decisions affect rental trucks, yard moves, and mobile ELDs
  3. How the FMCSA-created web services, email systems, and eRODS screening program impact compliance
  4. How to use information on the CVSA’s latest inspection bulletin related to ELDs

Plus, attendees will have the opportunity to answer questions related to ELD compliance at their company.

About the Presenter:

David J. (Dave) Osiecki is the President of Scopelitis Transportation Consulting LLC (STC) and personally delivers the training and advisory service offerings of STC. He began his 30-year transportation career in 1986 as a motor carrier safety auditor in the field for the Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Motor Carriers (OMC). He spent several years building his trucking and regulatory expertise in program, policy and regulatory development positions for OMC in Washington, DC. He left federal service in 1995 and spent the last 20 years at the American Trucking Associations in Washington working on behalf of the trucking industry in policy, regulatory and advocacy-related positions. Mr. Osiecki started his ATA service as Vice President of Safety and rose to Executive Vice President & Chief of National Advocacy for ATA, where he represented the industry before State legislatures, federal agencies, the U.S. Congress and in the national media.


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When School Staff Go Viral – Balancing First Amendment Rights

December 05, 2017 - 10:00 AM CST

A member of your faculty or staff posts a seemingly innocuous online expression, and all of a sudden you have a PR nightmare on your hands when the community finds out about it. Balancing your school district’s efficacy against the First Amendment Rights of faculty and staff in the age of social media can be a daunting task. Should you ask your staff not to post images of them holding wine and beer or posing in what may seem like immoral outfits? These are just two of the many questions school administrators must answer on a daily basis.

In this hour long webinar, you will learn:

  1. How does Pickering v. Board of Education impact Freedom of Speech for employees in public education?
  2. When can a school district take adverse employment action against staff on the basis of speech that is posted online, and under what circumstances is that speech protected?
  3. How can public school administrators reach legally and ethically defensible decisions in widely divergent cases?
  4. How can school districts protect the efficacy of their school systems while still respecting the First Amendment rights of their employees?

Plus, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about their district’s policies on what faculty and staff can and cannot post on social media.

About the Presenter:

Les Black, Ph.D., is a Clinical Associate Professor at Southern Methodist University. Prior to joining the SMU faculty, Les had a 26-year career in public schools, beginning as a foreign language teacher and culminating with an 8-year tenure as principal at Blalack Middle School in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD. Dr. Black joined SMU as an adjunct professor in 2009, teaching campus level law and ethics. Since that time, his teaching role within both the Accelerated School Leadership Program and the Educational Entrepreneurial Center has slowly expanded.


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Building Relationships in the (Millennial) Workplace: Dispatchers & Drivers

December 06, 2017 - 10:00 AM CST

If you have a driver turnover problem, one of the most effective ways to reduce it is to improve relationships between your dispatchers and your drivers. Your dispatchers must understand how to communicate better with drivers, how to treat them well, how to build trust and rapport with them, and how to handle conflicts with them.

In this one hour webinar, you will learn:

  1. Why the dispatcher-driver relationship is the most important relationship in a trucking company
  2. How to turn dispatchers into your best recruiters
  3. Why the Millennials are challenging today's relationships and how to overcome this obstacle
  4. How to create a training program that improves dispatcher-driver relationships

Plus, attendees to the live webinar will have the opportunity to ask questions about how to improve relationships between drivers and dispatchers.

About the Presenter

Dan Baker is a nationally known speaker, teacher and consultant to the trucking industry. He travels extensively throughout the United States and Canada, working with numerous trucking companies of all sizes and types. He speaks at meetings and gatherings of all kinds, from driver safety meetings, to award dinners, state and national conventions, to in-company seminars and symposiums. Essentially, his message is the people side of trucking. His presentations are always full of jokes, stories, and one-liners. But he never departs far from his basic theme that if you’re in trucking today, first of all you’re in the people business and secondly, you’re in the trucking business.


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How to Get Safety Ideas Out of the Boardroom & Implemented Into Your Culture

February 15, 2018 - 10:00 AM CST

The best ideas in the world about implementing a safety culture are great to talk about, but they do nothing for your company if they never leave the boardroom.

In this hour-long webinar, you will learn:

  1. How to actually implement the safety theory most companies only talk about.
  2. How to create a step-by-step process complete with easy, low-cost ideas, that will improve your profitability
  3. How to make safety a strategic choice with profound impacts on your company's bottom line
  4. How to put a process in place that lets you know you have done everything in your control to prevent accidents from happening

Plus, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about how to build a culture of safety excellence.

About the Presenter:

Brian Fielkow dramatically grew his business by focusing on building his company’s safety culture. Puling from 25+ years of experience, he now shares what has worked - and what hasn’t - with global audiences. His online training program teaches you how to develop and anchor a behavior-based environment that promotes accountability by providing managers and employees with hands-on tools to create and sustain a culture of prevention.

He is an Amazon #1 Best Selling Author who has written two books Leading People Safely: How to Win on the Business Battlefield and Driving to Perfection: Achieving Business Excellence by Creating a Vibrant Company Culture. He has also appeared on numerous radio programs to discuss the topic of safety and is a regular contributor to Entrepreneur.com.

Brian is the recipient of the Vistage International Member Leadership Award for Judgment and is a member of the Board of Directors of Affinity Insurance, LTD., where he also serves on the Board’s risk control committee. He holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.


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