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OCALA, Fla. (Feb. 22, 2023) – Jon Petz, internationally acclaimed humorist, best-selling author, and world-class magician, will headline The Heart of HR: Motivate Innovate Cultivate conference on Tuesday, March 7 at the World Equestrian Center in Ocala.

Doors open at 7:30 a.m. for networking, exhibitor visits and a light breakfast with the program starting at 8:30 a.m. and running through 4 p.m. Lunch is also included.

New this year is the Heart of HR After Dark reception with Petz on Monday, March 6 from 5:30-7 p.m.  at WEC’s Pickle’s Terrace.

Conference tickets are $175 or $200 for the conference and reception. Day-of event admission purchased at the door will be $200. Tickets are available at

The Heart of HR is presented by CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion and the Ocala Human Resources Management Association (OHRMA). It features a full day of sessions designed to help businesses leverage the value of their staff, learn about the state of the workforce and trends that impact the region, understand the latest employment law and how it affects businesses, and discover HR best practices to recruit and retain employees.

The Heart of HR is ideal for employers, community leaders and hiring managers who are faced with finding and retaining a strong workforce during an era of historically low unemployment,” said Dale French, CareerSource CLM’s executive vice president and conference co-chair.  “We’re excited about our continuing partnership with OHRMA and believe the conference will offer a first-rate experience for all attendees.”

In addition to Petz, who will kick off the day with “Creating Significance in the Heart of HR,” speakers will be:

Mary Cheddie, SHRM-SCP, the Society of HR Management’s East Divisional director, “The Heart of a Leader”;

Chris Laney, PhD, labor economist and workforce strategist for Lightcast, “Bridging the Gap in Our Labor Force”;

Renea Peterson, leadership consultant for RPLLC, “Navigating Toxic Behavior in the Workplace”;

Alex Desrosiers, Fisher Phillips associate attorney; Jay Morgan-Schleuning, strategic advisor for Authentic Reputations and president of the Florida Public Relations Association; and Alexis Mootoo, PhD, founder/owner of AlexHarrison, LLC., and associate vice president at the University of South Florida, “What’s the Big IDEA? Understanding Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility in the Workplace”; and

Kate Shockey, SHRM-CP, PHR, engagement specialist, “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Ethics for HR.”

Primary sponsors are Fisher Phillips, Alliant Insurance, the Ocala Metro Chamber & Economic Partnership (CEP), International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 222, and OneDigital.

Additional sponsors are Express Employment Professionals, James Moore & Co., North Central Florida Media (NCFM) Group, Staff America, Team Cone and Tri-Eagle Sales.

Exhibitors will be Acentria Insurance, ADP, Alliance Background, Alliant Insurance, CEP, Citrus County Chamber of Commerce, Corporate Synergies, DAC Total Refreshments, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Express Employment, Fisher Phillips, Gallagher Benefit Services, Human Interest, IBEW Local Union 222 James Moore & Co., Nick Robinson of Avison Young, NCFM Group, OneDigital, Pensionmark Financial Group, Staff America, and UKG.

More information and tickets are available at


The Ocala Human Resources Management Association (OHRMA) is a nonprofit organization of human resource professionals from the Marion County community affiliated with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), an international organization of more than 180,000 members. For information, visit

CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion is a member of CareerSource Florida and a proud partner of the American Job Center network. CareerSource CLM is supported by the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and other agencies as part of awards totaling $8.2 million (revised annually). CareerSource CLM is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities and in Spanish. All voice telephone numbers listed above may be reached by persons using TTY/TDD equipment via the Florida Relay Service at 711. If you need accommodations, please call 800-434-5627, ext. 7878 or e-mail [email protected].

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