HR Conference Workshops

"Navigating The New York Paid Family Leave Law"

Christopher Brady

Christopher Brady

Senior Vice President, Employee Benefits at HUB International

Christopher Brady is the Senior Vice President of the Employee Benefits Division of HUB International Northeast Limited. An employee of HUB since January 1999, Christopher has more than 20+ years experience in employee benefits.

Christopher's area of expertise is consulting with business owners and CFO's in the development of comprehensive employee benefit offerings for employer groups of 50 to 2,500 employees. He also specializes in many individual financial products with an emphasis on long term care.

Prior to joining HUB International, he headed the employee benefits division of one of the largest independent brokers on Long Island, SR&W, Inc. Before entering the insurance industry, Christopher worked for 11 years at a Fortune 500 company in finance. 

Christopher holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting. He is an active member of The Society for Human Resource Management. Along with being licensed in Life and Health, he is a licensed Property and Casualty broker. 


Henry Shapiro

Henry Shapiro

Associate at Jackson Lewis P.C. 

Henry’s practice focuses on representing employers in workplace law matters. He regularly provides preventive advice and counsel to clients. Henry also practices in traditional labor law areas such as collective bargaining, labor arbitration and unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board. Additionally, he litigates employment disputes regarding discrimination, harassment and retaliation before federal and state courts, as well as the EEOC and the New York State Division of Human Rights and is well-versed in all forms of alternate dispute resolution.

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis in 2016, Henry was an Associate at a Long Island law firm representing individuals in administrative hearings for disability benefits. During law school, Henry was an intern for the Honorable Bruce E. Tolbert, New York State Supreme Court, Westchester County (Civil Term). Henry is admitted to practice law in New York. During law school, he was the Senior Articles Editor for the Hofstra Law Review, became a certified mediator in New York State, and successfully completed a concentration in labor & employment law.

"Don’t send your employees packing, send them shopping instead (for their benefits)"

Maureen Paradine

Maureen Paradine

Senior Vice President, Human Resources at

Maureen has been recognized as an innovator in the HR field. Her experience and talents for implementing next-generation processes and advanced technologies have been instrumental in the growth of thousands of employees as well as the success of several companies.
Maureen has been in her current role since July of 2005. Prior to, she was Vice President, Human Resources for The Hain Celestial Group.

In her current role, Maureen has worldwide responsibility for all HR activities. Most recently, Maureen reengineered the human resources function, transforming it into an enterprise that utilizes online social technologies for recruitment, selection, on-boarding and performance management.
Maureen received her B.A. in Business/Psychology from Hofstra University and her Master’s in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from NYU.

"Leadership Transition and Employee Engagement"

Liz Uzzo

Liz Uzzo, SPHR

Vice President of Human Resources at H2M Architects

Liz is H2M's Vice President of Human Resources. She provides H2M's executive leadership team with advice, guidance and direction on all aspects of H2M's human resource assets. Highly active within the architecture & engineering industry, she has worked closely with peer groups over the years to bring to H2M 'first-in-class' HR organizational clarity on operational structure, recruiting/retaining talent, risk mitigation, regulatory compliance and succession planning.  Liz earned her Master of Science (M.S.) focused in Human Resources Management and Labor Relations from NYIT.

Keynote Speaker

Michael D. Johnson, MPA

Michael D. Johnson, MPA

Co-Founder at, Paralegal at Dewey Pegno & Kramarsky LLP, Author

Michael is a graduate of Marist College, with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, a certificate in Paralegal Studies, and a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in public management. He currently works as a paralegal for Dewey Pegno & Kramarsky LLP, assisting attorneys in corporate litigation matters ranging from state to federal, and international disputes. In addition to legal studies, Michael has an extensive record of community service in coordination with major organizations such as St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Kiwanis International, Habitat for Humanity, and the American Student Government Association. His undergraduate career included four years of service to the Marist College Student Government Association, distinguished by numerous honors & awards, in addition to a strong academic record. He encapsulated these experiences and the life lessons they fostered into his debut book, "From the Classroom to the Boardroom: Memoirs of a Student Leader", in the fall of 2017. Michael is an active member of his hometown community, and currently serves as the Vice President of the Montville Kiwanis Club, an appointed member of the Drug Awareness Council—Municipal Alliance, and formerly as an elected member of the Montville Twp. Board of Education. In the Fall of 2016, Michael teamed up with fellow Marist alumni Brittany M. MacLeod to launch a digital platform for young readers on the subjects of leadership, travel, and self-growth,