We are HR Hotline Associates, Here’s a Little About Us

Our Mission

HR Hotline Associates’ mission is to increase the value of people capital, the most critical intangible asset of your organization. Our mission directs us to take a thoughtful, holistic and strategic approach so it may be successfully realized; something we do diligently with expertise and commitment to our clients.

HR Hotline Associates is led by Julie Caspar

Julie Caspar, President HR Hotline Associates

Julie Caspar, founder and President of HR Hotline Associates, has over 25 years’ experience specializing in multiple areas that make up the Human Resources function. Julie began her consulting practice in 2001 and since then has grown her practice to include a variety of long-term clients with whom she has successfully assisted in increasing quality of performance results through a number of different HR based programs and solutions.

Prior to owning HR Hotline, Julie held professional to executive positions in different industries on the East Coast and in the Midwest. She has held roles with international and domestic scope in union and non-union environments. Julie attended graduate school at Loyola and Drake Universities, earning a Master’s degree in Learning and Organizational Performance from the latter.

Julie served as adjunct faculty in the Leadership Development graduate program at Drake University for ten and a half years. She has been on the board for Central Iowa SHRM serving as VP Membership and currently volunteers on an HR advisory board for a well-known non-profit organization. She has facilitated and presented at numerous workshops, conferences and webinars; has been published in the Des Moines Register and HR publications; consulted on and was featured in, Let’s T.A.L.K.: Handling the Difficult Performance Appraisal video; was a frequent guest on the Today’s Learning Workplace podcast; and authored & self-published, The Manager’s Candidate Search Toolbox; A Guide to Increasing Your Hiring Success Ratio (2011). Julie’s new book, The Seven Steps to Increasing Your Hiring Success Ratio, is now available for purchase on Amazon.

Our Associates

Lisa Grefe

Lisa Grefe, HR Hotline AssociateLisa Grefe has joined the group of HR Hotline Associates contributors, bringing over 15 years of leadership and management experience in the non-profit and education sectors.  As a strengths-based coach, facilitator, and HR consultant, Lisa inspires excellence.

She is an expert in building and training high performing teams as well as understanding and communicating how to bring out the best in people by using a positive mindfulness-based approach.  Lisa excels at helping individuals and teams navigate through, while responding affirmatively to, all types of change in their organizations.

Lisa holds a Masters in Psychology from Springfield College and is currently finishing her 2nd Masters in Leadership Development with a concentration in Human Resources from Drake University.

Rebecca Etnier

Rebecca Etnier | HR Hotline AssociatesRebecca brings over 17 years of experience in Human Resources along with an MBA from the University of Iowa. As an HR practitioner for a Fortune 500 company she held roles as a Generalist, Recruiter, Division Manager and Project Manager. She is also an experienced HR Consultant working with organizations to understand their business objectives, providing personalized services and tailored solutions that best meet the client’s needs.

Rebecca currently serves on the board for Central Iowa SHRM serving as VP of Competency Development, is passionate about employee engagement, development, process improvement and compensation and is excited to be a part of the growing HR Hotline Associates’ team.

Our Affiliations

Association for Talent DevelopmentCentral Iowa Society for Human Resource ManagementSociety for Human Resource ManagementWorld at WorkBBBDes Moines Downtown Chamber of CommerceAnkeny Chamber of Commerce logo along with other affiliate logos

Events and Sponsorships

2019

February 27: Workshop –  Compensation Essentials II: Job Evaluation & Variable Pay @ Greater DSM Botanical Garden, Des Moines, Iowa

March 27: Workshop – Compensation Essentials I: Base Pay @ Greater DSM Botanical Garden, Des Moines, Iowa

April 3-4: Conference – Iowa Employment Conference (Speaker and Exhibitor) @ Prairie Meadows, Altoona, Iowa

April 17: Workshop – Increasing Recruitment Success! @ Greater DSM Botanical Garden, Des Moines, Iowa

May 8: Workshop –  Compensation Essentials II: Job Evaluation & Variable Pay @ Greater DSM Botanical Garden, Des Moines, Iowa

June 12: Workshop – Increasing Candidate Interviewing & Selection Proficiency @ Greater DSM Botanical Garden, Des Moines, Iowa

August 28: Workshop – Compensation Essentials I: Base Pay @ Greater DSM Botanical Garden, Des Moines, Iowa

September 25: Workshop – Compensation Essentials II: Job Evaluation & Variable Pay @ Greater DSM Botanical Garden, Des Moines, Iowa

October 10: Conference – Iowa SHRM State Conference (Exhibitor) – Des Moines, Iowa

October 23: Workshop – Increasing Recruitment Success! @ Greater DSM Botanical Garden, Des Moines, Iowa

November 6: Increasing Candidate Interviewing & Selection Proficiency

Past Engagements

2018

March 1, 2018: Sponsor at Central Iowa SHRM Legal & Legislative Conference @ the West Des Moines Marriott, West Des Moines, Iowa

May 9, 2018: HR Hotline Associates presents the Compensation Essentials Workshop Part I: Base Pay, @ Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Des Moines, Iowa

Sep 12, 2018: HR Hotline Associates presents the Increasing Recruitment Success Workshop @ Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Des Moines, Iowa

Oct 10, 2018: HR Hotline Associates presents the Compensation Essentials Workshop Part I: Base Pay, @ Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Des Moines, Iowa

2017

October 12: 2017 Iowa SHRM State Conference – HR Hotline Associates booth

November 2: Workshop on 7 Steps to Increasing Your Hiring Success @ the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden (see Workshops page for more information and registration)

November 10: 2017 Small Business Success Summit in Ankeny, Iowa. Session on Employee Engagement and Feedback plus booth

2016

June – HR Executive Roundtable: The New FLSA Overtime Rules

September – Iowa SHRM State Conference: 7 Steps to Increasing Your Hiring Success Ratio

2015
Southeastern Iowa SHRM: Strategic Elements of Compensation
HR Executive Roundtable: Exempt and Non-Exempt Classifications – The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

2014
Iowa SHRM State Conference: The Strategic Side of Compensation
Central Iowa SHRM Career Development Day: Full Day Session – HR Strategic Planning and Key Operational Functions
Drake University: (Webinar) Finding the Performance Cure
Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives: Job Design and Value – Attracting Optimal Employees through Compensation Practices & Planning
ATD Career Development Day:  Don’t Just Treat the Symptom, Find the Performance Cure – Essential Elements of Human Performance Improvement

2013
Mosaic Diversity Conference: Ageism Generational Dynamics at Work
Iowa SHRM State Council Webinar Series: Why Compensation is – and needs to be – Strategic

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