2023 Annual HR Conference


The Manufacturer & Business Association hosted the 11th annual HR Conference on November 8 at the Bayfront Convention in Erie. The daylong event, which featured an array of speakers and HR experts, provided educational updates and training opportunities for HR and business professionals across the region. To see exclusive photos, visit

MBA’s 11th Annual HR Conference

Congratulations to Stella LaPaglia of Marquette Savings Bank who was named the MBA’s 2023 HR Person of the Year. LaPaglia is shown here with Marquette’s Executive Vice President and CEO John Dill.

Afternoon keynote speaker Andrew Tarvin gave an enlightening presentation on the value of humor in the workplace!

Participants completed a word search for a chance to win a $50 gift card provided by United Concordia Dental!

The event kicked off with morning keynote speaker, Meghan Kinter, Ph.D., of the Achievement Center of LECOM Health sharing her invaluable insights on why “Mindset Matters.”

The 11th annual HR Conference was
made possible thanks to premier sponsor ECCA Payroll +.

A delicious lunch was sponsored by Widget Financial.

Heather Sayers from Family Services of Northwest PA was the HR Conference grand prize winner of $500 cash (shown here with the MBA’s Patty Welther)!

Snack break sponsor, VBA, added flavor and energy to the day!

Centerpiece sponsor Gerlach’s
provided these beautiful floral arrangements.

Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, P.C.
provided an employment law update as well as lanyards.

Attendees got an update on Artificial
Intelligence in HR by Steptoe and Johnson,
which also sponsored this year’s cooler bags.

Attendees tried to spell their way to victory, during a word scrabble game sponsored by the Erie County Community College.