HR Advocacy

Friday 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Room: Redbud B

Session Description


Learning Objectives

  1. Better understand the role of the HR professional in corporate advocacy and how to best interact and support the HR voice within your company. 
  2. Learn the how to be the best HR advocate at both the state and federal levels and learn how to effectively speak with legislators regarding the HR industry, operations and business.
  3. Review HR-related legislative issues, updates and laws from the 2018 KS Legislative Session with a preview of regulation discussions to expect in 2019.


Coleen Jennison

Coleen Jennison currently serves as the market vice president for Kansas, including Wichita, Topeka, Manhattan, Garden City, Pittsburg and 88 other communities across Cox’s Kansas footprint. In this role, she is designated as the local senior executive and is responsible for ensuring alignment between regional and center reporting teams by partnering cross-functionally to keep our business and our people connected. She also champions the Cox customer and the Cox employee experience in Kansas, with a strong focus on employee engagement and growing talent. Since 2001, Coleen has served as the director of government affairs and has helped lead Cox’s legislative and municipal efforts in Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa. With more than 20 years of experience, she has served in several government roles including chief of staff for the Kansas house majority leader and chief of staff for the Kansas speaker of the house. 

Coleen is a longtime community advocate and currently serves on the boards of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, Rainbows United and the Kansas Cable Telecommunications Association.  

She holds a BA in communications/journalism from Benedictine College.