Lessons in Trauma and Disruptions: A Company Resilient

Thursday 2:40pm – 3:40pm

Session Description

Join Lamar Roth MA, SHRM-SCP for a presentation on leading an organization through a period of trauma and disruption. Lamar will explore what it means to be a resilient company in the face of sudden, deadly disruption. He will talk about the lessons learned by himself and Excel Industries and how they might apply to other leaders in companies, organizations and agencies. He will begin with a very specific disruption; the fatal workplace shooting at Excel Industries and broaden the presentation to include other disruptions including the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Learning Objectives

  1. Considerations for businesses or organizations when preparing for an unanticipated traumatic and disruptive event.
  2. Reviewing the role of HR after a traumatic and disruptive event.
  3. Understanding the value of collaboration and the roles of HR, Company Leadership, Law Enforcement, community, and media when a traumatic and disruptive event occurs.


Lamar Roth MA, SHRM-SCP

Lamar Roth became the Director of Human Resources at Excel Industries in 2014. He is responsible for the daily operations of the human resource team, recruitment, benefits, and other functions. He holds a BA degree from Goshen College in Religion and Psychology and a MA degree in Clinical Psychology from Western Kentucky University. Mr. Roth served for eleven years as the VP of Student Life at Hesston College and for fifteen years as a clinical psychotherapist.

Lamar was the Director of Human Resources at Excel Industries when 4 employees were killed in a shooting at Excel’s production plant in Hesston, Kansas.