Fire Right—with Confidence and Grace

2021 Talent Conference & Expo
Attendees will learn the five principles of firing right to help them carry out a rigorous process and have the confidence they need to do it well.

When you are an HR professional, or hiring leader, firing right is just as important a part of your job as is hiring right. No one wakes up in the morning looking forward to terminating a staff member's employment. In fact, people hate it so much, they often wait far too long. While firing the right way won't eliminate all the pain for either party, it will make the conversation much more palatable. There are five common reasons that people get fired, and there are five principles in conducting that conversation that can make that interaction far more graceful and compassionate than many have experienced. The five principles will prepare the leader to do it right. The result: a better night's sleep, less chance of emotional backlash and surviving employee unrest, and far fewer lawsuits and arbitrations. Firing right can have a dramatic and positive return on investment in financial and human terms.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn what “firing right” means.
  • Understand the cost/benefit value proposition to firing right.
  • Identify the five principles of firing right with rigor and confidence.
  • Learn how firing right can be a positive experience.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, August 23, 2021 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Roxana B.Hewertson

Roxana B.

Roxi Bahar Hewertson is a leadership expert, Presence-Based® and ICF Certified ACC executive coach and organizational development expert with more than three decades of practical experience in the worlds of higher education, business, and non-profits. She is the CEO of Highland Consulting Group, Inc. and author of two highly-acclaimed books, “Hire Right, Fire Right: A Leader’s Guide To Finding And Keeping Your Best People” (Rowman & Littlefield) and “Lead Like it Matters…Because it Does” (McGraw-Hill). With a successful career focused on developing high performing leaders, Roxi is a foremost authority on helping executives and managers create thriving teams and work cultures that achieve stellar results. Her no nonsense, practical, tell-it-like-it-is insights have graced the TEDx stage and been featured by premier media outlets. She holds an MPS from Cornell University where she was Adjunct Faculty and a Senior Administrator. Connect with Roxi online at and

Room: Forum 216
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
Ethical Practice
Relationship Management
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