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Employee motivation is the key element in the formula of success for organizations. Motivation refers to an employee's intrinsic enthusiasm and internal drive to accomplish activities related to work. When leaders successfully harness what motivates employees, they not only create “buy-in,” but also build a culture of autonomy. It is believed that “MONEY” is the best motivator when it comes to employee job satisfaction. But, is motivation only limited to higher wages and salary increases? If not, what does this myth mean for employees and for their leaders? Organizations are challenged to codify motivational strategies that connect with today’s multi-generational workforce. In order to remain competitive during times of economic downturn, leaders must seek alternative solutions, such as recognition, achievement and learning to keep employees engaged and inspire motivation.

"The only way to get PEOPLE to like working hard is to MOTIVATE them. PEOPLE must understand why they're working hard. EVERY INDIVIDUAL in an organization is MOTIVATED by something DIFFERENT." -Rick Pitino

You should attend this panel discussion if…

  • You are searching for means to retain and motivate people during times of significant organizational change and/or budgetary constraints
  • You are experiencing symptoms of low employee morale and engagement due to compensation challenges
  • You are aspiring to learn effective communication methods and response strategies for facilitating compensation discussions
  • You are seeking advice on how to align employee performance goals with compensation expectations
  • You are aiming to boost team morale and cultivate a culture of high performance without monetary incentives

Money, Motivation and Myths!

Tuesday, Sep. 15th, 1-3pm

Learning & Development Center | 4501 Leeland Street Houston, TX 77023

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Ronald C. Green, City Controller, City of Houston


Ronald C. Green was elected Houston City Controller on December 12, 2009, after serving three terms on Houston City Council, At-Large, Position Four. He has been re-elected twice and began serving his third and final term in January 2014. On City Council, he chaired the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee, overseeing the City’s annual budget of nearly $4 billion. While he served on City Council, his work entailed regular financial and operations reports, strategic purchasing, and municipal court reform. He also served as a member of the Transportation, Infrastructure and Aviation Committee and the Ad-Hoc Committee on Legislative Affairs.


As City Controller, Mr. Green oversees a $13 billion debt portfolio and over $3 billion of investments. With rates at historic lows during the past three years, the Controller’s Office has sought out several refinancing opportunities that have generated over $474 million in savings without extending the life of the debt. In addition to management of the City’s treasury functions, every payment issued by the City of Houston is processed by the Controller’s Office. The Office also prepares several reports to provide financial data and operational statistics regarding the City, including a monthly report, an annual audited comprehensive statement, and a trends report. The Controller’s Office also includes the Audit Division, which has primarily concentrated on identifying inefficiencies and evaluating the City’s outside contracts. Through Audit’s efforts, the City has realized $7.5 million in savings.


Mr. Green is a native Houstonian. He earned both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston, as well as a law degree from Texas Southern University's Thurgood Marshall School of Law. He is also a licensed real estate broker.


Mr. Green is a founding partner of his own law firm and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., 100 Black Men of America, Inc., UH Alumni Organization, UH Black Alumni Association, the Government Finance Officers Association, National Association of Bond Lawyers and the Houston Lawyers Association. He served on the National League of Cities’ 2014 Board of Directors; he was appointed to the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council (GASAC) in January 2013.


He is married to Judge Hilary Harmon Green, Justice of the Peace, Harris County Precinct Seven, Place 1. They have a son and are active in their community and Windsor Village United Methodist Church.

Kelly Dowe, Chief Business Officer and Director of Finance


Kelly Dowe is the Chief Business Officer and Director of Finance for the City of Houston. As Chief Business Officer, he oversees Finance, Information Technology and Human Resources. As the Director of Finance, a position he has held since 2011, Kelly is responsible for financial and capital planning, capital financing, performance management, procurement, accounting throughout the administration and accounts receivable management. He previously held the position in Finance of Deputy Director, Financial Planning and Analysis, where he produced and managed the annual budget as well as co-published the City’s monthly financial reports with the Controller.


Before coming to the City of Houston in April 2009, Kelly led strategy, planning, and performance management at a global aviation logistics firm. Before that he served as a senior consultant in the financial management practice of a Big Four accounting firm leading financial transformation efforts at Fortune 500 clients and started his career as an analyst at a leading integrated financial services firm.


Kelly has a BBA from Baylor University and a MBA from the University of Texas at San Antonio, which he earned while working full-time. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family and running along Buffalo Bayou. He has been a resident of Houston since 2000.

Benjamin Hernandez, Assistant Director, Administrative Services Division, Houston Department of Health and Human Services


Benjamin is an executive in public health administration at the Houston Health Department. He serves as the department’s Chief Financial Officer with responsibility for a $130 million combined annual budget. He has broad responsibility in the department including finance, grants management, facilities, procurement, fleet, vital records, and performance management. He oversees process improvement initiatives and special projects throughout the organization as well as oversight of the Houston Health Foundation, an affiliated 501c3 organization. In his role with the Houston Health Foundation, he manages half a million dollar budget and is responsible for promoting the signature programs of the foundation with the community and partners. In addition to these responsibilities, he also serves in an executive staff role to the Director of the department and is responsible representing the Director’s interest internally and externally on management, professional, financial or administrative matters.


Previously, he served as a senior aide in the Houston City Council for five years where he conducted policy work for an elected official. He was responsible for providing weekly guidance on policy positions as well as oversight of public affairs functions.


Benjamin Holds a Master of Business Administration degree and Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Rice University in Houston, Texas.

Bob Johnson, Division Manager, Compensation Human Resources Department


With over 25 years of Compensation management experience in a variety of service sector industries, Bob Johnson has a wealth of knowledge and expertise to bring to this sensitive subject. Bob’s background includes a Psychology degree from the University of Louisville. Bob’s experience includes management roles with Capital Holding Corporation (insurance), Humana (health insurance and hospitals), Columbia/HCA (hospital management), RCI (travel and leisure), Sunterra (travel and leisure), Houston Methodist (healthcare), Harris Health (healthcare), HISD (education), and the City of Houston (government).
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