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$200 of your travel is covered if you’re trekking over 100 miles to attend.



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A curated audience reserved for the senior level of the Fortune 500 and mid-market puts you in exceptional company.


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Meet the people just as invested in strengthening the workforce as you are.


Influential Leaders

Learn valuable strategy components from today’s very best.


Proven Solutions

Meet industry leading solution providers, hand picked for your priorities.



Take this unprecedented opportunity to connect with high profile execs.

A curated experience to cultivate achievement

Based on your specific areas of responsibility, challenges and interests we’ll craft a personal agenda that paves your path to success.


Days of Insight

Jump in the discussion through focused educational sessions and networking opportunities.


Innovative Sessions

Keynotes, plenary sessions, industry panel discussions, case studies and more.


Networking Opportunities

Tie into contemporaries and mentors interested in the same avenues of opportunity as you.


Research Meetings

Meet one-on-one with executives delivering on the solutions that are shaping the industry.

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Peer-Led Education

The CONNECT Steering Committee consists entirely of your contemporaries, meaning we tackle the themes that have profound significance to your performance and your company.


Key Themes

close Talent Acquisition, Management & Retention

The ‘War for Talent’ is currently raging on across all different companies and industries; this track is designed to explore new techniques, the latest strategies and unique ideas to attract, maintain and retain talent.

Leadership is key and developing leaders in the right way will determine the success of your organization. This track will cover leadership competencies and succession management, coaching for a greater impact, and leadership training.
It starts with your people. This track will present ways to define, refine and enhance your company culture and the engagement of your employees.
This track will explore the latest in HR technologies and AI strategies for recruitment, engagement, evaluations and more, as well as HR metrics and analytical tools for success.

High Profile Speakers

Hear strategic endeavors and skillful insights from 20+ HR leaders as they make way in today’s changing landscape.

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Debbie Pollock-Berry

Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer

Save The Children

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Phil Pirkle

Executive VP, Talent Management, Training & Development

United Supermarkets

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Craig Simmons

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Oakwood Worldwide

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Keith Webb

Pre-Sales Director of SaaS Technology and Innovation

Ultimate Software

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Tracy Beckmann

Executive Vice President, Human Resources


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Darlene Slaughter

Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer

United Way Worldwide

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Beth Galofaro

Assistant Vice President, Human Resources

One Nevada Credit Union

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Gary McLaughlin

Vice President, Training & Development

Univest Corporation of PA

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Corecia Davis

Assistant Vice President of Human Resources

Century 21

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Marybeth Gray

Senior Vice President Health & Welfare Consulting

Trion Group, a Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC

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Michael Kearns

VP of Enterprise


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Christina Cassis

Senior Strategic Advisor

[email protected] by

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Ronna Detrick

Fierce Master Facilitator


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Jeralyn Woodall

Assistant Vice President for Information Technology

University of Oklahoma

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Jim McCoy

Chief Revenue Officer & General Manager

Scout Exchange

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Laura Lee Gentry

Vice President, Talent & Learning

Ultimate Software Group

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Dr. Chris White

Chief Science Officer


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Blake Sheldon

Solutions Architect


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Sarah Harden

Systems Engineer


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Robin Talmadge

Chief, Talent Management USDA, Rural Development


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Arthur Schwartz

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Travis Credit Union

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L. Sean Raney

Senior Vice President, Global Compensation & Payroll Services


2019 Full Agenda

Your personal concierge will craft a custom schedule based on your interests and priorities. View the complete agenda below.

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Leadership Development

Welcome Cocktail Reception & Registration


Breakfast Buffet

Monday, October 22Keynote Presentation

close EX Meets CX: The Rising Partnership Between HR and Marketing

SurveyMonkey - CMO

Customer centricity has long been a mantra for support teams, marketers, salespeople, and even product teams devoted to improving customer experience. But it turns out the benefits of a customer-focused culture extend beyond keeping your buyers happy: new research from SurveyMonkey has found that companies that prioritize customer centricity are likely to have significantly better employee engagement.

Many businesses overlook how marketing teams can partner with HR to help establish and shape an incredible company culture. As a dyed-in-the-wool marketer who built her career working for HR companies, Leela Srinivasan has spent years thinking about how the two fields overlap. In this session, Leela will cover:

Key Take-Aways

  • A look at the numbers: how customer centricity moves the needle on employee engagement and reduces attrition, according to our new report
  • How to work with marketing teams to create a truly compelling employer brand
  • The set of golden rules that apply to marketing and HR alike


Leela Srinivasan
MondayBreakout Presentation

close The Art & Science of a World Class Leadership Development Program

Leadership & Learning DevelopmentUltimate Software Group - Vice President, Talent & Learning

Four years ago, Ultimate Software set out to design, build and implement a best-in-class Leadership Development program that would ensure that our People First culture would continue to thrive in the face of tremendous growth in the business. We need our leaders to be the best people leaders on the planet but, in the face of a rapidly scaling business and large volumes of outside hiring, we needed a more systematic approach to growing leaders and ensuring that they put our core values in action everyday. LEAD US, our three-pronged program which spans high potentials, leaders of people, and leaders of leaders, has proven to be very successful in driving not just our culture but our business. This session is designed to be very practical, providing a road map for any company who wants to embark on a similar endeavor. Recent past presentations have also been very interactive, providing a great platform for discussion among participants at all stages of experience.

Key Takeaways:

  • Key elements to consider in designing a Leadership Development program
  • Alternative approaches to content, buy/build, how to prioritize and ensure relevance for your people / company
  • What to measure and why
  • How to ensure that your program fits the unique needs of your company and business


Laura Lee Gentry
Vice President, Talent & LearningUltimate Software Group
MondayBreakout Presentation

close How to Solve the 5 Pervasive Team Challenges and Transform Your Business

Leadership & Learning DevelopmentTeamalytics - Chief Science Officer

People represent the greatest investment opportunity in any company. They’re also the greatest challenge. And the challenges multiply when people work together on teams. Despite the dysfunction of the majority of business teams, teamwork has never been more important for fast-growth companies. In this session, you’ll learn how to accelerate the effectiveness of new teams and new leaders, how to deal effectively with contentious teams and teammates, how to optimize high-functioning teams and navigate change initiatives, and how to develop and retain your high potentials.

Key Takeaways:

  • What is your strategy for the teams of today?
  • Teams are increasingly vital but often underperform
  • Team behavior is what undermines performance
  • The 5 pervasive team challenges we help leaders solve:
    • Optimize High-Functioning Teams
    • Accelerate High-Potential Team Members
    • Navigate Change Initiatives
    • Fast-Forward Newly Formed Teams
    • Manage Contentious Teams
*CPE Credit-Participants will be able to identify the 5 most significant team challenges and share ways to engage these issues and solve them to create dynamic teams and extraordinary outcomes.. Field of Study: Personnel/HR


Dr. Chris White
Chief Science OfficerTeamalytics
MondayBreakout Co-Presentation

close People Analytics: Orchestrating the Employee Experience

HR Technology and AnalyticsSAS - Solutions Architect
SAS - Systems Engineer

How do you get tangible actions, maintain employee anonymity, and maximize employee lifetime value? How do you focus investments on precisely what matters and turn managers into HR-program advocates? Through people analytics.  Gone are the days of high/low favorability reporting on over-standardized engagement surveys — now are the days of precision data science through people analytics. See how SAS helped one customer leverage existing engagement data to answer all of the above questions within months, shifting their people program investments and overhauling processes to maximize the employee experience specifically for their department.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand macro-trends influencing the transformation in HR
  • Realize the shift in workforce orientation: from employer to employee
  • See how people analytics facilitates maximizing employee lifetime value through creating a positive employee experience – yes, you can measure experiences to guide strategy!
  • Dive into a customer example where the managers volunteered to do the heavy lifting on employee experience reform
  • Participate in the prediction of your engagement level as if you were in this customer’s organization


Blake Sheldon
Solutions ArchitectSAS
Sarah Harden
Systems EngineerSAS
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Examining the Intersection of Diversity and Mental Health

Talent Acquisition and RetentionUnited Way Worldwide - Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer

1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experience some form of mental illness. This conversation will highlight the impact mental illness has on diverse populations.  The presentation will be a basic overview of the disparities certain communities face. It will also offer appropriate tools to address this populations needs in and out of the workplace.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understanding of data to create awareness
  • Using an equitable approach to work with people
  • The role of HR professionals


Darlene Slaughter
Vice President, Chief Diversity OfficerUnited Way Worldwide
MondayBreakout Presentation

close The Age of Million Dollar Drugs! What is Your Company Doing About It?

Talent Acquisition and RetentionTrion Group, a Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC - Senior Vice President Health & Welfare Consulting

To retain and attract talented employees; we endeavor to offer competitive benefit programs. Delivering robust medical and pharmacy benefits at an affordable price has been a challenge with soaring costs. The largest chunk of the increase is due to due to soaring pharmaceutical costs. Today, RX is 26% of total benefits spend… by 2020 – it is predicted to grow to 50% of our total benefits costs! Learn what is happening in this area, what’s around the corner and how top-performing companies are managing these costs while still maintaining competitive benefit packages at affordable prices.

 Key Takeaways:

  • State of the Market Overview – What are the top drivers of cost in Pharmacy today
  • What should companies be focused on for the near future to get in front of the next group of high costing drugs
  • The top 5 strategies to control spend both long term and short term and help our members be healthier users


Marybeth Gray
Senior Vice President Health & Welfare ConsultingTrion Group, a Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC


MondayBreakout Presentation

close It Cost HOW Much? - Measuring ROI on Globally Mobile Employees Costs

Strategic HR and OperationsSIRVA - Senior Vice President, Global Compensation & Payroll Services

We all know that Company sponsored relocations have a cost – but what is the Company getting in “return”? Definition of ROI Why is it the “Holy Grail” of Global Mobility? Defining and Measures Costs Hard Costs Reporting Requirements Soft Costs How/ What to Measure Defining and Measuring “Returns”

Key Takeaways:

  • Definition of ROI
  • Defining and Measures Costs
  • Defining and Measuring “Returns”


L. Sean Raney
Senior Vice President, Global Compensation & Payroll ServicesSIRVA
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Fight or Flight: Millennials Continued Impact on the Workplace

Talent Acquisition and Retention[email protected] by - Senior Strategic Advisor

For most of their careers, they’ve been the subject of snarky talks, business books and internet thought leadership. But now, after more than a decade in the workforce, millennials are entering their second act. No longer entry-level associates, they’re moms and dads – directors and managers. Their influence, as the largest workforce demographic, is undeniable. And yet, attracting and retaining millennials remains a top-of-mind challenge for many firms. As more millennials enter parenthood and business leadership positions, they’re struggling to balance work and family responsibilities and looking for solutions. In some cases that means fighting for and winning more robust supports within their organizations. In others, it means looking for new opportunities at a firm with better benefits.

Key Themes:

  • Identify new ways to evaluate work-family needs across your workforce
  • Understand how leave programs, including on- and off-ramping strategies, improve retention of millennial caregivers
  • Learn how to review compensation plans through the lens of 21st century family care needs


Christina Cassis
Senior Strategic Advisor[email protected] by
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Unconscious Bias: Open Your Eyes - Get Woke!

Talent Acquisition and RetentionOakwood Worldwide - Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

HR needs to rise up and lead transformational efforts to diversify and include at all levels of an organization, despite the perceptions/bias and covert (and sometime overt) prejudice of some company leaders. Take a constructive stand to identify and call-out inequities of hiring practices and selection processes – supporting candidates of talent and integrity – regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, gender, age, status and all categories of potential bias.

Key Takeaways:

  • Why is unconscious bias so prevalent in corporate America?
  • How can HR take a leadership role in identifying and changing covert bias in the candidate selection process?
  • What steps are needed to engage leadership in a constructive dialogue about bias?
  • Understanding how Oakwood Worldwide changed the complete diversity profile of senior leadership in one year


Craig Simmons
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources OfficerOakwood Worldwide
MondayBreakout Presentation

close How to Build a Winning Team: A Recruiting Playbook

Talent Acquisition and RetentionUniversity of Oklahoma - Assistant Vice President for Information Technology

Building diverse and inclusive teams that reflect organization culture is one of the most difficult job functions of a leader. A key ingredient is a solid recruiting strategy that reflects not only the current workforce profile but one that will transform the teams for future business demands. This session will help participants develop a recruitment playbook that incorporates diversity, inclusion, and culture into their workforce. They will learn how to utilize branding, social media, and other techniques during the recruiting process. Session activities will showcase different interview styles and situations as well as types of questions needed to deliver desired outcomes.

Key Takeaways:

  • Develop a recruiting playbook outline to take home
  • Learn how to align recruiting strategy to culture, diversity goals, and business strategy
  • Learn how to structure an inclusive interview process
  • Learn how to ask relevant and effective interview questions that align with desired outcomes


Jeralyn Woodall
Assistant Vice President for Information TechnologyUniversity of Oklahoma
MondayBreakout Presentation

close How a 100 Year Old Company Sustained, Integrated, and Transformed Its People-Oriented Relationship-Based Culture

Leadership & Learning DevelopmentUnited Supermarkets - Executive VP, Talent Management, Training & Development

In this session, you will gain an understanding of the challenges related to integrating corporate cultures and gain strategies for overcoming them.  Additionally, you will learn various processes for sustaining, scaling, integrating, and transforming your organization’s corporate culture.

Key Takeaways:

  • Gain an understanding of sustaining, scaling, integrating, and transforming your corporate culture
  • How to map different corporate cultures
  • How to integrate varying corporate cultures


Phil Pirkle
Executive VP, Talent Management, Training & DevelopmentUnited Supermarkets
MondayBreakout Session

close Why The Largest American Companies Are Using Early Access to Pay as a Retention Tool

DailyPay - CEO
21c Hotels - HR Director

Payroll hasn’t changed in the last 90 years; but since the emergence of daily pay benefits, the largest employers in America like McDonalds and Walmart are now using more frequent access to pay as a perk to retain and recruit their staff. Approximately 25% of the US workforce have access to earned but unpaid wages and employees are starting to demand it as a necessity when selecting and staying at a job. If you’re a strategic player at your company, you’ll want to understand how to evaluate the ROI and implications of offering a daily pay benefit for investing in the future of your workplace.


Key Take Aways:

  • Market forces changing the payroll industry forever
  • What daily pay benefits are
  • How to evaluate the ROI of a daily pay benefit – looking at company cost savings, operational efficiencies and your employee’s savings gains
  • Different program structuring decisions and compliance considerations



Jason Lee
Andrew Lotter
HR Director21c Hotels
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Dare to Develop! How Courageous Leaders Transform the Culture and Bolster the Bottom Line!

Leadership & Learning DevelopmentUSDA - Chief, Talent Management USDA, Rural Development

You don’t have to be a Chief Learning Officer to develop your organization, but you must be courageous. Chief Learning Officers understand that leadership wants transformational development activities that boost morale and the bottom line with as little impact on the budget as possible. What do Chief Learning Officers want? They want courageous leaders that integrate the culture of learning into the fabric of the organization. Find out what you can do to be a better leader, boost productivity and gain a bigger return on your human capital investments.  In this session, we’ll explore what happens when you dare to develop.

  • Ingenuity is the key to utilizing your resources
  • Why it’s not what you expect, but what you inspect
  • Measuring what matters: The truth about analytics, development plans, performance plans and your bottom line
  • How to stay competent and thrive


Robin Talmadge
Chief, Talent Management USDA, Rural DevelopmentUSDA
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Rise of the Human Cloud - How Agile Talent Pools Will Transform Talent Management

Talent Acquisition and RetentionToptal - VP of Enterprise

Organizations are under more pressure than ever to innovate, deliver quickly, and respond instantly to changes in the competitive landscape. At the core of this shift is the talent strategy within an organization. Traditional hiring cycles, which are rigid, slow, and cumbersome, will not be sufficient to meet this demand, nor will traditional modes of engaging outside talent and expertise. The Human Cloud is driving organizations towards a new paradigm in talent management – building teams of highly capable individuals, on demand, that are designed to drive specific outcomes. For organizations to thrive in this new future, they will need to develop the ability to rapidly assemble, lead, and manage teams blended from a wide range of sources as a core competency.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand the different types of talent in the human cloud, and why there is no “one size fits all” answer.
  • Develop ideas to enhance the talent management strategy of their organization.
  • Understand and implement the core competencies required to maximize the value delivered by the Human Cloud and a blended workforce.
  • Build a workplace that is attractive to a wide range of talent, including freelance and globally distributed talent.


Michael Kearns
VP of EnterpriseToptal

Industry Dinner


Breakfast Buffet

TuesdayKeynote Presentation

close Three Trends Poised to Transform the Future of Work

Leadership & Learning DevelopmentUltimate Software - Pre-Sales Director of SaaS Technology and Innovation

Companies are struggling to respond to the rapid pace of change and the associated effects on their employees. More than ever, people want a more personal, human work experience. Three pivotal forces are converging that will transform the near-term future of work. First, advances in artificial intelligence reach beyond the automation of tasks, to help leaders understand their people in new and deeply human ways—augmenting and amplifying their natural capabilities. In addition, today’s employees crave connection and purpose with an environment that fosters their progress and nurtures their growth—rejecting one-size-fits-all management in favor of hyper-personalized leadership. Finally, breakthrough Diversity and Inclusion creates a workforce culture in which all people can feel they belong and be themselves—where unique perspectives foster greater innovation, sustainability, and cultural competence. Doing so ensures work works for everyone. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Be familiar with the widening perception gap between employees and managers at work and steps HR leaders can take to coach managers to personalize their leadership approach
  • Know how to use smart technologies such as AI, machine learning, and natural language processing, to help managers know and understand their people on a deeply human level, empowering them to achieve more.
  • Discover proven new ways to ensure diversity and inclusion programs actually drive positive changes for the organization.
  • Understand what it takes to create a culture in which leaders help their people achieve meaningful, purposeful, and productive work and careers, such that all employees feel included, respected, and empowered.
  • Help HR Leaders identify and prioritize HR practices which foster these objectives.


Keith Webb
Pre-Sales Director of SaaS Technology and InnovationUltimate Software
TuesdayBreakout Presentation

close There IS Such a Thing as Being "Irreplaceable"

Strategic HR and OperationsOne Nevada Credit Union - Assistant Vice President, Human Resources

There is only one YOU and each of us is unique.  How you contribute strategically to the HR function depends on how well you are able to take your unique talents and apply them to the strategic priorities of the organization. We can be some things to some people but not all things to all people – so what can you bring strategically to an organization that will make you “irreplaceable” in a world where loyalty to a company/organization seems to no longer exist?

Key Takeaways:

  • Detailed and action-plan oriented – Becoming strategically “irreplaceable” to your organization from an HR perspective
  • Honing in on your uniqueness and identifying your qualities
  • Identifying and aligning your strengths with the strategic priorities of your organization


Beth Galofaro
Assistant Vice President, Human ResourcesOne Nevada Credit Union
TuesdayBreakout Presentation

close Rethink Your Gender Equity Strategy

Strategic HR and OperationsScout Exchange - Chief Revenue Officer & General Manager

It can be tempting to think you get it; gender equity matters, so pay attention to it. But attention to what and whom? Achieving gender equity requires more than the best of intentions. It requires data-backed information, process and behavioral changes, and comprehensive strategies. This presentation will give you new insights, ideas and current data you can take back to effect change in your organization.

Key Takeaways:

  • What the data in Scout’s recruitment marketplace reveals about changes in gender equity in hiring in the last year
  • How to create and conduct a gender neutral hiring process
  • How to effectively use search firm recruiters to increase your pool of qualified female candidates
  • Strategies that work to retain sought-after female executives after they’re hired


Jim McCoy
Chief Revenue Officer & General ManagerScout Exchange
TuesdayBreakout Presentation

close Benefits of Mentoring in the Workplace

Talent Acquisition and RetentionCentury 21 - Assistant Vice President of Human Resources

We will examine the key benefits of mentoring in the workplace including stress reduction, retention, and as a recruitment tool.  In an interactive, engaging format we’ll explore what others have tried and whether it has or has not worked.  The goal is to provide attendees with methods to create a productive mentoring program and how to measure success.

Key Takeaways:

  • How to create a mentoring program
  • Why the mentoring programs work
  • Specific benefits to mentoring programs


Corecia Davis
Assistant Vice President of Human ResourcesCentury 21
TuesdayBreakout Presentation

close Manage a Successful Transition Up the Leadership Chain

Leadership & Learning DevelopmentTravis Credit Union - Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

If you promote someone from a manager to an AVP, or from an AVP to a VP, what’s the difference?  In many companies, it’s a matter of tenure.  However, if there are not distinct differences in performance expectations from one level to the next that can be effectively articulated, measured and enforced, you will be setting yourself up for ER issues, leadership gaps, succession gaps and poor knowledge management.

Key Takeaways

  • Overview of leadership categories based on performance standards
  • Setting clear performance distinctions between levels
  • Identification of who does/doesn’t fit within these levels
  • Key leadership imperatives to help identify leadership at various levels


Arthur Schwartz
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources OfficerTravis Credit Union
TuesdayBreakout Presentation

close Wellness Matters: Employee Benefits and the Future of Work

Gympass - Chief Commercial Officer

The corporate benefits landscape is changing. Benefits previously viewed as perks are quickly becoming must-haves, and many companies need to expand their current offerings to retain and attract top talent. But how do you know whether your wellness programs are creating impact at the employee and organizational level? How can you build a solution that incentivizes everyone and allows you to track progress?


Key Takeaways:

  • Why corporate wellness is integral to the future of work
  • Why senior HR professionals are in a unique position to drive these critical initiatives
  • How to measure the ROI of the wellness programs offered by your organization
  • How to tackle the operational burden associated with wellness programs
  • What success looks like


Sasha Willimann
Chief Commercial OfficerGympass
TuesdayBreakout Session

close Cracking Healthcare Costs

Shield Screening & Edison Healthcare - Founder of Edison Healthcare

Learn how to cut your healthcare costs and provide smarter care to your employees.

Key Take-Aways

  • How Misdiagnosis Rates are Affecting Your Healthcare Spend
  • Appropriateness of Care
  • Smart Care for Solutions for Self-Insured Companies at Any Size
  • Happy Employees & Healthy Savings – Let’s talk ROI


Tom Emerick
Founder of Edison HealthcareShield Screening & Edison Healthcare
TuesdayBreakout Presentation

close So You Want to Create a Leadership Development Program...

Leadership & Learning DevelopmentUnivest Corporation of PA - Vice President, Training & Development

Many companies have the need and desire to create a Leadership Development Program, but lack the resources or know-how to make it happen.  This session will focus on identifying needs, utilizing internal and external resources as facilitators, structuring the program, selecting participants and creating a schedule of workshops to maximize participation.

Key Takeaways: 

  • Understanding the components necessary to develop a Leadership Development Program
  • A step-by-step process to create the program
  • Identifying appropriate facilitators to conduct workshops
  • Focusing on the logistics that will guarantee success of the program


Gary McLaughlin
Vice President, Training & DevelopmentUnivest Corporation of PA

Executive Steering Committee

Experienced HR leaders work with us to focus our program on trends that will move the needle at your company.

Steering Committee Members

Laurie Colasanti Vice President, Human Resources
DHL Express Americas
Doug Harris SVP, Human Resources
Clean Harbors
Maureen Doran-Houlihan Vice President, Global Talent Development Learning & Development Solutions
Debbie Nix Vice President, Human Resources & Risk Management
Covenant Care
Amy Esser SVP, Regional Director of Human Resources
Karen Beach Chief Human Resources Officer
Greg Harper Vice President – Human Resources, Safety, Health and Environmental Affairs
Northstar Aerospace, Inc
DeRetta Cole YMCA Metro Atlanta
Kathy O’Driscoll Path

An Esteemed Audience

Over 80% of the Fortune 100 joins us each year for what has been voted the “most effective trade show” for over a decade. Use our tools to demonstrate ROI to your C-Suite.

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"It’s always interesting to hear how other organizations approach the challenges we face. CONNECT is an opportunity to increase your knowledge and see what tools are out there – new ideas leading to new solutions. Other senior level Executives trying to keep up with digitalization should consider attending – a great platform to see what’s out there!"

"Great participants, panelists and vendors! "

"Company size does not matter, there is so much relevant content…and you can easily customize your schedule. Best part is being able to see the latest and greatest technology in the space. "

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The Hotel

Renaissance Schaumburg

Experience refined style at the Renaissance Hotel in Schaumburg where stunning design blends seamlessly with impeccable service.

Our Schaumburg hotel accommodations boast stylish design and luxurious comfort. Located in an accessible hub with a sophisticated collection of retail and culinary options such as Sam & Harry’s and Woodfield Mall, this Schaumburg, Illinois hotel serves as an indigenous ambassador for entire Chicagoland area…and a gateway for the entire Midwest.
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The nearest airport is Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD), which is less than 15 miles away. Alternatively, you may fly into Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW). This hotel does not provide shuttle service. Taxis are readily available at the airport.
The Renaissance Schaumburg  | 1551 N. Thoreau Drive Schaumburg, IL 60173