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Travel Reimbursement

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

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Accommodations

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5 Star Catering

All of your meals and libations are complimentary throughout the event.

Join HR’s Distinguished Upper Tier

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

250+

Affluent Peers

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

30+

Influential Leaders

Learn valuable strategy components from today’s very best.

50+

Proven Solutions

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

2.5K

Connections

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.

3

Days of Insight

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

40

Innovative Sessions

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

6

Networking Opportunities

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

10

Research Meetings

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

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

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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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Lawrel Aufmuth

Vice President Talent Acquisition

Advantage

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Dr. Lonie Haynes

Vice President Diversity and Inclusion

Highmark Health

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Denise Reed Lamoreaux

Global Chief Diversity Officer

Atos

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DK Bartley

Senior Vice President, Head of Diversity & Inclusion

Dentsu Aegis Network

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Missy Hallead

Vice President, Corporate and Global Human Resources

MGM

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Steven Hardy

Vice President, Human Resources

Fiserv

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Bonnie Curtis

CHRO

Castellini Group of Companies

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Dana Bradley

Associate VP, Human Resources

Northwestern University

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Becky Shaffer

Assistant VP, Total Rewards

Motorists Insurance

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Elizabeth Simon

Director, Ethics & Compliance

Cox Communications, Inc

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Barbie Winterbottom

CHRO

BIC Graphic

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Tushar Pandit

VP, People

Bedrock Detroit, LLC.

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Jim McCoy

Chief Revenue Officer & General Manager

Scout Exchange

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Louis Cimini

Vice President, Human Resources

Samsonite

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Elizabeth Higgins

Assistant Vice President, Human Resources Business Partner

M&T Bank

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Armen Berjikly

Senior Director, Product Strategy

Ultimate Software

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Lyle Wells

National Director of Leadership Processes

Teamalytics

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Marybeth Gray

Senior Vice President Health & Welfare Consulting

Trion Group, a Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC

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Meera Oliva

Chief Marketing Officer

Gradifi

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Jason Lee

CEO

DailyPay

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Michael Kearns

VP of Enterprise

Toptal

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Ronna Detrick

SVP of Learning

Fierce

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Steve Arntz

Senior Product Manager at Bridge

Bridge

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John Whisner

Chief Sales Officer

Vibe HCM

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Blake Sheldon

Industry Consultant

SAS / Pegasus Knowledge Solutions

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Sarah Harden

Senior Systems Engineer

SAS / Pegasus Knowledge Solutions

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Stacy Lake

Client Success Manager

Reward Gateway

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Sue Ruffalo

Head of Enterprise Sales

Gympass

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Jenna Gordon

CFO

Ashley Manor

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Bill Gartland

VP of Strategic Accounts

DailyPay

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Katie McLaughlin

Senior Vice President, Corporate Benefits

NFP

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Kyle Healy

Senior Vice President of Sales Strategy

NFP

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Mark Rieder

Head of Innovation

NFP

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Michael Down

Vice President

NFP

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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HR Technology and Analytics
Talent Acquisition, Management & Retention
Culture & Employee Engagement
Technology & Analytics
SundayNetworking

Welcome Cocktail Reception & Registration - Sponsored by Ultimate Software

MondayNetworking

Breakfast Buffet

MondayBreakout Session

close Talent Quotient: How Fiserv Accelerated the Development of Organizational Capabilities Through the Talent Maturity Model

Talent Acquisition, Management & RetentionFiserv - Vice President, Human Resources

Fiserv HR developed and deployed a “Talent Maturity Model” that provides a framework to improve organizational capabilities. Focus areas of the model included Organizational Effectiveness, Leadership & Succession, Associate Development, and Engagement.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand the Talent Maturity Model Framework
  • Articulate the four key components of the model and why they built into the framework
  • Understand the metrics that were deployed for measuring the talent quotient and talent maturity
  • Experience the evolution of v2. of the Model

Speaker

Steven Hardy
Vice President, Human ResourcesFiserv
Monday, April 15Breakout Session

close Samsonite's Journey Using Engagement To Drive Business Success

Culture & Employee EngagementSamsonite - Vice President, Human Resources

Facing significant business challenges Samsonite embarked on a journey utilizing new management methods to match the changing business conditions. Ultimately a boot camp training program for both management and professionals to expedite the change in culture. Coaching is now the method that gets the most things accomplished.

Key Take-Aways

  • The understanding of the nature of engagement has changed over the last 40 years
  • You must individualize your engagement efforts to what is special about your company
  • Understanding your company, its place in the market and its employment brand is the critical step
  • What you see as an investment in the culture of engagement your employees will see as an investment in their professional growth

Speaker

Louis Cimini
Vice President, Human ResourcesSamsonite
MondayBreakout Session

close Diversity & Inclusion: The ROI to D&I; tie metrics and outcomes to your D&I strategy

Culture & Employee EngagementHighmark Health - Vice President Diversity and Inclusion

There is the myth that D&I is either tied solely to compliance, altruism or both, but rarely to a business strategy. At Highmark Health we demonstrate the ROI to D&I—a methodology tracking both qualitative and quantitative outcomes and how they can positively impact our organization’s financial bottom line. And without an ROI most D&I programs will not garner respect and will not have sustainability,

Key Takeaways:

  • If your brand or organization does not have a multicultural strategy, then it does not have a growth strategy!
  • In a country that is becoming increasingly diverse and a global marketplace that is grown exponentially; organizations and brands must reflect and understand the consumers that represent both those areas.
  • The D&I strategy is not the sole work of the D&I strategist or HR but of the organization as a whole–including white males who are the most important allies!
  • Of the critical 4 C’s of business: Capital, Concept, Capability, and Culture–Culture is the linchpin, most often overlooked, it is critical to all the other components. Without a cohesive, inclusive and engage culture; innovation, engagement, and partnership will have minimal success and thus the efforts and outcomes of the organization.

Speaker

Dr. Lonie Haynes
Vice President Diversity and InclusionHighmark Health
MondayBreakout Session

close It’s a Journey: Do’s and Don’ts When Embarking on People Analytics

HR Technology and AnalyticsSAS / Pegasus Knowledge Solutions - Industry Consultant
SAS / Pegasus Knowledge Solutions - Senior Systems Engineer

After consulting with hundreds of clients on people analytics, the most common question asked is “Where do we start?” In this session, understand the do’s and don’ts around getting started in people analytics based on the experiences of industry consultant Blake Sheldon & data scientist Sarah Harden working Pegasus / SAS’ fortune 100 companies.

Key Takeaways:

  • How people analytics is transforming HR’s relationship with the businesses they serve
  • Outline of typical approach for success in people analytics
  • Deep-dive on the most high-value, low effort use case
  • Learnings from the 4% of companies doing people analytics today & a framework to determine people analytics readiness

Speaker

Blake Sheldon
Industry ConsultantSAS / Pegasus Knowledge Solutions
Sarah Harden
Senior Systems EngineerSAS / Pegasus Knowledge Solutions
MondayBreakout Session

close Student Loan and College Saving Benefits: The 401(k) for the Millennial Generation

Talent Acquisition, Management & RetentionGradifi - Chief Marketing Officer

Your employees have never been more educated. They’ve also never been deeper in debt. Today seven out of ten graduates enter their first jobs with an average of $35,000 in student debt. According to a recent study by Oliver Wyman, 80% of working professionals with student debt consider their student debt to be a source of either significant or very significant stress. This is not a problem exclusive to younger workers either. Student debt impacts employees of all ages, whether they are paying back graduate school loans or a child’s student loans or even saving for a child’s future education costs.

Today, many employers are turning to student loan and college savings benefits to bring financial wellness to employees as a way of differentiating themselves. Some employers have even incorporated student loan help into their 401(k) plans.

This session will discuss how innovative companies are recruiting and retaining talent by addressing their employees’ most pressing financial needs.

Key Takeaways:

  • How student loan and college savings benefits bolster employee recruiting and retention strategies.
  • How to develop a benefits program that is right for you.
  • How these benefits can provide ROI to your company.

Speaker

Meera Oliva
Chief Marketing OfficerGradifi
MondayBreakout Session

close Recruiting Like an Amazon Buying Experience

Talent Acquisition, Management & RetentionAdvantage - Vice President Talent Acquisition

Technology has disrupted many facets of our lives such as how we purchase (PayPal, Venmo), how we shop (Amazon) and how we interact (social media). It is now time to disrupt HR by leveraging the same tools.

Key Take-Aways

  • Looking for a job is like shopping for a pair of shows
  • Transparency is critical- what is the job really about and what is the company
  • Communication needs to be omnichannel- no ghosting
  • Application process should be like a one-click buying process

Speaker

Lawrel Aufmuth
Vice President Talent AcquisitionAdvantage
Monday, April 15Breakout Session

close Removing Gender Bias From The Performance Feedback Process

Culture & Employee EngagementAtos - Global Chief Diversity Officer

Gender bias in performance feedback does exist. Women are less likely to receive specific feedback tied to outcomes, both when they receive praise and when the feedback is developmental. Men are offered a clear picture of what they are doing well, and specific guidance about what is needed to get to the next level. To ensure that feedback is clear and objective, focus on the impact of actions taken, providing relevant, actionable suggestions. Removing gender bias from performance feedback is a leadership imperative.

Key Takeaways:

  • Why leaders must be cognizant of unconscious bias when providing performance feedback
  • How to equalize references to technical accomplishments and capability
  • Providing feedback on specific actions are tied to business goals for all genders
  • How to offer a clear picture of what employees are doing well, and specific guidance about what is needed to get to the next level

Speaker

Denise Reed Lamoreaux
Global Chief Diversity OfficerAtos
MondayBreakout Session

close Blended Workforces: Blurring the Lines Between Employees and Outside Talent

Leadership DevelopmentToptal - VP of Enterprise

Tight labor markets, shortages in sought-after skills, and rapid changes in business have put tremendous pressure on traditional hiring processes and organizational structures.  In this session, we will explore alternatives to traditional hiring, discuss the challenges of engaging new models, and identify actionable steps organizations can take to evolve how they build teams and leverage a diverse talent base to move organizations forward.

 

Speaker

Michael Kearns
VP of EnterpriseToptal
MondayBreakout Session

close Pinpoint, Calculate, Act

Culture & Employee EngagementNFP - Senior Vice President, Corporate Benefits
NFP - Vice President
NFP - Senior Vice President of Sales Strategy
NFP - Head of Innovation

There are a number of trending topics in HR and Employee Benefits Today – from technology to culture, and talent to leadership. But you can’t address them all at once, so how do you determine which to tackle first. Join us for this interactive session as we discuss the most trending themes in HR and Benefits and help you not only determine which topics are most critical to act on BUT what the cost of NOT acting is. If you are looking for a session that will provide an actionable take away then this session is for you. Be sure to bring your paper, pencil, and calculator.

Key Takeaways:

  • Why is employee engagement important to bottom line growth
  • How do you measure your employee engagement?
  • How do your bridge the generational divide and create a platform that engages all employees

Speaker

Katie McLaughlin
Senior Vice President, Corporate BenefitsNFP
Michael Down
Vice PresidentNFP
Kyle Healy
Senior Vice President of Sales StrategyNFP
Mark Rieder
Head of InnovationNFP
MondayNetworking

Lunch

MondayBreakout Session

close Retention Isn't Rocket Science---Three Key Elements

Talent Acquisition, Management & RetentionCastellini Group of Companies - CHRO

There are three key elements for retention: Bosses, career, and engagement.

Key Takeaways:

  • Employees join a company and leave a boss
  • People need to know they have a career….everyone!
  • Connection is the glue that holds it together

Speaker

Bonnie Curtis
CHROCastellini Group of Companies
MondayBreakout Presentation

close How to Transform a Culture of Terminal Niceness into One of Results

Leadership & Learning DevelopmentFierce - SVP of Learning

Too many of your business conversations are a waste of time, money, and energy because employees avoid saying what needs to be said – they have fallen into a trap of being terminally nice. While many of us were raised to be kind to others, the desire not to ruffle feathers or rock the boat affects your company’s bottom line. A culture of nice dilutes reality and isolates leaders from knowing about problems in a timely manner. It contains creative opportunities in an echo chamber, slows innovation and leads to issues such as stalled execution, missed deadlines and failed initiatives. You need to create cultures in which individuals feel safe to contribute new ideas, tackle tough challenges, and share what needs to be said. You need to transform cultures of nice by learning how to have conversations that get results.

Key Takeaways:

  • Exposure to the costs of missing conversations
  • Discover why honesty and kindness are not mutually exclusive.
  • Get 6 Fierce tips to cure a culture of terminal niceness

Speaker

Ronna Detrick
SVP of Learning Fierce
MondayBreakout Session

close Do You Need a Culture Intervention?

Culture & Employee EngagementBIC Graphic - CHRO

Company cultures are no different than relationships, they require nurturing, attention, purpose and long-term commitment. Is your organization on the right culture path?

Key Takeaways:

  • Creative culture solutions don’t always cost money
  • Don’t let technology overshadow your people
  • Creating an inclusive vs exclusive culture
  • Understanding how your people experience influences your customer experience

Speaker

Barbie Winterbottom
CHROBIC Graphic
MondayBreakout Session

close CEO + CHRO Partnership: Driving Talent at the Board Level

Leadership DevelopmentBedrock Detroit, LLC. - VP, People

Moving beyond the compensation committee charter requirement, today’s
CHRO has the opportunity to advise the CEO & Board, as a talent strategist,
an analytical innovator and an adapter for organizational capacity.

Key Takeaways:

  • How can the mandate of HR strategies, board compensation strategies, governance implications tie into succession planning?
  • Anticipating and solving for talent-related risks – increasing management and Board accountability for talent
  • What leadership styles, thinking styles, and emotional competencies are required for a successful C-Suite composition?
  • How does the CHRO assist the CEO to build a culture that fosters strategic growth, institutionalize operational excellence and discipline and how can we leverage collaboration as a competitive advantage?

Speaker

Tushar Pandit
VP, PeopleBedrock Detroit, LLC.
MondayBreakout Session

close Rethink Your Gender Equity Strategy

Talent Acquisition, Management & RetentionScout 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 Take-Aways

  • 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

Speaker

Jim McCoy
Chief Revenue Officer & General ManagerScout Exchange
MondayBreakout Session

close Trust the Hotline

Culture & Employee EngagementCox Communications, Inc - Director, Ethics & Compliance

Just because there is an anonymous reporting mechanism in place doesn’t mean that employees or third parties will feel comfortable enough to use it. Individuals might feel uncomfortable speaking up if they fear retaliation, they think their allegations won’t be taken seriously, or they suspect the company won’t take action. A demonstrated ethical culture helps employees and third parties Do the Right Thing and Speak Up when misconduct is observed. In this session, we will explore the relationship between an ethical, “Speak Up” culture and hotline reporting volume, and identify steps you can put in place to help people trust your hotline.

Key Takeaways:

  • Social conformity plays a key role in misconduct in the workplace
  • Fear of retaliation is the most common reason employees don’t feel comfortable speaking up when they observe misconduct
  • Studies show that the more active your hotline is, the higher the company’s return on assets.
  • Recommendations for ensuring a Speak Up culture where employees can Trust the Hotline

Speaker

Elizabeth Simon
Director, Ethics & ComplianceCox Communications, Inc
MondayBreakout Session

close Five Habits of Organizations with Corporate Cultures that Inspire

Culture & Employee EngagementVibe HCM - Chief Sales Officer

The world of work is constantly and rapidly changing. Organizations are hiring more tech-savvy employees. Technological advances are changing the way we communicate and collaborate. The result is employee expectations about work and corporate culture have changed for good. Learn how successful organizations are using technology to drive inspirational cultures.

Key Take-Aways  

  • Interactive discussion about changing workforce dynamics and the impact to culture and the employee experience
  • Real-life examples of organizations using technology to drive unique corporate cultures
  • Self-assessment tool to gauge progress against employee engagement best practices
  • Actionable ideas and next steps to improve your employee engagement strategies

Speaker

John Whisner
Chief Sales OfficerVibe HCM
Breakout Session

close Diversity Hires: Where and How to Find Them?

Talent Acquisition, Management & RetentionDentsu Aegis Network - Senior Vice President, Head of Diversity & Inclusion

Many companies both large and small, struggle to find qualified diversity candidates. The companies that do, consistently have better employee morale, and most have increased revenue and created new channels for business. This session provides the framework for D&I recruitment strategies that work. Based on changing demographics, the response that companies can’t find them, no longer works. Attendees will learn “Best Practices” to creating a consistent D&I Pipeline. They will be provided a list of baseline resources, behaviors, and strategies that make the difference between measurable D&I recruiting outcomes and results that have no business impact.

Key Takeaways:

  • Attendees will learn “Best Practices” to creating a consistent D&I Pipeline.
  • Behaviors and strategies that make the difference between measurable D&I recruiting outcomes and results that have no business impact.
  • No Fee Resources to Find Diversity Candidates
  • Incorporating Recruitment Automation to expedite these Talent Acquisition Channels

Speaker

DK Bartley
Senior Vice President, Head of Diversity & InclusionDentsu Aegis Network
MondayNetworking

Industry Dinner

TuesdayNetworking

Breakfast Buffet

Tuesday, April 16Keynote Session

close Aligning Talent with your Business Strategy = Competitive Advantage

Leadership DevelopmentMGM - Vice President, Corporate and Global Human Resources

By aligning your talent to business outcomes, your company gets the right people with the right skills focused on the right initiatives to drive the strategy and provide a competitive advantage.

Key Take-Aways

  • How to align business strategy, execution, and accountability utilizing the right talent
  • Importance of leadership courage to ensure talent is in the right roles to accelerate business outcomes
  • Crucial conversations are non-negotiable as leaders
  • Talent is the differentiator to whether your company “wins” or not

Speaker

Missy Hallead
Vice President, Corporate and Global Human ResourcesMGM
TuesdayBreakout Session

close Hourly Employees? How to Recruit & Retain Them in the Labor Crunch

Culture & Employee EngagementDailyPay - VP of Strategic Accounts
Ashley Manor - CFO

Today’s chaotic labor market presents deep challenges for HR executives. Traditional employee benefits may not provide quantifiable results for large organizations. Offering a pay on demand benefit is a cutting-edge way for HR to drive a company’s profitability and margins, regardless of the workforce demographic. Equally important, you are one step closer to giving your employees what they need, which in turn makes for an ultimately more engaged workforce.

In this session, we will

Key Takeaways:

  • Discuss the market forces contributing to today’s unprecedented labor market
  • Evaluate pay on demand benefits that will expand your benefits portfolio and contribute to increasing recruitment and retainment
  • Hear from a DailyPay partner on how they’re improving their employee experience

Speaker

Bill Gartland
VP of Strategic AccountsDailyPay
Jenna Gordon
CFOAshley Manor
TuesdayBreakout Session

close HR Transformation: Successfully Driving Alignment, Service Excellence & Engagement

Culture & Employee EngagementNorthwestern University - Associate VP, Human Resources

Northwestern HR has been on a transformation journey touching and impacting every employee in HR as well as the community served. The department has redefined and repositioned itself as a valued partner across the University by tapping into and leveraging the talents, knowledge and experiences of each HR staff member to increase HR’s credibility throughout the organization. During the presentation, you will learn how HR leadership designed and implemented large-scale change initiatives to revitalize HR, expand capacity and increase efficiency/effectiveness while driving engagement and high performance.

Key Takeaways:

  • It is possible to radically transform an organization while driving engagement.
  • Having “dress rehearsals” ensure success with clients served.
  • Working hard and having fun are not mutually exclusive even times of strategic.

Speaker

Dana Bradley
Associate VP, Human ResourcesNorthwestern University
TuesdayBreakout Session

close Compensation- Why It's About More Than Money

Talent Acquisition, Management & RetentionMotorists Insurance - Assistant VP, Total Rewards

The presentation will discuss best practices with compensation but also address the motivational and emotional aspects of compensation. It will also address how compensation needs to consider various generations in the workforce, as their expectations are quite different.

Key Take-Aways

  • Compensation is emotional–it is about more than merit planning.
  • There is not a spectrum of compensation satisfaction.
  • Generational differences need to be considered during compensation planning.
  • Incentives need to be personal to make sure motivation is achieved through the monetary program.

Speaker

Becky Shaffer
Assistant VP, Total RewardsMotorists Insurance
TuesdayBreakout Session

close Connecting Your People: How To Align and Motivate A Modern Workforce

Culture & Employee EngagementReward Gateway - Client Success Manager

Whether you are bridging gaps between departments, generations or remote workers, connecting your employees is essential to success. Today’s worker wants to feel like they are part of something bigger than themselves. In this presentation we’ll cover:

Key Takeaways:

  • How to use strategic recognition to build a culture of appreciation
  • What tools successful companies are using to bring their people together around their mission, values and each other
  • The positive business impact from a connected and engaged workforce

Speaker

Stacy Lake
Client Success ManagerReward Gateway
TuesdayBreakout Session

close Career Development and Design Thinking

Leadership DevelopmentBridge - Senior Product Manager at Bridge

The workplace is changing and the role of HR and L&D is changing along with it. What used to be a function designed to support training and to manage risk has become a function focused on designing and architecting experiences. How do we create and develop experiences that both meet the needs of today’s managers and also fit into their unique workflow?

Key Take-Aways

  • Gain better understanding of design thinking
  • Learn about L&D’s role in career development
  • Develop a strategy for solving your most critical problems

Speaker

Steve Arntz
Senior Product Manager at BridgeBridge
TuesdayBreakout Session

close Defining Culture to Drive Results

Culture & Employee EngagementM&T Bank - Assistant Vice President, Human Resources Business Partner

Explore and learn the importance of defining the Dominant Characteristics of your organization, which in turn will reveal a set of values that influences the culture. Participants will learn how to strategically partner with the business to facilitate the “discovery” process, how to identify trends and then translate them into one descriptive word. With these Dominant Characteristics recognized and articulated, we will then discuss how to use them to maximize your recruiting efforts, lower turnover, increase engagement, retention, and diversity, ultimately having a positive impact on the bottom line.

Key Take-Aways

  • How to initiate and conduct conversations and interpret observations to identify and articulate Dominant Characteristics.
  • How to apply Dominant Characteristics to methodology for recruitment, onboarding, performance review, employee retention, and engagement.
  • How integrating Dominant Characteristics into your selection strategies will lessen unconscious bias in recruitment and promotion selections, and therefore lead to greater diversity in the workplace.

Speaker

Elizabeth Higgins
Assistant Vice President, Human Resources Business PartnerM&T Bank

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

Mary KellySVP, Talent & Organization Effectiveness
MGM
Khaled BagulVP of Risk Mangement, Human Resources. Leadership Developement & Culture
Sizzler USA
Jennifer JamesVP, Human Resources
Sonic Healthcare
Melinda LebofskyVP of Human Resources
Mercy Health
Greg HarperVice President - Human Resources, Safety, Health and Environmental Affairs
Northstar Aerospace, Inc
Georgiann FisherVice President of Human Resources
Peaceful Living
Nicole AmlingVice President Human Resources
Navvis Healthcare
Dondi DixVP- HR Talent and Organization Development
Dairy Farmers of America
Tushar PanditVP, People
Bedrock Detroit, LLC
Steinar HjelleVP Talent Management
Micron Technology
Gregory LewisVice President of Human Reources
Valence Surface Technologies
Corecia Davis Vice President, Human Resources
Century 21
Jennifer McPhersonVice President, Human Resources
Cascade Windows
Margrette MichaelDirector of Organizational Development and Change Management
Kern Medical
Stephanie DavidsonCHRO
Bar Louie Restaurant Group
Norman HillVice President - Human Resources
Sheltering Arms
Ajit SinghVice President HR
Encore Capital Group
Megan MillevoyVP, Human Resources
Adjuvant.Health
Kim McCauleyChief Human Resources Officer
Narragansett Bay Insurance Company
Deborah GlennVice President, Administration and CHRO
The American College of Financial Services
Peter AdebiOperational Vice President, Engagement & Development
Nemours Children's Health System
Sally PabinVice President, Talent
American Heart Association
Julie StormChief People Officer
ConstructConnect
Kesha CarterChief Diversity Officer
CCSI
Renee PecorVP, Human Resources
Gordian
Brian ShermanVP, People
Delta Dental
Colleen WoodChief People Officer
Level Access
Cathleen HitchensSVP of Human Resources
Flagship Credit Acceptance
Brad Lamone VP Workforce Development
Engineered Profiles LLC
Steven HardyVice President, Human Resources
Fiserv
Ayesha LaNique Kidd, M.Ed Associate Vice President - Organizational Development & Effectiveness
College of Southern Nevada
Ken MosesExecutive VP, Human Resources
Cascade Drilling
Patty Ryan-VincentVice President, Human Resources
JD Norman Industries
Rob ReynoldsVice President, Human Resources
Westbury Bank
Stefany Chadbon-HookeVP, Human Resources
SafeAmerica Credit Union
Susan MitnickChief People Office
Pax8
Kristine DiFioreCHRO
Care Dimensions

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Bellagio Hotel

Inspired by the villages of Europe, AAA Five Diamond Bellagio overlooks a Mediterranean-blue lake with fountains performing a magnificent ballet. Escape into an otherworldly plane of dance, music and acrobatics with “O” by Cirque du Soleil — aquatic theater in our Parisian-style opera house.

The hotel rooms and suites at the Bellagio offer the perfect blend of beauty and elegance. Our rooms will elevate your stay, whether you're traveling for business, celebrating a honeymoon, or just looking for a remarkable getaway. With views of the Las Vegas valley or the iconic Bellagio fountains right from your suite, your stay will be nothing short of unforgettable.
We’ll book your accommodations, cover your first night’s stay and offer a discounted rate thereafter. To make your reservations please contact:
The nearest airport is McCarran Airport located about 2 miles away. This hotel does not operate a shuttle, taxi or ride share is recommended.
Bellagio Hotel 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89109
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