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Our ‘invitation-only’ approach allows us to provide exceptional service for our audience.


Conference Pass

Full access to the event including keynotes and educational sessions.


Overnight Hotel

We cover the first night and offer a discounted rate. Spouses welcomed.


5 Star Catering

Let us treat you to delectable breakfast, lunch, refreshments, and more.


Ace Networking

Rub shoulders with the best. Entry to all networking activities including industry dinner.

Who You'll Meet

A unique engagement opportunity with Fortune 500 companies and emerging mid-size enterprises.


Influential Peers

Benchmark and network with the movers and shakers of HR and Talent Management.


Thought Leaders

Learn from the best in the field and walk away with actionable insights.


Leading Partners

Meet only the solution providers most relevant for your projects and initiatives.



Unparalleled networking opportunities with high profile industry leaders.

What You'll Do

Your registration creates a truly customized agenda based on your specific areas of responsibility, challenges and interests.


Free Time

Spend most of your time participating in educational sessions and networking activities.


Research Meetings

Face-to-face 25-minute meetings to discover leading solutions guided by knowledgable executives.


Educational Sessions

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


Networking Activities

The perfect place to connect with peers who can truly make a difference to your business.

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This year, the 100% peer-driven educational program will be centered around key themes addressing the most pressing challenges.


Key Themes

close Leadership & Learning Development
  • Leadership Competencies & Succession Management

  • Coaching for Greater Impact: Linking Learning and Development to Business Results

  • Micro Learning: The Future of Learning and Development?

  • How to Lead during Changing Times and New Administration

  • Blended Learning Strategies for a Distributed Workforce

  • Understanding the Power of LinkedIn’s Analytics

  • Social Platforms for Global Employee Connectivity and Feedback

  • Utilizing Employee Demographic Data and Activities: Engagement & Retention Purposes

  • New way to display data

  • Usefulness of AI and Bots

  • Intuitive Technology with Minimal Administrative Burden

  • Today’s Business Role for the CHRO

  • Retention is an Outcome Not a Strategy; Unlocking Potential

  • What the New Working Environment Should Look Like for Employees

  • Performance Management Strategies

  • Going Digital; Shared Services Feasibility for HR

  • Building Company Culture: Multi- Generational Workforce

  • Attracting the Top Talent

  • Social Media Platforms for Talent Acquisition

  • Solving for Unconscious Bias

  • Fair Employment Value Proposition through Recruitment Branding

  • Interviewing for Fit and Culture

  • How to Continually Engage Employees for Retention


Get insights from 20+ specialized HR leaders making way in the ever-changing world of finance.

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Gaurav Valani

Head of Talent

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DeRetta Cole Rhodes


YMCA of Metro Atlanta

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Tony Callander

VP of HR

Quantum Health

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Andy George

Principal & VP of Global Sales


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Armen Berjikly

Senior Director of Strategy

Ultimate Software

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Scott Dimmick


Lakeland Regional Health

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Laurie Mellon

VP, People Development, Early Careers

Publicis Health

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Stacey L. Richter-Levy

Global Learning and Development Lead

Publicis Health

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Bruce Cutright


Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital

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Jonathan Ellis

Asst. VP, Leadership & Talent Development Officer

Credit Human

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Jami Jones


Questec Mechanical

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Jody Gastfriend

VP of Senior Care Services, LICSW


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Leslie-Anne Harants

Chief Culture Officer

Three Rivers Federal Credit Union

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Mary Goldy

Director, HR Operations & Transactions

Baker Tilly

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Susan Dawson

Chief People Officer

Silverchair Information Systems

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Charlene Sutherlin

VP of HR

Weiser Security Services Inc

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Lyle Wells

National Director of Leadership Processes

Flippen Group

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Sarah Harden

Systems Engineer


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Michael Kearns

VP of Enterprise


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Tom Seeberger

VP of Learning

Fierce, Inc.

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Blake Sheldon

Solutions Architect


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Jim Arnold

Founder & CEO

finHealth, Inc.

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Ed Buckley



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Jamie Colvin

Founder & CEO

SimplyConnect Consulting, LLC

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Josie Sutcliffe

VP of Marketing



Make every session valuable by selecting up to three key themes to mix and match the most relevant topics to you.

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Welcome Cocktail Reception & Registration


Breakfast Buffet

Monday, April 16thKeynote Presentation

close Discover the Power of “People First” AI

HR Technology and AnalyticsUltimate Software - Senior Director of Strategy

Far from the doomsday scenarios we see in films, artificial intelligence (AI) isn’t primed to take over the world. Quite the contrary, AI can actually do a lot to help us. Introducing Xander™, Ultimate Software’s groundbreaking, “People First” AI platform powering Ultimate’s suite of HCM solutions. Combining, for the first time, analytical intelligence with emotional intelligence, Xander automatically understands, predicts, and prescribes personalized actions from all relevant HCM data—from demographics to surveys to actions taken by users in UltiPro®. In this special presentation, you’ll discover how the powerful Xander can help HR leaders enhance the employee experience and drive organizational improvement.

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn how HR leaders can use AI to drive organizational improvement
  • Understand how AI can help enhance the employee experience
  • Discover how to overcome the tragedy of Performance Management


Armen Berjikly
Senior Director of StrategyUltimate Software
Monday, April 16Breakout Co-Presentation

close The Team Building Toolkit- Using Interactive Activities and Exercises with Your Executive Teams

Leadership & Learning DevelopmentPublicis Health - VP, People Development, Early Careers
Publicis Health - Global Learning and Development Lead

Whether you’re working with a new executive team and want to get it off to a strong start, or you’re helping an existing team to work through challenges, there are times when an interactive activity can help to break the ice, increase awareness or open up lines of communication. In this workshop, participants will experience, first hand, three interactive exercises then learn to lead and debrief these exercises for themselves. Activities related to leadership, strategy, teamwork and collaboration will be emphasized. Finally, participants will leave with ideas for how to leverage these experiences to influence the team and enhance its impact.

Key Takeaways:

  • Recognize opportunities where interactive activities can be leveraged to support/develop your teams such as executive meetings and retreats
  • Conduct activities that foster greater collaboration within executive teams
  • Facilitate a discussion associated with a team-building activity


Laurie Mellon
VP, People Development, Early CareersPublicis Health
Stacey L. Richter-Levy
Global Learning and Development LeadPublicis Health
Monday, April 16Breakout Presentation

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

Talent Acquisition & 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
Monday, April 16Breakout Presentation

close The Role of HR as a People Capital Strategist

Strategic HR and OperationsYMCA of Metro Atlanta - CHRO

The focus of this presentation is to provide examples of how, as HR Executive, you forge the change of the organizational to a transformational shift as a people strategist. During this presentation, the “how”, tools, stakeholders and structure will be discussed to become a People Capital Strategist. Real examples and experiences will be shared and discussed during this interactive session.

Key Takeaways:

  • How Our Business Leaders learn to appreciate HR
  • The Pathway to “Our” Success
  • Reinventing ourselves as HR Strategic Business Partners (and the tools needed to get there)


DeRetta Cole Rhodes
CHROYMCA of Metro Atlanta
Monday, April 16thBreakout Presentation

close Mentoring Strategy 101: Creating a Plan for Sustainable Success

Strategic HR and OperationsMentorcliQ - Principal & VP of Global Sales

Many organizations understand that mentoring offers a significant value proposition for engaging, developing, and retaining talent, but what is often elusive is how to create a structured and sustainable approach that can support diverse needs across their entire workforce. Learn how to utilize a simple framework that can align many of your mentoring-related opportunities into a cohesive strategy that can be deployed in phases. If you know mentoring is an important part of your culture, but you want to be more intentional with your approach you won’t want to miss this opportunity to move the needle!

Key Takeaways:

  • Identify how your existing mentoring landscape fits together
  • Learn how other organizations have been successful
  • Understand how technology can play a role in sustainability


Andy George
Principal & VP of Global SalesMentorcliQ
Monday, April 16Breakout Presentation

close Engaging Passive Candidates - How to Consistently Attract the World's Best Talent to Your Company

Talent Acquisition & - Head of Talent

It’s no secret that the best candidates for your open positions are the ones who are already working, either at one of the best companies in the world, and/or for one of your competitors. Usually these candidates are well paid and not actively looking for a new job. In this session you will learn several powerful strategies that will show you how to: to – Attract and engage the best talent for your open positions. – Seamlessly align candidates career aspirations with your company. – Determine the right mix of hiring for needs versus hiring the best talent available – How to create a position that allows your talent to play to their strengths.

Key Takeaways:

  • How to effectively engage with top talent
  • Figuring out the right blend of hiring for open positions versus hiring the best talent available
  • Seamlessly align candidates career aspirations with your company
  • How to create a position that allows your talent to play to their strengths


Gaurav Valani
Head of
Monday, April 16Breakout Presentation

close Healthcare Cost Governance – New Frontier for Human Resource & Financial Leaders

Strategic HR and OperationsfinHealth, Inc. - Founder & CEO

Jim Arnold, Founder & CEO of finHealth and David Hester, Sr. VP Business Development, will review the concept of Healthcare Cost Governance. If you’re like most senior executives, the rapidly escalating costs of healthcare is a top concern, and show no signs of slowing down. According to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), these costs will continue to grow at 6% per year, at least through 2023. Healthcare costs are incredibly important for corporations, constituting the second largest “people” cost after payroll. In addition, you are entrusting your healthcare checkbook to a third-party administrator (TPA), who is generally NOT aligned to reduce your costs.

Key Takeaways:

  • What are the key metrics we employ to ensure our healthcare dollars are being spent effectively and efficiently?
  • How is our organization ensuring that our third-party administrator is paying our medical bills accurately, only for eligible employees, spouses & dependents, and at rates at or below market value?
  • Do we perform periodic “self-audits” of our claim payments to assure our stakeholders that our healthcare dollars are being spent wisely?
  • Are we harnessing data from prior medical audits, annual health assessments and fitness trackers to proactively influence our employees’ health?
  • What strategies are leading edge organizations, like GE, Being, Walmart, PepsiCo and others pursuing to optimize their healthcare spend?


Jim Arnold
Founder & CEOfinHealth, Inc.
Monday, April 16Breakout Presentation

close Leadership Competency Mapping and Succession Planning

Leadership & Learning DevelopmentQuantum Health - VP of HR

Learn to create a leadership competency matrix you can use for behavioral interviewing, development plans, improvement plans and strategic team discussions. The matrix will build off of your company values and drive your talent agenda. A competency based model of management enables a common language across the organization and calibrates talent discussions and initiatives. Utilize this matrix to guide all talent decisions and succession planning within your company.

Key Takeaways:

  • How to build a competency based model for leadership levels
  • Create actionable succession plans built on strengths and opportunities of teams and departments
  • Create a develop plan grounded in your corporate values that will grow leaders in their careers


Tony Callander
VP of HRQuantum Health
Monday, April 16Breakout Co-Presentation

close People Analytics: How to Go from Good to Great

HR Technology and AnalyticsSAS - Solutions Architect
SAS - Systems Engineer

Join SAS experts to learn how to empower your HR department. You’ll see how your organization can put data-driven decisions within everyone’s reach with easy-to-use analytics. We’ll discuss the current challenges and the landscape of an average HR department as well as best practices for using analytic insight to solidify HR’s role as a strategic business partner. Attendees will also learn how to use analytics to recruit the right talent, gather insight into employee satisfaction, predict triggers for employee attrition and make proactive decisions regarding your workforce.

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn how to build a technology road map for a typical HR department.
  • Understand the importance of an analytically driven approach to talent acquisition.
  • See how to apply analytic insight to employee survey, performance and profile data.
  • Gain a better understanding of analytics in the employee life cycle.


Blake Sheldon
Solutions ArchitectSAS
Sarah Harden
Systems EngineerSAS

Networking Lunch

Monday, April 16Breakout Presentation

close Is Culture Only for the Young?

Strategic HR and OperationsCare@Work - VP of Senior Care Services, LICSW

With as four generations of employees now in the workforce, why do we so often look at culture through Millennial pink colored glasses? When we say “family-friendly benefits,” do we really mean “parental leave”? After years of focusing on how to attract, retain and engage Millennials, have we inadvertently closed off our cultures to other crucial populations? The goal of creating a healthy work culture is not to focus on one generation over another, but rather to create an inclusive culture that respects and addresses everyone’s needs. With minor tweaks to existing benefits and modest adjustments to engagement initiatives, we can achieve this goal.

Key Takeaways:

  • Strategies for broadening a “family-friendly” culture to address care needs of all generations
  • How to start affinity groups appealing to a multi-generational workforce
  • Marketing existing cultural initiatives to non-Millennials


Jody Gastfriend
VP of Senior Care Services, LICSWCare@Work
Monday, April 16thBreakout Presentation

close Fierce Conversations: The Secret Behind Driving Business Results

Leadership & Learning DevelopmentFierce, Inc. - VP of Learning

A recent survey found that a shocking 69% of managers often feel uncomfortable communicating with their employees. As the world of business grows increasingly complex, forward thinking leaders know that their success, and the success of their organization, will depend on their ability to build trust, increase value alignment, and help empower their teams to be as prosperous as possible. At the core of all of this is one critical skill set: conversations. Conversation skills are paramount to any organizations’ success. Often times the most important conversations are the ones your leaders are regularly having with their teams. Are your conversations driving results? Effective communication is no longer a nice-to-have, it is imperative to your employees’ development, their ability to hit deadlines, and effectively move initiatives forward. This all begins with their ability to coach, provide feedback, and confront issues head on.

Key Takeaways:

  • How to empower your employees to have conversations that matter and drive results
  • The skills behind successful conversations and why your team needs to have them
  • How to save time and money by embedding these conversations into your organization


Tom Seeberger
VP of LearningFierce, Inc.
Monday, April 16thBreakout Presentation

close Transform Your On-Boarding Experience

Talent Acquisition & RetentionCredit Human - Asst. VP, Leadership & Talent Development Officer

Are you looking for a competitive advantage for your organization? The war for talent is real, and we all know how challenging it is to find the right talent and keep them engaged so that they bring all of themselves to work every single day. This session will teach you how to transform your company’s on-boarding experience into the difference-making competitive advantage you’ve been seeking. You will be inspired to ignite the on-boarding revolution at your organization by learning leading-edge, best practices that you can use to transform your on-boarding experience.

Key Takeaways:

  • Engage new employees by connecting them to your organization’s purpose
  • Incorporate innovative gaming techniques into learning to make compliance-like content exciting and memorable
  • Leverage your leadership team to engage them in the on-boarding process
  • Utilize technology to enhance the experience


Jonathan Ellis
Asst. VP, Leadership & Talent Development OfficerCredit Human
Monday, April 16Breakout Presentation

close The New Workforce Gender Equity Factors for HR Leaders to Watch

HR Technology and AnalyticsVisier - VP of Marketing

The topic of gender equity has never been more in the spotlight than today. Yet, ensuring gender equity is much more than ensuring “equal pay for equal work.” In this session, people analytics expert Josie Sutcliffe will provide insights into how large US employers are performing in gender equity and the factors that progressive HR leaders must be aware of to enable their organizations to lead in gender equity.

Key Takeaways:

  • Insights into why equal work for equal pay alone won’t close the gender pay gap
  • Answers to key gender equity questions about promotion rates, resignation rates, and compensation
  • Recommended ways for employers to increase pay equity


Josie Sutcliffe
VP of MarketingVisier
Monday, April 16Breakout Presentation

close HR Analytics--When to take the Human out of Human Resources

HR Technology and AnalyticsWeiser Security Services Inc - VP of HR

With so many analytics and measurements in the workplace, how to find the right one for your company and make the biggest impact on performance and the bottom line. Sometimes its important to separate the human factor and bias from truths in your company. Using those truths and combining it with best practices. Learning to not over measure, and finding the keys to success in your business. How to find those and take advantage of them.

Key Takeaways:

  • Not all measurements are going to be important–find out what is
  • Learning that HR can impact the bottom line in strategic ways
  • Metrics do matter–sometimes…


Charlene Sutherlin
VP of HRWeiser Security Services Inc
Monday, April 16thBreakout Presentation

close How Consumerism and Technology Are Disrupting A Legacy Industry

HR Technology and AnalyticsPeerfit - CEO

We’re living in a digital first world. So how is it that the corporate wellness industry has stayed stale and stuck in its ways? As consumerism and technology take over healthcare, the corporate wellness industry is having to shift to embrace new innovations and trends. Learn about current trends in corporate wellness, how digital technologies and personalization are driving exponential growth to programs, disrupting the standard approach to wellness, and how these integrations can help drive a successful wellness program.

Key Takeaways:

  • Current national trends in corporate wellness programs.
  • New innovations in corporate wellness.
  • How companies can start to enact these shifts within their wellness programs.


Ed Buckley
Monday, April 16Breakout Presentation

close Designing and Engineering a High Performance HR Organization

Strategic HR and OperationsLakeland Regional Health - SVP & CHRO

This session will describe the HR Executives role as architect and engineer in creating a high performance HR function. It will review the HR planning process including an external assessment, the focus on strategic alignment, the need for a workforce diagnostic to formulate the linkages between talent supply and demand, and the balance between the HR strategic plan and the HR operational plan. The session will highlight how to design a holistic HR measurement system that incorporates goal metrics, descriptive statistics, and predictive human capital analytics, how an HR design blueprint delivers value to the business, and how lean six sigma in HR can deliver on the strategic HR vision.

Key Takeaways:

  • The importance of the HR Executives role as architect and engineer in creating a high performance HR function.
  • Provide a HR planning model and toolkit to achieve both strategic value and seamless execution.
  • How to conduct a workforce diagnostic to prioritize HR investments and close talent gaps.
  • Designing an effective HR measurement system to make informed human capital decision.


Scott Dimmick
SVP & CHROLakeland Regional Health
Monday, April 16Breakout Presentation

close Want Better Engagement? Start Thinking Like the CMO

Strategic HR and OperationsSimplyConnect Consulting, LLC - Founder & CEO

Even in the fast-paced, big data world we live in today, the tried and true basics of marketing still work like a charm — Have a good product. Know your customers inside and out. Be bold and sell them on your product. Rinse and repeat this formula over and over again. Now pretend your product was called a job. Your EVP, people programs and internal communication are features that can surprise and delight or disappoint and frustrate. Your turnover is lost customers, who happily tell others your product wasn’t what it was cut out to be. Now engagement is real and you have the formula to turn it around. Come learn how to take your company to the next level and turn HR into the next engagement marketing organization.

Key Takeaways:

  • See what the next generation of HR transformation will look like, and gauge how ready your team is for the future
  • Discuss how to break down the silos in HR— manager effectiveness, performance management, pay for performance, total rewards strategies—to build an engaged workforce
  • Explore how Millennials and Gen Z employees are “consuming” your employment offering and what that means to engagement efforts
  • See case studies and real-world engagement efforts in action


Jamie Colvin
Founder & CEOSimplyConnect Consulting, LLC

Industry Dinner


Breakfast Buffet

Tuesday, April 17thKeynote Presentation

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

Leadership & Learning DevelopmentFlippen Group - National Director of Leadership Processes

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:

  • 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.
  • How to optimize high-functioning teams and navigate change initiatives.
*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


Lyle Wells
National Director of Leadership ProcessesFlippen Group
Tuesday, April 17Breakout Presentation

close Survivor Got It Wrong: Everyone Can Win

Strategic HR and OperationsQuestec Mechanical - CHRO

What makes an employee engage in the organization? What does that look like and is it happening at your organization? This session takes a deep look at what human factors affect an employee’s ability to engage, thrive and be productive at work. We will learn about safety and trust, and how these elements usher in or seriously inhibit authentic communication that managers often think is happening but is not. Culture is everything. This session will provide the insight to understand, assess, and apply proven methods to make your company’s culture the best.

Key Takeaways:

  • an introspective assessment of you as a leader
  • awareness of barriers to communication
  • understanding the power of belonging
  • action steps to implement immediately


Jami Jones
CHROQuestec Mechanical
Tuesday, April 17thBreakout Presentation

close Authentic Listening: How to Shift Dynamics and Empower Leaders

Leadership & Learning DevelopmentSilverchair Information Systems - Chief People Officer

Do you feel like others aren’t appreciating the value you bring? Do you have strong technical leaders who struggle with people leadership skills? Feel like you and your organization are having the same conversations? Authentic listening can free you up, make meetings more effective, and increase your decision quality. Authentic listening is more than active listening—it is about leaving someone feeling truly ‘gotten.’ Not necessarily heard, understood, or agreed with—just truly gotten. In this session we will explore what authentic listening is, the science behind it, why it matters, and how to put it into action.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand what authentic listening is, how it differs from active listening, and how to do it
  • Understand the neuroscience behind authentic listening
  • How to use authentic listening to build leadership within your role and throughout your organization


Susan Dawson
Chief People OfficerSilverchair Information Systems
Tuesday, April 17Breakout Presentation

close From Low Engagement to 3 Time Gallup Great Workplace Award Winner

Strategic HR and OperationsMary Lanning Memorial Hospital - VP, HR

Attendees will learn how an acute care hospital progressed from very low engagement, high turnover, and poor financial performance to world class engagement, lower turnover and financial success in an 8 year time period. This progress occurred with during a time the company experienced the loss of three CEOs and encroaching competition. The company has won the prestigious Gallup Great Workplace Award three years in a row, and with High Distinction in 2017.

Key Takeaways:

  • Increased engagement is a result of many factors., all of which will be discussed in detail.
  • Employee engagement lives and breathes at the work group level.
  • First line managers are key to the success of employee engagement.
  • Improved performance is influenced mostly through innate talent to perform a task, not improved behavioral initiatives.


Bruce Cutright
VP, HRMary Lanning Memorial Hospital
Tuesday, April 17Breakout Presentation

close Game of Zones: Navigate the Seven Kingdoms of Employee Minds to Enhance Performance

Leadership & Learning DevelopmentThree Rivers Federal Credit Union - Chief Culture Officer

You have to be in your zone to be an agile leader. This Game of Thrones themed session will call on the dragon lore and connectedness of things to show you how to channel inner sight like Bran, defend the wall like Jon Snow, thrive in the unknown like Arya, and find the humor in challenges like Tyrion. There should be a whole lot of dragons, dire wolfs, and ‘damn, did-they-just-say-that’ moments while learning which zone serves you best. We will use mindfulness techniques to unite the seven kingdoms of your mind for the ultimate Game of Zones.

Key Takeaways:

  • A Model for Advanced Emotional Intelligence in the Business World
  • Brain Science behind stress and impact on decision-making
  • 10 proven stress-busting techniques
  • Mindsets of Agile Leaders


Leslie-Anne Harants
Chief Culture OfficerThree Rivers Federal Credit Union
Tuesday, April 17Breakout Presentation

close HR Analytics on a Budget

HR Technology and AnalyticsBaker Tilly - Director, HR Operations & Transactions

If you’re stuck in “report mode” and present monthly data in a static, metrics only format that doesn’t tell a complete story, this is the session for you. Our firm isn’t on an enterprise system, but we have developed enterprise level analytics that didn’t even require budget approval. In this session, we’ll showcase how you and your teams can dive into data to find meaningful, actionable and targeted results. This isn’t a sales pitch: it’s a story about our journey and how the Baker Tilly HR team earned more than just “a seat at the table” in a boardroom full of accountants. We’ve earned a voice.

Key Takeaways:

  • Save time and wow your clients with professional analytics – at no additional cost!
  • Be able to build a better HR dashboard tomorrow with what you learn today.
  • Bonus: a low-cost tool to tell your story (example to be shown)


Mary Goldy
Director, HR Operations & TransactionsBaker Tilly


Experienced CHROs help us design a relevant and 100% peer-led educational program. Check out a sample of last year's members:

Steering Committee Members

Angela Patterson VP, Global HR
NewNet Communication Technologies
Angela Timberlake VP of Talent Management
Acosta Sales & Marketing
Annette Sarsfield CHRO
PlayPower Inc
Bill Turner VP of HR
Valir Health
Carla Boren VP & Head of HR
Catherine Gutierrez VP, People Strategy & Ops
Christy Wheeler VP of HR
Grand Sierra Resort
Con Robertson EVP & CPO
Curtis Powell VP of HR
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
David Caffroy VP of HR
Dunn-Edwards Corporation
David Henry VP of HR
Foundation Building Materials
Don Jenkins VP of HR
Moon Valley Nurseries
Elizabeth Schilowitz CHRO
Morningside Translations
Evelyn CamposDiaz CHRO
Northern Inyo Healthcare District
Gregg Peterson VP of HR
Horton Inc
Hope Bailey CHRO & CCO
Jennie Hobbs VP of HR
BenchMark Physical Therapy
Jennifer James VP of HR
Sonic Healthcare
Jim Dunn EVP, CTO
Parkland Health & Hospital System
John Boyce VP of HR
Vail Systems Inc
John Termotto VP, Talent
Michelle Beiter VP People & Leadership Development
Safelite Glass Corp
Milly Christmann HP of VP
HMC Architects
Norman Hill VP of HR
Sheltering Arms
Nancy Fairchild SVP of HR
Luminex Corporation
Nichole DeGidio VP, HR & Adm, Global
A First Flagship Company
Nicole Carter Chief Recruitment & Talent Acquisition
City of Baltimore Dept
Olivia Thurmond VP of HR
Pioneer Human Services
Patricia Holliday VP of HR
Child & Family Services
Peter Lynch Head of Talent Management, Social Responsibility And Inclusion
Great-West Financial
Pierre Towns CTO
Room to Read
Randee Manley VP of HR
Rebecca Snyder VP Organizational Development
Purch Group Inc
Richard Stewart VP of HR
Monogram Food Solutions LLC
Ronnie West CPO
Ruchi Kulhari AVP HR
EXL Services
Savannah Jones VP of HR
WestCare Foundation
Sean Wilkins VP Talent Acquisition
New Penn Financial LLC
Seth Bushouse Executive VP of HR
Sherrice Gilcreast CAO
Community Care Inc


We help CHROs and HR senior-level executives connect with peers in different industries to discuss their top-of-mind directives. Last year's attendees include:

Attendee Testimonials

"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. "

Attendee List


Connect HR is quickly establishing a reputation as the boiling pot of information, ideas and solutions. Check out last year's solutions:

Exhibitor Testimonials

"The information we learned from our one-on-one meetings is invaluable. The attendees were spot on – decision makers, ready to shortlist vendors! The event was beautifully organized and the entire process was super-efficient. I would highly recommend CONNECT to other solution providers – make this a must sponsor event in your marketing plans!"

Exhibitor List


North America's fastest-growing HR event plays host to over 250 attendees each year.


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Your full access conference pass includes overnight accommodations, meals and cocktail receptions.

The Hotel

Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa

Featuring luxurious hotel rooms and suites, three-acre pool backyard, sensuous spa treatments, delectable dining and exciting casino gaming–all overlooking the stunning Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

Inspired by the natural beauty of the neighboring mountains,  Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa, Las Vegas pays homage to the elegant mid-century modern resorts that made Las Vegas famous. Spacious accommodations are designed with modern contemporary décor and a wealth of amenities like no other hotel rooms in Las Vegas, and include a 42-inch HD TV, VOIP internet phones, an automated, fully-stocked private bar and in-room safe.
Accommodations must be booked through the conference organizers and not through the venue directly. To book your stay please contact:
The closest airport to the hotel is McCarran International Airport (LAS). Red Rock does operate a complimentary shuttle between McCarran Airport and the hotel. You can see the shuttle schedule here. Taxis are also available at the airport and cost approximately $50 each way.
Red Rock Resort, Casino & Spa | 11011 W. Charleston Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89135