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KEYNOTE: Inclusion 2020: Global Trends that will Redefine the Work, the Workers and the Workplace

Dr. Shelton Goode | Executive Director of Diversity and Inclusion, MARTA
The work, workers, and workplace of the future will continue to undergo dramatic transformation. Research suggests that by 2030 workers will be older and younger at the same time, more educated and less skilled, hyper-connected through new technologies, and more ethnically diverse. Dr. Goode will detail the megatrends and business implications that will shape the workforce of the future. Additionally, he will provide practical strategies that business leaders should employ if they expect to achieve greater Inclusion by 2020. 

Your Trade Secrets Under Attack

Matteo Valles | Retired Special Agent, FBI
Are the Trade Secrets of your business safe ?  What are the threats to your Trade Secrets and what is the impact if stolen ?  What can senior human resources professionals do to help their business protect its Trade Secrets ?  There is an ongoing and concerted effort to steal the Trade Secret of U.S. businesses. This poses not only a threat to the targeted business, but to U.S. economic security. The majority of businesses in the U.S. do not have dedicated security professionals, and as such it is incumbent upon senior management to be aware of the threat and make every effort to safeguard that which is critical to the company's success. 

Driving Business Results Through Fearless HR

David Forman | Author of "Fearless HR" and President, Sage Learning Systems
As HR’s role in organizations strengthens, there is an increasing need for HR leaders to step up, build upon the profession’s past, embrace HR’s purpose to drive business results; and be more data-driven, a lead-time ahead and a force multiplier.  Using the latest research, industry-leading examples and practical tools, David presents ten different ways in which HR practices save time, reduce costs and improve productivity.  These HR Levers must be conveyed in the language of the business—money—for them to be fully appreciated by other business leaders. 

The Future of Work: Will a Robot Take Your Job?

Sean MacHale  | Atlanta Career Office Business Leader, Mercer
In this session, senior leaders will explore what "work" will look like in 10-20 years and beyond. What will constitute a "job"? And how do you pay for those jobs in a gig economy? Looking into the future, decision makers and influencers will have to redefine business and hiring models to take advantage of contract or contingent workers, in part to address the talent scarcity challenge but also in response to what people say they want out of a job.

The Tower of Benefits Misery

Doug Layman | President, Gilsbar, LLC
Considering how much money employers spend to offer a "competitive" benefits package they should be able to expect substantial outcomes for the investment. During this session we will discuss the 5 areas to focus on to help employers establish and execute a clear and sustainable benefit strategy.

How Not to get Done In By Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Scot Whigham | Director of Global IT Services and Support, Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG)
Scot Whigham presents a business case experience that highlights specific uses of artificial intelligence. Scot’s story will define what AI means for HR and business process functions, show you how to determine if AI platforms are right for your organization, and demonstrate how HR leaders can leverage AI technology in operations strategy and business processes.

Culture – If You Build It, Performance Will Come

 Karen Eber | Global Leadership and Talent Development Executive, GE
We often think of culture as the “soft,” optional parts of work that don’t require priority or focus. Culture isn’t about wearing jeans on Friday or bringing in ice cream trucks to give away free ice cream. Culture creates the daily environment impacting how work gets done. It influences whether employees share concerns, discuss and reflect upon mistakes, build trust, or are empowered. If you are facing quality issues, missing revenue targets or receiving customer complaints, take a hard look at your culture. There are likely challenges with employees not raising issues due to fear of retaliation or blame, poor communication channels, or a lack of empowered employees. Culture enables the right behaviors to eliminate issues and drive performance. It can also be one of the most difficult things to change.

Using Technology to Rethink the Employee Experience

 Jeff Carr  | COO, Zenefits
Employees today are more technically savvy than ever before and expect workplace technologies to provide the same connected experiences they expect in their personal lives. Mobile is a primary way that people access and share information, yet research shows HR technology is woefully lagging behind -- only 8% of 1,000 office workers surveyed say they access HR information via mobile devices. To meet employee expectations, companies need to reevaluate their HR processes from the employee viewpoint.

Solving the HRIS Puzzle

 Lori Fiore  | HRIS Consultant, Resource Advisory
Join us as we demystify and solve the HRIS "puzzle." Many vendor solutions are available that provide comprehensive HRIS applications -- but their suitability varies by organization size, local/global focus, industry expertise as well as functional depth and breadth. In this session we will explore Digital HR trends, discuss how to view your employees and candidates as your "HR Customer", and review what it means to serve this customer considering Digital HR.

Succession Planning: There’s No Me Without You

Lepora Menefee, SHRM-SCP, SPHR  | Managing Director, Nextgen People
We all want to ensure that we are retaining the best leaders, creating the appropriate programs to develop top talent, and maintaining a talent pool of high performers and future leaders. This session will allow you to overcome succession planning challenges and do just that. We examine how succession planning will become more challenging and require far more dynamic management and collaboration outside of your organization to survive. In this session, we take a journey from past practices to current best practices and next practices of Succession Planning.