The Red Rock Resort, Las Vegas NV
March 5-7th, 2017

Strategic HR and Operations

Change is now a constant in today’s society and in the business world.  Change is everywhere, from HR regulation compliance demands, to Labor Costs, to issues regarding social equality.  HR leaders have the vital role in the organization keep up with the changes as well as the day to day HR operations. The Strategic HR and Operations track will discuss the importance of utilizing strategies in order to evolve and grow not only as an HR leader but as a leader that contributes to the development and accomplishment of the organization business plan and objectives as a whole.  

  • Managing the Rise in Labor Costs
  • Legal & Compliance
  • Sustainable Team & Individual Employee Gratification
  • Performance Management Strategies
  • Building Company Culture: Multi- Generational Workforce
  • Diversity & Inclusion in the workplace

Keynote Presentations

Transforming HR in Data and Cognitive Era

SPEAKERS

Obed D. Louissaint
VP, People & Culture, Cognitive Solutions & Research, IBM

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Transforming HR in Data and Cognitive Era

New opportunities are emerging for Cognitive Systems to underpin our knowledge and support decision making related to our teams, workforces, and organizations.


Key Takeaways:  
  • Unstructured data can be seen, used, and understood by Cognitive Systems
  • Advanced analytics and potential hypotheses are achievable via programmed and probability based computing
  • Behavioral science is leveraged to understand preferences and infer sentiments
  • Cognitive Solutions support HUMAN decision making to drive innovations and insights across HR functions

 

Breakout Presentations

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SPEAKERS

DeRetta Cole
Chief HR Officer, YMCA of Metro Atlanta

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The "Change" Mindset from Transactional to Transformational: A Case Study for HR Professionals

The focus of this presentation is to provide examples of how, as an HR Executive, you forge the change of the organization to a transformational shift. In many cases, HR Executives are forced with the day to day transactional occurrences and are not granted the opportunities to focus on strategy for transformation. During this presentation, the how, tools, stakeholders and structure will be discussed in how your move from transactional to transformational. Real life examples will be provided and discussed during the interactive session.

Key Takeaways:

  • The importance of understanding the culture of your organization and how, as an HR Executive, you influence a culture shift
  • The tools that you use to assist in the culture shift you are cultivating
  • As an HR Executive, the skills needed for you to activate the change in your culture.
  • The stakeholders to consider as you implement any change

 

I Love Your Idea - Let's Make it Happen

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Courtney Abraham
SVP, Talent Management, The Adecco Group

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I Love Your Idea - Let's Make it Happen

Driving HR agendas and process improvements will never go away.  Building meaningful relationships with executives so they drive your agenda for you without ever knowing, might be the innovative way forward and certainly will make change a lot quicker. Hook onto their intellectual curiosity, use meaningful data that drives revenue or saves costs and let's get going.

Key Takeaways:

  • Emotional Intelligence will take you further
  • Learning, listening and providing value "in your words"
  • Don't be afraid to be coached

 

 
Gaining Mindshare:  How to Get Executive Leaders to Listen

SPEAKERS

Michael Walters
SVP, Human Resources, Genoa Healthcare

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Gaining Mindshare: How to Get Executive Leaders to Listen

You have the greatest ideas. You know exactly what should be done to help move the business forward. But you can't attract leadership's attention. This session will explore elements of Social Influence Strategies from the realm of psychology and apply their learnings to the high stakes world of corporate HR leadership. A model will be introduced to help gain mind share of top leaders in any organization.

Key Takeaways:

  • Review current state of HR in terms of perception by executive leadership.
  • Gain understanding of seven main influence strategies from the realm of social psychology.
  • Apply influence strategies to the world of HR.  Discuss how to gain mind share from the most difficult of executives.
  • Learn how information is the most important of all strategies and how best to apply metrics to enhance arguments.
  • Hear practical examples of the application of these techniques.
Yes, You Can Change Performance Management

SPEAKERS

Elizabeth Stahl
Vice President People, CRI®

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Yes, You Can Change Performance Management

Everyone hates performance management and wants to change it but it is hard to envision a different method when we have been drilled to have cascading goals, pay for performance, and forced ranking. Find out how one organization changed the model and how you can too.

Key Takeaways

  • How to evaluate your organizations willingness to change?
  • How do you question the existing process?
  • How do you go about creating a new process?
  • Case study on DRIVE
Benefits and Wellness - The Personal Touch

SPEAKERS

Douglas Potvin
Chief Financial Officer, Trinity Logistics

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Benefits and Wellness - The Personal Touch

CFO and HR constantly consider cost in development of benefits and wellness programs, and miss the personal touch.  The focus on benefits and wellness should be the value the company brings to the team members.  At Trinity Logistic we use innovative approaches to deliver across the four foundation of wellness: Health, Mental, Financial and Spiritual. 

Key Takeaways: 

  • Engaged members in changing behavior through engagement and incentives;
  • Provide plans, tools, and resources which are of value to team members;
  • Focus on the entire well being of the team members and dependents;
  • Through engagement in the well being of team members - cost will be reduced;
Discrimination and Harassment Claims:  Managing the Risk and Best Practices

SPEAKERS

Yoora Pak
Partner- Attorney at Law, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP

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Discrimination and Harassment Claims: Managing the Risk and Best Practices

This presentation will discuss new and emerging developments in employment law with respect to discrimination and harassment claims, and how to manage the risks to your organization when an employee complains.  We will cover emerging regulatory and enforcement issues, including new EEOC guidelines on national origin discrimination, transgender as a protected class, as well as potential changes with the new Republican administration.   We will also recommend "best practices" for your organization's complaint process and internal investigations.

 
Key Takeaways:
  • Keep current on new and emerging developments
  • Learn how to spot "key issues" when an employee complains about discrimination or harassment
  • How to conduct an internal investigation
  • Best practices to manage and reduce the risk of litigation
 
HR Leaders Role in the Insurance Acquisition Process: 2 Major Components

SPEAKERS

John White
Area Senior Vice President, Arthur J. Gallagher & Company

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HR Leaders Role in the Insurance Acquisition Process: 2 Major Components

The two aspects of insurance most related to the HR function and critical to the success of an organization are workers compensation and executive liability (the most relative to HR is Employment Practices Liability).What are the most important aspects of determine the right value of any workers compensation program which could take any number of forms: from guaranteed costs to self-insurance and everything in between?

What does a well put together executive liability program look like?   How does Employment Practices fit into this insurance policy?   What is included here and what is commonly excluded?   How can we best use the policy prior to a claim and how it functions when we do have a claim. 

Trump Card: The impact the new administration will have on HR professionals

SPEAKERS

Robert Nourse
Director, Business Development, Vantage Benefits Administrators

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Trump Card: The impact the new administration will have on HR professionals

The next several months—and likely the next few years—will be a roller coaster for human resources professionals. The differences between the Obama Administration and the Trump Administration are dramatic in many ways, but there are 4 key areas unfolding that seem to have our undivided attention and that directly impact HR, including:

  • Federal regulation
  • Health insurance and the ACA
  • Immigration reform
  • Taxes and trade agreements

Key takeaways

Regardless of the policies the new administration enacts, HR professionals will be on the front lines of implementation. It’s essential to have a partner who can provide information, guidance and support allowing you to create effective policies for your organization and a clear and strategic plan to communicate to your employees.

  • Understand the Trump administration’s health-care positions, policies and priorities—including what we’ve seen so far and what’s likely to come.
  • Examine potential legislative and administrative actions and their impact on the HR industry
  • Learn how benefit plan experts can help develop comprehensive, customized solutions that make a difference and a measurable impact