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Jeff Schmitz
Chief Human Resources Officer
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March 27 - 29, 2022
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April 4 - 8, 2022
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Jeff Schmitz
Chief Human Resources and Marketing Officer
Nicole D'Uva
Associate Vice President, Employee Health & LifeWork Strategies
Christopher D. Lee
Chief Human Resources Officer
Tracie Sponenberg
Chief People Officer
Daniel Carusi
Vice President, Chief Learning Officer
Julian Sado
Executive Vice President, Learning & Development
Steve Dwyer
Senior Vice President
Tia Smith
Vice President, Global Talent
Aisha McClendon
Senior Director of Partnerships and Outreach
Dalila Ramos
Vice President, Diversity & Growth
Dave DeFreitas
Group CFO (retired)
Jess Elmquist
CHRO
Pekka Nebelung
Vice President, International Growth
Aaron Dorondo
Senior Director Sales, Commercial Team
Jeff Schmitz
Chief Human Resources and Marketing Officer
Nicole D'Uva
Associate Vice President, Employee Health & LifeWork Strategies
Christopher D. Lee
Chief Human Resources Officer
Jesse Bridges
Deputy Director of Global DEI Learning & Development
Larry Restieri
CEO, Goldman Sachs Ayco Personal Financial Management
Scott Redfearn
Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources
Rosette Cataldo
Vice President, Sales, Performance and Talent Strategy
Jason Lioy
Chief People Officer
Daniel Carusi
Vice President, Chief Learning Officer
Julian Sado
Executive Vice President, Learning & Development
Tia Smith
Vice President, Global Talent
Dalila Ramos
Vice President, Diversity & Growth
Brantlee Underhill
Managing Director, North America
Wanda Hope
Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer
KeyAnna Schmiedl
Global Head, Culture & Inclusion
Eric Guthrie
Director, Training Programs
Monica Willis
Executive HR Advisor
Sue Boylan
Executive HR Advisor
Aaron Dorondo
Senior Director Sales, Commercial Team

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Choose from 45 Sessions, 30 Speakers, 6 Networking Events & More
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SundayMarch 27
MondayMarch 28
TuesdayMarch 29
5:00 - 7:00pm
Welcome Reception and Registration
7:30 - 8:50am
Breakfast
8:00 - 9:00am
Keynote: High Performing Teams that Deliver Sustained Results

The gaping hole in most teams is the gap between intention and individual behavior. There are thousands of reasons development initiatives fail, but there is a common denominator in all successful ones; programs founded on tangible behavioral change drives sustainable results. Knowing that and executing that, however, are two different things.

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn the secrets to overcoming common barriers to change
  • Gain insight from fellow participants about how they prioritize initiatives
  • Explore how to adopt peer successes to your organization

Speakers:

Steve Dwyer
Senior Vice President
9:00 - 10:00am
Building a Stronger Workforce during a Cultural Awakening

Today, business leaders globally are facing a critical cultural awakening. The bar is high for employers to build inclusive environments where all employees can thrive as their authentic selves in the workplace.

At Zebra Technologies, Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Schmitz has made it his mission to create, sustain, and nurture a community of changemakers, innovators, and doers. Jeff believes that to foster community at any company, organizations must embrace a culture of respect, collaboration, inclusion, and innovation.

During his presentation, Jeff will expand on tangible actions and key insights to support leaders as they attract top talent, retain high-performing employees, and develop a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Key Takeaways:

  • Why investing in diversity is key to advancing innovation
  • How to create a workplace focused on inclusion where all employees can thrive
  • How to develop and attract diverse talent; How to implement a successful targeted retention initiative

Speakers:

Jeff Schmitz
Chief Human Resources and Marketing Officer
10:00 - 11:00am
Transforming Leaders to Transform the World

Leadership development programs in many companies fail to deliver the results they were intended to create, which is especially problematic during a time when effective leadership at all levels is sorely needed to transform businesses and respond to today’s challenges. Transformational leadership is the solution to the challenge. But to create transformational leaders, we need a bold, new approach that is different from leadership programs of the past. Transform leaders to transform organizations to transform the world.

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn why leadership development programs of the past have failed and why change is needed
  • Learn what challenges leaders and organizations are facing today and why transformation is critical to success
  • Learn what Transformational leadership is and the best approach for Transforming leaders in a changing world

Speakers:

Daniel Carusi
Chief Learning Officer
10:00 - 11:00am
I’m Quitting and Here’s Why: A Candid Discussion With a Millennial

Learn from a Millennial what Generation Z and Millennials want out of their relationships with their employers, managers, and teams.

We want to learn, find purpose, and have ownership over our own brands within our roles. Companies must invest in educating us, but there are no guarantees we’re going to stay. Companies should be okay with that. How can companies evolve their recruiting, onboarding, and L&D programs to attract us so we can become more effective employees with purpose?

Key Takeaways:

  • How to build a business culture based on ownership, not engagement
  • How to recruit, retain, and manage Gen Zers and Millennials
  • Tangible building blocks, learning outcomes, and mediums to create purpose

Speakers:

Aaron Dorondo
Senior Director Sales, Commercial Team
11:00 - 12:00pm
How to Develop Every Employee Into A Superstar Performer

Whether Olympic athletes, Broadway stars, C-Suite executives, or employees in cubicles down the hall, superstar performances are not the result of hard work and dedication alone. The world’s best outcomes are the result of dynamic duos working together to produce unlimited results. Given the right mindset, skillset, and toolset, the average manager can transform into a leader that develops every employee into a champion. Learn about a pioneering performance improvement system that gives managers a framework and tools to inspire breakthrough results.

Key Takeaways:

  • How to use questions to empower and engage employees
  • Learn how to use a performance improvement model and coaching method
  • How to use positive psychology techniques to unleash potential

Speakers:

Christopher D Lee
Chief Human Resources Officer
12:00 - 1:00pm
Pivoting Through Change for Leadership

In the new world of Employee mindset, virtual needs, and retention, take time to learn how employee communication and engagement are the key factors in retention, morale, and overall company brand and production. This is not a typical session as you become consciously aware of the cultural shift with career perception, the repetitive way we have managed the workforce, and why it needs to change with the new type of employee. You will receive a crash course on Neuroscience and NLP in a practical, interactive, and FUN way so that you may apply these new insights and strategies.

Key Takeaways:

  • What words affect mental health, engagement, and branding
  • Increase engagement through NLP and learn how the subconscious controls everything and creates stress
  • How feelings are cognitive and how to lead using them

Speakers:

Julian Sado
Executive Vice President, Learning & Development
12:00 - 1:00pm
How to Win the War for Talents

The shortage of candidates should not be an employer’s problem. It is a political problem. How can we structure our recruitment so that the first impression of our company respects the time and energy of our target audience? After listening to this presentation, you will be able to fix your recruitment without outsourcing. It’s not worth outsourcing what you can easily fix.

Key Takeaways:

  • Digitalization of recruitment
  • Winning the war of talents
  • How to fix your internal recruiting

Speakers:

Pekka Nebelung
Vice President, International Growth
1:00pm
Networking Lunch
2:00 - 3:00pm
Developing an Incredible, Individualized Employee Experience

How someone leaves your company is every bit as important as now they start. We often focus – rightly so – on the candidate
experience. But what happens once that candidate starts with your company? How do you ensure a positive experience for all at every point in their career journey with you? We cannot forget about the incredible opportunity to provide a positive experience for your existing employees. Join Tracie Sponenberg, Chief People Officer of Granite Group as she discusses the intricacies of the onboarding and offboarding processes, as well as the different career touchpoints in any organization, and how to create an incredible, individualized employee experience for all employees.

Key Takeaways:

  • How the employee experience depends on YOU to make it incredible
  • How technology can make the employee experience more human
  • The importance of trust and relationship-building to the Employee Experience

Speakers:

Tracie Sponenberg
Chief People Officer
2:00 - 3:00pm
How the Fortune 500 use AI and Automation to Hire, Develop, and Retain Talent

Tight labor markets have prompted many employers to re-evaluate the entire experience of how they attract and retain talent to meet demand. Fortune 500 are already positioned for success, thanks to a proactive approach that unifies the talent experience.

With AI technology that simplifies, personalizes, and automates key interactions among candidates, recruiters, employees, and managers, these companies are already experiencing exponential gains hiring faster and retaining their top talent — while consolidating their HR tech investments.

Join Phenom’s Jess Elmquist, CHRO & Chief Evangelist, as he leads the conversation and opens the door to how these companies are transforming their HR practices.

Key Takeaways:

  • Where to introduce automation to the hiring process
  • How AI boost recruiter productivity
  • Why personalizing career paths increases employee retention

Speakers:

Jess Elmquist
CHRO
3:00 - 4:00pm
Workforce Stabilization: Organizational Change & Resiliency

A global pandemic and the unprecedented number of resignations have left many organizations on unstable ground; the healthcare industry is no exception. Transcend beyond traditional stabilization tactics to focus on total rewards, culture, managerial support, and mental health resources.

Key Takeaways:

  • Utilized root cause analysis to understand the problem prior to developing solutions
  • Developed new and creative solutions and determined their efficacy by establishing clearly defined criteria for success
  • Focused on mental health by removing barriers to seeking help and created new programming to address burnout and resiliency

Speakers:

Nicole D'Uva
Associate Vice President, Employee Health and LifeWork Strategies
4:00 - 5:00pm
The Three C’s of Culture: Communication, Connection, and Celebration

Culture matters. As HR leaders, we often seek out the latest trends or look for some magic solution to create a robust workplace culture. The good news is that a strong culture doesn’t require a lot of fancy bells and whistles. When we communicate clearly with employees and ensure they feel a meaningful connection to their manager, team, and the organization, incredible things start to happen — and we get to celebrate.

Key Takeaways:

  • Communication has always been key to engagement, but we’ve seen a swift evolution in how we communicate since the start of the pandemic. We will discuss the most impactful ways to communicate up, down, and across the organization
  • In a virtual world, we have to be intentional in building relationships at work. Learn how to build connections with colleagues to deepen engagement and foster a sense of belonging
  • Celebratory cultures are built on a foundation of social support and social exchange. We will identify some meaningful and engaging ways to celebrate employees

Speakers:

Tia Smith
Vice President, Global Talent
5:00 - 6:00pm
How to Attract and Maintain a Diverse Workforce

How to attract and retain a diverse workforce. It is said that by 2025, 75% of the workforce will be comprised of millennials and gen z. They are the generations that grew up with technology, mobile apps, and innovative platforms. As this shift is happening, how do we attract and collaborate with them as they enter the office/workspace?

Key Takeaways:

  • Representation matters
  • Generational diversity
  • Company culture and putting yourself out there

Speakers:

Dalila Ramos
Vice President, Diversity & Growth
6:00 - 9:00pm
Networking Dinner
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7:30 - 8:50am
Breakfast
8:00 - 8:50am
Keynote: Developing the Next Generation of Leaders

Effective leadership is essential to a company’s success today and for years to come. It can engage employees in ways that can give your company a true competitive advantage. To unlock the power of effective leadership, we will look at the difference between being a manager vs. an effective leader, the keys to engaging your employees to achieve more than they thought possible, how you can develop the next generation of leaders for your company, and keys to you and your employees living a successful and rewarding life.

Key Takeaways:

  • Explore keys to engage your employees to achieve maximum productivity and results through situational leadership
  • Identify how to develop the next generations of leaders for your company
  • Be mindful of messages for your employees - keys for them to have a successful career and life to unleash their passion

Speakers:

Dave DeFreitas
Group CFO (retired)
10:00 - 11:00am
Workplace Reimagined: How Tech Can Help Us Have Hard Conversations

In the last 2 years, America has focused its attention on continuing issues of racism & inequality, both in the workplace and in public life. As a result, employees’ expectations for DEI in the workplace, and how management is handling potential issues, has come into sharp focus. Smart employers are looking for cost-effective ways to produce actionable, transparent results & ultimately, positive change in their organization. But, finding robust methods to make this happen can be difficult. A bright spot can be found among a crop of human-oriented tech solutions that are springing up to serve the enterprise. This session will give an overview of the current state of DEI training and how emerging technologies like virtual reality and AI can help us build more equitable & diverse workplaces.

Key Takeaways:

  • An overview of the DEI tactics and strategies that are rising to the top across corporations, with practical and real-world examples
  • How the unique value proposition VR training - in which participants learn by doing, not by passively consuming - empowers new possibilities for a suite of corporate training needs, including DEI
  • How the advent of the mass remote workforce is accelerating the creation and adoption of virtual solutions that bridge connections and diffuse isolation, and how this space will adapt and grow in the next 5-10 years

Speakers:

Aisha McClendon
Senior Director of Partnerships and Outreach
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TuesdayApril 5
WednesdayApril 6
ThursdayApril 7
FridayApril 8
Building a Stronger Workforce during a Cultural Awakening

Today, business leaders globally are facing a critical cultural awakening. The bar is high for employers to build inclusive environments where all employees can thrive as their authentic selves in the workplace.

At Zebra Technologies, Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Schmitz has made it his mission to create, sustain, and nurture a community of changemakers, innovators, and doers. Jeff believes that to foster community at any company, organizations must embrace a culture of respect, collaboration, inclusion, and innovation.

During his presentation, Jeff will expand on tangible actions and key insights to support leaders as they attract top talent, retain high-performing employees, and develop a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Key Takeaways:

  • Why investing in diversity is key to advancing innovation
  • How to create a workplace focused on inclusion where all employees can thrive
  • How to develop and attract diverse talent; How to implement a successful targeted retention initiative

Speakers:

Jeff Schmitz
Chief Human Resources and Marketing Officer
Transforming Leaders to Transform the World

Leadership development programs in many companies fail to deliver the results they were intended to create, which is especially problematic during a time when effective leadership at all levels is sorely needed to transform businesses and respond to today’s challenges. Transformational leadership is the solution to the challenge. But to create transformational leaders, we need a bold, new approach that is different from leadership programs of the past. Transform leaders to transform organizations to transform the world.

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn why leadership development programs of the past have failed and why change is needed
  • Learn what challenges leaders and organizations are facing today and why transformation is critical to success
  • Learn what Transformational leadership is and the best approach for Transforming leaders in a changing world

Speakers:

Daniel Carusi
Vice President, Chief Learning Officer
Toxic Culture Is Driving the Great Resignation. Thank, talk and celebrate your way through it

As companies grapple with a “new normal” post-pandemic, there’s been a palpable shift in power. After a year and a half of uncertainty, workers are now more certain than ever of what they will and won’t tolerate at work. Stress, burnout, and isolation have put new expectations on the table. And if companies can’t or won’t put the human at the center of work, employees are more than happy to look for opportunity elsewhere, with Workhuman iQ research finding that 4 in 10 people are planning to look for a new job within the next year. ‘The Great Resignation’ is here.

That means leaders need to take a step back and reevaluate which programmes and practices need to be prioritised to create a more human workplace. The key? Thank, talk, celebrate. In this keynote, Rosette Cataldo, vice president Workhuman will take you through how to develop this simple conceptual framework so it can serve as a guiding light for your people strategy and help make work more human.

Speakers:

Rosette Cataldo
Vice President, Sales, Performance and Talent Strategy
The Personalization of Work
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Personalizing the total work experience allows organizations to stay ahead by responding to ever-changing employee expectations and work environments in a digital world. This includes a look at organizational and leadership behaviors, a personalized value proposition, and a new approach to the entire employee experience.

At SAP SuccessFactors we help HR leaders tackle this in many ways:

  • Digital and technology transformation
  • DE&I at the center of all we do
  • Enabling leaders to have what they need to be successful with a hyper-diverse and non-traditional workforce
  • A new approach to the personalized value proposition

Key Takeaways:

  • How to create a Personalized Work Experience
  • How the right technology can support your DE&I strategy and improve the employee experience
  • How to think differently about Attraction and Retention of top talent

Speakers:

Sue Boylan
Executive HR Advisor
Monica Willis
Executive HR Advisor
Corporate America’s Role: What Does it Look Like to Support Employees Holistically?

The past two years have proved to be an awakening for companies to reevaluate the role they play in the lives of their employees. While employer benefits programs have traditionally addressed employees’ physical health and retirement savings plans, more companies are realizing they must do more to support overall employee wellbeing. During this session, Larry Restieri, CEO of Goldman Sachs Ayco Personal Financial Management will address:

Key Takeaways:

  • Why it is essential for employers to support their worker’s holistic wellness needs and how companies are achieving this
  • Why financial wellbeing in the workplace is important and how employers are winning by incorporating financial wellness into their offerings
  • Recent trends in the employee benefits landscape and whether employees are taking advantage of different benefits offered to them
  • What the future of the workplace looks like

Speakers:

Larry Restieri
CEO, Goldman Sachs Ayco Personal Financial Management
Workforce Stabilization: Organizational Change & Resiliency

A global pandemic and the unprecedented number of resignations have left many organizations on unstable ground; the healthcare industry is no exception. Transcend beyond traditional stabilization tactics to focus on total rewards, culture, managerial support, and mental health resources.

Key Takeaways:

  • Utilized root cause analysis to understand the problem prior to developing solutions
  • Developed new and creative solutions and determined their efficacy by establishing clearly defined criteria for success
  • Focused on mental health by removing barriers to seeking help and created new programming to address burnout and resiliency

Speakers:

Nicole D'Uva
Associate Vice President, Employee Health and LifeWork Strategies
I’m Quitting and Here’s Why: A Candid Discussion With a Millennial

Learn from a Millennial what Generation Z and Millennials want out of their relationships with their employers, managers, and teams.

We want to learn, find purpose, and have ownership over our own brands within our roles. Companies must invest in educating us, but there are no guarantees we’re going to stay. Companies should be okay with that. How can companies evolve their recruiting, onboarding, and L&D programs to attract us so we can become more effective employees with purpose?

Key Takeaways:

  • How to build a business culture based on ownership, not engagement
  • How to recruit, retain, and manage Gen Zers and Millennials
  • Tangible building blocks, learning outcomes, and mediums to create purpose

Speakers:

Aaron Dorondo
Senior Director Sales, Commercial Team
How to Develop Every Employee Into A Superstar Performer

Whether Olympic athletes, Broadway stars, C-Suite executives, or employees in cubicles down the hall, superstar performances are not the result of hard work and dedication alone. The world’s best outcomes are the result of dynamic duos working together to produce unlimited results. Given the right mindset, skillset, and toolset, the average manager can transform into a leader that develops every employee into a champion. Learn about a pioneering performance improvement system that gives managers a framework and tools to inspire breakthrough results.

Key Takeaways:

  • How to use questions to empower and engage employees
  • Learn how to use a performance improvement model and coaching method
  • How to use positive psychology techniques to unleash potential

Speakers:

Christopher D Lee
Chief Human Resources Officer
Out of a crisis comes a new leadership mandate: leading through empathy and paradoxical thinking

Whether on the frontlines or fully remote, the last two years have forever changed the way we think about work – including where, how, and when it gets done. As someone responsible for 4,000+ global team members, Chief People Office Jason Lioy of Dawn Foods – a leading bakery manufacturer and ingredient distributor – continues to think about this every day. Throughout his time at Dawn, Jason has prioritized attracting and retaining employees from all work models imaginable and modified leadership approaches to meet the changing needs of employees.

In this session, Jason will share top strategies to develop and sustain employee engagement and new leadership competencies that are changing the way we think about work.

Key Takeaways:

  • Strategies to keep employees engaged in a variety of work models – including in-person, hybrid, remote, and frontline workers
  • Why empathy is now a mandatory leadership trait in the workplace
  • New solutions to evolving issues in the workforce – including challenging leadership teams through paradoxical thinking

Speakers:

Jason Lioy
Chief People Officer
How to Attract and Maintain a Diverse Workforce

How to attract and retain a diverse workforce. It is said that by 2025, 75% of the workforce will be comprised of millennials and gen z. They are the generations that grew up with technology, mobile apps, and innovative platforms. As this shift is happening, how do we attract and collaborate with them as they enter the office/workspace?

Key Takeaways:

  • Representation matters
  • Generational diversity
  • Company culture and putting yourself out there

Speakers:

Dalila Ramos
Vice President, Diversity & Growth
Pivoting Through Change for Leadership

In the new world of Employee mindset, virtual needs, and retention, take time to learn how employee communication and engagement are the key factors in retention, morale, and overall company brand and production. This is not a typical session as you become consciously aware of the cultural shift with career perception, the repetitive way we have managed the workforce, and why it needs to change with the new type of employee. You will receive a crash course on Neuroscience and NLP in a practical, interactive, and FUN way so that you may apply these new insights and strategies.

Key Takeaways:

  • What words affect mental health, engagement, and branding
  • Increase engagement through NLP and learn how the subconscious controls everything and creates stress
  • How feelings are cognitive and how to lead using them

Speakers:

Julian Sado
Executive Vice President, Learning & Development
Creating a True Workplace Culture of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
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Join us for an insightful and thought-provoking panel discussion on creating a true workplace culture of diversity, equity, & inclusion. You will discover how to lead with empathy for meaningful progress, how to identify areas of need and corresponding metrics to the HR strategy, and why making DE&I efforts a core part of business objectives is key to organizational success.

Key Takeaways:

  • Making DE&I efforts a core part of business objectives
  • Defining what diversity, equity, and inclusion mean to your organization
  • Ensuring buy-in from top leadership
  • Leading with empathy for meaningful progress
  • Identifying areas of need and corresponding metrics in HR strategy

Speakers:

Jesse Bridges
Deputy Director of Global DEI Learning & Development
KeyAnna Schmiedl
Global Head, Culture & Inclusion
Eric Guthrie
Director, Training Programs
From Employees to Changemakers: Empowering Your People to Drive Organizational Transformation

As leaders across industries and sectors grapple with the speed at which organizations are evolving to meet the demands of their stakeholders, one thing remains certain: employees must continue to be at the core of every decision leaders make and, whenever possible, involved in the process. Empowering your people and fostering a strong culture is critical to driving digital transformation in ways that will increase organizational effectiveness, enhance outputs, and develop organizational resilience. In this presentation, Brantlee Underhill, Managing Director, North America, Project Management Institute (PMI), will explore the importance of organizational agility, cultural transformation, and empowering people to drive change in navigating 2022 and beyond.

Key Takeaways:

  • Leaders must be dedicated to business agility and adopt a flexible mindset as internal and external factors drive change within organizations
  • Organizational transformation starts with your people at all levels of the business
  • Enabling the workforce with the appropriate power skills and professional development opportunities, while arming them with power skills that drive change — like empathy, communication, and collaboration — will result in true cultural transformation

Speakers:

Brantlee Underhill
Managing Director, North America
The Three C’s of Culture: Communication, Connection, and Celebration

Culture matters. As HR leaders, we often seek out the latest trends or look for some magic solution to create a robust workplace culture. The good news is that a strong culture doesn’t require a lot of fancy bells and whistles. When we communicate clearly with employees and ensure they feel a meaningful connection to their manager, team, and the organization, incredible things start to happen — and we get to celebrate.

Key Takeaways:

  • Communication has always been key to engagement, but we’ve seen a swift evolution in how we communicate since the start of the pandemic. We will discuss the most impactful ways to communicate up, down, and across the organization
  • In a virtual world, we have to be intentional in building relationships at work. Learn how to build connections with colleagues to deepen engagement and foster a sense of belonging
  • Celebratory cultures are built on a foundation of social support and social exchange. We will identify some meaningful and engaging ways to celebrate employees

Speakers:

Tia Smith
Vice President, Global Talent
Navigating the Great Reshuffle: Trust and Empowerment in a Hybrid Workforce

Trust and empowerment will be central to the success of hybrid work models over the coming years and will help ensure company culture transcends the walls of the physical office. Companies should focus on providing stability to their people so they are better able to handle the decisions that come from working in hybrid environments. Leaders must balance between offering employees the flexibility they desire while promoting and empowering strong employee engagement. In this session, Scott will share best practices for establishing trust and stability to empower success in hybrid environments.

Key Takeaways:

  • Trust generates a deeper sense of empowerment for employees
  • Understanding the critical elements of trust in a hybrid work environment
  • Importance of stability enhancers to show employees that executive leadership is committed to helping and protecting their employees

Speakers:

Scott Redfearn
Executive Vice President
Holding Leaders Accountable for Advancing Equity

The events of 2020 have fueled a global awareness of the systemic inequities that persist in the U.S. and around the world. Increasingly, there is broad global public demand for greater transparency & accountability from corporations to address systemic racial and ethnic injustices. By striving to identify and eliminate barriers to success, companies around the world can enable a more equitable environment where everyone has what they need to reach their full potential. In order to move the needle toward a more equitable workplace, organizations must hold themselves accountable, both internally and externally, listen and respond to the needs of their employees and be transparent about their commitments to drive measurable change.

Key Takeaways:

  • The importance of connecting your DEI strategy to business objectives
  • The difference between equality and equity in the workplace
  • How to set internal and external DEI goals that hold individuals and organizations accountable

Speakers:

Wanda Hope
Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer

KEY THEMES

Talent Hiring, Retention and Management

Digital Transformation

Employee Experience: Beyond the Paycheck

Leadership Development & Strategic Planning

Organizational Effectiveness

Crisis Management & Organizational Resiliency

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

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Customize the ideal summit experience to fit your busy schedule and connect from the comfort of your own home or office. All presentations are available to watch long after the event has ended.
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In-Person Event Questions

The cost of producing CONNECT HR is underwritten by our sponsors, who are more than willing to make the investment in such an exclusive audience. Your pass includes:

  • Personal concierge and custom schedule
  • Access to all programming and speakers
  • Face-to-face industry networking opportunities
  • One-on-one meetings with vetted solution providers, specifically matched to you
  • One night luxury accommodations, travel reimbursement, incredible catering throughout the event, and an open bar.
  • Spouses are welcome!

Based on the details of your registration, we carefully select 10 best-fit solution providers for you to meet with. Each meeting is 30 minutes long and focused on solving a specific priority you have listed.

We are looking for executives with genuine needs for new solutions and buying influence or authority. Invitations are extended to C-level executives, SVPs, VPs, Directors and Managers within all HR functions.

There are many reasons to attend! For starters, CONNECT HR is the only event customized to help you with your current challenges. You’ll learn from industry veterans and connect to the solutions you need. Your time is valuable, and sticking to your budget is more important than ever. CONNECT HR is designed to help you maximize your time and money for the best possible results.

Virtual Event Questions

CONNECT HR Virtual Summit is unique in its ability to connect you to qualified solution providers. They’re more than willing to underwrite the cost of your attendance in exchange for access to such an exclusive audience.

Your virtual pass includes:

  • All sessions and their recordings
  • 6 or 8 one-on-one meetings with vetted solution providers, specifically matched to you
  • $300 or $500 in swag upon meeting completion

Based on the details of your registration, we carefully select at least 6 best-fit solution providers for you to meet with. Each meeting is 30 minutes long and focused on solving a specific priority you have listed. Once completed, you’re eligible to receive a swag package. All meetings will take place on Zoom and all logistics are handled for you!

We are looking for executives with genuine needs for new solutions and buying influence or authority. Invitations are extended to C-level executives, SVPs, VPs, Directors and Managers within all Finance functions.

Yes, but only for your one-on-one meetings which are scheduled for a date and time you prefer. The summit sessions do not expire and will all be available on-demand to watch at your leisure—anytime, any place.

There are many reasons to attend! For starters, CONNECT HR Virtual Summit is the only online event customized to help you with your current challenges. You’ll learn from industry veterans and connect to the solutions you need. Your time is valuable, and sticking to your budget is more important than ever. CONNECT HR is designed to help you maximize your time and money for the best possible results.

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