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Tuesday, June 3


Networking Breakfast
Tuesday June 3, 2014 7:00am - 8:00am
Majestic Ballroom Foyer - 5th Floor


Tuesday June 3, 2014 7:00am - 12:00pm
Majestic Ballroom Foyer - 5th Floor


Welcome Address
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Frank Kalman

Senior Editor, Workforce magazine
@FaKalman | | Frank Kalman is a senior editor of Workforce, which covers the intersection of people management and business strategy. At Workforce and the other Human Capital Media publications, he supervises stories about topics ranging from corporate learning and development, talent acquisition, HR technology, engagement and succession planning, among others. Prior to joining Workforce, Kalman covered commercial and residential real estate... Read More →

Tuesday June 3, 2014 8:00am - 8:10am
Majestic Ballroom - 5th Floor


A Total Rewards Rethink
One of the largest investments a company makes is in salaries, benefits and variable pay — also known as total rewards. But how can human resources professionals ensure that their companies are achieving gains in employee engagement commensurate with this investment? The answer requires thinking differently about rewards beyond how to distribute a modest merit budget.

In this session, participants will learn:

  • Why a holistic perspective on total rewards is required to achieve measurable increases in employee engagement.
  • Some “brilliant basics” that can help maximize the power of an overall reward portfolio.
  • Examples of specific tools that can be leveraged to maximize total rewards in an organization.

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Karen Astarita

Global Vice President Rewards & Talent, Unilever
Karen Astarita is a senior human resources executive with extensive experience in total rewards, performance management and talent development. She has led large-scale business integrations, benefit redesign efforts and performance management system design to drive performance. With her teams, Astarita has developed comprehensive strategies to improve depth of talent pipeline to meet future business needs. In her current... Read More →

Tuesday June 3, 2014 8:10am - 8:30am
Majestic Ballroom - 5th Floor


Become a Talent Magnet!
It's hard to imagine a talent shortage in this economy. However, for some in-demand skill sets, it's tough to identify good candidates, let alone entice them away from their current employers. Companies must create a culture that maintains their reputation as an employer of choice, otherwise they will have a hard time attracting and retaining top talent. A major aspect of becoming a talent magnet is satisfying the key needs that influence performance and loyalty, and positioning what you can offer to each different generation in your workforce. Join us for this session to learn how your organization can become a talent magnet. 

 Key takeaways include:

  •          What is and how can your company become a talent magnet? 
  •          What are the business benefits of becoming a talent magnet?
  •          How can talent magnets attract and retain the best people?

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Jan Sysmans

Senior Director Marketing - Growth Markets, Saba
@jsysmans | | Jan Sysmans brings 20 years of marketing experience, including particular focus in the software-as-a-service segment, to his role as senior director product marketing at Saba. He came to Saba from Moxtra, where he was the vice president of marketing, responsible for user acquisition, public relations, social media and branding. Prior to Moxtra, Sysmans was senior director of product marketing at SugarCRM, responsible for all... Read More →

Tuesday June 3, 2014 8:30am - 8:50am
Majestic Ballroom - 5th Floor


Capturing Work-Life Well-Being in a High-Performance Era
Conventional wisdom says managers are responsible for flexibility in the workplace and that wellness programs reduce health related expenses — even though performance expectations make work-life balance difficult. What if the conventional wisdom is wrong? Workplace strategist and author Cali Williams Yost says simple tweaks can help employees capture meaningful priorities at both work and home.  

In this session, participants will learn:

  • Why managers are not the secret to flexible work success.
  • How healthy behaviors have to be part of everything else an employee needs to get done or they won't happen. 
  • Why you don't have to sacrifice high performance on the job for personal well-being.  

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Cali Williams Yost

Author, Work+Life: Finding the Fit That’s Right for You
For more than two decades as a corporate strategist, author, speaker and founder of the Flex Strategy Group / Work Life Fit Inc., Cali Williams Yost has helped hundreds of organizations adapt their strategies and cultures to the new reality of work, and has given thousands of individuals the modern tools and skills to take control of their work-life fit and find success, on and off the job. Leaders from diverse organizations such as EY, Novo... Read More →

Tuesday June 3, 2014 8:50am - 9:10am
Majestic Ballroom - 5th Floor


How to Boost Talent Empowerment and Creativity
As the global business environment grows increasingly complex and competitive, companies that place a premium on employee empowerment and self-management are poised to reap many rewards — perhaps most important, in the form of greater organization-wide engagement and innovation. A host of new tools — including gamification financial management platforms (FMPs) and workplace design — are leveraged to attract, develop and retain top talent. Identify how these tools can maximize HR’s ability to enhance talent empowerment, adaptation and creativity.

In this session, participants will learn:

  • Why HR should consider gamification, FMPs and workplace environment solutions.
  • How to attract and retain high-caliber talent enabling engagement and self-management opportunities.
  • How HR can model the way for corporate innovation management.

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Anat Lechner

Clinical Associate Professor of Management and Org, NYU Stern
Anat Lechner is a clinical associate professor of management and organizations at NYU Stern. She earned her Ph.D. in organization management from Rutgers University in 2000. She is also the recipient of the GE Teaching Excellence award. Lechner's research focuses on how organizations can best structure to develop innovation capabilities and outcomes. Her research encompasses various areas including the effective leverage of multidisciplinary... Read More →

Tuesday June 3, 2014 9:10am - 9:30am
Majestic Ballroom - 5th Floor



A Chat With Wall Street Journal Reporter Lauren Weber
Workforce senior editor Frank Kalman sits down with Wall Street Journal careers and workplace reporter Lauren Weber to discuss how broad trends in business are influencing human resources.

In this session participants will learn:

  • How the skills gap is affecting corporate involvement in higher education.
  • The new challenges companies face in measuring employee performance.
  • The changing relationship between employees and employers.

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Lauren Weber

Reporter, Wall Street Journal
Lauren Weber is a reporter at the Wall Street Journal, covering careers and workplace issues. Her stories address employment law, the impact of technology on the workplace and the changing nature of work and work arrangements, among other topics. She was previously a reporter at Reuters and Newsday, and has written for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and other publications. She is also the author of the 2009 book "In Cheap... Read More →

Tuesday June 3, 2014 9:50am - 10:10am
Majestic Ballroom - 5th Floor


Improving the Candidate Experience in 2014

As the job market gains momentum, we could be in for the perfect storm: a growing number of jobs to fill, employees looking to make a move and the longtime unemployed ready to get back in the game. The challenge for employers will be to find, filter, communicate with, screen, onboard and retain the most qualified talent. Identify the right candidate-facing communication tools, processes and related technologies to achieve your talent acquisition goals. Develop and present an engaging and consistent employment brand presence at every candidate touch point.

In this presentation, recruiters will learn:

  • What candidates want from the application process.
  • Techniques for attracting and engaging candidates with a superior experience.
  • How technology can support an engaging candidate experience.

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Holly DeMuro

Hire Expectations Institute Curator, iCIMS
Holly DeMuro has been with iCIMS since 2012, serving as the Hire Expectations Institute curator within the company's marketing organization. Responsible for executing on product positioning strategies, she focuses on differentiating iCIMS in an evolving talent acquisition technology marketplace. Using extensive market research, customer and competitive intelligence, DeMuro's thought leadership programs are used to influence the way recruiters... Read More →

Tuesday June 3, 2014 10:10am - 10:30am
Majestic Ballroom - 5th Floor


From Data Management to Information Craftsmanship
The human resources function has come a long way since its days as the hapless “personnel” department. Thanks to advancements in HR analytics technology and an enhanced C-suite focus on talent, the function now has the potential to be a strategic business partner at the highest levels. But how can practitioners properly use HR analytics capability? The answer in many cases is a shift in mindset from data management to information craftsmanship.

In this session, participants will learn:

  • The evolution of HR’s role from administrator to strategic adviser.
  • How HR needs to anticipate and provide information in support of those business issues.
  • How current HR technology offerings support this transformation.

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Marc S. Miller

President and Founder, Marc S. Miller Associates
A nationally respected authority on human resource technology, Marc S. Miller has more than 40 years experience with all aspects of technology solutions for the function of human resources including strategy and business case development for executive leadership, cost justification, needs analysis, request for proposal development and vendor evaluation methodologies. Miller uses his significant industry experience and... Read More →

Tuesday June 3, 2014 10:30am - 10:50am
Majestic Ballroom - 5th Floor


Creating a Culture Imperative
Strong cultures drive profit, innovation and brand distinctiveness. Companies that work to implement purposeful cultures attract top talent and inspire employees to innovate and go the extra mile. In many corporate offices, a cultural evolution is underway, driven by companies that have pioneered new ways of thinking about work and what makes organizations tick. Culture is no longer just part of the company; it is the company.

In this session, participants will:

  • Learn how leading organizations view culture and its value.
  • Understand new research around organizational culture.
  • Consider what HR’s role is in defining, supporting and protecting organizational culture.

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Laura Agostini

Chief Talent Officer, Worldwide, JWT
As JWT's chief talent officer, Laura Agostini leads the charge to actualize its international talent and HR strategies, bringing to life its goal to attract, develop and retain the talent of the future. Prior to JWT she held chief talent officer posts at MEC and Publicis Mode, as well as the London managing director role at Digitas Europe. These roles followed a long stint of strategic management consulting with Gemini Consulting rounding out her... Read More →

Tuesday June 3, 2014 10:50am - 11:10am
Majestic Ballroom - 5th Floor


Beyond Once Upon a Time: Storytelling for HR
If you really want to know what a company is all about, listen to its stories. What do those stories say about its culture and goals? How can stories be used as a tool to communicate, persuade, encourage and influence?

In this session, participants will learn:

  • Why stories matter.
  • The importance of story prompts.
  • How stories can be used in HR all the time — What’s your HR story?

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Susan Kushnir

Director of Organizational Development, Girl Scouts of the USA
Susan Kushnir is the director of organizational development at Girl Scouts of the USA with experience in agencies, nonprofit companies, consulting, publishing, financial service and other industries. She is the author of a reading/science textbook and has written articles for a variety of training and educational publications including Chief Learning Officer, Talent Management, Training & Management Development... Read More →

Tuesday June 3, 2014 11:10am - 11:30am
Majestic Ballroom - 5th Floor


Close & Networking
Tuesday June 3, 2014 11:30am - 12:00pm
Majestic Ballroom - 5th Floor