Taking place from 1 – 3 April 2019 at the fantastic Sonesta Resort in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina the US edition of our HR Insight Summit will bring together senior human resources decision-makers and business leaders from across North America to discuss current industry challenges – and how best to tackle them.

The summit will focus on key topics such as: data & innovation insights: the rise of workforce analytics & evolving with a culture of change; multigenerational management: employee engagement – incentives, rewards, compensation & health & wellness; and the digital & diverse workplace: organizational culture & productivity from hiring, training, retention, and succession planning.

From case studies that lift the lid on operations inside best-in-class organisations, to workshops and collaborative sessions that focus on real challenges and future technology innovations, to one-to-one meetings with industry peers offering practical advice tailored to your specific needs, the summit provides you with everything you need to implement your key projects more effectively.

Our Approach

Every GDS Summit has one stated aim: to help attending executives implement their key projects more effectively. We do this by developing an in-depth understanding of those executives' project needs, the business outcomes they want to achieve, and the challenges they face in terms of hitting those goals.

Who Attends

Our summits are designed for executives looking to take their business to the next level – from market-leading brands to disruptive new entrants. As such, we’ve worked with some of the world’s best-loved and most forward-thinking businesses.
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Attendees Include

The upcoming summit will welcome executives from some of the world's biggest and most recognisable firms - as well as the most forward-thinking - as they look to address their project challenges.
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Michael Gruber
SVP Talent Acquisition
Compass Group USA
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Girish Ganesan
Head of Talent
TD Bank
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Jennifer Greenwald
Chief People Officer
Playboy Enterprises
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Nicole Koesling
SVP Human Resources
Volkswagen AG
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Dr. Samuel Rindell
COO Talent Management
Cigna
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Angela D. Harrell
SVP, Chief Diversity and Corporate Responsibility Officer
Voya Financial
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Sebastien Girard
SVP Workforce Engagement
Atrium Health
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Brenda Lacy Davies
SVP HR
21st Century Fox
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Pascale Thomas
Vice President, Global Benefits
Thermo Fisher Scientific
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Susan Lansing
SVP Head of Learning & Development
BNP Paribas
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Val Rupp
VP, HR Transformation and M&A
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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Denise LaForte
CHRO
Cushman & Wakefield

6 Challenges in Human Resources

Our summit is focused on solving your strategic challenges
  • To create a stronger, happier, healthier workforce. To demonstrate effectiveness every step of the way.
  • To better use data and predictive analytics. Identifying the ‘why’ behind performance changes and informing all decision-making, inc. executive assessment.
  • To understand the latest thinking in change management, compliance, and communication.
  • To bridge the gap between your multigenerational workforce. To enable effective communication and collaboration.
  • To create a culture of recognition through scalable, meaningful and formalized programs (with even the most modest budgets).
  • To create powerful, cost-effective compensation, benefits and rewards programs that secure executive buy-in and accountability to attract, grow, retain talent.
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Summit Schedule

3 Days - 3 Summit Themes - 14 Workshops
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Monday April 1, 2019
Summit registration
1:00pm - 6:00pm

Grab your name badge, say hello, activate the onsite app and prepare to leave the office behind for two-and-a-half days of networking, learning and intelligence gathering.

Welcome Brief
4:15pm - 4:30pm

The challenges facing the HR professional are numerous – from implanting and enforcing a zero tolerance policy for harassment, to providing a challenging recruitment and retention landscape with diversity and inclusion, as well as leveraging digital technologies to create a positive working environment. Discover the people strategies, HR processes and software tools that will take your department and company to the next level.

Roundtable
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 1: Organizational Culture: When employees are engaged, everyone wins
Roundtable
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 2: Recruitment and Retention
Roundtable
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 3: People Analytics: Measure, track, understand, predict
Solution provider briefing
4:30pm - 4:40pm

Details To Follow.

Cocktail reception
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Time to kick off your heels, loosen those ties and get to know your fellow summit attendees. Relax, drinks are on us.

Gala dinner & keynote
7:00pm - 10:00pm

From independent thinkers to technology pioneers to execs from some of the world’s most progressive brands, our keynote speakers are handpicked to provide you with the insight you need to inspire your next business decision.

Tuesday April 2, 2019
Breakfast
7:00am - 8:00am

The most important meal of the day. Get yourself set for a productive day by joining us for coffee, croissants and more.

Keynote Speech
8:05am - 8:45am
Talent Activation: Turning Human Talent into Business Performance
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Kelly Johnson
Strategic Consultant - The Marcus Buckingham Company, an ADP Company
Collaborate
8:50am - 9:30am

Details To Follow.

Workshop
9:35am - 10:15am
Session 1: #Metoo
Workshop
10:20am - 11:00am
Session 2: How to Create a Culture of Recognition (and Why)
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Breanne Woodrow
Senior Manager, Professional Services - Achievers
Workshop
11:05am - 11:45am
Session 3: Engage and Retain Through Health & Wellness
Workshop
11:50am - 12:30pm
Session 4: An LGBTQ+ Lens on Diversity & Inclusion
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Ashley T Brundage
Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion - PNC Bank
Keynote Speech
12:35pm - 1:15pm
Lunch Keynote: Talent Agility in an Emerging Workplace
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Morné Swart
Vice President, Global Product Strategy & Transformational Leader - SumTotal Systems
Lunch & networking
1:15pm - 2:00pm

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch, and prepare to meet the afternoon head-on.

Keynote Speech
2:05pm - 2:45pm
Post Lunch Keynote: Building the Business Case for Financial Wellness Initiatives
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Kevin Carney
Head of US Partnerships - Salary Finance
Workshop
2:50pm - 3:30pm
Session 5: Understanding the Upcoming Competitive Landscape by Optimizing Strategic Workforce Planning
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Sebastien Girard
SVP Workforce Engagement - Atrium Health
Workshop
3:40pm - 4:20pm
Session 6: Next HR Transformation: How the People Analytics Revolution Will Shape HR
Workshop
4:25pm - 5:05pm
Session 7: Compensation, Benefits and Rewards
Workshop
5:10pm - 5:40pm
Session 8: Emerging Technologies and the Employee Experience
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Chris Mullen PhD
Director, Strategic Advisory - Kronos
Attendee downtime
5:40pm - 7:30pm

Time for a well-deserved break in your busy schedules.

Dinner & experience
7:30pm - 10:00pm

Time for some fun; you’ve earned it. Join us for our second night’s dinner and entertainment. Details to follow.

Wednesday April 3, 2019
Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:30 am

The most important meal of the day. Get yourself set for a productive day by joining us for coffee, croissants and more.

Workshop
8:30 am - 9:10 am
Session 9: In Good Company: How Culture can be a Competitive Advantage
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Girish Ganesan
Head of Talent - TD Bank
Workshop
9:15 am - 9:55 am
Session 10: How Companies are Addressing Student Debt and Which are Leading the way
Workshop
10:00 am - 10:40 am
Session 11: Revamping Performance Management
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Dr. Samuel Rindell
COO Talent Management - Cigna
Coffee & networking
10:40 am - 10:50 am

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects.

Workshop
10:50 am - 11:30 am
Session 12: Corporate Culture Measured: How Talent Analytics & AI Can Help You Hire for “Best Fit” & Knowing Team Culture can lead to Optimal Performance.
Workshop
11:35 am - 12:15 pm
Session 13: Future of the industry - The state of HR: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going Next
Workshop
12:20 pm - 1:00 pm
Session 14: Closing panel & wrap up
Lunch & farewells
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch for your journey home.

Summit Location

Sonesta Resort, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Our events take place at some of the most prestigious venues in the world. Five-star accommodation, dining and amenities make attending one of our summits both business and pleasure. Being productive has never been so much fun.

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Senior executives love our summits because of the unparalleled opportunity to meet people with ideas on how to move their key projects forward. But don’t just take our word for it…

To discuss how GDS Summits can help you solve your project challenges contact us on: 0117 921 4000 or email sayhello@gdsgroup.com.