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 - 15 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 & Your Itinerary Explained
3:25pm - 3:30pm

What? When? How? Where? Join our Master of Ceremonies for a brief welcome and orientation session, where we’ll explain your itinerary for the next few days.

Opening Panel: Building the business case for financial wellness initiatives
3:30pm - 4:30pm
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Daniel Shakhani
Co-Founder - SalaryFinance

Financial wellness is more than just a buzz term … it’s an imperative. Employees with financial worries struggle to complete their assignments on-time, experience diminished work quality, have higher rates of absenteeism and turnover, and are more likely to have troubled relationships with work colleagues. This lack of financial wellbeing costs the average employer 11-14% of their total payroll expense.
In this session, attendees will learn how to build a compelling business case to prioritize financial wellness initiatives that benefit employers and employees alike. We’ll present data collected from Salary Finance’s survey of 10,000 U.S. employees to illustrate the cost of financial stress to employers and why your organization should engage in a financial wellness program.

Key takeaways: 
1. Having a financially unwell workforce impacts employers more than they realize: Turnover and lost productivity costs U.S. employers a staggering $500 billion annually
2. Investing in financial wellness benefits can increase productivity and company loyalty, and reduce turnover
3. Employees are eager for employers to offer financial wellness benefits; companies seeking to be competitive in today’s job market must start integrating financial wellness programs into their benefits packages

Roundtable
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 1: Organizational Culture: When employees are engaged, everyone wins
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Morné Swart
Vice President, Global Product Strategy & Transformational Leader - SumTotal Systems
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Kelly Johnson
Strategic Consultant - The Marcus Buckingham Company, an ADP Company
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
6:00pm - 6:30pm

Details To Follow.

Welcome Drinks 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.

Keynote Dinner
7:00pm - 10:00pm
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Dr. Samuel Rindell
COO Talent Management - Cigna

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 - 8:35am
Breakfast Keynote: Talent activation: turning human talent into business performance
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Kelly Johnson
Strategic Consultant - The Marcus Buckingham Company, an ADP Company
Workshop
8:40am - 9:20am
Session 1: In good company: how culture can be a competitive advantage
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Girish Ganesan
Head of Talent - TD Bank
Workshop
9:25am - 10:05am
Session 2: How to create a culture of recognition (and why)
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Breanne Woodrow
Senior Manager, Professional Services - Achievers
Workshop
10:10am - 10:50am
Session 3: Using data and analytics to improve employee experience
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Vishal Bhalla
Chief Experience Officer (CXO) - Parkland Health & Hospital System
Workshop
10:55am - 11:35am
Session 4: Corporate culture measured: how talent analytics & AI can help you hire for "best fit" & knowing team culture can lead to optimal performance
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Juan Luis Betancourt
CEO - Humantelligence, Inc.
Workshop
11:40am - 12:20pm
Session 5: Optimizing Your Talent Acquisition Process
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Robert Scharringhausen
VP HR - HMSHost
Keynote Speech
12:25pm - 12:55pm
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
1:00pm - 1:45pm

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

Roundtable
1:50pm - 2:50pm
Track 1: Organizational Culture: When employees are engaged, everyone wins
Roundtable
1:50pm - 2:50pm
Track 2: Recruitment and Retention
Roundtable
1:50pm - 2:50pm
Track 3: People Analytics: Measure, track, understand, predict
Workshop
2:55pm - 3:35pm
Session 6: How the Nation’s Largest Employer is Changing the Way Pay Works
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Jon Schlossberg
CEO - Even Responsible Finance
Workshop
3:40pm - 4:20pm
Session 7 : Performance management
Workshop
4:25pm - 5:05pm
Session 8: Emerging technologies and the employee experience
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Chris Mullen PhD
Director, Strategic Advisory - Kronos
Workshop
5:10pm - 5:50pm
Session 9: Case Study: Employee Experience Transformation at Liberty Mutual Insurance
Attendee downtime
5:50pm - 6:55pm

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

Drinks Reception
7:00pm - 7:30pm

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

Keynote Speech
7:30pm - 8:15pm
Keynote Dinner: How to be a "Best Place to Work"
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Joe Qualtier
SVP, Sales - StayWell
Dinner & Silent Charity Auction
7:30pm - 10:00pm

Details To Follow.

Wednesday April 3, 2019
Breakfast
7:00 am - 7:45 am

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

Workshop
7:50 am - 8:30 am
Session 10: An LGBTQ+ lens on diversity & inclusion
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Ashley T Brundage
Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion - PNC Bank
Workshop
8:35 am - 9:15 am
Session 11: How Companies are Addressing Student Debt and Which are Leading the way
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Bob Buch
VP Sales and Business Development - SoFi
Workshop
9:20 am - 10:00 am
Session 12: Aligning Talent Management Strategy with Business Strategy
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Tim Robideau
Business Development Manager - SHL
Roundtable
10:05 am - 10:45 am
Track 1: Organizational Culture: When employees are engaged, everyone wins
Roundtable
10:05 am - 10:45 am
Track 2: Recruitment and Retention
Roundtable
10:05 am - 10:45 am
Track 3: People Analytics: Measure, track, understand, predict
Workshop
10:50 am - 11:20 am
Session 13: Designing the Employee Experience of Tomorrow
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Lisa Maine
Director Employee Experience - Expedia Group
Workshop
11:25 am - 11:55 am
Session 14: Executive Panel - Retention & talent management
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Tushar Trivedi
VP Global HR - Hilton Hotel
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Nicole Koesling
SVP Human Resources - Volkswagen AG
Workshop
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Session 15: The Key to Uniting People Analytics Across the Enterprise
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Shahbaz Alibaig
Senior Director & Head of Global HR (People) Operations, Talent Acquisition, and HR Technology - Esterline Technologies
Closing Panel
12:35 pm - 1:15 pm

What have been the most interesting discussion points over the last few days? What are the key takeaways? Are there any immediate actions to be implemented? And what further questions have emerged?

Lunch & farewells
1:15 pm - 2:15 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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