Taking place from 1 -3 April 2020 at the fantastic The Scottsdale, McCormick Ranch in Arizona 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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Past Attendees

At previous events we've helped executives from some the world's most significant firms - as well as the most forward-thinking - to address their project challenges.
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Michael Molinaro
Chief Learning Officer
New York Life Insurance Company
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James Fripp
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
Yum! Brands
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Martha Delehanty
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Verizon
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Deidra Jenkins
SVP, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer - Americas
Northern Trust
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Heath Salit
VP HR
Macy's
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Brenda Lacy Davis
SVP HR
Fox Networks Group
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Steve Sitek
Head of Learning, US, Novartis Learning Institute
Novartis
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Marcus Lea
Director - Office of Human Resources
NASA
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Laurie Colasanti
EVP HR
Sixt
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Jonathan Canger
Senior Vice President, Global Talent Management
Marriott
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Barbara Dorfman
Director of Benefits
UPS
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Melissa Keiser
Head of Global Talent Management Services
Bristol-Myers Squibb

6 Challenges in Human Resources

Our summit is focused on solving your strategic challenges
  • How to Build a Diverse and Inclusive Company Culture and Workforce
  • How to Create a Continuous Learning Culture Within Your Organization
  • Utilizing Data to Understand Your Workforce
  • Pick Me! How to Attract Talent in a Competitive Market
  • How to Execute and Achieve a Cultural Transformation
  • Boosting Your Benefits and Rewards Scheme
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Summit Schedule

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Wednesday April 1, 2020
Registration
1:00pm - 6:00pm

Join us at 1.00 pm when registration opens to collect your badge, check-in, meet the on-site team, and start your 2.5 day Summit experience.

Solution Provider Briefing
2:00pm - 2:30pm

Our VP of Sales will brief you on the next 2 ½ days at the summit, giving you all the information you’ll need for your 1-2-1 meetings, the networking sessions and what to expect to maximise your summit experience.

Welcome remarks and delegate briefing
2:30pm - 2:45pm

Our Master of Ceremonies will kick off the Summit with a welcome brief and orientation session, giving you all the information you need to maximize your Summit experience.

Panel Discussion
2:45pm - 3:30pm
The perspectives of 4-5 industry experts into one of the key challenges we're all facing today. This will be moderated to create a session of different perspectives, opinions and tangible takeaways of how our panelists are tackling them.
The Talent Equation
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Carmen Bryant
Director of Marketing, US - Indeed

In today’s tight labor market, what does it take to convince candidates to choose you—competitive compensation, your reputation as a great place to work, their experience with you as a customer and candidate or some other variable?

Here, Indeed’s Marketing Director, Carmen Bryant, reveals new research on the variables driving job seeker decision-making, diving deep into the role that brand plays in their choices to apply to, engage with and accept offers from certain companies over others. Harness your newfound understanding of the brains and behavior of prospective candidates to elevate your employer brand, ensuring your organization is top of mind for today’s top talent.

Interview
3:30pm - 3:50pm
A one on one interview diving into the details of how to prepare yourself for the realities of one of the industry's top challengers.
Developing HR as a Strategic Business Partner

HR is changing. It is now not enough for a HR department to stick strictly in its silo. HR needs to be able to think strategically and provide value to the whole business. How can HR leaders begin to develop into strategic business partners.

Roundtable Track 1
Session 1 - Challenges
3:50pm - 5:00pm
It’s all about identifying your challenges. What are the key questions that keep you up at night? What solutions are you looking for? Find common ground.
Diversity & Inclusion: Every Employee Matters

Diversity and inclusivity strengthens a workforce, drives creativity and success, and pushes for a healthier workforce. How can you ensure your employees feel comfortable, empowered and included, no matter their background?

Roundtable Track 2
Session 1 - Challenges
3:50pm - 5:00pm
It’s all about identifying your challenges. What are the key questions that keep you up at night? What solutions are you looking for? Find common ground.
Creating a Continuous Learning Culture

Whether you choose learning and development programs, external workshops and experts, or short online courses, continuously upskilling your workforce can only bring positive results for your bottom line. How can you go about fostering a learning culture within your organization?

Roundtable Track 3
Session 1 - Challenges
3:50pm - 5:00pm
It’s all about identifying your challenges. What are the key questions that keep you up at night? What solutions are you looking for? Find common ground.
Using Data to Understand Your Workforce

Collecting data from your employees’ performance, skillset, and feedback is important when making decisions about organizational transformation. Data can even go as far as to help predict your employees’ behavior. How can you best understand and utilize people analytics?

Roundtable Track 4
Session 1 - Challenges
3:50pm - 5:00pm
It’s all about identifying your challenges. What are the key questions that keep you up at night? What solutions are you looking for? Find common ground.
Pick Me! Attracting Talent in a Competitive Market

The traditional “go walk the mall” attitude to recruitment is on the way out. Companies are taking a much more proactive approach to attracting talent, opting instead for headhunting before future employees are even searching for a role. How can you refine your recruitment strategy for the benefit of your employees and your organization?

Roundtable Track 5
Session 1 - Challenges
3:50pm - 5:00pm
It’s all about identifying your challenges. What are the key questions that keep you up at night? What solutions are you looking for? Find common ground.
How to Change: Achieving a Culture Transformation

Productivity and performance can take a huge hit when employees don’t feel they are being listened to or acknowledged. A business’ culture has an astronomical effect on your company’s bottom line. Having the right people in the right places is a challenge within itself, but how do you ensure there is enough opportunity and a worthwhile employee experience?

Roundtable Track 6
Session 1 - Challenges
3:50pm - 5:00pm
It’s all about identifying your challenges. What are the key questions that keep you up at night? What solutions are you looking for? Find common ground.
Boosting Your Benefits & Bonuses

Within a multi-generational workforce, preferences about benefits differ from employee to employee. A basic compensation package is now not always enough to keep your employees motivated and engaged. How do you ensure your benefits and incentive programs are tailored to the individual?

Networking drinks
5:00pm - 7:00pm

A casual setting to network and meet the rest of the attendees and discuss relevant topics at your leisure.

Gala Dinner
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Join us for our Gala Dinner & Keynote Speaker. An opportunity to network with your peers in a social environment with a three course dinner and wine whilst listening to an industry leader discuss a key topic.

Thursday April 2, 2020
Breakfast
7:00am - 7:50am

Please come down and join us for breakfast and prepare for a day of workshops, keynotes, debates and panels.

Welcome Remarks
7:50am - 8:00am

Our Master of Ceremonies will brief you into the day 2 program to make sure you are in the right place at the right time.

Keynote
8:00am - 8:20am
The perspectives of 4-5 industry experts into one of the key challenges we're all facing today. This will be moderated to create a session of different perspectives, opinions and tangible takeaways of how our panelists are tackling them.
How Millennials & Gen Z are Transforming the Workplace
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Richie Contartesi
Keynote Speaker - Richie Contartesi Keynote Speaker

While millennials can bring a brand-new creative perspective to your business, they also bring high expectations for their employers. How do you adapt to the demands of the younger generation? How should you go about balancing the needs of your older generation with the needs of millennials/Gen Z?

Keynote
8:20am - 8:50am
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
Bugs Bunny, Margaritas and the Magic of Crowdsourcing
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Dave MacLeod
CEO - Thoughtexchange

Employee and customer crowdsourcing is emerging as a core competency for change management in organizations around the world. In this interactive session we will meet Bugs and Elmer, discuss margaritas, ponder crowd wisdom and beta test cutting edge crowdsourcing software. Sound like fun? We think so too.

Keynote
8:50am - 9:20am
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
Recruitment Marketing: How to Attract Top Talent

A good marketing strategy will vastly improve your recruitment process, as employee experience and company ethics are among the top factors affecting a prospective employee’s decision to apply for your company. How can you improve your SEO strategy and present yourself as a great employee destination?

Oxford Style Debate and Live Polling
9:20am - 10:00am
You'll get the chance to vote on where you stand before the session starts. We'll then hear from our two experts, to see if they can sway your opinion when you participate in the closing vote.
Are Quotas More Important Than Performance Management?

Organizations often have quotas in place to maintain (or build) a diverse workforce. Does this mean your company includes otherwise ignored talent, or does it mean performance is placed second-best?

Coffee & Networking Break
10:00am - 10:15am

Take a break and refuel whilst networking and socializing with your peers.

Case Study
10:15am - 10:55am
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
Establishing a Resilient Workplace: Adapting to a Rapidly Changing World
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Natalie Baumgartner
Chief Workforce Scientist - Achievers

Change is the new normal. Around the globe, the business arena is constantly evolving and the velocity of that change will only increase in the years to come. Business change can be large-scale, such as a merger or the shift to a new CEO, or day-to-day change – on-boarding a new tech system or moving to a new workspace. In this presentation, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner will help organizations learn what it means to be resilient in the face of constant change and how to thrive, rather than simply survive. Understanding how to build a resilient workplace must be a top priority and area of focus for organizations looking to adapt and grow. Yes, we need to engage employees, but this conversation furthers that focus by establishing the fundamental building blocks we need to ensure organizational success today and into the future. Dr. Natalie Baumgartner answers the big question, “How do we set organizations up for success in these times of change?”

Workshop
11:00am - 11:40am
An industry expert will lead an interactive workshop tackling common challenges and scenarios, engaging the audience to confront the issues and discuss ideas. What will your proposed solutions be?
Where is the 'Human' in 'Human Resources'?
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Matthew Owenby
SVP CHRO - Aflac

It has often been said that humans will trust a chatbot more than another human. With the improvements in voice tech, how can you leverage chatbots in your organization to gather feedback and improve your company culture? Is there a case that human interactions can be more beneficial when it comes to HR?

Workshop
11:45am - 12:25pm
An industry expert will lead an interactive workshop tackling common challenges and scenarios, engaging the audience to confront the issues and discuss ideas. What will your proposed solutions be?
Beyond Financial Wellness: Today's Workforce Craves Meaningful Experiences

In their everyday lives, today’s employees expect the services they receive to be instant and seamlessly delivered. From calling for a ride, to ordering food, to the shows that they watch and music they listen to, everything they do revolves around a personalized, instantly delivered experience.

These expectations are also beginning to make themselves known in the workplace, where employees are starting to demand that their workplace experiences mirror their personal ones.
With workplace loyalty at an all-time low, this demands the attention of HR leaders who must adapt and respond in new ways to meet the experiential needs of their workforces. Even traditional services, like payroll, need to be delivered to meet these changing expectations and create more value for employees and a more loyal and productive workforce.

During this event, we will discuss:
• The changing workforce and how HR needs to respond to Millennials and Gen Z’s preferences for experiences over “things”
• Ways organizations can help all employees to harness the power of their pay through a unique pay experience
• How providing a pay experience will deepen the bond with your employees in unprecedented ways
• Why a highly engaged workforce stays and why that is a major contributor to your organization’s bottom line

Keynote
12:30pm - 1:00pm
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
Centralized vs Decentralized HR Departments

Combatting departmental silos is in no way a new fight, but is still a top challenge today. A well-integrated HR department means a more positive organization. How do you know whether a centralized or decentralized HR department is right for your business?

Networking Lunch
1:00pm - 1:45pm

Join us for a sit-down lunch, and a chance to catch up on emails and get ready for the afternoon.

Roundtable
Session 2 - Discovery
1:45pm - 2:30pm
A three day track, where you can select the topic most relevant and useful for you. You'll be meeting with the same group of 10-12 esteemed execs across the three days to drill down into this challenge area. We appreciate that you might find more than one track of interest, so we’ll provide a full summary from each of them during the Day 3 closing panel.
Drill Down Roundtables

1. Diversity & Inclusion: Every Employee Matters

2. Creating a Continuous Learning Culture

3. Using Data to Understand Your Workforce

4. Pick Me! Attracting Talent in a Competitive Market

5. How to Change: Achieving a Culture Transformation

6. Boosting Your Benefits & Bonuses

Workshop
2:35pm - 3:15pm
Transform Your Employee Experience by Focusing on Moments that Matter

According to Gartner, employee experience is ranked as one of the top 3 key HR initiatives for 2019. That’s a tall order with a lot of problems standing in the way: missed communications due to information overload, onboarding frustrations, difficulty finding answers to common questions, lost productivity due to context switching, etc.

Thankfully, organizations on a mission to create a consumer-like experience for their employees don’t have to pioneer a solution on their own. Liberty Mutual Insurance has created an award-winning employee experience for their global workforce of more than 50,000. This session will give you the chance to learn how they did it.

Workshop
3:20pm - 4:00pm
An industry expert will lead an interactive workshop tackling common challenges and scenarios, engaging the audience to confront the issues and discuss ideas. What will your proposed solutions be?
Developing a People Dashboard to Move at the Speed of Your Business

Join us in this interactive workshop to see how a leading expert within the HR space has used Glint to improve employee engagement within their organization.

Panel Discussion
4:05pm - 4:45pm
An industry expert will lead an interactive workshop tackling common challenges and scenarios, engaging the audience to confront the issues and discuss ideas. What will your proposed solutions be?
Why Employee Wellbeing Matters

Over the past years, campaigns have increased awareness of the importance of employee wellbeing. Statistics show that roughly 61% of employees are burned out on the job. It is time to look after the wellbeing of your workforce.

  • The growing awareness of physical and mental health issues
  • What effects can poor wellbeing have on your workforce?
  • What are the benefits, both ethical and business, on looking after your employees?
  • How can companies go about improving the wellbeing of employees?
  • How to create a sense of psychological safety within the workforce
Oxford Style Debate and Live Polling
4:45pm - 5:30pm
Can Unconscious Bias be Avoided?

Unconscious bias can affect a number of opportunities and experiences for an employee. Can we take steps to avoid it, or is it an inevitable side-effect of human nature?

Attendee Downtime
5:30pm - 7:00pm

A needed break after a content filled day. Please use this time as you wish prior to joining us for our night 2 seated dinner.

Networking Drinks
7:00pm - 7:30pm

A casual setting to network and meet the rest of the attendees and discuss relevant topics at your leisure.

Dinner and Entertainment
7:30pm - 10:00pm

Join us for our night two Gala Dinner, which will be in a casual and inviting setting.

Friday April 3, 2020
Breakfast
7:00 am - 8:15 am

Please come down and join us for breakfast and prepare for a day of workshops, keynotes, debates and panels.

Welcome Remarks
8:15 am - 8:25 am

Our Master of Ceremonies will brief you into the day 3 program to make sure you are in the right place at the right time.

Keynote
8:30 am - 8:50 am
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
The Future of the Employee Experience

The job-hopping trend means that employees are constantly looking for new and better opportunities. A major factor affecting their loyalty to your company is their employee experience and job satisfaction. How do you ensure the experience you offer is second to none?

Keynote
8:50 am - 9:20 am
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
Stand Out! Becoming an Employer of Choice

The issues surrounding the war on talent
The importance of differentiating yourself from other employers
How can better employer branding help the acquisition of talent?
What are other ways to differentiate your business in order to attract the best talent?

Roundtable
Session 3 - Outcomes
9:20 am - 10:00 am
What does it all mean. Tracing back through two days of work, where are we? What you are bringing back to the office with you.
Drill Down Roundtables

1. Diversity & Inclusion: Every Employee Matters

2. Creating a Continuous Learning Culture

3. Using Data to Understand Your Workforce

4. Pick Me! Attracting Talent in a Competitive Market

5. How to Change: Achieving a Culture Transformation

6. Boosting Your Benefits & Bonuses

Case Study
10:05 am - 10:45 am
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
Supercharging Talent Development

To achieve sustainable long-term success companies must have an intense impatience to constantly grow and evolve. Continuous evolution is an inherent responsibility companies have to their customers. Therefore, organizations must teach their leaders and teams how to play-to-win and provide them with the opportunity, resources and support to rapidly grow and evolve themselves. This interactive session will engage you in a core set principles, skills and practices necessary for developing the mindset and strategy to achieve breakthrough levels of performance and rapid career development and growth.

Workshop
10:50 am - 11:30 am
An industry expert will lead an interactive workshop tackling common challenges and scenarios, engaging the audience to confront the issues and discuss ideas. What will your proposed solutions be?
How to Build a Sustainable Company Culture that Empowers and Engages

How poor employee engagement can negatively affect your bottom line
How to gage the engagement of your employees
How to monitor employee engagement in a multinational organisation
Ways to increase employee engagement
The importance of having a strong system of employee benefits
How are the expectations of employee benefits changing?
The increasing importance of financial wellness

Keynote
11:40 am - 12:00 pm
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
Evolving Your EVP – Becoming a Values-Driven Organization
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Eric Hutcherson
Chief Human Resources Officer - NBA

Our perceptions are powerful – what we see, hear or feel become the view we hold about a company. Your Employee Value Proposition is now, more than ever, a key factor in whether employees join or leave any organization. This interactive and engaging discussion will explore ways to ensure that your corporate values and purpose shine through to attract and retain the best talent for your culture and objectives.

Panel Discussion
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The perspectives of 4-5 industry experts into one of the key challenges we're all facing today. This will be moderated to create a session of different perspectives, opinions and tangible takeaways of how our panelists are tackling them.
Preparing for the Future of Work

Where there are humans there is adaptability, versatility and creativity… but also resistance, dissatisfaction and anxiety to change. How can you continue to evolve your workforce and support your employees at a time when change is synonymous with innovation?

Buffet Lunch and Farewells
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Before you head home, make sure you grab something from our buffet-style lunch for your journey ahead.

Summit Location

The Scottsdale, McCormick Ranch, Arizona

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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