Taking place from 10 -12 June 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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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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Matthew Owenby
SVP CHRO
Aflac
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Eric Hutcherson
Chief Human Resources Officer
NBA
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Patrice Graves
EVP HR Americas
AECOM
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Glenn Gross
VP Executive Compensation
AT&T
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Allen Chen
Senior Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion
Bank of America
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Brian Little
VP HR
Intel
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Husam Kakish
Head of HR
MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
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Kristin Reilly
VP Global People Experience
Walmart
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Lori Bays
CHRO
City of Phoenix
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Tate Cutrer
Director, Talent Development and Learning
RaceTrac
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Greg Muccio
Director Talent Acquisition
Southwest Airlines
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Matthew Lutcavage
VP HR
Giant Foods Stores

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 June 10, 2020
Registration
12:00pm - 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
1:15pm - 1:45pm

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
1:45pm - 2:00pm

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.

Interview
2:00pm - 2:30pm
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.

Panel Discussion
2:30pm - 3:15pm
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
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Greg Muccio
Director Talent Acquisition - Southwest Airlines
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Judith Rudge
Senior Director of Talent Acquisition & Talent Management - Comcast

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?

Roundtable Track 1
Session 1 - Challenges
3:15pm - 4:15pm
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
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Allen Chen
Senior Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion - Bank of America

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
3:15pm - 4:15pm
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
3:15pm - 4:15pm
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
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Ann Givens
Managing Director - JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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
3:15pm - 4:15pm
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
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Matt Battista
Director of Talent Acquisition - Party City
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Dave Mountford
Enterprise Sales Manager - Midwest / West - Monster

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
3:15pm - 4:15pm
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
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Maung Lin
HR Director - Keurig Dr Pepper Inc.
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Jessica Pena
Director Workforce Management - People Solutions - Atlantic Health System

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?

  • How can you achieve a strong sense of company culture?
  • How to achieve a seamless employee experience?
Roundtable Track 6
Session 1 - Challenges
3:15pm - 4:15pm
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
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Eric Turzak
VP Total Rewards - Poly

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?

Creating economic opportunity for your workforce

Whether through mentoring, education or support benefits, business leaders have the opportunity to drive economic opportunity for their employees. How do you design and support intentional programs to drive this for your frontline?

Workshop
4:20pm - 5:00pm
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?
An Employee Centered Approach to Onboarding
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Frank Pathyil
Director of Strategy and Partnerships - Workgrid Software

Gartner finds that only 26% of organizations believe their onboarding is effective. It’s no surprise why – onboarding has many functional stakeholders and integrated processes that make it complex for talent leaders to manage, a challenge to standardize, and equally complex for participants to complete.

In this session, we’ll dive into mapping out an onboarding journey that takes an employee-centric approach. We’ll share the specific strategies needed to create a modern onboarding journey that spans across departments to provide a personalized, contextual experience that new hires need.

Workshop
5:05pm - 5:45pm
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 Most Organizations Fail at Employee Recognition and What Progressive HR Leaders are Doing to Fix it
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Brie Harvey
Employee Engagement Evangelist - Achievers

According to World at Work’s latest, “Trends in Recognition” report, 89% of organizations offer some form of employee recognition, however, when you ask employees, only one in three report feeling adequately appreciated. In this this dynamic, interactive workshop, Employee Engagement Evangelist, Brie Harvey will explore:
• How Employee Recognition should fit into a comprehensive engagement strategy
• What the latest behavior science says about why most recognition initiatives fall flat
• The top 3 best practices progressive organizations who get it right employ (spoiler alert: they are free)!

Attendee Downtime
5:45pm - 6:00pm

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

Networking drinks
6:00pm - 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
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Barbie Winterbottom
Chief People Officer (CHRO) - BIC Graphic North America

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 June 11, 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 - 8:30am
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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Dessalen Wood
Chief People Officer - 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
8:30am - 9:00am
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.
How Millenials and 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
9:00am - 9:30am
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
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Josh Olson
Director, Employee Experience Solutions - VMware

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.
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?

Coffee & Networking Break
10:10am - 10:20am

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

Case Study
10:25am - 11:05am
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.
How the Aflac Way Creates Retention, Engagement and Workforce Effectiveness
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Matthew Owenby
SVP CHRO - Aflac

The Aflac Way is more than just a catchy title, our Way is at the heart of our culture, ethics and values. The Aflac Way guides our future and connects us to our past. The Aflac Way is a simple but powerful tool that attracts, retains and helps our employees be as effective as possible.

Panel Discussion
11:10am - 11:50am
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
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Cheryl McCann
VP HR - Metz Culinary Management
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Susan Vrabel
Director, HR - Staples
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Jeanniey Mullen
Chief Marketing Officer - DailyPay, Inc.
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Husam Kakish
Head of HR - MGM Grand Hotel & Casino

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
11:55am - 12:25pm
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 Proof is in the Data: The Link Between Inclusive and Effective Leaders
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Maria Howard
Chief Revenue Officer - Linkage, Inc.
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Ije-Enu Nwosu
Executive Director, Impact Spending - Kaiser Permanente

In today’s increasingly complex and diverse workforce, where both the quality and quantity of leaders is declining, developing inclusive leaders is a business imperative. At Linkage, we have analyzed three decades of research, including over 1M data points from 360° leadership assessments to determine what the most effective leaders do differently. The research revealed findings relevant to anyone charged with leveraging their leadership talent for maximum business impact. As we take to the stage, we will be joined by Ije-Enu Nwosu, Executive Director, Impact Spending at Kaiser Permanente. Kaiser Permanente has been a true trailblazer for women’s leadership in healthcare, and Ije will be sharing her insights on the valuable impact Linkage’s solutions have had at her organization.
During this talk, we’ll discuss:
• The role that Inclusion plays in leadership effectiveness and how to measure it
• How to increase inclusion through a proven framework to advance women leaders
• The direct impact Linkage’s leadership partnership has had at Kaiser Permanente

Networking Lunch
12:25pm - 1:30pm

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
1:30pm - 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

Panel Discussion
2:35pm - 3:15pm
How Data Insights Transform the HR Function, Drive Business Value and Enhance Employee Experience

What does employee experience and digital transformation mean in 2020 and how do different generations of workers interpret all of these changes? As more companies work to tackle these inter-related initiatives in tandem, they are realizing that the direct delivery of insights into the hands of business leaders and managers is paramount to the transformational journey. In this session, our panel of leading experts will explore how leading high-performing organizations are getting insights into the hands of the business to accelerate digital mastery and enhance employee experience.

  • What types of People/HR analytical work leading organizations are pursuing to create business change.
  • How leading HR organizations have fostered analytical capabilities in the business counterpart to receive insights and intercede in business practices.
  • What some of the challenges are for creating business capability around people analytics and how to overcome them.
  • What resulting outcomes that have improved business results and/or employee experience ameliorations these initiatives have created.
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.

Coffee & Networking Break
4:00pm - 4:15pm

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

Oxford Style Debate and Live Polling
4:15pm - 4:45pm
One Topic. Two experts. Two opinions. 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?

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
5:15pm - 6:45pm

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
6:45pm - 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 June 12, 2020
Breakfast
7:00 am - 7:50 am

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

Welcome Remarks
7:50 am - 8:00 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
8:00 am - 8:30 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.
Back to the Future: Recognizing Turning Points and Leading Organizations Through Times of Change
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Debbie Millin
COO - Globalization Partners

HR leaders are at the forefront of organizational and cultural change. They’re the motivators, the encouragers, and the advocates of policy, but most importantly, people. With an inside view to the business, and an everyday perspective on the team’s experience, they’re uniquely positioned as the catalyst for evolution within an organization.

However, to move change forward, HR leaders must both embrace the challenge and recognize the moments that signal communities have reached the brink of change. How can you actively look for these opportunities, encourage those conversations, then lead teams through the cycles of transformation?

It’s not always easy to recognize, prompt, and nurture moments of transformation, but it’s the way for HR leaders to make an effective impact on their organizations. In this session, Globalization Partners’ Chief Operating Officer Debbie Millin will discuss the turning points in her career that led her to the forefront of one of the fastest-growing businesses in the country and how her personal growth influenced her approach to leadership and change management.

Case Study
8:35 am - 9:15 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.
Is my HR Data an Almanac, a Novel, or a Crystal Ball?
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Bo Stults
AVP Talent, Total Rewards and HR Technology - The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

The development and display of HR or People analytics play a critical role in addressing the challenges of containing costs, remaining competitive, all the while developing a high performing workforce. The primary roadblock facing most organizations today, is creating people “probabilistic” analytics as well as business analytics and presenting them in a way that they have an impact on the business’s decisions. HR professionals must also ensure that the measures and the display of the data go straight to the heart of what executives need to know and align with the overall businesses strategy.

Workshop
9:20 am - 10:00 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?
The Top 3 Benefits at the Nation’s Largest Employer: Healthcare, 401k, and One You’ve Never Heard of
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Jon Schlossberg
CEO - Even Responsible Finance

What makes a fintech out of Silicon Valley the right team to help with your employees’ financial stress? Learn why a team of sophisticated technologists, researchers, and designers who are passionate about helping people can help build financial wellness for your employees, and create serious value for your business.

Roundtable
Session 3 - Outcomes
10:05 am - 11:00 am
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

Keynote
11:00 am - 11:30 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.
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.

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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