Day 2 - Monday, July 24th

6:00 AM - 6:45 AM Optional Morning Walk

7:15 AM - 8:00 AM Networking Breakfast

8:00 AM - 8:10 AM Chairperson's Opening Remarks

JoAnn Corley, CEO, The Human Sphere


JoAnn Corley

The Human Sphere

Morning Keynote

8:10 AM - 8:40 AM Learner Centricity: Cultivating a Culture of Learning Around the User Experience

Michele Parks, Vice President, Talent Management , Cox Communications
Forward-thinking organizational leaders are accelerating progress by reinventing traditional learning and development practices and exploring new methods to transform and innovate learning and development strategies to fill skill gaps throughout the workforce. This session will cover Cox Communications Target State Learning Strategy (3 year roadmap). Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company, providing advanced digital video, Internet, telephone and home security and automation services over its own nationwide IP network. Cox has over 18,000 employees and is focused on bringing learner centricity into the forefront.

In addition to the roadmap some of the following areas will also be expanded upon:
•Learner Centric Experiences
•Self-developing organization
oMyPlan Concept – effective career planning model
•Curated Content
•Leveraging technology to create innovative approaches to learning


Michele Parks

Vice President, Talent Management
Cox Communications

IBM Lab - Presentation – Part 1

8:40 AM - 9:10 AM Do You Know What “Great" Looks Like? Using Cognitive Talent Management Solutions to Attract and Retain Top Talent

Craig Shoneman, Product Management and Strategy Leader, IBM
Great new talent will take your business to the next level of success. But do you know what "great" looks like in this era of digital business? HR professionals struggle with attracting, developing and retaining the right talent - one study showed 40% of all hires are declared regrettable!

There is a better way. Cognitive Talent Management solutions help HR professionals use data-driven insights and predictive capabilities to recruit and hire and develop the best talent for the changing needs of their organization. IBM is bringing Watson cognitive power to HR, to enhance talent management with more impactful talent acquisition, development and improved employee experience. Join us to learn how to use the power of Watson to transform HR and drive business forward.


Craig Shoneman

Product Management and Strategy Leader

9:15 AM - 9:45 AM Business Meetings

9:50 AM - 10:20 AM Business Meetings

10:20 AM - 10:35 AM Networking Break

Plenary Session

10:35 AM - 11:05 AM Connecting Frontline Workers to Educational Progress to Drive Financial Success

Sean Stowers, Director of Learning Services, Pearson
The need for corporations to strategically reimagine their current employee benefits programs as a means to develop and retain employees and to build a modern workforce has never been more important. There are approximately 60 Million workers in the United States without college degrees. A significant subset of those workers want to successfully complete their post secondary education in order to advance; however, their inability to do so has been driven by a convergence of economic, societal, and policy factors that have shaped the modern educational pathways system. Employees today are forced to make an economic decision between education and advancement with debt, or remaining in their current position with limited career development opportunity, costing an organization in low engagement or inevitable turnover expenses.

This session will build a case for why organizations should redefine the path to educational attainment for millions of workers via a cost free solution.

Takeaways will include:
•Meeting the needs of working adult learners to accelerate career advancement
•Increasing employee retention with targeted development offers
•Empowering employees to acquire the crucial leadership soft skills


Sean Stowers

Director of Learning Services

Plenary Session

11:05 AM - 11:40 AM Eliminating Engagement Barriers to Drive Better Performance

Bill Baetz, PhD, VP, Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness, Perceptyx
We have all heard how many “actively disengaged” employees there are in the workforce. Despite years of companies trying to drive engagement, the number of disengaged workers hasn’t changed much, if at all. Why is it that most employee engagement programs don’t show results? Employees want to be heard; they want to be valued and they want to make a difference. Employers want – in fact, need – productive, engaged workers. Perhaps there is a different way to think about employee engagement.

In this session we will share a transformational approach to employee engagement that actually works. These simple and effective methods can help L&D and HR departments to yield engagement and performance improvements broadly across the organization. Be prepared to learn:

•The key link between engagement, performance and success (both personal and organizational)
•How L&D and HR departments can improve both engagement and organizational performance

•The most common mistakes companies make before, during and after an employee survey and how to avoid them


Bill Baetz, PhD

VP, Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness

11:40 AM - 12:10 PM Business Meetings

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM Business Meetings

12:45 PM - 1:35 PM Networking Lunch

Plenary Session

1:35 PM - 2:05 PM The Employee Experience (EX): How Focusing on the Employee Experience Can Transform the Workplace

Seth Waite, Chief Marketing Officer, RevUnit
A Dangerous Trend: In the last fifty years enterprise companies have started to shut down at an alarming pace. The average lifespan of a company on the S&P 500 has gone from more than 50 years to less than 16 years. The key difference being that previously companies were built on a natural resources economy and today we work in a talent economy that requires adaptability. By focusing on the (EX) employee experience, Talent executives can transform the workplace by leading innovation at work and elevating the role of talent management in 2017.


Seth Waite

Chief Marketing Officer

Plenary Session

2:05 PM - 2:50 PM Leveraging Digital Technology to Improve Candidate Experience and Reduce Cost Per Hire

Lindsay Stanton, Chief Client Officer, Digi-Me
In recruitment today, to be relevant, you must be able to communicate job opportunities to job seekers the way that they want to be engaged. Today’s job seeker is mobile, social and technology driven. The name of the game is knowing how to best leverage the technology tools that are available, today. And, you want to be at the top of search engines. Moreover, once you reach candidates and their application process begins, you want your applicants to have an excellent experience with superior, two-way communication. When candidate experience goes bad, you’ve heard it called the “black hole.” A candidate submits a resume for a position and then…nothing. There is no response, no idea of next steps, and no knowledge of the company’s recruitment process. The candidate that was interested in the open position you had posted, now, feels lost. Along with this unclear understanding of the application process could also be a negative feeling toward your company and brand. The way that you treat your candidates can be seen as indicative of how you conduct business.

Candidate experience matters and digital technology can help. Digital technology will not only get your message out, at a viral speed, but it will also reduce your cost per hire. Join Lindsay Stanton’s presentation and learn about how leveraging digital technology can improve candidate experience with social media, mobile devices, tracking, metrics, and improved communication with your soon to be new hire.


Lindsay Stanton

Chief Client Officer

BrainWeave A-Talent Management

2:50 PM - 3:35 PM Visible Pathways - Give Employees A Path To Career Growth And The Tools To Get There

Nicole Brahms, Director Client Relations, CAEL
The growing complexity of today’s workplace has transformed career paths as we once knew them. Once often linear, the breadth of new education and career opportunities available to employees has added twists and turns to modern trajectories.
When the path is clear, they are more likely to get there – and less likely to leave. Solid career pathways augment recruiting, retention, career development, workforce readiness, internal training, employee engagement and help make the most effective use of tuition dollars.


Nicole Brahms

Director Client Relations

3:35 PM - 4:05 PM Business Meetings

4:10 PM - 4:40 PM Business Meetings

4:40 PM - 5:10 PM Business Meetings

Roundtable 1

5:15 PM - 6:15 PM Leveraging Coaching Best Practices to Help Employees Navigate their Career Journey

Ann Walker, Head of Talent Management, Erie Insurance
Effective coaching can substantially help employees improve their skills, engagement, ability to contribute, and ultimately, empower them to take ownership of their career development. This discussion will kick off with an overview of Erie Insurance’s successful coaching network that was created to help employees – especially millennial employees - navigate their career journey. Come prepared to be engaged!


Ann Walker

Head of Talent Management
Erie Insurance

Roundtable 2

5:15 PM - 6:15 PM Should Talent Management Be Restricted To High Performers And High Potentials?

Elizabeth Cornish, SVP, Talent and Connected Technology, Omnicom
Some organizations limit their talent initiatives to the top 10-15% of their workforce. Join this roundtable to discuss ways for engaging both your top talent and your frontline.


Elizabeth Cornish

SVP, Talent and Connected Technology

Roundtable 3

5:15 PM - 6:15 PM Leveraging Conversational Intelligence® to Lead Healthy Relationships and Drive Results

Amanda Harvey, Sr. Director Talent and OD, Thomson Reuters
Conversational Intelligence® by Judith Glaser has been rated one of the “Top 5 Business Trends of 2016” by Inc. Magazine. Join this discussion to hear about first-hand experience of this neuroscience based tool and how we are using it at Thomson Reuters. The discussion will introduce the concepts of Neuroscience and Conversational Intelligence®, and expand on how HR professionals can use the concepts to connect with others in a deeper, more trusting level. Based on a “Foundation of Trust,” we will debate ways to drive higher quality conversations that lead to healthier relationships which drive organizational results.


Amanda Harvey

Sr. Director Talent and OD
Thomson Reuters

Roundtable 4

5:15 PM - 6:15 PM Candidate Experience Strategy: Gaining a New Recruiting Perspective Across Touchpoints

Edna Manuud, Talent Acquisition Director, Stanley Black & Decker
In this tough and highly-competitive market for talent, candidate experience is a clear differentiator for companies. Candidate experience is make or break, and most companies are not meeting expectations and losing out on top talent. This discussion will focus on the many different touchpoints throughout the candidate’s journey, and how the candidate experience can be improved. Everyone is encouraged to share problems and best practices alike.


Edna Manuud

Talent Acquisition Director
Stanley Black & Decker

6:15 PM - 6:20 PM Chairperson’s Closing Remarks

JoAnn Corley, CEO, The Human Sphere


JoAnn Corley

The Human Sphere

6:20 PM - 9:00 PM Themed Networking Cocktails & Dinner

Optional After-Hours Networking available following dinner