Day 1- Wednesday May 17th

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM Welcome Brunch and Registration

11:30 AM - 11:45 AM Orientation

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM Kick-Off Networking Activity

12:00 PM - 12:05 PM Chairperson's Opening Remarks

Opening Keynote Address

12:05 PM - 12:40 PM Innovating for Impact: Achieving Success Through Capability for Competitive Advantage

Organizations today are seeking ways to gain a competitive advantage to achieve success – whether it is through people, processes or systems – the strategies to be a highly capable organization are being innovated to adapt to the external environment. CEOs and CHROs must partner to nail down the objectives and the decisions needed to be made to adapt to the social, environmental, economic, technological, political and demographic external forces affecting how we do business both domestically and globally. The focus is on the development of the capabilities of the organization as a whole to move into the new era of competitive advantage. HR leaders need to make sure the integration and leveraging of tools and processes are in place to help drive a sustained competitive advantage. Innovation is taking place throughout the organization. Beyond innovative technologies, companies are innovating the employee experience – this includes leadership development, succession planning, diversity initiatives, performance management and learning.

This session will open the discussion on innovation and examine the impact we can make as leaders.

•Opening the discussion on how you can drive competitive advantage through innovation
•Sharing leading practices and examples of how successful organizations are achieving success
•Understanding the beneficial relationship between individual and organizational capability

Employee Value Propostion

12:40 PM - 1:10 PM Smarter Working in Today’s Environment: An Employee Value Propostion

Today’s workforce is very different from what it was just five years ago. The idea of employees in one office location, sitting at their desks from 9 to 5, is fading fast. With new technologies that enable greater mobility, the concept of a “traditional” workforce has changed forever. As a result, companies are being challenged to rethink their assumptions regarding the overall approach to setting a global Employee Value Proposition and the role workplace environments play in making the company a great place to work. In this informative session, InaMarie Johnson, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Plantronics, will outline Plantronics’ own journey in building a ‘Smarter Working’ approach and some of the more recent changes the company is making in support of those efforts.
In this session, attendees will learn about:

• Developing Core Pillars that comprise a Smarter Working environment
• Establishing and offering a Smarter Working environment while becoming more global
• Replacing traditional HR frameworks while developing a compelling Employee Value Proposition
• Impacting collaboration, emotional wellbeing, productivity and agilty by making changes in the physical workspace.
• Ensuring collaboration and engagement with a distributed workforce utilizing appropriate technologies.

1:15 PM - 1:45 PM Business Meeting

1:50 PM - 2:20 PM Business Meeting

Master Class A

2:25 PM - 3:10 PM Wearable Technologies that Drive Productivity, Wellness and Benefits to the Bottom Line

Are you tracking your steps, calories burned or your sleep habits? Organizations are implementing innovative ways to implement our daily habits outside of work into a fun and cost-saving way to engage and incentivize workers, and employees are showing interest by participating in such programs. With all the changes in healthcare, organizations are seeking ways to enhance their wellness programs and engage employees holistically. Companies are moving beyond physical wellness and want to impact the wellbeing of employee’s by integrating elements associated with overall health – physically, mentally, socially and emotionally. Wearables are being viewed as a way to help cut healthcare costs for both the employee and the employer. Implementing goals and contests for employees encourage them to be more fit, engaged and productive.

Got a step goal? Add some steps to your wearable and join us to:

• Discover how wearables can impact your workforce
• Hear how organizations are incenting their talent to focus on activity
• Learn ways to implement wearables efficiently

BrainWeave A

2:25 PM - 3:10 PM Talent Development for the Champions of Your Organziation

Talent is one of the forces that drive winning organizations. Top organizations are investing in developing their people to their fullest potential to create the leaders of tomorrow and talent mobility. Companies are shaped by external forces that effect employees internally. Leaders have to respond to the velocity of changes while serving internal and external stakeholders. Having plans and processes in place to develop individuals will lead the organization to be competitive and a competitive organization is the outcome of HR strategy and leadership.

Join us in this session as we learn:
• Best practices in Talent Development
• How development practices can lead to lower turnover
• Why having a development strategy will help mobilize talent

Leadership Development Strategy

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM Eliminating Engagement Barriers To Drive Better Performance

Jack Morehouse, President & CBDO, 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 yield engagement and performance improvements broadly across the organization. Be prepared to learn:
• The key link between engagement, performance and success (both personal and business)
• The single most important...and often overlooked...element in employee surveys
• The most common mistakes companies make before, during and after an employee survey and how to avoid them


Jack Morehouse

President & CBDO

Business Meetings

3:55 PM - 4:25 PM Business Meeting

Business Meetings

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM Business Meeting

Networking Break

5:00 PM - 5:15 PM Networking Break

Executive Strategies Roundtables

Roundtable 1

5:15 PM - 5:45 PM What is your Employee Value Proposition? A Competitive Strategy for Branding Your Organization

Corey Heller, Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer, UA Brands


Corey Heller

Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer
UA Brands

Roundtable 2

5:15 PM - 5:45 PM Cultural Transformation

Soniya Sheth, Vice President Transformation, L'Oreal USA


Soniya Sheth

Vice President Transformation
L'Oreal USA

Roundtable 3

5:15 PM - 5:45 PM Rethinking Performance Reviews

Building a Talent Pipeline – A Panel Discussion

5:45 PM - 6:30 PM Seed and Feed the Pipeline: Preparing the Organization for the Future

Terri Hoskins, CHRO, Hooters
With the advent of a talent shortage and skills, organizations are seeking ways to build their pipeline for career development and succession planning. Beyond feeding the pipeline, organizations must seed their talent to grow and develop to compete for the future. Research continues to show that companies who invest in their own talent create greater returns for their shareholders.

A recent study suggests:
•Companies whose CEOs reviewed their top talent averaged 22% Total Return to Shareholders over 3 years compared to a negative 4% for companies whose CEOs did not review their top talent.
•Companies that define leadership competencies, assess leadership behaviors and track turnover of top talent yield significantly greater return on sales compared to companies that do not engage in these important activities.

Join us in the interactive panel as we discuss some of the strategies leading organizations are incorporating to seed and feed the talent pipelines of the future.


Terri Hoskins


6:30 PM - 6:30 PM Cocktails/ Networking Dinner