April 22-24, 2018
Turnberry Isle Miami | Miami, FL

Matthew Owenby


Matthew Owenby joined Aflac in 2012 as vice president of HR Business Partners, bringing with him more than a decade of HR experience at Bank of America and General Electric. In May 2015, he was appointed to his current position as senior vice president; chief human resources officer, where he executes on Aflac’s global initiatives while providing strategic direction for both the Human Resources and Leadership, Learning & Development teams.

While at Aflac, Matthew has been honored with prestigious awards, including ranking No. 1 in the Top Corporate Leader category of the 2016 Leadership Excellence Award, as well as being named the Silver Stevie honoree of the 2016 American Business Award and the Gold winner of the 2015 Best in Biz Awards, both in the HR Executive of the Year category.

Matthew earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Georgia State University and a Master of Business Administration from Mercer University. He is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management.

8:05 AM Creating a Sustainable, Global-Minded Leadership Mentality to Promote Diversity and Inclusion

In 2017, corporate scandals with brands such as Uber and Wells Fargo have set the tone for many organizations to re-think the role of their leadership in promoting a consistent, healthy corporate culture. In times when many organizations recognize the need to adapt to a more flexible, global, and diverse workforce, and when social issues such as racial conflict and gender bias transpire into the workplace, creating a sustainable culture of inclusive and ethical leadership is not only something to consider, but it is urgently needed. Leaders of today must share consistent values in managing and motivating a workforce in an unpredictable environment.

AFLAC has consistently ranked amongst the Top Companies for diversity and inclusion. Inclusion is a mind-set that goes beyond diversity quotas. Inclusive minded leaders are able to get the best out of all colleagues, and agile enough to deal with day-to-day business challenges. Inclusion creates environments of trust by breaking down the silos that diversity quotas simply put up. This session led by the CHRO at AFLAC will explore approaches to developing a global-minded leadership and its successful outcomes. 

Topics include:
•Developing a new blueprint for inclusive leadership: moving beyond compliance with diversity quotas by placing HR in the centre of growth strategy and innovation
•Leveraging inclusion to enable innovative and agile problem-solving across a global workforce 
•Reinventing ways of working to respect individual needs
•Promoting a shared culture of trust, through accountable, socially-responsible, and ethical leader behavior

Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Matthew.

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