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Erica Keswin

Don't Stop Believin'

The Human Way to Transform Everyday Routines Into Workplace Magic

Keynote Speaker April 20

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Amy Wright & Josh Bersin

Accelerating the Journey to HR 3.0

Ten ways to transform
in a time of upheaval.

Keynote Speakers April 21

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Simon T. Bailey

Shift Your Brilliance

Navigating and Flourishing
in the Evolving Workplace

Keynote Speaker April 22

25 Breakout Sessions

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Time
Description
7:30 – 8:00
Registration, Breakfast and HR Exhibitors Gallery
8:00 – 8:30
Conference Welcome
8:30 – 9:30
MORNING KEYNOTE – Amy Wright – IBM Managing Partner for Talent & Transformation – “HR 3.0? Are You Ready?”
9:30 – 10:15
HR Exhibitors Gallery and Networking
10:15 – 11:15
11:30 – 12:30
12:30 – 1:15
Lunch, HR Exhibitors Gallery and Networking
1:15 – 1:45
Sponsor Recognition and SHRM Presentation
2:00 – 3:00
3:00 – 3:45
HR Exhibitors Gallery and Networking
3:45- 4:45
AFTERNOON KEYNOTE – Erica Keswin – Workplace Strategist, Author, & Founder of the Spaghetti Project – “Play the Long Game: Make your Organization Truly Sustainable.”
4:45 – 5:00
Grand Prize Raffle and Closing Remarks
5:00 – 6:00
Cocktail Party on-site at CONVENE, HR Exhibitors Gallery and Networking

Concurrent Sessions

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Session A

Benefits, Risks, and Challenges of Using AI in Employment-Related Decisions

featuring 

Recruiting personnel must scour through resumes to identify potential candidates, only to then engage in the time-consuming and risk-riddled interview and hiring processes. Many companies are turning to artificial intelligence to streamline this process. Are the benefits of AI outweighed by the risks that AI could create? Could AI in fact, perpetuate instead of eliminate bias? Is AI only as bias-free as its human users?

Session A

Succession Planning: Turn Your People Into Strategic Assets For The Present And The Future

featuring 

Transform how we build the future of our organizations through aligning what the business really needs now and for the long-term with what we need from our structure, roles and people. This is a dynamic process of shared ownership and accountability while building a talent system built on the 4 components of talent optimization: Attitude, Competency, Execution, Performance. You will unlock the breakthrough approach that yields the results you need now while building the capability you need for the future.

Session A

Finding Your R.O.A.R. in Leadership

featuring 

In Finding Your R.O.A.R. in Leadership  Dionne (DG) McGee shares her amazing story of leadership at the Executive table and the challenges that came along with it, which prompted her to DG McGee Enterprises. Dionne is an amazing speaker, author, coach, and consultant. Her newly released book Finding Your R.O.A.R. has changed the lives of many. She has been fortunate to travel the country to Motivate, Empower and Inspire others to become leaders (by owning their careers) and breaking the glass ceiling. Dionne has taken her education and transferable skills to start her own businesses and to inspire others. All Dionne simply wants, is to ensure that everyone has a seat at the table and that we can all grow and excel in our careers in a diverse and inclusive work space. She has lead teams to win multiple multi-million dollar accounts, but nothing gives her more pleasure than making an impact in the lives of others. That is her purpose. She’s worked with effective and non-effective teams. She has appeared in Formidable Woman Magazine, and has been nominated for the 2019 Cathy Hughes Business Community Service Award. Dionne has participated in a hosts of interviews including radio. Walmart Corporate partnered with Dionne to host her hometown book signing. Once you hear her Finding Your R.O.A.R. message you become part of The Pride and R.O.A.R. Community. She resolves that you’ll be more: Relentless, Optimistic, Ambitious, Results Driven towards your goals for your career. There is room at the top for everyone to R.O.A.R.

Session A

Myths and Facts of Diversity, Equality & Inclusion: Peeling Back the Curtain of Unconscious Bias

featuring 

 and 

We will first discuss myths and facts regarding diversity and whether unconscious bias truly exists or are our emotions and behaviors learned? We will discuss how we can differentiate between myths and facts so that we can make conscious decisions about our interactions with others. We will discuss how words have an impact on others, positive or negative, intentional or not. How do we increase the awareness of the words we use so that we can enhance our positive interactions with others and have the outcomes we intended. Finally, we will discuss the impact of Micro-Aggressions in the workplace and the impact of our daily verbal and non-verbal communication.

11:30 AM - 12:30 AM

Session B

PIVOT – Sure Fire Ways to Conquer Change

featuring 

PIVOT – Sure Fire Ways to Conquer Change Workplace Application: You will learn change strategies that top employers are using. Change in the workplace is inevitable and constant. We can embrace change and be hopeful or resist change and create chaos for those around us. Either way, implementing change is risky business and the employee comfort zone is disrupted. During this fast-paced keynote, change leaders will learn ten sure fire ways to guide others through the change process with minimum disruption and maximum productivity.

Session B

I’m Stuck- What’s Next? How To Go From Stuck to Strengths

featuring 

We all get stuck in our career sometimes but aren’t sure how to navigate through the “fog.” This session will help understand what may be causing your disengagement and when you shift to a focus on strengths it can increase energy, productivity and well-being. Based on the best selling book, StrengthsFinder 2.0 and the idea that started it all: What would happen if we focus on what is right with people, rather than fixating on what is wrong with them?

Session B

Myths and Facts of Diversity, Equality & Inclusion: Peeling Back the Curtain of Unconscious Bias

featuring 

 and 

We will first discuss myths and facts regarding diversity and whether unconscious bias truly exists or are our emotions and behaviors learned? We will discuss how we can differentiate between myths and facts so that we can make conscious decisions about our interactions with others. We will discuss how words have an impact on others, positive or negative, intentional or not. How do we increase the awareness of the words we use so that we can enhance our positive interactions with others and have the outcomes we intended. Finally, we will discuss the impact of Micro- Aggressions in the workplace and the impact of our daily verbal and non-verbal communication.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Session C

Invisible to Invaluable – Get Seen, Get Heard and Get Ahead

featuring 

This program helps identify what sets you apart and get confident owning and sharing your value. Robyn gives actionable techniques for engaging diverse communication styles, improving nonverbal skills and creating better rapport. How you are perceived is how you are received which impacts what you can achieve. You will discover how to influence how you are perceived so that you can achieve more.

Session C

Leadership Perspectives

featuring 

Calling upon over 33 years of experience leading the nation’s most elite high functioning military organization and using the story of my first foray into combat to illustrate, I will share my thoughts on culture, leadership development, talent acquisition and philosophy. These are lessons applicable to civilian and military organizations alike.

Session C

From Transactional to Transcendent: Transforming HR in the Age of AI

featuring 

While employees hold a strong position in the labor marketplace, new automated technologies potentially threaten workers’ future employment stability and economic outlook or are they the savior human enablers of a more fulfilling future of work? Review the latest trends in digital HR, including looking at workers needs more holistically, and examine responding HR practices and solutions for driving employee engagement, empowerment and performance.

Session C

Succession Planning: Turn Your People Into Strategic Assets For The Present And The Future

featuring 

Transform how we build the future of our organizations through aligning what the business really needs now and for the long-term with what we need from our structure, roles and people. This is a dynamic process of shared ownership and accountability while building a talent system built on the 4 components of talent optimization: Attitude, Competency, Execution, Performance. You will unlock the breakthrough approach that yields the results you need now while building the capability you need for the future.

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Tuesday Keynote

Erica Keswin

Don't Stop Believin':
The Human Way to Transform Everyday Routines Into
Workplace Magic

In this actionable keynote, Keswin shares the science and stories of rituals at work. Using examples from Harvard researchers and some of the most successful companies in the world, she describes how to ritualize the way we take breaks, eat, celebrate, and meet. Simply by being intentional we can turn everyday routines into workplace magic, and it doesn’t have to cost a penny. And not only are rituals still relevant in our COVID-19 world, but they’re more important than ever.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Rituals are good for business because they increase performance. When people feel like they belong, they are 47% more collaborative.
  • Rituals help us all feel more connected to ourselves and each other. People who work at “high trust organizations” are 50% more productive.
  • Rituals are available to everyone—including remote workers—plus they don’t have to cost a thing.


Erica Keswin
is a bestselling author, internationally sought-after speaker, and founder of the Spaghetti Project, a roving ritual devoted to sharing the science and stories of relationships at work. She helps top-of-the-class businesses, organizations, and individuals improve their performance by honoring relationships in every context, always with an eye toward high-tech for human touch. She was named one of Marshall Goldsmith’s Top 100 Coaches in 2020, as well as one of Business Insider’s most innovative coaches of 2020. Her first book, Bring Your Human to Work: 10 Sure-Fire Ways to Design a Workplace That’s Good for People, Great for Business, and Just Might Change the World was published in 2018 by McGraw Hill. Her second book, Rituals Roadmap: The Human Way to Transform Everyday Routines Into Workplace Magic was published by McGraw Hill in January, 2021. Both books debuted as Wall Street Journal bestsellers.

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Wednesday Keynote

Amy Wright & Josh Bersin

Accelerating the Journey to HR 3.0:
Ten ways to transform in a time of upheaval

As the pandemic pressures companies worldwide to rethink nearly every aspect of how they operate and address people and talent issues, the role of talent executives has never been more critical. Amid these sweeping changes, CHROs can seize this moment to evolve, to bring forward a new era of HR—what we at IBM refer to as HR 3.0. It’s an exciting vision, in which HR shifts away from a process-oriented function to an agile consulting arm and in doing so, drives engagement and productivity, fosters trust in uncertain times and cultivates resilient workforces.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  1. Humanity at the heart of the Cognitive Enterprise. As new technologies, business models and global disruptions transform the enterprise, it is essential to elevate the work and skills of employees and teams.
  2. HR 3.0 is a business imperative. Executives agree HR must be redefined with guiding principles of personalization, skills at the core, data-driven decision-making, transparency and agility.
  3. The best companies are already taking bold steps. Ten action areas in HR emerge as priorities for transformation with leading companies outpacing their peers by innovating in all areas.


Amy Wright
is Managing Partner for IBM Talent and Transformation in IBM Services.

As the Managing Partner for IBM’s Talent & Transformation business, Wright is responsible for bringing innovative services and software to IBM clients to help with the transformation of talent across the business enterprise and the reinvention of the Human Resources function.

Josh Bersin is a world-known industry analyst, educator, and thought leader in all aspects of HR, leadership, and HR technology.

Josh Bersin is the president and founder of Bersin & Associates, a leading industry research and advisory firm in enterprise learning and talent management. Bersin is the author of The Blended Learning Book from Pfeiffer, and The High-Impact Learning Organization and High Impact Talent Management.

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Thursday Keynote

Simon T. Bailey

Shift Your Brilliance:
Navigating and Flourishing in the Evolving Workplace

You will learn the core principles of how to shift your brilliance. Simon will guide you in discovering leverageable techniques to drive the most value for your organization. As an HR professional, challenge yourself to be a front runner with a forward-looking mindset with upcoming changing landscapes. By the end of the presentation, you will be able to use insights to reposition yourself and companies not just survive but flourish.

Simon Bailey’s purpose is to spark listeners to lead countries, companies, and communities differently. Since leaving Disney he has worked in 50 different countries. Success Magazine calls him one of the top 25 people to help you reach your life goals and puts him in the same category as Tony Robbins and Oprah Winfrey. Simon holds a Master’s degree from Faith Christian University. He was inducted as an honorary member of the University of Central Florida Golden Key Honor Society. He also serves on the board of Orlando Health Foundation of 20,000 employees and the U.S. Dream Academy.

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