8:00AM - 9:30AM


10:00AM - 10:45AM


Amplify Your Influence

Description TBD. 

We are thrilled to have Rene Rodriguez open the conference. Rene is an entertaining, powerful, and thought provoking speaker. For the last 20 years, René has researched and applied behavioral neuroscience as a dynamic keynote speaker, leadership advisor, world class sales expert, and renowned speaker coach. Yet, he believes that we are only scratching the surface of what is possible and that every profession can benefit from fully engaging human mind/brain. A captivating, high-energy speaker, Rene is in high demand for annual events, conventions, and keynote speeches. He has shared the stage with the likes of Tony Robbins, George W. Bush, Magic Johnson, Ken Blanchard, and Jeffery Gitomer to name a few. 

10:55AM - 11:25AM


Multi-Generational Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Different generations working alongside one another in the workplace can present challenges to both employees and supervisors. Exploring multi-generational work styles and perspectives can provide insights into ways that different age groups can collaborate with each other more efficiently and effectively. The purpose of this session is to highlight D&I best practices that can help business leaders leverage generational differences to promote collaboration and productivity within their organization. Our presenter - Angela Thompson, Regional Vice President for UPS - will additionally tie in her experiences at UPS to provide examples of these D&I best practices as well. 

Angela Thompson

Vice President, Human Resources



11:25AM - 11:55AM


Inspiring a Continuous Learning Culture In An Instant Answer World

This talk examines the role of First Line Managers in cultivating a culture that inspires continuous learning goals. 


Areas of focus include: Approaches for HR and Learning groups to motivate and equip these leaders to drive this business imperative; Perspectives on  balancing priorities between current skills and preparing for the future; Isolating how and when to get to depth in topics where the tendency is too much content and too short attention spans among learners.  It will close with a brief thought challenge on the evolution of learning delivery tools, roles of coaches, and use of gamification and recognition to achieve outcomes.

Mike Dallas

SVP Global Head of Employee Experience


11:55AM - 12:25PM


Trust – Let’s talk about Trust and how it’s critical to the success of every workplace.

Example - when calling Wayfair to discuss a purchase and having difficulty applying a promo code, the customer service rep who answered the phone not only applied the 10% off but did so without having to put me on hold and consult with her “manager.”  What message did that convey to me?  Wayfair trusts and empowers their people to make decisions.  By empowering and trusting their employees, they expedite transactions (productivity) and increase loyalty (customer satisfaction). Lesson learned and noted. At Mohawk, we work each day to empower our people and extend trust. Easier said than done with a dynamic group of leaders, each with different experiences, training and backgrounds. During our time together in Orlando, we’ll discuss the essence of trust and how to use it as a differentiator in your cultures and provide you with tools and conversation starters to get the ball rolling.

Alicia Kirkby

Chief People Officer

Mohawk Global Logistics

12:30PM - 1:00PM


Authentic Leadership: Servant Leader First . . . Professional Second.

Based on my combined 35 years of leadership experience in the Marine Corps and in the business world, I’ve come to the inescapable conclusion that servant leadership is the heart of authentic leadership. We are all called to lead in our own lives, across the spectrum of our lives. We can either answer that call, or turn our back on it. When we choose to lead, we are filling a gap that no one else can fill. To lead authentically, we must first define ourselves as servant leaders, serving our teammates, our teams, and our organizations, as human beings and as professionals, in the direction of our shared mission. I will share my conclusions and place a personal challenge in front of those who attend.

Sean Georges

Senior Vice President, Human Resources and In-House Counsel

Shoe Carnival

1:00PM - 1:45PM



Lunch available for purchase.

1:45PM - 2:15PM


How HR Leaders Can Maximize Their Influence In the Boardroom

HR leaders know that their organizations can benefit tremendously by truly and fully leveraging their people. Yet too often HR leaders don't get the budget they need to unlock the full potential of the organization’s people. The only way to get the budget you need to turn your people strategy into the full blown competitive advantage it should be is to learn how to maximize your influence in the boardroom to fully enroll other executives in your people strategy. When you join us for this executive roundtable you will have an opportunity to discuss with your HR leadership peers the communication, education, and mindset shifts that need to happen for you to gain the strongest possible influence in the boardroom.


Key Takeaways: - Best practices for maximizing your influence with other senior executives - Insights into the mindset, communication, and education shifts you may need to make to best influence all key stakeholders in your people strategies - Tips for how to construct a solid ROI based business case for maximizing enrollment in your key initiatives - Immediately actionable advice from your peers on what has worked well and what has not worked well in gaining executive buy-in on their people strategies


HR Technology – Future of Learning

What is the future of learning? How are people learning right now? Open discussion on what trends people are seeing in HR on how to properly get people information they need. Let’s discuss how people go about getting the information they need now and how we in the industry can help them get that information more easily. What technology are people using right now? What tools will be used as we get deeper into the digital age? Virtual reality, augmented analytics and artificial intelligence?

Mike Reedy 



Daniel Kimble


Resonance Executive Coaching

2:15PM - 2:45PM


Navigating Today’s Disrupted Workforce

The challenges of attracting and retaining top talent are changing more frequently than ever. We all deal with four distinct generations of workers complicated by societal, family and priority issues competing for employees’ time and attention. In the midst of these growing fragmentations, learn some unique perspectives on what commonalities are involved and ways to leverage those to mitigate the “choppy waves” that seem to keep coming!


Driving and communicating organization culture change; top down, or bottoms up? Communications Process and timing?

If you’re not growing you’re dying.

In an ever and more rapidly changing world, all organizations need to purposefully drive culture change to achieve their objectives.

During this interactive and informative workshop Rich will share and facilitate best practices from Danaher and participant companies on organization culture change best practices including;

  • Developing and driving a “Shared Purpose”, “Employee Value Proposition” or “Brand which motivates and associates and candidates

  • Aligning leaders and teams in a global organization through values, systems and processes.

  • Engaging associates and building trust when driving change.

  • Listening to and leveraging associate “Brand Ambassadors”.

  • “Re-skilling” and/or Changing Leaders and associates to ensure alignment and capability for the future.

  • Leveraging Communications tools including Social Media and other Technology to ensure the right messages are delivered and received.

Jason Brown

Chief Marketing Officer

Marketplace Chaplains

Richard Wachter

VP, Human Resources, Videojet & Product Identification Platform

Danaher Corporation

2:45PM 3:15PM


The Rise of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) And Its Influence On Organizations In The Future

We will discuss HR’s role in sustainability and governance and what we should be disclosing about our workforce and practices. Sustainability is also essential in attracting and retaining talent, with our employees, especially millennials and Gen Z, playing an increasingly important role in shaping organizations’ culture and practices.


Employee Engagement - More Than Just An Annual Survey

Spectrum Health is leveraging its employee engagement tool on a quarterly basis to hear from its employees. Leaders are proactively taking action in response to the results and feedback.

Melanie Hughes

Chief Human Resources Officer

Moody's Corporation

Ovell Barbee

SVP Human Resources and Diversity Officer

Spectrum Health

3:30PM - 4:00PM


Building a High Performing Great Place to Work, in the Context of Offshoring Business Operations to India

I will discuss the offshoring strategy for our back office to Pune, India and how we balanced the employee relations implications of maintaining a domestic workforce while leveraging the significant labor arbitrage gained from an India based workforce.

Corey Heller

Executive Vice President, Business Development & Chief Administrative Officer

UA Brands

4:00PM - 4:30PM


Recommendation To Your CEO: Eliminate Your Human Resources Department.

What would happen if a top tier consulting firm like McKinsey or Deloitte came to your CEO and made that suggestion? What would be their basis for making that recommendation? What would your CEO say? How would you counter?

Jonathan Canger

Senior Vice President, Talent Management 

Marriott Vacations Worldwide

4:30PM - 5:00PM


The Genoa Healthcare Story: Enabling High Growth & Transforming HR

This session will provide a case study examination of the transformative impact of human resources within a high growth health care organization.  Discussion points will include top grading talent and hiring for excellence, leading teams through periods of change, creating and enhancing business partnership within a distributed field operations business, building accountable learning & development programming, and identifying the right technology strategy to enable organizational scale to occur.  Also presented will be a framework for how to holistically evaluate the skills and capabilities of an HR function as well as a simple methodology for building & creating an HR strategy that aligns with business needs.

Michael Walters

Executive Vice President Human Resources

Genoa Healthcare

5:00PM - 7:00PM


  • Open Bar

  • Light Food

  • Networking

  • Live Entertainment




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