Masters Series

Our Masters Series is a sequence of provocative sessions presented by globally-recognized business strategists and leaders. Our speakers are experts, innovators, trendsetters and pioneers who will challenge you with ideas and approaches that expand your thinking so you’re more effective and better prepared for anything that may come your way.

5 Ways to Build an HR Team that Doesn't Suck!

Monday, August 31st, 10:15 am - 12:15 pm

This session has been approved for 2 SHRM PDC’s and 2 HRCI General Credits

Talk to any business leader today and they will tell you a horror story on how HR told them what they could or couldn’t do. Business operators don’t like it. And the more we throw a policy manual in the machine, the more business leaders see us as a “speed bump” rather than an ally.

But what is we could change that mentality? What if we focus on propelling their goals forward rather than getting in their way with legal mumbo jumbo (Sorry attorneys). What if we come to the table with ideas and different perspectives rather than viewing the partnership as “opponents?” What if we could build an HR team that thinks like a business owner rather than just recite a policy manual?

What if we could build an HR Team that doesn’t suck?!

This session will explore the different ways you can build the HR team business leaders always wanted, but never knew they needed! By focusing on the “H” in HR, you will also be able to build a team so robust, business leaders will be fighting to have you on their team.

Efrain (Ricky) Baez Jr. MHR, SPHR

Strategic Talent Management; Creating The Right Workforce

Monday, August 31st, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This session has been approved for 2 SHRM PDC’s and 2 HRCI Business Credits

The dynamic environment impacts every organization's ability to fulfill its mission and meet its objectives. Technological revolution, globalization and changing customer demands are altering the type of workforce needed to succeed. Competition for talent makes it necessary to consider alternative strategies for getting the work done. The use of contractors has become a viable option, but requires that their work be effectively integrated with the work performed by employees. Changing knowledge and skill requirements mandate continuous development of current employees or replacing them. HR must demonstrate that the right talent is a pre-requisite for business success and must play a critical role in ensuring the right workforce is in place, doing the right things, in the right way, and producing the required results.

Robert Greene

Measure What Matters: The Ultimate Cheat Sheet To Making People Analytics Relevant

Monday, August 31st, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

This session has been approved for 2 SHRM PDC’s and 2 HRCI Business Credits

Provide HR professionals with the tools, concepts and key skills to select and augment their human capital measurements. Most HR measurements are based upon 50-year-old thinking. It’s time to take the traditional transactional measurements to the next level. One that moves beyond the efficiency of transactions and processes to one employees (whether executives, line managers, employees or vendor) can see real time the effectiveness and impact of their actions.

Denise Cooper

Developing Business Acumen

Tuesday, September 1st, 9:45 am - 11:45 am

This session has been approved for 2 SHRM PDC’s and 2 HRCI Business Credits

HR professionals are continually hearing about becoming a strategic partner and getting a seat at the table. Their CEOs want them to know the numbers and the trends of the workplace. But how can HR professionals be more strategic when they’re so busy handling the details? This presentation offers a solid foundation of what Business Acumen is and how HR professionals can carve out time in their busy schedules to increase this important behavioral competency. Topics covered include (but are not limited to): finance, environmental awareness, and entrepreneurial spirit.

Jennifer Currence, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, ACC

The Future of HR: Strategic partnerships that create acquisition, engagement and retention solutions

Tuesday, September 1st, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This session has been approved for 2 SHRM PDC’s and 2 HRCI Business Credits

What initiatives does HR need to lead for future talent acquisition, engagement, and retention? With more jobs than candidates to fill them, organizations are looking to HR to resolve the issue. So often, supervisors will say, “I never saw it coming”; when one of their emerging leaders decides to leave. What were the warning signs and why did they remain invisible and undetected by the HR and more importantly the Supervisor?

  1. HR will earn instant credibility and sustained confidence with the C-suite by learning how to accurately reflect the true cost of turnover.
  2. Discover how HR can be a catalyst for creating a culture of engagement and accountability on every level of the organization.
  3. Influence leadership and staff at all levels to support organizational change even if they are naturally change-resistant.
  4. Hear real-life examples of companies who have implemented ways to disrupt HR and challenge the way things have always been done.

Colene Rogers, SHRM-SCP

Connecting the Dots: Moving from HR Department to Leadership Table

Tuesday, September 1st, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

This session has been approved for 2 SHRM PDC’s and 2 HRCI Business Credits

HR leaders have to understand the business first - and create alignment between the overall strategy of the business and HR initiatives. Building bridges both internally and externally is a critical component to any leader, and a competency that HR processionals need to actively pursue. In this full or half day conference, we will guide HR professionals through skills needed to engage with the C-suite, understand the mega trends of business impacting their organizations and understand the military focus on a VUCA world that can be embraced to make sense of ever evolving business priorities. And…..understanding the goals of the US Congress, federal agencies and Supreme Court Is changing the landscape for many businesses interacting throughout the US. Finally, we will conclude the day with a system of interaction called mastermind groups to learn how to communicate at the highest levels and engage others in our business.

Lori Kleiman, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

The Future of Employee Experience: Providing Meaning and Fulfillment, Beyond Pay and Benefits

Wednesday, September 2nd, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

This session has been approved for 2 SHRM PDC’s and 2 HRCI General Credits

All recent research has concluded that employees desire fulfillment in their work over higher wages. The majority of millennials claim that they are willing to work for less money if the feel their work has purpose and with millennials estimated to make up over 50% of the workforce by 2021 it is critical to our organizations to focus on employee experience now. Contrary to media portrayals, employee experience is not about free tacos on Tuesdays, ping pong tables, or unlimited PTO. The future of employee experience is rooted in the employee’s emotional connection to their contribution. It will no longer be enough to bribe employees with pay and benefits. Every organization deserves engaged employees and every employee deserves to be engaged. In this session learn how to cultivate a phenomenal employee experience by providing your team with meaning and fulfillment in their role.

Joshua M. Evans