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Opening keynote

Jonathan Ferrar

 Vice President Smarter Workforce, IBM,

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Jonathan is a respected influencer in the fields of HR Strategy, Workforce Analytics and the Future of Work. He is an active blogger and speaker and regularly gets asked by clients to advise them on topics related to improving business performance through people.

Jonathan currently leads IBM’s Smarter Workforce Science & Analytics business. This business has over 3000 clients served by 800 people across all major geographic countries worldwide. It is a cloud business with SaaS technology and approximately 150 Industrial Organizational / Business Psychologists bringing a human edge to client engagements.

Prior to this role, Jonathan has five years of HR Strategy, Transformation and Analytics experience. He has led IBM’s internal Workforce Analytics function and delivered HR Strategy projects to CEO level. He has managed global budgets for HR up to $1B.

Overall, he has worked in three different global companies across a twenty five year career. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Cambridge, UK and a Diploma in Human Resources Management from Kingston Business School, UK.

In addition to his IBM responsibilities, Jonathan is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in the UK. He is based in New York and splits his time between USA and UK. In 2014 he was listed as one of the Top HR Analytics Influencers in the world on LinkedIn and is currently writing a book on Workforce Analytics which will be published by Pearson Education in 2H 2016.
In this keynote session, you will learn that there is a tremendous opportunity to transform HR to a strategic role with the application of cognitive analytics.   We will share what thought leaders in the field of HR are doing right now to advise CEOs and drive business results using the cognitive capabilities of IBM Watson.  Once you understand how easy it is to start your own transformation journey, we will discuss the near term roadmap from IBM. These future advancements will augment the human element and experience of HR professionals so they can take actions that matter to the business and bring the best out of their people.

Gamification and Social Collaboration - Proven Keys to Engagement

Becky Sterling

President, CD2 Learning

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Becky Sterling is President and Partner of CD2 Learning and serves as the Chief Sales Officer. Becky has more than 25 years of sales, management and executive experience in the HCM sector. Becky has led companies through start-up, survival, and growth modes. Becky's understanding of the rapidly changing HR technology industry creates high value for CD2 customers, partners, and for the audiences to which she presents. She is recognized as a leader and pioneer in online talent management. Her current area of focus is developing tools and strategies that support and strengthen employee engagement in every company’s unique workforce. Prior to CD2, Becky was President of Global Talent Management for Kenexa, and was on the leadership team of the start-up – Human Resource Innvoations – which was acquired by Kenexa.

Becky will hit the highlights of the following in her session:
-The Benefits of Gamification and Social Collaboration
-Myth - Gamification and Social Collaboration are just for the Millennial Workforce
-Ease of creation/dynamic creation in today's rapid changing information environment
- Effective collaboration practices for globally dispersed workforce
-Revolutionary tracking and in-depth data collection
- Importance of branding a rewards program

Employee Data: Competitive Edge or Edge of a Cliff??

V. John Ella

Attorney at Law
MSBA Certified Specialist in Labor and Employment Law

Jackson Lewis P.C.

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Mr. Ella is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) and a member of the firm's privacy practice group. He has been practicing in the area of employment law for over 20 years and often speaks on the topic of employee monitoring.
Good data about employees can provide a competitive edge. Using new technologies to monitor employees can drive greater engagement, improve efficiency, reduce theft, and bolster the bottom line.  But there are legal limitations to employee monitoring and collecting employee data. This session looks at the hot topics of workplace privacy law and the legal and risky approaches to employee monitoring.


The State of Talent Management

Amber Hyatt

Product Marketing Manager,


Chris Lennon

Vice President Product Management,


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Amber Hyatt, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is Director of Product Marketing for SilkRoad. Amber is passionate about helping HR professionals develop new ways to attract, develop, and retain top talent. Amber is an enthusiastic evangelist about the use of technology to creatively solve the challenges of today's HR teams. During her long tenure with SilkRoad, Amber has consulted with hundreds of customers on talent management best practices

Chris Lennon is the Vice President of Product Management at SilkRoad. He has 17 years of experience in the talent development industry; ranging from a training practitioner to product design and development as a software provider. He led software system design for Gateway, NIIT, Google, GeoLearning, and SumTotal before joining SilkRoad.

Radical changes in HR, from agile performance to analytics, will make 2016 a defining year in the HR world. Job seekers are gaining more power than recruiters and technology is becoming an ever present asset. A recently revealed survey by SilkRoad and analysis done by the University of Chicago will reveal the top 10 study findings; learn what are the biggest challenges facing HR in 2016, and how do we solve them?

Competitive Talent Sourcing for a Competitive Talent Market

Laura Stoker

Executive Director of Global Training

AIRS®, An ADP® Company

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Laura began her recruiting career as a researcher for executive search firms working on international and domestic projects. She has also worked as a Recruiter for J.D. Edwards in Denver and as a Technical Recruiter for EMDS in Brussels. Laura joined AIRS in 2000, and is the international search expert and course developer. Since joining AIRS, she has trained numerous attendees and corporate clients from many different industries. She has also presented AIRS courses to attendees in a number of countries, including the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, and Asia. She spent a year studying at the University of Tubingen in Germany and received her degree from the University of Southern Colorado.
In today’s hyper competitive talent market, the usual recruiting tactics may not always yield the best candidates.  This session will cover best sourcing practices for using multi-media sites, image sharing sites, video sites and more.  The presentation will give attendees some unconventional ideas for sourcing hard to find candidates that may not be found on traditional social media sites.  This session will take attendees on a tour of creative sites for locating the best candidates available today.

Analytics for the Quantified Organization

Ken Deal

SHRM-SCP / SPHR, HR Specialist

Great River Energy

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Ken Deal is an HR reporting specialist with 7 years of experience coordinating, planning, and supporting HR administrative functions. Proud University of Minnesota Golden Gopher with BA and MA Degrees insters in Human Resource Development. His first primary HR role was at the U of M recruiting and hiring for the Department of Recreation. He gained a deeper appreciation for HR generalists after joining the workforce team at Great River Energy. He currently works with the Recruiting and New Hire functions where his work work revolves around managing employee changes in HRIS and custom ad-hoc reporting. Ken is an expert in MS Access and Excel and applies both in his everyday work functions.  Ask him about how data analysis is both his 'hobby' at home and his passion at work

Data can talk if you can ask the right questions.  The goal of this session is to help you think outside-the-box to routinely incorporate data analysis into your work - it's HR Analytics 101. Learn how to tap into mainstream and idle HR data sources and put those numbers to work. We will talk about simple tools and analytic methods that you can use to sort through the wealth of HR data that every company generates every month.   Discover what HR information is likely at your fingertips.

How Employers are Using HR Tech to Engage, Educate and Entertain

Brad Mandacina

Director, HR Technology & Outsourcing Practice

Lockton Companies, LLC

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As Lockton’s Director of HR Technology and Outsourcing, Brad supports his clients with selection and implementation of the optimal mix of HR technology and business process outsourcing to minimize resources dedicated to their non-core business operations such as employee benefits, payroll or talent management.

Employers can call on Brad’s more than a dozen years of experience in human resources and technology to help automate the business processes providing the foundation of their business. As businesses seek to “do more with less,” Brad and his team offer insight into technology direction, vendor management, and assistance with return-on-investment analysis. The HR Technology and Outsourcing Practice serves clients ranging in size from 48 employees to 70,000 employees; the current average client is around 5,000 employees. Areas of specialization include benefits administration, mid-market BPO, payroll and tax, vendor selection, and implementation.r.

Employee engagement is a huge buzzword in the HR and business world, but what does it really mean? As an employer, what can you do to make sure your employees are engaged and performing at the highest possible productivity levels? Don’t worry; you don’t have to do it alone. There are numerous technology solutions available to help you address the issue of employee engagement. This session will introduce you to technology and show you how to leverage that technology to improve and maintain high levels of employee engagement.



HR Technology Evaluation & Selection –Tools & Tips for Small/Medium Businesses

Jacqueline Kuhn, HRIP, Executive Vice President HCM Consulting Services


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Jacqueline Kuhn, HRIP, is an HR professional with over 20 years’ experience in Strategic Planning, Systems Management, Project Management, Services Delivery and General Human Resources. As EVP of HCM Strategic Consulting at HRchitect, Jacqueline oversees the HR systems strategic planning and evaluation and selection practices. Jacqueline spends much of her time with HCM vendors being briefed on new technology offerings, ensuring that HRchitect provides the most current information to clients who are looking for a new solution. Jacqueline enjoys working with organizations to impact their HCM strategies through the utilization of technology.

Looking for your first HRMS?  Looking to add strategic modules like recruiting, on-boarding or performance management? Uncertain about how to get started?  Join Jacqueline Kuhn, EVP of HCM Strategic Consulting Services, for an “HR Technology 101” session designed specifically for small and medium businesses.   Jacqueline will show you how to get started with HR technology – the basics of an HR technology strategy, an overview of the types of solutions and vendors in the marketplace today, and tips to optimize the effectiveness of your human resources department through your HR technology.  Jacqueline will walk you through the basics of identifying your requirements, show you how to organize your team and sponsors, give you an overview of the vendor evaluation & selection process, and offer best practices to manage the implementation process.  The goals for this session are to make sure that you understand how to choose the best-fit HR technology for your organization and that you're delivering real benefits to the business. Whether you’re or looking at HR technology for the first time or are upgrading from an outdated system, this session will give you the methodologies that work for SMB's

3 Ps of Talent Acquisition

 Mary Faulkner

Head of Talent Acquisition and Management at Denver Water

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Mary Faulkner is a talent strategist and business leader with over 10 years experience in helping organizations achieve their goals. After working on the Operations side of start-ups and small companies, Mary landed in HR by way of learning and development, with extensive experience in leadership and organizational development, coaching, key talent planning, performance management, business partnering, HRIS, process and policy creation, and instructional design. In addition to her work within companies, Mary authors a leadership development blog  ( to continue the dialogue around the challenges of leadership – both  being a leader AND being led. 

Everyone has heard of the “3 Ps of Business” - People, Process, Product. This model applies to Talent  Acquisition as well.  In this session, we will examine the current state of Talent Acquisition today - trends, challenges, and opportunities - by framing the topic around the 3 Ps.


The Affordable Care Act: Clear as Mud!

Angel Hower

CHRS, AIAA, AIRC, ACS, ACA Product Lead, Businessolver

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Angel has been in the insurance industry for over 15 years, and in the past few years has been very heavily involved in ACA product development.  She is currently leading development of Businessolver’s ACA StatusTracker & Compliance suite. She has current certifications as:  CHRS (Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist); AIAA (Associate Insurance Agency Administration); AIRC (Associate Insurance Regulatory Compliance); ACS (Associate Customer Service).

Did you know there are over 14 million words in the Affordable Care Act? You’re facing a book of ACA rules and regulations and deadlines and everybody seems to interpret the requirements differently. A confusing mess. But ultimately, everyone’s got to help get things cleaned up. Can you say that you are 100% confident in your ACA compliance solution? Time to Clarify & Simplify Your ACA Responsibilities.

Building a Magnetic Culture: How to Attract & Retain Top Talent to Create an Engaged, Productive Workforce

Kevin Sheridan

New York Times Best Selling Author, Building a Magnetic Culture

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Kevin Sheridan is an Internationally-recognized Key-Note Speaker, a New York Times Best Selling Author, and one of the most sought-after voices in the world on the topic of Employee Engagement. Kevin’s premier creation, PEER , has been consistently recognized as a long-overdue, industry-changing innovation in the field of Employee Engagement. His first book, Building a Magnetic Culture, made six of the best seller lists including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. He is also the author of The Virtual Manager, which explores how to most effectively manage remote workers.

Kevin is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conventions, including those hosted by the National Society for Human Resources Management, Harvard Business School,, The Human Capital Institute, the American Hospital Association, Chicago SHRM, and HRMAC. He regularly conducts Leadership Development workshops on Employee Engagement, virtual workers and remote work, generational differences in the workplace and the challenges they place on Employee Engagement, Workplace Culture, Talent Attraction and Retention, Employee Communication, Onboarding, and a wide array of other Human Capital related topics. .
To become the best in the business, it is essential to employ the best people. But how do employers build a staff that is ready and able to take an organization to its next level? Inspired by the best-selling book, this inspiring keynote focuses on how to attract talented employees to the workplace, empower them, and sustain an environment in which they are more likely to stay.

Improv: Adding Ideation, Innovation, and Inspiration to your Organization!


Rebecca Warren

HR Consultant, Mesonplas LLC

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Rebecca has been in and around the talent acquisition space for 10+ years at a variety of organizations in both permanent and consulting roles. She owns two businesses, Mesonplas Talent Solutions and Ms. Teria’s Murder Mysteries. She is passionate about creating goals and strategies, developing plans and resources, and maximizing results for organizations. She also loves cycling, hockey, food (and posting pictures of it on social media!), her family, and giving back to others.

You can tell your team and your hiring managers that innovation is vital. That storytelling and really listening is key to connecting and communicating. That working together and supporting one another is the backbone of any successful team...and company.

Understand how Tina Fey’s 4 Rules for Improv can help you work with, build, and strengthen leaders in your workplace.  Take home a list of exercises, tools, and resources that you, your team, and your hiring managers can start using tomorrow!






How Organizations are Transforming Current-state to Future-state HR Technology Plans.


Stacey Harris

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Stacey Harris, former research executive with Bersin & Associates and Brandon Hall, is Vice President of Research and Analytics for Sierra-Cedar, in charge of Sierra-Cedar’s Annual HR Systems Survey and Research function.  

A leading member of the HR practices and technology research community since 2007, she launched Bersin & Associates HR research practice and conducted groundbreaking research on High-Impact HR organizations, enterprise HR technologies, and key practices across the talent management spectrum. Her research and consulting work afforded her the opportunity to work with large global companies around the world such as McDonald’s, Lockheed Martin, Cisco, Credit Suisse, Scotia Bank, and Pfizer on a variety of mission-critical talent initiatives. Prior to joining the research community, Harris led multiple HR, Talent Management and Learning initiatives as both a leader and practitioner. A frequent speaker and facilitator at HR events in the U.S. and abroad, Stacey loves a great conversation and interesting questions – feel free to stop her anytime for a good discussion.
Now that we’ve seen a shift both from vendors and buyers towards Cloud/SaaS Core HRMS solutions, the real foundational questions turn to the enterprise HR Cloud. These solutions may include talent, Workforce Management, Payroll, and Core HRMS, as well as emerging technology solutions. Can organizations achieve the desired transformational outcomes with hybrid environments? Can organizations manage regional requirements and global data privacy issues in Cloud environments? These are the foundational questions organizations are facing today. We’ll share insights into how they are addressing these questions and their outcomes.

Closing Keynote

Chris Amsellem

Smarter Workforce IBM

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Chris is the technical sales leader for IBM's Talent Analytics team and joined IBM through the Kenexa acquisition. With Kenexa, he's managed pre-sales consulting team for the Learning group as well as the Talent Management team where they meet with customers about the benefits and technical features of the Smarter Workforce portfolio. Prior to the Kenexa acquisition, he was a Marketing Manager and product evangelist with OutStart. Prior to this, he was the Project Director at a media agency having a background in video and multimedia production. Chris also holds a Masters of Education in Instructional Technology from the University of Georgia.;
Through the Power of Watson Analytics, see how any HR data can deliver data-driven answers to workforce questions. Hear how IBM combines cognitive analytics with deep HR expertise to deliver a powerful, end-to-end talent analytics solution. HR professionals, using this power of cognitive computing can, easily explore workforce data by simply as asking questions, confidently predict outcomes and share the results broadly to gain alignment.

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