Keynote Sessions

About The Program

Title: Using Foresight And Agility For An Uncertain Future Of Work
Speaker: Marianne Jackson, eBay
Date and Time: Sunday, October 22 4:30 PM-6:15 PM
Description: The future of work has become a compelling and prevalent topic among HR professionals. But as futurist and author William Gibson says, "The future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed." So how do we as HR leaders know when and how to respond to what might seem like speculations? What signals should we look for and how can we plan in a way that our companies will value? This session will take a look at eBay’s response to disruption and discuss how HR leaders can use foresight and agility in planning for an uncertain but optimistic future of work.

Title: Disruptive Forces In HR: Gathering Storm Or Golden Opportunity?
Speaker: David Fairhurst, Executive Vice President – Chief People Officer, McDonald’s Corporation
Date and Time: Monday, October 23rd 9:00 AM -10:15 AM
Description: With waves of disruptive change battering established business practices, HR can choose to either weather the storm, or seize the opportunities shaped by these changes. As McDonald’s continues to revitalize its business in markets around the world, it is leveraging the power of external change to accelerate the creation of new ways of working and thinking. In this session, David Fairhurst will share how this is being achieved, and how the key learnings can be applied to organizations of all sizes and across all sectors.

Title: Transforming Your Workforce For The Digital Era- An HR Perspective From GE Digital
Speaker: Jennifer Waldo, SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, GE Digital
Date and Time: Monday, October 23rd 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Description: Talent is foundational to success in today's digital revolution. How can organizations reconfigure their people strategies, from recruiting and compensation, to learning and culture, to meet the demands of an ever-changing, digital landscape? This session examines lessons learned as GE Digital has grown from small, software incubator in the Silicon Valley to a leading global player in the industrial internet.

Title: Disruption: New Approaches from HR
Date and Time: Monday, October 23rd 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Description: In this session you’ll hear from three HR thought leaders on how they’re confronting disruption in their organizations. The session will end with a moderated discussion with presenters.
Speaker: Jilly Atherton, Chief Human Resources Officer, National Nuclear Laboratory
Description: This session will shine a spotlight how the UK’s National Nuclear Laboratory Executive Team and Board came to decide to redesign its business vs. implementing more traditional solutions. The session will include a rare and real look into the months before the kick-off of the redesign with true-to-life behind the scenes dynamics, along with number of fragmented symptom-addressing fixes. This session will provide a real glimpse into the role of strategic HR providing the audience with a new waterline regarding the role HR could play in driving the business and influencing change with the top team. Topics covered can be completely audience driven after the overview, they will be free to explore, query and dialogue with the presenter.
Speaker: Craig Allars, Vice President, Human Resources, Functional Transformation, Honeywell
Description: TBA
Speaker: Josh Greenwald, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, TIAA
Description: TIAA has been the industry leader in Not-For-Profit retirement solutions for nearly 100 years. Intense competition, rapidly evolving customer expectations, consistent feedback from employees and a constrained ability to grow and scale into new markets, TIAA is embarking on a multi-year journey to transform and simplify its core operating platform. At the heart of this transformation is shaping a culture movement to embrace simplicity in everything they do. Learn how TIAA is leading a cultural movement to be simple, fast and flawless.

Title: How the Age of Intelligence is Changing Human Resources
Speaker: Paul Humphries, President, High-Reliability Solutions, FLEX and Paul Baldassari, Chief Human Resources Officer, FLEX
Date and Time: Monday, October 23rd 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Description: The world has fundamentally changed from one where great products and processes ruled the day to one where digitization and automation require new business models that respond faster and with more agility. Innovation is on the rise, information is freely available and the cloud enables the Intelligence of Things. The future requires companies to connect the dots for customers in ways they never have before. Flex is leading the way by designing and building intelligent products for a connected world. Meanwhile, the world of work has also changed. Employees expect meaning through work, technology-enabled productivity and flexibility. Flex’s HR team has evolved to support these trends and elevated the conversation from transactional to transformational. We are putting in place autonomous teams that work on innovation cross-functionally; we empower our leaders with real-time data analytics; and we own a global citizenship mission with a focus on pulling people out of poverty.

Title: Navigating The Journey To Transparency And Candor
Speaker: Sallie Larsen, Managing Director, Chief Human Capital Officer, LPL Financial
Date and Time: Tuesday, October 24th 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Description: A culture of transparency is possible when leaders can get real, employees have the license to be their authentic selves and everyone has a forum to engage and speak their truth. When an organizational framework promotes open access to people and varying perspectives, a digital communication strategy becomes the accelerant to promoting your culture by aligning internal and external stakeholders.

Title: HR Next: Creating the Future World of Work
Speaker: Michael Ehret, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Medical Devices Commercial Franchises, Johnson & Johnson
Date and Time: Tuesday, October 24th 10:15 AM -11:30 AM
Description: The world of work is changing rapidly, and technological advances are permeating all aspects of the way we interact, live and work. The implications to the workplace and the workforce are enormous. Because of this consciousness, and the increase in knowledge and information available to all of us, Human Resources functions must work proactively to address the complex equation we are facing. The three human capital platforms that will be discussed are the Future World of Work, Employee Experience, and Digital HR. There may never have been a better opportunity to get ahead of this issue. And never a greater risk of inaction.


Unprecedented and accelerated waves of disruptive change are rendering conventional management and HR approaches insufficient, and in many cases, obsolete. The norms we have operated under have been rendered impractical and irrelevant. The forces confronting businesses—from social media, changing political boundaries, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other technologies, and shifting workforce expectations—have left business leaders in unchartered territory. New ways of thinking and bold calls to action are the order of the day.

As a result, leaders are developing new solutions to guide their organizations through these tectonic shifts:
  • A differentiated workforce. As advancement in AI and machine learning technology grows, new responses are necessary as the definitions of human capital and labor continue to evolve. What promise does a blended workplace hold? How will it influence leaders, employees, and strategy development? Are there losers and winners in this new workforce model?
  • Digital transformation. Our increasingly digital world has forced leadership teams to change the way they operate—from strategy development to workforce operating models to customer service and interaction. Employees are necessarily challenged to perform work differently. What are the central challenges? How do you transform your organization? What mistakes can be avoided?
  • Increased candor and transparency. Leader and organizational transparency have been accelerated by greater openness on social media, different generational expectations, and an increasingly diverse global news media. What is the real impact of this on employee engagement and customer satisfaction? Does this change how we think about competitive advantage? Does this impact privacy considerations?
  • Social responsibility and business ethics. Ethical and socially responsible leadership still seem illusive, even as they become even more important in today’s global workscape. Providing leadership has never been more complicated as globalization and politics intersect. With today’s open communication channels, all companies are “public,” and there is a high cost to getting it wrong. Why does ethical conduct remain an ongoing challenge? How do leaders navigate what impacts their businesses and their employees?

These shifts require courageous action. Preserving the status quo increases risk. New models and accelerated organizational change are the antidotes to continuous disruption.

Join us October 22–24 in San Francisco at the 2017 Strategic HR Forum. Hear how top business and thought leaders are navigating this turbulent and uncertain territory, and discuss new and practical approaches designed for the challenges presented by ongoing disruption. Learn how the disruptive forces of today’s business environment can be turned into advantages and business successes. No matter what business you are in or the size of your organization, strengthening your effectiveness amid unprecedented workplace uncertainty is the most important challenge facing you today.

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