Keynote Sessions

About The Program

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

Title: The Age Of Intelligence
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: TBA

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.


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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