Keynote Speakers Sessions

Session Title:  Leadership Transformation and Innovation

Presenter: Janette M. Shimanski, Ph.D., Vice President, Global Talent Solutions, 3M

About This Session: As businesses become increasingly global and the fight for talent intensifies, leadership's role in securing, engaging, and energizing Talent becomes a key differentiator in driving breakthrough innovations. Hear from Dr. Shimanski, VP of 3M's Global Talent Solutions, how 3M is transforming itself to be more competitive in future talent markets to secure the needed workforce by leveraging its Culture of Innovation and its people in new and exciting ways.  In this session, Dr. Shimanski shares how looking at megatrends to predict business needs to align 3M’s talent strategy challenged 3M to think boldly about its talent development and engagement strategies.

Session Title: The Future HR Leader

Presenter: Ram Charan, Business Advisor, Author and Speaker

About This Session: Ram Charan has spent over 35 years working with many top companies, CEOs and boards. In his work with companies including GE, Bank of America, Novartis, EMC, 3M, Verizon, Aditya Birla Group, Tata Group, GMR, Max Group, Yildiz Holdings, and Grupo RBS, he is known for his ability to cut through the complexity of running a business in today’s fast changing environment and for his practical solutions to core business problems. Ram will discuss how HR executives can and should expand their capabilities and redefine their role to make HR a true partner with the CEO and CFO in unlocking the organization's potential and driving business growth.

Session Title: From the Flintstones to the Jetsons: HR’s Role in Transforming a Company from Bankruptcy to Bleeding Edge.

Presenter: Melanie Hughes, EVP, HR, Tribune Media

About This Session: How companies think creatively in planning and execution to achieve their future vision differentiates those that succeed from those that languish and eventually fail. Melanie Hughes tells the story of Tribune Media, a company in bankruptcy with the vision of becoming 167 year old startup. Hughes will share how worked directly with Tribune's CEO to rebuild the organization, infrastructure and culture, enabling the company to achieve its ambitious goals with the Broadcast Content and Digital arenas. 

Session Title: Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation

Presenter: Linda Hill, Author and Harvard Business School Professor

About This Session: Why can some organizations innovate time and again while others cannot?  Leading innovation takes a distinctive kind of leadership, one that unleashes and harnesses the "collective genius" of the people in the organization. Hill will use vivid stories of individual leaders at companies like Volkswagen, Google, eBay, and Pfizer, as well as nonprofits and international government agencies, to show how successful leaders of innovation don't create a vision and try to make innovation happen themselves. Rather, they create and sustain a culture where innovation is allowed to happen again and again--an environment where people are both willing and able to do the hard work that innovative problem solving requires.

Session Title: The Kodak Comeback – how an iconic company is re-inventing itseLf


About This Session: Founded in 1888, Eastman Kodak has navigated industry and market changes better than many other technology companies. In this dynamic session, Jeffery Clarke, CEO, and Mark Green, CHRO, Kodak, will discuss the company’s proud history of innovation in imaging, its challenging years, and the transformation underway to drive renewed profitable growth.

Impacting Business Growth: Insights, lessons and perspectives from today’s CHRO

About This Session: As organizations face change and transformation like never before, it’s vital to understand HR’s strategic role in leading growth and innovation. This dynamic panel of CHROs from a cross section of industries and companies will share how they were able to build credibility as a business leader and contribute to the growth and success of their organizations. In addition the panel will share their perspectives regarding what’s in store and how to prepare for the future of HR.

Moderator: Mark Nadler, Nadler Advisory Services