Courageous Leaders + Bold Culture

The HR People + Strategy Annual Conference—Courageous Leaders + Bold Culture is an exclusive opportunity for HR leaders to learn from, engage with and exchange ideas with noted business leaders, academics, and each other.

Conference contributors will include senior, results-oriented practitioners, researchers and thought leaders who will explore the complex social, economic and organizational issues that continue to shape how HR supports business and the critical role of HR leaders in driving bold cultures so that organizations can thrive.

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In an intimate environment among influential leaders, participants will benefit from presentations and sessions that offer unsurpassed dialogue and discussion with speakers. 

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Monday, April 8, 8:30 a.m.

Kelly Palmer
Chief Learning Officer

Women & Leadership: The Art of Navigating Headwinds

Monday, April 8, 10:45 a.m.

Despite the efforts of some companies to promote more women, the number of senior female leaders in Corporate America remains stubbornly low. Adam Bryant will lead a discussion with proven leaders, including Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, and Shellye Archambeau, the former CEO of MetricStream, about the headwinds they navigated on their way to the top, their advice for other women, and what companies can do to create cultures that accelerate all talent, regardless of gender.

The conversation will address some of the most vexing questions that women face at work, including: What does it mean for women to have a "voice" in meetings? How can they navigate perceptions around assertiveness, particularly when they are often judged more harshly than men? Is much of the conversation around women and leadership really just about power? What are the most effective tactics to use in the tough situations that women face with stubborn regularity? 


Adam Bryant, Managing Director, Merryck & Co., Former New York Times "Corner Office" Columnist

Shellye Archambeau, Former CEO Board Director, Speaker, and Author

Christine Duffy, President, Carnival Cruise Line

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Aaron Hurst
Chief Executive Officer

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Tuesday, April 9, 8:30 a.m.

Julie Weber
Vice President, People
Southwest Airlines

How Millennial Leaders Create Bold Cultures Through Courage and Connection

Tuesday, April 9, 12:45 p.m.

Bestselling author Dan Schawbel will moderate a panel of four millennial leaders that are featured in his book, Back to Human. They will discuss how to create a more human culture where employees feel they belong, what it means to be human in the face of new technologies, how they deal with difficult challenges with courage and how they promote shared learning in their organizations. HR leaders will learn how to best support millennial leadership development and enable them to be productive, fulfilled and effective in the workplace now and in the future.


Dan Schawbel, Author, Entrepreneur, Partner, and Research Director, Future Workplace


Daniel Gaynor, SVP, Integrated Media Strategy, Weber Shandwick

Jenna Lebel, Vice President, Brand and Integrated Marketing, Liberty Mutual Insurance

Rajiv Kumar, President and Chief Medical Officer, Virgin Pulse

Michael Maxwell, KitchenAid Global Senior Category Leader - Global Leader Program, Whirlpool Corporation

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These interactive working sessions explore in greater depth the business challenges facing organizations.

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Pamela Stroko
Vice President HCM Transformation and Thought Leadership

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Innovation Labs – Not Your Typical Breakout Session!

Immerse yourself in our one-of-a-kind Innovation Labs. Innovation Labs are a hands-on, unique learning-in-action experience where participants will collaborate, explore, customize and create solutions to meet their own business and talent challenges. Led by industry experts, participants will gain a deeper understanding of cutting-edge themes and breakthrough concepts discussed at the conference in an inclusive and interactive learning environment. Participants will challenge themselves to think differently, foster intrapreneurship and innovation, share ideas and engage with peers in exploring solutions to their real-time business challenges.

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Aaron Hurst
Chief Executive Officer

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John Reid-Dodick
Senior Vice President, Culture

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Kristi Broom
Director, Mid-Market Engagement

How HR Can Lift Teams Out of Risk-Averse Traps at Culture-Shaping Moments of Truth

Tuesday, April 9, 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Behavioral economics identifies 12 risk-averse traps - which shut down bold inventive thinking and are inevitable in Volatile Uncertain Complex Adverse (VUCA) conditions. HR is in a unique position to lift teams out of these risk-averse traps - if we approach culture-building like strength and conditioning coaches rather than bystanders or enablers. 

In this interactive fun Innovation Lab, you'll learn to diagnose risk-averse traps in the moment. You'll learn 5 proven validated courage-building steps to lift teams out of risk-averse traps and unlock their inventive potential. You'll see how diverse teams - with courage to challenge each other's hegemony - consistently outperform teams with a strong uniform culture fit and the blind spots that come when everyone sees things the same way. You'll learn how to build the EQ that makes creative abrasion and ever-changing hegemony a performance-enhancer - one meeting, email exchange, performance management review or telecon at a time.


Louise Yochee Klein, Principal, Courage Growth Partners

Merom Klein, Principal, Courage Growth Partners

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A Peer to Peer Learning Experience

It all starts with a braindate. Meet great people and learn new things. Braindates are about sharing knowledge. They are one-on-one or group conversations that you book with other participants while you’re at the conference. Get ready to discover a new way of exploring knowledge.


The HR People + Strategy Annual Conference provides the perfect setting for HR leaders to engage in meaningful conversations that will inspire a new way of thinking. Take advantage of these networking events to meet, reconnect and re-energize with fellow leaders.

The Dine Around provides a unique opportunity to continue the conversation with speakers and colleagues in a small group setting. Space is limited, and seats must be reserved in advance.


In small groups, explore hot topics and trends that are top of mind for HR leaders.


Representatives from the industry’s top firms will be on hand to discuss the latest products and services that can address even the most complex organizational challenges.


Take your Annual Conference experience to the next level!

The 2019 HR People + Strategy Annual Conference and Turnberry Isle Miami provide the perfect setting to enjoy one of the most beautiful treasures in South Florida. Timeless architecture encircles a 100-year-old Banyan tree which sits at the center of this 300-acre tropical oasis. Calming Koi Ponds are a part of the arrival experience, while sounds of tranquil waterfalls and fountains follow your every movement.

Let the 2019 HR People + Strategy Annual Conference and Turnberry Isle Miami be your gateway to everything South Florida has to offer:


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