Building Extraordinary Organizations—Human + Digital Collaboration

We live in an age where technology is shaping the way people live and work. From automation and AI to team collaboration, leadership, and social media, digitalization is creating unique expectations from employees and unprecedented challenges for HR. Today's employees are adapting, learning, and growing alongside this massive technological shift, and increasingly, they expect their work experience to match their life experience. 

The proliferation of new business models has placed an emphasis on technological pivots, while the implications of this sea change are impacting with leadership and human resource practices. Collaboration and teamwork will be the norm for organizations that want to thrive. Building effective teams—where collaboration, diversity, and agility are the drivers to excel—will lead organizations' business success. 

To thrive, HR leaders must lead the strategic areas driving organizational success to develop holistic approaches that will optimize human and digital collaboration to transform people's lives inside and outside of work.

The HR People + Strategy Annual Conference: Building Extraordinary Organizations—Human + Digital Collaboration will discuss the vital role of HR in leading the convergence of people and technology to build extraordinary organizations and the key elements shaping employees' work expectations.


Josh Bersin
Principal, Bersin By Deloitte
Deloitte Consulting LLP
The Rise Of The Individual In The Future Of Work 
Monday, April 23     
8:30 A.M. – 10:15 A.M

Description: Organizations today are struggling with significant new issues: becoming digital, embracing citizenship, improving the employee experience, and redefining jobs, careers, and the organization itself. All these changes are symptomatic of something much bigger: the rise of the individual. In this research-based presentation, Josh Bersin, Principal and Founder, Bersin by Deloitte, will describe these trends and show companies how they can embrace the new world of business, where individuals and society drive

Jonathan Mildenhall, (former) Chief Marketing Officer 

Mark Levy
(former) Chief Employee 
Experience Officer

Monday, April 23     
10:45 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

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Tanya Moore
Director, IBM Career & Skills
IBM Corporate Headquarters

Artificial Intelligence is Helping Employees Shape Their Careers 

Monday, April 23    
1:15 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.

Our world continues to change at blinding speed, and as the world changes, so does the talent market. Employees expect their work experience to be consistent with their consumer experience - simple, engaging, and personalized. They also report that careers and career progression are the #1 priority when selecting and staying with an employer. On the flip side, employers are finding it harder and harder to find the talent they need, and to keep their talent engaged. These trends require employers to take a new approach to careers. Hear how IBM is reinventing the career experience with artificial intelligence, providing each employee a personalized cognitive career coach to guide them each step of the way. 

Beth Simonetti
Executive Vice President & CHRO
Tech Data Corporation 

The Employee Lifecycle in the Digital Era 

Monday, April 23   
1:15 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.

Description: Do you remember when your company corporate reputation was based on what was said about you in the newspaper? How about when hiring happened with newspaper ads, mailed in resumes and on-site interviews? On-boarding was an employee handbook and development meant going to a class. Digital Transformation may be the latest buzz word but it's happening and it impacts all aspects of the employee lifecycle. Our success lies in whether we're able to adapt, evolve and thrive in this new era. 

At Tech Data, an industry transforming acquisition has been the catalyst for their evolving strategy and Beth will share how they are mirroring this in their HR strategy and impacting every aspect of the employee lifecycle. Digital Transformation does not have to mean "high tech" but it does mean "better, faster, more effective." As a golden thread of the HR strategy, Beth will demonstrate how digital transformation is weaving its way through the employee lifecycle at Tech Data. 

Rob Cross
Professor of Global Business 
Babson College 

Greg Pryor
Vice President, Leadership & Organization Effectiveness

How Leading Organizations Drive Engagement, Innovation and Performance Through Network Centric Practices
Tuesday, April 24     
8:30 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.

Description: The collaborative intensity of work has exploded over the past decade making networks of both formal and informal relationships increasingly how organizations create value and drive innovation. However, most leaders and HR professionals have only a vague idea of these networks and often don't consider the possibility of trying to manage to boost engagement, innovation and productivity. Too often the knee jerk reaction of restructuring or simply placing more collaborative demands on employees through intricate matrix based designs or new collaborative tools is the wrong one. Based on 20 years of work across more than 300 organizations this presentation will show how leading organizations employ network centric talent processes with direct impact on business results. 

Leena Nair
Chief HR Officer

How Being More Human Will Accelerate Growth- And Build A Better Business
Tuesday, April 24   
1:00 P.M. – 2:15 P.M.

Description: That the world is changing is old news: The future lies in whether we're able to adapt, evolve and thrive in a world where uncertainty is the new certainty. Defiant in the face of apocalyptic theories surrounding a "jobless future" in which robotics rule the world, Leena Nair offers an altogether more optimistic alternative, arguing that now- more than ever- is the time that business must become "more human."

Far from replacing people skills, innovation will, (as it has always done throughout history), unlock new human capabilities to meet the demands of this new world. Delving into neuroscience and proven data, Leena argues that as HR leaders, our primary responsibility is to understand people better. Only by recognizing human's unique needs and capabilities- then enhancing and empowering them with disruptive technology- will transformative breakthroughs happen. Placing this philosophy at the heard of everything she does at Unilever, Leena demonstrates how purposeful people have the ability to drive purposeful businesses and purposeful brands that outperform competitors- and thrive in our newly connected world. 

Kevin Dooley
Head of Human Resources
 Deutsche Bank 

Ami K Shah
Vice President, 
Deutsche Bank Labs, Strategy, and Innovation

Innovation at Deutsche Bank
Wednesday, April 25     
8:30 A.M. – 9:45 A.M.

Description: In this session, you'll hear how Deutsche Bank is using Innovation Labs as a catalyst for cultural transformation. During his 18 years with Deutsche Bank, Kevin Dooley has held a variety of human resources and communications roles around the world, and has driven the HR agenda for many of Deutsche Bank's business lines. Kevin and his Innovation Lab colleague Ami Shah will discuss how their collaboration is leading innovation at Deutsche Bank. 

Zoe Harte
Vice President, Human 
Resources and Talent Innovation  

Architecting the Future: Putting HR in the Driver’s Seat for Workforce Innovation
Wednesday, April 25     
10:00 A.M. – 11:15 A.M.

The workforce is changing rapidly. HR is under increasing pressure from business leaders to realign their talent strategies with evolving business objectives. Seventy-seven percent of HR managers agree that companies that don't evolve their hiring strategies are at a competitive disadvantage.

To adapt to the changing nature of work, HR leaders are innovating their talent acquisition strategies to include a more flexible workforce. Roughly half of HR teams are utilizing freelancers to increase organizational effectiveness and achieve bottom-line results. In doing so, they're taking on the broader role of business strategist. With better insight and visibility into total talent supply, HR is able to make more informed decisions about human capital investment.

For years, HR leaders have been told they need to earn their seat at the table. That is no longer the case. Today, HR leaders sit in the driver's seat with a more strategic place at the table for business decisions driving innovation and change across the organization. By strategically leveraging a flexible workforce to increase capacity and fill critical skills gaps, HR is powering businesses to expand and grow into new markets.

In this session, Upwork's SVP of HR and Talent Innovation Zoe Harte will discuss:

  • The trends re-shaping HR and the future of work
  • Why HR teams are evolving their workforce strategies to embrace more flexible teams
  • How the role of HR must evolve to adapt to the changing nature of work
  • Key areas where HR can make the most impact in driving innovation and change


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Stan Duncan
Chief Human Resource Officer
Raymond James Financial 
Betting On Human Advice
Monday, April 23   
3:00 P.M. - 4:15 P.M.

Description: In a business where individual advisors and personal advice are the business, the threat of artificial intelligence could easily seem to outweigh the benefits, especially as new "robo-advisors" enter the industry. Stan Duncan, CHRO for Raymond James, a diversified financial services firm whose core business is providing wealth management through approximately 7,300 professional advisors, will share the company's unique approach to helping advisors marry the best technology with the personal relationships necessary to support complex planning needs of clients. 

Dan Ward

Officer Chief Workforce Economist
The MITRE Corporation

Celia Durall
Chief Human Capital Strategies & Assessments Division 
Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Kristin Bertelli
Chief of Support & Enterprise Hiring 
Central Intelligence Agency 
Mission Critical: The U.S. Intelligence Workforce Of The Future

​Monday, April 23    
3:00 P.M. - 4:15 P.M.

Description: In 2014, the Director of National Intelligence launched the US Intelligence Community's (IC) Human Capital Vision 2020.  It set three common focus areas for all agencies involved with Intelligence work: Shape an Effective Workforce; Embrace Continuous Learning; Embed Agility, Innovation, and Inclusion  

This shared vision has guided major modernization and innovation efforts across the 17 components of the IC.  The three panelists will describe the success of this initiative and how new technologies have enabled the Agility, Innovation and Inclusion work that is now characteristic of America's intelligence workplace.  

 The last half of this session will be an interactive discussion with attendees sharing their own insights to build on the panelists' perspectives.  

Vince Molinaro

Global Managing Director
Lee Hecht Harrison

Leadership Accountability- What It Really Takes To Transform A Company 

Tuesday, April 24      
10:30 A.M. - 11:45 A.M.

Companies across all industries are facing unprecedented change today. Many need to transform to remain relevant and viable. The key to success will lie in a company's ability to engage leaders to help drive organizational transformation. The challenge, however, is that this is much easier said than done. This session will provide practical insights on what really works when you need your leaders to step up in new and different ways.

Stacy Shamberger
Executive Vice President
Skyline Group International 

Tuesday, April 24      
10:30 A.M. - 11:45 A.M.

Description: Coming Soon!.

Heather Whiteman
Head of People Strategy, Intelligence & Operations
General Electric (GE) Digital

GE's Digital Industrial Transformation 

Tuesday, April 24     
2:45 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Description: Join Heather Whiteman as she discusses how GE has been transforming from an industrial company to a digital industrial company through integrated talent  management practices focused, advanced analytics and a strategic implementation of talent planning. Heather will share an in depth look into the strategies implemented and the resulting successes, challenges, learnings, and road ahead. 


Innovation Labs – Not Your Typical Breakout Session!

The new Innovation labs are not your typical breakout sessions! Immerse yourself in our one-of-a-kind Innovation Labs. Innovation Labs are a two-hour, 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.

Sally Thornton
Founder & CEO

WorkLabAccelerator – Applying Innovation Sprints to Make Work Better

Monday, April 23, 3:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Description: This two-hour interactive session will discuss and apply design thinking, lean startup methodology, and storytelling skills in fresh ways that you can use to align the employee experience with the customer experience. Oh, and it’s a lot of fun. Because work can be delicious if we design it to be. Learn why Airbnb, Mozilla, Deloitte, PlumOrganics, Modsy, and others (some we can’t mention – you know how it goes) are leveraging this framework not only in how they develop fantastic products for their customers, but how they build better work experiences for their own teams. (Also, Sally gives out chocolates, so that’s worth your time right there.

Ruslan Tovbulatov

Director of Corporate Product & Partnerships
Thrive Global
Monday, April 23, 3:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Description: Coming Soon!

Rob Cross
Edward A. Madden Professor of Global Business
Babson College

Personal Networks of Successful People: How High Performers Innovate, Execute and Thrive at Work Through Purpose Built Networks
Tuesday, April 24, 2:45 P.M. - 4:45 P.M.

Description: Rob will interactively share network strategies that distinguish successful people as well as a set of tools and resources that his consortium has created and made available to help companies take action on the ideas.  The research is based on hundreds of interviews and thousands of data points captured during more than twenty years of work with over 300 leading organizations.  The session will explore these dimensions and then specifically how leading organizations are bringing the ideas in to promote on-boarding effectiveness, decrease attrition, support diversity and inclusion strategies, enhance leadership development and help manage executive transitions.

Additional Innovation Lab hosted by ​Willis Towers Watson, details coming soon!

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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.


Continue the conversation with speakers and colleagues in a small group setting. Space is limited and seats must be reserved in advance.


Enjoy this opportunity to explore in small groups 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 advantage of this unique opportunity to network with your peers from across the profession and industries.


Kick off the conference by mingling with fellow attendees, speakers, and partners. 


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