June 24, 2015 / Governing Body Private Dinner

6:00pm - 8:30pm Governing Body Private Dinner

Being Chief

Dinner Keynote 

Rick Miller
Author, "Being Chief"
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Rick Miller has a simple message about a complex topic: being a chief in pressure-filled jobs is a challenge, so how do you excel in spite of the environment? Miller will share the pragmatic roadmap he followed at AT&T and Lucent, where he built a reputation as a turnaround specialist that focused first on people, rather than finances, to deliver results. He has spent the last 7 years working with chiefs across varied disciplines and industries to help them break through their leadership challenges. This session will explore a proven and very practical strategy to be the most effective chief you can be.

June 25, 2015 / Conference

7:00am - 7:45am

Registration & Breakfast

8:00am - 8:30am Opening Keynote

Bridging HR to the Business Side

Keynote  sponsored by: SkillSurvey

Bob DiMuccio
Chairman, President & CEO
Amica Mutual Insurance Company
Jill Andy
SVP, Human Resources
Amica Mutual Insurance Company
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A strong union between the CEO and CHRO is a crucial component in every enterprise — it’s a partnership with the potential to be the driving force behind successful change management and the foundation for long-term human capital strategy. But for some HR leaders, questions remain: What attributes are CEOs looking for in their HR leaders? How can HR executives become a trusted confidant and achieve the business goals set forth by leadership? Join this session as Bob DiMuccio and Jill Andy provide answers to these questions and share how they developed a trusting, collaborative relationship to elevate HR and impact the organization.

8:30am - 9:00am

Networking Break

9:00am - 9:50am Breakout Sessions

Strategic Wellness – Growing More Than Just the Bottom Line

Featured Session 

Jane Borkowski
VP, Human Resources & Organization Development
Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.
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With increasing healthcare costs and some astounding statistics indicating that a change in behaviors were needed, Jane Borkowski and her benefits team built a strategy to drive its wellness program to boost employee health awareness and focus on the key health cost drivers. As the wellness program hits stride, it’s also becoming a calling card for the organization, bolstering its employment brand for a new generation of talent. In this session, Borkowski shares her path to gaining C-suite participation and financial endorsement, leveraging vendor partners to focus on areas having the most impact, and how wellness is becoming rooted in the company’s culture.

The Power of Thanks – Social Recognition Fueling Workplace and Culture

Featured Session  sponsored by: Globoforce

Eric Mosley
Co-Founder & CEO
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A more human workplace, one defined by recognition and employee happiness, has quickly moved from “nice to have” to a crucial operative for HR leaders. With employee turnover emerging as the biggest challenge facing HR, cultures that are susceptible to low retention rates are at a risk. In this session, Globoforce CEO and best-selling author Eric Mosley discusses how crowdsourced, bottom-up feedback can reshape the thinking about employee performance and reward structures. He’ll also share strategies on how social recognition builds employee trust, strengthens culture, fuels actionable talent analytics and drives business results.

M&A Strategies – Because It’s Not Always a Marriage of Equals

Executive Boardroom 

Robin Boudreau
VP, Human Resources
The Kraft Group
Christine Carmody
SVP, Human Resources
Eversource Energy
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When it comes to M&A from an HR perspective, it's not always a "one size fits all" approach to integration and change. The role HR plays in the planning and execution of merger integration is critical to delivering on the strategic intent of the deal. Join this boardroom session to discuss how the HR function impacts M&A strategy and execution, leads change, and drives results.

9:50am - 10:20am

Networking Break

10:20am - 11:10am Breakout Sessions

Global Consistency Leads to Success

Featured Session  sponsored by: Optum

Robby Sisco
SVP, Human Resources
Cabot Corporation
Wes Perry
Global Strategic Recruiting Manager
Cabot Corporation
Susannah Robinson
Director, Human Resources
Cabot Corporation
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Companies operating on a global scale have a sizable challenge when it comes to centralizing HR processes and systems. It’s difficult — but essential — to maintain global consistency, especially when aligning a recruitment platform that meets compliance needs in multiple countries and continents. At Cabot Corporation, Robby Sisco and his team recently worked through the pains of centralizing their recruitment process, which entailed customizing technology and engaging the impacted employees speckled across the planet. This session will detail how Cabot’s strategy is leading to efficiencies across the board, creating a foundation for the future and resulting in big-time cost savings for the company.

The Ultimate Competitive Advantage to Attract and Retain A+ Talent

Featured Session  sponsored by: TINYpulse

Chuck Johnson
Founder & CIO
Jim O'Neill
Chief People Officer
Shobin Uralil
VP, Operations
David Niu
Founder & CEO
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Learn how leading organizations — from HubSpot to Vestmark to Retroficiency — leverage their company culture to attract and retain top talent. Experienced leaders share how they continually measure and improve their culture to outcompete their rivals. The importance of culture will only intensify as millennials flood the workplace and become 50 percent of the workforce in 2020 and then 75 percent in 2025. Join this session for practical tips, lessons learned and insights to enhance your culture to differentiate your organization from the competition.

10:20am - 11:10am

Disrupting How Enterprises Get Work Done

Game Changer  sponsored by: HourlyNerd

Rob Biederman
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The on-demand economy is changing how we do business. Join Rob Biederman as he discusses how technology enables companies to flexibly leverage the right resources exactly when you need them — and never when you don’t.

This is the first of two concise and compelling 15-minute presentations during this breakout session. Each brief, high-value presentation will extract a leading best practice or a breakthrough industry solution with tangible takeaways.

HR From Around the World – Let’s Unite!

Game Changer 

Regis Mulot
EVP, Global Human Resources
Staples, Inc.
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New HR models require leaders to take risks, push boundaries and embrace failure as part of innovation. Join Regis Mulot for the importance of adapting and reinventing today’s human capital framework.

This is the second of two concise and compelling 15-minute presentations during this breakout session. Each brief, high-value presentation will extract a leading best practice or a breakthrough industry solution with tangible takeaways.

11:10am - 11:40am

Networking Break

11:40am - 12:50pm Luncheon Keynote

The Core of Leadership – Appreciation and Authenticity


Mike Robbins
Author & Thought Leader
"Nothing Changes Until You Do"
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Relationship building is paramount for business leaders, especially in today’s fast-paced, globalized world. Executives who are self-aware, genuine, honest, and even vulnerable, create a culture where trusting relationships thrive and teams are motivated to focus on what truly matters. Join Mike Robbins as he exposes the most vital characteristics of being an exceptional leader — appreciation and authenticity. These key qualities unify and inspire teams to achieve goals and drive high performance. Robbins shares practical strategies for communicating with impact, building authentic relationships, and leading teams that bring out the best in themselves and others and generate measurable results.

12:50pm - 1:20pm

Networking Break

1:20pm - 2:10pm Breakout Sessions

Great Work – How to Make a Difference People Love

Featured Session  sponsored by: O.C. Tanner

David Sturt
Executive Vice President
O.C. Tanner Institute
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In today’s competitive marketplace, organizations need to draw differentiating ideas and solutions from every employee. Innovation can come from anyone, anywhere. But are employees making all the contributions they’re capable of? How do HR executives support cultures where innovation and great work — from idea conception to delivery — thrive? In this presentation, New York Times best-selling author David Sturt will reveal insights from the largest-ever study of award-winning work. He’ll share five researched practices that every employee, team and leader can use immediately to make a difference and drive improved results.

Evolution Not Revolution – Redesigning Performance Development

Featured Session 

Bill Garrett
Executive Director, Human Resources
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Bill Garrett believes that organizations need to see their people in terms of their future potential not their past performance. Three years ago, this philosophy triggered Garrett to initiate conversations with a new leadership team, where they determined the existing performance management system needed improvements to better align with the new vision for the organization. Garrett led MIT on a patient, multiyear journey building on the best characteristics from their existing policy, while integrating more continuous two-way feedback between employees and managers. Join this session as Garrett shares how evolving this process to be more future-focused is resulting in a simpler, more effective performance development process.

Financial Fitness – A Pillar of Employee Wellness Initiatives

Executive Boardroom  sponsored by: Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Barbara Cona Amone
Wellington Management Company, LLP
Rick Martino
VP, Human Resources
Bose Corporation
Sylvie Feist
Director, Financial Guidance Services Executive
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
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Organizations are seeing serious ROI on wellness programs, whether it's through reducing high-cost medical claims or enhancing a company’s culture and employment brand to target the next generation of workers. Financial fitness is a strong weapon in an employer’s talent arsenal and can play a big role in overall employee wellness initiatives. Join this executive boardroom session to discuss how employee financial health is reshaping holistic wellness programs and ways HR is leveraging these initiatives to engage today’s top talent.

2:10pm - 2:30pm

Networking Break

2:30pm - 3:20pm Breakout Sessions

Focusing on Talent to Deliver Breakthrough Performance

Featured Session  sponsored by: PwC

Susan Sullivan
Practice Leader, Talent Innovation
Eliana Zem
SVP, Human Resources
Diageo North America
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Global megatrends clearly tell a story: There will always be tension between businesses, the marketplace and talent, and to maintain a healthy balance and be competitive, CHROs must focus on syncing their talent strategy to the business. Eliana Zem believes the first step is to incorporate leadership principles, which promotes the integral alignment with company leaders and talent needs. In this session, Zem will be joined by Susan Sullivan, who will share results from PwC’s 2015 CEO Survey. They will highlight core talent challenges, ways to develop strategic talent solutions, and uncover new capability models for hiring and building leaders.

The Business of Diversity – Reaching a Fundamentally Different Consumer

Featured Session  sponsored by: Fidelity Investments

Joe Nedder
EVP, Human Resources
Fidelity Investments
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Diversity is a critical component for organizations as they innovate and adapt in today’s fast-changing business climate. One path to increased workforce diversity is attracting and engaging millennials, a generation that was inherently raised with a broad perspective and exposed to a globalized world. Joe Nedder is leveraging millennials not only to promote diversity, but also to help Fidelity target and understand an evolving consumer base. In this presentation, Nedder details how they are connecting with these important constituents, ways they are embedding the mindset of this generation into company DNA, and how the resulting workforce diversity is helping drive business results.

Working Toward True Inclusion and Zero Bias

Executive Boardroom 

Donna Kimmel
SVP, Human Resources
Renée Richardson Gosline
Assistant Professor of Marketing
MIT Sloan School of Management
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Companies are addressing diversity and inclusion challenges, but how much progress is being made? Their intent is good, yet recent methods may not be promoting a workplace of true inclusion at an accelerated pace. Employees naturally gravitate toward their own constituency, creating small groups to tackle the issues. To truly build a network where diversity is inclusive, organizations must open up the connections across diverse groups collaborating toward common goals. Join this boardroom discussion to hear strategies for breaking down gender and ethnic silos, and how HR can mitigate unconscious bias to foster an inclusive workplace.

3:20pm - 3:40pm

Networking Break

3:40pm - 4:20pm Closing Keynote

21st-Century Boston


Marty Walsh
City of Boston
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Mayor Marty Walsh is excited for the task at hand: Build on Boston’s strengths and bring the city into the future. His priority is integrating innovation and technology to serve as catalysts for workforce development, and Walsh is bringing together local business leaders, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, economists and thought leaders to help make Boston the leading center for business development and innovation globally. Join this keynote to hear Walsh’s vision for Boston’s 21st-century workforce, and how the city is enhancing an already thriving ecosystem of creative work spaces, strengthening the economy and creating good jobs.

4:20pm - 5:00pm

Closing Reception & Prize Drawings