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May 4, 2016 / Governing Body Private Dinner

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

Creating Your Solar System of Talent

Dinner Keynote 

Roberta Matuson
Author and Thought Leader
"Talent Magnetism"
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Acquiring and retaining out-of-this-world talent is achievable when you know how to create an organization that pulls people into your gravitational field, while simultaneously creating a force field that thwarts others from pulling superstars out of your company. Maximizing talent is the difference between mere survival and phenomenal success. Join in the discussion on how to dramatically improve your ability to attract top candidates, create employee evangelists and achieve organizational synergy. You’ll learn how to quickly identify black holes where you’re losing talent and how to intensify your organization’s gravitational pull. The hiring atmosphere is changing and so must you.

May 5, 2016 / Conference

7:00am - 7:45am

Registration & Breakfast

8:00am - 8:30am Opening Keynote

Bringing Authenticity to Life

Keynote  sponsored by: SkillSurvey

Brigid Pelino
Former CHRO, WestJet Airlines & Tim Hortons
HR Thought Leader
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CHROs have a perspective that spans the entire organization and a unique role when it comes to working with — and influencing — the CEO. With that comes huge accountability in developing and refining the leadership skills for an organization’s top executive. To Brigid Pelino, authenticity is a defining characteristic that enables CEOs to lead through future organizational challenges and to foster a company culture that aligns with business objectives. In this session, Pelino shares her insight on the pivotal CEO-CHRO relationship, her experiences in developing both effective and authentic leaders, and HR’s role in making it all happen.

8:30am - 9:00am

Networking Break

9:00am - 9:50am Breakout Sessions

Climbing the HR Value Curve One Step at a Time

Featured Session 

Bill Matson
Analog Devices, Inc.
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It’s easy to underestimate the investment involved in transforming the HR function into a strategic business partner. But now that they’ve done it, Bill Matson shares how Analog Devices Inc., changed their HR service delivery model, introducing shared HR services, expanding the role of subject matter experts and transforming HR generalists into strategic consultants. After tackling the arduous implementation of a new HR service center, Matson invested in intensive consulting skills and project management training for his HR team, profoundly expanding the services they offer. Matson shares lessons from the journey he started the six years ago.

Appreciate Great Work to Drive Performance and Results

Featured Session  sponsored by: O.C. Tanner

Kevin Ames
Director Speaking and Training
O.C. Tanner Institute
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How do you nurture great work in your organization — work that increases revenue, drives efficiency gains, leads to product innovation and helps strengthen customer relationships? Recent qualitative and quantitative studies have proven the No. 1 driver of great work is appreciation. Drawing from case studies, research and real-world examples, the O.C. Tanner Institute’s Kevin Ames makes the case for developing a valued workforce and equipping leaders with tools for purposeful appreciation. He’ll demonstrate how today’s business success comes when people feel valued for the work they do and offer best-in-class strategies for building a culture of great work.

The Culture Crux – Aligning Employee Mindset With the Company Mission

Executive Boardroom 

Cynthia Ring
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Kawel Laubach
Mohegan Sun
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The evolving workforce places greater importance on company culture, and it’s having a profound effect. Culture is a key differentiator in job selection and a pillar of engagement and performance. CHROs are being called upon to ensure that their workforces and their businesses are operating symbiotically — aligning employee mindsets with the company’s values and mission. How can CHROs quantify and qualify organizational culture? What strategies are being used to institute meaningful cultural change? Attend this session to uncover the tactics Fortune 1000 CHROs are using to drive value to the business through a high-performing culture.

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 25 attendees (seating priority is given to CHROs).
To reserve your seat, please contact:
Kate Hurley, Program Director | Office: 971-271-6877

9:50am - 10:20am

Networking Break

10:20am - 11:10am Breakout Sessions

Welcome to the Hotbed of Talent and Innovation

Featured Session  sponsored by: Optum

Roger Young
SVP HR & Chief Diversity Officer
National Grid
Marcy Reed
National Grid
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Boston’s Innovation District is reshaping the city’s brand, which already rests on a legacy of pioneering intellectualism. For a region that has always been at the forefront of emerging trends, today’s economic landscape of constant change is nothing new. But it is compounding the pressure companies feel to remain competitive — especially when it comes to the war for talent. This interactive session will unearth a compelling dialogue around the future of Massachusetts’ talent scene, and how CHROs are partnering with their C-suite leaders to create employee value propositions that will attract and retain a diverse, mutligenerational workforce.

Boosting Employees' Financial Confidence

Featured Session  sponsored by: Fidelity Investments

Meghan Murphy
Director, Thought Leadership
Fidelity Investments
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Your workforce is faced with a wide variety of financial decisions. Factors like increased student loan debt, quickly changing healthcare choices, and a shift from defined benefit plans to defined contribution plans have led to amplified awareness of the financial decisions many employees face. The stress many employees feel when making these decisions can directly impact productivity, health, absenteeism, turnover and, ultimately, your bottom line. Gain insight on industry trends, hear employee and expert perspectives, and discuss what can be done to help your employees achieve financial wellness today and into retirement.

Workplace Vitality – Creating Workplaces that Attract and Retain Talent

Executive Boardroom  sponsored by: Mars Drinks

Regis Mulot
EVP, Global Human Resources
Staples, Inc.
Krista Blair
AVP, Human Resources
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Tracy Brower, PhD, MM, MCR
Global VP of Workplace Vitality
Mars Drinks
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Workplace vitality describes a workplace that is vibrant, thriving and alive with potential. It is the kind of place that attracts, retains, engages and energizes the best talent. Research shows that the impact of this kind of environment can pay dividends for organizations looking to not only drive higher performance, but to build top-notch talent pipelines. This session aims to identify how the work environment influences engagement, collaboration, well-being and productivity. CHROs will discuss pragmatic solutions for creating a vital workplace that will attract, retain and engage employees of all generations. Join the dialogue, hear lessons learned, and share your own.

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 25 attendees (seating priority is given to CHROs).
To reserve your seat, please contact:
Kate Hurley, Program Director | Office: 971-271-6877

11:10am - 11:40am

Networking Break

11:40am - 12:50pm Luncheon Keynote

Why the Future of Work is All About the Employee Experience


Jacob Morgan
Author & Thought Leader
"The Future of Work" and Co-Founder, The Future of Work Community
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We all spend a lot of time and money trying to create great and meaningful experiences for ourselves. We have certainly all heard about the customer experience, but what about the employee experience? In this keynote address Jacob will explore three environments that create employee experiences: digital (or technology), cultural, and physical. Attendees will learn what makes up these three environments, what some of the world’s most forward thinking companies are doing, and how they can start making changes to their organization’s to focus on the employee experience as a way to attract and retain top talent.

12:50pm - 1:20pm

Networking Break

1:20pm - 2:10pm Breakout Sessions

Engaging Employees to Weather the Inevitable Storm

Featured Session 

Tamah Rosker
VP, Global Human Resources
iBasis, Inc.
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Every story of sustained success includes chapters of hard times when industries face tumultuous change, and companies scrounge for every bit of market share, efficiency and profit. In this setting, employees’ faith flags — obscured by short-term challenges. This is the critical moment to instill the psychological security companies need to ensure organizational resilience. Tamah Rosker shares the shoestring success iBasis achieved in building an emotionally intelligent and connected workplace. iBasis supports a myriad of community-building programs, from charitable work and wellness initiatives to diverse trainings and frequent personal development workshops, enriching the employees’ experience, fostering personal commitment and enhancing motivation through every chapter of their journey.

Rethinking Performance Management – Reward High Performers Without Demoralizing Others

Featured Session  sponsored by: SuccessFactors, an SAP Company

Dawn Runge
HR Business Transformation Expert
SuccessFactors, an SAP Company
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Performance management is challenging because it highlights the reality that all employees are valuable, but some are more valuable than others. This session explores misconceptions about what does and does not work with performance ratings and rewards. Having worked with hundreds of companies worldwide, SuccessFactors shares three key lessons: tailor performance management to your company’s specific needs, create conversations instead of eliminating ratings, and motivate high performers without disengaging others. Take a look at innovations in performance management technology and how it’s changing what’s possible when it comes to supporting this difficult, but necessary, part of workforce management.

The Gold Mine Between the Lines – Analytics-Driven HR

Executive Boardroom  sponsored by: Microsoft Corporation

Jill Andy
SVP, Human Resources
Amica Mutual Insurance Company
Joy McCune
Boston Financial Data Services
Ryan Fuller
GM Office 365
Microsoft Corporation
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Quantifying the people quotient at Fortune 1000 organizations is an ongoing challenge for CHROs, in spite of the vast developments in organizational data and analytics being made in other areas of the business. Yet the power of putting numbers behind people and their performance can be the difference between a thriving business and one that flounders while others innovate. But organizational analytics are evolving to combat HR’s biggest challenges and drive wide-scale transformation. Join this lively boardroom discussion, moderated by Microsoft, to uncover the possibilities of using behavioral data and personal analytics to inform HR initiatives.

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 25 attendees (seating priority is given to CHROs).
To reserve your seat, please contact:
Kate Hurley, Program Director | Office: 971-271-6877

2:10pm - 2:30pm

Networking Break

2:30pm - 3:20pm Breakout Sessions

Creating Competitive Advantage through Workplace Diversity & Inclusion

Featured Session 

Dion Love
Principal, Executive Advisory Services
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More than three-quarters of executives strongly support diversity initiatives, and organizations expect to invest even more into diversity and inclusion in the coming years. But today, employees across the globe continue to believe their organizations are ineffective at D&I. The best organizations address a shared set of key questions in building D&I effectiveness. In this session, your peers discuss how the best companies focus on defining D&I objectives that are relevant across the organization, building diverse and inclusive workforces through more effective sourcing and hiring, and creating more diverse leadership pipelines.

Making Work Human and the ROI of Social Recognition

Featured Session  sponsored by: Globoforce

Neal Bruce
Vice President, Product Marketing
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Culture is driven by many different factors, particularly appreciation and leader respect. CHROs can leverage social recognition to create greater culture unification in the workplace, determine impacts on the business and build a global workplace effect. The use of social recognition technology unites employees behind a specific company vision and targeted priorities, and generates trust in colleagues, managers and senior leaders. Encouraging employees to engage in social recognition programs tied to a company’s goals and values produces a new level of positivity that is proven to have a significant influence on business outcomes and helps a workplace thrive.

Life-Work Balance - The Fastest Way to Your People's Hearts

Executive Boardroom 

Barbara Cona Amone
Wellington Management Company, LLP
Marilyn Hausammann
VP, Human Resources
Harvard University
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Making work-life balance a viable employee value proposition demands that organizations provide wellness options that make a tangible difference in employees’ overall quality of life. As the world of work evolves, it’s becoming more complex — adding pressures to every facet of the organization. The employee experience parallels this trend, with added pressures of increasingly complex lives outside the work environment. The result: employees want value propositions that create a tightly woven fabric between their professional and personal lives. Attend this session and discuss how organizations can become support systems for their employees, ultimately increasing retention.

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 25 attendees (seating priority is given to CHROs).
To reserve your seat, please contact:
Kate Hurley, Program Director | Office: 971-271-6877

3:20pm - 3:40pm

Networking Break

3:40pm - 4:20pm Closing Keynote

Learning in Complexity


Mike Murphy
Head of Executive Development Programs
Google Inc.
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Leadership, by nature, is constantly evolving. Mike Murphy takes this to heart in his role as the head of executive development programs at Google, where mission, transparency and voice guide the unique culture. In today’s technology-driven and increasingly connected world, leaders must thrive despite unpredictable and unknowable conditions. Great leaders are able to be dynamic and agile in the midst of complexity. Murphy and his team encourage leaders to leap into the unknown and embrace adaptive change despite fears of failure or lack of knowable solutions. In this session, hear how Google is preparing today’s leaders for tomorrow’s complex challenges.

4:20pm - 5:00pm Closing Reception & Prize Drawings

Closing Reception & Prize Drawings

Closing Reception 

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Closing Reception & Prize Drawings