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. 

The Expertise Economy: Up-Skilling and Re-Skilling the Workforce in the Age of Acceleration, Automation, and Digitization

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

Join the co-author of The Expertise Economy and former CLO of LinkedIn to discuss how progressive companies are shifting how they think about learning and work, and completely re-thinking their employee development strategies and technology ecosystems for business impact & innovation.


Kelly Palmer, Chief Learning Officer, Degreed

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

Susan Podlogar, Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, MetLife, Inc.

Shifting from Engagement to Fulfillment

Monday, April 8, 1:15 p.m.

Imperative leads global research on purpose at work. In late 2018, they released a major study in partnership with PwC and CECP on purpose and fulfillment replacing engagement as a new metric for success. The study polled more than 2,000 employees and profiled dozens of executives to gauge their perception of fulfillment versus engagement, understand their current fulfillment at work, and examine the performance implications of being fulfilled. Aaron will share the study's powerful implications on future
HR strategy and unveil concrete examples of how organizations are shifting their HR practices around fulfillment.


Aaron Hurst, Chief Executive Officer, Imperative

A Bold Approach: How Courage can Shape your Culture

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

Southwest came from a crazy idea on a cocktail napkin and three aircraft serving three cities to the nation's largest carrier. It's taken (and continues to take!) boldness and courage to do things our own way. We're a little quirky. We've zigged when others have zagged. But we know who we are, and we've never wavered from our People-centric philosophy.

For nearly five decades, Southwest Airlines' world-famous Culture has created a loyal following with happy Employees translating to happy Customers and happy Shareholders—a philosophy that has proven to be a formula for success.

Join Julie Weber, Vice President and Chief People Officer at Southwest Airlines, to learn how infusing a little courage and boldness in your existing culture can make all the difference. 


Julie Weber, Vice President and Chief People Officer, 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

Disruption and Radical Innovation: Driving Business Results and Shareholder Value through D&I
David L Gonzales, Global Chief Diversity OfficerBristol-Myers Squibb

The CEO and CHRO Partnership: Bold and Courageous Efforts to Align Business and Talent Transformation

Wednesday, April 10, 10:00 a.m.

As organizations evolve and innovate to stay competitive, it requires a keen focus on people as a key driver of the overall business strategy.  It isn't a one-size-fits all and it requires a strong alignment between the CEO and CHRO to determine what people strategies will enable the organization to succeed.   

In this session, you will hear how Carlos Migoya, President & CEO and Julie Staub, CHRO of Jackson Health System in Miami, made the people strategy a priority, despite deep financial challenges.  With healthcare changing at a rapid pace and becoming more consumer-centric, Jackson's future and turnaround required significant culture transformation.  You will hear a powerful story of how a strong partnership between the CEO and CHRO is changing the face of Jackson and making it an everlasting, vibrant part of the Miami community.


Carlos Migoya, Chief Executive Officer, Jackson Health System

Julie Staub, Chief Human Resources Officer, Jackson Health System

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

Wherefore Art Thou All Our Women High-Potentials?

Monday, April 8, 3:00 p.m.

Women's leadership today invites questions and compels courageous and bold "Calls to Action" that leaders can take to improve the number of talented women in leadership pipelines.

You may be asking: Why aren't more women in top leadership roles?  How do we go about identifying more women for high-potential lists?   If women represent such a significant portion of the workforce at lower management levels, why aren't they ascending to the upper ranks – what are the issues that need addressing?  How may I use my power and authority as a leader to help my organization become more gender inclusive?

Even if your organization has well-developed processes, it does not mean that you are protected from the stereotypical thinking that may creep in during implementation of policies and practices. In this interactive session you will learn more about the actions you may take to identify and address the hidden challenges in talent management, leadership development, and reward systems to achieve greater gender inclusion.   

**Title of Walker Award-winning article appearing in People + Strategy Journal, Winter, 2018.


Anna Marie Valerio, President, Executive Leadership Strategies

Tailoring the Talent Management Process

Monday, April 8, 3:00 p.m.

Upon completing a cycle of enterprise risk management, the CEO and board of directors at Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) were spurred to formalize talent management processes across the organization. They turned to Lynn White, executive vice president, chief talent officer, to research, select and implement a program. As White learned more about the tools available, she quickly realized that none would be a good fit for NCLH. White's solution: develop a customized talent management system that fit the organization's culture. Leader assessments, talent development, and succession planning were the areas that needed the most innovative solutions.


Lynn White, EVP, Chief Talent Officer, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

Are You Bold Enough to be a Talent Magnet Leader?

Tuesday, April 9, 10:15 a.m.

We hear every day about the hypercompetitive talent market.  Finding and keeping the right people to sustain and grow the business is critical to an organization’s success.  Yet, why are some organizations thriving and others finding it challenging to attract and retain great talent?  Leaders make all the difference.  How do managers and supervisors become great talent leaders? 

It takes boldness to be curious and to continually learn and grow as a leader—in this session, you will learn how micro-actions help you develop the capabilities to become a Talent Magnet leader…. how designing your team for passion and high performance can help you deliver extraordinary results… and finally, discover the practices that can help you deliver great experiences for your employees and customers.

Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it (Goethe)….come and join us, be bold…find your genius!

Pamela Stroko, Vice President, HCM Transformation and Thought Leadership, Oracle

The Inside Gig: Unleashing Organization Capacity & Performance

Tuesday, April 9, 10:15 a.m.

Only the most courageous HR leaders who are looking to unleash the capacity of their organization to improve productivity and innovation should attend this session.  Change in the abstract is easy, but fundamentally changing your talent operating model is hard – but well worth it.

This session will describe a bold new talent operating model that helps organizations to operate in a more agile manner, and allows your employees to bring their best selves at work, while offering a platform to encourage continuous reskilling to prepare your employees for the changing skills required by your organization. Come learn how you can apply the concepts from the gig economy, inside of your organization.


Edie Goldberg, President, E.L. Goldberg & Associates

Why Bold, Brave Cultures Will Drive More Value Than Sales For Businesses of the Future

Tuesday, April 9, 10:15 a.m.

In the past 15 years, 52% of Fortune 500 companies have disappeared. As executive teams have become aware that no business is insulated from increasingly competitive global markets, they've realized (or will soon realize) that their one lasting competitive advantage is their bold, brave culture.

Simultaneously, the best employees have noticed their companies need them more than they need their companies. So they have new demands. If their demands aren't met, they will leave (or never come). If their demands are met, they will drive and inspire next-level performance.


Daniel Jacobs, Founder and CEO, Avanoo

Driving Business Outcomes through Sustainable Human Capital Management: Inclusion and Diversity Play a Leading Role

Tuesday, April 9, 10:15 a.m.

Today's investors, boards and senior leaders are driving superior business  outcomes for their organizations by focusing on sustainable human capital management that combines desired culture and the Talent Value Proposition with inclusion and diversity efforts to create a superior talent experience. Organizations that achieve a sustainable human capital model improve overall talent wellbeing, organizational resiliency, engagement and productivity. , Inclusion and diversity (I&D) plays a key role in a sustainable model: organizations with high I&D ratings are more likely to be successful in new markets and improve their overall market share. In this session, hear how a commitment to I&D sends messages to current and future employees about your organization's belief in employing talent from all walks of life, improves thought leadership and drives innovation and growth. Learn the must-have tenets of a healthy company culture that will ensure I&D success to create a differentiated talent experience, business performance and overall brand advantage.


John Bremen, Managing Director, Human Capital & Benefits, Willis Towers Watson

Laura Sejen, Managing Director, Human Capital & BenefitsWillis Towers Watson


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.

Design Thinking Fulfillment at Work

Monday, April 8, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

We know what fulfillment is, we know that employees prefer it to engagement, but how do we create it in our organizations? In this innovation lab, Aaron Hurst will lead participants through design thinking exercises aimed at finding and eliminating barriers to fulfillment at work.

We'll start by identifying barriers using your organizations as examples, and then begin to workshop solutions to these barriers. The solutions will be based on the 5 levers of change as mentioned in Aaron's book, The Purpose Economy: Policy, Public Perception, Research and Data, Disruptive Technology, and Bright Spots. You will leave the innovation lab with concrete next steps that you can take in your organization to create a
more fulfilled workforce. 


Aaron Hurst, Chief Executive Officer, Imperative

How to Operationalize Culture: Lessons from the WeWork Experience

Monday, April 8, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Founded in 2010, WeWork is now in 99 cities and 26 countries, serving 400,000 members across 400 locations globally. Originally focused on supporting start-ups, freelancers, and small businesses, enterprises now comprise more than 30% of WeWork's members.

WeWork's mission is to create a world where people make a life, not just a living, and it focuses on shaping the future of work, including making culture a priority - for itself and for its members. Recognizing that culture essentially is an output, WeWork developed a "Culture Operating System" or "cultureOS' to identify the inputs that most profoundly shape culture.

This session will share an overview of WeWork's business, describe some of the key trends shaping the future of work, and explore how a more modern approach to the workplace can help companies evolve their cultures and make their employees more fulfilled. 


John Reid-Dodick, Senior Vice President, Culture, WeWork

The Skills Quotient: A Formula for Closing the Skills Gap from Within

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

There isn’t a CEO in the world today who can answer for the skills of their organization. Just as Net Promoter Score (NPS) gave a common framework for customer satisfaction, leaders have long needed that type of solution for skills. That is what Skills Quotient (SQ) does; it introduces a common non-proprietary framework that every company can use to compare the job skills required to the skills possessed by individuals and teams across the entire company. It elevates the practice of talent and skills measurement from the middle of the organization to the C-Suite, giving every CEO a way to confirm the skills within their organization.


Kristi Broom, Director, Mid-Market Engagement, Degreed

Build Courageous Cultures. Break the Grip of Risk-Averse Traps to Multiply Value-Creation

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

In this fun interactive Innovation Lab, you'll come away with practical ideas you can take home - now - so your HR function builds courage - and shapes an inventive-thinking, take-initiative entrepreneurial bold culture from the middle-out and bottom-up, as well as the top-down. 

You'll learn to identify the 12 risk-averse traps that stifle initiative, inventive thinking and entrepreneurial spirit, especially when you bring diverse teams together to solve complex out-of-the-box problems. And you'll learn how HR can steer teams out of those traps, with our own courage in VUCA conditions - and with action learning and a proven 5-step roadmap that turns high-potential innovators into engaging uplifting change-makers who drive adoption.

Whether you're the CHRO for a fast-growing entrepreneurial company that needs to retain the initiative and inventive thinking that got you where you are - or are a key HR leader in a mature company that has to throw off the shackles of risk-averse traps to innovate and drive margins - you'll see how the way you ennoble and deploy high-potential can be key to shape the culture you want and need


Louise Yochee Klein, Principal, Courage Growth Partners

Merom Klein, Principal, Courage Growth Partners

More speakers coming soon!


A Peer to Peer Learning Experience

You're coming to the 2019 HRPS annual conference to meet great people and learn about new things. But how do you spark those meaningful conversations? It all starts with a braindate. 

Braindates are about sharing knowledge. They are one-on-one or group conversations that you book with other participants while you’re at the 2019 HRPS annual conference.

It's simple:
  1. Book your braindates as soon as the Braindate platform is launched on March 25.
  2. Once you get to the annual conference, you'll meet your braindates at the Braindate Lounge (one-on-one meetings) or in the dining area (group meetings). Our learning concierges will be ready to great you! 


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.


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.


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