November 11 - 13, 2018
The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, Scottsdale, AZ

Sunday, November 11, 2018

9:30 am - 10:00 am Registration

10:00 am - 10:15 am Welcome Orientation & Speed Networking

10:15 am - 10:25 am Thoughtexchange Welcome

10:25 am - 10:30 am Chairperson's Opening Remarks

10:30 am - 11:10 am The Role of HR In Powering Positive Accountable Culture Change

Christine Deputy - CHRO Nordstrom
Ask a handful of HR practitioners what their top challenges are, and many will say, “HR’s Role in Developing Organizational Culture!” And each will have a differing opinion about just what an attractive “company culture” looks like. Nordstrom’s culture is centered on creating an environment where their people feel supported and empowered. During this session attendees will learn how HR can:
·         Redefine and maintain a company culture 
·         Overcome the challenges to resistance
·         Review specific examples on how company culture impacts your bottom line 

Christine Deputy


The single biggest constraint organizations face in capturing the opportunities of this economic revival is talent. In periods of rapid change and tight labor markets, the idea of a talent strategy has never been more salient. Globally, employers report the highest talent shortage since 2007! This session will provide a variety of strategies and tips for preparing for a skills shortage and retention strategy.   
·         Take a look at the hardest skills to find and hear how companies are addressing their current and future gaps
·         Hear how nontraditional solutions like the gig economy, automation, remote work and “grow your own” are making their way into modern workplace talent and retention strategies
·         Focus on adaptability to apply workforce skills in a different way
·         Utilize analytics to help bridge the talent deficit
·         Highlight effective succession management strategies 

Stevens Sainte-Rose

Chief HR & Transformation Officer
Dawn Foods Global


Daniel L. Goldblatt

SVP, Human Resources
Acuity Bands Lighting, Inc.


Matthew Owenby


11:50 am - 1:10 pm Brunch & Networking Activity

1:15 pm - 1:45 pm Driving Business Outcomes Through HR Transformation

1:50 pm - 2:20 pm Business Meeting

2:20 pm - 2:50 pm Business Meeting

2:50 pm - 3:10 pm Networking Break

3:10 pm - 3:50 pm Practitioner Roundtable Discussions

Earlier in the Exchange, we collected your insights and challenges in the L&D space using the Thoughtexchange social learning tool. During this follow-up session, you will have dedicated time to sit with your peers and develop an action plan to conquer one of four top challenges. 

3:50 pm - 4:20 pm The Most Common Mistakes That Kill Employee Engagement...And How to Avoid Them

We have all heard how many “actively disengaged” employees there are in the workforce. Despite years of companies trying to drive engagement, the number of disengaged workers hasn’t changed much, if at all. Why is it that most employee engagement programs don’t show results? Employees want to be heard; they want to be valued and they want to make a difference. Employers want – in fact, need – productive, engaged workers. Perhaps there is a different way to think about employee engagement.
In this session we will share a transformational approach to employee engagement that actually works. These simple and effective methods can yield engagement and performance improvements broadly across the organization. Be prepared to learn:
  • The key link between engagement, performance and success (both personal and business).
  • The single most important… and often overlooked… element in employee surveys
  • The most common mistakes companies make before, during and after an employee survey and how to avoid them

4:25 pm - 4:55 pm Business Meeting

4:55 pm - 5:25 pm Business Meeting

5:25 pm - 5:40 pm Networking Break

Master Class

5:40 pm - 6:25 pm The Data-Driven CHRO: Improving the Effectiveness of Talent Analytics
HR Analytics has come a long way. From a boring cumbersome process to a highly anticipated business necessity that is vital to running a high performing company. Employers getting it right are focusing on measuring diversity, gender pay, skills gaps, labor utilization, retention rates, and even organizational network analysis. In this session, attendees will learn how to:
·         Highlight the most effective type, nature, and level of data to analyze
·         Review the different methods for capturing data  
·         Learn how to set up and sustain an effective talent analytics as a business disciple
·         Maximize ROI from your analytics investment 


5:40 pm - 6:25 pm Designing The HR Function of Tomorrow: New Delivery Models & Competencies


6:25 pm - 6:40 pm "Great Recruitment Marketing - Great Recruiting Results!"
During this Ignite, attendees will understand the critical role employer brand plays in differentiating your organization in the market. You will learn how to leverage recruitment marketing strategy to meet and exceed your recruitment goals and learn how to build the business case to gain the approval necessary to launch an employer brand/recruitment marketing program. 

6:55 pm - 7:25 pm Cocktail Reception

7:25 pm - 7:55 pm Dinner