Day 1: Sunday, November 12th

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM Registration

11:15 AM - 11:30 AM Welcome Orientation

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Networking Lunch

1:30 PM - 1:45 PM Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Opening Keynote

1:45 PM - 2:15 PM Transforming Culture by Delivering On Brand Promise from the Outside In

Michelle DiTondo, CHRO, MGM Resorts International
Study after study have shown that organizations with a strong sense of purpose and a well-defined set of values have a more engaged workforce and outperform their competitors. Additionally, research shows that a company’s values can play a significant role in the purchase decisions of their customers. Although this is all the case, many organizations, are challenged with connecting their cultural values with their brand and vice versa, their brand with their cultural values.

Our Opening Keynote will highlight how MGM Resorts International is transforming its culture by looking from the outside in by starting with the question…how do we want our customers to feel about us. The journey started with the Marketing team and evolved into a close partnership with Human Resources to leverage a unique opportunity to transform the culture to align with the brand promise. The presentation will address the following:
  • Outside in approach to culture transformation
  • Role an organization’s culture plays in establishing its brand
  • MGMs journey
  • Aligning Culture with the Brand Promise
  • Connecting the internal brand with the external brand


Michelle DiTondo

MGM Resorts International

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM Business Meetings

2:50 PM - 3:20 PM Business Meetings

3:20 PM - 3:30 PM Networking Break

Plenary Session

3:30 PM - 4:05 PM What do Employees Really Want? Enhancing Employee Experience to Increase Engagement

Jack Morehouse, President and CBDO, Perceptyx
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


Jack Morehouse

President and CBDO

Sponsored by: Perceptyx

Plenary Session

4:05 PM - 4:35 PM Strategic Workforce Planning: Overcoming the War for Talent and Skill Shortages

Paul Baldassari, CHRO, Flextronics

The pace of change in 21st century organizations poses significant challenges to HR Leaders who strive to secure future talent pipelines. Typically, workforce planning begins with the business strategy and its implications for future talent needs: leaders identify internal pipeline gaps and then determine how to fill them.

In this day and age, however, organizations and roles are changing so rapidly that it’s extremely challenging to accurately forecast talent requirements. Some of the biggest challenges include the hyper-competition for talent, new roles that continue to emerge as technology evolves, and the lack of reliable labor data.

This session will showcase successful solutions for workforce planning, that will help CHROs with:
•Tapping into industry data and labor market trends to anticipate new skills and prepare employees of the future
•Integrating retirement planning, skills development plans, and succession management into the mix
•Raising HR's profile inside the enterprise, enabling HR Leaders to play a strategic role


Paul Baldassari

Did you know: 43% of Americans check their phone within 5 minutes of waking up or the average adult checks their phone 47 times per day and that 35% of adults say they check their texts first?

Enhancing your technology approach to the talent market is a growing priority for organizations today. Being responsive to how the talent market responds is essential to maintain brand recognition, candidate engagement and employee retention. Implementing technology that is informative, engaging, and responsive to applicants will provide sustainability and increased interest in your organization and allows you to be a leader in acquiring top talent.


Dean Gendron

Director of Strategic Partnerships
Orange Tree Screening |

Michael Pratt

Director Strategic Partnership Development
Orange Tree Screening

Sponsored by: Orange Tree Employment Screening

HR Tech - Ignite Presentations

4:45 PM - 4:55 PM People Analytics

Sponsored by: Orange Tree Employment Screening

HR Tech - Ignite Presentations

4:55 PM - 5:05 PM Artificial Intelligence in HR

5:10 PM - 5:40 PM Business Meetings

5:45 PM - 6:15 PM Business Meetings

6:15 PM - 9:00 PM Networking Dinner | Entertainment