Allison Vaillancourt

VP of Business and Human Resources
University of Arizona

Allison M. Vaillancourt, Ph.D. serves as Vice President of Business Affairs & Human Resources at the University of Arizona where sh also holds faculty appointments in the UA School of Government and Public Policy and the Honors College. Under her guidance, the University of Arizona has been nationally recognized for building a community of leaders, creating an inclusive organizational culture, offering award-winning work/life programs, and harnessing the wisdom of faculty, staff, students, and community members to inform policies, programs, and administrative simplicity initiatives. She writes about career and organizational culture issues as a regular Chronicle of Education contributor.

She currently serves on the Association of American Universities Human Resources Institute board of directors, College and University Professional Association for Human Resources' (CUPA-HR) National Public Policy committee, and Western Association of College and University Business Officers' Business Management Institute Faculty. She is also a past national chair of CUPA-HR's national board of directors and past president of the Society for Human Resources Management of Greater Tucson.

Allison received a bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degree in public policy and administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado-Denver’s School of Public Affairs. She began her career as a journalist and fundraiser before joining higher education.



8:20 AM HR 2.0 – The Path to Success

Today’s CEOs expect CHROs to be strategic partners and advisors, who can speak the business language from the perspective of talent strategy and talent data. With the economy largely becoming more knowledge-and service-based, talent has become a company’s most important resource and value-driving force. The opportunity for game-changer CHROs is to prescribe actions on the people side that will add real value to the business – actions which should be grounded in technology and predictive analytics, proving the ROI on human capital initiatives. 

This inspiring discussion will focus on a forward outlook of CHROs, starting now: what the key components of a forward-thinking leader that will help shape the new organization in the years to come.

Topics will include:
•Creating the blueprint of next-gen leadership
•Working with multi-geographical, knowledge-based, and inter-generational workforces
•Agile application of big data for key decisions 
•Implementing new technologies to increase HR impact
•Leveraging predictive analytics to help re-design the organization of the future
•Championing a culture of transparency, empowerment and digital enablement