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7:30-8:15 a.m. | Networking & Breakfast

8:15-8:30 a.m. | Welcome Remarks

8:30-9:30 a.m. | Session 1: An Overview of Deloitte’s 2023 Global Human Capital Trends

Dave RizzoDave Rizzo, National Managing Principal for Talent Strategy and Operations, Deloitte

Deloitte’s research showcases an intensifying combination of economic, social and political issues challenging business strategies worldwide. Each year, Deloitte releases their Global Human Capital Trends that summarizes their research in a comprehensive report for HR professionals.

The 2023 Global Human Capital Trends report highlights new fundamentals for a boundaryless world and how organizations and workers can traverse this new landscape together.

9:30-10:30 a.m. | Session 2: “I want to feel more included, what can I do?”: Embracing Agency for Inclusion at Work

Greg BerkaGreg Berka, Associate Professor & Director of the Master of Talent & Organization Development (MSTOD) Program, Queens University of Charlotte.

Organizations are dedicating resources to create initiatives supporting the workforce’s inclusion experience. Although results are mixed, in many organizations turnover remains high and inclusion feelings are low. This session highlights the role that individuals play in the inclusion experience of themselves and those with which they interact.

If individuals gain more awareness and understanding of what they and others value, they can embrace agency and alter behaviors to support their own and others’ inclusion experience. A self-assessment under development by the session facilitator, called In@Work Orientation, will be shared. In@Work evaluates which dimensions of inclusion an individual values, one’s inclusion motivations including workplace influences, as well as one’s inclusion mindset and actions in the workplace.

10:30-10:45 a.m. | Break

10:45-11:45 a.m. | Session 3: From Boundaries to Breakthroughs: Harnessing AI’s Potential in HR

Teresa SpanglerTeresa Spangler, CEO, Plazabridge Group

This session will provide an insightful overview of how artificial intelligence (AI) can be leveraged to drive transformative breakthroughs in the field of human resources (HR). The speaker will shed light on how AI can help organizations transcend traditional limitations and revolutionize their HR practices by exploring the concept of a boundaryless world and its implications. Attendees will gain an understanding of the various ways AI can be applied in HR, including talent acquisition, employee engagement, performance management, and learning and development.

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Lunch

1:00-2:00 p.m. | Session 4: Thriving Amidst Uncertainty: Strategies for Fearing Less in HR

Darryl BellamyDarryl Bellamy, Jr., Speaker & Author, Fearless Inside

Discover practical strategies to fear less, adapt to uncertainty, and thrive in the ever-changing HR landscape. Gain practical tools to inspire confidence, navigate challenges, and drive organizational success. Don't miss this opportunity to prioritize your well-being, embrace the unknown with resilience, and excel in the face of today's HR challenges.



2:00-3:00 p.m. | Session 5: Organizational Wellbeing: Understanding the Challenges, Optimizing the Opportunities

Kathleen SchulzKathleen Schulz, Global Innovation Leader, Organizational Wellbeing, Gallagher

Organizational objectives continue to change significantly, and swiftly. Issues related to stress and burnout continue to erode wellbeing, resiliency, trust, and employee engagement while concerns around attracting and retaining talent are at an all-time high. What did we learn from the past three years about building workforce resilience and the impact of culture and leader influence on talent and wellbeing (including healthcare costs)? This session will include data and market trends around the connection between culture, employee behavior, organizational risk, and outcomes.

3:00-3:15 p.m. | Break

3:15-4:15 p.m. | Session 6: Why Integration Between HR & PR is More Necessary Than Ever

Chris Ahearn

Chris Ahearn, Founder & Chief Strategist,
Chris Ahearn Strategic Communications

Mike Clement

Mike Clement, Founder, Strait Insights

Ann-Tyler Connell

Ann-Tyler Connell, Founder & Principal,
Drakestone Partners (moderator)

Valerie Miller-Williams

Valerie Miller Williams, CEO & Founder,

In this panel discussion we’ll hear from seasoned corporate communicators and public affairs professionals who will discuss the intersection of corporate culture and public corporate image. In today’s world, integration of messaging across all stakeholders impacts employees and public perception. We are witnessing unprecedented public debate and discourse in areas such as diversity and inclusion, ESG, healthcare, benefits, and many other areas that impact employees and company culture. In this session we’ll discuss how to best drive integration of messaging inside your organization, aligning your leadership, and preparing for public discourse before it occurs.

4:15-5:15 p.m. | Reception | Sponsored by AvidXchange

*Agenda subject to change.

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