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Session Type Key:

  • General Session
  • Navigating the Legal Landscape Track
  • Creating the High Impact Organization Track
  • Advancing the HR Leader Track

Pre-Conference Session: March 29, 2017

LEADING UNDER PRESSURE: USING EQ TO DRIVE PERFORMANCE AND IGNITE INFLUENCE

LEADING UNDER PRESSURE: USING EQ TO DRIVE PERFORMANCE AND IGNITE INFLUENCE

It’s been two decades since Emotional Intelligence was first introduced to mainstream business. Why are we still talking about emotional intelligence?  Does EQ really impact the ability to lead and make decisions when the stakes are high and is it a good predictor of success of leaders and organizations?

In this engaging and informative session, two leading speakers will share research which establishes the business case for Emotional Intelligence, demonstrate the competitive advantage of EQ in a global marketplace and its impact on organizational performance.

Based on the New York Times bestselling book, Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When It Matters Most, Keynote speaker, Bill Benjamin will provide the research highlights of the seven year study of 12,000 people and the insights learned from the 10% performers about their pressure moments and situations, and effective strategies to be your best under pressure.

Keynote, Charity Hughes will share her recent and most relevant HR research for our local region based upon a 2016 study of EI and transformational leadership for HR professionals.  She will answer the question of whether managing emotions is the key to the ability to lead and whether it is a good predictor of success.

Through the presentations, interactive learning activities and a panel with industry leaders, participants will be provided with the latest research and tools fostering this critical capability personally and in leaders, teams and their organizations.

Key Takeaways:
  • Igniting personal influence: Leveraging emotional intelligence to build and manage relationship relationships; break habits and remove barriers to connect authentically, impact change, increase productivity, enhance project management, negotiating for quality outcomes
  • Developing organizational leaders: How to incorporate emotional intelligence to coach with compassion inspire sustainable change and build resonant leadership
  • Enhance organizational performance: In times of crisis and increased ambiguity and change, how to use EI to remain balanced and present, manage effectively under pressure, understanding styles and strategies to manage conflict, increase collaboration and enhance competency in cross cultural interactions
Speakers

Bill Benjamin, Partner, Institute for Health and Human Potential (IHHP)
Charity Hughes, PhD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President, Human Resources – Americas, VWR

Panelists

Rob Fazio, PhD – Managing Parter, OnPoint Advising, Inc.
Lynda Risser– Chief Talent and Inclusion Officer, Vanguard
Christopher Lindberg – Managing Director – North America, Ennea International

Main Conference Sessions: March 30, 2017

Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces That Shape Behavior

Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces That Shape Behavior
General Session

In today’s global business environment, business leaders need to effectively leverage human behavior in order to drive organizational strategy and performance. Shaping a high-performance organization is no easy task and requires an understanding of how businesses can adapt workplace behaviors towards the overall strategy, mission and goals of an organization. The invisible key that can used to transform an organization and unleash powerful interactions, relationships and decisions is embedded in influence. Dr. Jonah Berger, a world-renowned expert on decision making and social influence, will lift the cloak of invisibility from these driving forces and provide participants with the tools needed to unlock the power of influence on an organization’s workplace behavior. In his compelling keynote, Berger will draw on his research integrating business, psychology, and social science to share the keys to using Invisible Influence to successfully transform the way we lead our organizations and make strategic decisions and to create a workplace culture that is intricately linked to the goals of the business through communication, cultural interaction, and relationship building.

Key Takeaways:
  • How to effectively leverage the power of influence to drive organizational strategy and performance.
  • Understand the transformative power of influence on workplace culture, its impact on organizational decision making and communication and its associated integration to the mission, goals and objectives of the business.
  • Identify drivers of personal behavior and the impact on influence
  • Tools to develop and capitalize on invisible influence
  • How to leverage the power of influence to make better decisions, be more productive, create culture and lead effective change
Speakers

Dr. Jonah Berger, Best-Selling Author, Wharton Professor and Expert on Decision Making, Consumer Behavior, Word of Mouth, and How Products and Ideas Become Popular

Sponsored by:

Drexel

The First 100 Days

The First 100 Days
Navigating the Legal Landscape Track

It’s no secret that Donald Trump has called for significant changes to a multitude of laws in his presidency guaranteed to have an impact on employers of all sizes. This session will bring participants up-to-date on a variety of laws specifically as they pertain to the Affordable Care Act, FLSA and Immigration Law. This session will focus on policy development, party players, existing mandates and timelines for employer compliance and strategies for communication and implementation.

Key Takeaways:
  1. Immediate changes facing employers in 2017 and beyond
  2. Determining action required on behalf of employers and future strategies
  3. Best practices for ACA, FLSA and Immigration Law compliance leveraging innovative technology solutions
Speakers

Moderator: Joseph P. Welsh, Esquire, Attorney at Law, Ann Duke, Director of Regulatory Compliance, PrimePay, Andrea Kirsenbaum, Principal at Post & Schell, P.C. William A. Stock, Founding Partner Klasko Immigration Law Partners

Sponsored by:

Exude

The Employee Engagement Landscape: Championing Greatness or Capturing Mediocrity

The Employee Engagement Landscape: Championing Greatness or Capturing Mediocrity
Creating the High Impact Organization Track

The Global Employee Engagement Landscape is changing, and it is impacting business outcomes. The session will highlight key findings from a global study conducted by PwC to explore where employers – and employees – stand today in the ongoing talent challenge. The global study includes a sample representing full-time employees across industries and regions to provide insight to the issues and trends organizations are facing in their efforts to attract, retain, and engaged employees.

Participants will gain insight into the different profiles of employee engagement and their impact on organization performance. Highlights include an overview of global trends of employee engagement over the last 3 years – where there are shifts and what factors of engagement are most and least changed; employee engagement profiles (Champions, Disconnecteds, Captives, and Tenants) that reflect different employees in an organization – and how each influences individual and business performance; understand the factors that activate engagement – not only help improve engagement levels of your people, but strengthen the impact this can have on key business outcomes; importance of leadership trust and vision – without confidence in leadership and excitement about where the organization is headed, it becomes almost impossible to sustain and engaged workforce; the role of managers in creating and sustaining engagement and the power that meaningful conversations with employees has on their work experience; what efforts high performing organizations do that differentiate them from other organizations; obstacles that impede employee performance and reduce the value of engagement efforts.

While overall the findings support the impact of focused and sustained engagement efforts, many organizations are still falling short. This session helps to emphasize where consistency is most needed and what organizations may be missing.

Key Takeaways:
  • Understand engagement profiles and how different levels of engagement impact organization performance
  • Know the most common drivers of engagement and ways to increase performance
  • Increase awareness of common obstacles that can impede the impact of engagement on business performance
  • Apply best practices learned from high performing organizations to help build or maintain their own engagement efforts
Speakers

Jeffrey Jolton, Director, Pricewaterhouse Coopers’ LLP (PwC)

Inside the Mind of Your C-Suite: Mastering the Language of Top Management

Inside the Mind of Your C-Suite: Mastering the Language of Top Management
Advancing the HR Leader Track

What are the barriers HR faces in advancing organizational goals? What are the keys to effectively influence and negotiate at the most senior levels of organizations? At the core of this challenge, HR leaders must possess the competence to understand the perspectives and priorities of the people sitting around the table and translate this understanding to achieve influence and high impact outcomes. In this presentation, an HR Expert and a C-Suite executive team will provide insight on just how to master the language of top management utilizing real life scenarios – both successful and unsuccessful. Through the examination of these scenarios, participants will leave with an increased understanding of the framework necessary to present a value proposition in the way your executives wish you understood.

Key Takeaways:
  • Learn how to effectively influence without authority
  • How to effectively create a value proposition that is strategically aligned with the company’s goals
  • Learn the top 5 tips to curating an effective presentation for C-Suite executives
Speakers

Alison DiFlorio, PHR, SHRM-CP, President of HR, Exude, Inc. David DiStefano, President & COO, Exude, Inc.

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Navigating Legalized Marijuana in the Workplace

Navigating Legalized Marijuana in the Workplace
Navigating the Legal Landscape Track

This session will provide an overview of the unique path of legalization of marijuana in the United States and the very latest updates on legalization in each state. Following a review of the details of these laws, the presentation will provide best practices on communicating changes to your workforce, designing compliant testing programs in light of legalization and updating policies and practices. Finally, participants will gain insight into the associated costs and impact on organizations and strategies for preparing the organization for the future.

Key Takeaways:
  • Understand the path of legalization and current status on legalized medical and recreation marijuana in Pennsylvania and the United States
  • What updates are needed for your organization’s policies and practices as they relate to drug testing program and answer the question, “can and should I continue to test for marijuana?”
  • Identify costs and understand impact of legalized marijuana to employers
  • Anticipating what is to come and preparing your company for the impact of legalized marijuana by creating a compliant strategy
Speakers

Nina French, Managing Partner, Current Consulting Group

Integrating Business Performance & Diversity Strategy

Integrating Business Performance & Diversity Strategy
Creating the High Impact Organization Track

Many diversity programs within companies are viewed as initiatives that are outside of the key business and performance of the organization. They are characterized as “nice people driven” initiatives good for making women and persons of color feel valued within their group or team. Organizational leaders need to understand that diversity and inclusion, when harnessed and integrated with the business, produces maximum financial impact. To accomplish this, diversity strategy must be purposeful and integrated into the way that the business operates rather than being seen as an optional “bolt-on” afterthought.

This session will illustrate the benefits of integrating diversity into organizational strategy – increased market penetration, more satisfied customers and patients, access to a wider customer base, business improvement innovation, success in global markets and ultimately, an increased bottom line. At the intersection of business performance and diversity and inclusion, organizations can truly find their competitive advantage.

Key Takeaways:
  • How to create and leverage your diversity strategy to drive business outcomes that add value to the company’s performance..
  • How to gain buy in from key stakeholders to ensure alignment
  • How to implement the strategy leveraging key stakeholders within and outside of your organization.
Speakers

Celeste Warren, Vice President, Human Resources & Global Diversity and Inclusion Center of Excellence, Merck & Co., Inc.

Raising Your i-Q (Innovation Quotient)

Raising Your i-Q (Innovation Quotient)
Advancing the HR Leader Track

Experts cite many ways in which HR practitioners can become more influential in their respective organizations. But in today’s complex global economy, none may be as critical as driving change and creatively solving the toughest business challenges. Successfully accomplishing both will requires HR to rise to the challenge by raising their “i-Q” (innovation quotient); that is, the capacity to generate, collaborate, champion and successfully execute on innovative solutions.

In this eye-opening program, Dr. Michael Brenner — an international consultant, coach and professional musician — will demonstrate how HR can become more effective problem solvers through the examination of two unique pathways to innovation: design thinking and jazz.

Leveraging almost two decades’ of expertise, Dr. Brenner will first introduce attendees to critical design thinking concepts and demonstrate how to apply them to their own work as HR pros. As a complement to this section, attendees will build capacity to navigate ambiguity by exploring the spontaneous elements of jazz improvisation using real instruments. Dr. Brenner will connect the dots from the worlds of design thinking and jazz to the world of HR in a way that is both enjoyable and enlightening.

Key Takeaways:
  • Attendees will understand the key components to building their Innovation Quotient “i-Q” and the vital role it plays in HR’s ability to be influential within their respective organizations.
  • Participants will learn the fundamentals of the design thinking methodology, which has been used by some of the world’s most creative companies. They will learn how to use design thinking to break out of old habits and patterns.
  • Jazz musicians turn “mistakes” into opportunities for exploration. This is a critical concept for HR practitioners to understand. Attendees will discover how to reframe their thinking about mistakes and leverage them as “jumping off points” for exploring new possibilities rather than as roadblocks to progress.
Speakers

Michael Brenner, President, Right Chord Leadership

Dear Helga Returns: With NEW and MORE COMPLICATED HR Issues!

Dear Helga Returns: With NEW and MORE COMPLICATED HR Issues!
Navigating the Legal Landscape Track

Helga is baaaaaaack yet again and her issues just keep getting more complex and critical to her organization. While we don’t yet know for certain what Helga will confront in 2017, she seems focused on new problems created by accommodations and leaves of absence under the ADA and FMLA, keeping employees motivated in the changing workplace, creating and LGBTQ-friendly workplace, substance abuse testing, and more! Designed for Human Resources professionals, this fast-paced session will focus on uncommon HR issues and examine practical, business-focused solutions that you can use immediately to solve those problems.

Key Takeaways:
  • Identify and analyze potentially hidden HR issues existing in your organization
  • Recognize employment laws implicated in these difficult issues and discuss policies to mitigate risk when proactively implemented.
  • Provide practical, business-focused solutions that you can use immediately to solve those problems.
Speakers

Michael Cohen, Esquire, Partner, Duane Morris, LP

“The Millennial Shift” – How to Attract, Engage, and Retain the Emerging Millennial Workforce

“The Millennial Shift” – How to Attract, Engage, and Retain the Emerging Millennial Workforce
Creating the High Impact Organization Track

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Millennial generation represents the largest part of a multi-generational workforce. While not shocking, Millennials are quickly becoming the most influential population in our market today and organizations are struggling to understand and adapt the needs of this generation into their talent management strategy.

In “The Millennial Shift” Presentation, attendees will gain a stronger understanding of how to create a work-environment and management culture that aligns with a Millennials’ desire for greater flexibility, appreciation, team collaboration and growth opportunities and opportunities to adapt their talent acquisition and retention strategy to meet the demands of this “new” emerging workforce.

Key Takeaways:
  1. Develop a talent acquisition strategy that appeals to the Millennial’s desire for ‘immediate’ growth opportunity.
  2. Foster longevity and commitment amongst this new generation of workers through empowerment and strategic succession planning.
  3. Apply management techniques that create the “Coach” dynamic that Millennial’s seek, instead of the “Boss” dynamic
Speakers

Donte Vaughn, Founder & President, DeLano Business Solutions

Effective Workplace Communication: Promoting Success Through a Culture of Trust and Belief

Effective Workplace Communication: Promoting Success Through a Culture of Trust and Belief
Advancing the HR Leader Track

SHRM and other research studies indicate that effective workplace communication plays a key role in business success. For HR professionals, the ability to communicate effectively is a critical competency to be able to contribute to that success. In this session, you will learn the benefits of effective workplace communication, strategies for building a culture of trust and belief, the importance of effective communication as an HR competency, and the skills you need to develop to be a proficient communicator.

Speakers

Laurie McIntosh, SHRM-SCP, CAE, Director, Membership, Society for Human Resource Management

The Power of Fun!

The Power of Fun!
General Session

Building a positive and engaged workplace culture is an ever growing priority for business leaders and many believe it is a necessary cornerstone to creating a high-performance organization. In this interactive and memorable closing session, the original Phillie Phanatic, David Raymond, will share the business and life lessons he learned from the “inside out” during his 17-year career as the man in the suit and uncover how, when leaders recognize the value of fun, they can fully achieve a workplace culture that fosters engaged and high-performing employees.

David draws on his journey as the Phanatic and his work as a consultant and expert in powerful fun for sports teams and professional organizations across the country to provide the “laws of fun” and steps in the process of customizing a strategy in order to create a culture of Serious Fun.

Key Takeaways:
  • Establishing a culture of “Serious Fun” in your organization.
  • How developing a culture according to “The Laws of Fun” can become a key part of an organization’s human resource strategy, fostering employee engagement, retention, productivity and performance.
  • How to value fun as a tool to build relationships, manage conflicts and become a better leader.
  • Serious fun can be developed to combat stress and emotional turmoil and build resilient organizations.
Speakers

David Raymond, Original Phillie Phanatic and The Emperor of Fun and Games