Speaker Sessions

Earn up to 5.50 credits!

The Symposium is approved for 5.50 SHRM Professional Development Credits and 5.5 HRCI Credits.

CHRO Panel - 8:30am - 9:30am

CHRO Panel

Moderator Rich Krekstein – Managing Director, NFP Corporate Benefits
Panelists Karen Sweeney – Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, TruMark

Moderator Rich Krekstein – Managing Director, NFP Corporate Benefits
Panelists Karen Sweeney – Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, TruMark

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from leading CHROs in the Philadelphia region. During the session we will explore the events over the past year and the impacts on the HR organization including their talent ecosystems. Attendees will hear how the panelists dealt with the challenges within their organization and learn innovative ways they were addressed. Lastly the panelists will discuss their outlook for the future of work in the area.

Key Takeaways:

    • Learning from leading CHROs on how they have overcome business challenges associated with the pandemic
    • Obtain knowledge on the impact these strategies had on their companies
    • Use the knowledge to incorporate strategies in their organizations for the future
    • Understand the implications for HR organizations in the Philadelphia region

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Keynote Session - 10:00am - 11:00am

Master the Chemistry of Change Uncover Your Inner Change Enthusiasm®

Speaker Cassandra Worthy, a Top Change and Transformation Speaker, Creator and World’s Leading Expert of Change Enthusiasm®, Founder & CEO of Change Enthusiasm® Global and Bestselling Author

Speaker Cassandra Worthy, a Top Change and Transformation Speaker, Creator and World’s Leading Expert of Change Enthusiasm®, Founder & CEO of Change Enthusiasm® Global and Bestselling Author

This program is perfect for leaders and teams:

    • Embarking upon or going through significant change or disruption such as merger, acquisition, or restructure.
    • Constantly challenged and stressed by having to grow the business with less time, fewer resources.
    • Dealing with the complexity and frustrations of changing the way they work through digital transformation, new software integration, and/or new business practices.

The audience will leave with:

    • An inspired perspective that managing and championing significant shift is entirely possible and even enjoyable.
    • Steps to cultivate a growth mindset to thrive in the face of stressful and frustrating change.
    • The education, energy, and motivation to take the first step to be becoming a Change Enthusiast.

Breakout Session 1 – 11:30am-12:30am

Deploying a Talent-Led HR Transformation with a DE&I Lens

Speaker Susan Gunn, Expert Partner at Bain & Company

Speaker Susan Gunn, Expert Partner at Bain & Company

For well over a decade, multiple organizations have focused on the transformation of HR, primarily driven by changes to their operating and service delivery models, including the integration of leading HCM technologies to deliver consumer grade digital employee experiences. With the impact of the pandemic and significant shift in employee preferences and ways of working, The Great Resignation, combined with labor shortages in key industries, has required organizations to consider a different kind of HR transformation – specifically one that is talent-led and ensures that the HR function is fit for purpose to deliver on an organization’s future talent needs. This provides a unique opportunity to rethink talent acquisition, management and development strategies to deliver a more diverse and inclusive environment where employees, regardless of background, can thrive.

Key Takeaways:

In this session, participants will learn the following:

    • The macro demographic trends impacting today’s labor force in the US and implications for future talent needs
    • How to prepare workforce plans with a future-back talent planning approach, incorporating DE&I principles
    • How to tailor talent sourcing and acquisition strategies to ensure the broadest, most inclusive reach across candidate pipelines
    • How to drive leadership support and accountability for inclusive talent management and development strategies

Rough Waters: Navigating the Shrinking Talent Pool and Turnover Tsunami

Moderator Rick Grimaldi – Partner, Fisher Phillips,
Panelists Connie Geiger – Field Recruiting Leader, Gopuff , Ragini Holloway – SVP, People, Affirm

Moderator Rick Grimaldi – Partner, Fisher Phillips,
Panelists Connie Geiger – Field Recruiting Leader, Gopuff , Ragini Holloway – SVP, People, Affirm

It is hard to think of a company or industry that is not being hit by a shortage of talent. As we see higher turnover rates, it is getting dubbed the Great Resignation or the Turnover Tsunami, and businesses are scrambling to figure out why and how to act. On top of that, the talent pool is shrinking, and it has become increasingly difficult to find the right talent for open positions. How are companies getting by? How are HR strategies and recruiting efforts changing? What are some innovative ideas companies are using to engage their staff and reduce turnover? This panel will address the various areas that are being affected and how they are working to combat these growing challenges.

Key Takeaways:

    • Why are employees leaving their company and workforce and what trends to look for
    • Strategies on recruiting and different ways businesses have adapted and changed their methods
    • Strategies to combat high turnover and tips to “weather the storm”

The Leader’s 7; The 7 Languages Your People Need, Want, and Benefit Most Hearing from Leadership!

Speaker Andre Young, Leadership & Work/Life Harmony Speaker, Author, Trainer, and Founder of You Evolving Now, LLC

Speaker Andre Young, Leadership & Work/Life Harmony Speaker, Author, Trainer, and Founder of You Evolving Now, LLC

If you were planning to move to France and live there would you learn to speak French? Why… Of course, because it would make life easier as you could connect better, meet your needs… and the needs of others much easier. Then EVOLVE with speaker, author, and Founder of You Evolving Now, Andre Young and let’s do the same in your Company as your people learn to speak the 7 Languages that best build, bond, and motivate! Everyone likes all 7, but your people have a top one or two that connects with who and how they are. Once we know their language, Leaders can more easily build, bond, and motivate; getting the best out of their team and the best for the organization! Learn about Andre Young’s Leadership Programs and various Speaking Engagements; including the powerful, “How to Manage C.H.AN.G.E.”; the change you think you want and the change you don’t want professionally and personally at www.youevolvingnow.com

OBJECTIVES:

    • Enhance effective Leadership Skills, Communication Skills, and Work/Life Harmony for your company, leaders, and your employees!
    • Learn to speak the 7 Languages employees want, need, and benefit most from hearing from leadership to enhance leadership, bonding, and work/culture!
    • Learn to speak everyone’s language in your organization and on your team!

Breakout Session 2 - 1:45pm-2:45pm

Wellness Intelligence: How to use Wellness as a Growth Lever and Avoid Burnout

Speaker Bryan Smith, Co-founder of LEON Health Science, Founder of HUMANS Community

Speaker Bryan Smith, Co-founder of LEON Health Science, Founder of HUMANS Community

Understanding and predicting team burnout. In this session, Bryan Smith, Co-Founder at LEON, will cover how we can understand and predict team burnout and how you can build your business to have high-performance people leadership. Bryan will share facts and fallacies of employee burnout, what it is and what it isn’t. He will discuss stress management concepts he used leading up to the 2016 Rio Olympics, and how Human Resources can work with Executive leadership and managers of people to use data science and stress management strategies at scale to drive well-being and performance of their people.

Key Takeaways:

    • Determine the difference between fact and fallacies of employee burnout, and how to recognize burnout in your staff.
    • Stress management concepts and how human resources can combat stress in the workplace.
    • How business leaders can use data science and stress management strategies to drive well-being and performance of their people.

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Beyond Performance Reviews: How to have Coaching Conversations on the Hard Stuff

Speaker Sarah Noll Wilson, CEO/Chief Edge Officer, Sarah Noll Wilson, Inc.

Speaker Sarah Noll Wilson, CEO/Chief Edge Officer, Sarah Noll Wilson, Inc.

One of the most important roles we play as leaders within our organizations is to develop the capacity of the team members we serve while also holding them accountable to the expectations of the role. While there can be technical objectives that are easier to measure, we know that to excel in any role requires a broad set of skills. If we only have conversations on the “what” and never have conversations on the “how”, we may be missing an opportunity to set up our colleagues for great success.

Building upon over a decade of leadership and talent development experience, Sarah Noll Wilson will share the Skills Matrix Framework to support your coaching conversations. This framework and approach invite you and the team members you serve to go below the surface and dive into the behaviors and mindsets that may create barriers to their success.

By the end of our session together, we will explore:

    • Common traps of coaching team members’ behavior
    • Best practices for on-the-job coaching
    • The Skills Matrix Coaching Framework
    • A step-by-step process of how you can apply the framework to performance coaching conversations

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We’ve Hit the ‘Future of Work’, Now What?

Speaker James Hancock, Co-Founder of mwah., HR Consultant of the Year, Investor

Speaker James Hancock, Co-Founder of mwah., HR Consultant of the Year, Investor

As people evolve, learn, grow and understand, both individually and collectively, the world changes. That means the world of work changes too.

As we increasingly left jobs on the land and into the industrial revolution in 1830, people have been discussing the future of work. Yet, over the last 50 years (and really, over the last 10-20 with capital letters as the ‘Future of Work’), the discussion, thinking and research on Work has been gaining pace.

Unsurprisingly, the rhetoric on what COVID-19 has done to work and workplaces is everywhere – in reflection of the shared experience, in marketing, in workforce design, in recruitment.

We have all seen the articles on remote, hybrid, fluid, the great resignation, the great realignment and many more.

There’s little doubt COVID-19 has added fuel to the fire of workforce trends that were already occurring, and has been the biggest push in power between employee (in whatever contractual arrangements) and employer in our working lives so far. The workplace is no longer bound by contracts or even walls of a building, and work is fundamentally about a much broader community.

This presentation will explore the trends and data, and offer great reassurance to HR Professionals everywhere that they can navigate this moment in time. What’s most evident, is the democratization of work – a need to understand and design for n=1, n=few, n=many.

We will present the core principles of what makes us human, what drives us at work and what we need to create in organizational cultures. While the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of work has shifted (and, historically, that has often been the case), the ‘why’ is largely unchanged.

The results will comfort you – the ‘why’ – purpose, relationships, agency, accountability and ultimately the need to belong to community, are the fundamentals our organizational cultures must nurture.

We will land on how you measure this ‘why’ and ultimately explore:

“Is your organization measuring, and then designing for, the right things as we look forward to a post-pandemic workplace?”

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Breakout Session 3 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

The Power of Disability Inclusion

Speaker Michael Murray, Chief Relationship Officer at GT Independence

Speaker Michael Murray, Chief Relationship Officer at GT Independence

People with disabilities make valuable contributions to the US economy. A recent report found that companies with strong disability inclusion programs see increased shareholder returns and outperform their peers. To create a disability inclusive environment, we must examine the subtle messages we send one another in the workplace. These messages can cause us to feel connected or disconnected, engaged or disengaged, included or excluded. Additionally, we must examine organizational structures for avoidable subjectivity and change them to be more objective. This unique workshop addresses unconscious bias and systems change from the perspective of disability inclusion.

Participants will:

    • Develop a greater understanding of the power of disability inclusion
    • Examine micro-inequities and unconscious bias that limit the inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace
    • Learn to harness the power of micro-behaviors to become model employers of people with disabilities; and
    • Discuss best practices that are revolutionizing the workforce around the world.

A New Look at An Old Problem: Why Belonging is [still] Best for Business

Speaker Kristen Bakalar, Talent Developer, Status Quo Disruptor, Workplace Innovator and Diversity Advocator

Speaker Kristen Bakalar, Talent Developer, Status Quo Disruptor, Workplace Innovator and Diversity Advocator

With diversity, equity and inclusion becoming a strategic priority for many organizations across the globe, shouldn’t we expect to see significant advances in the representation and engagement of employees from marginalized groups, as well as a myriad of humble brags coming from PR and HR departments? But we’re not! And despite the fact that ~85% of CEOs with a diversity strategy claim it has improved business performance, the majority of employees feel that DEI programming is just talk and no walk. Why? What are we missing about D&I?
Let’s start with a simple question: what if the “I” in “D&I” stood for invitation? How would that change peoples’ mindsets, behaviors, and relationships? How would that change the feelings of belonging? How would that change our recruiting strategy, our promotion criteria, and the ways we make decisions? In this session, we’ll unearth some of the challenges around DEI programming, we’ll discuss ways to change the nature of the relationships within the organization, and we’ll explore how HR – as the gatekeepers to equitable opportunities – can push the agenda forward, and start winning the fight for justice. We’ll move past programming and into policy, and we’ll get beyond mindset-change and enact behavior-change.

Key Takeaways:

    • Practical tips for how to increase the sense of belonging in your business
    • An understanding of why most DEI programs don’t work
    • Insight into how HR are key gatekeepers in the fight for diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging
    • Useful ideas for how to change behavior in organizations
    • A data-driven approach to improving the sense of inclusion in your organization

Dear Helga

Speaker Michael S. Cohen, Esquire, Partner, Duane Morris, LP

Speaker Michael S. Cohen, Esquire, Partner, Duane Morris, LP

We’ve all said it: “I would write a book, but who would believe these stories are true?”  And, in this post-2020 and 2021 environment, unfortunately many of the tales are far too real!  Given the effects of the last two years, including massive social unrest, the Covid-19 pandemic and the new realities of our “workplaces,” the legal workplace has become far more complicated to manage.  Designed for Human Resources professionals, this fast-paced session will focus on uncommon workplace 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.

Closing Session - 4:15pm - 5:00pm

Lift Others Up While You Climb

Speaker Amber Hikes, A social justice advocate, community organizer, the ACLU’s first Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, and an unapologetic queer, black woman

Speaker Amber Hikes, A social justice advocate, community organizer, the ACLU’s first Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, and an unapologetic queer, black woman

It’s up to all of us to create a more inclusive and diverse workplace. No matter where you are in your career journey, it’s essential that you help others grow, even as you are growing yourself, says ACLU Chief Equity Officer Amber Hikes. In this inspiring closing session, Amber will discuss the importance of growth, and the journey we need to take to the top. While we climb we also need to lift others. We need more diversity at the top, people sitting at the table, calling the shots. Each of us have a play in making this happen -together! Amber will lay out three ways we can help each other succeed — and empower and advance those who historically have been left behind.

Key Takeaways:

    • How you can question your surroundings. Who is at the table with you? Who isn’t? Once you notice disparities, let’s do something about it.
    • The difference between sponsorship over mentorship. How to use your position to become a sponsor for others.
    • How can you create opportunities for others in your organization who may be overlooked and tips to help them prepare.

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