Agenda & Sessions

AGENDA & SESSIONS

Registration fees include a networking reception on October 25 and these events on October 26: continental breakfast, general and breakout sessions, CTHRA’s Excellence in HR Awards Luncheon and refreshment breaks. Each attendee will also receive a copy of “The New Leadership Literacies” by keynote speaker Bob Johansen.

Agenda | Sessions | Speakers

AGENDA

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25

5:30 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.  Networking Reception

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26

7:30 a.m. Symposium Registration Desk Opens
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. The New Leadership Literacies
Featuring Bob Johansen, Ph.D., Distinguished Fellow at Institute for the Future [bio]
10:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions
Please select one of the three to attend.
Design Thinking
Featuring Natalie W. Nixon, Ph.D., Design Strategist at Figure 8 Thinking, LLC [bio]
How Pro Bono Is Rewriting the Way We Engage & Develop Talent
Featuring Catherine Ward, National Director, Advisory Services at Taproot Foundation [bio]
Recruiting the Workforce of Tomorrow
Featuring Lindagrace de la Cruz, Recruiting Evangelist at Indeed [bio]
Noon Excellence in HR Awards Luncheon
1:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions
Please select one of the three to attend.
21st Century Learning
Featuring Yvette Cook, Executive Coach & Trainer [bio]
Big Data & HR Analytics
Featuring:
Arun Ghosh, Principal of Advisory Data & Analytics at KPMG [bio]
Judy Train, VP of HR Shared Services, Cox Communications [bio]
Rob Delmarco, VP of Financial Mgmt. and Human Capital Analytics for HR Operations, Comcast Cable [bio]
Chris Powell, CEO, Talmetrix [bio]
Future-Proof Your Organization Through an Outward Mindset
Featuring Mitch Warner, Managing Partner at Arbinger Institute [bio]
2:45 p.m. Refreshment Break
3:00 p.m. –
4:15 p.m.
How HR Can Thrive in a Future of Extreme Disruption
Featuring Bob Johansen, Ph.D., Distinguished Fellow at Institute for the Future [bio]
Be sure to join us for the entire day. Please schedule your travel out of Philadelphia no earlier than 6:00 p.m.

SESSIONS

THE NEW LEADERSHIP LITERACIES
Featuring Bob Johansen, Ph.D., Distinguished Fellow at Institute for the Future [bio]
9:00 a.m. General Session
By looking 10 or more years ahead and then coming back, HR professionals can see the subtle patterns of change that are not visible in the noisy present. Noted futurist Bob Johansen will use foresight to provoke your insight and your action. During this session, Bob will share his projections for the future including how current practices at centralized organizations will become brittle in a future where authority is not just decentralized but distributed. He will also explain how HR leaders can leap into the future by learning five new leadership literacies—combinations of disciplines, practices and worldviews—to thrive in a world of increasing volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. This session will equip attendees with knowledge on how to:

  1. Look backward from the future.The future will reward clarity—but punish certainty.
  2. Voluntarily engage in fear. Think of this as gaming for grit, creating readiness for an increasingly frightening and unpredictable world.
  3. Embrace shape-shifting organizations. New organizational forms will become possible through distributed computing networks, which have no center, grow from the edges and will be uncontrollable. Hierarchies will come and go, as they are needed.
  4. Be there even when you’re not there. Leaders will need to feel continuously present even when they aren’t.
  5. Create and sustain positive energy.Leaders will need to radiate positive energy at all times, and that will require physical, mental and spiritual well-being. In this highly uncertain future, hope will be the key variable—particularly for young people.

Bob Johansen’s new book on future leadership literacies will be released near the time of CTHRA’s Symposium and all registered attendees will receive a free copy. These new literacies go beyond Bob’s best-selling Leaders “Make the Future” book to describe the ideal talent profile for future leaders who will be required to lead in times of great disruption and distributed everything.

 

DESIGN THINKING
Featuring Natalie W. Nixon, Ph.D., Design Strategist at Figure 8 Thinking, LLC [bio]
10:45 a.m. Breakout Session
You may not have dreamed of being an engineer or designer, but it turns out that thinking like one can help you innovate and problem solve in a volatile and uncertain environment. Hybrid thinker Natalie Nixon will share how a focus on process instead of solution yields optimal results. She’ll also explain how to connect disparate ideas to break down and prevent silos in the workplace. This session will provide attendees with an understanding of:

  • The basic principles of design thinking and
  • New ways to cultivate empathic leadership.

 

HOW PRO BONO IS REWRITING THE WAY WE ENGAGE & DEVELOP TALENT
Featuring Catherine Ward, National Director, Advisory Services for Taproot Foundation [bio]
10:45 a.m. Breakout Session 
Studies show that leadership is among the top business priorities for many companies, yet current approaches to leader development fall short of addressing this critical business need.  We need a different set of tools to unlock the potential of current and emerging leaders in a rapidly changing global business environment. Pro bono service – professional work donated to organizations working to drive social change – is a proven model that can inspire and equip your best and brightest leaders to take on tough challenges and define the next generation of leadership within your company. This session will equip attendees with:

  • Insight into the business benefits of integrating high-impact pro bono into engagement and leadership development strategies,
  • Best practices for using pro bono to accelerate the development of talent – including NBCU’s “HR for Good” program and other case studies,
  • Strategies, resources and practical tools for infusing pro bono into your organization’s employee engagement practices, and
  • Inspiration to consider driving social change via a new model of employee engagement.

 

RECRUITING THE WORKFORCE OF TOMORROW
Featuring Lindagrace de la Cruz, Recruiting Evangelist at Indeed [bio]
10:45 a.m. Breakout Session
The greatest economic inflection points over the last 200 years have been driven by technology that either made the world better or changed the way people work together.  In 2017, we now live in a world that relies more and more on technology to thrive — the Internet, automated software and smartphones have accelerated the pace of nearly every task.  As a result of this latest inflection point, we are also seeing a dramatic reshaping of the U.S. labor market.  This session will equip attendees with an understanding of:

  • 7 key work-related trends impacting how people find jobs today
  • Emerging workplace shifts including specialized and fraction workers
  • The division within the labor force among highly skilled versus low skilled, and
  • What jobseekers perceive as high value

 

21ST CENTURY LEARNING
Featuring Yvette Cook, Executive Coach & Trainer [bio]
1:30 Breakout Session 
While learning contributes to the many facets of people’s lives, the journey from cradle to career by new learning pathways and approaches will be disrupted by the changing nature of work. Continuing to pursue traditional beliefs about learning will cause current institutions and systems of learning to persist without truly meeting the needs of learners and society. As we redefine learning for the emerging era, deeply held societal beliefs about learning will need to change, and the purpose of learning will vary for different learners and for different learning ecosystems. This session will equip attendees with:

  • Learning competencies that help people succeed amid the incredible pace of change, technological/digital impact and shifting landscapes,
  • How to support people in new forms of career readiness while creating greater passion and clarity of personal meaning, and
  • The role that individuals, business leaders and corporations play in the future of learning.

 

BIG DATA & HR ANALYTICS
Featuring
Arun Ghosh,
Principal of Advisory Data & Analytics at KPMG [bio]
Judy Train, VP of HR Shared Services, Cox Communications [bio]
Rob Delmarco, VP of Financial Mgmt. and Human Capital Analytics for HR Operations, Comcast Cable
[bio]
Chris Powell, CEO, Talmetrix
[bio]
1:30 Breakout Session
Media and communications organizations are under tremendous pressure to address shifting consumer demands, disruptive competitors and new digital technologies which are forcing the HR function to adapt and meet the demands of these evolving business realities.  This session will feature a panel of leading HR practitioners that will discuss how they are addressing market disruptions and developing new conceptual models and enablers to achieve greater employee engagement.  This session will equip attendees with:

  • Effective use of cognitive computing leveraging big data to transform HR and the employee experience,
  • How to incorporate predictive people analytics into hiring practices,
  • Scenario modeling and forecasting for optimized strategic workforce planning, and
  • How to leverage total reward analytics to promote retention.

 

FUTURE-PROOF YOUR ORGANIZATION THROUGH AN OUTWARD MINDSET
Featuring Mitch Warner, Managing Partner of the The Arbinger Institute [bio]    
1:30 p.m. Breakout Session 
Building a workforce dynamic enough to anticipate and respond to ever-changing market challenges requires more than the outmoded behavioral solutions of the past. A flexible, high-performing and engaged workforce is created by diagnosing and changing the underlying mindset that drives behavior. Future-proofing your organization is possible through a fundamental shift from the self-focus of an inward mindset to the impact-focus of an outward mindset. This session will equip attendees with:

  • Frameworks to deepen self-awareness and help others identify an inward, self-focused mindset,
  • Tools to help others shift to an outward mindset and implement outward practices in their day-to-day work,
  • An approach to work that sparks innovation in delivering impact toward customers, managers, coworkers and direct reports, and
  • A simple but powerful accountability model that drives the performance management conversations at the heart of personal development.

 

HOW HR CAN THRIVE IN A FUTURE OF EXTREME DISRUPTION
Featuring Bob Johansen, Ph.D., Distinguished Fellow at Institute for the Future 
3:00 – 4:15 p.m. General Session
Be sure to join us for the entire day. Please schedule your travel out of Philadelphia no earlier than 6:00 p.m.
Over the next decade, the world will be explosively more connected. Anything that can be distributed will be distributed: workforces, organizations, supply webs and more. Most leaders—and most organizations—aren’t ready for this future. Are you? Building upon his opening general session, keynote speaker Bob Johansen will close the Symposium program by outlining practical strategies that HR professionals can leverage to channel uncertainty into success.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

BOB JOHANSEN, PH.D.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Distinguished Fellow, Institute for the Future

CHRIS POWELL

CEO

Talmetrix

ROB DELMARCO

VP of Financial Management & Analytics, Human Resources

Comcast Cable

JUDY TRAIN

VP of HR Shared Services

Cox Communications


Yvette Cook

Executive Coach & Trainer

LINDAGRACE DE LA CRUZ

Recruitment Evangelist, Employer Insights

Indeed

ARUN GHOSH

Principal of Advisory Data & Analytics

KPMG LLP


NATALIE W. NIXON, Ph.D.

Design Strategist

Figure 8 Thinking, LLC

CATHERINE WARD

National Director, Advisory Services

Taproot Foundation

MITCH WARNER

Managing Partner

Arbinger Institute


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