Accelerate 2019

Accelerate 2019

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    • Wednesday, June 12, 2019
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      2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Pre-conference workshop (for existing software users only)
      Join us for a pre-conference workshop focused on our software, during which you will learn new ways to make our software work for you, gain insight into the product roadmap and share feedback on future product direction, and network with other clients facing similar challenges in their businesses. Workshops are available at no additional cost for the following: Compensation software users, Employee engagement software users, and Portal software users
      4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM
      Opening general session

      New Orleans' Musical Pasts, Presents, and Futures

      New Orleans is an extraordinarily musical city, the birthplace of jazz and the home of blues, soul, funk, and hip-hop. Black New Orleanians have long nurtured these styles in the face of extreme adversity. At the start of the twentieth century, trumpeter Louis Armstrong arose from extreme poverty and racism to become an ambassador of New Orleans music to the world. At the start of the twenty-first century, drummer Derrick Tabb overcame the allure of crime to achieve success with the Grammy-award winning Rebirth Brass Band. As children, both Louis and Derrick were shaped by music teachers who intervened in their lives and set them on a path to success. Now Derrick is trying to do the same for a generation of kids with his after school program Roots of Music. Prof. Sakakeeny will discuss the past, present, and future of New Orleans music, bookended by a performance from students in the program.

      6:00 PM 
      Welcome reception
    • Thursday, June 13, 2019
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      6:30 AM  -  7:30 AM
      Wellness walk
      8:00 AM  -  9:00 AM
      Breakfast
      9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM
      General session
      Are we advancing Inclusion & Diversity? Empowering your talent through an inclusive culture

      For years, organizations have been focused on attracting and retaining highly skilled talent from a broad and diverse talent pool. But more recently, organizations are shifting their focus to place equal (if not more) importance on creating a healthy company culture where all employees feel a sense of safety, self-worth, opportunity, and acceptance, and have the ability to bring their true selves to work.

      Inclusion and diversity trailblazers, GE Appliances, The Posse Foundation, Seneca Women and Vizient bring their unique perspectives to our panel discussion. We’ll look at what organizations can do to better create an inclusive culture that focuses on creating equity, equality, opportunity and a sense of belonging to attract and grow a diverse workforce that drives sustained financial success.

      10:00 AM  -  10:15 AM
      Break
      10:15 AM  -  11:00 AM
      Breakout sessions
      11:00 AM  -  11:30 AM
      Break
      11:30 AM  -  12:15 PM
      Breakout sessions
      12:15 PM  -  1:15 PM
      Networking lunch
      1:30 PM  -  2:15 PM
      Breakout sessions
      2:15 PM  -  2:45 PM
      Break
      2:45 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Breakout sessions
      3:30 PM  -  4:00 PM
      Break
      4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
      General session
      Insights from industry experts: Trends accelerating HR Tech

      Riffing on TEDx-style educational programming, these 25-minute, high energy talks will give you the latest on cutting edge trends from HR industry experts including Mark Stelzner of IA and Suzanne McAndrew of Willis Towers Watson. It’s a session you won’t want to miss.

      Beyond HR Tech: How to put the employee at the center of EVERY experience
      There’s a change happening in the way we think about employees. The competitive labor market, consumer expectations, and ever-shifting work cultures are putting the employee at the center of everything. But with the market’s disproportionate emphasis on the digital experience, employers may be missing the opportunity to meet truly meet employees where they are. Mark Stelzner of IA will present new ways to improve both digital AND old-school analog experiences to build a better overall employee experience. Using market research, storytelling, and his own support of Fortune 1000 transformations, Mark will offer practical approaches to sustainable outcomes.

      What Powers Your Ambitions? Why Should You Care?
      When someone tells you they have ambition, you say…?  As a human capital leader, you have the incredible opportunity to create every day stories about where business and human goals meet. From new software solutions that better the employee experience to data-driven insights that retain someone who could be your next CEO. But, how do you do that if you don’t have clarity about the ambitions of your people? Or, taking it a step further, are you clear about what powers your own ambitions? In this talk, we will step out of the learning context to reflect on why we should care about what powers ambition. Suzanne McAndrew, global leader of Willis Towers Watson’s Talent business, will share her story and her point of view on the collective opportunity we have to de-mystify what we mean by ambition.

      6:00 PM 
      Reception
    • Friday, June 14, 2019
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      8:00 AM  -  9:00 AM
      Breakfast
      9:00 AM  -  9:45 AM
      Breakout sessions
      9:45 AM  -  10:00 AM
      Break
      10:00 AM  -  10:45 AM
      Breakout sessions
      10:45 AM  -  11:00 AM
      Break
      11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
      Closing general session
      Driving business outcomes through Sustainable Human Capital Management: Keeping employees at the center of the talent experience

      In a world advancing at an unprecedented pace through constant change, the notion of sustainable human capital is helping leaders create a better tomorrow through efforts that improve the overall wellbeing, engagement and productivity of talent, today. Join Willis Towers Watson thought leaders John Bremen and Suzanne McAndrew to discuss the latest concept of sustainable human capital and how you can best drive desired and measurable business outcomes and keep the employee at the center of the talent experience.

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