It is hard to believe that our IMPACT conference is already upon us. Even though I have been a part of two-thirds of Bersin’s IMPACT conferences, I find myself more excited than ever. Here is why:
Fantastic Keynote Sessions: We had a chance to preview Josh’s keynote session last week, which focuses on “How the New Human Resources Organization Delivers.” I am certain that it will, as always, be a thought-provoking and energizing session for conference attendees. In addition to this session, Josh will also be hosting a CHRO roundtable – the first time we have done something like this – with CHROs from Extra Space Storage, UnitedHealth Group, The Walt Disney Company and Juniper Networks. In addition, we have Cathy Benko speaking to us about “The Shifting Ethos and What It Means For Talent Leadership,” which will focus on the role of corporate citizenship in enhancing organizations’ ability to attract and retain talent. Finally, Dr. Paula Caligiuri will speak about “Building a Pipeline of Culturally Agile Professionals.” I picked up her book a few months ago and have learned a lot from her frameworks and stories, so I’m excited to hear her speak in person.
Analytics, Analytics, Analytics: Everywhere we turn, we hear more about the need to measure and interpret data to derive actionable insights. We have a significant number of sessions dedicated to this topic this year. I was personally involved in supporting two sessions and am especially excited about the insights offered through both of them:
–“Big Data in HR: Driving Improvements From Insights” with Jonathan Ferrar of IBM
— "Using Data and Analytics to Align Strategy, Process, Roles, and Talent at Lowe's" with Carmen M. Neudorff and Todd Christian of Lowe’s
A Focus on Agility: In 2012, our conference theme was “Building Business Agility Through People.” As it turns out, that conference was just the beginning of a lot of work on understanding what that really means. This year, we have an entire track called “Predict and Plan for Agility.” I will be co-presenting (with Gloria Stinson of Adobe) on “Creating the Agile Organization,” on Wednesday and am also hosting an Executive Roundtable on the subject of Performance Management and agility on Monday (it’s sold out, but I’m happy to talk to folks about the topic during the conference and afterward).
Truth told, though, as excited as I am about the agenda that we’ve put together, I am even more thrilled about the chance to catch up with conference attendees. Throughout the year, I have the opportunity to interact with amazing HR professionals, and this is when we get to reconnect and to meet new people as well. For that reason, it is reliably one of the best weeks of my professional life every year, and I cannot wait for folks to start showing up on Monday. I hope to see you there!