Anticipating Fall: And HRTech






The onset of autumn used to mean all the excitement of a new year of school – new clothes, crayons, backpacks and lunchboxes. Later in my professional life, it was the time to welcome in new freshman classes, attempting to reassure parents that their offspring were going to survive the first term of their college experience.

Part of this excitement was the fun of facing the unknown, seeing something new and different.   Part was the delight in seeing old friends and meeting friends for the future.

And today? It’s HRTech, the yearly conference focusing on technology in the world of human capital management that provides that excitement for me and my colleagues interested in HCM. It is a conference I have long attended as a market analyst and now in its sixteenth year, it presents the opportunity to reconnect with friends, meet new acquaintances and see the newest innovations in HR and talent management technology.

Beyond that, however, are the real learning opportunities. HR professionals look forward to hearing their peers and industry specialists talk about the topics that most impact their daily work lives. Attendees can hear Josh talk about his passion “Big Data and Analytics” on Monday, October 7th at 11:00 and hear Josh and David Mallon (Deloitte Consulting LLP) discuss “MOOCs, Mobile and the LMS: Learning Systems Strategies in 2013” on Tuesday the 8th from 4:00-5:15.

This years’ event at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay is from October 7-9th.  You won’t need new clothes or lunchboxes—but you may want a backpack for all the show material you will gather – and maybe even those new crayons.

For more information, visit  — see you there!


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Christa Degnan Manning

Vice President, Solution Provider Research Leader / Bersin, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Christa leads technology and service provider research for Bersin, Deloitte Consulting LLP. In this role, she helps businesses align their workforce support strategies with appropriate third-party software developers, service partners, and governance models. A 25-year technology industry veteran, Christa’s expertise assists organizations in creating functional capabilities and employee experiences that increase productivity, engagement, and workforce efficiency. Frequently cited by business and trade media, she has presented market research on business to business trends, leading practices, and expected challenges and benefits at industry and user conferences globally throughout her career. Christa has a bachelor of arts in English from Barnard College, Columbia University, incorporating studies at University College, University of London. She also holds a master of arts degree in English from the University of Massachusetts and has completed executive coursework on business metrics at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

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