Agenda At-A-Glance
1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

Workplace, Wearables and ... Workout Wednesday?
Sponsored by: Fitbit

Marci Cooper, Manager of Employee Wellness, IU Health
Heather Kennedy, Director of Customer Success, Fitbit Wellness

As you start to explore new wellness territory, how do you separate truly engaging new initiatives vs. what might just be a fad? Whether you’re years into your wellness program or just about to get started, you’ll learn everything from leveraging technology to mobilize your organization, to actionable tips you can start putting into action today. This panel includes:
Quick and easy tips for creating a culture of well-being (including what exactly is ‘workout Wednesday’)
ROI to VOI: The mindset of value on investment
A live case study featuring Indiana University Health and Fitbit Wellness
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Build Better Teams That Achieve More
Sponsored by: Ceridian

Ted Malley, SVP Product Evangelist, Ceridian

Studies have proven that when the members of a team relate well to each other, the result is increased productivity and higher performance. Understanding the personality and communication styles of fellow teammates can help increase employee engagement, improve communication and thereby increase relatability. Join this session to learn how to apply the concept of relatability to workforce planning, and how this information can be used to help effectively manage your workforce as part of your overall HCM strategy.

Transform Employee Engagement With Salesforce & Deloitte
Sponsored by: Salesforce

Cindy Robbins, EVP, Global Employee Success, Salesforce
Marc Solow, Director and HR Shared Services Practice Leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Engaged employees are the lifeblood of every organization, but the war for attracting and retaining this top talent is intensifying. The consumer app revolution has increased employee expectations, and social platforms like LinkedIn have put employees in the driver's seat of their careers. To stay ahead of the competition, companies must rethink how they create engaging employee experiences — from on-boarding to alumni networks— throughout every phase of the employee life-cycle. Savvy companies are turning to the leading platform for connecting to customers, and using it as a platform for building engaging employee relationships. Hear from an industry expert at Deloitte and Salesforce's own HR executive about the Salesforce Platform for Employee Success.

Inspire your workforce ... Ignite the future ... Infuse analytics into every talent decision
Sponsored by: IBM

Duke Daehling, Director, Talent Management, Analytics, and Strategy, IBM
Dyke DeBrie, Executive, Smarter Workforce, Talent Acquisition and Learning, IBM
Michael M. Moon, PhD, Research Director, Aberdeen Group

Are you still playing hit-or-miss with your talent decisions? Consider this: On average, 39% of recent hires would not be rehired, which means a lot of hiring mistakes are being made. Hyper-competition for top talent in a candidate driven market requires new strategies and ways to attract and retain top talent. Yet companies are still relying on gut alone and conventional wisdom to make critical hiring as well as talent decisions. What would be the impact to your business if you could isolate the best talent from the rest? Foresee precise ways to entice candidates? Forecast performance success before you hire? Predict who is most likely to leave? Anticipate the actions you need to take to prevent turnover? Bring the power and insights from analytics into all of your people decisions. Attend this pre-conference session to learn how analytics can help you attract, hire and inspire top talent.
3:45 - 4:45 p.m.

Awesome New Startup GENERAL SESSION
Awesome New Startups for HR

Bridge US
Romish Badani, Co-Founder & CEO
Forrest Blount, CTO

Great Hires
John Lorance, CTO
Ray Tenenbaum, Founder

Armen Berjikly, CEO
Moritz Sudhof, Chief Data Scientist

One Model
Chris Butler, CEO
Duffy McGinn, VP, Sales

Chris Barrett, Director of Product Design
Christopher Houghton, Consulting Manager

The Marcus Buckingham Company
Sam Herskovitz, Product Lead
Heidi Spirgi, SVP, Product & Technology

After last year’s crowd-pleasing launch of “Awesome New Startups,” there’s no better way to build excitement before the grand opening of the HR Tech Expo Hall than to showcase the best of the best HR technology startups — innovators truly pushing the envelope and forcing the big players to stay on their toes. Get yourself pumped for the days ahead with demonstrations of the amazing products being built and disrupting the status quo. These startups are the ones you’ll want to pay attention to — and they just may have the solution you’re looking for.
5 - 7 p.m.

Opening Night Reception in Expo Sponsored by: CBIZ

Nowhere is the convergence of HR and technology more visible than at the world-famous HR Tech Expo — and you’ll want to experience the energy from the start! Enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres while you connect with other attendees, browse the exhibits and talk with vendors. This is an excellent opportunity to get a jump start on your visits to the 275+ vendors in the Expo Hall before the first full day of sessions begins.
7:30 - 8:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast Sponsored by: Aasonn
8:45 - 10 a.m.

Centering on Team Leaders:
Data-Driven Strategies for Revitalizing Engagement and Performance Management
Marcus Buckingham Marcus Buckingham, Founder of The Marcus Buckingham Company, and
New York Times best-selling author whose latest book, StandOut 2.0:
Assess Your Strengths, Find Your Edge, Win at Work is due out in August 2015

If organizations ever hope to take engagement and performance management to the next level, they’re going to first need to change their systems to reflect a simple truth: Performance and engagement happen — or fail to happen — on the team level. Marcus Buckingham, one of the world’s leading authorities on management and leadership, will discuss a radically new approach to equipping team leaders with what they need to breathe new life into their engagement and performance-management systems. Beginning with why team leaders are more crucial than ever in organizations today, he will go on to share a proven blueprint that leverages reliable and frequent data (targeted to those areas where organizations need the data most) to create a far more powerful and integrated approach. Using Marcus’s tips you can elevate your organization’s leaders and build high performing teams.
10 - 11 a.m. Refreshment Break Sponsored by: Ranstad
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
12 - 1:30 p.m.

Top HR Products Top HR Products of 2015 Awards Luncheon Sponsored by: Paychex

For more than 25 years, Human Resource Executive® magazine has recognized excellence and innovation in the HR vendor community with its Top HR Products awards. Don’t miss this year’s selections and why they’ve been singled out.
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Dessert Break Sponsored by: Meridian
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Refreshment Break Sponsored by: Vestrics
7:30 p.m. - 12 a.m.

After-Hours Party Sponsored by: Cornerstone

Location: House of Blues Concert Hall
Featuring a DJ, live performance from The Wallflowers, dancing, cocktails and more! RSVP at
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast Sponsored by: Baird
8:30 - 10 a.m.

Awesome New Technologies GENERAL SESSION
Awesome New Technologies for HR


Steve Roth, ADP Marketplace Product Manager
Don Weinstein, SVP, Product Management

Korn Ferry
Bryan Ackermann, SVP, CIO
Michael Distefano, SVP, CMO, President

Gretchen Alarcon, GVP, Product Strategy
Kautul Mehta, Director, HCM Cloud Product Strategy

Dmitry Krakovsky, SVP, Product Management
Ian Booth, Director, Product Manager
Dave Weisbeck, CSO

Leighanne Levensaler, SVP, Products
Amy Wilson, VP, HCM Products
Steve Yates, Director, HCM Product Marketing

People are still talking about last year’s Awesome New Technology Session. Why? Because it’s where you get to see and hear live product demonstrations of the most awesome new technology from every part of HR that major solution providers have developed in the last year. Innovation never stops in HR technology, and these industry leaders will be eager to show you their latest and greatest solutions. You'll be wowed by the imagination, ingenuity and “awesome” new technologies that will be showcased.
10 - 11 a.m. Refreshment Break Sponsored by: Aasonn
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
12:15 - 1:45 p.m. Box Lunch in Expo Hall Sponsored by: Ultimate Software
1:45 - 3 p.m.

HR Tech Hackathon

The first-ever HR Tech Hackathon promises to be a fascinating new addition to the conference this year. This exciting development competition will feature teams of engineers and designers from ADP, Cornerstone OnDemand, Jibe, Salesforce, SuccessFactors, A SAP Company and Ultimate Software. Starting Sunday, the teams will have less than 48 hours to design, build and then demonstrate live on stage brand-new solutions that address real HR and business challenges. Then you'll help choose the winning innovation. It’s a great way to see the latest HR technology thinking in action, giving you an exclusive window into the process, culture and capabilities of leading vendors — invaluable insights to have for your next HR technology investment.
3 - 4 p.m. Refreshment Break Sponsored by: ProUnlimited
4 - 5 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
7:30 - 8 a.m. Continental Breakfast Sponsored by: Korn Ferry
8 - 9 a.m.

Unleashing the Power of Openness
James "Jim" Whitehurst James "Jim" Whitehurst, President and CEO of Red Hat, and author of
The Open Organization: Igniting Passion and Performance

In a constantly accelerating landscape, how can companies stay competitive with limited resources? Could a cultural transformation hold the keys to enhancing business performance? From his years leading vertical organizations and managing the open-source tech company Red Hat, Jim Whitehurst has experienced the full spectrum of corporate structures. He understands why open organizations based on transparency, participation and community are at the forefront of revolutionizing the way businesses operate and why they stay a step ahead of the competition. Jim will share candid advice about configuring and leading an open organization in today’s fast-paced, highly connected environment. He'll also explore how such an open model can be incorporated into organizations of any size to help you fuel greater levels of passion, engagement and performance.
9:15 - 10:15 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Refreshment Break    
10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Ideas and Innovators in HR

Gary Alpert, VP, Solutions Consulting, Castlight Health
Yvette Cameron, Research Director, HCM Technologies, Gartner
Kris Dunn, CHRO, Kinetix
Erin Jacobs, Director, Field Enablement & Alliances, HireVue
Sam Jones, CEO, Talent Lab
Jason Lauritsen, Director, Best Places to Work, Quantum Workplace
Trish McFarlane, CEO, H3HR Advisors
Jo Mills, Co-Founder/President Product & Client Strategy, Fuel50
Kathryn Minshew, Founder & CEO, The Muse
Mike Psenka, SVP Analytics, Equifax Workforce Solutions
Eric Winegardner, VP, Client Adoption, Monster

Something new, challenging and entertaining! HR Tech 2015 will close with some of the most innovative thinkers sharing cutting-edge ideas about HR, technology and the workplace. A rapid-fire presentation format challenges this group of HR leaders, HR tech execs and industry experts to make their case in only 5 minutes. They could take the floor to showcase a great new HR technology, a radical proposal for leading or managing, or maybe even a never-before-tried method to drive engagement. One thing is guaranteed, you’ll leave inspired with some great ideas you can immediately apply at your organization.
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