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Conference Agenda

Conference Agenda

Time Event
7:15 - 8:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast - Sponsored by Land O'Lakes
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Welcome & Keynote Speaker
"Modern HR and the Rise of the People Function – Reframing the Role of HR for the Next 5 Years"
Bertrand Dussert, VP, Human Capital Transformation and Thought Leadership; Oracle
9:30 - 9:45 a.m. Break 
9:45 - 10:55 a.m.


Panel Discussion: "People Analytics in the Real World – What’s Working and Where Are We Headed?"

  • Moderator: Bertrand Dussert
  • Panelists: RJ Milnor, Chevron; Todd Schmidt, GE Capital; Samantha South, Allianz; Jon Thurston, 3M

"Little Data vs. Goliath"
Fred Kiel, Executive Director, KRW Research Institute

This "complex world" can appear like a Goliath figure to business executives. We’ve discovered an unnoticed and under-leveraged source that can bring simplicity. Kiel will present research findings that show the very strong connection between the character habits of a senior team and the value chain that follows – engagement, execution, and finally, bottom-line returns. He will present a case study of how an HR department in a Fortune 200 company applied his findings to their own function.

"Transforming Microsoft Through Talent - A New Performance Management Approach"
Chuck Edward, General Manager Global Talent Acquisition, Microsoft

Microsoft recently launched a new, innovative approach to performance management. The changes are instrumental in refreshing Microsoft's culture. Microsoft's Head of Global Talent Acquisition will detail the rationale for change and the journey (learnings) to date.

"Increasing Business Competitiveness: 3M's Leadership Development Simulation"
Matt Luke, Global Leadership Development Manager, 3M

Reach more people, more quickly, with the same resources, and deliver value. It's a common request made of learning and development organizations given the rapid pace of change and competition. Fortunately, 3M is known for innovation and collaboration. Tapping its global network, 3M partnered with Business Smart to develop and launch an online customized business simulation to increase business competitiveness. Join the session to hear the lessons and learnings from the experience that will be valuable to organizations looking to increase the reach and speed of leadership development through the use of technology.

10:55 - 11:10 a.m. Break
11:10 - 12:20 p.m.


"Temptations of a High Potential"
Featured Speaker Kevin Wilde,
Chief Learning Officer, General Mills

One of the emerging factors for business growth today is the quality and quantity of ‘ready now’ leaders. Many organizations face a talent pipeline deficient to meet growth strategies, so the accelerated development of high potential employees becomes central to success. As talent management professionals, it becomes critical to look beyond our set of established practices and tools and refocus on the individual high potentials in our organizations. Kevin Wilde, Vice President of Organizational Effectiveness and Chief Learning Officer at General Mills and Executive Leadership Fellow for the University of Minnesota Carlson Business School, will examine the enablers and challenges to nurturing high potential individuals -- and the critical role they play in the development of a high performance workforce.

"Everyday Performance Management: How Cargill Transformed Performance Management to Drive Employee Engagement"
Sharon Arad, Director, Assessment & Coaching, Employee Engagement and Performance Management, Cargill

In 2010, Cargill's complex external environment was changing rapidly, requiring the company to become more agile, reduce complexity, and simplify processes in order to focus on creating value to their customers. In response to these business priorities, Cargill implemented Everyday Performance Management (PM), an evidence-based practice that leveraged extensive internal and external research that pointed at the opportunity to simplify PM, adopt a new mindset, and focus on what really matters. In 2014, Cargill received the HRM Impact award, sponsored by SHRM and SIOP, in recognition of its evidence-based everyday performance management practice that contribute to the success of today’s global work organizations, making them better places in which to work. In this session, Dr. Sharon Arad will describe the design and implementation of Everyday PM, share employee experience and effectiveness outcomes after two years of applying Everyday PM, and discuss lesson learned and things to consider when embarking on transformational change.

RJ Milnor, Manager Planning & Analytics, Chevron

12:20 - 1:20 p.m. Lunch - Sponsored by Ingersoll Rand
1:20 - 2:30 p.m.


Todd Schmidt, Senior Analyst, Workforce Planning & HR Analytics, GE Capital

"Two Heads Are Better Than One: How HR Can Ensure the Success of New Executives"
Mike Meyer, Senior Executive Coach, Meyer Partners

The success rate for newly hired and newly promoted executives is abysmal. Those executives who do survive take too long to be fully productive. And almost half of executives fail in their roles in their first 18 months, by some estimates. This is no better than "tossing a coin." The costs of lower productivity and failure to both the organization and the individual are significant. HR can play a pivotal role in the productivity and ultimate success of key executives. How? At this session, you will be equipped with coaching tools and assimilation techniques which you will be able to use immediately to make sure that your coin has "two heads.” You and your organizations will benefit immensely.

"The Leadership Development Continuum (LDC): Supporting Director to VP Transitions"
Karl Johnson, Assistant Dean, Carlson School Executive Education

HR leaders responsible for talent management, succession planning, and leadership development will benefit from the application of best-practices described in this session. The presenters will share a Leadership Development Continuum (LDC) framework refined in collaboration with the Carlson School's Executive Leadership Advisory Board. The LDC provides an accessible framework for understanding the leadership capabilities and developmental needs associated with each career level progression, from first-time supervisor through board director. In particular, the session will focus on the results of a nationwide study involving 300 directors, vice presidents and senior vice presidents. The study outcomes point to the most enticing and effective means for supporting the developmental needs of leaders as they progress from director (leading others) to vice president (leading the function) roles. Preferred coaching, peer network, and hybrid learning methodologies will be reviewed and discussed. Session participants will be invited to participate in ensuing Carlson studies related to leadership development and the sharing of best-practices of HR leaders responsible for talent management and leadership development over the following year.

"Arbitration/Mediation Agreements in the Workplace: Maximize Employee Engagement, Minimize Risk"
Joanne Mullen, Associate General Counsel HR/Employment; and Deb Kendall, Director of Talent Development and Inclusion; Ecolab

In 2014 Ecolab engaged in a project to implement Arbitration Agreements for all current employees. At the same time, they created a program to maximize options for employees to internally address concerns, including establishing an Ombudsman office. This presentation will examine the process utilized by the company in order to be legally compliant but also to insure that all employees signed the agreement. We will discuss why we made the decision to implement, whether Arbitration Agreements are right for your company, the decision-making as to the plan and then walk through the actual roll-out. Finally we will share our experience with the strategy regarding non-compliance of employees and the actual timing and content of the communication plan.

2:30 -2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 - 4:00 p.m.
Closing Comments & Afternoon Keynote Speaker
"Career Lessons – How Leadership, Culture and Engagement Drive Success"
Shari Ballard, Chief Human Resources Officer, Best Buy
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Reception - Sponsored by Best Buy