Learning and Development
Talent Management/Leadership Development
Talent Acquisition/Workforce Management
Pre-Con Workshop - Jan. 30
Day 1 - Jan. 31
Day 2 - Feb. 1
Day 3 - Feb. 2
10:00 AM Registration Opens
1:30 - 5:00 PM
In Brandon Hall Group’s research studies over the past year, Learning & Development has emerged as a clear-cut #1 priority. Both business and HCM leaders believe L&D is important or critical to business success. But there is a big barrier: a major disconnect when it comes to aligning learning strategy with business performance goals. Only 38% of organizations in Brandon Hall Group’s latest research say their learning strategy is effectively aligned with business goals. Heck, 1 in 6 organizations don’t even have a learning strategy. Click here for more details.
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5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Networking Happy Hour
Day 1 Schedule:
7:30 AM Registration Opens
8:30 AM -
When Brandon Hall Group researchers interview corporate learning professionals about blended learning, they often tout their use of multiple modalities. But that is only part of the equation for a successful and dynamic blended learning program. Much like cooking a great meal, the key to blended learning is getting the optimal mix of ingredients. And that mix depends on the desired performance outcomes. Click here for more details.
8:30 AM -
Developing future leaders is a tough challenge for organizations everywhere. But developing high-potential and emerging leaders has proven to be more challenging for most organizations than developing mid-level leaders. Overall, 76% of organizations say they will have a leadership gap for the foreseeable future . Click here for more details.
10:30 - 10:45 AM Passing Break
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Despite all the talk in the media about a revolution in Performance Management, almost half of organizations have not made any changes in the last 12-18 months, according to Brandon Hall Group’s 2017 research. The most frequent action taken – replacing the annual performance appraisal discussions with frequent and in-the-moment feedback – also had the most impact. Click here for more details.
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Artificial Intelligence. Machine Learning. These terms are bandied about almost anytime people discuss the transformation of human capital management. But surveys show that most HCM professionals don’t fully understand the details behind AI and Machine Learning and what is needed to apply them effectively to learning and development, talent management, and other HCM practices and processes. Click here for more details.
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM Lunch and Expo
Three years ago, when organizations were just beginning to experiment with videos, games and simulations for learning, the effectiveness scores in Brandon Hall Group’s research studies ranked near the bottom. Oh, how times have changed. While the use of these learner-friendly methods is still relatively low, the effectiveness scores among the organizations that do take advantage of them are soaring. Click here for more details.
As the struggle for gender balance in the workplace continues, nowhere is there more opportunity – or potential disaster – than in the tech sector. Technology is changing our world at the most rapid pace in history. And the representation of women in technology leadership lags behind national norms at an alarming rate. Click here for more details.
1:45 - 2:00 PM Passing Break
Organizations around the world are delivering some amazingly innovative learning to their employees, customers and partners. However, when it comes to going beyond individual efforts and creating an effective learning strategy, the majority of organizations are still struggling. Click here for more details.
Developing and managing competencies is the most under-developed of the talent management processes, according to 2017 Brandon Hall Group research. Almost two-thirds of organizations either do not utilize competencies or are still defining and developing their competency programs. Click here for more details.
3:00 - 3:15 PM Passing Break
Culture can have a major impact on an organization’s ability to deliver an excellent experience to job candidates and employees. As just one example of many, Brandon Hall Group research shows that organizations with a collaborative culture are more than twice as likely than organizations with a controlling culture to have an effective learning and development strategy. Click here for more details.
Research shows that organizations struggle, to one degree or another, at every level of the hiring process. Simply attracting talent is a challenge for more than two-thirds of organizations. But quality of hire, making competitive offers to top talent, and first-year retention – among other processes -- also loom large for many organizations. Click here for more details.
“People First”: Rethinking People Leadership at Motorola Solutions
Diane Rosso, Global Director of Talent Development & Acceleration at Motorola Solutions, Inc. will discuss:
4:15 - 5:30 PM Expo Grand Opening
Tech Talk: Digital Transformation Can’t Succeed Without People – and HR
The role of today’s HR teams is changing dramatically as organizations move toward a fully-digital workplace. Come learn how HR leads transitions to digital and how successful HR teams support digital transformation. Morne will discuss what digital transformation means for an organization’s people; why HR is at the heart of any digital transformation, and how the right technology can support and power HR’s success.
Tech Talk: Learning as You Imagined: Delivering a Cohesive Learning Strategy to Engage Learners
Modern, mobile, social, informal…..it can be overwhelming for Learning & Development organizations to develop, refresh and organize content to keep pace with the rapid evolution of today’s learning technology and delivery methods. A thoughtful content roadmap and the right solutions can be the difference between success and status quo.
Tech Talk: Self-Directed Learning - A Verbal Primer for Practicality
In this short session, Dr. Tom Tonkin, Principal Consultant of Cornerstone’s Thought Leadership and Advisory Services discusses the four dimensions of the conative brain that actives self-direction as well as the four skills that a self-learner must improve to gain true learning autonomy. Use cases as well as research principals are presented and other related topics are addressed in this short but informative session.
Tech Talk: The Most Critical Skills You’re Not Teaching (At Scale)
What drives performance in your organization? Our experience matches the research - soft skills drive innovation, retain and attract talent, and grow shareholder returns. But only 20% of companies develop these skills at scale. What's more, trainings for skills like empathy, inclusion, appreciating differences, and cultural understanding are usually limited to top levels of the organizations, if provided at all. Learn how a range of companies tackle these issues and teach the most important skills across their businesses. We will share six specific approaches and techniques you can implement in your organization the next day.
5:30 - 5:45 PM Passing Break
After a day of workshops and panel discussions, Day 1 of the conference concludes with insightful conversations between Brandon Hall Group Chief Strategy Officer Michael Rochelle and top executives from Excellence Award-winning and client organizations that have helped their businesses through innovative human capital management initiatives. The guests will reveal challenges they faced and the steps they took to drive business results. Click here for more details.
7:00 - 8:00 PM Welcome Reception
Day 2 Schedule:
7:00 - 8:00 AM Breakfast
Mike Cooke kicks off Thursday’s events with Brandon Hall Group’s vision for a better world of work that engages and inspires employees and allows organizations to reach their full potential to serve their customers, employees, shareholders, and partners. Roberta Matuson, a leading authority on leadership and the skills and strategies required to earn employee commitment and client loyalty, will also join Brandon Hall Group CEO Mike Cooke for an interview and audience Q&A as part of Thursday’s Opening General Session, Inspiring a Better Workplace Experience.
9:15 - 10:30 AM Expo
The new year is all about resolutions… This year, why not make increased learner engagement your organization’s L&D goal? In this short and sweet workshop, Docebo’s Andrew Grocholski will teach you to boost your learner buy-in and engage your learners. Click here for more details.
Digital Transformation: How to Upskill your Workforce with EdCast
Transformation is never easy. Digital learning transformation requires leaders to rethink models, skills and communications to drive great user experiences and boost user adoption. EdCast, known for its AI-powered Knowledge Cloud for unified discovery, knowledge management and personalized learning, is the leading learning solution chosen by organizations around the world to upskill workforces to prepare for a changing global economy. Click here for more details.
Adaptive Learning - the application of computer science, big data and machine learning techniques, combined with state-of-the-art pedagogy - has enabled the creation of new learning systems that adapt to the needs of each and every learner. Click here for more details.
10:20-10:30 AM Passing Break
The most googled word since 2014 is Culture. People want to know how to build positive cultures that inspire innovation and create superior results. At the heart of culture is what you believe, what you value, your purpose, your authenticity. In today’s talent market what was once termed “the soft stuff” has become “the hard stuff.” Living your values, creating great employee experiences, having a purpose that guides the work of every individual is as essential to success as a great business strategy. Click here for more details.
Most onboarding is just content without context, and the modern worker makes an emotional decision about whether or not this new company is a place they’ll stay within just the first few weeks of employment—that’s a pretty bad combo! But there’s an easy way to uplevel your average onboarding process to good, and then fill in the gaps to make it great. Click here for more details.
What was an anticipated sales training initiative, turned into a tremendous opportunity to foster a critical change in organizational behavior and culture. The professional leadership development program completely transformed the Council. Click here for more details.
11:00 - 11:15 AM Passing Break
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Everyone loves to be recognized for good work. So why do organizations have such a difficult time doing it effectively? Like every other facet of talent management, rewards and recognition is more effective when there is a clear strategy linked to other talent practices and business goals. Click here for more details.
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Onboarding is the connector between promise and reality. This session will show you creative and effective ways to use onboarding, not just as an orientation, but as a true driver of engagement, development, productivity, and retention. Click here for more details.
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Three Steps to Creating a World-Class Training Department
There’s no magic wand to make your training department extraordinary, but there are fundamental best practices that can help you on your way. In this workshop you will learn three simple steps towards defining what you want your training department to be, do and contribute to your organization, and how to impress your learners into training compliance. If you want to be world-class you need to think differently. Join us and we’ll show you how. Click here for more details.
12:15 - 1:15 PM Lunch
1:15 - 1:45 PM
Change is constant in large organizations and so is the need to dynamically reskill and change behaviors as business priorities shift. At Accenture, 40% of Accenture's 420,000 employees have been with the firm for two years or less. Learn how Accenture is using neuroscience-based strategies and a partnership with Cognician to build digital capabilities that support seamless on-boarding and on-going engagement for new joiners to increase productivity by 5%. Click here for more details.
1:15 - 1:45 PM
Let's face it: Traditional knowledge-based tests and exams are designed to demonstrate what participants can remember, not what they can do. Whether used in recruitment, onboarding, compliance, training, career advancement or certification, assessments that go "beyond recall" offer organizations many distinct benefits. Click here for more details.
1:15 - 1:45 PM
For years, data has been used by sales and marketing to measure current and past results—and even to predict future events. But this same use of data has not always transferred to how organizations recruit, develop, and retain their employees. Yet, to be successful and stay competitive, organizations need to analyze tremendous amounts of employee data, including previous actions and outcomes, to allow for the creation of meaningful and unbiased metrics. Click here for more details.
1:45 - 2:00 PM Passing Break
Leadership Development is one of the most invested in – and least effective – talent management processes. In Brandon Hall Group’s latest LD research, only 19% of organizations said they had a mature LD strategy that drives business performance. But there are high-performing organizations that are succeeding in bridging leadership gaps and developing dynamic leaders who can propel their organizations forward.
“Employee experience” is the new “thing” in human capital management. The trouble is that employee experience involves the skillful blend of many different practices, processes, technologies, strategies from many different parts of the business. Click here for more details.
West Marine believes that the soul of adventure is in the willingness to face challenges, even when the outcomes can't be guaranteed. When West Marine looked at its business performance data, senior leaders knew the company had to change so it could thrive in a new retail environment. Click here for more details.
3:00 - 4:15 PM Expo
McGraw-Hill Education Learning Science Platforms apply artificial intelligence to learning through adaptive technology. The platforms transform otherwise static content into personalized experiences that adapt in real-time to each learner’s behavior and performance. Click here for more details.
Tech Talk: Headwinds and Tailwinds of Changing Performance Management Programs
Leading the market in real-time feedback and performance management solutions, Reflektive’s Rachel Ernst, Director of Employee Success, will share insights gathered from over 400 customers and her own Employee Success Team’s innovative initiatives focused on redefining performance management. Click here for more details.
Tech Talk: How to Design a Culture of Performance Development
High-performance companies are moving away from the traditional performance review process in favor of continuous feedback and development. In this session, Zugata’s Kirsten Moore will share the benefits of this trend as well as provide a deep dive into an effective process that balances both performance measurement and performance development.
4:15 - 5:15 PM Break Before the Awards Ceremony and Gala
5:15 - 6:15 PM Pre-Ceremony Wine Tasting
6:30 - 9:30 PM
Celebrating HCM Excellence: Winners of the 2017 Brandon Hall Group Awards
We cap off Thursday with a celebration of excellence! Winners of 2017 Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards will be honored in grand style with dinner, music, a keynote presentation, the annual parade of award recipients, and video highlights of selected winners throughout the night. The ceremony is preceded by wine tasting and followed by a gala reception outside.
Please note that the dress code is black tie optional.
9:30 PM Excellence Awards Gala
Day 3 Schedule:
7:00 - 8:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 - 9:00 AM Breakfast
Learning – traditionally a cost center – is increasing in value through extended enterprise learning. Brandon Hall Group's 2017 research reveals that learning for non-employees and remote and distributed employees now accounts for more than half of learning. Click here for more details.
Team development is a critical component of talent, leadership and learning development within all functions of an organization. With globalization, competitive market environments, product innovation and dispersed workforces, highly productive teams are critical for achieving business goals. Click here for more details.
10:00 - 10:30 AM Refreshment Break
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
The Secrets of HCM Innovation
In this closing general session, Brandon Hall Group analysts and award-winners share their insights about the challenges and rewards of HCM innovation. Join us for a spirited discussion and great examples of innovation related to people, process and technology in human capital management, as well as insights into what to expect in the not-to-distant future. We see this as a great way to end 2½ days of celebrating and exploring excellence. Click here for more details.
12:00 PM HCM Excellence Conference 2018 Concludes
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Brandon Hall Group is a research and analyst firm, with more than 10,000 clients globally and 25 years of delivering research-based solutions that empower excellence in organizations around the world through our research and tools each and every day. Our vision is to inspire a better workplace experience. Our mission is to empower excellence in organizations around the world through our research and tools each and every day.