Talent Management Conference


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Wednesday, Feb. 5th

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Pre-conference Workshop: HR Analytics
Pre-conference workshop rate: $75
Instructor: Paul Loehr
This half-day workshop is designed for Human Resources (HR) professionals who want to develop or enhance their organization’s HR analytic capabilities by effectively gathering key data, developing meaningful metrics to monitor and measure success and using analytics to make effective decisions. Participants will be introduced to the theory, concepts and business application of HR research, data, metrics, systems, analyses and reporting. Through this course, HR professionals will develop an understanding of the role and importance of HR analytics, and the ability to track, retrieve, manage, analyze and interpret HR data to support organizational decision making. With these skills, participants should have a stronger voice and presence in using talent analytics to persuade others toward actions that best align with organizational goals.
   - Clearly define and understand the terminology       associated with Human Resources Analytics
   - Develop knowledge, skills, and abilities to research,       collect, analyze, interpret and present HR Analytic       information
   - Apply quantitative and qualitative analysis to       understand trends and indicators in HR data
   - Make recommendations using analytical information       to improve organizational operations

2:00 p.m.
Welcome Address
Speaker: Jerry Greenwell
CEO, CPS HR Consulting

2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
General Session
Keynote - Global Talent Trends by Mercer
Speakers: Haider Abdullah and Brad Fleiss
Scenarios abound about the future of work and the implications for individuals, companies, and societies. Technological advances, government policies, and employee expectations are reshaping what we know as work, while the pace of change continues to accelerate. What does this mean for the public sector and how can we prepare? In this exciting keynote, we will explore 4 trends emerging from Mercer research: (1) Aligning work to future values (2) Building brand resonance (3) Curating the Work Experience and (4) Delivering talent-led change.

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
General Session
Making Your Organization Future-Ready
Speakers: Haider Abdullah and Brad Fleiss
In this interactive session, we will guide you through a facilitated discussion about where you are at and how you can take action to prepare for the evolving future of work.

5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 6th

8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
General Session
Keynote - HR Leadershift: Navigating the Transition to Strategic HR
Speaker: Sara Christiansen
HR has historically focused almost exclusively on administrative and risk mitigation activities. However, over time HR has been tasked with becoming strategic business partners and now needs to focus on training, performance management, compensation planning and other operational strategies.

You have to balance the needs of the business with the needs of a changing employee demographic. You strive to serve the individuals as well as the teams we work with. You are required to ensure compliance and productivity. We have to reconcile our administrative responsibilities with validating our seat at the table. It can be hard to keep your eye on the prize; credible impact.

9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
General Session
Facilitating Organizational Agility in 2020 & Beyond
Speaker: Al Adamsen
As artificial intelligence, globalization, robotic automation and other disruptions become the norm, organizations of all sizes and in all industries must adapt. This is no longer a mythical tale in an abstract future. It's here and now, and leaders and HR functions who don't adapt will find themselves underserving their stakeholders or worse, they will be deemed largely irrelevant. This session will explore how agile organizations are forming and sustaining rapid adaptability while also staying attentive to budget constraints, worker experiences, diversity & inclusion, engagement and well-being. Leading practices will be cited as will recommendations of what HR needs to do to be an essential catalyst in an age of continuous disruption.

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Breakout Session
Brandividuals: Leveraging Employees to Supercharge Recruitment
Speakers: Jason Litchney and Cecily Hastings
Mobile devices and constant advancements in social media mean individuals have more reach and influence than ever before. These “brandividuals” can be a tremendous asset for your agency.

Often called "the marriage of HR and Marketing," Employer/Employee Branding provides HR Departments a distinct advantage in recruiting top talent. Every employee is an extension of your public agency, and the lines between personal lives and business lives are blurred forever. Organizations need to find a balance between keeping their employees focused while also giving them the freedom to increase their own value in the marketplace. When their value increases, so does the agency they work for and the perception of the agency as an employer. This session will provide perspective on how to leverage your employee's brand to increase exposure for your organization and help to supercharge recruitment, retention and engagement.

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Breakout Session
8 Critical Issues for 21st Century Public Service
Speaker: Preet Bassi
Based on the 21st Century Fire and Rescue Service White Paper developed by the Center for Public Safety Excellence and the International City/County Management Association, Ms. Bassi will share eight global issues facing local government that must be addressed to remain relevant in the 21st Century. Real-world success stories of addressing re-identification, robust use of data, technology, culture, inclusiveness, partnerships, sustainability, and health and wellness will be shared highlighting the universal impact of these topics for types and sizes of local governments.

11:45 a.m – 1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Breakout Session
People Data for Good: Balancing Human & Business Needs in the Age of AI
Speaker: Al Adamsen
Every moment of every day you, your colleagues, and workers around the world generate data. Such data are now being gathered and analyzed faster and more effectively than ever before. Confidence-inspiring stories are thus emerging, stories that guide external recruiting strategies, internal development strategies, reward and recognition/compensation and benefits programs, D&I initiatives, Organizational Design, etc. This can be good. It can also be dangerous.

Will so called “insights” perpetuate bias? Will they point in the right direction? Will they build or erode trust? This session will address these and other questions as we explore the ethical and responsible use of people data and analytics in the Age of AI.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Breakout Session
Rethinking Pay Equity: Fix it with a Systematic Approach to Pay Administration
Speaker: Igor Shegolev
As Equal Pay gets increasing attention from both employers and legislators, it is going through a fundamental transformation from the pay concept to one of the most important workforce values.

Some of the main causes of pay inequities in organizations are unsystematic approaches to pay administration and outdated dysfunctional pay structures. In this presentation, the speaker will address both root causes as well as methods and techniques to fix and maintain internal equity. The speaker will discuss Internal Pay Equity audits and analysis in the multiple-incumbent job classifications to ensure the pay rates are assigned according to the established criteria, and that pay practices are in compliance with the existing legislation.

2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Breakout Session
HR You Ready? Talent Innovations for the Modern Workplace
Speaker: Sara Christiansen
Transformation is a hot topic in the modern HR space. Thought leaders fill your inboxes with articles about how to innovate our people practices to keep pace with rapid workplace changes. This can be overwhelming for even the most progressive HR professional. Strategic HR leaders in the public sector must challenge convention, look to the future and facilitate change. Are you ready?

During this session we will introduce you to a few practical evidence-based talent development solutions that can be easily implemented in your organization.

2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Breakout Session
The Workforce is Changing: How Can Local Governments Compete?
Speaker: Elizabeth K. Kellar
As governments compete with the private sector for talent, they also are adopting more private sector strategies. Find out how human resources leaders are partnering with others, modernizing their operations, and leveraging their brand advantages. You’ll learn about promising practices in succession planning and the importance of employee engagement and professional development to retain employees. It is an era for creative leaders who are ready to take initiative and set the workforce agenda for the future.

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Networking event

Dinner on your own

Friday, Feb. 7th

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
CPS HR Innovation Grant Update and Presentation

8:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
General Session
Interrupting Biases in Ourselves and in Our Systems: Providing Practical Skills for Human Resources Professionals
Speaker: Dr. Steven Jones
Dr. Jones will facilitate this highly interactive two-hour general session, where the focus will be to increase human resources professionals’ understanding of unconscious bias to better leverage their diverse workforces. Participants will come away with practical tools and resources, and will have the opportunity to practice skills to recognize and interrupt conscious and unconscious bias in the workplace. This session will also provide helpful ways to talk about and promote diversity and inclusion in the public sector.

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
General Session
Speaker: Margie Maulden
Accelerate Your Workforce with Feedback!

Dig into the heart of any innovative culture and you will find effective communication and inspired employees who feel appreciated. As leaders continue to look for ways to connect to an increasingly diverse workforce, they’re embracing two-way communication practices that center around how to give and receive feedback. When communication channels run strong, employees feel supported and accepted. When leaders connect to their employees, teams flourish, individuals bring new ideas to the table, working relationships thrive – your diverse workforce is connected and engaged! So, what is at the heart of great communication? How do we create and maintain a sense of connection and engagement among an ever-increasing workforce? The workforce of tomorrow is here today!

Whether in a formal or casual setting, feedback contributes to the effectiveness and success of communication exchanges. Candid feedback drives effective communication efforts and sets a positive tone for organizational growth, pivotal for ongoing improvement, encouraging new ideas and connecting leaders to their employees. Feedback is about support, and a supported work environment breeds positive changes and engages employees.

Just as great communication is learned by building upon skills, there are best practices for effective and meaningful feedback. A framework for feedback guides individuals through steps that increase their competence and confidence in delivering effective feedback…and effective feedback leads to clear, direct and successful communication that inspires innovation, immediate action and connects employees!

12:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Speaker: Jerry Greenwell
CEO, CPS HR Consulting