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December 7-8, 2015

The ultimate conference for transforming the world of work through inspired leadership

Leading the Workforce and Leadership Transformation

Today's leaders at top–performing companies don't simply say, "Employees are their best asset" – they live it. But, how do you take advantage of your talent? How do you develop it? How do you retain it? And how do you develop the skill sets needed to compete in the global economy?

HR professionals and executives are at the forefront of a transformation – across technology, the workforce, culture, leadership – and they are tasked with finding new ways to drive businesses forward. You can help lead that transformation.

7 reasons to attend The Future of Work 2015

  1. 1Step through Whirlpool’s 10-week recruitment program and get sample interview questions it uses to secure top talent.
  2. 2Hear how RSA Canada prepares for the challenges the future of work presents and get steps to ready
    your own HR practices.
  3. 3Understand the top 5 must-haves for peer group mentoring  and the top 5 mistakes to avoid.
  4. 4Gain strategies to leverage analytics to make better talent decisions and turn HR from a cost center
    to a strategic partner
  5. 5Delve into a 4-step process for effectively leading teams in the future and 10 variables for effective team leadership
    in the next decade.
  6. 6Learn the 7 Golden Rules to best present data to the business and walk through the 5 steps of a good analysis.
  7. 7Take home a High Performers Fact Sheet to see a correlation between above-average profit margin and revenue growth
    and workforce development.


8:00 am – 9:00 am
9:00 am – 9:45 am

Gloria Burke, Senior Director, Enterprise Strategies

Join Gloria Burke, Senior Director of Enterprise Strategies, LLC and industry-recognized culture change leader, to hear her compelling perspective on the challenges and issues facing businesses as they prepare for the 2020 Workplace. Take a guided tour of the traits of the emergent 2020 employee—how they seek and share knowledge, collaborate and learn, as well as their expectations of the future workplace environment. Examine how businesses will need to transform— across the pillars of technology, business process, policy and governance, and people and culture—and hear the critical areas where businesses must focus in order to drive innovation and business growth; become more agile and competitive in the market place; and successfully attract, develop, and retain top talent.

You don’t want to miss this engaging discussion where Burke shares valuable insights and strategic approaches that you can leverage to successfully jumpstart your business transformation to the 2020 Workplace.

9:45 am – 10:00 am
10:00 am – 11:00 am

Andy Jankowski, Founder and Managing Director, Enterprise Strategie

Never before has the move to a digital way of working been more important. Companies are realizing that digital transformation is necessary, not only to attract and retain top talent, but to enable their employees to provide the highest level of customer service to their clients and to gain competitive advantage. Attend this session to delve into the key components of the digital landscape—social, mobile, cloud, data analytics and security —and how various employee personas will leverage each of these in order to deliver value.

  • Learn 5 non-technical steps you can take now to prepare your company for these changes
  • Walk away with 3 key considerations for defining the right strategy for your company’s 2020 Workplace
  • Wrap up this session with an interactive Q&A with Andy and keynote speaker Gloria Burke where you can ask your own specific questions on the 2020 Workplace
11:00 am – 11:30 am
11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Mark Edgar, SVP Human Resources, RSA Canada

Abraham Lincoln said, “The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.” When it comes to the future of work, this is critical because we need to prepare for the volume of change to the way we work. Hear how RSA Canada, an insurance company with a rich 300-year history, has a track record for adapting to change. Attend this session to gain insight into how RSA is prepared for the issues and challenges the future of work presents.

  • Examine key concepts of the FoW and the impact of technology, millennials, globalization, new behaviors, and mobility to how we work.
  • Tap into methods that RSA Canada uses to build an agile culture that is more prepared for the future, including how it creates an agile environment, builds capability in its leaders and encourages everyone to play a role in creating the future.
  • Hear how RSA Canada meets the demands of the millennial generation and get practical steps to adapt your own HR practices to include mobility, flexible working, well-being, and performance management.
  • Measure how your approach to the future of work compares with other organizations.
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
1:15 pm – 2:00 pm

Jonathan Kroll , PhD, Leadership Educator and Mentoring Coach

According to a new survey by EY, 71% of employees report leaving their jobs because companies don’t encourage teamwork. People seek meaning in their work and—due to technology, the nature of work, and generational expectations—employees have an expectation of collaboration and group engagement. The cost of ignoring these demands: Heightened turnover, the expense of recruiting new team members, and lost productivity. Attend this session to understand the principles of group mentoring and how to establish a foundation for, and harness the benefits of, collaborative work.

  • Get an overview of group mentoring and drill down into tangible ways to implement group mentoring experiences within your organization.
  • Delve into why formal mentoring programs are less effective than informal programs and how to foster both formal and informal mentoring experiences.
  • Uncover the key characteristics of effective group mentoring so you can smoothly implement mentoring into your organization.
  • Hear the top 5 must-haves for an effective peer group mentoring program and the top 5 mistakes companies make when building a mentoring program.
  • Step through a case study of an effective peer group mentoring program in an association that represents diverse, executive-level, professional women.
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
2:30 pm – 3:15 pm

David Tunnah, Director, Growth Leaders Network

Create a growth culture in your organization in which every moment, change, and interaction becomes an opportunity for learning, contribution, and excellence. Discover how—through scientific practices and historical lessons—to upgrade the consciousness of your company, team, and yourself to ultimately nurture unlimited creativity, inspiration, and contentment.

  • Examine practices from neuroscience and psychology that support a culture of growth:
    • Gain skills to identify what’s holding you back and how to reverse that effect through self-awareness and techniques that you can use to grow yourself and others.
    • Explore how people learn, the difference between giving feedback and coaching, and how to inspire change.
    • Learn tactics—such as storytelling, rewards systems, and role modeling—that allow you to evolve the consciousness of your organization.
  • Derive lessons from great leaders like Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, and Rembrandt, who used these practices to transform themselves and their followers.
    • For example, hear how Franklin Delano Roosevelt transformed a country that was in the grip of the Great Depression from a consciousness of despair into one of confidence and courage.
3:15 pm – 3:30 pm
3:30 pm – 4:15 pm

Santiago Jaramillo, CEO and Founder, Bluebridge

Necessity is the mother of invention; in this case, it is the mother of innovation. Learn how Bluebridge--the premier mobile engagement platform-- created a new app for their internal use that turbocharged employee engagement and helped to maintain their culture as the company doubled in size. In this session, you will take an inside look at:

  • How Bridgelife, Bluebridge’s grassroots culture committee, used their experience as employees to design and develop the app’s functionality to create a single source for all things Bluebridge
  • The challenges growing companies face and how Bluebridge maintained its culture by overcoming the difficulty of clear communication and transparency of company priorities
  • The strategy and methods Bluebridge took to incorporate this paradigm shift into the existing culture
  • Learn how to capture on-demand feedback from employees by activating push notification surveys and use the results to improve company culture
  • 4 key benefits that have come from empowering employees to innovate with the tools around them
4:15 pm – 4:30 pm
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Ask your specific questions to speakers Gloria Burke, Andy Jankowski, Mark Edgar, Jonathan Kroll, David Tunnah and Santiago Jaramillo. Hosted by FOW conference producer, Debbie Lynd, this lively discussion will drill down into what these experts see as the critical shifts in to HR in the coming 12-24 months.

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

It’s time to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks, compliments of SAP. Meet and chat with fellow attendees, speakers and colleagues in a relaxing setting. See you there!

8:00 am – 9:00 am
9:00 am – 9:45 am

Sheri Nasim, Center for Executive Excellence

In today's information economy, organizations struggle to keep up with constant change and those that lead by traditional, transactional, command-and-control practices will not survive. In this highly engaging presentation, learn how your organization can meet the demands of rapid change by creating a culture that can respond swiftly, communicate freely, encourage experimentation, and organize as a network of people motivated by a shared purpose.

  • Explore the 3 foundations of leadership: leadership within, leadership among, and leadership beyond.
  • Uncover how to use these foundations to promote partnership, trust, and a culture that thrives on change.
  • Get 7 steps to transform your leadership style to inspire, equip, and encourage your employees to greater productivity and meaning in the workplace.
  • Hear how companies like Southwest Airlines, Life Technologies, and Stone Brewing have changed their perspectives to maximize the potential of their profits, people, and the planet.
  • Walk away with leadership best practices to meet the needs of the employee of the future.
9:45 am – 10:00 am
10:00 am – 10:45 am

Tracey Smith, President, Numerical Insights

Analytics ranks in the top 5 concerns for HR and is a crucial way to portray HR as a strategic partner rather a cost center. In this session, learn how to use HR analytics to make better talent decisions, connect HR data to business outcomes, and raise the profile of HR.

  • Get the steps needed to create an internal Linkage Map to connect HR data to the challenges and priorities of the business.
  • Step through a roadmap to evaluate the level of maturity of your HR analytics capabilities, from traditional HR to data-driven decision making.
  • Hear the 7 Golden Rules to best present data to the business, including how to determine what information is useful and how to group data together with customer needs in mind.
  • See examples of how companies—including a Global Tier 1 automotive company and a technology manufacturer—draw connections between HR data and their businesses, such as:
    • Using analytics to address the cost of absenteeism to illustrate the price tag of unplanned absences and help the business better implement changes that affect the bottom line.
    • Establishing the connection between engagement and turnover to determine what decrease in turnover to expect if you raise your engagement score.
    • How to assess the impact of learning and development programs through statistical testing.
  • Learn the 5 steps of a good analysis in order to focus your study on key business questions.
10:45 am – 11:15 am
11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Gary Keil, Health Ambassador, Beautiful Mind, Strong Body Center

Policies and procedures to streamline business processes, along with the adoption of Six Sigma and Kaizen practices, help to maximize productivity and save costs, but what long-term consequences do these efforts have on creativity, innovation, and sustainable growth? Attend this session to learn how to balance productivity with a culture that fosters free thinking, creativity without borders, and ultimately, employee motivation and satisfaction.

  • Hear 3 reasons why organizations should not give up Six Sigma and Kaizen practices and 10 reasons why they must, then weigh the pros and cons.
  • Examine how traditional and current business practices stifle innovation and creativity, and why future employees and customers will eschew companies that use outdated practices.
  • Explore how multiple Fortune 500 companies, including Accenture, AT&T, and Chase Bank, use non-Darwinian evolution practices to ensure long-term success and how they adopt these into their established business models.
  • Learn the 5 steps to recreate your organizational culture to foster innovation without breaking existing processes.
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Kerry Brown, Evangelist and Thought Leader, SAP

Business growth is an imperative, not an option. Yet the success of every growth strategy—organically through increased output and sales, or inorganically via acquisitions and mergers—relies on addressing a number of key organizational challenges. Increase the odds of success for your growth initiatives by focusing on 5 organizational practices: Leadership, capabilities and talent, organization design, culture, and change management.

  • Delve into how technology and shifting demographics impact best practices in your organization.
  • Explore high-growth companies and how they approach hiring, employee development, compensation, and leadership preparedness.
  • Get tips to create a learning culture that supports simplification and self-service.
  • Benchmark your own organization against growth and non-growth companies and hear 5 actions to take to prepare best for the future.
  • Take home a High Performers Fact Sheet to see a correlation between above-average profit margin and revenue growth and workforce development.
1:45 pm – 2:00 pm
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Ashley Czubak, Program Manager, Whirlpool Corporation Sales Academy

Hear firsthand how The Real Whirled Program at Whirlpool Corporation has become a robust talent pipeline to fill critical roles throughout the organization and advance employees. Hear the goals and foundation of the program, how it won executive level sponsorship, and the ways it evolved to meet the needs of the changing business and workforce. Learn how the program recruits aggressively for new hires and provides developmental experiences that directly result in increased employee satisfaction and increased retention.

  • Walk through Whirlpool’s 4-part interview framework and get sample interview questions it uses to secure top talent.
  • Step through the 10-week experience to see how it sets participants up for success and transforms participants into product and employer ambassadors.
  • Examine how the program team garners feedback from candidates on the process and uses this evaluation to continuously improve the program and the company.
  • Draw upon lessons from Whirlpool’s experiences, including it fosters trust with recruits from the start, stays connected with individuals, and collects and uses input to gain perspective and improve the organization.
2:45 pm – 3:00 pm
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Ask your specific questions to speakers Sheri Nasim, Gary Keil, Tracey Smith, Kerry Brown, Ashley Czubak. Hosted by FOW conference producer, Debbie Lynd, this lively discussion will drill down into what these experts see as the critical shifts in to HR in the coming 12-24 months.

4:00 pm



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