While it has been nearly a year since Holly and I excitedly (and somewhat nervously) rolled up to the MGM on that first day of the conference, I am regularly reminded of why HR Transform was and is such a special experience, and how it sets itself apart from the traditional conferences. If I could describe HRT and my biggest takeaways in a few of words, HRT is:
- Authentic. What I valued most about my time at HRT 2019 was the authenticity and expertise that each presenter brought to their stage. I was confident that each speaker was an expert and a reliable, trustworthy resource from which I could learn so much. When I walk down the aisles of the vendor exhibition hall, I typically feel as though I’m ducking and dodging vendors who are trying to reel me in with a sticker or a raffle. Surprisingly (and thankfully), this was not the case at HR Transform. From Joonko, an automated diversity recruiting tool that integrates with your ATS, to Cleo, a family support system that helps employees navigate the joys and the journey of parenthood, each vendor felt handpicked for this community of HR professionals.
- Relevant. Whether I was attending a session on the LifeLabs Playing Cards Method facilitated by Robleh D. Kirce or watching our very own OrgOrg co-founder/CEO, Kim Rohrer, speaking on a panel about how companies use data to design well-being programs, I was seamlessly toggling between topics that were not only relevant to today’s modern HR world, but also relevant to me in my own professional journey. I very quickly became frustrated with myself for not bringing a fresh notebook to jot everything down in one place. Once the conference was through, I traveled back to Phoenix with a backpack overflowing with looseleaf handouts covered in bullet points, asterisks, and exclamations, notes quickly taken in margins of the HRT program and on the back of MGM napkins.
- Connected. While I deliberately made plans to travel to HRT with Holly, I also was able to meet up with other OrgOrg friends (hi, Kim and Leia!) and meet new ones through the OrgOrg connection (hi, Felicia and Rob!). Many of us are returning again for our second year at HRT and looking forward to reconnecting over meals and in between sessions. As you’ve read, HRT 2019 was a truly impactful experience for me. HRT 2020 is sure to be even better, bringing together upwards of 1,000 of the most dynamic and forward-thinking people leaders. This year’s goal is to amplify these empowering voices by showcasing leading-edge thinking and technology with the four themes: Digitization, Humanity, Transformation and Workplace of the Future.
Here’s a SNEAK PEAK(!) at what you can expect from the plenary stage on the morning of Tuesday, March 24th:
The Next Gen Organization
It is the question on every People Professional’s mind: What will the future look like for HR? Which is quickly followed by a million more questions regarding priorities, skills, planning. But you are not alone, the big trends, the opportunities and the challenges are all on the minds of your C-suite as well. Get a modern view of their thoughts, preparations and concerns as too are faced with the big trends for HR. Speakers include:
- Lars Schmidt, Founder, Amplify
- Steve Cadigan, Talent Hacker & Advisor, Cadigan Ventures
- Zoe Harte, SVP of HR and Talent Innovation, Upwork
- Mala Singh, EVP, Chief People Officer, Electronic Arts
- Pat Wadors, Chief Talent Officer & CHRO, ServiceNow
See the full agenda here.
I’d love to meet you at this year’s HT Transform, so be sure to register now with our OrgOrg partner link to get a discounted rate.
See you in Vegas!
- Dana, OrgOrg Phoenix Chapter Head