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SUMMIT 2015: Industry Knowledge Sponsor Sessions
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Industry Knowledge Sessions

Don't miss our sponsor-presented Industry Knowledge Sessions during the expo breaks! Four sponsors will provide 20-minute TED-style talks, presented in the new Industry Knowledge Center; right on the show floor. They will provide free-flowing, short lectures exploring critical topics important to HR leaders.


HR in the Cloud: The Case for Change (10:15 - 10:35 AM)

Sponsored by: 

Speakers: Christian Bathje, Vice President, HR Technology and Operations, Aon Service Corporation, and Colin Brennan, Global Leader, Cloud Deployment Solutions, Aon Hewitt 

Aon Hewitt invites you to join your peers for a thought-provoking discussion on the evolution of HR in the Cloud. Why move to the cloud and how do you make a business case for it? What will change in the HR delivery structure as well as the service to the business? Learn why so many organizations are moving to the cloud when presented with options, and understand the key considerations and risks as you begin the journey. Case study analysis will provide unique insights on the perspective of a large, global organization's transition to Saas and how it has changed their user experience.

If I Knew Then What I Know Now: Top 10 Lessons Learned for Deploying Workday (12:15 - 12:35 PM)

Sponsored by

Speakers: Steve Seykora, Workday Practice Leader, Mercer

The adage of 'Hindsight is always 20/20' holds true today with deploying new HR technology. Forward thinking technologies like Workday employ different methodologies that are rapid, iterative which introduce new benefits and risk to organizations. During this discussion we will speak to the things customers have done, or wish they did, to drive success, decrease the time to value and achieve the overall goals of their project. Join our Workday Market Leaer, and former customer of Workday, for this frank discussion of the top 10 lessons learned from deploying Workday.


Shifting Talent Trajectory: Are You Ready for What's Next? (12:45 - 1:05 PM)

Sponsored by

Speaker: John Bremen, Managing Director, Talent & Rewards (Americas) and Global Leader, Total Rewards, Towers Watson

Three monumental forces -- demography, geography and technology -- are affecting not only the business world but the talent agenda as well. These shifts have created a new workforce -- employees are becoming savvy and engaged consumers of their organizations' brand, culture, leadership, and Total Rewards programs. Come hear how organizations are using established consumer-focused expertise to become more effective at attracting talent, as well as engaging and creating loyalty among employees.

What's the Big Deal with Big Data? (2:40 - 3:00 PM)

Sponsored by

Speaker: Mitch Maddox, Technology Evangelist, Ultimate Software

Once used for only sales and marketing functions, sophisticated analytic approaches are increasingly being used by companies to make fact-based decisions about their human capital investments. HR professionals are looking to advances in big data analysis to understand what impacts whether an employee will stay or leave the organization. Mitch Maddox, Technology Evangelist for Ultimate Software offers a lifeline in helping demystify Big Data and Predictive Analytics. With over 18 years in Human Resources with 14 years focused in Human Capital Management systems. As a former regular guest on CNN, Mitch has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV shows in the United States, Australia, and Japan. Mitch was also featured in numerous print publications including USA Today and Time magazine in addition to appearing in People Magazine's Most Intriguing People Issue in December of 2000.