Summit Schedule and Session Information


7:30-8:00am Seating, Lite Breakfast, and Refreshments

8:00- 8:30am Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Drs. Shawn Bergman and Tim Ludwig (IOHRM Faculty - Appalachian State) 

8:30-9:30am Learning and Development: The Secret Weapon in the War for Talent

Evea Kaldas (Training Specialist- HD Supply)

This session will engage participants in an understanding of the Learning and Development space, including its evolution in the workplace and its current importance. This session will empower participants to be advocates for Learning and Development and enable them to articulate the business case for an investment in this space. Participants will learn about the power of continuous learning and its ability to positively position organizations to gain a competitive advantage in the "war for talent" as well as in the larger business environment where companies must continue to evolve or be left behind. Additionally, this presentation will highlight the importance of learner engagement and its effects on associate retention and behavior change as a result of training. Finally, participants will receive foundational information on how they can engage their future learners both in Instructor Led Training and Virtual Instructor Led Training platforms, preparing participants for an interactive afternoon breakout session in which they will have the opportunity to plan their application of these techniques.

9:30-9:45am Break

9:45-10:45am Developing Workforce Analytics That Fit Your Company

Bryce Woods (Senior Director, Strategy Planning & Analytics- TIAA)

Many organizations forget that "doing analytics" is a marathon and not a sprint. More specifically, it takes time to build the business case, assemble the right team, and develop mature analytics process and products. This presentation will share TIAA's journey in developing their workforce analytics capacity. The presentation will challenge the notion that analytics maturity is linear process and provide participants with an applied framework for how to advance the maturity of their HR analytic efforts. The presentation will also share lessons learned and will provide participants with insight into how to develop internal processes, change stakeholder perspectives, and build the business case for making workforce analytics part of your organization's strategic decision making process.

10:45-11:00am Break

11:00am-12:00pm Beyond Visible Diversity

Joseph Lewis (Senior Program Manager, Innovation and Operations- AXA Equitable Life)

It's been over 55 years since the introduction of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and we are still discussing and debating the importance of diversity in the workplace. However much of this discussion is literally just visual awareness of the differences seen in the human race. To really make a difference into the future, we must move past the visible and move into the invisible dimensions of diversity and its influence on inclusion. We will explore the history, current challenge and how we all can make simple changes in our day to day lives to step forward, together. 

12:00-1:00pm Lunch

1:00-2:00pm How office location and Millennials' expectations can help you attract tomorrow's top talent

Melissa Reagen (Managing Director, Head of Research, Americas - Nuveen Real Estate)

In the "war for talent," it is important for organizations to know how to keep the talent they have, recruit the talent that is currently available, and position themselves to attract the talent of the future. While none of these pursuits are easy, positioning your company to successfully recruit and hire the workforce of the future is particularly challenging. This presentation will explore the changes and trends in the workforce that articulate what the future workforce is looking to get out of their jobs and what factors they are examining when considering where they want to live. These results will inform organizations regarding what the future workforce will look like, what they might expect from HR, and how the physical location of a company's offices might play a role in attracting future talent.

2:00-2:15 pm Break

2:15-3:45 Breakout Sessions

  • HR Analytics
  • Learning & Development
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Future of the Workplace

3:45-4:30pm Closing remarks and Wrap-Up