10 Reasons to Attend the 2015 HCI Employee Engagement Conference

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Jul 16, 2015

10 Reasons to Attend the 2015 HCI Employee Engagement Conference by TINYpulseThe Human Capital Institute is a fast-growing executive association where members believe that human capital is the only competitive advantage for organizations. For three days straight, leaders in the HR industry are coming together to both share and learn about new employee engagement strategies.

So if you’re one of those attending, you’ve probably taken a peek at the agenda. Quite a smorgasbord of great sessions, right? Since it’s difficult to pick and choose which ones to attend, we’ve done the work for you. Here are 10 sessions that make the 2015 HCI Employee Engagement Conference worthwhile:

Tuesday, July 28

Engagement Through Embracing Change
9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Jim O’Gorman, Senior VP of Talent & Organization at Hulu

Change happens. But employee engagement doesn’t have to suffer when your organization makes any pivots — big or small.

Jim O’Gorman has successfully led numerous organizations through some of the most notable behavior changes we’ve seen this generation. Listen in on his keynote address to hear how he’s navigated through a sea of changes and how his team at Hulu has increased employee engagement. You’ll also learn:

  • How HR supports Hulu by leveraging values-based leadership to overcome change

  • How Hulu measure employee engagement

  • How technology plays a role in strategic initiatives

Strategies for Engagement: How Columbia Sportswear Creates Meaningful Experiences Across the Globe
9:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Scott Welch, Global Corporate Relations Manager at Columbia Sportswear Company

Cubicles, fields, airplanes — whatever the landscape for your work environment, you spend the majority of your waking hours in it. And despite the differences in culture and geographies, human beings have an innate desire for a connection with their leadership team.

In this keynote presentation, Scott Welch discusses how Columbia has created meaningful experiences for employees on every level. You’ll discover how to:

  • Curate volunteer opportunities

  • Develop matching programs that are equitable across the globe

  • Align corporate philanthropy with employee and customer values

Attracting, Engaging, and Retaining Millennial Talent
10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Joan Kuhl, Millennial Career & Trends Expert at Barnes & Noble College and Millennial Board Advisor at Cosmopolitan Magazine
Pam Bonnell, Director of Talent Development at Barnes & Noble College

There’s no avoiding millennials in the workplace. With 75% of them already in the workforce and more entering each day, organizations need to prepare themselves for this influx of young employees.

Join Joan Kuhl and Pam Bonnell as they go over the top findings from their collaborative research with Why Millennials Matter. You’ll learn:

  • Millennials’ needs and expectations about their career

  • Tips for attracting and retaining this hyper-connected crowd

  • Training and development strategies for keeping millennials engaged

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The Second City: Making It Up As We Go, Lessons in Engagement 365 Nights a Year
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Mark Sutton, Artistic Director at The Second City
D’Arcy Stuart, Director at The Second City

From Tina Fey to Bill Murray, these stars had to start somewhere. The Second City has been both entertaining people and launching careers of notable stars for the past 55 years. On top of that, they’ve been teaching corporate clients how to reach internal audiences through learning.

Join Mark Sutton and D’Arcy Stuart for a keynote presentation that will teach you:

  • The first rule for captivating audiences

  • The future of communication

  • The importance of curating content

A New Formula for Employee Engagement
3:35 - 4:20 p.m.
Jennifer Johnston, Sr. Director of Employee Marketing & Engagement at Salesforce
Harry West, VP of Appirio

Attracting and retaining talent is getting tougher by the day. Organizations are riddled with disengagement and inefficient practices for culture. But companies are still turning to annual performance reviews and employee surveys in hopes of maintaining engagement.

However, employee engagement isn’t what it used to be. Jennifer Johnston and Harry West have joined forces for this insightful presentation that will educate you on:

  • How to get culture and engagement initiatives on the executives’ agendas

  • Building a culture that focuses on continuous engagement

  • Technology trends you need to jump on to strengthen your culture

Wednesday, July 29

Finger on the Pulse — How Pulse Surveys Help Measure, Monitor, and Impact Employee Happiness
8:50 - 9:00 a.m.
Margaret Wheeler, Chief People and Culture Officer at Stitchfix

Nowadays, the word “annual” has a bad rep in the workplace. Annual surveys, annual performance reviews, annual recognition — these practices are finally getting an overhaul with the new Instant Movement.

Join Margaret Wheeler as she briefly touches upon pulsing surveys. You’ll discover:

  • How pulsing surveys impact employee happiness

  • How Stitchfix maintains employee engagement with a distributed workforce

  • Why companies need to start adopting pulsing surveys

Culture is the Fuel: How DonorsChoose.org Drives Employee Engagement and Accountability through Bottom-up Decision Making
9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
Melanie Duppins, Sr. Director of Policy and Human Capital at DonorsChoose.org

In the education sector, decisions are made from the top down and bureaucracy dominates. But that doesn’t have to be the case. DonorsChoose.org is a website that empowers teachers to request classroom resources.

Melanie Duppins shares the importance of holding employees accountable for their expertise. In this session, you’ll learn:

  • How to empower your staff to make decisions

  • How to create a culture of accountability

  • How to collect employee feedback to improve your organization

Building Engagement by Connecting People to Purpose at Work
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Jen Freitas, Director of People Learning & Engagement at Clif Bar & Company

Employees, especially millennials, seek purpose in the work they do. Since careers take over such a big portion of our lives, people want to feel like they’re making a positive impact.

Jen Freitas talks about how organizations should stray from trying to get leadership to “buy in” on engagement and put their focus on getting every employee “bought in” to your company’s value and purpose. In this presentation, you’ll learn:

  • How to get people excited about their meaningful future

  • How to craft experimental training programs

  • How to encourage employees to be motivated and creative

Work, Health, and Balance in an Employee-Driven Culture: Happy is Healthy at Credit Karma
1:45 - 2:15 p.m.
Ragini Parmar, VP of Talent and Culture Curator at Credit Karma

Credit Karma is flipping over the world of consumer finance. But they’re also a leader in establishing an employee-driven culture. Their focus on employees’ mental and physical well-being is reinforced with their “Happy is Healthy” program.

Join Ragini Parmar as she discusses how your organization can leverage technology to keep tabs on health and wellness in the workplace. Plus, you’ll also discover:

  • How to maintain a healthy culture during growth

  • How to empower employees to build the work culture

  • How a wellness program can dramatically improve employee engagement

Managing people is tough stuff — we get it. The strategies that you’ve been using to manage boomers and Gen X won’t go over very well with millennials. Learn about all the tips, tricks, and trends that you’ll need to drive employee engagement through the roof.




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