2013 Human Capital Leadership Forum
2013 Human Capital Leadership Forum
April 25, 2013 - Boston, MA
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As Human Capital leaders continue to make tough decisions as a result of a still improving economy, other areas such as keeping employees engaged, creating successful succession management plans, executive compensation and increasing influence in the board room, all remain top of mind. These hosts of challenges put a number of new pressures on Human Capital leaders as they must balance business demands while simultaneously satisfying the workforce. These are amongst the topics that will be discussed at the 2013 Human Capital Leadership Forum in Boston.
This event will feature insights from top executives, including:
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Achievers View Bio »
Kristen has been with Achievers for 2 years, and in her role as Client Success Associate she is passionate about working closely with her clients to establish successful recognition programs that are aligned with their company’s goals, and also make employees feel great about the hard work they’re doing.
Samsonite Corp. View Bio »
Lou Cimini is a human resources executive experienced in leading mid-size and large service and manufacturing organizations through growth and change. He is currently the Vice President of Human Resources for The Americas for Samsonite Corporation.
Prior to joining Samsonite Mr. Cimini was the SVP of Human Resources and Organizational Performance for The Holmes Group where he also served as “Head Coach” of a global SAP implementation that was completed in record time and led a process re-design that initiated inventory and working capital reduction exceeding target goals by 40% . He managed union and non-union organizational elements of the move of US manufacturing to China.
Prior to that, Mr. Cimini spent nine years with Cendant Mobility, joining the organization when it was PHH as a Director of Human Resources. As Senior Vice President of Human Resource and Quality Development he initiated and implemented the redesign of North American performance management, linking strategic business goals to individual performance, which was awarded “Gold Medal, Connecticut Innovation Prize.” Mr. Cimini began his career at Owens Corning Fiberglas where he held numerous professional and management positions in human resources at facilities across the country and at corporate headquarters.
Mr. Cimini has received numerous awards for his volunteer work including the development of a job search-training program for the Boston Veterans Homeless Shelter. He has been honored for his success as the Executive Director of residences in organizing the housing and support of Katrina evacuees at Otis Air National Guard Base on Cape Cod, MA.
A native of North Providence, RI, Mr. Cimini earned a BS in Business Management from Providence College. In addition he earned a Certificate in Advanced Labor Management Relations from the University of Michigan and holds the Green Belt certification from Six Sigma, and a Process Master certificate from Hammer & Company.
Bain Capital View Bio »
Ms. Claussen joined Bain Capital in 2005 as Vice President of Leadership Development. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Ms. Claussen worked at McKinsey & Company for nine years. Ms. Claussen also held roles in training, admissions, and administration at MIT, Boston University, and Harvard University. Ms. Claussen completed her MA in Political Science/Russian Studies at Boston University and her BA in Political Science and Communications at Boston College.
Comcast View Bio »
Lysa Dahlin leads the design and implementation of people strategies for Comcast’s 3800 employee National Engineering & Technical Operations division. As different platforms, customer expectations and content distribution models evolve, NE&TO develops forward-thinking technology to support the competitiveness of Comcast’s entertainment and information products and services.
In her role, Lysa oversees all Human Resources business partnership, including talent acquisition, talent development, employee relations, compensation, organizational design and effectiveness, employee engagement and communications. She works with Comcast’s leaders across HR and field divisions to design programs that enable the innovation and change critical to compete in today’s technology sector.
In her 14-year tenure with Comcast and its predecessor companies, Ms. Dahlin has held senior HR roles across customer care, finance, business development, mergers & acquisitions, marketing and sales organizations. Previously, Lysa held senior positions at AT&T, Media One, and Progress Software and progressively responsible roles at Marshalls, TJX Companies and American Express.
Lysa serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors of a healthcare non-profit in New Jersey. She has also served on the Board of Directors for Women in Cable and Telecommunications (WICT) and the Board of Managers of the YMCA. WICT has honored Lysa with the Liberty Award for innovative leadership and has named her as a Fellow of its Betsy Magness Leadership Institute. Lysa earned her bachelor’s degree from Boston University and is pursuing her MBA. She lives in the Philadelphia area with her two daughters.
Maple Leaf Foods Inc. View Bio »
Les Dakens is Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Maple Leaf Foods Inc. His responsibilities include executive leadership for all human resources development programs and employee relations initiatives to build Maple Leaf Foods into the single, most dedicated high performance culture in Canada.
Mr. Dakens joined Maple Leaf Foods in January 2011. Prior to joining Maple Leaf, Mr. Dakens was the principal of a human resources consulting firm through which he provided executive level coaching to Human Resources leaders and Human Resources Committees of Corporate Boards of many leading Canadian companies.
Previously he held the executive position of Senior Vice-President, People with CN Rail which he joined in 2001. Prior to that he spent most of his years in the food business, holding progressively senior roles in human resources with Cadbury Beverages before joining H.J. Heinz in 1990 as the North American Vice-President of Human Resources. He began his career with Nortel.
He has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and expertise over more than 30 years working with top tier companies and is widely recognized in North America as one of the top human resource professionals for his leadership in developing best practices. Mr. Dakens is also the author of two successful business books: Switchpoints, Culture Change on the Fast Track to Business Success and Employee Performance Scorecards.
Mr. Dakens holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University and is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors’ Directors Education Program as well as a faculty member of the Directors College with the Conference Board of Canada.
Maple Leaf Foods Inc. is a leading food processing company, headquartered in Toronto, Canada. The Company employs approximately 19,500 people at its operations across Canada and in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Asia. The Company had sales of $4.9 billion in 2011.
National Mentor Holdings View Bio »
As Chief Human Resources Officer, Kathleen oversees all aspects of the Human Resources department, including benefits, recruitment and hiring, learning & development, compensation, HRIS, payroll and employee relations. During her time as a human resources leader, Kathleen has concentrated on aligning employee performance objectives with company strategies and goals. Before joining The Network in 2008, Kathleen served as vice president for human resources at several large organizations; most recently, as senior vice president for sales and human resources at World Travel Holdings. Kathleen holds a B.A. in Psychology from Merrimack College.
Dunkin' Brands, Inc. View Bio »
Ginger Gregory was named Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Dunkin’ Brands, Inc., in March 2012. Ginger has held executive-level human resources positions for several multinational companies across a variety of industries.
As Chief Human Resources Officer for Dunkin’ Brands, Inc., Ginger is responsible for leading the company’s global employee recruitment, training, compensation, benefits and organizational development.
Ginger joined Dunkin’ Brands from Novartis, AG, a worldwide healthcare solutions company, where she led a global team of human resources professionals. In that position, Ginger was responsible for global staffing, talent management and field human resources, and served as a member of the Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Executive Committee.
Prior to Novartis, Ginger held leadership positions at Novo Nordisk where she served as Senior Vice President, Corporate People & Organization at the company’s global headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark. Earlier in her career, she held a variety of human resources generalist and specialist positions at Bristol Myers Squibb and served as consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton in the area of organization change and effectiveness.
Oracle View Bio »
Jeff has broad HR-related skills, with a special interest in HR technology, reward systems, performance measurement, incentives, and job structure. His work has strengthened workforce commitment and motivation, increased labor competitiveness and improved performance.
Jeff has over 19 years of both corporate and consulting human resources experience spanning a variety of industries, including telecommunications, high-tech, energy, manufacturing, healthcare, higher education and non-profit. Prior to joining Oracle, Jeff was the Solutions Consultant for Aon Hewitt’s Compensation Outsourcing Division. Jeff has also worked as an independent consultant and was the Principal consultant for Mercer HR Consulting in the Rocky Mountain Region. Additionally, he led the global compensation and benefits organization for Micron Technology, a global, high-tech manufacturing firm, and the compensation function of Qwest Communications, a major telecommunications corporation. He also worked for two other professional services firms: Effective Compensation Incorporated and Spectrum HR Systems Corporation.
Jeff holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a MBA with a concentration in Management from Colorado State University. He is a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) and member of the Rocky Mountain Compensation Association (RMCA).
Staples View Bio »
Craig currently serves as the VP, HR for Staples $10B US Stores & Online business unit, which includes 38,000 associates in Staples’ 1,600 stores, Staples.com call centers and the corporate home office. He is the strategic HR business partner to the President, North American Stores & Online, and is a member of both the senior retail and HR leadership teams.
Craig joined Staples in 2008 as VP, Strategy for the retail business. He was one of the primary architects of Staples' corporate strategic plan, which identified and prioritized the growth opportunities that are shaping the company’s future. His last role in the Strategy group was partnering with HR leadership to craft a plan to transform the retail workforce to enable the company's growth. His passion for the work led him to take on the permanent HR role.
Craig is also passionate about Staples and building a great place to work for associates. With his guidance, the company launched its first associate resource groups in 2011, including a Women's and a Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgendered (LGBT) group. He is currently helping to develop Staples’ first “Associate In Need” fund, which provides support to associates impacted by catastrophic events.
Prior to joining Staples, Craig held leadership roles at companies including Deloitte Consulting; Abacus Solutions, a small boutique consulting firm; and two companies owned by Patriarch Partners, a $6B private equity firm. He graduated from Miami University in Oxford, OH, with a Bachelor of Science in Business and minor in Russian language; he received his MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
A Midwest native, Craig has progressively moved East and currently resides in Wayland, Massachusetts, where he and his husband Ralph are renovating a home after years of city living. When not arguing over paint colors, Craig enjoys foreign travel, crosswords and spending time with nieces and nephews.
Cumberland Farms Gulf Group View Bio »
John P. McMahon is the Senior Vice President, HR and Chief Human Resources Officer at Cumberland Gulf Group of Companies in Framingham Massachusetts. He is responsible for development and implementation of the HR strategy for the Company. As a member of the Cumberland Gulf Executive Committee, he ensures that this strategy is fully aligned with the overall goals of the organization. He is responsible for providing functional leadership for the HR organization which provides support for our 7,000 employees, 600 stores and 3,500 branded and private label outlets. Before joining Cumberland Gulf, John P. McMahon served as the Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources, Arrow Electronics, Inc. As SVP, HR, John’s responsibility for Arrow's global human resources function, included talent management/succession, executive compensation, benefits, professional development and human resources policy for the company's nearly 12,000 employees worldwide.
Prior to joining Arrow in March 2007, McMahon served as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer at UMass Memorial Health Care System, the largest health care system in Central and Western Massachusetts. He held the position of Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources, at Fisher Scientific, a division of Thermo Fisher Scientific that provides laboratory equipment, chemicals, supplies and services, and at Terra Lycos, S.A., a provider of telecommunications and Internet services worldwide. Earlier in his career, McMahon held leadership roles in human resources at companies that included ITT Corporation, a world leader in engineering and manufacturing, and Raytheon Corporation, an industry leader in defense and aerospace systems. McMahon holds a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management from Upsala College and a Bachelor of Science degree from Mercy College.
Westin Boston Waterfront View Bio »
Lisa Pavlides is the Human Resources Director at Westin Boston Waterfront. Lisa has been advancing through human resources roles in the Starwood community since 1999, joining Westin Boston Waterfront in 2007. She is a compassionate, high energy, loyal and committed leader, guiding her team to success in order to create an excellent customer experience. In 2010, Lisa was awarded HR Professional of the Year by Starwood.
Lisa was educated in Dublin, Ireland with a dual major in Business and Hospitality from Trinity College, Dublin and Dublin Institute of Technology.
Raytheon View Bio »
Keith J. Peden is senior vice president of Human Resources and Security for Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN). He was elected to this position in March 2001. Raytheon Company, with 2011 sales of $25 billion and 71,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. Raytheon’s global headquarters is in Waltham, Mass.
As Raytheon’s top human resources officer, Peden is responsible for providing worldwide direction for the company’s human resource initiatives. As such, he leads organizational change, leadership development, learning, talent acquisition, diversity, executive compensation, performance development, benefits and the execution of contemporary Human Resource process and Security. Previously, Peden served as Raytheon’s vice president and deputy director of human resources since 1997. In that role he was responsible for the execution of the human resource process in the business as well as international human resources and human resources systems.
Before joining Raytheon in 1993 as director of benefits, compensation and human resource management systems, Peden was director of worldwide compensation, benefits and human resources information systems for Lotus Development Corporation. Prior to joining Lotus, he was a vice president of Alexander & Alexander Consulting and led the Boston Human Resources practice. He also held various human resources posts at Prime Computer and Honeywell.
He is committed to lifelong learning and pursues this passion through his participation as a member of both the Wheaton College and Wentworth Institute Boards of Trustees, and as a board member of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. Further, he was a participant in Governor Deval Patrick’s educational transition team and has contributed to efforts to advance liberal arts education through the Association of American Colleges and Universities.
Peden earned his bachelor’s degree in history, political science (pre-law and education) at Western Michigan University and his master’s degree at Eastern Michigan University.
The Talbots Inc. View Bio »
Kyle Polischuk joined Talbots in June 2008 as Senior Director of Human Resources, based in Hingham, MA. In January of 2010, she relocated to Talbots New York Creative Studio and was promoted to the position of Vice President, Human Resources. In this role she served as strategic business partner to Talbots’ executives and was responsible for providing leadership and direction to the Human Resources business partner organizations at all locations. In October of 2011 she was appointed Interim Head of Human Resources and, in addition to leading the Human Resources business partner functions, assumed the added scope of overseeing enterprise-wide delivery of all human resources including Talent Management, Benefits, Compensation, Retirement Services and Corporate Communications. Prior to joining Talbots, Kyle served as Managing Director of Human Resources at Orchard Brands where she was instrumental in developing and leading the corporations Shared Services HR function. She also previously served as Director of Human Resources & Training at Appleseed’s; and, earlier in her career, held human resources roles of increasing responsibility at Electric Insurance Company, a subsidiary of General Electric Co.
Constangy, Brooks & Smith View Bio »
Jeffrey M. Rosin is a partner with the Boston office of Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP, a national law firm representing companies in labor and employment law since 1946. For nearly 20 years, Jeff has served as a trusted advisor to employers in their efforts to comply with various federal, state and local employment and labor laws.
Jeff counsels employers daily on the management of their workforce, responding to government audits on wage/hour issues, and litigation avoidance. Jeff also regularly litigates cases, whether the matter concerns a single employee, group of employees or class of employees claiming discrimination, harassment, retaliation or wage/hour issues. Jeff's litigation experience includes the successful trial of several cases to verdict. Jeff is most recently serving as defense counsel in a number of class actions involving airlines, the cleaning franchise industry, a hospital system, a restaurant chain and a retailer on such topics as alleged mis-classification of employees as independent contractors and as exempt from wage/hour laws, misrepresentation and unfair business practices, tips and compensatory time violations. Jeff also regularly serves as counsel in high-stakes non-compete/trade secret litigation and represents majority or minority shareholders/partners/members in intracorporate disputes.
Jeff earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from New York University School of Law. He has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer.
Dunkin' Brands, Inc. View Bio »
Jesse Schlueter was named Vice President, Global Learning for Dunkin’ Brands in October 2012. In this role, Jesse is responsible for leading global learning design and training for franchisees, restaurant managers and crew, and field employees across both the U.S. and International Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins businesses.
Jesse joined Dunkin’ Brands in 2001 as a Senior Market Research Analyst and served in roles of increasing responsibility with Dunkin’ Brands, including leadership roles within the Organization Development, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Field Learning teams. She was promoted to Senior Director of Global Learning in 2012, which expanded her responsibilities to include responsibility for training and development for over 300,000 Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins franchisees, restaurant managers, shift leaders and crew members in over 17,400 locations.
Prior to Dunkin’ Brands, Jesse worked as a Market Research Analyst for the Wisconsin Lottery. She began her career with the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) as a Research Assistant and Programmer.
Jesse received a bachelor’s degree in sociology and statistics from University of Wisconsin and earned a master’s degree in organizational psychology from the Massachusetts School for Professional Psychology.
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Zipcar, Inc. View Bio »
Ciara Smyth is an accomplished and innovative human capital leader. Over the past fifteen years she has managed all aspects of global HR invarious size operations including pre-IPO start-ups, high growth business models with rapidly expanding footprints and highly leveraged mature turnaround organizations. Ciara has significant experience in complex commercial transactions and in assisting organizations through mergers, acquisitions, ownership changes and divestitures.
Ciara is a proven change leader who successfully identifies and closes critical competency gaps needed to support specific business objectives and deliver measurable results. A true talent champion, she successfully aligns employee performance and development with business objectives and fosters engagement through innovation. Ciara is currently EVP ofHuman Resources for Zipcar based in Cambridge, MA.
Throughout her career Ciara has been an advocate for women’s leadership development. She has designed tailored programs to engage and support women’s development in the organizations she has been part of. Ciara was a founding member and co-chair of “Women in Media, Building Our Own” an industry network group for women executives in media and publishing. In 2009 and 2010 Ciara was named one of the 75 Most Influential Women by Irish Voice and Irish America magazine for contributions to the corporate sphere. A recent graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Ciara’s research and thesis concentration was on the role of women in US foreign policy leadership, analyzing how the three female secretaries of state broke through the glass ceiling of the executive branch and the US State Department.
A native of Dublin, Ireland Ciara holds a B.A. from University College Dublin, a Masters Degree from University of Essex, School of Comparative Studies, in the United Kingdom and a Masters degree in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Suffolk Construction Company View Bio »
Kimberly Steimle is the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and Chief People Officer (CPO) at Suffolk Construction. In her marketing role, she is responsible for the overall management of Suffolk's branding platform and drives a wide range of company initiatives for Suffolk including the development of corporate marketing strategies across several main offices in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and West Coast regions. As Chief People Officer, Ms. Steimle oversees the human resources and training departments and is responsible for implementing Suffolk’s actionable long-term plan for hiring, mentoring, developing, and retaining the organization’s greatest asset, its people. Ms. Steimle also serves on Suffolk's Executive Management Team, which is responsible for providing counsel and input on the strategic direction of the company.
Ms. Steimle serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, which is committed to supporting the organization's mission to help young people build strong character and realize their full potential as responsible citizens. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, which provides leadership in creating a healthy climate for economic development and job creation in the Greater Boston area. Ms. Steimle also made a significant impact on Catholic school education in Greater Boston through her leadership and involvement with the Archdiocese 2010 Initiative, an initiative focused on strengthening Catholic school education for students in Brockton and Dorchester through curriculum, technology, physical space, resource gathering, and the creation of a new governance model. Ms. Steimle led the organizational efforts for numerous other causes on behalf of Suffolk Construction and CEO John Fish, including the Inner-City Scholarship Fund, Presidents at Pops for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), Anti-Defamation League "Torch of Liberty" Awards Dinner, and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC).
Ms. Steimle has often been recognized in the local business community for her leadership skills and achievements. In 2008, she received the prestigious Pinnacle Award presented annually by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce to recognize women who have made outstanding achievements in the business community through strong corporate leadership and a commitment to making a difference in their field. She was also recognized as one of the Banker & Tradesman's "New Leaders" in 2008. In 2006, she was ranked on the Boston Business Journal's "40 Under 40" list and recognized for her significant influence in the Greater Boston area as a result of her professional, personal and civic accomplishments. Prior to her role at Suffolk, Ms. Steimle served as Director of Operations at McDermott O'Neill Associates, a prestigious strategic communication firm specializing in public affairs marketing. At McDermott O'Neill, she oversaw the firm's business development, human resources, information technology and marketing initiatives. Ms. Steimle graduated from Holy Cross with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
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Rita Trehan has made a career of business transformation within Fortune 200 companies. As a global HR leader at Honeywell and AES Corp., she helped rethink how business got done. From more profitable ways to launch business units around the world to inspired ways of measuring performance, she has consistently created more strategic solutions in less time by focusing on business results.
In her upcoming book, “Back to Business: Reframing HR for the Capacity Age” (2013, Charles Pinot), Trehan argues that HR is the next pivotal career. “More than ever,” she writes, “businesses need people who can take an independent, organization-wide view, connect disparate pieces, and present capabilities to CEOs – whose screens are simply too crowded.”
Mixing her own real-world perspective with the experience of other leading practitioners, she explains HR as the creator of capacity for companies continuously challenged on resources. Her call to action for young careerists and for the profession: Refocus on business results and use the unique position of HR to create more profitable companies.
UniversityNow View Bio »
Gene Wade, CEO of UniversityNow, has spent most of his adult life as an education entrepreneur working to create greater access to high quality education. Prior to founding UniversityNow in 2010, he was Co-Founder and CEO of Platform Learning, a tutoring company that served tens of thousands of low-income students throughout the United States. He was also Co-Founder & CEO of LearnNow, a school management company that was sold to Edison Schools, where Gene became an Executive Vice President. Prior to becoming an education entrepreneur, Gene was a corporate bankruptcy attorney. Gene earned an MBA from The Wharton School, a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Morehouse College. As a serial education entrepreneur, Gene has been profiled by national business and education media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and Dan Rather Reports. In 2011, Gene shared his personal story and vision for transforming higher education as a speaker at TEDx San Francisco’s Salon on Higher Education.
Mastercard View Bio »
David Walsh is group head, Human Resources (HR) – Legal and Franchise Integrity. In this role, he provides HR leadership for the organization globally.
Mr. Walsh was previously group head, Human Resources – Mergers and Acquisitions, leading all of the HR functional activities required from due diligence to integration. He was also the liaison between business units, functional groups and the functional HR centers of expertise.
Prior to this role, Mr. Walsh was group head, Human Resources for Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa at MasterCard. He was responsible for leading the HR function across the region by ensuring the alignment of people processes with the region’s business plans at MasterCard. His key focus was on talent management, performance management and rewards.
Mr. Walsh has held several senior human resource positions in the Financial Services, Transportation, Consumer packaged goods and Travel industries. He led the global talent management functions for Campbell Soup Company and CIGNA Corporation, based in the U.S.A. Previous to moving to the U.S.A., Mr. Walsh led the HR function for Asia Pacific and Europe with CIGNA International, and prior to that he held several senior human resources and change management positions with TNT Post NV in Singapore Australia, The Netherlands and the U.K. Mr. Walsh's career began in the U.K., with sales roles for both Thomas Cook Travel and British Airways.
Mr. Walsh has been a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, as well as Board Member to the Philadelphia Workforce Management Board in Philadelphia, U.S.A. by Mayoral appointment.
8:00am – 9:00am Breakfast
9:00am – 9:05am Argyle Executive Forum Opening Remarks
9:05am – 9:40am "Connecting the Dots in the Context of Change to Accelerate Employee Capability"
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As the dynamics of the U.S. marketplace continue to evolve, it is imperative for businesses to see and anticipate the future, and adapt accordingly. Leading transformational change can be disruptive, but it is a necessary element of opportunity creation. At the very core of transformational change is a strategy tied to purposeful action, and it is our duty as human capital leaders to bring the human element to bear in this context. In his opening remarks, Keith Peden of Raytheon’s Human Resources and Global Security organization will share how connecting the dots and “explaining why we do what we do” helps accelerate employee engagement when they are at different phases of change.Keith PedenSenior Vice President, Human Resources and Global Security Raytheon
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– 10:05amThought Leadership Spotlight Presented by Oracle"A Renewed Interest in Performance Management and what it can mean for Compensation"
Despite recent HR blog and literature quips to the contrary, performance management is not dead – but, it is evolving. Leading HR organizations are evolving with renewed interest and finding ways to leverage performance management approaches to impact other talent management programs such as Compensation. In this keynote, Jeff Haynes of Oracle’s Business Transformation Practice will provide an overview of the importance of performance management and its natural, but evolving fit with compensation to enhance retention and business performance.Jeff HaynesBusiness Transformation Practice LeaderOracle*This session is off the record
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Panel Discussion"Talent Strategy and Keeping Employees Engaged"
Session topics include, but are not limited to:How have you demonstrated the impact of engagement to build company-wide support and participation in your engagement strategy? How has technology been able tostrengthen your program’s success?
- What are some contributors to connecting employees with one another, promoting a collaborative culture and creating an environment for high performance?
- How have you incorporated managers’ and the organization’s capabilities in your engagement strategy?
- Using organizational design as a lever for both growth and cost control What kind of innovative things are you doing with associate surveys?
- How do you ensure employees feel connected to the organization and understand how their efforts contribute to its success?
- How do a company’s values contribute to retention?
11:25am – 11:45am Thought Leadership Spotlight Presented by UniversityNow
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“A New Model of Higher Education for Today’s Workforce”
Our traditional system of two- and four-year colleges and universities is not well-suited to educate its fastest growing demographic, “post-traditional learners” (i.e., working adults who need post-secondary education to stay competitive in the workforce). Higher education is currently too costly and inflexible. Equally as important, the current higher education system does little to help employers who are challenged with finding increasing numbers of well-educated and productive employees. There’s a crisis in higher education, and frontline working adults -- and the companies for which they work -- are experiencing the brunt of the crisis.
The good news is that there is an emerging sector of higher education, led by companies like UniversityNow, that is addressing the realities of post-traditional learners and building new models of higher education. Unlike traditional models, these new models are flexible and low-cost, and are organized around the needs of the workforce.
Learn more about how UniversityNow is partnering with employers to improve the ROI of their tuition assistance programs and increase their impact on recruitment, retention, and talent development.Gene WadeCEOUniversityNow
11:45am – 12:00pm Coffee Break
12:00pm – 12:05pm Introducing John McMahon:
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Jeffrey RosinPartnerConstangy, Brooks & Smith
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– 12:40pm"HR Transformation at Cumberland Gulf"
The challenge of merging together two iconic brands with divergent cultures. Retooling and revitalizing an HR organization to support the blending of two cultures and driving strategic growth.John McMahon Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer Cumberland Farms Gulf Group
12:40pm - 1:00pm Thought Leadership Spotlight Presented by Achievers
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"Westin Boston Waterfront’s Journey: A case study in creating a recognition rich culture"In the hospitality industry, engaged employees mean happy guests. Lisa Pavlides, Human Resources Director at Westin Boston Waterfront, will explain how her team partnered with Achievers to create Journey Rewards, its online recognition platform. By walking through the challenges faced and solution found, this session will demonstrate the importance of a consistent employee recognition experience in all industries.Kristen BrancaccioClient Success AssociateAchieversLisa PavlidesHuman Resources DirectorWestin Boston Waterfront
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Panel Discussion“HR Predicts & Prepares”
Session topics include, but are not limited to:
- What are the toughest challenges HR is facing?
- How does the role of the HR Professional continue to evolve?
- How are the skill sets within HR changing?
- How are new technologies changing the role of HR?
- What are some best practices to succeed in an ever-changing economic and regulatory environment?
- How do you balance the short terms needs of the organization, with the long term needs of sustainable growth?
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Panel Discussion“How Human Capital Professionals Are Moving the Needle”
Session topics include, but are not limited to:
- How are Human Capital professionals driving business results and the corporate agenda?
- Building a supportive culture and mindsets
- Aligning the whole organization to the corporate strategy and creating authentic commitment
- Linking people strategy to business outcomes
- Setting the vision so that it’s shared across the organization
3:50pm – 4:25pm "Designing Learning to Meet the Needs of Today's Changing Workforce"
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With today's competition for top talent and an ever-changing, global workforce, the focus is stronger than ever on ourapproach to learning. As an industry, we are scratching traditional methods and developing new and innovative ways to teach our diverse, mobile and digital-savvy workforce. In this keynote, Ginger Gregory, Chief Human Resources Officer and Jesse Schlueter, Vice President of Global Learning for Dunkin' Brands will share how they are evolving Learning and Training to engage a global workforce who serve Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins guests around the world. Ginger Gregory Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Dunkin' Brands, Inc.Jessica SchlueterVice President, Global LearningDunkin Brands, Inc. *This session is off the record
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Argyle Executive Forum Closing Remarks
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Explore the most critical challenge areas and hot topics for HR leaders such as:
Examine how your organization is using technology to better align HR with the business to drive results, and how these adjustments are impacting the bottom line. Our speakers will discuss:
- Using workforce and predictive analytics to make decisions
- Leveraging mobile and social tools to manage recruiting efforts
- Modernizing the function through adoption of new skillsets
- Sharing the impact of human resources with the executive team
Empowering the workforce
Review the obstacles of building a unique organizational culture through employee engagement, and the importance of finding solutions to develop workforce efficiency. Get briefed on:
- Pinpointing employee needs and wants through effective communication
- Measuring the success of training initiatives and learning opportunities
- Providing engaging learning and development options for staff
- Deploying tools to nurture leaders and grow engagement from within
Recruiting top talent
Reflect on major issues that are intrinsic to identifying top talent and maintaining a high level of engagement, and discuss how the candidate profiles differ across generations. Gain insight into:
- Approaching and engaging the digitally savvy candidate
- Using innovative tools to attract and empower
- Prospecting smart with a strategic, targeted workforce plan
- Maintaining selectivity while humanizing the application process
The role of HR
The HR discipline continues to evolve in scope and practice. Discuss the ways human capital executives are change agents, reviewing the challenges of creating a results driven vision and culture. Hear about:
- Aligning the organization with a new 'people' strategy
- Creating a high performance culture that supports business goals
- Leveraging mechanisms and tools to motivate and engage employees
- Making a difference through a larger role on the executive team
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event to make room for others!
What if I can't be OOO for a whole day, or need
to come late?
We have wifi and private rooms available for
attendees to take
calls and spend some quiet time on emails, as
well as access to
printing. Have a morning meeting you can't miss?
No problem. This
event was designed for busy executives - we get
I'd like to bring some colleagues. Do I need to
Events are more fun with friends, and we'd be happy to host your team. You can have them register online, or send us their names, titles and email addresses and we will take care of it for you!
I don't see the event venue listed. Where will
the meeting be
To maintain exclusivity, we don't release the
venue address until
the registration process has been completed. All
details will be shared once you have requested a
pass and been
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Traveling for the event? Stay at one of our
The below hotels are recommended by Argyle Executive Forum. Please note that we do not have a corporate rate.
370 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Telephone: (617) 267-1607
Hilton Boston Back Bay
40 Dalton Street
Boston, MA 02115
Telephone: (617) 236-1100
Hilton Boston Financial District
89 Broad Street
Boston, MA 02110
Telephone: (617) 556-0006
500 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Telephone: (617) 933-5000
Sheraton Boston Hotel
39 Dalton Street
Boston, MA 02199
Telephone: (617) 236-2000
The Langham Boston
250 Franklin Street
Boston, MA 02110
Telephone: (617) 451-1900
Continuing Education Credits:
Please note that Continuing Education credits are not offered for this meeting.