2013 Leadership in HR Technology
2013 Leadership in HR Technology
May 14, 2013 - New York, NY
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As organizations use technology to gain superiority in the market, the same goes for Human Resources in everything from recruitment to building a global corporate culture. Technology has radically changed the way employees access HR data. It is crucial for HR professionals to remain abreast of the ever-changing trends, especially in regards to technology and its influence on HR. The role technology plays on today’s HR function and the challenges leaders face in linking people and information are among some of the topics that will be discussed at the 2013 Leadership in HR Technology in New York.
This event will feature insights from top
Children's Place Retail Stores, Inc. View Bio »
Vannessa Bullen is Vice President, Human Resources with responsibility for the business areas of Sourcing, Finance, IT, and Asia Operations. She also lead the shared services functions of HRIS and Payroll. She has been with The Children's Place since 2006. Prior to joining us, she was with Gucci America in a global human resources role.
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. View Bio »
Chris Casazza joined Take-Two in 2007 as the company’s lead employment attorney. In 2009, Casazza also assumed responsibility for the global HR function. In his current role, Casazza is responsible for the identification, development and implementation of HR strategies and solutions to support the global objectives of Take-Two and its subsidiaries, as well as aligning legal department resources to support those objectives.
Casazza holds a B.A. from Washington & Lee University and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Turner Broadcasting View Bio »
DeRetta Cole is Vice President of Human Resources for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.) She leads wide-ranging human resources strategy for the company’s Global Technology & Operations (GT&O) division, which includes Audience Multiplatform Technologies, Network Operations, Turner Studios, Technology Development and CNN Systems, Technology and Engineering. In this capacity, she is responsible for partnering with the key executives in Technology to create and implement key business initiatives as well as planning and recommending human resources strategies to build individual and organizational capability. She manages a team of HR professionals and together they support 3000 employees. DeRetta is based in Atlanta and reports to Angela Santone, Senior Vice President, Corporate HR.
DeRetta has held various roles in the HR organization at Turner since joining in 2008. She spent two years with Corporate HR where she partnered with Finance and Accounting, Properties and Security and Legal. She then transferred to Technology Support Operations, in 2010 where she assumed responsibility for CNN Best, Enterprise Applications, Enterprise Performance Operations, Strategic Audience Solutions and Digital Media Technology. Before joining Turner, she was the Diversity Director for Ernst & Young. She held previous HR roles in the following organizations; ADP, HomeGrocer.com and YUM Brand.
DeRetta received her undergraduate degree from University of Georgia, her Masters in Business Administration from Clark Atlanta University and her PhD in Adult Education from University of Georgia. She is a certified facilitator for the Benchmark 360 assessment by the Center for Creative Leadership and is a qualified facilitator for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and HOGAN Assessment. She currently serves as an advisory board member to the City Gate Dance Theatre Company, Inc. Prior to that, she has served on the Board of Director’s of Atlanta Ballet (2006 – 2008), Clark Atlanta University School of Business: Dean’s Advisory Board (2005 – 2007), Academy of Human Resource Development, Diversity, Co-Chair (2006 – 2007), The Destiny Fund (2006). She is also a member of Cable Telecommunications HR Association (CTHRA), the International Leadership Academy and the Academy of Management.
Oracle View Bio »
Bertrand Dussert serves as HR transformation and technology advisor to Oracle’s executive clients, primarly at large global companies with complex HR service delivery needs. When not working directly with clients, Bertrand serves as HR thought leadership speaker and Oracle representative for targeted events, and partners with product strategy to help inform product design.
In his most recent role prior to joining Oracle, Bertrand served in a dual capacity as the global leader for both HR Shared Services and Recruitment Operations at American Express. Bertrand was responsible for a number of key work streams in the American Express Global Recruitment Transformation, and most recently served as a full member of the Transform HR Project Executive Council.
During his tenure there, Bertrand was awarded the American Express Chairman’s Award for Innovation for 2012. This award went to 0.1% of employees globally, and focused on projects with large positive impact for the business.
Prior to American Express, Bertrand was Executive Director in UBS Investment Bank’s HR function, led a 125 person strong Global Field Operations team in the HR software industry, and served as a partner in an HR consulting firm that is now part of Korn/Ferry International.
Bertrand holds an MA and BA from the University of Western Ontario in Canada.
When not at work or enjoying time with his family, Bertrand is an avid cyclist, Ironman Triathlete, and all around endurance sports fan.
The Hertz Corporation View Bio »
Lou Franzese began his career with The Hertz Corporation thirteen years ago as Senior Staff Counsel. In January 2005, Lou was made Staff Vice President, Labor Relations & Employment Practices and in April 2007, he was promoted to Vice President, Labor Relations & HR Practices. At Hertz, Lou is responsible for the Human Resources function in the Americas. He is also the Chief Legal Officer for labor and employment matters, the Chief Labor Spokesperson for the Company and oversees North American Recruiting and Global Security. He has lectured on various employment related issues and served as the Corporate Counsel Coordinator on the Executive Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association.
Prior to joining Hertz, Lou spent eight years in private practice representing management in both employment and traditional labor matters. He served as Chief Labor Spokesperson in numerous collective bargaining sessions and as lead counsel in various employment and labor law matters.
Lou has a Bachelor of Arts from New York University and his Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law.
Navigators Group Inc. View Bio »
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Children's Place Retail Stores, Inc. View Bio »
Larry McClure joined The Children's Place as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources in March of 2010. Prior to joining The Children’s Place, Larry served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Liz Claiborne where he helped establish a global human resources presence within a diverse set of brands. Prior to that, he held senior human resources leadership roles with The Dexter Corporation, Aetna, and United Technologies.
E*TRADE Corporate Services View Bio »
Ray is a Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager for E*TRADE’s Corporate Services Group and is responsible for Large Market clients located in the Northeastern United States. He has over 25 years of financial services experience including 401(k), deferred compensation and equity compensation. Prior to joining E*TRADE, Ray spent 12 years at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, and its precedent firms, where he served in various capacities, including Client Manager, Regional Sales Director and, for his last five years, Financial Consultant. Ray is Series 7 and 63 FINRA Registered and holds a B.S. Degree in Accounting from Rutgers University.
GE View Bio »
Nick Perugini is Chief Information Officer for Global Human Resource (HR) Systems at General Electric Company. In this role, he leads a distributed team responsible for delivering enterprise applications and HR technology solutions to support GE’s 300,000-person global workforce.
A dynamic leader with a proven track record of driving strategy and execution across multiple industries, product lines and technology domains, Nick continually solves complex business challenges by effectively positioning people and technology and inspiring his teams to ‘imagine, then realize.’
Throughout his 14 years at GE, Nick has been recognized for implementing world-class HR, financial and lease accounting systems, as well as transforming business origination models by implementing solutions that deliver speed and agility.
Active in several nonprofit organizations throughout Connecticut, Nick holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Bentley University and completed several GE leadership level programs.
XO Communications View Bio »
Debbie Pollock-Berry is senior vice president of human resources for XO Communications. In this position, she oversees corporate communications, diversity and inclusion, employee engagement human resources management systems, training and leadership development, performance management, talent acquisition and total rewards. Pollock-Berry is responsible for implementing human resources policies and strategies in support of the XO nationwide workforce, supporting the achievement of key business objectives and building a workplace environment that creates the behaviors to drive the company’s success.
Pollock Berry is a Board Member of LEAD Virginia and she serves on several councils including the Executive Advisory Council for the NAAAHR and the Governing Body Chair for the Washington DC HR Leadership Summit. She has also successfully completed a variety of professional leadership programs including the "Strategic Leadership for Women Program" at the Simmons School of Management and she is a LEADVA 2012 Alumni.
Pollock-Berry was named one of Savoy Magazine’s 2012 Top Influential Woman in Corporate America and is a recipient of SMARTCEO’s 2014 Executive Management Award.
Pollock-Berry earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Francis Marion University.
CareerBuilder View Bio »
As Managing Director of Emerging Technology at CareerBuilder, Jennifer Seith focuses on developing products that maximize the recruitment process through innovation and integration. A business development professional with 15 years of experience in the recruitment technology industry, Seith has developed mutually beneficial, revenue generating and customer focused integrations with over 200 recruitment technology vendors worldwide.
Before coming to CareerBuilder, Seith managed technology partnerships at Peoplefluent (formerly Peopleclick).
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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.
Fast Retailing View Bio »
As Group Officer and SVP of HR at Fast Retailing USA, Melissa and her team are charged with supporting the growth of Fast Retailing brands (Uniqlo, Theory, Helmut Lang, JBrand Jeans, Comptoir de Contoinners, Princess tam-tam, gu, PLST) within the United States and globally. They are implementing an employee/customer focused system through innovation in talent acquisition, performance management, learning and development, comp/benefits and succession planning. As Fast Retailing expands into the US market from Japan, Melissa and her team will work to develop leaders that will support growth of retail and wholesale businesses of $1.4B to potentially $10B in the future.
Prior to Fast Retailing USA, Melissa served as Senior Vice President of Talent at Under Armour, Inc. and was responsible for fostering a global human resources department that supported growth of the UA Brand of $400M to $1.2B in five years.
8:00am - 9:00am Breakfast
9:00am - 9:05am Argyle Executive Forum Opening Remarks
9:05am - 9:40am "Slaying The Hydra"
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Vannessa BullenVice President, Human ResourcesChildren's Place Retail Stores, Inc.andLarry McClureSenior Vice President Human ResourcesChildren's Place Retail Stores, Inc.
9:45am - 10:05am Thought Leadership Spotlight Presented by Oracle
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"From Efficiency to Resilience – The new HR function in the age of disruption"Globally integrated value chains, the accelerated rate of technology innovation, and the social and mobile revolutions have rendered large segments of some industries obsolete. The pace of change is accelerating faster than ever, and HR functions face a number of new challenges as they support the strategy of their businesses operating in this new era.In this session, we will explore the role that HR functions can play in serving as catalysts to business agility and resilience. Our discussion will include current HR Transformation trends, and the impact that various disruptive technologies are having on the HR working assumptions. Finally, we will also take a look at the impact of HR big data on manager self service, and people decisions more broadly.Bertrand will leverage his experience as a former HR leader at American Express, the lessons learned from his regular direct interactions with numerous HR executives in companies that are proving they can win, and some of the latest 3rd party research to support and illustrate this business story and call to action for all of us.Bertrand DussertVice President, HCM Transformation and Thought LeadershipOracle*Please note, this session is off the record.
10:05am – 10:30am Coffee Break
10:30am - 10:35am Introducing the "Leadership Speaks" panel:
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Ray OrtelSenior Relationship ManagerE*TRADE Corporate Services
10:35am – 11:20am Panel Discussion
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“Leadership Speaks”Session topics include, but are not limited to:
- How are new technologies changing the role of HR? What are the key technology trends in HR?
- How can technology help partner with the business and drive results?
- Leveraging technology for recruitment HR leading the new social business
- How social technology can harness employee expertise and promote collaboration
- Challenges across different generations when introducing new technology and the impact on productivity and engagement in the workplace
11:20am – 11:45am Coffee Break
11:45am – 12:20pm "Working with Marketing and Using Technology to Connect with our Workforce"
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Debbie Pollock-BerrySenior Vice President, Human ResourcesXO Communications
12:25pm – 12:45pm Thought Leadership Spotlight Presented by CareerBuilder
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"Capturing the Digital Candidate"Jennifer SeithManaging Director, Emerging TechnologyCareerBuilder *Please note, this session is off the record.
12:45pm – 1:45pm Lunch
1:45pm – 2:30pm Fireside Chat
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"Accelerate the Business Not the Function - the Real Value of Tech Powered HR"DeRetta ColeVice President of Human Resources, Global Technology OperationsTurner BroadcastingandNick PeruginiCIO - Global HR SystemsGEInterviewed by:Rita TrehanSenior Executive & HR Thought Leader
2:30pm – 2:55pm Coffee Break
2:55pm – 3:30pm "Using Technology to Develop a Global Brand"
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Fast Retailing Inc. (Uniqlo, Theory, JBrand, Comptoir de Cotonniers, g.u., and Princess Tam Tam) entered the US market as the #1 retailer in Asia, with the goal of being the #1 retailer in the world. This led to many exciting new challenges – the biggest one being that Uniqlo, the largest of the Fast Retailing brands, was little known in the US. The challenge became how to recruit top talent when not many people know your brand. Melissa Wallace will discuss how the company is building a global team of creative executives, store focused teams, and IT and HR staff; how the team found technical partners to effectively tell the story of UNIQLO USA, promoted communication across cultures with IT, and the challenges and ultimate successes of building a global brand that appeals to candidates (and customers!) from Europe, Asia, USA, and Australia. Melissa WallaceGroup Senior Vice President, Human ResourcesFast Retailing
3:35pm – 4:10pm Rita Trehan
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Senior Executive & HR Thought Leader
4:10pm – 4:15pm Argyle Executive Forum Closing Remarks
4:15pm – 5:15pm Closing Reception
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*Please note, agenda is subject to change.
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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