Do you, like me, ponder the changing way of work? Do you marvel at what technology has brought – and wonder what is yet to come?
If so then surely you realize that amid the plethora of HR conferences there’s one that stands out as unique for those who work in the HR space. The HR Technology Conference and Exposition will once again land in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay (October 7 – 10, 2014) and this year’s conference promises to showcase more of what attendees have come to expect including coverage of technology trends (mobile, social, video, big data, SaaS, et al.) and sessions highlighting the business processes – and successes! – enabled by HR technology.
I love this conference. The discussions are about much more than the software and tools; the conversations move beyond “how” and “what” and “why.” While there’s bountiful information about that which is new or trending in products and solutions, the greater value comes in exploring the ideas. Many of those concepts have been fully formed and brought to market, but sometimes the plans are still percolating right below the surface. And the people with the ideas are right there – you can strike up a chat with them at the receptions, parties, cocktail gatherings or while hanging out in the Expo Hall.
I love those chats.
Naturally, attendees who wish to explore the latest products – and test, touch and truly understand! – can do so by strolling through the massive (and I mean massive) Exposition Hall. In the Expo you’ll find the long-established leading vendors as well as start-ups that are relatively new to the HR technology scene.
The session offerings, once again, are spectacular; many feature senior executives and leading strategists. Just a few of the sessions I’m looking forward to include:
- “Making the Right Choices in the Second Machine Age” – OPENING KEYNOTE by Andrew McAfee, principal research Scientist at MIT and co-author of “The Second Machine Age”
- “What the End of the ‘Job’ Means for the Future of Work and Talent Management” – Jason Averbook
- “The Social HR Town Hall” – moderated by Jeanne Meister and featuring Ron Garrow (CHRO, MasterCard), Ambrosia Humphrey (VP of Talent, HootSuite), Gary J. Kildare (CHRO and Global VP, Global technology Services, IBM) and Kelly Palmer (Global Learning & Development Executive, LinkedIn).
- “Whole Foods Market Takes a Fresh Technology Approach to Navigating the ACA” – Keith Morrison (Global Executive Director, Benefits and Compensation, Whole Foods Market) and Mike Psenka (SVP, Workforce Analytics, Equifax Workforce Solutions)
Also new this year will be the Start-Up Pavilion – an exciting space where new and cutting-edge companies will exhibit their solutions and showcase the innovative products they’re bringing to the market. (The start-up organizations will also be featured in one of two “Awesome New Technologies for 2014” sessions; the other session will feature more established solution providers who are continuing to innovate and expand).
This conference truly offers an abundance of riches for anyone who works in the people, talent, HR, and technology arena. Plus it’s Vegas – so that’s always lots of fun. Am I right?
I hope you’ll consider joining me at this exceptional conference as this is one that is not to be missed!
As an added enticement, readers of the HR Schoolhouse can use event registration code SCHOOL14 to receive a $500 discount off the standard rate of $1,945 (your net price will be $1,445!) Click HERE to register.
See you at Mandalay Bay!
P.S. my lucky slot machine is directly adjacent to the House of Blues.