Quotable: A Preview of Sunday’s SHRM 2019 Annual Conference & Exposition Speakers


June 7, 2019

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Concurrent and mega session speakers at the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition are leading authorities on HR practice, employment law, benefits and the issues that define today's workplaces. We asked them to share a highlight from their upcoming sessions at the 2019 conference in Las Vegas.

Speaking on Sunday, June 23, 2019

"A corporate university increases the value of an organization's most valuable asset — its people. This session explores everything you need to know to launch and manage a corporate university." – Mark Allen, professor, Pepperdine University, who is speaking on "Everything You Need to Know About Corporate Universities: Launching, Managing, and Evaluating"

"We are at least a generation behind where we should be in developing leaders. Unlock a deeper understanding of what it means to be a 21st-century leader by attending this mega session focusing on relational leadership. Learn 5 relational practices that will help you overcome your toughest leadership challenges and collaborate to create real and meaningful change." – Jill Birch, CEO, BirchGrove Inc., "The New Language of Leadership: Get Ready for 2020"

"All conflict comes from only two sources: a difference in perspective and a difference in values." – Robert Bouge, president, and Terri Bogue, chief operations officer, Thor Projects, "Redirect and De-escalate Conflict to Get to Dialogue"

"There are three kinds of people: Those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who say, 'What happened?' Everyone secretly wants to be a mover and shaker, but fear of failure holds many prisoner. Are you an optimist or a pessimist? This is one of the most important questions we must consider, for it has a tremendous impact on our personal and professional effectiveness and performance. Learn the secrets only optimists know." – Bruce Christopher, psychologist, speaker and humorist, Bruce Christopher Seminars, "Leap! The Net Will Appear: How to Crash Through Comfort Zones and Overcome Fear"

"In this session, participants will learn what exponential companies do differently to create strong cultures with new ways of thinking (and doing) about people management and the employee lifecycle. They will also know the equation: Organizational Culture vs. HR Strategies x Leadership = Success and Business Continuity." – Arthur Diniz, CEO, Crescimentum, "HR 4.0: HR as the Architect of Exponential Organizations"

"When incivility seems to be the new normal, we desperately need to create lives and workplaces with more kindness. In this session, you will learn a personal strategy to be more kind in your personal life, as well as a business strategy to incorporate kindness into your workplace culture.  Using the acronym KIND, the session will include many creative ideas of what you can do personally, plus what other organizations are doing professionally to encourage more kindness in their workplaces and communities." – Barbara Glanz, hall of fame speaker, Barbara Glanz Communications, "Spreading Contagious Enthusiasm™ — Creating a Culture of Kindness"

"Communication is the steam engine that drives culture, productivity and even the reputation of your company." – Magi Graziano, CEO, KeenAlignment, "Your Communication IQ: Developing Skills and Strategies to Improve Your Communication Culture"

"Organizations must decide who does the work ... employees, contractors, freelancers ... and how performance criteria and standards are developed to enable managing and rewarding results. They must also decide where work is done globally and how cultural diversity should be considered and strategies developed that reconcile cultural differences." – Robert Greene, CEO, Rewards Systems, Inc., "Rewarding Performance in A Globalized Gig Economy"

"Walk away with tangible tools that will inspire you to be more productive, creative and successful in your work." – Roger Haskett, owner, artistic director, Engagement Unlimited, "The Age of Engage: How to Create Engagement"

"New data show that in the wake of the #MeToo movement, there has been a 25% increase in private sector internal harassment complaints, an encouraging sign — and a daunting prospect — for any human resources compliance professional. During this in-depth workshop, participants will learn and practice the requisite skills associated with conducting a comprehensive, legally defensible internal investigation, from intake with a reluctant complainant to effective question techniques and application of appropriate credibility assessment criteria to drafting investigation reports that will hold up to third-party scrutiny." – Glen Kraemer, co-managing partner, Hirschfeld Kraemer, "Sherlock Holmes … or Inspector Clouseau?  How to Conduct Effective Internal Investigations"

"It is indeed possible to eliminate stress from your life. This will help you achieve heights of success you never dreamed about." – Srikumar Rao, CEO and founder, The RAO Institute, "Banish Stress and Cultivate Extreme Resilience: A Proven Methodology"

"After the #MeToo awakening in 2017, there is for some #MeToo fatigue in 2019. This program addresses the fatigue with an emphasis on leadership responsibilities from a cultural and legal responsibility." – Jonathon Segal, partner, Duane Morris, LLP, "Investigating Harassment Claims"

"The pre-conference session is an interactive training session designed to introduce participants to concepts and realities associated with total rewards platform development. In part one of the session, participants learn the basics of plan design from a panel of two speakers. Then, in part two, participants apply this knowledge while working through hypothetical organizational rewards demands in the development of a total rewards platform. In this way, participants have the opportunity to immediately apply the knowledge." – Jason Sheffield, senior technical advisor and manager, Willis Towers Watson, "The Benefit Builder Workshop: Understanding Design & Implementation of Responsive Total Rewards"

For additional information on concurrent sessions, visit http://annual.shrm.org.

Media: To request complimentary press registration or schedule an interview at the conference, contact Kate Kennedy of SHRM Media Affairs at 703-535-6260 and Kate.kennedy@shrm.org, Vanessa Hill at 703-535-6072 and Vanessa.Hill@shrm.org, or Cooper Nye at 703-535-6447 and Cooper.Nye@shrm.org.

About the Society for Human Resource Management

SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, creates better workplaces where employers and employees thrive together. As the voice of all things work, workers and the workplace, SHRM is the foremost expert, convener and thought leader on issues impacting today's evolving workplaces. With 300,000+ HR and business executive members in 165 counties, SHRM impacts the lives of more than 115 million workers and families globally. Learn more at SHRM.org and on Twitter @SHRM.


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