Executives to Explore Business Risk, Corporate Culture at SHRM Foundation Retreat

Aug 8, 2011

‘HR’s Role in Managing Business Risk’ is Oct. 4-5 in Chicago

Media: The SHRM Foundation Thought Leaders Retreat is an excellent opportunity to network with top HR executives and gather story ideas on the workplace and workforce. Contact Public Affairs at 1-703-535-6260 for press credentials.

Alexandria, Va., Aug. 8, 2011 – Technology, global competition and increasingly complex operations have brought added risk to business. Senior executives will examine HR’s role in managing that risk during the 2011 SHRM Foundation Thought Leaders Retreat Oct. 4 and 5 in Chicago.

Because corporate culture strongly influences risk in business, retreat participants will hear from executives who have developed successful workplace cultures that foster trust, innovation and strong performance.

Ann Rhoades, former chief people officer of Southwest and JetBlue airlines, will open the conference with a presentation on “Creating an Enviable Culture that Outperforms the Competition.”

WHAT: The SHRM Foundation annual retreat is an opportunity for HR thought leaders to gather to examine strategic HR and business issues. The event is attended by about 100 senior- level HR professionals and CEOs.

WHEN: From 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, and from 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5.

WHERE: Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park, 200 North Columbus Drive, Chicago.

DETAILS: The retreat offers executives a forum to examine the intersection of key HR issues and risk management. Other keynote speakers are Rick Marini, CEO of BranchOut, the largest professional networking service on Facebook; and Susan Podlogar, vice president of worldwide compensation and productivity at Johnson & Johnson. Panel discussions will explore developing cultures of innovation; using staffing/talent analytics to mitigate risk and drive results; and managing global talent risk.

For a summary of the 2010 SHRM Foundation Thought Leaders Retreat, visit the SHRM Foundation website.

Immediately following the Thought Leaders Retreat, about 300 HR executives will attend the annual Strategy Conference, hosted by the Society for Human Resource Management. Also being held at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park, the Strategy Conference will feature keynote presentations by Bill Conaty, former senior vice president of human resources at General Electric; Bridget van Kralingen, general manager of IBM North America; and Don Tapscott, an expert on the impact of information technology on innovation, marketing and talent. Visit SHRM’s website for a full list of sessions at the Strategy Conference.

MEDIA: For more information or to cover the SHRM Foundation Thought Leaders Retreat and SHRM Strategy Conference, please contact Kate Kennedy at kate.kennedy@shrm.org and 703-535-6260, or Jennifer Hughes at jennifer.hughes@shrm.org or 703-535-6072.

Follow live reports on the conferences at www.twitter.com/SHRMPress and Facebook. The hashtag for the Thought Leaders Retreat is #SHRMFdn. The hashtag for the Strategy Conference is #SHRMstrat.

About the SHRM Foundation

The SHRM Foundation was founded in 1966 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The SHRM Foundation advances global human capital knowledge and practice by providing thought leadership and educational support, and by sponsoring, funding and driving the adoption of cutting-edge, actionable and evidence-based research.


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