2017 SHRM Talent Management Conference & Exposition Quotables


Nearly 50 human resource and recruiting experts will offer presentations on a wide range of talent acquisition and recruiting topics at the 2017 Talent Management Conference & Exposition April 24-26 in Chicago.

Some of the concurrent session speakers shared quotes that highlight the focus of their presentations.

Monday, April 24


“Hidden biases shape our world views and can profoundly affect how welcoming and open a workplace is to different people and ideas. These unconscious predispositions color the decisions we make by changing the way we interpret information and interact with others—impacting a whole host of HR and organizations processes.” Shawn Andrews, founder and CEO, Andrews Research International, Overcoming Hidden Biases that Hinder our Success, Monday at 10:45 a.m.


“In recruiting, we focus heavily on the “what,” what the job involves, what the company does, what talent can gain from joining our team. But the true power lies in the “why?” Why do people work for you, why should new talent come join the team? Purpose is the key that unlocks the why for great talent.” Johnny Campbell, company director, Social Talent, The Power of Purpose (And How It Can Help You Win the War for Top Talent), Monday at 1:30 p.m. and Tuesday at 4 p.m.


“Successful hiring and retention of veterans into an organization depends on creating a veteran-informed workplace. Our focus is on empowering managers and supervisors by providing them with information on transitional issues so they are prepared to effectively engage, foster and retain the veteran employee.” Linda Maddy, president, BelKat Solutions, Managing Veterans in the Workplace: A Guide for Retaining a Valuable Resource, Monday at 1:30 p.m.


“We've heard about the Millennials, but what about the Globals, who are already entering your offices as interns? Shifting away from the Millennial mindset, the Globals are shaping up to be a realistic, go-getter, “insta-gen” who are joining the workforce with a new set of expectations and needs.” Jeff Hiller, director of learning and development, JB Training Solutions, Meet the Globals: What You Need to Know Now About Gen Z, Monday at 3 p.m.

Tuesday, April 25


“Organizations are experiencing a leadership gap as Baby Boomers leave the workforce and new generations take leadership. This session will provide companies with a formula to keep the wisdom, facilitate the transfer of knowledge, and adapt to the new challenges.” Guillermo Mendoza, international speaker & executive coach, Impact Coaching Solutions, Rehire Don't Retire: How to Keep the Wisdom of Your Baby Boomers to Reduce the Leadership Gap, Tuesday at 8:15 a.m.


“Cultural differences create both challenges and opportunities for organizations; in most cases, the challenges come first. Creativity and innovation come when people have learned to communicate with culturally different people and trust them.” Lionel Laroche, president, MultiCultural Business Solutions, Managing the Impact of Cultural Difference on the Talent Management Cycle, Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Wednesday, April 26


“Optimizing an organization’s recruiting and talent acquisition function is one of the most effective ways HR professionals can help build a competitive advantage. Building competitive advantage is a very distinct way HR pros can directly impact an organization’s bottom line and profitability.” Jeremy Eskenazi, SHRM-SCP, managing principal, Riviera Advisors, Inc., Strategies to Continue Optimizing Your Organization's Talent Acquisition, Tuesday at 9:45 a.m.


“Candidates are better prepared than ever, and the cost of hiring mistakes is increasing. Adding the proper assessment to the hiring process can provide critical hard-to-get information that will help an organization to hire and retain more top performing employees.” Paul Endress, founder & CEO, Maximum Advantage, Getting the Best From Everyone: Using Assessments for Problem-Solving, Coaching and Development, Wednesday at 9:45 a.m.


“In this global economy, many organizations have far-flung employees who struggle to feel a part of the organization. Knowing that an onboarding process is key to keeping new-hires in the first 90 days, using a virtual platform to welcome these employees is both crucial and economical.” Nanette Miner, managing consultant, The Training Doctor, LLC, Onboarding New Hires, Virtually, Wednesday at 9:45 a.m.



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