HR Table Talks provide a safe space for members of the HRO Today Association  to discuss challenging issues. These are not slide-driven  webinars, they are virtual conversations, connecting like-minded individuals in similar circumstances for advice and support.

HR Table Talks are a unique networking and learning opportunity for members of the HRO Today Association. 

  • Attendance is limited to create a feeling of closeness and security.
  • Participants can see and communicate directly with other members
  • Sessions are not recorded so participants can be completely open and honest.
  • There are no slides, and the conversation is 100% member driven.

A member facilitator helps guide the conversation, adding their expertise and perspective.

Members come away from HR Table Talks with insights they cannot get anywhere else – only from those who are experiencing the same circumstances and challenges, right now. 

“Thank you for today’s HR Table Talk.  What great conversation and shared information. I look forward to implementing some of the ideas shared by the group. Looking forward to future sessions.”

— Lisa Williams, Director, Talent Management, Physicians Endoscopy

“I really liked the small size of the group.
It allowed for everyone to chime in with their thoughts and ask questions.”

Sarah McMullen, Diversity Program Manager, Talent Acquisition, CVS Health

Interested in facilitating an HR Table Talk? Submit to the Call for Speakers today.

Upcoming HR Table Talks

Check back soon for more information on upcoming HR Table Talks!

Past Sessions

Competency-Based Leadership Development Programs: Worth the Investment? | Wednesday, April 27 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET

With tens of millions of US workers voluntarily leaving their jobs in the last 18 months, much energy has been devoted to tackling the root causes of the Great Resignation, especially from a recruiting, onboarding, and employee wellness perspective.

The staff who remain are typically working shorthanded and fighting to overcome challenges resulting from gaps in their knowledge and skills. These conditions can spell disaster for employers, who will see even greater attrition unless they step up, pay attention, and invest in their people by offering opportunities for learning and development, as well as promotions.

This session will offer you the opportunity to explore, through discussion and shared examples, how to maximize your organization’s investment in competency-based learning and development; build or support an accountable leadership learning culture; and deliver returns through employee retention and advancement of top talent (or those on their way to be!).

Facilitated by: Karen Feeney, VP, Talent Acquisition and Development at KenCrest.

Mindset Reset for 2022: Mental Fitness for Leaders | February 1, 2022

Mental fitness focuses on building the mental agility to shift from a negative to a positive mindset. It requires small habits built over time that dramatically shift a team into a highly adaptive, resilient, and high-performing team. How are you addressing or integrating the topics of mental health, stress management, and overall well-being into the fabric of your organization? What are your key obstacles, and where are you planning to focus time, money, and energy into addressing this topic in 2022?

Facilitator: Kristen Lampert, Managing Director, Talent Consulting and Coaching, TalentRise (an Aleron company)

Shared Problem-Solving Discussion | October 21, 2021

This HR Table Talk provided a safe space for Association members to connect to seek advice, ask questions and understand how their peers are handling the same challenging situations.

Our member facilitator kicked things off with these talking points:

  • How do you engage employees in a predominantly remote workforce?
  • How has your job function changed as a result of the pandemic?

The conversation was driven from there by our member participants, who asked specific questions and shared their experience to help others walk away from the session with new insights and ideas.

Facilitator: Judd Weisgal, Senior Vice President, Madison Performance Group

Direct Sourcing for Contingent Labor | June 15, 2021

This HR Table Talks session focused on the emerging trend of companies seeking to manage their contingent labor pools through direct sourcing. It specifically examined the question: Savings and benefits of direct sourcing for contingent labor: fact or fiction? Some key questions included:

  • How are companies using direct sourcing strategies and what does it mean?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of direct sourcing?
  • What are the pros and cons of doing contingent labor management internally, and what does it mean with respect to technology and worker classification responsibilities?
  • What do you need to recognize about your employment brand and its impact on prospective savings and the success of direct sourcing?

Facilitators: Peter Carvalho, President, AllSTEM Connections, an ActOne Group Company; Rohit Sharma, AVP, Head Talent Acquisition – Americas & Canada, Infosys

Diversity & Inclusion | March 16, 2021

This session was an open, honest, and intimate conversation about the often sensitive topic of diversity and inclusion.

Facilitators: Karen Feeney, VP of Organizational Development at KenCrest, and Matt Rivera, VP of Marketing and Communications at Yoh, a Day and Zimmerman Company.

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