HRO Today Forum Heads To The Windy City

The Talent Cloud: The Convergence of HR and Technology

By the Editors

The HRO Today Forum—an annual highlight for HR leaders and professionals all over the country—is moving to the Midwest! HRO Today magazine will host the 14th annual HRO Today Forum on May 2-4 at the Drake Hotel in Chicago. The forum will present the latest trends in HR services, technology and analytics, offer networking opportunities with the leading minds in HR, and allow attendees to discuss their own experiences.

The theme for 2016’s forums is “The Talent Cloud: The Convergence of HR and Technology.” This theme will help reveal the ways that HR executives can leverage cloud, mobile, and social technologies to attract, engage, and retain top performers and ensure they align with all HR strategies and goals. In today’s HR environment, the talent cloud and the ability to use ever-changing cloud technologies are more crucial than ever.

In his recent CEO’s Letter, SharedXpertise and HRO Today CEO Elliot Clark discusses the meaning behind the theme: “We are using that phrase to symbolize the fact that technology is now integral to HR and to the relationship between employee and employer. The world is not ‘changing.’ It’s just a changed world,” he says. “And while we still sometimes think of HR as being all about the people, the bits and bytes are just as important as the heart and the brain. However, we all know what we want to fall out of the talent cloud is the best possible workforce with the highest possible productivity.”

There will be an all-star lineup of speakers at the event, including Peter Cappelli, director of the Center for Human Resources at The Wharton School; Ivor Horn, medical director at the Center for Diversity and Health Equity Seattle Children’s Hospital; and Peter Vermeulenz, head of HR Americas at The Linde Group; who will discuss and share best practices, research, and ideas. The 2016 North America forum will also feature special sessions with a notable CHRO panel discussion; The Center for Human Resources at the Wharton School track, a special Healthcare track that will share proven, successful Workforce solutions for the healthcare industry; and the insightful HRO Today Research Showcase.

The forum will include the HRO Today Awards Gala, which includes the prestigious CHRO of the Year Awards announcement, and the Talent Acquisition Leader of the Year Award announcement. This award recognizes an individual leader for innovative practices and excellence in talent acquisition, including work within areas such as employer branding, technology, staff development, engagement and retention, and financial analysis. Also featured at the event will be the 2016 Tektonic Award announcement, as well as the annual iTalent competition and the HRO Today MSP Baker’s Dozen announcement.

Hosted and emceed by Matt Charney on the last day of the forum, the fifth annual iTalent competition will be another forum highlight. Each year, HRO Today invites companies to submit their technology on HR, recruiting or talent management. The top five entries then compete in the competition, and each gives a 7-minute HR innovation pitch in front of the event audience and panel of HR technology experts, industry analysts, HR practitioners and technology investors. Each iTalent pitch is assessed by our panel of experts, and after all presentations are complete the judging panel and audience will then vote to select the winner.

Networking is a key part of the forum. This is an excellent opportunity to get together with your colleagues and share knowledge while learning, and also have a bit of fun. Join the HRO Today team at The Second City for the HRO Today Magazine party and enjoy the latest in cutting-edge sketch comedy combined with songs and improv.

“The HRO Today Forum brings together a great group of HR practitioners, providers and thought leaders for three days of learning, networking and best-practicesharing. With the continued importance of technology in the workplace and our lives today, this year’s event theme and programming will provide great new ideas, discussion opportunities and discovery in this area,” Zachary Misko, vice president and executive director of the HRO Today Services and Technology Association, says.

To nominate an awardee, for sponsorship information, or to learn more about this year’s keynote speakers and events, please visit www.HROTodayForum.com.

A special thanks goes to our sponsors, who have helped make this event possible. Please visit www.hrotodayforum.com/index.php/sponsors.

Posted March 4, 2016 in Enabling Technology

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