HR Executives In Record Numbers Attend HR Conference —
Top Issues Include Outsourcing, Diversity, Benefits & Technology
Milford, CT,April 20, 2005 NY HR Weeks conference directors today released recordattendee totals for the 2005 NY HR Week held April 12-14, 2005 at the New YorkHilton, making it the nations second largest HR event. Registered attendeestotaled 3,710, with conference attendees numbering 706. The totals represented a 32% increase overthe 2004 totals, and included a record 106 media attendees.
It was truly apleasure to participate in NY HR Week 2005, said Susan Oliver, the SVP of HRat 1,300,000-employee Wal-Mart, who was the Conferences opening day keynotespeaker. Day 2 keynote speaker, Lea Soupata, SVP of HR at 325,000-employee UPS,said, When I asked for a show of hands of HRO buyers and providers, I was happyto see more HR practitioners than providers. TecHR World Keynote, Naomi Bloom,Managing Partner of Bloom & Wallace said, I found my time spent at NY HRWeek to be incredibly valuable and professionally rewarding. Everyone who isanyone in HR was right thereFeedback from my audience has been very positiveand Im looking forward to next year. Ray Goldberg,SVP of HR at Lucent Technologies, attending his third-consecutive HRO World,said, Once again, HRO World was a tremendous learning event for both veteranHRO users and those just starting. VicePresident and veteran Wall Street analyst Bill Zinsmeister of Piper Jaffraywrote, "Good showReally thought this yearsPresidential Debate was a step above last years, especially with respect tothe lines of questions. Good case studies, also."
NY HR Week 2005featured six events. The weekscornerstone is the HRO World Conference and Exposition, the worlds largestevent exclusively focused on human resources outsourcing. The week also included the HR/NY SolutionsConference addressing the ever-changing issues that are shaping HR, the HumanResources Outsourcing Association (HROA) Awards Banquet and General AssemblyMembership Meeting, the HR-XML Consortiums Quarterly Meeting, HR technologyevent TecHR World, and the HRO/FAO Executive Summit.
The success ofthis years show is reflected not just in the number of attendees weveattracted, but also in the quality of those attendees, says John Golicz, CEOof Unicomm, the event producer. The number of senior decision-makers whoattended the show this year is unparalleled, as is the caliber of speakers theshow presented. NY HR Week clearly provides a necessary platform for theexchange of ideas, educating ourselves and our customers, networking and conductingbusiness in a challenging, rapidly-evolving HR marketplace.
"We’ve received great feedbackfrom our members regarding this year’s HR/NY Solutions Conference and ourparticipation in NY HR Week", said Barry Manus, President of HR/NY, thelargest 100% chapter affiliate of the national Society for Human ResourceManagement (SHRM). "Attendees gave us high-marks for ourKeynote featuring Jane Eliott where she discussed her PeabodyAward-winning film focused on the anatomy of prejudice."
NY HR WeekConference Chairman Jay Whitehead said, In HR, content is king. And the HRcommunity has voted with its time and money to elect NY HR Week the mostcontent-rich event of the year.
A record 222 exhibits werealso featured at the event and exhibitors were effusive in their praise for theevent. As a Platinum Sponsor, Aonutilizes HRO World as an important vehicle to explain how organizations cantransform their HR functions from cost centers to strategic resources, saidGary Budzinski, President, HRO, Aon Consulting. Marc Scherr, Vice Chairman of Ultimate Software said, Very strong eventfor our business. Sonjay Garg,President of Infotronic, says, This has been an excellent show for us on twovery key levels. Not only is it an opportunity for us to exhibit and presentour unique services to a very key audience, but as a mid-size companyourselves, the educational track here provides valuable information to help usaddress our internal challenges. As a result of this experience, we haveexpanded our exhibit for next year. Geoff Dubiski, Director of Yoh HRSolutions had this to say, NY HR Week and HRO World provided a uniqueopportunity for Yoh HR Solutions to not only interface with HR practitioners,but also to broaden our potential service offerings through alliances withother vendor participants.
NY HR Weekconference educational tracks continue to be strong. Standing-room-only crowdsgathered to learn about key issues such as outsourcing, leadership strategies,employee screening, mitigating workplace violence, employee fraud and theft,unethical business conduct, workplace diversity and the explosive costs ofhealthcare, to name a few.
On a lighternote, Nick Warnock, from the first TV season of The Apprentice, joined HROWorld for the entire event, which generated excitement and questions about hison and off the set interview with The Donald. HRO World is a well-oiled machine, said the former Apprentice, with agreat balance of learning, networking and entertainment.
For more information,contact Sarah Lally at (203) 878-2577 x120 or visit the web site atwww.nyhrweek.com.
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