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Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote:
The Architecture of Resilience: Critical Ingredients to Leadership Success

Dorrie Fontaine RN, PhD, FAAN

Dean and Professor

Employee burnout has reached epidemic proportions. What can today’s leaders do to proactively prevent this? How can leaders address the declining productivity, higher turnover, and absenteeism resulting from burnout? In this thought provoking keynote, Dorrie Fontaine, professor and dean of University of Virginia’s School of Nursing will reveal how strategically creating an Architecture of Resilience empowered her employees to focus on the organization’s core mission and exceed the organization’s goals and business objectives.

Lunch Keynote:
The 115th Congress and the Trump Administration: The Washington Outlook for HR Public Policy

Lisa Horn, SHRM
Director, Congressional Affairs
Director, Workplace Flexibility Initiative

Now what? Back in January, President Trump and Republican leaders of Congress promised to move forward with a very aggressive 100-day agenda, with many issues critical to the HR profession being at the forefront. Issues like repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, reforming the tax code, addressing interior immigration enforcement, including worksite enforcement and proposals to expand paid leave and workplace flexibility. Taking the past nine months into account, how will the issues affect employers and employees in your organization? How can you best engage and prepare for what’s ahead? This session will provide an up-to-date discussion of current congressional activity, as well as federal regulatory and judicial activity.

Closing Keynote:
Magnificent Leadership Leading Through Change and Maximizing Profits

Sarah Levitt

Trusted and Strategic Sounding Board to Global Leaders

Content-rich and engaging, this program weaves compelling narratives from Sarah’s interviews from The Making Magnificence Project® with additional examples from her work in the c-suite, to highlight the key factors for leadership success and managing change during a business climate of uncertainty and transition. Packed with actionable information designed for HR Leaders and senior executives to manage talent and boost engagement to drive business outcomes, the program highlights some of the key elements of Magnificent Leadership™ and how apply them real-time. Tackling some of an organization’s greatest challenges, including: setting priority and direction, building bench strength and mapping out succession planning, creating a culture of innovation that propels organizations forward, and transforming an uncertain present into an ideal future, this session is filled with real-world examples that include individual, team, and organizational application.

HR Competencies Track

The Seven Habits of Successful Renewal Negotiators: Benefits Strategy to Affect Sustainable Outcomes


Wendy Stone
Senior Consultant, Health & Benefits Practice
Willis Towers Watson

Mark Blews

Aetna Healthcare

Andy Schlueter


Not pictured: Matt McDonald, Delta Dental and  Mike Nobel, Anthem Healthcare
The HR Professional Competency Model: A Road Map for Success


Laurie McIntosh
Director, Membership
Society for Human Resource Management

Panel: Compliance Essentials — “How to Stay Out of Trouble”


Marc Purintun
Partner, Chair, Employee Benefits Practice
Williams Mullen 

Not pictured: Laura D. Windsor, Partner, Chair, Labor & Employment Practice, Williams Mullen (Moderator) and additional panelists.

Generational Challenges in Recruitment and Retention of Talent

Lisa Silber, M.Ed., ACC


Strategy Track  

Aligning People with Purpose


John Sarvay

A Seat at the Table is Great, but the Real Work Happens Away from the Table


Carol Anderson
Founder and Principal
Anderson Performance Partners


Big Data in Action


Matt Stevenson

Lead the Work

Elise Freedman

Willis Towers Watson 

Pam Weinacht

Consultant, Talent and Rewards
Willis Towers Watson

Leadership Track  

The Power of Living Brands: How Culture Aligns to Business Performance


Bob Kelley
Pure Culture Consulting


The Road to Simplicity


Matt Johnson
Lead Consultant
The Frontier Project

What the Millennials REALLY Mean to Leadership and Culture: Preparing for the Ridiculously Optimistic Future of Business


Jamie Notter
Founding Partner
Work XO


Really, Another Conversation About Performance Management? Leading the Change

Anne Gilson

One Digital Human Capitals Solutions

Vickie Price

One Digital Human Capital Solutions
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