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2020 Strategic Leadership Conference



Join us Wednesday, October 7 and Thursday, October 8 for the 11th Annual Strategic Leadership Conference. The conference offers two half days of compelling speakers, virtual networking, and both SHRM and HRCI credit opportunities – especially those hard to obtain business credits. We pride ourselves on bringing speakers to you who are true thought leaders including two national keynote speakers and six break-out speakers.  

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Opening Keynote

The "New" Future of Work



Elatia Abate



Elatia Abate is an entrepreneur, educator, and future-forward strategist. She partners with organizations that range in size from Fortune 500 to early stage start-ups to help leaders make sense of the ever-growing disruption in our world and channel that disruption into tangible results. Her client roster includes the likes of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Verizon, University of Arizona, and University of Cincinnati. She is a sought after speaker and facilitator who has led from the front of the room at Deloitte, VRBO, SHRM, Stanford, and The University of Chicago, among other places. In a former life she served as Global Director, Talent Acquisition with Anheuser-Busch InBev and Vice President of Human Resources at Dow Jones & Company. She has been featured in work with Tony Robbins and Trevor Noah, as well as in publications like Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and Forbes.

Closing Keynote

What the Changing Definition of Agile Means for HR

Jim Link

CHRO, Randstad North America


Leveraging Resilience to Accelerate Innovation

Jim Link is the Chief Human Resources Officer for Randstad North America where he leads a team tasked with addressing the human capital requirements of more than 125,000 employees in 15,000 customer locations.


Jim’s most recent work focuses on enabling a better connection between the capabilities of workers and the growing demands of the labor market. Working with advanced technologies, progressive companies and a new generation of employees, he and his team are helping companies reimagine where, when and how work gets done.


As a recognized thought leader in human capability and the future of work, Jim is a sought after commentator with the national and international press, features widely on the lecture and speaker circuit, and consults with leaders, companies and boards of directors around the world on matters related to the workplace.


In addition to serving on boards of advisors for several organizations, Jim is a board member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) National Foundation. He is also active with a number of charitable organizations in his community.

Conference Speakers

Ace Callwood

Building an Organizational Culture of Innovation and Resiliency 


Managing Partner
Equal Sons

Inga Carboni, Ph.D.

The Secrets of Successful Networkers: How Organizations can Leverage Organizational Network Analysis (ONA) 

Author and Associate Professor, Mason School of Business
College of William and Mary

Richard Coughlan, Ph.D.

The Art and Science of Successful Negotiations

Associate Professor of Management, Robins School of Business
University of Richmond

Nancy Eberhardt

The Power of Straight Talk - Now More than Ever

ForbesBooks Author
Uncommon Candor

Matt Stevenson

Make Better Decisions with Predictive Workforce Analytics

Partner and Leader- Workforce Strategy & Analytics Practice

Skip Woody

Customizing Benefits Based on Employees' Life Stages

Area Executive Vice President, Health and Welfare Consulting

Registration Rates

  Member Non-member
Special Until August 3
$99 $99
Early Bird Until September 4
$99 $199*
Regular Price
On or After September 5


*Includes a one-year Professional Local membership to Richmond SHRM



"As always-top notched speakers for this annual conference-each made relevant connections to HR Competencies!"

"I walked away with some actionable inspiration!"

"Great meeting other HR leaders from RVA." 


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