HR Technology Conference
Agenda 2024

Prepare to be inspired at the HR Technology Conference 2024 by a comprehensive agenda that promises not only to educate but also to inspire, providing deep insights into the latest market trends, innovative solutions and forward-thinking strategies.

The HR Tech program features a mix of case studies, expert analyses and research findings, providing you with the tools to develop resilient HR strategies and make informed technology decisions. Whether you're looking to enhance current systems or discover new tech solutions, all sessions are geared to foster knowledge and drive HR transformation.

Stay updated by checking the agenda often, as we are continuously adding new sessions to this year's program.

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2024 Agenda Highlights

Tuesday|September 24, 2024

8:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Women in HR Technology Summit
12:45 - 3:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions
3:45 - 4:45 p.m. Opening Keynote — To Be Announced Soon!
5 - 7 p.m. Expo Grand Opening and Pub Crawl

Wednesday|September 25, 2024

7:30 - 8 a.m. Breakfast
8 - 9:15 a.m.


HR Technology 2025: An Existential Change Driven By AI

Josh Bersin, Global Industry Analyst and CEO, The Josh Bersin

The $200 billion-plus HR technology market is being radically redefined by AI. Not only do we have hundreds of new AI tools, systems and solutions, but many of the core vendors are now threatened. In this comprehensive keynote, Josh Bersin will show you the big trends throughout the HR tech market and how AI is transforming our products, technologies and paradigms for HR. He'll discuss the impact of HR on core HR systems, L&D technologies, recruitment, employee experience and more.

9:15 - 10:45 a.m. Refreshment Break and Expo Activities
10:45 - 11:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch and Expo Activities
1 - 1:45 p.m.

Mega Sessions

Voice of the Customer Highlights: Sapient Insights Group 27th Annual HR Systems Survey

Stacey Harris, Chief Research Officer, Sapient Insights

In this highly anticipated session, Stacey Harris will delve into key findings from the 27th Annual 2024-2025 HR Systems Survey - the largest non-sponsored study across the HR tech market. The survey includes details on spending, budgets and how HR leaders are leveraging emerging trends such as AI governance tools and augmented skill-building solutions. Learn which solutions buyers are keeping, replacing or putting in the budget and who's showing up on the RFPs. Discover which HR tech vendors receive top ratings for user experience and customer satisfaction across 12 solution categories and over 200+ solution providers.

Harmony in HR: Striking the Right Balance Between Data & Human Experience

Don Robertson, CHRO, Northwestern Mutual

Don Robertson will discuss the art and science of HR and the importance of finding the balance between data-driven decision-making and the human experience. Through case studies and best practices, he'll explore how to leverage analytics and technology, while preserving empathy and intuition. You'll discover how this balance can drive employee engagement, retention, diversity and inclusivity, and ultimately, business performance.

Program Management: The Dynamic True North for Transformation

A panel of Senior HR leaders from Global 1000 companies
Moderator: Kimberly Carroll, Managing Principal, IA

In today's dynamic landscape, organizations are constantly evolving to stay competitive, and the magnitude and frequency of change are unprecedented. HR and business leaders play a pivotal role in driving transformation, and effective program management is the compass that guides successful and sustainable outcomes. In this engaging panel discussion, you'll learn from practitioners with market-leading organizations that have fully embraced the power of program management in their HR transformations. From strategy alignment to execution excellence, you'll take home practical insights and best practices that empower all organizations to transform with confidence.

2 - 2:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Dessert Break and Expo Activities
3:30 - 4:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions
4:30 - 5 p.m.

New Industry Insider Sessions

Embracing a Digital Mindset and Roadmap for Future-Ready Organizations

Jason Averbook, Senior Partner, Mercer

In a world where technological advancements are relentless, merely implementing new tools isn't enough. This session will delve into the importance of adopting a digital mindset — one that prioritizes agility, innovation and continuous learning. We'll explore the critical difference between a digital roadmap and a traditional technology project plan, highlighting how the former can guide your organization toward long-term success. Discover how to effectively deploy digital tools and capabilities, ensuring they are embraced within your organization despite the challenges of adoption. We live in a digital-first world; are you and your organization ready?

Navigating Provider Relationships: Building Bridges and Repairing Bonds

Kimberly Carroll, Managing Principal, IA
Mark Stelzner, Founder, Managing Principal, IA

Strategy, process optimization and skills can be empty gestures unless the providers with whom you partner are keeping up their end of the arrangement. Whether you’re about to implement with a new provider or are struggling with a current provider’s service, this session is a safe forum to gain insight into navigating these sometimes-choppy waters.

Designing the Employee Journey for Experiences

Mervyn Dinnen, HR, Talent, & Trends Analyst, Two Heads Consulting

Organizations are increasingly focusing on hiring, engaging and retaining key talent as well as supporting their development and well-being. Mervyn Dinnen will share creative strategies that HR and Talent teams are crafting personalized, digital experiences throughout the entire talent journey that prioritize the moments that matter most to people and encourages and supports them in achieving their best outcomes.

The Ever-Evolving State of Talent Acquisition Technology

Madeline Laurano, Founder, Principal Analyst, Aptitude Research Partners

Join Madeline Laurano as she delves into the dynamic state of talent acquisition technology. Explore AI’s impact, the evolution of skills-based talent initiatives, and talent intelligence strategies that enhance TA. Engage in discussions, name names, and gain actionable takeaways to elevate your recruitment game. Join us for an interactive session where knowledge meets collaboration, helping you stay ahead in your HR tech transformation.

AI & HR Transformation: A Great Pairing?

Brian Sommer, Founder, TechVentive

AI, especially generative AI, is triggering firms everywhere to consider new ‘HR transformation’ projects. The hope is that AI will make HR processes smarter and more efficient. But not every HR leader can deliver a transformation project successfully. Join industry analyst Brian Sommer as he examines the critical transformation issues no one wants to discuss.

How to Streamline HR and Create Efficiencies with AI

Trish Steed, CEO, Principal Analyst, H3 HR Advisors

Trish Steed will lead a discussion about AI and how it’s impacting every HR process and employee touchpoint. Find out what you need to know as an HR leader, including: the latest developments in AI technology; the most important applications and use cases of AI technology in HR processes and the potential future of AI in HR. In addition, get insights to help you make informed decisions for incorporating AI technology into your organization’s HR function and discuss ethical considerations, transparency, bias mitigation, data privacy and the importance of maintaining the human touch in HR.

Top 10 HR Challenges that are NOT GenAI

Betsy Summers, Principal Analyst, Forrester Research
Katy Tynan, VP, Principal Analyst, Forrester Research

We’ve spent the last two years talking about the disruption that GenAI is bringing to the world of people strategy. It’s important stuff, and there is plenty of content here at HR Tech to help you better understand the implications. But HR professionals also face many other challenges. Join this interactive session to explore the key issues impacting HR beyond GenAI.

Building the Business Case for HR Technology Investments

Rebecca Wettemann, CEO & Principal Analyst, Valoir

Building a successful business case for a new HR technology investment can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. In this session, you’ll learn the four steps for building a successful business case, how to credibly estimate indirect benefits like productivity savings, and the keys to presenting a successful business case to management. Bring your questions and project examples and we’ll work through as many as we have time to tackle!

5 - 6 p.m. Happy Hour and Expo Activities

Thursday|September 26, 2024

7:45 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.


The Skills-Powered Organization: How to Design and Activate the Enterprise for the “Next “of Work

Ravin Jesuthasan, Global Thought Leader and Author; Senior Partner, Mercer

As the world navigates the rapid and disruptive effects of AI, climate change, and geopolitical conflicts, the world of work, too, needs to change. Jobs are giving way to skills as the currency of work to ensure a more agile, resilient and flexible enterprise, which cannot just respond but must thrive in the face of these challenges. This pivot from jobs to skills will require us to rethink everything we know about work. Building on his bestselling book Work without Jobs, Ravin Jesuthasan, a recognized futurist and global thought leader, shares critical insights into why the skills-powered organization is here to stay and the HR architecture required to power it.

9:30 - 11 a.m. Refreshment Break and Expo Activities
11 - 11:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions
12 – 1:30 p.m Lunch and Expo Activities
1:30 - 2:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions
2:30 - 3 p.m. Breakout Sessions
3 - 4 p.m. Dessert Break in Expo
4 - 4:45 p.m.

Mega Sessions

Building a Dynamic, Skills-based Talent Enterprise at Delta Air Lines

Tim Gregory, Managing Director of HR Innovation and Workforce Technology, Delta Air Lines

While many organizations are contemplating taking a skills-based approach to talent management, Delta Air Lines is building a dynamic, skills-based experience for continuous employee learning using talent intelligence technology. By utilizing disruptive technologies like an AI-driven skills ontology that automatically incorporates industry trends with embedded intelligence, Delta can determine which skills are most important to the organization, and employees can easily combine those with their current capabilities, strengths and aspirations to create a personal career path. All the content in the skills library is based on Delta-specific skills and personalized to each employee’s career goals. Tim Gregory will explain how Delta has taken its approach to customer experience and applied it to the employee experience, building a modern, skills-based organization.

AI in HR: What CHROs need to know about Workplace AI Regulations, Legislation and Governance

Keith Sonderling, Commissioner, United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Commissioner Keith Sonderling will address the implications of artificial intelligence and machine learning in employment decision-making and human resources. Employers are using AI to make employment decisions at every stage of the job life cycle, from hiring to promotion to firing. AI-driven technologies have the potential to make the workplace more open, fair and inclusive by eliminating unlawful discrimination from such decisions. However, AI can also amplify workplace bias if it is poorly designed or carelessly deployed. Drawing on real-world examples, Sonderling will reveal the promises and perils of using AI to make employment decisions.

Steering the Course of Holistic Transformation in the Era of Intelligent Services

Andrew Winnemore, Vice President of HR Services & Employee Digital Experiences, Microsoft

Andrew Winnemore will explore HR’s pivotal role in driving long-term, holistic transformation within organizations, especially in the context of the rising tide of ‘Intelligent Services.’ Rather than viewing technology as the endgame, he’ll discuss how HR can effectively harness tech to facilitate revolutionary changes in workplace dynamics and operational strategies.

The Nine Practices of AI Innovators

Kevin Oakes, CEO, Institute of Corporate Productivity (i4CP)

How are HR teams leveraging generative AI tools today to improve such core HR activities as talent acquisition, performance management, learning and development, workforce planning and more? Where do leading organizations anticipate AI will have a significant impact in the future? Is HR already behind the AI adoption curve … and if so, how can the function gain ground? Join Kevin Oakes as he reveals the latest i4cp research, which showcases: the impact of generative AI on tactical HR tasks, as well as strategic initiatives such as improving innovation, productivity and culture; which HR functions are impacted the most by generative AI; i4cp’s Nine Practices of AI Innovators, and what separates the best from the rest; and more!