How to get the most out of HR Tech Conference 2017
by Laura Zifchak (Poggi) October 02 2017
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Anyone who’s anyone (ok, maybe just anyone in HR) is going to be at HR Tech Conference on October 10-13. If you don’t already know, it’s the industry’s largest event, drawing in over 4,000 attendees from around the world. Whether you’re an #HRTechConf veteran or a first timer, we have some tips that will help you get the most out of this year’s event.
1. Lean in.
As an HR pro, your days are nonstop busy. It can be near impossible to carve out time for learning and exploring new, big-picture strategies. But the HR Tech Conference is your chance to do just that. Give yourself permission to leave your laptop in your room and turn your phone off (alright, silent will do) so you can give the event your full attention. Don’t worry, they’re fine back at the office.
We know you’re just as excited as we are to hear what Laszlo Bock has to say about the future of HR. But there are many technology trailblazers who are sure to give us some lightbulb moments, too. Here are a few we suggest you check out:
Jane Davila, Head of Global Benefits COE, Bristol-Myers Squibb. Jane will be sharing her first-hand experience leading the launch of a global HR ecosystem in the cloud. If you have an international workforce, you can’t afford to miss Embracing Digital Transformation: How Bristol-Myers Squibb Created a Unified HR System
Ryan Higginson-Scott, Manager, People Operations & Systems, Optimizely, Inc. Ryan’s career has been marked by transforming large, clunky systems into smooth experiences. Hear him speak on the panel discussion, Integration: The Answer to Mid-Size Companies’ Data Needs.
Tim Sackett, President, HRU Technical Services. It’s all about employee experience these days. What should you be doing about it at your organization? Talent expert and PeopleDoc blogger Tim Sackett will give his take as he hosts the session, If We Build It, Candidates Will Come: Building the Perfect TA Tech Stack
3. Choose your side at Battle of the Brands.
Let’s face it. No HR department has unlimited resources. When it comes down it, where should you invest – HR agility or the employee experience? PeopleDoc will gather three of our customers to battle it out: Nestle, American Express and GoDaddy. Hosted by our very own people expert, Adriana Bokel Herde, Chief People Officer, the session will explore implications for prioritizing one over the other. You can also submit any questionsyou want the panelists to address at the event. After hearing what each brand has to say, the audience will choose a winner! The match takes place on Thursday, 4:00 – 5:00pm.
4. Make demo appointments in advance.
The exhibition floor will be packed with 400+ vendors. Be sure to make the rounds, but if there’s a specific solution you want to investigate, we suggest setting up a demo appointment in advance when possible. This way, you’ll be sure to get your homework done at the event and you won’t have to wait your turn if your target booth is crowded. (Want to set up a special time to see the PeopleDoc platform in action? Sign up to see a demo of the employee knowledge portal or employee file management—or both!)
5. Don’t forget to have fun!
Unwind after a long day at the HR Tech Pub Crawl in the expo hall on Wednesday, 4:30 – 5:30pm. It’s the perfect opportunity to mingle while sampling different beers, wines and cocktails. PeopleDoc will be there with a refreshing drink that’s just right for beating the Vegas heat.
It’s going to be an exciting four days at HR Tech Conference and we can’t wait to connect with you! Come find us at Booth 1563 so we can talk all things HR service delivery.
Laura Zifchak (Poggi)
Laura leads the marketing team for the PeopleDoc by Ultimate Software products in North America. She joined PeopleDoc in January 2015 to help HR teams learn about HR Service Delivery technology, understand how it benefits their existing business strategies, and become expert users of our platform as customers.
Laura has experience with bringing technical software solutions to market with prior leadership positions at both IBM and RTTS. She has an MBA from CUNY Baruch Zicklin School of Business, and a BS degree in Marketing from Siena College.
With years of practice managing teams through rapid growth and constant change, Laura is passionate about employee and manager experience, and using technology to help scale and improve operations.