5 Sessions You Don’t Want to Miss at UNLEASH

If you work in human resources, it’s possible you’ve recently exchanged your HR title for one using the word “people.”

The change in terminology reflects a greater change in the function — HR is no longer a standalone department, but a fulcrum that drives success of the organization.

This shift is not lost on UNLEASH America, which last year changed the name of its trade show from HR Tech World to UNLEASH.

The agenda reflects the new focus. There are a number of sessions on adoption, indicating the way people operations leaders see their role in influencing the organization, not just driving compliance.

According to China Gorman, managing director of UNLEASH America, the purpose of the rebrand is to “widen our focus from all things HR Tech to all things leadership and the future of work.”

“UNLEASH is for leaders of all stripes who want to unleash the potential and power of their people!”

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The show runs May 15-16 at the Aria Resort in Las Vegas. It will have 12 stages and more than 100 speakers, including Naomi Bloom, Josh Bersin, Stacey Harris, and CHROs from Microsoft, GE Digital, Spotify, and Reddit.

Here are the sessions I’ll be attending — will I see you there?

1. The Rise of the Individual in the New World of Work: How Will HR Technology Adapt?

Josh Bersin will speak on the “shift in management culture from a focus on hierarchy to a focus on teams and individuals.” This is a growing theme as more work becomes cross-functional and peers, not managers, have insight into performance.

2. Change Management to Improve Technology Adoption

Launching new technology without setting the stage for employee buy-in can be disastrous, no matter how good the technology is. Luckily, Jim Hazboun, CHRO/SVP, Corporate Services Division at Hyundai Capital America has been through this and can provide the tips you need.

3. HR and Finance: Cultivating A Grand Passion Or A Marriage Of Convenience

Data is power, but more and more we’re seeing the insights needed by HR leaders to deliver predictive and prescriptive analytics are maintained by the finance department. No matter whether you’re at an organization that can take steps towards integration, or need strategies to work around this dilemma, you’ll get insight in this panel.

The panel features Naomi Bloom, managing partner at Bloom & Wallace, Brian Sommer, founder of TechVentive, Inc., and Stacey Harris, VP, research & analytics at Sierra-Cedar.

4. Addressing #MeToo: What HR Technology Can do to Drive Change to D&I

Few organizations exist that haven’t explored their practices both for risk of corporate crisis and general well-being of employees this year. Technology can be part of the problem, but can also be the solution.

Stacia Sherman Garr, co-founder and principal analyst at RedThread Research, will share how technology can help individuals make the best decisions and change behaviors at critical moments.

5. Why Trust Matters – Now, More Than Ever

Trust is at an all-time low. In our recent webinar, Tiffany Apczynski, VP of Public Policy and Social Impact at Zendesk, shared how corporate social responsibility addresses this issue.

Rachel Botsman, author, visiting lecturer & researcher at University of Oxford, Saïd Business, will close out the conference with insights from her recent book on the flow of trust and implications of technology for organization, including data breaches, misinformation, automation, or algorithms.

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