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HRD Collective announces North America gathering for 2023

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Preparations are underway for HRD Connect to host its next highly anticipated edition of the HRD Collective North America at the end of spring.

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On Wednesday, May 17th, 2023, senior people leaders will convene for a virtual forum that focuses on interactive peer-to-peer learning and collaboration to address the industry’s most pressing priorities.

Today, Chief People Officers are having to adapt to a business landscape riddled with productivity obstacles like change fatigue, internal talent scarcity and DE&I policies that struggle to enact tangible transformation. Organizations will have to do more with less due to tight budgets and high competition for top talent. The line between operational and strategic people leadership will blur, requiring a laser focus on the details, while keeping a lens on the future.

HRD Collective will address these issues head-on by helping to guide leaders in adopting a data-driven mindset, working lean, and boosting productivity through data proficiency. Bringing together 750+ c-suite decision-makers from across the people function in North America, The Collective will be guided by experts from key people specialisms, including talent management and performance, diversity, equity and inclusion, learning and development, health and wellbeing – among others.

We are delighted to announce the keynote session will be delivered by Andrew Davis, Executive Vice President & Global Chief People Experience Officer for Sony Music Entertainment, who will explore how organizations can align their purpose and values toward their ultimate goals. Following the address, participants will have the opportunity to engage in thought-provoking Digital Incubator sessions led by:

  • Marni McDowell, Senior Director of Global Health & Wellbeing at Micron Technology
  • Kimberly Shariff, Executive Vice President and Strategy for Diversity Equity & Inclusion at Penguin Random House
  • Sarah Waltman, Vice President for Global Talent Management at Dentsply Sirona

Participating members of The Collective can expect to explore:

  • How to attract and retain top talent through a compelling EVP (Employee Value Proposition) that demonstrates your organization’s identity, mission, and values
  • Amending your organization’s well-being offerings to ensure they’re founded on flexibility, communication, and employee engagement
  • How to effectively expand and fortify your DE&I offering through accountability, continuous learning, and improvement
  • Which tools senior leaders can give managers to notice and guide their teams through change on an ongoing basis
  • How to understand and navigate generational differences for a more harmonious working environment post-pandemic

To find out more information about The Collective, including confirmed speakers, full agenda, and how to register your place for free, please visit the event website here.

The last HRD Collective North America, held in November 2022, saw Joan McGrail, Chief Human Resources Officer, New Balance, leading a keynote address on ‘Reconnecting with Purpose & Values’. The insights shared solidified McGrail’s ideology that “there is no business plan without a people plan,” which can be achieved through prioritizing talent investment, enhancing associate experiences, and fostering new ways of doing work. Tangible takeaways included ways to develop internal talent, managing talent mobility and redesigning ways of working through innovative tech.



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