By going beyond traditional benefits you can explore all it takes to engage and motivate employees. This brand new full-day conference covers aspects of the employee value proposition you may not have considered. Workshops and breakout sessions are designed to help you attract and retain the most talented employees. This conference is designed for leaders, managers, and compensation, benefits and HR professionals at all levels.




Summit Bound: The Leader’s Role in the Experience Economy
Deborah Dale Brackney, MA, SPHR, Executive Vice President

Welcome to the experience economy. Leaving behind the service economy, we are moving into a business world where value is derived, not just from products, but from the experience provided to the customer. Organizations that master this reality will depend on employees who can deliver a transformative experience. Leaders can create meaningful events to engage employees in a memorable and personal way. Learn how leaders can partner with HR to cultivate an employee value proposition where employees will thrive and perform in the experience economy. Discover how a well-crafted total rewards approach, enlightened leaders and great employees can combine to produce great organizational rewards.



The Importance of Well-being at Work

Anitra Lesser, M.Ed., Professional Coach, Mediator

What are the most effective formulas for helping create sustained and lasting engagement in our personal and professional lives? When it comes to creating a more balanced life, what is the best starting place? What are the connections between wellness, well-being and ROI? These questions have been asked by many of the most successful scientists, psychologists, OD practitioners, and organizations for the past several years. The data might surprise you; it will inspire you; most importantly, the answers and several simple-to-implement practices might even bring you some relief! Come enjoy all of the above and more in this workshop.


Driving Connections

Anitra Lesser, M.Ed., Professional Coach, Mediator

Conferences are jam-packed with new ideas and up-to-the minute information. And yet finding ways to connect what’s learned to day-to-day activities can be a challenge. During the mid-day break this session is designed to provide you with an interactive opportunity to brainstorm the best ways to implement change based on lessons from the Summit.



The Times They Are A-Changing: Recent Developments in Compensation and Benefits

Justin D. Hocking, Esq., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Attorney

From the recent implementation of the DOL’s Fiduciary Rule, to the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, there have been some significant developments in the realm of employee benefits and compensation in the past year. This informative breakout session addresses the developing trends, recent court filings and decisions, and also the legal requirements that plan sponsors need to know in order to better manage the risks and rewards of their benefit plans. This session also addresses shifting employee preferences in benefit offerings – from more flexible work schedules to employer-driven financial management through "Help Me Save" programs, including new employer-based student loan reduction plans. Yet, despite the trend toward new offerings, many tried-and-true employee benefits continue to be popular incentives across all generational groups. As the saying goes, the more things change - the more they stay the same.

Culture On Demand: The Power of Managers and Leaders in Shaping Organizational Culture

Evan Abbott, M.A., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Director, Organizational Development and Learning

"We’re struggling to meet our goals and retain a high-quality workforce. We need to build an effective, dynamic culture. Fast! What do you have for that?" Does the sentiment sound familiar? We all know that workplace culture is one of the best differentiators between good and great organizations. And when the pressure is on, we want it high functioning . . . now. What does it take to build a high-value culture? While it’s true, culture comes from the top down it is also built from the inside out – from the daily practices of who we hire, what we reward . . . and what we choose not to see. Managers and supervisors play a direct role making the culture you profess into the culture you have. This session explores the power of managers and leaders in shaping and driving organizational culture as well as key practices that may be preventing you from having the culture you want . . . now!

4 Key Developments in Compensation: What You Must Know

Kimberly Barton, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, HR Consultant

From changes in the approach to base pay to the importance of pay equity, attendees will learn four key trends they can’t afford to ignore to stay ahead of their competitors in 2017 and beyond. Join us to discuss trends including how changes in the approach to base pay affects the way organizations reward, motivate, and retain their best talent, the importance of compensation program transparency, managing pay equity, minimum wage impacts, rethinking pay-for-performance, and more.

The session highlights the impact these trends have on compensation and shares insights and compensation best practices. This session addresses:

  • Impact of compensation program transparency on organizations
  • Managing pay equity and new developments in the law prohibiting inquiries into applicant salary history and reporting pay data on EEO-1 reports
  • Effects of minimum wage increases and resulting pay compression issues
  • Evolving performance management and rethinking pay-for-performance
  • How to analyze these trends to stay one step ahead


Leadership Through Influence

Evan Abbott, M.A., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Director, Organizational Development and Learning

Effective leaders are masters of influence. If you cannot influence, you cannot lead. Leaders can turn visions into reality when they influence powerfully, intellectually, and with integrity. In this workshop we discuss what influence is, why it is essential, and provide some ways you can increase your capacity to influence.


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