Dear Members and Colleagues:
We are delighted to report to our members and colleagues that our 2-day HR Professional Development Summit – “HR Emerging Trends”, held on September 24th and 25 and UCONN Stamford was a resounding success!
With close to 100 HR professionals attending, cutting-edge topics and presentations related to Innovation in HR, Multi-generational Workforce, Leadership and Becoming a Talent Magnet received very high marks from our attendees. During the first day, there were 19 classroom sessions covering subjects such as bullying in the workplace, the neuroscience of stress, human capital analytics, mindfulness, millennials in the workplace and ways employers can avoid employee lawsuits. SHRM and HRCI credits were provided for each of the sessions.
Our keynote speaker, Dr. Amy Liu Abel, Managing Director, Human Capital, The Conference Board, addressed “The DNA of Highly Engaged Cultures: How Organizations Build a Culture of Engagement.” Dr. Abel leads research efforts focusing on human resources, human capital analytics, leadership development, strategic workforce planning, diversity and inclusion, and employee engagement. Dr. Abel has supported senior leaders globally in organizations such as Morgan Stanley, Accenture, Adobe and JPMorgan Chase. In a world that is global and competitive, having employees with the right skills can make a critical difference. However, according to a recent Conference Board study, there are fewer people entering the workforce than leaving it, so there is going to be a labor shortage in the future. Employee Engagement can mean the difference between simply surviving and actually thriving and winning; engaged employees who are being more agile tend to deliver higher levels of business performance. Dr. Abel shared the eight elements ad corresponding leadership strategies that drive employee engagement.
Dr. Abel promised to have the report on “The DNA of Highly Engaged Cultures: How Organizations Build a Culture of Engagement.” made available and those interested in obtaining the report may do so by following the following link:
On the second day, attorneys from Jackson Lewis LLP along with a representative from the DOL, focused on important developments in workplace law, including up-to-date legislative information important to HR professionals and business leaders. Lively and exceptional sessions were presented and participants were given the opportunity to ask questions throughout the presentations. We are also delighted that all registrants will receive a copy of Jackson Lewis’ 2015 Connecticut Employment Law Manual upon publication.
SOCT SHRM is proud to provide this caliber of cutting-edge, thought provoking, practical programming for the HR community that enables HR professionals to contribute as business partners to their organizations and apply practical learning to their strategies and daily responsibilities. In doing so, we fulfill our chapter’s vision: SOCT SHRM: “A driving force for thought leadership, professional development, and transformational experiences for the HR community.”