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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

6:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Thursday, May 19, 2016

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

9:15 - 10:30 a.m.

Workforce Design Strategies

Workforce planning is a continual process of aligning your staffing strategy with organizational goals and priorities. In this era of rapid technology changes, mergers and acquisitions, global competition, and new business models, opportunities abound in order to keep up with these changes. In this session, we will explore approaches to assuring you have the right people in the right jobs; the right structure in place; and other aspects of a proactive workforce design strategy that affords the greatest possible opportunities for successfully meeting organizational goals.

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.


10:45 a.m. - Noon

Impact of Mergers and Acquisitions on Retirement Plans

Mergers and acquisitions of organizations are usually driven by economic or strategic reasons. Often, the business decision makers that execute a merger or acquisition are not always those primarily concerned with employee morale and employee benefits. Retirement plans are often an afterthought, but can wreak havoc if not planned for carefully before the transaction is complete. Join us for a discussion of what organizations can do to avoid the minefield of potentially lethal plan failures and how to effect a successful transition, minimizing the impact on the organization and its employees.

Noon - 1:00 p.m.


1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

Legal Trends & Updates

With the regulatory and compliance landscape affecting retirement plans constantly changing, it is mission-critical to manage your workforce with the most current legal information. This session will identify issues that are getting the attention of the media, the courts, and the U.S. Department of Labor, and why they should be getting your attention on the national, state, and local levels.

2:15 - 2:30 p.m.


2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Building a Successful Wellness Program – One Organization's Example

Healthcare employers have had to get creative in finding ways to provide competitive medical benefits that do not compromise financial viability while enhancing employees' and the community's health. If the solution can also help advance the strategic goals of the organization, so much the better. Learn how one hospital system partnered with its admitting physicians to improve employee health status within their organization and prepared for marketing its wellness success in the community.

3:45 - 5:00 p.m.

Strategic Internal Communications

With a myriad of new and traditional communications channels available, connecting with employees effectively and efficiently can become overwhelming. Internal communications in small, mid-size, and large organizations are critical to successful organizational performance. Join us for a discussion on internal communication strategies that encourage employee engagement, drive behavior change, build your organization's brand, allow collaboration, and ultimately foster a strong corporate culture.

5:00 p.m.

Dinner on Your Own

Enjoy the numerous dining options Midtown Manhattan has to offer. Whether your choice is one of the fantastic dining facilities in the Harvard Club or Club Quarters, or you choose to venture into Times Square, you will find an enjoyable dining experience.

Friday, May 20, 2016

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.


9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Millennials in the Workplace

Bruce Tulgan, internationally recognized expert on leadership and management, will lead a three-hour workshop providing strategies to engage the younger workforce. In this presentation, Bruce presents his latest research and insight on the newest "new" young workforce, along with his decades of experience helping managers in hundreds of different companies bring out the best in young talent.

Bruce separates the facts from the myths about today's young workers. With verbatim (and often hilarious) quotes from young workers and their managers, Bruce offers actionable advice for leaders, managers, and supervisors to better recruit, train, engage, develop, motivate and retain the best of the next generation of talent.

12:30 p.m.

Boxed Lunch