Announcing the WorkHuman 2019 Agenda

October 4, 2018 Sarah Payne

We are now less than six months away from the most exciting HR and leadership event of the year – WorkHuman! The conference will take over the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, March 18-21, for WorkHuman’s fifth anniversary.

Have you reserved your seat yet? So far, we’ve announced iconoclastic business thinker and best-selling author Gary Hamel is returning to deliver a keynote on “humanocracy.” Cy Wakeman – everyone’s favorite workplace drama researcher – will also appear on the WorkHuman stage.

I’m lucky enough to be a part of the team that helps craft the agenda for WorkHuman. We carefully sifted through hundreds of speaker applications to put together content tracks that really address the most pressing issues in creating a more human workplace. This year’s tracks include:

  • Applying the Value of Gratitude
  • Bringing Humanity to Performance Management
  • Creating a Culture of Community
  • Elevating Your Employer Brand
  • Empowering Through Diversity & Equality
  • Living Your Best Work Life
  • Merging Humanity & Technology
  • Navigating Employee Emotions at Work

You can check out the most up-to-date version of the agenda here, but I thought I’d highlight a few speakers I am especially looking forward to seeing in Nashville – and these don’t even include our yet-to-be-announced keynote speakers!

David Horsager, The Trust Edge: How Top HR Leaders and Organizations Drive Business Results Through Trust – David argues that “a lack of trust is your biggest expense.” CEO of Trust Edge Leadership Institute, David will outline his 8-pillar trust framework from his best-selling book “The Trust Edge.”

Jessica Childress, HR’s Role in Responding to #MeToo: Creating a Culture of Anti-Harassment and Inclusion – It’s time for HR to go beyond what is legally mandated. Jessica is managing attorney and founder at Childress Firm, PLLS, an employment law firm based in Washington, D.C. Drawing on her experience litigating retaliation, discrimination, sexual harassment, and whistleblower cases, Jessica will share important steps company needs to take in creating a more inclusive culture.

David Lapin, The Missing Piece in the Diversity and Inclusion Puzzle – A South African scholar and rabbi, David worked alongside the late Nelson Mandela and Mandela’s government to draft one of the world’s first formal code of corporate ethics to help build an inclusive, democratic society in South Africa. I’m looking forward to learning how we can bring his unique perspective into the workplace.

Pamela Puryear, From Complexity to Simplicity: How Less is More In an Increasingly VUCA World – Do you work for a large, global organization? SVP and Chief Talent Officer at Pfizer, Pamela will share what she’s learned leading strategy for programs and services that impact nearly 100,000 employees globally in the areas of talent management, learning and development, engagement, and D&I. 

Rob Schmitter & Rahim Bhayani, Carving Recognition Budget Out of the Total Rewards Pie for Higher ROI – The practice of awarding an annual bonus or base salary increase is no longer enough to keep employees engaged throughout the year. Rob and Rahim will walk you through a new way to slice up the total rewards pie to attract, engage, and retain employees at the right cost. Learn more from Rahim in our recent interview with him on the blog.

Tamra Chandler, Rebooting Feedback: Creating a World Where Feedback Doesn’t Hurt! – If you’re looking to step away from the world of traditional performance management, you might want to check out Tamra’s session on feedback. CEO and co-founder of PeopleFirm, Tamra is a WorkHuman and Globoforce blog veteran. She’ll lead an interactive session that covers “feedback hacks” and outlines the importance of positive feedback in learning and growth.

Robert Emmons, Ph.D., Why Gratitude Works in the Workplace: Lessons Learned from the Science of Gratitude – A returning speaker from WorkHuman’s inaugural 2015 conference, Dr. Emmons is one of the world’s top gratitude experts. His research focuses on the psychology of gratitude and joy and in this session he will draw on examples from healthcare to illustrate the benefits of grateful engagement.

Stephanie Blakey & Jennifer Crow, A Case Study on Grief Response in the Workplace – Portland made national news in 2017 when two men were murdered on the Max train defending others. One of men stabbed was an employee of HR business partner Stephanie Blakey. In this session, Stephanie and Jennifer Crow, grief and trauma response consultant, will use this case study to talk about how to build a more supportive work environment during times of grief.

Which sessions are you most looking forward to at WorkHuman 2019? Before you start building your agenda, make sure you register today.

For an insider's view into the conference, I've also included the latest episode of WorkHuman Radio below, which is an interview we conducted with Globoforce founder and CEO Eric Mosley. He shares more about his commitment to the #MeToo movement and why he believes the command and control way of leadership is so detrimental to employee performance.

About the Author

Sarah Payne

Sarah is managing editor at Globoforce. When not writing about all things WorkHuman, leadership, recognition, and appreciation, she enjoys iced coffee, running, and spending time with her daughter, Mabel.

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