May 19 - 21, 2019
Hyatt Regency Austin, Austin, TX

Day 1: Sunday, May 19, 2019


10:00 am - 10:30 am Registration

Welcome Orientation

10:30 am - 10:35 am Welcome Orientation


Welcome - App Introduction

10:35 am - 10:50 am Thoughtexchange Welcome - App Introduction

Chairperson's Introduction

10:50 am - 11:00 am Chairperson's Opening Remarks

Opening Keynote

11:00 am - 11:40 am Understanding The New HR Paradigm: How to Run HR Like a Business

John Lacy - CHRO, Baylor Scott & White
Many HR leaders describe their function’s value proposition as improving engagement and retention of talent.  While these are worthy endeavors, the ultimate measure of value for HR is the organization’s performance.  And in our VUCA digital world, the organization’s agility is transparent to its customers.  The best Finance functions operate with precision to maximize the return on financial investments and choices.  Running HR “like a business” empowers the CHRO to maximize the return on the human investment.  Such an approach can only work if HR leaders are willing to transform themselves from program/initiative managers to strategic and operationally-savvy business leaders. This is no longer just a seat at the table, it moves the CHRO to a trusted advisor for the CEO and Board much like the CFO.  To achieve this new seat at the table, there are key actions a transformational CHRO can take:

•A digital perspective: constantly looking at our people’s performance through the lens of consumers in this digital age
•Know and predict the business:  deploy a robust People Analytics capability along with the monthly “HR Close”
•Be a source of truth: develop competencies like data scientist with analytic and operational fluency who diagnose and solve performance problems 
•Highly reliable and user-friendly systems: deploy the right tools at people’s fingertips and built to support achievement of performance goals

Presented by John Lacy, EVP & CHRO, Baylor Scott & White

John Lacy

Baylor Scott & White

Lunch & Networking Activity

11:45 am - 1:10 pm Lunch & Networking Activity

Real-Time Emerging Tech Take

1:15 pm - 1:55 pm Real-Time Emerging Tech Take

As HR leaders continue to assess the effects of emerging technologies on their workforces, benchmarking the best technologies continues to be a top priority. Determining who the cutting edge vendors are in the crowded marketplace is a constant challenge these HR leaders are facing. During this session three solution provider companies will convey the benefits of their technologies to a panel of three HR executives. The CHROs will follow up with questions, advice on go-to-market strategies and how to cut through the noise to increase market traction and adoption by the organizations. 

Business Meetings

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Business Meetings

Business Meetings

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Business Meetings

Networking Break

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm Networking Break

Plenary Session

3:15 pm - 3:50 pm Collaborative & Courageous Leadership

Hear from innovative and dynamic leaders who are leading the way by having courageous conversations within their organization. Discover how organizations are creating a culture that promotes openness, transparency and collaboration by empowering their employees to share their voice and consider the thoughts and ideas of others; shifting the corporate paradigm from closed and knowing to open and learning.

Plenary Session

3:50 pm - 4:25 pm Transforming Early Talent: Data Insights to Inspire Your Student Candidate Engagement

What can you learn from the millions of students navigating their career decisions? In this talk we will dive into market insights and trends across university recruiting and share benchmarks so your team can stay on top of recruiting today’s early talent and student population. You'll learn more about:

•How students are engaging with employers today 
•The growth in proactive student sourcing 
•The demand in the market for early talent

Ignite Sessions

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm Rapid Fire Talks - Agile Workforce, Financial Wellness, Relieving External Financial Stress To Positively Impact Employee Trajectory

This is a fast-moving, multi-topic session comprised of three Quick Fire Presentations that will be completed in 30 minutes of total time (10 minutes for each challenge). Each speaker has a total of 10 minutes to get through up to 10 slides. Each individual presentation will focus on one specific challenge that HR leaders are facing and will provide actionable solutions that can be used to effectively overcome these challenges.
Enabling your organization to be career agile is an essential as we approach a 2020 world where workforce agility is in demand and talent retention is on the agenda. Presenting global career engagement benchmarking research you will learn the top 6 best in class practices associated with better business performance.

We will share lessons learned working with companies in multiple sectors on how to define, design and deploy an effective financial wellness program.

•Learn tactical ways to build internal consensus 
•Hear how organizations from different sectors engage their employees in financial wellness
•Understand common pitfalls in deploying financial wellness 
•Look beyond basic program components and focus on program designs integrated with business strategies and goals
•Leave with ideas on how to evaluate and design a program “right-sized” for your organization

In Hasbro’s “Life” board game, the object of the game is to collect the most money, and then you win. In your workforce, your employees may be at different stages in their own lives.
Yet no matter what generation your employee may be a part of, one thing is certain – almost every employee is dealing with some type of financial stress that impacts their productivity and sometimes, even health. How can you make sure your employees are #winning in their personal lives so they are able to bring their positivity and passion into the workforce every day?

In this Ignite, we will:

•Review recent research that shows the level and cause of employee financial stress
•Discuss challenges, wants and need of different generations within the workforce
•Think through potential solutions to set your company up for success, meeting the needs of your employees and managing the trajectory of your talent pipeline

Business Meetings

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm Business Meetings

Business Meetings

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm Business Meetings

Practitioner Roundtables

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Practitioner Roundtables

Earlier in the Exchange, we collected your insights and challenges using the Thoughtexchange social learning tool. We identified the highest rated topic areas. During this session, you’ll have the opportunity to choose a topic and participate in a small group discussion. You will work in groups to develop an action plan for improvement. 

Networking Reception & Dinner

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Networking Reception & Dinner