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Talent Leaders from Fortune Global 500 Companies to Headline Bersin & Associates Research Conference, IMPACT 2010: The Business of Talent®

Senior Learning Executives from IBM and Accenture to Deliver Keynote Addresses

Oakland, CA – March 16, 2010IMPACT 2010: The Business of Talent®, the only research conference on corporate learning and talent management, will feature keynote addresses from senior executives from IBM and Accenture – Fortune Global 500 companies whose longtime focus on employee development and talent mobility has had high impact on business success -- and from Bersin & Associates, host of the conference. The third-annual event will be held April 6-8 at The Vinoy Renaissance Resort in St. Petersburg, FL.

Conference keynotes include:

  • Enabling the Globally Integrated Workforce, Ted Hoff, vice president, Center for Learning and Development, IBM Corporation. Hoff, one of IBM’s top 325 executives, is responsible for leadership development and succession planning across the company. He will provide insight into how IBM is managing and leveraging its employee talent to greatest business advantage. Hoff’s speech will also touch on the programs and practices IBM has implemented to help it achieve higher levels of workforce management and to gain more insight into its workforce, from leveraging new collaborative platforms to implementing processes for talent mobility.
  • How to Become a Capability Development Champion, Don Vanthournout, chief learning officer, Accenture. Vanthournout is in charge of Accenture’s capability development needs, including learning and knowledge management, for more than 180,000 employees located in more than 48 countries. He will share Accenture’s capability development strategy and discuss how attendees can adapt a similar strategy for their own organizations. Vanthournout will cover partnering with business and HR leadership, creating powerful learning experiences, managing infrastructure and operations at a global scale, investing in pragmatic innovation, and transforming the learning and HR organization to meet the business needs of tomorrow.
  • New Imperatives for Learning and HR, Josh Bersin, president, Bersin & Associates. Josh Bersin is a leading industry analyst, consultant, and author. He has worked with hundreds of companies to deliver high-impact employee learning, leadership development and talent management. He will talk about how, over the last two years, organizations in all industries have faced unprecedented transformation in their product and services, organizational structures, and go-to-market strategies. The economic climate, globalization, workforce demographics, and new technologies are among the factors driving the imperative to manage people differently. Based on research conducted throughout 2009, Bersin & Associates has identified key people strategies which will define success in the coming years. Bersin will describe these new trends, their potential business impact, and the internal changes required.

"Don Vanthournout and Ted Hoff bring great insight into how two of the largest talent organizations in the world manage employee talent to greatest business advantage," said Josh Bersin. “Attendees from organizations of all sizes and industries can benefit from the these executives’ experiences and what has worked for them.”

In addition to the keynotes, more than 30 executive speakers – including representatives from Amway, Avon Products, The Boeing Company, Coldwell Banker Commercial, Cisco Systems, Credit Suisse, EMC, GE, PepsiCo, and 7-Eleven – will present in-depth case studies and participate in panel discussions on a wide range of topics. The conference includes 21 breakout sessions spanning three key areas: talent management systems, talent acquisition systems, and outsourcing. These analyst-facilitated discussions will provide attendees with insights and recommendations directly from customers.

Complimentary workshops for Bersin & Associates research members will cover strategies for social learning, integrated talent management, and business skills for learning executives. Also, Bersin & Associates analysts will discuss highlights of soon-to-be-published research on high-impact leadership development, learning culture, high–impact HR organizations, and talent acquisition systems.

Full details, including the conference agenda, session descriptions, and speakers are available at impact2010.bersin.com. Bersin & Associates research members can register for IMPACT 2010 for $995. Non-members can register for $1,295.

About Bersin & Associates

Bersin & Associates is the only research and advisory firm focused solely on research in enterprise learning, talent management, and talent acquisition. The company’s WhatWorks® membership program offers actionable guidance, improves operational effectiveness, and delivers business impact to companies in all industry segments.

Bersin & Associates research members gain access to a comprehensive library of best practices, case studies, benchmarks, and in-depth market analyses designed to assist professionals in making fast and confident decisions. Members also have direct access to analysts and a wide range of tested tools and models to address both strategic and day-to-day challenges.

More than 5,000 organizations worldwide have used Bersin & Associates’ research and advisory services to guide talent and corporate learning strategies. Research areas include planning and strategy, learning programs and delivery, talent management, leadership development and succession planning, talent acquisition, technology and infrastructure, informal learning, social networking, measurement and analytics.

For more information, go to www.bersin.com or call 561-455-0622.