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Bersin & Associates Announces Power-packed Agenda for IMPACT 2011 Research Conference: The Business of Talent 

UnitedHealth Group, SunTrust, Cisco Systems and JetBlue Airways Executives Among More Than 30 Senior-level Presenters; 21 Breakout Sessions and Two Complimentary Post-Conference Workshops  

Oakland, CA – March 3, 2011– Bersin & Associates, the premier research and consulting firm empowering HR organizations to drive bottom-line impact, today announced that senior executives from Cisco Systems, JetBlue Airways, SunTrust and UnitedHealth Group, will be among those speaking on the transformative power of strategic HR at IMPACT 2011: The Business of Talent®. The company’s fourth annual conference takes place April 27-28 at The Vinoy Renaissance Resort in St. Petersburg, FL.

“IMPACT 2011 offers a talent-packed lineup of speakers who can share first-hand experiences about the transformative power of strategic HR, learning and talent management that will be relevant to any company, no matter its size or level of sophistication,” said Josh Bersin, chief executive and president, Bersin & Associates. “Marquee company executives and our analysts will share insights about the new world of social network-based recruiting and employer branding, re-energized approaches to performance and career management, and globalized and actionable solutions for leadership development. We’ll also hear about how companies have implemented social learning and next-generation e-learning, the world of HR technology and talent management systems, and a new area we call ‘The High-Impact HR Organization’ - how to organize and structure HR for maximum business impact.”

Conference keynotes and panels include:

  • Building a Business-Driven Human Capital Strategy, Lori Sweere, executive vice president, UnitedHealth Group
  • Transforming Business Through Learning, Mary Slaughter, chief learning officer, SunTrust
  • The Role of Viability Labs in Leadership Development,Annmarie Neal, chief talent officer and vice president of Center for Collaborative Leadership, Cisco Systems
  • Building a Borderless Workplace: Transcending Geography and Generations, Josh Bersin, chief executive officer and president, Bersin & Associates

More than 30 executive speakers– including representatives from Accenture, Archer Daniels Midland Company, Caterpillar, Energizer Holdings, Inc., JetBlue Airways, Kelly Services, Lockheed Martin, Scotiabank Group, Starwood Hotels & Resorts and The Cheesecake Factory – will present informative case studies and participate in panel discussions that address state-of-the-art solutions for talent management and strategic HR.

Among the more than 20 breakout sessions, Bersin & Associates analysts will share highlights from new research, including Talking to the Business about Culture, and highlights of upcoming research on high-impact leadership development and high-impact performance management.  

IMPACT attendees also are invited to participate in one of two special workshops following the conference, on Friday, April 29. “Developing Analytics: The Intersection of HR and Business,” is co-hosted by Eaton Corporation and includes recent research findings on HR analytics and detailed examples of models already in use. Bersin & Associates members only may participate in “CLO for a Day.” Co-presented by Bersin & Associates Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer Bob Danna and Manage Learning LLC President David Vance, the Bersin & Associates workshop is structured to increase the business acumen of training and HR professionals, using state-of-the-art simulations that give participants the opportunity to walk in the shoes of a senior learning executive.

In addition, a Demo Center will feature nearly 30 providers with solutions spanning a variety of areas, including leadership development, talent management, assessment, and recruiting outsourcing.

Full details, including the conference agenda, session descriptions, speakers and information about the workshops are available at http://impact.bersin.com/Agenda.aspxBersin & Associates research members may register for IMPACT 2011 for $995. Non-members may register for $1,295.

Those interested in learning more about Bersin & Associates and its WhatWorks® membership may email info@bersin.com or call (510) 251-4400. 

For media queries, email laura.evenson@bersin.com or call (415) 465-2711. 

About Bersin & Associates

Bersin & Associates empowers HR and learning organizations to drive bottom-line impact through world-class research and consulting. The company's WhatWorks® membership gives human resources, learning, and talent acquisition professionals the information and tools they need to drive change in their organizations as strategic business partners.

Bersin & Associates members use our insights and tools to benchmark themselves against best practices, design and implement programs across the HR and learning spectrum and select and implement systems.  More than 5,000 organizations worldwide, including more than half of the Fortune 100, use Bersin & Associates research and consulting to guide their learning, talent, and human resources strategies.