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Agenda to Focus on Building Business Agility through People at Bersin & Associates’ Fifth Annual IMPACT Research Conference: The Business of Talent

AT&T, LinkedIn, Turner Broadcasting, Walmart Among More Than 30 Senior-level Presenters; 21 Breakout Sessions and Three Complimentary Pre- and Post-Conference Workshops

Oakland, CA – February 15, 2012 - Bersin & Associates, the premier research and consulting firm empowering HR organizations to drive bottom-line impact, today announced senior executives from AT&T, LinkedIn, Turner Broadcasting and Walmart will be among those speaking on the importance of building business agility through people at IMPACT 2012: The Business of Talent®. Bersin & Associates’ fifth annual conference takes place April 10-13 at The Vinoy Renaissance Resort in St. Petersburg, FL.

“IMPACT 2012 brings together a powerful lineup of speakers who can share first-hand experiences about how strategic HR, learning and talent management enables the people in their organizations to learn faster, communicate better, and respond more rapidly to change,” said Josh Bersin, chief executive officer and president, Bersin & Associates. “Leading luminaries from many of the world’s largest companies and our analysts will share insights about how to find the right balance of global guidelines and local flexibility in key areas such as leadership culture, global recruiting and talent management in emerging markets to drive business results. We’ll also share best practices in re-skilling and transforming broad-based teams to deliver on business objectives, and how to leverage the latest tools and best practices to drive performance in the new personalized world.”

Conference keynotes, case studies and panels include:

Olivia Fox Cabane, author of “The Charisma Myth,” will deliver the closing keynote on the role of charisma in leading the agile organization.

More than 30 executive speakers – including representatives from ADP, Accenture, American Express, Brink’s, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Genentech, Halliburton, InterContinental Hotels, Red Hat, Royal Caribbean Cruises, UnitedHealth Group, and UPS – will share in-depth case studies and participate in panel discussions that showcase actionable HR, learning and talent practices and delivery strategies, bottom-line impact and business case rationale.

Among the 21 breakout sessions, Bersin & Associates analysts will showcase key findings from leading-edge research, including Demystifying Employee Engagement, and Getting Away from the Score: Creating Better Ongoing Performance Feedback and Going Global with New High-Impact Learning.

IMPACT attendees are invited to join a bootcamp on Tuesday, April 10, where they will learn about the range of information resources and supporting tools available through Bersin & Associates’ extensive web site in all five practice areas: learning and development, talent management, leadership development, human resources, and talent acquisition.

They also are invited to participate in two special workshops following the conference on Friday, April 13. Practical and Proven Approaches to Learning Measurement is co-presented by ADP and will focus on how best to measure the results of their training and development efforts and present actionable information to business decision makers. High-Potential and Leadership Development Strategies for Measurable Business Impact, co-presented by Bersin & Associates Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Bob Danna and Senior Analyst Laci Lowe, offers participants a hands-on opportunity to participate in group exercises to learn about best practices for developing leaders and high potentials and defining an overall leadership strategy.

In addition, a Demo Center will feature 26 solution providers spanning a variety of areas, including leadership development, talent management, assessment, recruiting outsourcing, and social rewards.

Full details, including the conference agenda, session descriptions, speakers and information about the workshops are available at Bersin & Associates research members may register for IMPACT 2012 for $995. Non-members may register for $1,295.

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