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Bersin by Deloitte to Showcase Industry-Leading Research and Insights Championing “Bold HR” at IMPACT 2015

Executives from Dyson U.S., Earls Kitchen + Bar, Gap Inc., MasterCard, Reliance Industries, and Sony Pictures Entertainment among the more than 30 senior-level presenters in 30-plus breakout sessions, roundtables and workshops 

OAKLAND, Calif., April 2, 2015 — Now is the time to develop clear and business-aligned talent strategies to engage employees, spend more to develop strong leaders, get good at using data, and for human resources leaders to gain the skills they need to serve as business leaders, according to the executives and research analysts who will present at Bersin by Deloitte’s IMPACT 2015: Bold HR. The industry’s premier research-based executive conference for HR, learning and talent leaders and their teams, IMPACT 2015 takes place April 28 to May 1 at the Trump National Doral in Miami, Florida.   

Executives and senior leaders from Dyson U.S., Earls Kitchen + Bar, Gap Inc., MasterCard, Reliance Industries, and Sony Pictures Entertainment will be among the more than 30 senior-level presenters at the conference who will describe their leading talent and HR solutions to drive organizational performance in today’s rapidly-evolving global workplace. Josh Bersin, principal, Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP, will focus in his keynote on why now is the time for “Bold HR,” an approach that encourages HR, talent and learning leaders to think differently, innovate with simpler new solutions, and learn to leverage data to deliver the learning, recruiting, and talent solutions that drive business value. 

“Our researchi shows an emerging crisis in employee engagement and leadership development while some HR organizations struggle to keep up,” said Bersin. “Nearly 40 percent of new CHROs are coming from non-HR business positions and HR professionals rate themselves a ‘C-‘ in their ability to understand and manage the workforce. The problem is not that HR professionals lack dedication or commitment. Rather, it is that we see a need for the function to be bolder: more creative, innovative, and confident in their solutions.” 

Embracing data analytics is a key example of how HR leaders need to think differently if they are to solve business and people challenges at a time of growth, change and disruption, said David Mallon, head of research, Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP. “At IMPACT 2015,” he said, “our goal is to empower HR leaders and professionals to reimagine practices to improve leadership, employee engagement and productivity in today’s rapidly-changing world.”  

Conference research presentations, case studies and panels also include: 

  • “The New HR Business Partner: Beyond Generalist to Trusted Strategic Advisor,” Karen Shellenback, research manager, Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP 
  • “Driving Impact: The Role of Business-Aligned Talent Strategy,” Stacia Sherman Garr, vice president, Talent & HR Research, Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP and Matt Jones, vice president of talent management, Essilor of America 
  • “It's Your Business: Transforming HR to Empower Managers,” Mo Jessa, president, Earls Kitchen + Bar and Brenda Rigney, vice president of People Operations, Earls Kitchen + Bar 
  • Building HR Analytics Skills: Turning Dataphobes into Dataphiles,” Karen O'Leonard, vice president, Benchmarking and Analytics Research, Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP  and Akil Walton, vice president, Talent Management and Organizational Effectiveness, Aleris International  

In a special plenary session, Bersin by Deloitte will recognize the five finalists in its WhatWorks® award program. Finalists were selected based on outstanding talent-related innovations that drive business impact. Session attendees will vote to select the ultimate award recipient.

In addition, IMPACT attendees are invited to participate in four special workshops following the conference on Friday, May 1:

  • “Let's Get Real About Measurement: Leading Practices for Measurement and Evaluation in a World of Formal, Informal and Continuous Learning,” co-presented by Bob Danna, director, Organization Transformation and Talent, Deloitte Consulting LLP; Charles Goretsky, manager, Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP; and John Mach, manager, Deloitte Consulting LLP. In this interactive forum, learning and talent leaders will actively explore effective ways to measure results of learning and development initiatives and present actionable information to the business.
  • “High-Impact HR: Structuring for Success,” presented by Art Mazor, principal, Global HR Transformation, Deloitte Consulting LLP, will provide a highly interactive experience that engages participants to explore the key characteristics of HR structures that support the implementation of a High-Impact HR Operating Model. Workshop participants will leave with the information and tools needed to create a business case and achieve buy-in. 
  • “Exploring Performance Management Transformation,” co-presented by Stacia Sherman Garr, vice president, Talent & HR Research, Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP and Nathan Sloan, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP, this workshop will focus on what it takes to successfully reinvent performance management. 
  • “Building and Sustaining Highly Engaging Cultures,” co-presented by David Dye, Ph.D., director, Human Capital Consulting, Deloitte Consulting LLP and Joseph Kaplan, senior manager, Human Capital Consulting, Deloitte Consulting LLP, this workshop will help participants learn about and practice techniques that can be used to enhance engagement using various interactive tools and activities. 

The IMPACT 2015 Sponsor Showcase features a range of leading solution providers for the HR, learning and talent management markets, including BTS; Ceridian; Cornerstone OnDemand; CrossKnowledge; Degreed; Expertus; getAbstract; Glassdoor; Harvard Business Publishing; IBM Smarter Workforce; Instructure (Bridge); Korn Ferry;; Meridian Knowledge Solutions; NovoEd; PeopleFluent; Raytheon Professional Services; RecruitiFi; Revelian; Richardson; Skillsoft and SumTotal Systems, a Skillsoft Company; SuccessFactors, an SAP Company; TEDS, Inc.; TINYpulse; The Marcus Buckingham Company; UL EduNeering; Work Market; and Xyleme.

Conference details, including the full agenda, session descriptions, speakers and information about the workshops are available at Bersin by Deloitte research members may register for IMPACT 2014 for $1,595. Non-members may register for $1,795. Special hotel room rates are available to registrants on a limited basis. 

Those interested in learning more about Bersin by Deloitte or its WhatWorks® membership may email or call +1 510 251 4400.  

About Bersin by Deloitte

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i) Human Capital Trends 2015: Leading in the new world of work, Deloitte University Press, March 2015