2017 HR Symposium: The Employee Experience and the Future of Work

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 |  7:30am (registration) - 2:00pm, Santa Clara Convention Center

For more than 30 years, human resources experts have been coming together to share expertise, build community, and propel our profession forward. Please join us again at the upcoming 2017 HR Symposium on May 3, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center!

This year, our discussion will center around The Employee Experience and the Future of Work. We know that it takes more than big paychecks and free food to keep people engaged and inspired. As HR professionals, we influence almost every touchpoint within the employee experience and have a huge impact on company culture. Today's HR pros are focused on designing employee experiences to attract and retain the talent needed to achieve the company's vision. 

Let's face it. Sometimes we get it right, and sometimes... not so much. Although we'd love to focus on the times we hit the ball out of the park, there's just as much learning to gain from talking about the times things don't go as planned, despite our best intentions.

Our keynote presentation and the panel of HR leaders hail from premier Silicon Valley companies, and they are committed to keeping it real. You'll hear about the successes they've enjoyed, the challenges they've faced, and their perspectives on HR's responsibility for the employee experience. They will address key challenges and opportunities in this area, as well the innovative ways cutting-edge companies are creating great experiences for their employees. 


2017 Speakers

Our 30th-anniversary event last year was tough to beat, but 2017 promises to be just as amazing. We have an incredible line-up of panelists and a brand new format for our keynote presentation. 

Our keynote will be an interview with popular author Chris Yeh, and our panelists include HR leaders from Slack, Uber, Hired, Stitch Fix, and Cloudera. Jeff Diana from our 2016 panel joins us again this year as our esteemed moderator. 

Meet our 2017 speakers here!


Networking Tables and Lunch

Following the morning program, please join us for lunch where you can continue the conversation at one of our 17 networking tables, each facilitated by an industry expert. We know the employee experience extends to every single touch point, so we have a wide variety of topic tables to choose from:

  • Workplace Culture
    facilitated by Russ Elliott, Founder and Chief Consultant at Conscious Culture Group
  • Real-Time Employee Feedback & Engagement 
    facilitated by Craig Ramsay, Principal Consultant of Organizational Development Science at Glint
  • Leadership & Organizational Effectiveness
    facilitated by David Fay, HR Director at Cypress Semiconductor
  • Global Workforce
    facilitated by Laarni Reyes-Cabanding Account Executive, Global Benefits at Alliant Employee Benefits
  • The Distributed Workforce: facilitated by Donna DeGrande, CEO of HR Solutions Partner, Inc. and HR Symposium sponsor
  • Diversity & Inclusion
    facilitated by Bindu Garapaty, Marketing Talent & Leadership Development at Juniper Networks and HR Symposium committee member
  • Diversity & Inclusion
    facilitated by Grant Doster, SVP of Western Region Talent Development at Lee Hecht Harrison and HR Symposium committee member
  • Employer Branding
    facilitated by Melissa Kirtley, Employer Branding Consultant and Business Owner at Proper I.D. and HR Symposium committee member
  • Employee Communication
    facilitated by Wesley Walsh, Director of Employee Communications at Juniper Networks
  • Talent Acquisition & Using Social Media
    facilitated by Noelle Ritter, Sr. Technical Recruiter at Apple, Inc. and HR Symposium committee member
  • Trends in Performance Management
    facilitated by Natalie Lewis, Learning & Organizational Development HR Specialist at Juniper Networks
  • Trends in Performance Management
    facilitated by Roy Malatesta, Head of HR at Samsung
  • Total Rewards
    facilitated by Lola Han, Founder of Cultivate People
  • Health & Wellness at Work
    facilitated by Nicole White, SVP and Founding Principal at The ABD Team
  • HR Leadership Success
    facilitated by Danika Davis, CEO of Merit Resource Group
  • Learning & Development: Meeting Future Business Needs
    facilitated by Robyn Chew-Gibbs, Sr. Manager of Learning & Organizational Development at Juniper Networks
  • HR Analytics
    facilitated by Chris Simpson, Director of HR Operations at Xilinx

The networking tables are entirely optional. We will also have several open tables available if you would rather use the lunch session to reconnect with colleagues, get to know a new friend, or chat with your teammates. The food is free either way. 



Are you a student hoping to pursue a career in human resources or an HR-related field? Do you know someone who is? The HR Symposium and the Lyn Boone Memorial Scholarship Program want to help you in your endeavors. Learn more and apply for a scholarship here. Applications will be accepted until April 10, 2017.


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