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At Select HR Tech: ‘Truly changing’ how HR works

The immersive new conference set for next summer will feature some big names in the HR-tech space.
By: | October 29, 2019 • 3 min read

HR leaders looking for a focused, granular approach to evaluating their HR-technology needs have a new opportunity to help them succeed.

LRP Media Group, creator of Human Resource Executive® and the HR Technology Conference & Exposition®, is gearing up for the inaugural Select HR Tech in mid-2020. The “immersive event” is designed to help HR and IT  professionals evaluate HR systems’ requirements, implement HR-tech purchases and fully optimize technology investments, according to Jeanne Achille, program chair of Select HR Tech.

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Following in the style and substance of its sibling HR Technology Conference & Expo, Select HR Tech—set for June 9-11, 2020, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas—will feature collaborative guidance from industry experts, solution providers and HR peers.

Jeanne Achille

Achille explains that Select HR Tech will focus on helping attendees not only craft a roadmap to drive digital transformation but also establish performance success metrics within their organizations—critical in making the best possible case for business investment.

“The HR-technology category is one of the most vibrant and impactful,” says Achille, noting that never before has there been such an array of labor requirements and assortment of buying options; yet, despite best efforts, some organizations do not fully recognize the potential of their HR-technology investments.

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“Through master classes and facilitated workshops, Select HR Tech will help HR deliver on the promises that only the latest HR tech can deliver,” she says.

As is the case with HR Tech & Expo, this event will feature a who’s who of HR-tech gurus and experts. For instance, the opening keynote will be delivered by global industry analyst and digital workforce expert Jason Averbook, CEO and founder of Leapgen. Additional participating thought leaders include Brian Sommer, CEO of TechVentive; Jacqueline Kuhn, executive vice president of HRchitect; Vinnie Mirchandani, founder of Deal Architect; and others.

Related: Catch up with our coverage of HR Tech here. 

Kuhn explains how the event will help attendees look for strategies to overcome what she sees as the biggest challenge HR leaders face when it comes to technology: getting out of their own heads and changing the way they work.

“I mean truly changing the way they work, not tweaking a process or changing a workflow,” she says. “We really need to take a look at what do we do, what don’t we do and what we shouldn’t be doing anymore.”

She adds that one of the most common mistakes today in HR is trying to adapt decades-old technology approaches to contemporary issues.

“It would be like taking a 30-year-old car and trying to put GPS in it,” she says. “We have so many new entrants into the workforce who have had great consumer experiences in other applications. So they have entirely different expectations, mainly that what they do at work is integrated in their life. It’s not work/life balance. To them, it is life.”

That’s the type of insight and guidance attendees can expect at Select HR Tech, Achille says, adding that HR-technology users and buyers from small to large enterprise companies will experience a unique conference format, one featuring facilitated roundtable discussions about solutions to common pain points. In addition, the conference will offer:

  • in-depth master classes to determine which technology solutions are best for current and anticipated future needs;
  • small group discussions with industry analysts on emerging technologies impacting HR;
  • collaborative networking to hear real-world lessons learned;
  • and the opportunity to meet one-on-one with solution providers to develop a tailored approach to addressing unique challenges.

Select HR Tech also will provide “hands-on” guidance in a collaborative, professionally facilitated environment, focused on attendees’ distinct needs.

“Whether you are seeking action-driven insights on business-function automation, innovative change-management practices, dynamic workforce issues, HR service delivery or the unexpected, such as managing HR tech through an M&A, Select HR Tech will have it covered,” Achille says.

Rebecca McKenna, vice president of global events and publisher of HRE, notes that the Select HR Tech launch marks a major step in the continuing evolution of the HR-tech landscape, reflecting HRE‘s goal of helping attendees evaluate their requirements and make the best decisions.

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“For decades, the HR Tech Conference’s primary focus has been driving HR success through technology,” McKenna says. “Now, LRP is taking it a step further by providing HR and IT teams in the trencheswho have ownership of HR-tech projects in organizationsthe most effective way to optimize their HR investments and ensure deployment success.”

Adds Achille: “Instead of sitting and listening to an expert on a stage, Select HR Tech attendees will be across the table from peers and industry experts to do deep dives into what makes HR tick and, most importantly, what will make them successful in this new, fast-changing world.”

Registration is now open for Select HR Tech, and the call for presentations is open until Nov. 1. For program details and to register, visit SelectHRTech.com.

Tom Starner is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia who has been covering the human resource space and all of its component processes for over two decades. He can be reached at [email protected]

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