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Best-selling author, workplace belonging expert to keynote EPIC conference

Employees’ sense of belonging is a cornerstone of the future of work. According to an MIT report, employees who feel a sense of belonging in their workplace have 56% better job performance than those who don’t and they use 75% fewer sick days. Given the increasing importance of this topic, Human Resource Executive announced best-selling author and workplace belonging expert Adam “Smiley” Poswolsky will deliver actionable advice on belonging as the keynote speaker at its new conference this spring.

Adam "Smiley" Poswolsky
Adam “Smiley” Poswolsky

Poswolsky—whose TED Talk on the “quarter-life crisis” has garnered more than 2 million views and whose consulting clients include Apple, Google and JPMorgan Chase—will kick off HRE’s Elevate People, Ignite Change (EPIC) conference, which runs April 24-26 at the Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

The author of The Quarter-Life Breakthrough and Friendship in the Age of Loneliness will design his EPIC session to arm HR leaders with approaches for creating a culture of belonging, engaging high-performing teams and developing strategies to attract and retain the best talent across generations.

In addition to Poswolsky, the conference will feature a lineup of speakers and sessions that aim to help HR deliver innovative future-of-work strategies with a people-centric focus.

Rebecca McKenna
Rebecca McKenna

The sessions will fall under such tracks as dynamic teaming and workforce management, people centricity in the era of AI, skills and talent scarcity, and pay inequity, as well as other important topics for HR leaders.

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“In every organization, HR is at the core of people success. EPIC will dig into building cultures that inspire your workforce to perform at their best,” says Rebecca McKenna, senior vice president, HR portfolio at ETC, a global content-based firm creating communities in education and HR sectors and the owner of HRE.

Conference attendees—including HR and tech leaders, vendors and industry analysts—will have an opportunity to develop community and connection at the conference, says Mark Stelzner, a longtime HR change management leader who will chair EPIC.

Additionally, Stelzner adds, EPIC aims to provide attendees with practical HR advice they can implement versus “lofty, theoretical ambitions.”

Dawn Kawamoto, Human Resource Executive
Dawn Kawamoto
Dawn Kawamoto is HR Editor of Human Resource Executive. She is an award-winning journalist who has covered technology business news for such publications as CNET and has covered the HR and careers industry for such organizations as Dice and Built In prior to joining HRE. She can be reached at [email protected] and below on social media.