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MEET THE SPEAKER: Lisa Rueth, CEO, Cultivate Leadership

lisa rueth.jpgMeet Lisa Rueth, CEO Cultivate Leadership
Confirmed Speaker at the HR & Employee Benefits Summit 
March 14 & 15, 2016 | Philadelphia, PA  

After her success with past audiences, Lisa Rueth is returning to the HR & Employee Benefits Summit and Training & Development Summit in Philadelphia to shed light on leadership and organizational development. 

Lisa is CEO of Cultivate Leadership (formerly Trinity Solutions), a consulting firm dedicated to Leadership Science, OD Consultant and Executive Coaching. With more than 20 years of experience, Lisa left her role as an Executive in Telecom and Manufacturing 13 years ago to dedicate her career to helping organizations with the mechanics of leadership, human performance and systems of collaboration. Cultivate Leadership specializes in helping leadership teams through accurate diagnosis, culture engineering, leadership development, team building, change management, executive coaching and strategic planning.

Lisa studied Applied Leadership and Organizational Psychology at the Ken Blanchard School of Business and did graduate work in Authentic Leadership at Naropa University. She also holds many professional certifications such as Certified Customer experience Engineer, Six Sigma Black Belt, Kaizen Facilitator and Certified Workplace Wellness Coach.

For more information or to register for the HR & Employee Benefits Summit or Training & Development Summit, contact Event Manager Shane Doherty at shane.doherty@forumevents.com.


Summit Recap: New Orleans 2015

laughing delegate.jpgNEW ORLEANS, LA - A vibrant city set the scene for an energetic group of Directors at the HR & Employee Benefits Summit at the Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans on September 14th and 15th. With targeted appointments, attendees benefited from the perfect balance of productivity and entertainment including networking, book signings, seminars, gala evenings and lively giveaways.

Starting with the pre-event cocktail reception taking place on Sunday evening, attendees did not hesitate to make new connections while watching a lively corner of the French Quarter from balconies. 

Early Monday morning, following a brief registration and after chatting over breakfast with other attendees, vendors and delegate attendees begin to meet for the first round of meetings. "This was my first experience at an event with this design," recalls the Director of HR at America's Pizza Company, LLC. "It was absolutely more efficient and effective than a standard exhibition. The time spent with service providers was much more productive!"

For new attendees at the Summit, the set up is oddly unfamiliar in comparison to a trade show. The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans grand ballroom played a decadent back drop as the room took off with enthusiastic introductions. "It was great that I could actually have a conversation one-on-one with a vendor," emphasized an attendee from Delgado Community College.

Monday continued with a busy schedule of seminars led by industry experts including Laura Putnam, a celebrated author specializing in workplace wellness, and hiring experts Teresa Faoro Sertic and Johnny Keone Simmons - who are in search of the purple squirrel - human resources' lingo for the 'perfect' candidate. Also leading a seminar, Lisa Reuth - a prized speaker who shared her insight into training, development and retaining staff. 

By five o'clock Monday evening, new acquaintances were already preparing for the night's festivities - a cocktail reception, gala dinner followed by casino night. The aroma of garlic filled an entire elegant room set with black table cloths and red roses - Creole style shrimp simmered in a cajun sauce at a food station as guests mingled over cocktails. Following a dinner of short ribs, beautifully tender fish and sweet deserts, the true gamblers struck out for a test of their luck at casino night.

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Attendees gathered around black jack and roulette tables, laughing and shaking hands as they celebrated big wins. The grand prize? A free year's worth of movie tickets from Fandango. By 10:30 that evening, guests were cashing in their chips for a chance to win and retiring for the evening for an early start again the next morning.

On day two of the HR & Employee Benefits Summit, meetings picked up bright and early as attendees continued with their itineraries of meetings and seminars. An equally busy day continued throughout Tuesday, ending with a closing luncheon and prize giveaway. The Forum Team drew door prizes from Trainer's Warehouse, the Ritz-Carlton, Seiko and Laura Putnam. 

 



Hiring a Veteran: The Benefits & Numbers


Today marks Veteran's Day, a national holiday to celebrate and honor the men and women who serve our country. Many companies understand the importance of hiring returning soldiers, and the benefits of government training and work ethic. For this reason, according to a study commissioned by JP Morgan, large-scale businesses, including AT&T, JPMorgan Chase and Verizon, have formed a coalition to hire 200,000 veterans by the end of this year.

The companies say that combined, they have hired more than 190,000 veterans and are now preparing to hire more than 200,000 by 2015. This news comes as the White House prepares to spotlight the unemployment rate among former service members – down from 2013, but still two percent higher than the national unemployment rate of 5.8 percent.

With more than 21.8 million veterans living in the United States, hiring a veteran is not only important to help re-establish our heroes in the workforce, but also to hire employees with a strong work ethic and specific skillset. 92 percent of veterans 25 and older have at least a high school diploma, compared to 86% of the total population. 26 percent of those veterans have at least a bachelor’s degree. They typically hold positions in public administration, transportation and utilities, manufacturing and retail.

While veterans make stellar employees, they are also successful business people, owning 9 percent of all US businesses and generating a combined $1.2 trillion, employing 5.8 million citizens.

Jobs typically filled by veterans are in the tech field where required skills include computer security, Microsoft SQL Server knowledge, electronic troubleshooting, security risk management, CISCO networking and program management. Common, in-demand tech jobs filled by veterans often include program manager, IT consultant, business development manager, systems engineer and field service engineer – all earning more than a $40,000 salary.

In 2011, Michelle Obama challenged employers to hire 100,000 veterans and military spouses by 2014 – employees that joined the initiative are Microsoft, Google, Honeywell, Southwest Airlines, Verizon, Home Depot, and of course JP Morgan Chase and AT&T. While companies continue to strive to lower the unemployment rate among our veterans, the benefits of hiring military personnel are obvious when valuing loyalty, reliable work ethic, motivated productivity and comprehensive communication skills.

 

 

Information from the United States Census Bureau.


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