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HR & Employee Benefits Summit Prize Giveaway

book.jpgNEW ORLEANS, LA - The HR & Employee Benefits Summit and Training & Development Summit taking place at the Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans on September 14th and 15th came to a grand end that consisted of many prize giveaways. A big thank you goes out to the sponsors who provided the gifts and prizes at the event. 

Prizes consisted of a man and woman's watch from Seiko, training tools from Trainers Warehouse, a gift certificate to any Ritz-Carlton, a signed copy of Laura Putnam's Workplace Wellness That Works, and movie tickets for a year from Fandango.

 

 

To become a sponsor of the HR & Employee Benefits Summit in 2016, contact Shane Doherty.


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. 

 



Training & Development Summit Announces New Orleans Seminar Program

The Training & Development Summit taking place September 14 & 15, 2015 at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans has released its seminar program to attendees and the public. These 45-minute programs offer attendees complimentary access to recognized industry experts based on industry hot topics. See the available programs below:

Leading During Difficult Times, Presented by David Pauldine, Retired executive, thought leader and active professional currently serving on the board of Quinstreet (QNST: Nasdaq) and Education Partners - a Willis Stein Company.

It’s easy to lead when times are good. Organizations facing a headwind need to adapt their leadership style to break through the status quo and make a difference. This session will discuss topics such as internal communications, planning, values-vision-mission, talent acquisition and development, disruption, leadership styles and managing in a turnaround.

Creating e-Learning That Makes a Difference, Presented by Ethan Edwards, Chief Instructional Strategist, Allen Interactions

People often tout interactivity as the great benefit offered by e-learning, yet most interactivity does nothing to either engage or instruct. In fact, most often it only places a barrier between the learner and the content by making the learner experience tedious, unnecessarily cumbersome, and adversarial. Interactivity must be more than testing and simplistic actions. This session will introduce the concept of instructional interactivity, and show how it can transform the learning experience for learners working independently through an e-earning course. He will demonstrate specific real-world examples that give meaning to the four essential components of instructional interactivity: Context, Challenge, Activity, and Feedback. 

workplace wellness that works book.jpgWorkplace Wellness That Works: A Smarter Framework for Designing More Effective Workplace Wellness Programs, Presented by Laura Putnam, Author of Workplace Wellness That Works, Founder and CEO of Motion Infusion

Workplace wellness has become standard fare in most organizations, but abundant evidence suggests that the well-worn, traditional model simply is not working. Eighty percent of eligible employees are choosing not to participate in wellness programs. Rates of stress, obesity, and preventable lifestyle-related illnesses like diabetes and heart disease are on the rise despite the fact that seventy-five percent of workers have access to wellness programs. And companies aren’t reducing costs or getting the value they hoped for because they’re investing in the wrong things: almost four times as much on incentives to get employees to join wellness programs as on quality programming that will keep them engaged for the long-term.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Learn about how you can reshape your organization’s approach to wellness - and why your role as an HR/Training & Development professional is so critical. Based on the 10 steps outlined in her book, Workplace Wellness That Works, Laura demonstrates how to shift the conversation from implementing yet another program to starting a movement of well-being and vitality in your organization. This provocative session touches on industry hot topics, such as effective ways to inspire behavior change, the truth behind motivation, and how to shift the culture. It also dives into creative tactics that aren’t being talked about, such as “going stealth” – a strategy that calls for “sneaking” wellness into non-wellness initiatives. Based on the latest research and backed by real-world examples and case studies, this lively and informative session will show you what you can do to start making a difference in your employees’ health and happiness, and promoting an overall culture of well-being throughout your organization. 

How to Attract, Hire and Retain the Best People, Presented by Steve Waterhouse, President & CEO, Predictive Index Consultant, Leadership Development, Sales Training, Trainer

The reality while many companies believe they have a good hiring process, high turnover and low productivity often say otherwise. Studies have shown that most hiring processes not only miss top performers, but actually eliminate them. The good news is there is better way to find people who not only have the right skills, but will be happy and productive working in your company. You know these people. They are the ones to seem to do what is required almost automatically and clearly love what they are doing. From sales to customer service to support, these people really are out there and you can find them. The solution in this session, your members will learn how high performing companies are using cutting edge behavioral analytics, combined with effective interviewing techniques, to build teams of winners.  

Capacity Building Through Coaching, Presented by Lisa Reuth, CEO of Leadership Solutions, Organizational Development Expert, Coach & Renowned Speaker

Language can be a tricky thing; the word "coach" has always been used in a way that builds upon one's abilities. But in business we often confuse it with performance improvement or strategies for underperformance. This session will discuss the steps that all great coaches use to find and harness someone's highest potential, and use it to win the game. Moving from a top-down coaching methodology, driven by the organization's goals, to capacity building of individuals and teams (which enable the organization's goals) sounds subtle but it’s actually radically different. 

Attendees of this session will assess the organization's Mission, Vision, Strategy and Goals and determine if the Coaching (mentoring, succession planning or development planning) methodologies being used are capacity building or performance reporting. Using Individual and Team Development Planning templates, participants will take home tools and a new working definition of the coaching process that can breathe new life into management teams that are stuck. 

Creating Deeper Impact Through Engagement, Presented by Lisa Reuth, CEO of Leadership Solutions, Organizational Development Expert, Coach & Renowned Speaker

The most successful leaders and entrepreneurs all have one thing in common: They learned  to leverage the power of many to accomplish something great. Whether you are leading your organization through innovation or change, managing cross-functional or volunteer networks or trying to duplicate yourself to get more done, the key to leadership is engaging followers. But each of these people have different reasons for engaging with you and meeting their needs and the needs of your mission can be complicated. Once you have willing participants, how do we harness the power of numbers, keep them excited and get them to own the success? This interactive session will examine the underlying components of engaging others in your Mission, the reasons why people are attracted to and stay with you and the leadership competencies needed to cultivate the power in numbers. 

For a full description of the speakers hosting seminars, click here. 


HR & Employee Benefits Summit Announces New Orleans Seminar Program

The HR & Employee Benefits Summit taking place September 14 & 15, 2015 at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans has released its seminar program to attendees and the public. These 45-minute programs offer attendees complimentary access to recognized industry experts based on industry hot topics. See the available programs below:

Leading During Difficult Times, Presented by David Pauldine, Retired executive, thought leader and active professional currently serving on the board of Quinstreet (QNST: Nasdaq) and Education Partners - a Willis Stein Company.

It’s easy to lead when times are good. Organizations facing a headwind need to adapt their leadership style to break through the status quo and make a difference. This session will discuss topics such as internal communications, planning, values-vision-mission, talent acquisition and development, disruption, leadership styles and managing in a turnaround.

Creating e-Learning That Makes a Difference, Presented by Ethan Edwards, Chief Instructional Strategist, Allen Interactions

People often tout interactivity as the great benefit offered by e-learning, yet most interactivity does nothing to either engage or instruct. In fact, most often it only places a barrier between the learner and the content by making the learner experience tedious, unnecessarily cumbersome, and adversarial. Interactivity must be more than testing and simplistic actions. This session will introduce the concept of instructional interactivity, and show how it can transform the learning experience for learners working independently through an e-earning course. He will demonstrate specific real-world examples that give meaning to the four essential components of instructional interactivity: Context, Challenge, Activity, and Feedback. 

workplace wellness that works book.jpgWorkplace Wellness That Works: A Smarter Framework for Designing More Effective Workplace Wellness Programs, Presented by Laura Putnam, Author of Workplace Wellness That Works, Founder and CEO of Motion Infusion

Workplace wellness has become standard fare in most organizations, but abundant evidence suggests that the well-worn, traditional model simply is not working. Eighty percent of eligible employees are choosing not to participate in wellness programs. Rates of stress, obesity, and preventable lifestyle-related illnesses like diabetes and heart disease are on the rise despite the fact that seventy-five percent of workers have access to wellness programs. And companies aren’t reducing costs or getting the value they hoped for because they’re investing in the wrong things: almost four times as much on incentives to get employees to join wellness programs as on quality programming that will keep them engaged for the long-term.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Learn about how you can reshape your organization’s approach to wellness - and why your role as an HR/Training & Development professional is so critical. Based on the 10 steps outlined in her book, Workplace Wellness That Works, Laura demonstrates how to shift the conversation from implementing yet another program to starting a movement of well-being and vitality in your organization. This provocative session touches on industry hot topics, such as effective ways to inspire behavior change, the truth behind motivation, and how to shift the culture. It also dives into creative tactics that aren’t being talked about, such as “going stealth” – a strategy that calls for “sneaking” wellness into non-wellness initiatives. Based on the latest research and backed by real-world examples and case studies, this lively and informative session will show you what you can do to start making a difference in your employees’ health and happiness, and promoting an overall culture of well-being throughout your organization. 

How to Attract, Hire and Retain the Best People, Presented by Steve Waterhouse, President & CEO, Predictive Index Consultant, Leadership Development, Sales Training, Trainer

The reality while many companies believe they have a good hiring process, high turnover and low productivity often say otherwise. Studies have shown that most hiring processes not only miss top performers, but actually eliminate them. The good news is there is better way to find people who not only have the right skills, but will be happy and productive working in your company. You know these people. They are the ones to seem to do what is required almost automatically and clearly love what they are doing. From sales to customer service to support, these people really are out there and you can find them. The solution in this session, your members will learn how high performing companies are using cutting edge behavioral analytics, combined with effective interviewing techniques, to build teams of winners.  

Capacity Building Through Coaching, Presented by Lisa Reuth, CEO of Leadership Solutions, Organizational Development Expert, Coach & Renowned Speaker

Language can be a tricky thing; the word "coach" has always been used in a way that builds upon one's abilities. But in business we often confuse it with performance improvement or strategies for underperformance. This session will discuss the steps that all great coaches use to find and harness someone's highest potential, and use it to win the game. Moving from a top-down coaching methodology, driven by the organization's goals, to capacity building of individuals and teams (which enable the organization's goals) sounds subtle but it’s actually radically different. 

Attendees of this session will assess the organization's Mission, Vision, Strategy and Goals and determine if the Coaching (mentoring, succession planning or development planning) methodologies being used are capacity building or performance reporting. Using Individual and Team Development Planning templates, participants will take home tools and a new working definition of the coaching process that can breathe new life into management teams that are stuck. 

Creating Deeper Impact Through Engagement, Presented by Lisa Reuth, CEO of Leadership Solutions, Organizational Development Expert, Coach & Renowned Speaker

The most successful leaders and entrepreneurs all have one thing in common: They learned  to leverage the power of many to accomplish something great. Whether you are leading your organization through innovation or change, managing cross-functional or volunteer networks or trying to duplicate yourself to get more done, the key to leadership is engaging followers. But each of these people have different reasons for engaging with you and meeting their needs and the needs of your mission can be complicated. Once you have willing participants, how do we harness the power of numbers, keep them excited and get them to own the success? This interactive session will examine the underlying components of engaging others in your Mission, the reasons why people are attracted to and stay with you and the leadership competencies needed to cultivate the power in numbers. 

For a full description of the speakers hosting seminars, click here. 

 

 


Confirmed Speaker - Ethan Edwards Joins the Training & Development Summit, New Orleans

The Training & Development Summit is welcoming Chief Instructional Strategist of Allen Interactions, Ethan Edwards, to the speaker spot light. Edwards will host a seminar at the next summit taking place at the Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans in September.

Ethan250.pngEdwards joins a seminar line-up of training professionals who will host 45-minute sessions throughout the summit. Edwards draws more than 30 years of industry experience as an e-learning instructional designer and developer. He is responsible for the delivery of the internal and external training and communications that reflect Allen Interactions’ unique perspective on designing and developing meaningful and memorable e-learning programs. Edwards is the primary instructor for ATD’s e-Learning Instructional Design Certificate Program. In addition, he is an internationally recognized presenter on instructional design and e-learning, has written several white papers on creating effective e-learning, and regularly blogs for Allen Interactions’ e-Learning Leadership Blog. Ethan holds a master’s degree and significant doctoral work in educational psychology from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign.

Allen Interactions is dedicated to building Meaningful, Memorable, and Motivational custom learning solutions for learners. Their focus is developing performance-driven training events backed by the best instructional design.

Allen Interactions targets what learners need to do and not just what they need to know. For more than 20 years, they have been devoted to delivering custom learning services and instructional products that assist hundreds of leading organizations and thousands of learning professionals achieve this outcome.

Allen Interactions is also a confirmed solution provider attending the Training & Development Summit. For more information on the summit and to reserve your space, click here.

 


Forum Events Confirms Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans for the Training & Development Summit and HR & Employee Benefits Summit

NEW ORLEANS, LA - The Training & Development Summit and HR & Employee Benefits Summit will take place at the Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans on September 14th and 15th, 2015. Senior-level HR and training executives will meet at the elite venue just steps from Bourbon Street and the French Quarter for the appointment-based event featuring one-on-one meetings, seminars by world-class speakers, and entertaining networking activities.

As part of Forum Events’ complimentary registration, executives receive free overnight accommodation at the prestigious Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, all-inclusive dining and refreshments, and a personalized event itinerary.

This historic hotel is set in the 1908 Beaux Arts Maison Blanche building. It features traditional Southern ambiance with an interior that reflects the graciousness of antebellum mansions. With live entertainment, exquisite accommodations, and a five-star rating, this is the ideal setting for executives to comfortably network, learn and connect.

The Training & Development Summit and HR & Employee Benefit Summit are specifically designed for C-suite executives who are actively sourcing new solutions and services in the HR, employee benefits and training industries. Executive attendees are introduced to solution providers who specialize in their upcoming projects during one-on-one, pre-arranged appointments. The events also incorporate 45-minute seminars led by industry leaders in an open-discussion format and networking meals and after-hour activities.

Forum Events is the most effective method for busy executives to source new solution providers and learn about breakthrough services in their industry – 98 percent of attendees report a forum is a “better way to source new suppliers than a trade show,” and 95 percent say they have saved time sourcing and meeting new buyers at a Forum. Using a unique matching software, Forum Events connects executives with sponsors based on information they have provided. Unlike a traditional trade show, attendees are able to speak privately with experts about their companies and develop a plan of action in a no ‘hard-sell’ environment.

Forum Events originated in the United Kingdom in 1996. They have since expanded to the United States to headquarters in Sarasota, FL. The company has hosted more than 250 successful appointment-based events across ten different industries.

To register for either of the summits taking place in September, click here. For more information on Forum Events, contact Yasmin Parsloe at yasmin.parsloe@forumevents.com, or by phone at (941)925-7585, ext. 122.



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