Why You Should Join the Cool Kids at HR Tech Connect Summit 2019

Over the past decade, we’ve seen big changes in HR — so many that I’d say that now we’re the corporate cool kids’ table. It’s a crazy thing to say about HR, but the amazing advances in HR tech have given us some amazing, shiny new tools that have transformed our jobs and made us the envy of the org chart.

(And since we’re talking about HR, I just want to make one thing clear. We’re a lot better than the catty cool kids’ table we didn’t get to sit at in high school. We’re diverse, inclusive and always down to make new friends!)

But no matter how cool we are, it can be difficult to keep up with the latest in HR tech. Sometimes even we cool kids need a little help, which is why I’m excited to announce that I’m serving as co-chair for a very cool event: the HR Tech Connect Summit, which will be held Nov. 17-19 at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Why Your Boss Will Love for You to Go

Dreading asking for time off so you can attend HR Tech Connect Summit 2019?


You see, HR Tech Connect Summit isn’t like other conferences. It’s completely hosted, meaning that airfare, hotel, meals, registration — you name it — are provided to all qualified attendees. This means you can attend without putting a dent in your company’s travel budget and that you can feel even better about lounging outside in the Florida sunshine during your downtime.

Oh, and it also provides an incredibly intimate, unique opportunity to meet vendors and the movers and shakers shaping the world of HR tech, without worrying about the stress of the lines that accompany the expo booth shuffle.

Unfortunately, a hosted conference means space is limited — but we’re going to try to accommodate as many cool kids as we can! For more information on registration, click here.

Who’s Going to Be There

Co-chair Jessica Miller-Merrell will kick off the conference on Nov. 17 with a roundup on the future of work. And if that’s not enough to get you there, here are a few of the amazing speakers and sessions you don’t want to miss:

  • Workday Chief Technology Officer Joe Wilson: “Unlocking Organizational Agility to Drive Digital Growth.”
  • Dr. Jarik Conrad, senior director of HCM innovation at Ultimate Software: “HR Mega Trends for 2020.”
  • Lou Fiore, vice president HRMS, payroll operations and HR shared services at Sodexo: “Do’s & Don’ts: HR Technology Implementation Recommendations & Lessons Learned.”
  • Amy Weber, community engagement specialist at MOD Pizza: “The Power of Employee Connectivity to Build a High Performance Workplace.”
  • Sadia Ayaz, director of talent management and transformation at Waste Management: “The Massive Shift from Automation to Productivity: Enabling Business Operations Through HR & Technology.”

And if that’s not enough, I’ll be moderating a panel on Nov. 18 on employee engagement with Heidi Gerhard, head of leadership organizational capability and culture at BASF.

Additionally, we’ll have representatives from dozens of innovative HR technology companies, such as AllyO, HiredScore, Beekeeper, WorkForce Software, Humantelligence and many more. We’ll be learning how their platforms are providing measurable benefits for organizations — and the value they can bring to yours.

Want to get involved? Visit the HR Tech Connect Summit website, or send me a DM on Twitter or LinkedIn. We’d love to have you there!