Keynote Schedule

Keynote Schedule

Tuesday, March 20

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The Experiential Organization: How the Best Organizations are Winning the War for Talent and Crushing the Competition

Investment in employee engagement has never been higher, yet scores have never been lower. How can that be the case? For decades, we have been investing in short-term “adrenaline shot” programs such as free food or work-from-home Fridays with no impact for employees or the organization. Instead of forcing people into outdated workplace practices, the world’s top companies are redesigning work around their people by focusing on three environments: culture, technology, and the physical workspace. Based on Jacob’s ongoing research of 252 organizations, he will share why employee experience is the next big area of investment, what the top companies are doing, and how you can go about creating an Experiential Organization. The future of work is all about the employee experience.

Jacob Morgan, Author and Thought Leader, The Future Organization

2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

HR In the Age of Disruption

Bill Allen will share his insights and experiences about the HR trends and influences on the market and how you need to react as an organization.

William Allen, Senior Advisor, Allen Advisors, LLC

Wednesday, March 21

3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Fueling the HR Dream—Less Execution and More Insights

Fabio Fukuda shares how Cummins, a manufacturer of diesel engines, simplified a diverse HR technology footprint, reduced long and manual processes, and brought Analytics to the C-suite (literally!) to position themselves for the future, as their business transforms.

Fabio Fukuda, Director, Global HRIS & Analytics, Cummins Inc.

3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

ERP and HCM Benefits Panel with AT&T, Emerson, and YRC Worldwide

Join us to hear about AT&T, a world leader in communications, media and entertainment, and technology, Emerson Electric, a multinational corporation that manufactures products and provides engineering services for a wide range of industrial, commercial, and consumer markets, and YRC Worldwide, one of the largest transportation service providers in the world, and their recent journeys to strategically reshape their businesses.

Tony Kender, SVP, Global Cloud HCM, Oracle
Jim Rhodes, Vice President, HRIS & Global Payroll, Emerson
Jason Ringgenberg, CIO, YRC Worldwide
Sean Saunders, Senior VP, HR and Safety, YRC Worldwide
Martha Schulze, AVP HR Technology, AT&T

4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Aligning Strategy, Technology, and People for a Modern HCM

With the pace of change constantly accelerating, business dynamics constantly shifting, and the need for the right talent to execute strategy, create great products and services, and delight customers, Oracle CEO Mark Hurd will discuss the evolving role of technologies like cloud computing, Artificial Intelligence, chatbots and more so that HR can become a strategic partner to top management. What does the CEO need and want from HR, what are the pressures that IT is under to deliver the right technology, and what does HR need to do to optimize the workforce, training, and productivity—and align them to growing revenue for the company?

Gretchen Alarcon, Group Vice President, Oracle
Jack Berkowitz, Vice President Product Management and Data Science, Adaptive Intelligent Apps, Oracle
Mark Hurd, CEO, Oracle

5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Rubies Awards

Stay and celebrate our Rubies Awards winners for 2018. You nominated and voted for these organizations across eight different categories. You could be selected as one of these success stories next year!

Thursday, March 22

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

The Culture of Giving

Help us celebrate the actions of two local Texas Oracle customers, HEB and Mary Kay, who foster a culture of humanitarianism, volunteering, and giving back to the community.

Mayerland Harris, Group VP of Houston Stores and Central Market Stores, HEB
Michelle Norman, SVP Human Resources, Mary Kay

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

In the Company of Women

Grace Bonney, two-time bestselling author and Founder, Design*Sponge, a website dedicated to the creative community that reaches over two million readers per month, will share ways (both practical and big-picture) that HR teams can both entice and support women (and more diverse hires) to their companies and keep them there long-term.

Grace Bonney, Author and Founder, Design*Sponge
Jacob Morgan

Jacob Morgan is a three time best-selling author, keynote speaker and futurist who explores the future of work and employee experience. His latest book is, The Employee Experience Advantage: How to Win the War on Talent by Giving Employees the Workspaces they want, the Tools they Need and a Culture They Can Celebrate (Wiley, March 2017) which is based on an analysis of over 250 global organizations. His previous books are, The Future of Work and The Collaborative Organization. Jacob’s work has been endorsed by the CEOs of: Cisco, Whirlpool, T-Mobile, Best Buy, SAP, Nestle, KPMG, Schneider Electric and many others. He is regularly featured in business publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, CNN, NPR, USA Today, Forbes and others. Jacob has a popular podcast and YouTube series where he explores various themes around the future of work. You can learn more and get access to all of these resources by visiting:

William Allen

Bill Allen is a senior executive with more than 20 years of experience as the Chief Human Resources Officer of three listed companies. As a sought-after advisor through his firm, Allen Advisors, LLC, Bill provides business solutions to clients in private equity, consulting and professional services. He is a frequent guest lecturer at universities, including the business schools at Auburn, Copenhagen, Harvard, North Carolina and South Carolina. In his advising role, Bill focuses on helping leaders better understand their specific needs/goals and devise strategies that maximize their organizations’ advantages to outperform the competition. Clients include the HR Policy Association (Bill was a Founding Chair of its Global HR Initiative and Executive Compensation Policy Roundtable, a Board Member and Senior Advisor), the Health Transformation Alliance (Bill was Founding Board Member, Board Vice Chair and Executive Committee Member, and Senior Advisor) and Sun Capital Partners (Bill is an advisor). Bill’s deep experience began in PepsiCo’s Frito Lay division – where he played a key role in the HR function during Roger Enrico’s highly successful “Take Back the Streets” growth campaign – and flourished during his time as CHRO at the A.P.Moller-Maersk Group, a $60 billion diversified Danish business conglomerate in the transport, logistics and energy sectors, helping lead the Group’s business and cultural transformation. Bill also was CHRO for Macy’s and Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. He began his career with RCA Corporation. Other leadership and board roles are numerous. Bill has been named to Human Resource Executive Magazine’s HR Honor Roll and Auburn University Harbert College of Business Top 40 Alumni, and was an Elected Fellow for the National Academy of Human Resources.

Fabio Fukuda

Fabio Fukuda serves as Director, Global HRIS, Business Intelligence & HR Functional Excellence at Cummins Inc. In his role, Fabio has been leading HR Transformation projects aiming to drive Integrated Talent Management for a global workforce of 55,000 employees located in over 50 countries. He also has overall responsibility for the day-to-day operations of Cummins Talent Management, Talent Acquisition, Learning & Development and Business Intelligence technologies globally in addition to building organizational capability through functional excellence initiatives across the HR function. Fabio has held several HR roles in the manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries and brings a wide range of experience and expertise in HR Transformation, HR Analytics, Talent Management, HR Operational Excellence and HR Business Partnering. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from UnG in Brazil and a MBA from the University of Notre Dame - Mendoza College of Business.

Tony Kender

Tony Kender, Senior Vice President, North America HCM Sales, is currently responsible for the HCM Enterprise Go-To-Market sales strategy & execution. Prior to this position, Mr. Kender was responsible for Oracle’s Global Human Capital Management Go-to-Market strategy. He has over thirty-seven years of experience in applications software & information services industries holding direct sales, sales management, general management & executive leadership positions. During his first tenure at Oracle, Tony spent ten years in various roles, including leading or building NA HCM sales, Global Product and Industries marketing, Global Applications Product Specialists, Rapid Implementation Tools Development, Applications Competitive Intelligence and creating the Small and Medium Business Unit. He also participated in executive transition teams for both the PeopleSoft and Siebel Systems acquisitions. Prior to his current role at Oracle, Mr. Kender served as President Global Field Operations at CorpU where he was responsible for sales, marketing and channels, and, EVP Global Sales & CRO at IntraLinks. Other companies that Tony has led at include SAP America where Mr. Kender created the Human Resources Management Business Unit serving as the General Manager responsible for Sales, Pre-Sales, Business Development, Partner Relations and Implementation Consulting for the HCM product suite. At Knowledgesoft and Automatic Data Processing (ADP), he spent more than ten years as a sales representative and Regional Sales Director. Kender graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1981 with a B.S. in marketing.

Jim Rhodes

Jim started his career working as a Retirement Plan Specialist for a Regional Bank Trust Company representing small and medium employers. He started at Emerson in 1993, serving in Corporate Pension Department supporting the Defined Benefit Pension Administration. He began working in HR in 1996 with multiple Emerson Business Units supporting the Business Units and Plant Operations Globally. In 2012 Jim became Corporate Vice President Employee Relations, handling the employee opinion survey and HR review processes, communication planning, HRIS Strategy. Since 2014 Jim has been Emerson's Vice President Human Resources Information Systems driving Global HRIS and Payroll Implementation Strategy.

Jason Ringgenberg

As Chief Information Officer of YRC Worldwide (YRCW), Jason Ringgenberg leads the direction of technology at YRCW and its operating companies. Ringgenberg has responsibility for managing and directing the integrity, security and functionality of all IT systems, processes and support functions. YRCW companies have one of the largest, most comprehensive less-than-truckload (LTL) networks in North America with local, regional, national and international capabilities. Before being named CIO at YRCW, Ringgenberg was a senior vice president at YRC Freight where he was instrumental in leading the company’s technology transformation. Prior to joining YRC Freight in 2014, Ringgenberg was with Accenture for more than 20 years, serving most recently as a managing director in the North American Freight and Logistics practice. He has deep experience supporting global freight and logistics client efforts on IT and business processes projects. Ringgenberg holds a BBA in Transportation & Logistics from Iowa State University and an MBA from The University of Oklahoma.

Martha Schulze

Martha P. Schulze AVP - HR Technology, AT&T As Assistant Vice President for HR Technology, Martha leads an organization that provides technology solutions for Compensation, Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Learning, and HR Operations at AT&T. Martha and her team collaborate with partners across the company to develop and execute an HR technology strategy to optimize the workforce experience and reduce cost. With over 33 years of service in the AT&T family of companies, Martha began her career in 1983 and has held successive positions in Information Technology, Payroll Operations, and Human Resources. Martha has considerable experience leading large technology implementations such as new cloud systems for Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, and Compensation. Martha collaborated with internal IT teams to implement Learning systems used by 250,000 employees and about 200,000 external users. She led the HR technology integration for the Legacy T, Cingular, BellSouth, and DTV mergers. Originally from Colombia, Martha graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology with a Bachelors of Computer Science and a Masters in Project Management. She and her family currently reside in Allen, Texas.

Gretchen Alarcon

Gretchen Alarcon is Group Vice President for Oracle’s Human Capital Management (HCM) cloud software where she is responsible for product management, development and go-to-market initiatives that help businesses around the world modernize their HR practices through the adoption of Oracle’s HCM cloud apps. Additionally, Alarcon acts as a thought leader, highlighting trends and strategic initiatives in business’ transition to the cloud. With over 20 years’ experience in product strategy, Alarcon has taken her knowledge of the industry to showcase the importance of modernization in Core HR, Talent Acquisition and HR Data Analytics, through the integration of cloud apps. Together with her team, she forecasts Future of Work movements and delivers initiatives to businesses to protect their bottom line. Prior to Oracle, Alarcon worked at Icarian and National Semiconductor, Ford and Silicon Graphics, where she drove the management of workforce suites and aided in the redesign on worldwide human resource functions. She holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BA in American Studies from Stanford University.

Jack Berkowitz

Jack Berkowitz is Vice President, Products and Data Science for Oracle’s Adaptive Intelligence program. In this role, he oversees the market, technical and sales strategy for Oracle’s suite of next-generation intelligent applications, combining web-data, data science and platform Cloud computing. These applications span areas including marketing & e-commerce, digital publishing, enterprise resource planning. Previously, he led product management for Oracle’s Application Cloud Analytics, encompassing both embedded reporting and strategic enterprise analytics, and the mobile and user-interaction systems of BI Foundation Suite. Prior to Oracle, Berkowitz spent 20 years in both product development and implementation of intelligent information systems, most recently involved in Web-scale search and recommendation systems, data driven applications, and the Semantic Web. He has been on the executive team of 4 startups involved in search, reasoning or meta-data driven applications (Attivio, Siderean, Cerebra, Reef Software) and he co-founded edapta, which enabled dynamic user interfaces and personalization for mobile and web clients. Berkowitz has delivered solutions with a wide-range of Global 50 clients from Financial Services, Consumer Web, and Healthcare. Early in his career, he was involved with DARPA and FAA sponsored programs for user-experience and intelligent systems, FAA Aviation Security, and the certification of the B777 flight deck.

Mark Hurd

Mark Hurd is chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation and a member of the company’s board of directors. He joined Oracle in 2010, bringing more than 30 years of technology industry leadership, computer hardware expertise, and executive management experience to his role with the company. Hurd is also a member of the Baylor University Board of Regents and was named vice chair of its Finance and Facilities Committee. According to Hurd, Oracle’s mission is to help customers innovate and save money through the use of technology. Since joining Oracle, Hurd has worked to share Oracle’s strategy and vision with customers, partners, shareholders, and investors. Previously, Hurd served as chairman of the board, chief executive officer, and president of HP, where his focus on customers, innovation, improved operational efficiency, and execution led to significant company growth. Prior to that, he spent 25 years at NCR Corporation, where he held a variety of management, operations, sales, and marketing roles, ultimately serving as the company’s chief executive officer and president and leading a successful effort to streamline operations, strengthen the product line, and drive growth.

Mayerland Harris

Mayerland Harris, Group VP of HR for H-E-B, is a dynamic, influential leader and team builder with over 31 years of retail experience in Human Resources and store operations - more than 27 of those years with H-E-B. She leads an impressive team of HR professionals including Field HR Managers, Recruiters, Training & Development Managers and Organizational Talent Managers. She provides human resources leadership for the Houston Food & Drug, Central Market, Smart Shop and Mi Tienda Divisions of H-E-B. She develops the strategic direction to ensure alignment with key business initiatives. Her leadership team is accountable for implementation of policies and programs including employment, employee relations, benefits, compensation, training, and employee assistance. Mayerland received her BBA from University of Texas at Austin and her MBA from Texas A&M University. She currently sits on the boards of the Houston Food Bank, HR Houston, and the Strategic HR Advisory Board at Rice University. She is a is a lecturing Corporate Fellow for the MBA program at the University of Houston-Downtown. Mayerland was named a Breakaway Leader in 2012 by the Evanta Leadership Network, and she was ranked #13 on ExecRank’s 2012 Top HR Executive Rankings. Mayerland received the prestigious H-E-B Linda D Jimenez Award for Diversity in 2014. In 2015, she proudly accepted the “Most Powerful and Influential Women of Texas” award from the National Diversity Council. She was named one of Houston’s Top 15 Business Women from the National Women’s Council in September of 2016.

Michelle Norman

Michelle Norman currently serves as Vice President, Global Total Rewards at Mary Kay Inc. and is responsible for the global functions of Compensation, Benefits, HR Technology and Organizational Effectiveness (which includes Employee Training & Development, Organization Development, Communications and Recognition). Prior to this role, Michelle held a variety of positions at Mary Kay including Vice President, Human Resources where she led the International HR function focused on all aspects of HR in more than 30 countries. She also held the position of General Manager, Mary Kay United Kingdom where she was responsible for all business operations as an expatriate in London, England. Prior to working at Mary Kay Inc., Michelle worked in several roles in Human Resources at Texas Instruments. Michelle has a Master of Science (M.S.) in Management – Human Resources Concentration from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A) – Management also from Texas A&M University. She also holds a variety of certifications in training, development and benefits. Michelle is married with two children and lives in Dallas, Texas.

Grace Bonney

Grace Bonney is the founder of Design*Sponge, a daily website dedicated to the creative community. Design*Sponge was founded in 2004 and currently reaches nearly 2 million readers per day. Grace hosted a weekly radio show, After the Jump, for three years and is the author of two best-selling books, Design*Sponge at Home and In the Company of Women. After 12 years in Brooklyn, Grace now lives in the Hudson Valley with her wife, Julia, and their three pets. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat @designsponge.

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