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HR Daily Advisor 2018 Annual Conference: Igniting Engagement for Performance and Retention 

March 8-9, 2018 – Savannah, Georgia 

CONFERENCE SNAPSHOT: HR Daily Advisor 2018 is the year’s premier HR conference, arming today's professionals with proven strategies for fostering talent, nurturing employee wellness, strengthening the employment brand, and other data-backed tips to boost employee retention and business performance. In addition to dynamic keynotes by engagement and culture influencers, this two-day event features tracked sessions, live broadcasts of BLR’s award-winning HR Works podcast, and superior networking opportunities in the heart of Savannah.

Cultivating an engaged and productive workforce is one of HR’s most important tasks. It can help propel your business forward by fostering innovation, protecting your company’s bottom line, and strengthening your brand to covet new talent and boost the retention and performance of your current workforce.

HR Daily Advisor 2018 Annual Conference will deliver inspiring talks featuring leading employment brands that have cracked the code on how to maintain an exceptional workplace culture to realize positive results in terms of employee engagement and satisfaction and business goals. There will be research-driven breakouts designed to show you what your employees really want and how to deliver it to them, so your organization can accelerate engagement and improve retention. And, you’ll learn data-backed strategies for improving company culture and engagement and project-management planning tips for setting new HR initiatives into motion.

 At HR Daily Advisor 2018, you will discover:

  • New data underscoring the business case on why C-suite executives need to invest in employee engagement (like the $350 billion national cost of lost productivity)
  • Why your benefit communication strategy could be failing and how to make your total rewards statements stand out from the pack
  • The most effective ways to provide feedback to successfully manage performance management
  • How to communicate your wellness program’s “invaluable” benefits—and measure them against objective data, such as productivity, retention, absenteeism, and more, to get to a truer sense of the VOI
  • Revelations from high performance organizations on how to increase market share, customer satisfaction, and profitability
  • Wallet-friendly tricks for enhancing company culture
  • And much more!

HR Daily Advisor 2018 Annual Conference
is the year’s premier destination for learning how to manage and improve organizational culture and employee engagement and for networking with industry influencers, organizational development researchers, and other HR professionals.  


MAIN CONFERENCE DAY 1 | Thursday, March 8, 2018

Registration & Breakfast 
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Welcome Remarks from BLR’s HR Daily Advisor
8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Get a high-level view of the state of employee engagement, workplace culture, and wellness programs—and the all-important correlation among the three—as BLR’s HR Daily Advisor editors share some of the latest developments impacting what truly makes a best place to work.

Kickoff Keynote: Building a Magnetic Culture—How to Attract & Retain Top Talent to Create an Engaged, Productive Workforce
8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Presented by: Kevin Sheridan, Employee Engagement and Management Expert and Best-Selling Author
To become the best in the business, it is essential to employ the best people. But how do employers build a staff that is ready and able to take an organization to its next level? Inspired by the best-selling book, this dynamic keynote focuses on how to attract talented employees to the workplace, empower them, and sustain an environment in which they are more likely to stay.  Drawing on years of research and real-world examples from his consulting experience, Kevin Sheridan gives you the strategies and tactics to transform your organization by creating and maintaining a magnetic culture.

You’ll learn:Building a Magnetic Culture

  • How to redefine employee engagement
  • The bottom line benefits of employee engagement
  • Why recruiting the right hire matters so much
  • The top 10 engagement drivers and related best practices
  • The importance of embracing diversity and inclusion
  • How to perfect the missing “secret sauce”—FUN
  • Tips for creating an environment of shared ownership for engagement
  • Plus, you’ll get a personally autographed copy of Kevin’s best-selling book, Building a Magnetic Culture!

10 Ways to Make Your Company a Best Place to Work
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Companies strive to make those coveted top 10, 50, 100 best places to work lists that job sites, media outlets, and publishers unveil annually, such as Glassdoor, Fortune, Forbes—the list goes on. What are the common themes among small-to-mid size employers that consistently make the cut? This session will reveal: 

  • Why some workplaces are marked for greatness—and tell-tale signs that others won’t make the cut 
  • Standout qualities that top workplaces share related to culture, employee engagement, work/life balance, and other important areas

Exhibits Open
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

Networking, Exhibits & Refreshments
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Employee Engagement to Drive Business Success: ROI You Can Take to the Bank (and to the CEO)
Presented by: Jill Christensen, Jill Christensen International
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Disengaged employees can be a death knell for business. HR consultancy McLean & Company found that a company can kiss goodbye $3,400 of every $10,000 spent on a disengaged employee’s salary. In the United States alone, this adds up to $350 billion in lost productivity its research concludes. On the flip side, an engaged workforce drives growth and profitability. This session will deliver:

  • Cold-hard facts the C-suite won’t be able to ignore on why your organization needs to invest in employee engagement
  • Tips on effective ways to measure and analyze your current employee engagement efforts against the competition
  • And much more! 

A Proven Formula for Aligning Corporate Culture with Business Strategy
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Presented by: Lisa Rueth, Cultivate Leadership
Does your company’s culture match where the business leaders want the organization to go? How can you tell? It’s time to roll up your sleeves as we dive into examining whether the cultural DNA of your company matches where the company is heading—and what you can do to get it back on track if things are currently misaligned. You’ll learn:

  • Why and how to intentionally design your culture so that it sustains your vision, goals and strategic plan
  • What to measure (and how) to determine if the current culture will support or sabotage the true strategic business priorities 
  • Examples of how a talent management strategy and organization’s design can influence culture in a meaningful way

Networking Lunch

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Afternoon Breakouts
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Choose from:

Wellness & Benefits
Total Rewards Communications: Powerful Messaging to Get Buy-In from Your Best Employees
You’ve invested a lot of time and money in your wellness program. The problem is that employees don’t seem engaged and aren’t participating the way you had hoped. This session, led by a benefits communication expert, will deliver a road map for educating the workforce on your company’s benefits through total rewards statements and other strategic communications that foster engagement and gets them to actually take advantage of—and appreciate—the valuable resources available to them.

  • The top 5 reasons benefit communication strategies fail
  • Research indicating the best ways to greatly increase the odds of employee engagement in this area  
  • Whether you should employ a generationally varied approach to benefits communication, and if so, what’s the best way to go about this 
  • Mistakes to avoid when refining your communication campaigns so your efforts to engage the workforce don’t backfire

Engagement & Culture
The Performance Feedback Loop: Trends in Coaching and Mentoring—And What’s Really Working and Why
There was a push to replace traditional annual performance reviews, and many larger employers like Adobe, Microsoft, IBM, Deloitte, Dell, and General Electric hopped on the bandwagon. But, recent research suggests that doing away with formal ratings might backfire. CEB reported that at organizations where performance-rating systems had been abandoned, employee performance dropped by 10 percent. Engagement went down, too, by 6 percent. This session will provide:

  • Research into the most effective ways to provide feedback to today’s workforce
  • Examples of workplaces where the traditional performance ratings scheme has fallen by the wayside, what it was replaced with, and to what extent it’s been successful 
  • Innovative performance management strategies supervisors and managers can use to make the evaluation process more meaningful
  • How to evaluate what should stay and what should go when evaluating your company’s performance management system against your culture and your competition 
  • Examples of companies that are successfully using social media to ensure a real-time, meaningful feedback loop

Networking, Exhibits & Refreshments

3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Afternoon Breakouts Continue 
3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. 

Choose from:

Wellness & Benefits
Healthcare on the Fringes: The Complexities of Keeping ACA-Era Costs Down and Benefit Plan Offerings Consistent with Your ‘Engagement End Game’ 
Right now, the ultimate fate of the Affordable Care Act remains to be seen, and the $69 billion proposed merger between CVS and Aetna is being billed as a potential game-changer in terms of how medical treatment is rendered. What’s the practical impact of the latest healthcare plan trends—both inside and out of the political arena? Employers need to balance the goal of providing the workforce and their dependents with affordable, quality health care options against what works best for the financial bottom line. This session will delve into what businesses can do to improve plan offerings to make them more cost friendly—so employees truly recognize their value—while ensuring their alignment to underlying business objectives.

Engagement & Culture
Generation Cohort: The Postnormal Shift to a Holistic Workforce
Presented by: Yvette Montero Salvatico, Kedge, LLC
Technology, social media, and complexity are uniting generations through passion-oriented cohorts rather than socio-historical cohorts, and companies that match employees to their passions will result in better retention, teamwork, and organizational results. Yvette Montero Salvatico previously led efforts at The Walt Disney Company to establish Future Workforce Insights to identify future workforce trends and leverage foresight models and techniques to assess potential threats and impacts, emerging ideas, and exciting opportunities. She’ll share her research on the shifting workforce of the future and the concept of the Generation Cohort. You’ll learn:

  • An overview of trends that point to a shift in the concept of “generations.”
  • The importance of incorporating trends from outside of your industry.
  • How to reframe issues like “generational warfare” as opportunities instead of threats.
  • How the research-backed idea of Generation Cohort leads to higher employee engagement and retention.
  • How to capitalize on the Generation Cohort concept in your organization.

Networking Happy Hour
4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

Exhibits Close for the Day
6:00 p.m.

MAIN CONFERENCE DAY 2 | Friday, March 9, 2018

Early Bird Meet-Up (Mindful Meditation or Power Walk) 
6:00 a.m. - 6:45 a.m.

7:00 a.m.

Exhibits Open
7:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Opening Keynote: Applying Design Thinking to Strengths
8:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m.
Presented by: John K. Coyle, The Art of Really Living
Through the metaphor of sport, Olympic silver speed-skating medalist, NBC sports analyst, TEDx presenter, and the founder and CEO of The Art of Really Living, John K. Coyle will teach you how individuals and teams within your organization can use innovation to identify and leverage their unique strengths (and design around weaknesses) to achieve exceptional performance. His energetic and empowering talk will:

  • Introduce you to the concept of “design thinking,” and the possibilities it opens
  • Demonstrate how innovation can lead to breakthrough performance by 1) deciding what to fix and what not to fix; and 2) zeroing in on what you—and your teams—do best
  • Help you identify when and what to delegate or outsource

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: How to Create and Manage Effective, Collaborative, and Inspired Teams
9:15 a.m. 10:15 a.m.
Presented by: Margaret (Magi) Graziano, Keen Alignment
Exceptional teamwork can take your company from good to great. This session will reveal the secrets workplaces that rock share for establishing and maintaining cultures that are collaborative and positively impact their business goals. You’ll learn:

  • How to create a seamless flow of communication—a key challenge many employers face amid today’s distributed workforce
  • How to keep team goals aligned with the company’s trajectory, and to know when it’s time to mix teams up (and how to do so in a way that delivers the most bang) 
  • How to manage an open forum where employees are rewarded for sharing new ideas
  • And more!

Networking, Exhibits & Refreshments

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 

20 Budget-Friendly Tricks for Enhancing Company Culture
10:45 a.m. 11:45 a.m.
Nap pods; unlimited, free food; laundry service. These are just some examples of employee perks that companies like Google provide to the workforce. But, Google, and companies like it, have deep pockets that many small-to-mid-size employers just don’t have. And, when thinking about organizational culture, perks are just one slice of the pie. To truly embrace and enhance business culture, workplaces need to pay close attention to other factors, too, such as employee engagement, collaboration, values, and personal and professional goals. This session will provide:

  • Low-to-no cost ways that work for boosting your company’s culture 
  • Strategies for improving your workforce’s experience day in and day out 
  • How to foster team-based collaboration to drive engagement 
  • How to evaluate whether employees trust or distrust your company—and why this matters so much 
  • How to develop a solid feedback loop to foster employees’ feelings of fulfillment

Proactive Employees = Productive Employees!

11:55 a.m. – 12:55 p.m.
Presented by: Vanessa M.Terzian of Terzian Law Partners, APC and Author of Executors, Trustees and Beneficiaries
We are a reactive society that is governed by a reactive government... Why should I be proactive?  For that matter, why should my company be proactive?  Is this new thinking?  Could this be useful to those employees that are faced with responsibility?  Having your employees "think" proactively could save them and your company time and money down the road. This session will demonstrate how being proactive will make a more productive, happy, and engaged employee.

You’ll learn

  • What employers can and should be doing to support their employees
  • Tips on how to communicate with your employees about dealing with an aging loved one
  • Legal issues your employee or their loved one(s) may be facing and how your company can help without overstepping 
  • What legal documents the organization should have in place
  • The potential cost and benefit of using pre-paid legal plans to get those documents in place

Plus, you’ll get a free copy of Vanessa Terzian’s book, Emerging Trends!

Networking Lunch 
12:55 p.m. 1:55 p.m. 

Afternoon Breakouts
1:55 p.m.  2:55 p.m.

Choose from:

Wellness & Benefits
The Evolution of Corporate Wellness Plans—And Their Impact on the Financial and Strategic Bottom Line
Presented by: Darrell Moon, Orriant
Can workplace wellness programs translate into bottom line financial and strategic results? You bet they can! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that individual and family health issues saps productivity at U.S.-based companies to the tune of $1,685 per employee (or collectively) $225.8 billion per year. The link between wellness and health, and engagement and overall business success shouldn’t come as a total surprise. Healthier people are often happier and experience lower rates of absenteeism. Wellness programs may also be a big benefit for companies looking to boost retention rates and their recruitment efforts. But, how are today’s wellness plans different from those of the past, and what can businesses expect in terms of the return on investment when rolling out new initiatives to employees’ financial health, trends in parental and caregiver leave, bettering mental and emotional health, managing stress and anxiety and more? This session will cover:

  • Research demonstrating incentives today’s employees want and those they likely could care less about 
  • How data-driven incentives work, and examples of the leg up they may provide 
  • Financial assistance that could entice workers grappling with crippling college and other debts 
  • Vacation and paid time off policy design to boost wellness 
  • How to establish a wellness committee to figure out wellness plan offerings that are right for your specific workforce 
  • And more!

Engagement & Culture
People Analytics and Surveys: Changing the Conversation from Engagement to Experiences Rocks
Presented by: Scott Mondore, Ph.D., Strategic Management Decisions (SMD)
The most comprehensive business impact study of employee surveys unearths surprising workplace elements that are key to driving actual business outcomes. Rather than repeat the same tired talking point of “only 30% of employees are engaged”, Strategic Management Decisions (SMD) has updated its latest three-year study of employee surveys and its direct, cause-effect impact on the true bottom line. During this session, SMD Co-Founder Scott Mondore will share revealing insights into the impact engagement has on business outcomes and address whether engagement is worthy of all the hype in the context of your employee surveys. During this session, you’ll learn:

  • The key drivers of business outcomes from employee surveys across industries
  • The impact of engagement on actual business outcomes
  • How to make the employee survey process more impactful for all leaders at all levels in your organization
  • And more! 

Networking & Refreshments

2:55 p.m. 3:15 p.m.

Exhibits Close
3:15 p.m.

Afternoon Breakouts Continue 
3:15 p.m. 4:15 p.m. 

Choose from:

Wellness & Benefits
Wearables: A Fab Find for Boosting Engagement?
Wellness programs can help lower health care costs and boost productivity in the workplace, since absenteeism rates may diminish when workers aren’t sick as often. Many employers have rolled out or are considering launching wearables-based initiatives to help employees stay on track with fitness and overall health goals. Others are taking it a step further by inserting wearables into company identification badges so they can track and measure employee well being. For instance, Humanyze, a Boston-based start-up, has launched an opt-in “Sociometric Badge,” a microwearable that collects data on the workforce and analyzes it to identify trends. Badge sensors track posture, location, tone, and conversation speed. This is certainly an emerging area, and during this forward-facing session, HR leaders will learn:

  • The latest statistics on why companies are rolling out wearables-based initiatives right now—and examples of companies that are experiencing desired results  
  • How to tell if the cost of investing in wearables is really worth it for your company 
  • Examples of how wearables may be used to measure employee satisfaction, retention, safety, and other key employment issues 
  • Tips for rolling out wearables-based wellness programs and how they fit into company strategy concerning incentives
  • Legal, security, and privacy concerns to watch out for when collecting wearables-related data from the workforce 

Engagement & Culture
The ‘Me Too’ Movement:  Does Your Culture Make the Business Vulnerable to Sexual Harassment Claims? How to Tell and How to Fix It
The accusations of sexual impropriety by Hollywood A-listers, politicians, and broadcast journalists continue to fly. And, every week it seems like the accused and their employers are drowning in a sea of #MeToo claims, which can prove devastating to businesses accused of perpetuating a “boy’s club” mentality that fosters a culture of harassment and even turns a blind eye to it. According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll—nearly half (48 percent) of currently employed U.S. women surveyed reported that they had experienced an unwelcome sexual advance or verbal or physical harassment at work. Thus, this is a widespread problem nationwide, and one that requires HR’s thoughtful attention. Whether you have a serial harasser in your workplace or not, it’s important that your overall culture doesn’t encourage or quietly condone this type of unlawful, demoralizing, and disengaging conduct. This timely session will examine recent cases illustrating the ways in which aggressive business practices may foster a culture that breeds harassment claims, including the latest allegations against many business executives currently in the news due to allegations of their reprehensible conduct. You’ll learn:

  • How the tone of a workplace may foster or thwart harassment culture—and signs that a company may be particularly vulnerable to costly legal claims against it
  • How to evaluate whether your company leaders’ communications and their actions align with efforts to maintain a harassment-free culture
  • How to effectively use morality clauses in employment contracts to curb harassing or other harmful behavior in the workplace
  • What to do if one of your company leaders is accused of harassment or other unlawful—and publicly damaging—sexual misconduct
  • What never to do while investigating allegations of sexual harassment at work
  • How to manage a situation when multiple alleged victims come out with claims against one or more members of your workforce
  • How to restore trust in your company following bomb-shell allegations of “me too” harassment against one or more members of your team—as recent history has shown, it can happen to any workplace, at any time

Conference Adjourns

4:15 p.m.

*Agenda subject to change.


Jill ChristensenJill Christensen
Employee Engagement Expert. Author. Speaker.
Jill Christensen International

With three decades of executive consulting, speaking, and most importantly, real-life, in-the-trenches global Fortune 500 business experience, Jill Christensen’s view is radically different. She shares with listeners that although HR “owns” culture change, they do not own culture change. Employees will not engage and stay, unless senior leaders and supervisors fundamentally change the way they manage employees from day on onward.

Ms. Christensen has served as the head of global Internal Communications at both Avaya and Western Union. She has a Six Sigma Green Belt – which she earned by catapulting satisfaction with Avaya’s global onboarding process from 38 percent to 88 percent in six months. She also authored the best-selling book, If Not You, Who’s Cracking the Code of Employee Disengagement, and works with the best and brightest leaders around the world to improve employee productivity and retention, customer satisfaction, and revenue growth. She has been named to the Top 100 Global Employee Engagement Influencers of 2017.

John K. CoyleJohn K. Coyle
Author of The Art of Really Living
and Olympic Silver Medalist 

John K. Coyle, founder and CEO of The Art of Really Living, is one of the world’s leading experts in innovation and design thinking. He has an MBA from Northwestern University and is a graduate of Stanford University’s “” where his academic advisor was David Kelly, the founder of IDEO and Steve Jobs’ right-hand man. John is an NBC sports analyst, two-time TEDx presenter, author, and sought-after keynote speaker.

Mr. Coyle won an Olympic silver medal in speed skating—an achievement he attributes directly to his design thinking background.

He has taught innovation courses at Marquette University, and is a thought leader in the field of chronoception—the study of how we, as humans, process time. His mission is to innovate the human experience, and he has been applying “design thinking” to Fortune 500 companies, careers, and leadership challenges for more than 20 years.

Mr. Coyle offers the intellectual and analytical background of a professor coupled with the inspired emotional storytelling of a champion athlete. His talent of weaving facts, frameworks, and storytelling into experiential learning sessions will activate both your intellectual and emotional centers.

Margaret GrazianoMargaret (Magi) Graziano
Talent Strategist & CEO
Keen Alignment 

Magi Graziano, CEO of Keen Alignment, is a leading talent management expert, keynote speaker, and author of The Wealth of Talent with over 20 years of real-world, hands-on experience in hiring strategy and talent development. She brings neuroscience to hiring, learning and development, and employee engagement. A pioneer in her field, she has developed a talent strategy system that gives business leaders the actionable steps they need to align their corporate strategy with their people strategy and thereby maximize employee effectiveness and engagement and develop high-performing teams who consistently elevate the customer experience.

A certified co-active executive coach, certified employee retention specialist and trainer, and an organizational development and talent architect, Ms. Graziano has been a guest speaker at conferences and seminars where she’s captivated audiences with her presentations on conscious hiring, leadership effectiveness, and workforce optimization.

Scott Mondore, Ph.D.Scott Mondore, Ph.D.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Strategic Management Decisions (SMD)

Dr. Scott Mondore is a predictive analytics expert, technology innovator, best-selling author and speaker with over 17 years of experience in the areas of HR technology, analytics, strategy, talent management, measurement, organizational development and customer experience. He is a pioneer in developing the new way for HR to approach surveys and assessments: moving from a focus on the outcomes of surveys to utilizing surveys and assessments to impact business outcomes. As a way to lead this change, he and Dr. Douthitt harnessed their HR expertise, business experience, and advanced knowledge of statistical methodologies to co-author two books, “Investing in What Matters: Linking Employees to Business Outcomes” (SHRM 2009) and “Business-Focused HR: 11 Processes to Drive Results” (SHRM 2011). Both have been Top 10 SHRM best-sellers for multiple years. His forthcoming book “Predicting Business Success” will be out in June 2018.

Recognized for his unique opinion and deep expertise, he was a recipient of the Walker Award for ‘best advances in state-of-the-art HR practice’ and is called upon frequently to speak. He has also published numerous articles in prestigious business and psychology journals in the areas of leadership effectiveness, employee litigation, assessments and employee safety.

Prior to founding SMD, Mr. Mondore served as East Region President for a large survey/assessment company. Before that, he worked as a corporate strategy director at Maersk, Inc. He also worked as an organizational effectiveness leader at UPS, focusing on employee assessment and measurement as well as working as a consultant to large and small organizations in both the private and public sector. He holds a master’s degree and doctorate in applied psychology from the University of Georgia.

Darrell MoonDarrell Moon

Darrell Moon founded Orriant in 1996 to change the dynamics of healthcare and give employers some control over the ever-increasing costs of the healthcare benefits they offer their employees. He believed that engaging individuals in the management of their own health was a key that had to be inserted back into the economic equation of healthcare. Mr. Moon received both his Bachelor of Science in Finance and his Master of Health Administration from Brigham Young University. As the CEO, COO, or CFO, he managed 10 different medical and psychiatric hospitals throughout the country prior to creating Orriant, one of the first health coaching companies. Orriant has had tremendous success at improving population health by changing population behavior. He has also had more than a decade of experience successfully managing population mental health by focusing on preventive interventions and care integration. He is a Forbes Leadership Contributor as well as a top speaker for Vistage CEO groups on controlling healthcare costs.

Lisa RuethLisa Rueth
Senior Partner & CEO
Cultivate Leadership

Lisa Rueth is Sr. Partner and CEO of Cultivate Leadership, a consulting firm in Austin, San Francisco and Auckland New Zealand dedicated to Leadership Science, Organizational Design and Executive Coaching. With over 20 years of experience, Ms. Rueth has dedicated her career to helping organizations with the mechanics of leadership, human performance and systems of collaboration. She is a captivating speaker specializing in helping leadership teams through accurate diagnosis of their performance struggles. Whether working on culture engineering, leadership development, team building, change management, executive coaching, strategic planning, M&A or turn-around projects, she has the ability to help teams focus on the most important effort, while developing the leaders and culture. Ms. Rueth studied Applied Leadership and Organizational Psychology at the Ken Blanchard School of Business and did graduate work in Authentic Leadership at Naropa University and has a Masters in Social Change, marrying her passion for empowering leaders doing world changing work.

Yvette Montero SalvaticoYvette Montero Salvatico
Managing Director
Kedge, LLC

Yvette is an experienced and engaging speaker who is unique in her ability to transport audiences into the future. Holding a bachelor’s degree in Finance and an MBA from the University of Florida, Yvette has over 15 years of corporate experience with large, multi-national firms such as Kimberly-Clark and The Walt Disney Company. At The Walt Disney Company, Yvette led the effort to establish Future Workforce Insights to identify future workforce trends and leverage foresight models and techniques to assess potential threats and impacts, emerging ideas, and exciting opportunities for the organization. As the co-founder of The Futures School, a multi-disciplinary Strategic Foresight training program, Yvette has built a network of foresight campuses across four continents, including North America, Europe, Africa, and Australia. More than 500 global citizens have joined The Futures School movement to embody a future-empowered mindset. Yvette is also a partner at Kedge - a strategic design, foresight, and innovation firm - where she utilizes extensive research and customized toolkits to service a diverse global client base.

Kevin SheridanKevin Sheridan
Employee Engagement/Virtual Management Expert and Best-Selling Author
Kevin Sheridan LLC

Kevin Sheridan is an internationally recognized and one of the most sought-after voices in the world on the topic of employee engagement and a New York Times best-selling author. For five years running, he has been honored on Inc. Magazine’s top 101 Leadership Speakers in the world, as well as Inc.’s top 101 experts on Employee Engagement. He was also honored to be named to The Employee Engagement Award’s Top 100 Global Influencers on Employee Engagement of 2017.

Having spent 30 years as a high-level human capital management consultant, Mr. Sheridan has helped some of the world’s largest corporations rebuild a culture that fosters productive engagement, earning him several distinctive awards and honors. His premier creation, PEER®, has been consistently recognized as a long-overdue, industry-changing innovation in the field of employee engagement.  His first book, Building a Magnetic Culture, made six of the best-seller lists including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. He is also the author of The Virtual Manager, which explores how to most effectively manage remote workers.

Mr. Sheridan is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conventions, including those hosted by the National Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), Harvard Business School, The Human Capital Institute, and the American Hospital Association.  He regularly conducts Leadership Development workshops on Employee Engagement, Virtual Workers and Remote Work, Generational Differences in the Workplace, and a wide array of other Human Capital related topics.

Prior to forming Kevin Sheridan LLC, Mr. Sheridan founded HR Solutions International in 1995, a firm specializing in measuring employee engagement and teaching best practices, which he sold in 2011.

Mr. Sheridan received a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School, concentrating his degree in Managerial Decision-making, Strategy, Human Resources Management, and Organizational Behavior.

In his free time, Mr. Sheridan volunteers with a variety of charities.  He also enjoys golfing, fishing, and high-altitude mountaineering.  He is in the process of climbing the highest mountain on every continent, an athletic journey known as “The Seven Summits.”  As such, he has stood at the top of Africa, Europe, and South America, climbing as high as 23,000 feet.  His personal and professional travels have brought him to more than 65 different countries.

Mr. Sheridan has been featured in numerous media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, USA TODAY, Chicago Tribune, Yahoo! News, Crain’s Chicago Business, Human Resource Executive, Hospitals & Health Networks, Talent Management, Modern Healthcare, and Engagement Strategies Magazine.

Vanessa Terzian, Esq.Vanessa Terzian, Esq.
Terzian Law Partners APC

An adjunct professor of Wills and Trusts at Southwestern Law School and named a top attorney of 2017 in Pasadena Magazine and a Rising Star by Super Lawyers, Vanessa Terzian began her legal career as a Trust Administrator for Wells Fargo, N.A.. This experience working closely with clients, portfolio managers, beneficiaries and other attorneys, shed light on how a poor estate plan can ruin a family’s fortune and their relationships. After witnessing firsthand the importance of proper planning, Ms. Terzian decided to pursue her own practice, helping countless families through her expertise in estate and tax planning, asset protection, elder law, kids protection planning, probate, and trust administration. She is a skilled public speaker and continues to deliver numerous influential seminars on various topics of estate planning, including kids’ protection planning, special needs planning, Medi-Cal planning, advanced tax planning and asset protection for individuals and small businesses. As a family woman, Ms. Terzian understands the significance of protecting assets, planning for the future and building your own legacy. She takes pride in providing her clients with the sense of comfort and security that comes along with having an effective and comprehensive estate plan in place.


March 8-9, 2018 -  Savannah, Georgia

Andaz Savannah

14 Barnard Street
Savannah, Georgia, USA, 31401
Hotel Website

Room Rate: $189
Call 1-888-421-1442 for Reseverations.
Reference Workplace Violence Conference room block when making reservation.
Reservation cut-off date: February 7, 2018

Self-Parking: Andaz Savannah is attached to the Whitaker Street Garage, with convenient underground parking or valet parking is $28 per night.

Event Details:

Continental Breakfast and Lunch provided both days.
Morning and afternoon refreshment breaks provided on Day One.
Morning refreshment break only provided on Day Two.
Welcome reception immediately following the final session of Day One.