2018 Spring Networks Conference - Human Resources Network Agenda

Human Resources Network
Spring 2018 Networks Conference
March 5-7, 2017 
Brown Palace Hotel & Spa
321 17th Street, Denver, CO 80202


Monday, March 5

7:30 am – 8:00 am Brown Palace Club


8:00 am – 9:00 am Silverplume

Introductions and “Hot Topics” Roundtable

Attendees should come prepared to share a particular challenge or success they have recently experienced in their company. This is an opportunity for everyone to learn more about each other as well as share insight and assist with developing solutions.

9:00 am – 10:00 am Silverplume

Developing an HR Strategy

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Networking Break

10:30 am – 12:00 pm Silverplume

Career Agility: A New Paradigm in Technical Careers
Presenter: Dan Ward (MITRE Corporation)

We have all been taught that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, but within multi-disciplinary careers, straight lines are rare.  Many organizations are clinging to old career path/career ladder paradigms that just don’t fit current reality. Five years ago, MITRE began deploying “Careers in Motion” - an agile career approach where employees partner with their peers and leaders to curate their own careers.  MITRE deployed a wide range of career support services while shoring up a culture that employees are ultimately responsible for their own careers.  Attendees will hear about MITRE’s lessons learned and consider what might be useful in their own organization.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Networking Lunch

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm  Lodo

The New Workforce Reality: The Millennial Generation  (HRN and ILN)
Presenter: Dawn Chaland (Queens University)

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Roundtable: Do companies need to revise their hiring structures? (HRN and ILN)

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Networking Break


3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Silverplume

TRACK – IRI’s Self-Directed Learning Engine
Presenter: Sherri Bassner (IRI)

This session will introduce IRI’s new TRACK (Training Resources to Advance Competencies and Knowledge) program, a key element of the Organizational arm of the new IRI Value Proposition, as well as the SDLE (Self-Directed Learning Engine) tool we'll be using to implement TRACK.  After providing a brief overview of the scope and goals of the program, Sherri will review the Innovation Leadership competencies used to build the SDLE.  She will then demonstrate the tool in the beta version, including the self-assessment tool and the creation of a development plan using IRI-related resources.  We will also discuss, as a Network, how we can contribute to the learning resources used in the tool.

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Ellynton’s

Welcome Dinner


Tuesday, March 6

7:30 am – 8:00 am Brown Palace Club


8:00 am – 9:00 am Silverplume

Roundtable: How R&D Careers are Changing

9:00 am – 10:00 am Silverplume

Special Topics: Fall 2018

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Networking Break

10:30 am – 12:00 pm Georgetown

Recruiting and Retaining Great Talent in Technical Fields (HRN and ISITN)

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Ballroom B

Networking Lunch

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Silverplume

Guest Speaker (TBD)

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Building Strong Talent Recruitment Programs to Compete

3:00 pm

Meeting Adjourns

3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Field Trips (pre-registration is required)

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

University of Colorado – College of Engineering and Applied Materials


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