TalentCon Virtual Conference: Talent Management During
Times of Uncertainty

June 23-24, 2021 | 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Eastern | Virtual

Day 1

June 23, 2021
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Opening Keynote: Navigate the Rapids of Change

The three elements that create rapids in a river are the same that create rapids in the workplace: pressure, obstacles, and terrain change. These also happen to be the three greatest challenges in the workplace. We've had A LOT of change in 2020 and 2021. How do we effectively navigate these tumultuous times and stay on course?

In every raft, there is a guide. Their model of leadership gives us a perspective about how we can effectively contribute to the success of our teams. In our TalentCon Opening Keynote, Hawks will show you how to:

• Recognize the difference between the internal and external characteristics of pressure and obstacles.
• Learn to love obstacles.
• Gain insight into leading like a guide, which appears contrary to standard leadership thinking.

2:10 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.
Move Over, Millennials: How to Engage and Retain Next-Gen Talent for Long-Term Success

Millennials are the largest generation of workers in the United States, and at one point, employers were trying every trick in the book to attract and retain this age group. But now a new generation has emerged: Generation Z. How does Gen Z talent differ from Millennial talent? What makes Gen Zs tick?

In order to attract and retain Gen Z talent, you must understand the generation as a whole and then create a game plan that will keep this talent pool retained for their entire careers. But where do you even begin? This session will help get you started!

After attending, you’ll be able to:

• Understand the difference between Gen Z and Millennial talent.
• Discover how new talent can successfully collaborate with your existing workforce.
• Develop strategies for engaging Gen Z workers.
• Incorporate learning opportunities into the employee life cycle for career development.
• Implement a corporate culture that encompasses all ages of workers.

3:10 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.
Simple Steps for Creating a Seamless, Hybrid Corporate Culture

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many businesses and organizations were forced into remote work settings to help combat and contain the virus, and as this remote work “experiment” becomes the new way of life, employers must come to terms with the fact that corporate culture has been forever changed.

If your workforce is divided among remote workers and in-house staff, you may be wondering how you can create a corporate culture that seamlessly combines these distributed teams into one united front. Well, you’re in luck! In this session, an industry expert will provide you with the tips and tricks you’ll need in order to create an optimal hybrid culture. You’ll also learn:

• The importance of corporate culture as it relates to talent attraction and retention,
• How to respond to negative Glassdoor reviews and implement change for a better culture,
• The significance of using employee feedback to help improve your culture,
• Steps for bringing remote workers and in-house staff together to create a cohesive culture,
• And more!

4:35 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Live Networking Q&A

If you had questions from the day’s event, get real-time answers from the speakers themselves in this live Q&A networking reception. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with speakers and their peers in an informal, virtual setting.

Day 2

June 24, 2021
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Peer-to-Peer Learning and Mentoring: Your Ticket to Better Institutional Knowledge

While Baby Boomers still make up a portion of the workforce, organizations must start planning now for their eventual mass exodus. And if your Boomer workers have been at your organization for years, you’re probably panicking about all the lost knowledge they’ll take with them when they leave.

Fear not! There are a few ways you can overcome the knowledge gap, and it starts with utilizing your existing workers. Enter: peer-to-peer learning and mentoring. These training methods are a great way to boost your employees’ skill sets while keeping institutional knowledge in the workplace. In this session, you’ll learn:

• How to implement a peer-to-peer learning program,
• What major components must go into this training,
• How to match employees up so they can create the perfect knowledge partnership,
• What to do with the information that is learned, and
• How to develop employees to take over for retiring leaders.

2:10 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.
We Want Working Moms Back in the Workforce!

Throughout 2020, employers across the globe turned to mass layoffs as a way to reduce costs and stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, but unfortunately for women, this talent pool makes up the largest portion of unemployed workers in the United States.

By January 2021, nearly 80% of all unemployed workers over the age of 20 were female. Layoffs aren’t all to blame; some working women decided it was better to not work at all and just stay at home to keep their families safe. As we slowly begin to return to “normal,” one thing is clear: We want working moms back in the workforce!

As we know, having a diverse talent pool is great for business for a variety of reasons, but given the trajectory of the pandemic, some workplaces are starting to revert to being entirely male-dominated. How can you attract and retain working mothers and other female talent? After attending this session, you’ll be able to:

• Recognize the importance of having female talent in the workplace.
• Implement strategies for hiring and retaining working mothers.
• Understand how peer resource groups help diverse talent needs.
• Create peer resource groups and other networking outlets to help aid workers.
• Develop a culture that supports all female talent, especially working mothers.

3:10 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.
3:25 p.m. – 4:25 p.m.
Unconscious Bias Training Doesn't Work - Try This Instead!

Unconscious or implicit biases are social stereotypes about certain groups of people that individuals form outside their own conscious awareness. While you may not think you’re discriminating against someone, your actions and words could be saying otherwise, and the consequences of these actions can have a lasting negative impact on your organization and its brand.

To overcome these biases, many organizations have tried to implement training programs, but as Starbucks learned back in 2018, this training may end up missing the mark. The company conducted unconscious bias training after one location called the cops on two innocent black men waiting for a friend. While Starbucks employees appreciated that their company acted and did something about unconscious racial bias in the workplace, they still felt that the training was lacking in some areas.

Starbucks’s experience has shown that unconscious bias training just does not work! So what can HR professionals do to help improve DEI in their organizations? This session will explore a variety of options to help you understand and overcome unconscious bias, and you’ll also learn:

• The importance of DEI in recruitment and talent retention,
• Examples of what unconscious bias looks like,
• Strategies for creating a more inclusive culture,
• And more!

4:35 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Live Networking Q&A

If you had questions from the day’s event, get real-time answers from the speakers themselves in this live Q&A networking reception. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with speakers and their peers in an informal, virtual setting.

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