Summit Agenda

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

12:00 p.m – 5:00 p.m. – Golf Tee Times Available

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Conference Registration & Networking Mixer

Monday, February 27, 2017

7:30 a.m – 8:00 a.m. – Networking Breakfast

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8:00 a.m – 8:30 a.m. – Welcome and Announcements

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 am. – HR Views from the Top

Knowing how top leaders view HR is important for our success as HR Executives. A panel of CEO’s and Community Leaders will discuss their views of HR and related challenges and successes that also directly impact the Arizona landscape.

Panelist: David Dexter
President & CEO, Sonora Quest Laboratories

Panelist: Kathleen Oestreich
COO, Banner Health

Panelist: Sissie Roberts Shank
President & CEO at Chas Roberts Air Conditioning, Inc.

Moderator: Jack Milligan
Founding Partner, Leathers Milligan and Associates

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Break

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – The Arizona and National Outlook: Risks and Opportunities

How is the Arizona economy doing? What are the risks and opportunities on the horizon? This session will provide attendees with a detailed understanding of how the U.S., Arizona, Phoenix, and Tucson economies are performing currently and the outlook for the next decade. Dr. Hammond will discuss the latest employment trends by industry, as well as recent developments in unemployment and labor force participation rates. Further, attendees will see the latest data on population growth and discuss the impact of demographic trends on the state. Attendees will also gain an appreciation for new developments affecting income gains. Finally, the session will address risks to the forecast and examine an alternative scenario.

George Hammond, Ph.D.
Director of the Economic and Business Research Center at The University of Arizona

George-HammondGeorge W. Hammond, Ph.D., brings a wealth of experience in state and local econometric forecasting and regional economic analysis, as well as, wide-ranging academic research interests to bear on his role as Director of the Economic and Business Research Center.  A specialist in econometric forecasting for over 19 years, George has designed, built, and used economic models to produce over 100 forecasts for state and local economies, and completed over 50 regional economic studies on topics including economic and workforce development, energy forecasting, and the impact of higher education on human capital accumulation. As director of EBRC’s Forecasting Project, each quarter, he estimates economic forecasts for Arizona, Phoenix, and Tucson covering key indicators such as jobs, population, income, sales, tax revenues, and residential construction activity.  These forecasts and reports reach thousands of business leaders, policymakers, and citizens each year through conferences, public presentations, publications, EBRC’s websites and social media, and the press. George is a frequent contributor to local and national news services. His analysis and commentary have been featured in such distinguished venues as the NBC Nightly News, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and The New York Times.  In addition to directing the Center and spearheading EBRC’s Forecasting Project, George is also a research professor with academic research interests focusing on the determinants of local economic growth in the U.S., the impact of state and local policies on economic growth, and the contribution of higher education to local workforce development. His research has appeared in the top journals in his field including the Journal of Regional Science, The American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Contemporary Economic Policy, the International Regional Science Review, The Annals of Regional Science, Papers in Regional Science, Regional Studies, The Review of Regional Studies, and The Manchester School.  George holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Colorado and a Ph.D. in business economics from Indiana University.


11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Lunch and Announcements/Table Discussions

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12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Legal Issues Update

Joseph Clees
Shareholder at Ogletree Deakins

Joe Clees

Mr. Joseph Clees with Ogletree Deakins represents employers throughout the United States in employment litigation and labor relations.  He also counsels clients on a wide array of state, federal and tribal compliance laws.  Joe has been singled out by Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers as one of the top labor and employment lawyers in the country for many years and as a Chambers USA Top Leader in his Field.  He has been applauded for his “integrity and common sense” as well as his “pragmatic style.”  Joe was honored as one of the “100 Most Powerful Employment Lawyers in America” by HR Executive magazine in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.  He was named an “Eminent Practitioner” by Chambers in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and he is ranked in the “Number 1” tier among Arizona employment lawyers by Chambers, and has been selected as one of Arizona’s Finest Lawyers.  In 2014, Joe was named a Fellow in The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.  He also has been recognized for several years as one of the Best Lawyers in America and honored as one of the Best Lawyers in the United States.  Joe has been singled out as one of the “The Legal 500” nationally and the Arizona Business Magazine has recognized him as an “Arizona Business Leader” and one of the “Top Attorneys of Arizona.”  He also has been designated as a “Best of the Bar” by the Phoenix Business Journal and has been rated as a “Southwest Super Lawyer” for many years.  He has been recognized as one of the “Top 50 Southwest Super Lawyers” from 2010 to 2015.  In 2013, Joe was honored as the “Phoenix Lawyer of the Year” for Employment Law/Management by Best Lawyers.  He has served as the Chair of the Executive Committee of the State Bar of Arizona’s Employment and Labor Law Section, a member of the Board of Directors of the Arizona Affirmative Action Association and Board of Directors of the Metro Phoenix Human Resources Association (SHRM).  He is employment law counsel to many industry and trade groups and he regularly speaks on labor and employment law topics, both regionally and nationally.

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1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. – Break

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Best HR Practices in Arizona Session 1
There are a lot of creative and innovative HR practices being implemented in Arizona. Listen to selected Arizona HR leaders discuss the best practices they are undertaking in their organizations.

LaCoya Shelton-Johnson, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, HCS
Vice Chancellor for Human Resources at Maricopa Community Colleges

Shelton_Johnson_Lacoya_Vice Chancellor HRLaCoya Shelton-Johnson, M.A., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, HCS, is a dynamic human resources and transformational talent management leader with 15 years of multifaceted experience in all functional areas within the discipline.  LaCoya has a passion for the field of human resources and is a self-proclaimed lifelong learner with a personal commitment to the successful delivery of educational opportunities and public services to the citizens of Arizona.  A three-decade resident of the great state of Arizona, LaCoya currently serves as the Vice Chancellor for Human Resources with the Maricopa County Community Colleges District (MCCCD).  The Maricopa County Community College District is one of the largest community college districts in the nation. It includes 10 colleges and a Corporate College along with several satellite campuses and business/industry, technical and customized training institutes and serves more than a quarter million students annually.  In this capacity, LaCoya is responsible for providing executive-level vision, strategy, innovation and leadership for District-wide human resources for MCCCD’s more than ten thousand full and part-time employees.  LaCoya leads an organization of approximately 150 human resources professionals overseeing all human resources functions and disciplines including organizational and professional development, wellness, compensation, benefits, resolution and compliance, personnel policies, performance and talent management, talent acquisition, diversity and inclusion and employee engagement and retention programs. Prior to this role, LaCoya was the Chief HR Officer with the Arizona Department of Administration where she provided leadership for the delivery of a full range of HR/OD services to approximately 70 state agencies, boards and commissions employing approximately 11,000 employees.  Before this, LaCoya served as Director of Human Resources and Development with the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), which is the State’s Medicaid agency responsible for providing access to comprehensive health care to well over one-million Arizonans in need.  During her tenure, LaCoya led the organization through a complex reform of the state’s personnel system and was instrumental in directing the roll out of a new, online competency-based performance management system – the first of its kind in state government.  LaCoya also introduced and chaired development and implementation of new statewide compensation strategies establishing a broad-range of performance-based criteria; and established an innovative branding strategy as part of a multipronged approach to enhance AHCCCS’ presence in the employment marketplace and become recognized as an employer of choice, which lead to award winning recognition by the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility.

2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. – Break

2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Best HR Practices in Arizona Session 2
There are a lot of creative and innovative HR practices being implemented in Arizona. Listen to selected Arizona HR leaders discuss the best practices they are undertaking in their organizations.

Hal Halladay
Chief People Officer at Infusionsoft
Hal Halladay

Hal is a seasoned SaaS executive with over two decades of experience in leadership, corporate development and culture. He preserves and fosters Infusionsoft’s award-winning workplace culture while increasing operational excellence through people, process and systems.  Hal has a strong entrepreneurial background: He co-founded NorthSky, a website hosting company that was acquired by, as well as a blog network that served small business. He has seven years of investment banking experience and led Infusionsoft’s acquisitions of CustomerHub and GroSocial.  Hal received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and B.A. in finance from the University of Utah.


3:00 p.m. – 3:15 – Snack Break

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3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. – How A.I. Will Impact HR and Recruiting

The creator of Mya, the first A.I. recruiting assistant, shares his vision for how the recruiting industry will change with the advent of artificial intelligence.

Eyal Grayevsky
Co-founder and CEO at FirstJob and A.I. recruiting assistant, Mya

eyal-grayevskyEyal Grayevsky is the Co-founder and CEO of HR technology company FirstJob and A.I. recruiting assistant, Mya. His experience co-managing his family’s recruiting agency inspired him to solve problems in the HR space. Under his leadership, FirstJob has quickly become a go-to resource for companies looking to attract, engage and hire qualified early-career talent from the company’s network of over 11M active millennial job seekers. FirstJob created Mya, the first A.I. recruiting assistant, to eliminate the “resumé black hole” for job seekers and drive efficiency for hiring teams. Grayevsky is also a founding partner at DoubleTap Ventures, a tight-knit community of startup founders-turned-friends that provides a nurturing environment for entrepreneurs to share advice, connections, and learn from each other.


4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. – Being Digital: A Radical New Approach to HR

Digital technologies are changing the way we work, the way we communicate and the way we lead our lives.  Sensors, mobile connectivity and analytics are prompting employers and HRIT leaders to reshape their HR strategies, reconsider their HR technologies and redesign how they deliver solutions to their employees. Based on research, industry analyst Christa Manning will discuss how:

  • New technologies are changing everything from HR service delivery to day to day workload and modern management and motivation.
  • Digital HR is disrupting organizations in an unprecedented way and causing many HR leaders to re-evaluate their current practices and approaches; and
  • Forward-thinking organizations are embracing concepts such as analytics, design thinking and behavioral economics to transform their HR solutions and programs in order to deliver greater value to the business.

Christa Manning
Vice President and HR Solution Provider Research Leader for Bersin by Deloitte Consulting LLP

christa-manningChrista Manning leads technology and service provider research for Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP. In this role, she helps businesses align their workforce support strategies with the right third-party software and service partners and governance models to deliver functional capabilities and employee experiences that support productivity, engagement, and workforce efficiency. She also helps solution providers map their capabilities and go-to-market activities with solution buyers’ and users’ critical needs. Prior to joining Bersin by Deloitte, Christa served as an independent market research practitioner following five years’ leading market research and applied business intelligence consulting for American Express Global Business Travel. She also led spend management technology research at the Aberdeen Group and human capital management software and systems implementation research at AMR Research (acquired by Gartner Group). She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Barnard College, Columbia University, incorporating studies at University College, University of London, and a Master of Arts degree in English from the University of Massachusetts. She has also completed executive coursework on business metrics at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.


6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Dinner and Entertainment

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Networking Breakfast 

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8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Advancing at the Top: Leadership Workshop

For HR professionals at or near the top of their game, already operating in a rarefied atmosphere, there may seem to be fewer ways to advance. So what now: Is it just a “waiting game”? Do you have to jump ship?

In May Busch’s view, the answer is definitely “NO!”

In this engaging and thought-provoking session, May will share lessons from her 24-year career as well as from her work with senior executives, including:

• 3 strategies for advancing no matter how senior you are
• 5 action steps to help you make that next leap forward
• 3 traps you must avoid if you want to remain effective in a senior role
• The one action that will most move the needle for you right now

Join us to learn how you can make that next leap forward to even greater success!

May Busch
Executive Coach, Speaker, Advisor

May BuschMay Busch works with senior management of corporations and professional services firms on organizational strategy, leadership development, and career success. She offers workshops, keynotes, consulting and executive coaching to high-potential and high-performance leaders and their teams. Prior to this, May enjoyed a 24-year career at Morgan Stanley spanning two continents in nine different business roles across Investment Banking, Capital Markets and Firm Management. She was most recently Chief Operating Officer for Europe where she was responsible for the development and implementation of the firm’s business strategy in Europe, Middle East and Africa. She chaired the firm’s European Diversity Council and was a member of Morgan Stanley’s European Management Committee as well as a Board Member of the Firm’s regulated UK broker dealer. Prior to that, May spent most of her career in client facing roles, advising senior clients at major corporations in North America, Europe and the UK, and managing teams with client responsibility. Following her successful investment banking career, May focuses on bringing her insights and experiences to help top leaders advance their organizations, and to promote greater thought leadership, diversity and entrepreneurial spirit in the workplace. In addition to her work with major corporations and professional services firms, May has lectured at Imperial College Business School, Cass Business School, Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Harvard University’s Office of Career Services, and ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business. May is also Senior Advisor and Executive in Residence in the Office of the President, and Professor of Practice at W.P. Carey School of Business, at ASU (Arizona State University). She lectures on leadership, and works on interdisciplinary initiatives across the university with an emphasis on leadership, entrepreneurship and enhancing the engagement between business and academia. She chairs The Idea Enterprise, a program for bringing experienced business leaders to ASU to help turn its best ideas into forces for change in the world. In addition, she is co-designing a Leadership Academy for faculty and staff at the University. ASU is the largest US public research university, and pioneer of the New American University model for higher education. May is the author of Accelerate: 9 Capabilities to Achieve Success at Any Career Stage, an actionable guide to help professionals identify, understand and master the hidden skills needed to get – and stay – ahead. May graduated with a BA magna cum laude in Economics from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a graduate of The Meyler Campbell Business Coach Programme. She is married with three children. 

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Break

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10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Closing Keynote: The Future Begins Now

Erica Orange & Jared Weiner leverage their collective experience as futurists working with some of the world’s largest companies to uncover several emerging trends for 2016 and beyond that are revolutionizing the future of the workplace. Using macro sociocultural, economic and technological trends as a catalyst, they will talk about how the growth areas of The Metaspace Economy® will uncover both the short- and long-term future growth opportunities of tomorrow, and how all will transform and disrupt the HR landscape as we know it today.

Erica Orange
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at The Future Hunters

Erica OrangeErica Orange is Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of The Future Hunters, one of the world’s leading futurist consulting firms. She evaluates emerging social, technological, economic, political, demographic and environmental trends – and identifies the strategic implications (the “So what?”) of those trends for several of the most influential Fortune 500 companies, trade associations and public sector clients. Erica’s ability to identify patterns, think critically and analytically, and translate that into actionable strategies is what has made her an invaluable asset to clients. Erica frequently speaks to a wide range of audiences about global trends that are shaping the landscape today. She has also authored numerous articles, book chapters, and industry white papers on cutting-edge, future-focused topics. A frequent columnist and blogger, Erica is recognized in the industry as having a unique, innovative and fresh perspective. Erica currently serves as a Board member on the Career Advisory Board presented by DeVry University, and sits on the Advisory Board of the Young Luxury Marketers’ Council. She was also chosen as one of the first Susan Schiffer Stautberg Leadership Foundation Fellows, and for four years served as Chair of the Adjunct Board of Directors for ThinkQuest NYC, an organization that brought technology to underserved New York City students.

Jared Weiner
Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at The Future Hunters

Jared WeinerJared Weiner is Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of The Future Hunters, one of the world’s leading futurist consulting firms. Jared evaluates emerging social, technological, economic, political, demographic and environmental trends in the global marketplace – and identifies the strategic implications (the “So what?”) of those trends for several of the most influential Fortune 500 companies, trade associations and public sector clients. Prior to joining WEB, Jared held key strategy and marketing positions with Zagat Survey (publishing/online media), MeadWestvaco (consumer packaging), Greenberg Traurig (legal), and RoperASW (market research). Jared currently serves on the Board of Directors of the World Future Society, the world’s preeminent futurist industry group. He also sits on American Express OPEN’s Digital Advisory Board and the Advisory Board of the Young Luxury Marketers’ Council. He frequently lectures about future trends for corporate and academic audiences, and has keynoted some of the world’s most prominent industry conferences with a focus on future-related issues. Recent keynotes include: Future Day (Turkish Futurists Association), Innovation Day (Poland), The Market Research Event (TMRE), The FUSE design conference, NetFinance, LogiPharma, The Front End of Innovation (FEI), TCEL (Total Customer Experience Leaders), Media Insights & Engagement, The NACS (The Association for Convenience & Fuel Retailing) annual conference and Alvarez & Marsal’s Leadership Development Conference. Jared holds a B.A. from the University of Rochester, and an M.B.A. from the Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester


11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Closing Summit Remarks


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