Senior HR Executives invade NYC – and not just for the Rockefeller Tree Lighting!

While New Yorkers and visitors were heading to the annual Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting on November 30th, I was headed to the Senior HR Executive Conference hosted by The Conference Board at the Waldorf Astoria. Though it felt as though the entire city was gathered in midtown, I too was in good company. The conference was attended by over 100 leaders from organizations such as FedEx, PwC, U.S. Department of Labor, and Wal-Mart.

I may not have had the draw of Jessica Simpson, but I enjoyed the opportunity to host an afternoon session dedicated to IBM’s 2010 Global Chief Human Resource Officer Study. “Unleashing creativity, flexibility and speed,” I told attendees, is pivotal to organizational success today – a key insight we discovered through the study.

The second half of my conference session included a Q&A session with Bob Bleimeister, Vice President of HR, Global Operations and Systems at AIG.  This conversation helped to further reinforce the study themes. Bob left the audience with several takeaways, instructing the HR leaders to:

(1)  Distribute data analytics out to the business
(2)  Use culture to foster collaboration
(3)  Look into the future and grow organizations

If you’d like to read more about the conference, read my tweets (tagged with #tcbhr) at or look at the pictures on our IBM Organization & People Facebook page.  I look forward to collaborating with you online.

VP & Partner, Talent & Engagement Global Center of Competency - Global Business Services

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