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It's time for HR to embrace Velocity - the speed and focus that will take HR to the future of business.

  • 8:30 am - 10:15 am

    Registration, Exhibition, Tea/Coffee, Networking

  • 10:30 am - 10:45 am

    Welcome Address

    by Achal Khanna, CEO - SHRM India

  • 10:45 am - 11:50 am

    HR AGILITY: A Laser-Focus on Leadership, Talent & Culture

    Speakers : John Mattone -President & CEO - John Mattone Global,

    In today's rapidly changing business world, two primary challenges face top CEOs worldwide: solving the "leadership gap" and mastering the art of creating a sustainable corporate culture.

    Long thought to be merely a "soft" resource in the corporate equation, culture is fast being recognized by business leaders to be the key ingredient in creating and sustaining long-term growth and change. And what is the key to creating a strong business culture? It's about having great leaders at all levels but also having a passion and focus for identifying and developing future leaders.

    CEOs are looking to HR for leadership, vision, strategy and passion to help them solve these critical challenges. In this dynamic presentation, John Mattone will reveal why there are massive leadership, talent and culture gaps in companies all over the world and what companies (led by the HR team) must do to solve these challenges.

  • 11:50 am - 12:45 pm

    Panel Discussion: High Speed, High Volume Recognition; a Game Changer

    Speakers : Anuranjita Kumar -MD, CHRO - Citi South Asia, Indira Sovakar Screymour -Sr. Vice President, HR - Genpact, Awdhesh Krishna -MD & Global Head HR - Wholesale Corp. Nomura Bank, Richard Lobo -Head HR - Infosys Ltd,

    Slow drip, cold brew, French press, Immersion all great ways to brew coffee... coffee lovers everywhere are happy to wait several minutes and even hours for the perfect cup and opt for brewed coffee over the instant version.

    Coffee perhaps is a rare example of choosing "later rather than now" in today's world of Instant gratification where everything except coffee is instant! Instant consumerism, instant results and at work we expect instant rewards. The millennial workforce is unlikely wait for a year end appraisal process, they don't really care about the bell curve and they certainly don't appreciate a once a year conversation about how they are doing at their jobs. HR needs to rethink touchpoints - there are examples of organisations revamping their feedback systems today.
    Are they for the better or worse - only time will tell. Is there a right mantra? Our panel today will discuss the need for changing the recognition systems in organisations and what they should encompass.

  • 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm


  • 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

    Session Breakout 1A - Partner with Cornerstone OnDemand

    Speakers : Abhijit Bhaduri -Chief Learning Officer - Wipro Ltd., Frank Ricciardi -GM, APAC region - Cornerstone OnDemand, Gajendra Chandel -Member Corp Steering Commitee & CHRO-Tata Motors, Aditya Kohli -Global Head - Total Rewards - Bharti Airtel,

    Realising the Potential of a New World Workforce - Partner - Cornerstone OnDemand
    As we all know, talent management is more than filling open requisitions and managing benefits. The profession can and should be about creating an impactful and meaningful experience for your company's most valuable asset - the employees. And the secret to providing such an experience lies in empowering (and pushing) people to become their best selves. This session will explore the trends in technology and how to leverage these trends to create a platform and culture for employees to reach their personal potential, and ultimately help cultivate companies that are "built to last." This not-to-be-missed panel discussion will provide proof that empowering employees has a direct and sustainable effect on a company's culture and the bottom line.
    You will learn how to:
    - Build a "platform for potential" within your organisation
    - Identify the true drivers of employee engagement and performance
    - Align your talent management strategy and technology to execute your strategic plan

  • 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

    Session Breakout 1B - Partner with HireRight

    Speakers : Edward Hickey -MD, Asia Pacific - HireRight,

    Long term Strategy to Manage Talent Risk - Partner: HireRight
    Do you know who you're hiring? Almost 3 out of 10 CVs HireRight screened last year contained discrepancies. In an increasingly competitive job market, candidates think they can stand out by embellishing on their resumes. Hiring a candidate with the wrong qualifications, however, can have serious consequences for an organization. According to HireRight's 2015 Employment Screening Benchmarking Report, 72% of respondents said background screening uncovered issues with candidates that would have not been found otherwise. Creating and implementing a screening program in your organization does not have to be a complicated process. Learn about screening best practices and how to identify gaps in existing screening programs.

  • 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

    Session Breakout 1C - Partner with NIIT Ltd.

    Speakers : Kirti Seth -Sr. VP - Global Consulting & Advisory - NIIT Ltd,

    Running Training like a Business - Partner: NIIT Ltd.
    We all know Training is Important. We agree that there is great value in Learning and Development. It is also one of the largest unmanaged spends in the HR department. So when crunch times come, training budgets are among the first to be cut. Yet there is a direct linkage between Business Value derived from Investment in training. So can the Training department be run like a business with clear outcomes and goals related to bottomline? The answer is YES! In this session learn how to run training, effectively and efficiently, matching investment to value.

  • 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

    Session Breakout 1D with Partner with IBM

    Speakers : Deborah J. Landers -GM, Kenexa and Smarter Workforce - IBM,

    Business transformation through HR Analytics - Partner: IBM
    We are all feeling the velocity of change in business today. As a result, the challenge and opportunity for HR to transform itself and to help enable the transformation of the business are immense. Come to this session to hear how advances in analytics - from cognitive to predictive - are enabling never before seen ways that HR can drive that transformation. Analytics is changing the way HR professionals can access and gain insights from the massive amounts of people data, and use it to help their businesses optimize their people assets. Watson Analytics takes data based decision making to the next level enabling you to get clear Talent Insights based on Data Analytics. In this session learn how you can gain a seat at the decision-making table by building an data-driven, analytically enabled HR function and/or improve your professional credentials through understanding more about talent analytics and how to apply them to your business challenges.

  • 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

    Session Breakout 2A - Partner with Oracle

    Speakers : John F Hansen -VP, HCM Product Management JAPAC - Oracle Corporation,

    New Frontiers on your HR Transformation Journey - Partner: Oracle
    Join this session to hear the latest thinking on the transformation journeys underway in the HR arena. Where are you on this path? Hear about the strategic and operational aspects of the transformation journey, and then get the latest insights into how neuroscience is providing the HR profession with transformative thinking on workforce interactions.
    Hear how we need to think differently about the motivations and behaviours of the workforce, modify our interactions accordingly, and how systems can be used to support this new way of addressing our people management challenges.

  • 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

    Session Breakout 2B

    Speakers : DP Singh -VP & Head HR - IBM India / South Asia, Rishi Rana -GM - India & APAC SumTotal Systems, LCC, Dr. Jeff T. H. Pon -Chief Human Resources and Strategy Officer - SHRM, Harlina Sodhi -SVP & Head of Centre - Reliance Industries Ltd., Rohini Dasgupta -Rohini Dasgupta, Head of HR - Angeles City, TCS,

    Dawn of the Self-Developing Organisation
    Apple. Tesla. Uber. Names in the world of business that draw inspiration. But what did they really do? They broke the rules, they innovated and they changed the world as we knew it. And while HR may not be able to change the business world in such a whirlwind, it is time that all status quo is forgotten and for that quantum leap. Shifting global market trends, combined with skills gaps and the rise of millennials in the workforce, are forcing organizations of all sizes to look for new ways to engage, develop and retain their people. Is then, self-developing organizations the new approach to talent acceleration? So what is a self developing organization? Through this session we will understand the foundation of the self-developing organization, that marries deeply integrated content to a technology that knows how to entices, improve and reward its employees. Learning therefore, occurs naturally and contextually as part of, rather than apart from, the daily flow of work.

  • 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

    Session Breakout 2C - Partner with CGP

    Speakers : Ashwani Kumar -CEO - Santulan Group, Sucharita Palepu -Sr VP, GL Head-People Policies & Practices-Tech Mahindra, Nobby Nazareth -MD India - Chestnut Global Partners, Shilpa Iyer -Snr. Vice President - SetIndia, Abhijit Nimgaonkar -Head of India Capability & Expertise Center (CEC), ZS Associates,

    Is there a bottomline Impact of your Health & Wellness Strategy? - Partner with CGP
    How important are the people that work with you in the organization? Most Leaders will say, very. People are the biggest asset of any organisation - cliche and yet an absolute truth. It is but obvious then that we spend time, energy and money to protect them. There are numerous benefits that organisations offer to employees and their families and one focal benefit today is, health and wellness. The rewards of wellness programs go far beyond the actual feel good factor of being "looked after". Health and Wellness does definitely earn you more than Employee Goodwill. This session will bring to the fore the bottomline impact of comprehensive wellness programs and will show us how corporates are reaping the benefits of a well thought out and impactful Health & Wellness strategy.

  • 3:50 pm - 4:40 pm

    Nescafe Networking Break

  • 4:40 pm - 5:10 pm

    Special Session: Injecting Velocity in HR. Why is it critical?

    Speakers : K Ramkumar -Executive Director - ICICI Bank,

    Today's workplace is all about coping with change, stress and pressure. Global workplaces demand for an agile workforce. The head spinning speed of technology advancement requires an ability to unlearn and relearn quickly. There are new structures and hierarchies, new ways of assigning work, and CHANGE is the order of the day! Employee mind-sets, demographic, characteristics, capabilities and needs are no longer static or linear. Hence the demand for HR to be at the helm of change. Today we hear of the "evolving role of HR", the shift to strategic partner, contributing to significant business decisions. What does this actually mean? How do we manage change quickly and with the right focus?
    In this session R. Ramkumar helps us sift through and identify the right direction without losing thrust.

  • 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm

    Closing Keynote - Leadership at 26000 feet

    Speakers : Capt. Raghu Raman -President Risk - Security & New Ventures Reliance Group,

    An inspiring session on Leadership based on the combat leadership skills demonstrated by the leaders of the Indian Armed Forces as they lead troops into some of the most difficult military operations, under daunting circumstances. get geared up to be taken on a journey through the eyes of a combat leader. A motivating session that sets to answers questions like:
    - How do combat leaders take men into battle, without pay hikes, ESOPs or other material incentives?
    - What makes an ordinary person do extraordinary things?
    - How experiences and trauma can be leveraged to catapult people into the next level of leadership?
    - How can conflicting individuals and teams still deliver superior results?
    - Why leadership is a trait that can be 'learnt' (and not born with)

  • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Nescafe Networking Break

  • 7:00 pm - onwards

    The SHRM Awards Night & Entertainment followed by a Cocktail & Dinner

    Speakers : Papa CJ -Winner of Asia's Best Stand-up Comedian Award 2014, Sonam Kalra -Singer and Composer,

    The SHRM awards evening: an evening where the most coveted and prestigious HR Awards in India will be given to organisations displaying excellence in HR Practices across 11 categories. While you wait with bated breath to find out this year's winners get ready for a laugh a minute riot as the funniest man in Asia has you laughing off your chairs. We're not sure who'll take away the accolades but we're totally sure that Papa CJ will tickle your funny bone.

    The awards presentation will be followed by a breath-taking Sufi performance by Sonam Kalra. An award winning singer and composer Sonam is that rare breed of musician who has been trained in both Indian and Western music traditions and is equally adept at both.
    The SHRM awards evening promises to be a truly gala affair, so suit up and glam up for an unforgettable evening!

  • 8:45 am - 8:55 am

    Opening Address

    by Jeff T. H. Pon, Chief Human resources and Strategy Officer - SHRM

  • 8:55 am - 9:45 am

    Special Talk: LGBT - a social stigma at work?

    Speakers : Laxmi N Tripathi -Founder Trustee & Chairperson - Astitva, Abhijit Bhaduri -Chief Learning Officer - Wipro Ltd., Parmesh Shahani -Head Culture Lab - Godrej India,

    The world over, people are fighting for the rights of the LGBT community. They fight for rights because the society is yet to understand and accept this group of people, for who they are. Yes, they are different but does that mean that they are somehow less likely to contribute to society, to the workplace? We would definitely like to think that the answer is No. We therefore have to ask, is there a serious attempt by corporates to create DNI policies that recognise and support LGBT rights? Are there enough organisations even looking at including the LGBT population into DNI Policies? And for those companies that want to be inclusive but are asking 'what should DNI policies for LGBT encompass and how do you create a fair and open workplace for LGBT population when there are social stigmas attached in our country?' This session will attempt to address these questions and will help us understand how we can create more inclusive workplaces, the strengths that this community brings to the workplace and the help that they need, to perform optimally so that field is level for the them. Much like it is for you.

  • 9:45 am - 10:15 am

    Velocity Session: Innovators and Disruptors

    Speakers : Varun Agarwal -Filmmaker, Entrepreneur & a Bestselling Author,

    Disruption literally uproots and changes how we think, behave, do business, learn and go about our day-to-day. Harvard Business School professor and disruption guru Clayton Christensen says that disruption displaces an existing market, industry, or technology and produces something new and more efficient and worthwhile. It is at once destructive and creative. As HR is rapidly is transitioning into a strategic role in organisations , there is a need for us to disrupt and rebuild the way we function. Our speaker in this session exemplifies "Positive Disruption" and will share his success story of literally taking the world by storm.

  • 10:25 am - 11:10 am

    Panel Discussion: Socially Verified! Infringement or Prerogative?

    Speakers : Vivek Khanna -Chief Client Partner - Neeyamo Inc, Raj Raghavan -Director & Country HR Leader - Amazon India, Vikram Bector -Chief Talent Officer - Reliance Industries Ltd., Manishi Pathak -Partner at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas,

    Whether you like it or not, your life, your personal space, is now available to everyone, for posterity.
    Next time you hit the share button, STOP! Your next fb post or tweet may be what's standing between you and your dream job. In a new job, your background verification is likely to include a detailed social profiling. And if your social behaviour is not, heaven forbid, what the organization expects of you - bye bye new job!
    Is it fair? Is it ethical? is it even legal?

    Our panel today will discuss the privacy and legal issues of social background verification. Are we going too far and infringing privacy rights of the individual? Is it even necessary or for that matter the right yardstick to measure job suitability?

  • 11:10 am - 12:00 pm

    Nescafe Networking Break

  • 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

    Session Breakout 3A - Partner with WorkAmmo

    Speakers : Richard Cowley -Founder and COO - WorkAmmo,

    Don't Blow Up HR, Transform It - Partner: WorkAmmo
    What is the purpose of HR?" If asked, 9 out of 10 HR professionals will respond with "We manage people processes." If you ask the same question to Business Heads in your organization, 9 times out of 10, they would respond that the purpose of HR is to help in growing the business. So, what is HR not getting? Are we not getting that our role extends beyond that of an excellent transactional specialist? Are we not getting that being unaware of business KPIs will weaken our position within the organization? Are we not getting that we need to focus on strategic development to be able to truly partner in elevating business performance? Perhaps then, it is time for transformation. Richard Cowley is not going to hand you the answers today. He will help you discover them yourself. Richard is going to make you sit up and think, and critically evaluate - what needs fixing, and how do we fix it? In this facilitation, Richard will lead you to transform your game as HR, and create practical day-to-day solutions that help you make the transition – from managing people processes to driving business goals.

  • 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

    Session Breakout 3B - Partner with BTI

    Speakers : Anthony Raja Devadoss -VP, APAC - KellyOCG, Purushotam Savlani -Senior VP and MD - First Advantage India, L Chiranthi Cooray -CHRO - Hatton National Bank, Dr. Ashis Sen -Chief Manager HR - HPCL,

    Talent Supply Chain Management - The need for organizations to go beyond the normal - Partner - BTI
    By definition Normal means conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected. These words are almost considered "bad words" in corporate parlance today. In feedback sessions we often tell our employees to think beyond the usual, challenge situations and question the way we do stuff and not just conform. We often do not follow our own advice! Even today, the Talent Supply Chain Process has seen little innovation and change. We continue to do things the same way as a decade ago. Hence a need to go beyond the normal.

    Our panel in this session will talk about clear actions we need to take in this respect and address aspects of :
    - How do we Sustain Talent in a Changing World?
    - Why organizations need to start taking different talent types seriously?
    - What are the changing rules of talent sourcing?

  • 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

    Session Breakout 3C - Partner with InspireOne

    Speakers : Neeta Mohla -Director - InspireOne Consultants, Purva Misra -Group HR Head - India Today Group, Ramendrajit Sen -VP & Head, HR - Hewlett-Packard India,

    Building Emotionally Intelligent Workplaces - Partner: InspireOne
    Life at work can be compared to a theatre where human emotions of elation, grief, happiness, winning and losing are at play at every instance. In this new age environment, most walk the tried and tested path, a few soar. There is a differentiator here - it is Emotional Intelligence. With increased focus on Emotional Intelligence, a new Leader and organizational environment is emerging.
    This environment and EI Leader is driving the business and is deriving tangible benefits out it. We want to take this opportunity to use the expertise of the panel to demystify Emotional Intelligence for you. This panel will talk about the growing importance of EI at the workplace, how it helps to bring its people together and how it can make or break organizations

  • 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

    Session Breakout 3D - Partner with HCL TalentCare

    Speakers : Rajiv Noronha -VP, HR & Head Organizational Effectiveness - TCS, Vijay Iyer -Chief Business Officer - HCL TalentCare, Amit Malik -CHRO - Aviva Life Insurance India Ltd., Rajnish Kumar -Head HR for Corporate Functions - Infosys Ltd.,

    Challenges in Entry level Hiring - Partner with HCL TalentCare
    4 out of 5 graduates in India aren't employable as they do not possess requisite skills. Companies spend millions towards entry-level training. Is the RoI being measured ? Are there solutions to crunch this learning curve ? Is there a cost-effective method to deliver higher productivity from Day 1?

  • 12:50 pm - 1:35 pm

    Session Breakout 4A - Partner with Jonhson & Jonhson

    Speakers : Anuradha Sriram -Benefits Director - Tower Watson, India, Randeep Wadhawan -Director & Head Dept - Fortis Hospital, Delhi, Raghavendra Shenoy -VP, Ethicon Surgical Care - Johnson & Johnson, India, Dr. S.K. Gupta -Director - SAIL, Sachin Shenoy -Co-Founder & Head of Engineering - HealthifyMe, Sanjay Singh -EVP, Global Head - Crompton Greaves,

    Wake up call: Increasing waistlines and decreasing productivity - Partner with Johnson & Johnson
    Session Chair: Raghavendra Shenoy, VP, Johnson & Johnson Velocity, Accelerate, Shift, Change all imply movement and action. Unfortunately all this action while sharpening our minds does nothing for our physical wellbeing. Home-Car-Office-seat-Car Home : Ring a bell? We spend more time seated than ever before and all that sitting is taking a major toll on our health. Modern workplaces and routines have led to a sedentary culture and lifestyle.
    Obesity, Cholesterol and Diabetes are the foremost health problems in our country. Our current lifestyles are making us more susceptible to such diseases. Is HR taking serious note of this or even aware of this issue? How do we combat this modern monster?

  • 12:50 pm - 1:35 pm

    Session Breakout 4B - Partner with SBI Life

    Speakers : Daljit Singh Rakhra -Regional Director, Delhi Region, SBI Life Insurance, Santosh Chacko -Regional Director, Mumbai - SBI Life Insurance,

    Happiness Inspires Productivity - Partner with SBI Life
    One of the most important components of running a successful business is keeping employees happy and providing them with enough incentive to maximize productivity. While there are different ways to accomplish this, offering your employees a combination of statutory as well as voluntary benefits tends to be effective. A generous employee benefits package can be an excellent way to retain your existing talent and to acquire the finest resources. Offer the right benefit, and your business may just magnify its growth!!

  • 12:50 pm - 1:35 pm

    Session Breakout 4C - Partner with Aircel

    Speakers : Dr. Sandeep Gandhi -CHRO - Aircel,

    Out Of The Box HR practices - Partner with Aircel
    In the spectacular transformation journey of the organization, The Aircel HR team implemented some key HR initiatives which also emerged as their differentiators. These practices spanned the scope of Talent Acquisition, Compensation philosophy, employee engagement and Talent development.
    Along with this, key interventions combined aspects of HR like performance management ,Rewards and Learning & Development to engage the salesforce of the organisation.
    The HR interventions continue successfully as a key focus area to achieve sustainable growth is to build a distinctive culture in the organization today.

  • 1:40 pm - 2:40 pm


  • 2:40 pm - 3:40 pm

    The SHRM Big Debate - Partner Accenture

    Speakers : Anil Sachdev -Founder & CEO, School of Inspired Leadership - SOIL, Rahul Keshav Patwardhan -CEO - NIIT Ltd, Prithvi Shergill -CHRO - HCL Technologies, Pranav Amin -Joint MD - Alembic Pharmaceuticals Limited, Yuvaraj Srivastava -CHRO -, Amitabh Hajela -Vice President, HR - Aon, Anil Tandon -Managing Director, Tex Corp Ltd.,

    Is HR the modern Age Dinosaur? - Partner: Accenture
    Is it time to say good-bye to the Department of Human Resources? Well, not the useful tasks it performs, but there are strong arguments from experts that say the department per se must go. There are equally strong arguments that belie the point! And when there are strong opposing views they make for a perfect debate topic! This is a session where no one will be a fence sitter and everyone has to take a side. An edge of your seat session with no holds barred as CEOs and CHROs tackle the question of "Is HR in its current avatar soon going extinct?"

  • 3:40 pm - 4:30 pm

    Special Session

    Speakers : Wayne F. Cascio -Professor - University of Colorado, Prof. T.V. Rao -Chairman TVRLS & Former Prof. IIM-A,

    Innovation in HR Education : Reasons to Revamp
    An important place to start when initiating change is the beginning, the place where one learns about the skills and competencies required to become an HR Professional: the HR Masters. Two of the most respected HR academicians, Wayne Cascio and Dr. T.V. Rao will outline the HR Global Trends in HR education and the Innovation required in India to make our HR programs more Industry focused. This session will address questions of:
    - What institutes need to do?
    - How do we Adapt global competencies into the curriculum?
    - What does the HR Community need to do to make this change?

  • 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

    Closing Keynote

    Speakers : Joy Bhattacharjya -Project Director - FIFA U17 WC, India in 2017,

    The Winning Team
    Nothing stirs Indians like cricket except a cricket match that is won! And Joy Bhattacharjya is the man behind such a winning Cricket Team - the successful Kolkata Knight Riders.
    He is also instrumental in bringing in a Global FIFA Tournament for the first time to India. Our final session of the conference lives up to the theme of Velocity- a truly motivating and inspiring session where Joy will give valuable insights into creating and managing winning teams based on his own experiences. He will share some great winning moments peppered with cricket anecdotes and a good dose of Humour. And don't be surprised if you're expected to catch a ball or two! A perfect ending to begin your journey of Velocity.

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