Learn, Share, Connect: Day One of the Halogen Customer Conference

by Melany Gallant | Posted | Industry Buzz

Learn, Share, Connect: Day One of the Halogen Customer Conference

The tenth annual Halogen Customer Conference kicked off yesterday in Ottawa, Canada with hundreds of HR professionals from different industries coming together to network and expand their knowledge of Halogen solutions and talent management best practices.

With this year’s conference theme Learn, Share, Connect these two themes were repeated throughout the day from the keynote to the breakout sessions.

In his welcome message, Halogen CEO Les Rechan introduced himself to customers then shared his insights on the critical requirements for building a high-performing workforce:

Les Rechan

Creating a learning culture where employees are given the opportunity to stretch and grow was a key theme to Les’ welcome, as was the principle that everyone deserves to work for a great leader.

Steve Farber keynote: Improving your organization and your life with LEAP

Les’ talk about leadership aligned well to what Steve Farber – President of Extreme Leadership, Inc., the founder of The Extreme Leadership Institute, and a best-selling author – shared in his opening keynote.

Steve gave an insightful lesson on how to use the LEAP framework – Love, Energy, Audacity and Proof to radically improve your life and your organization:

Steve Farber

Steve talked about the importance of using your passion to inspire yourself and others to change the world around you and keep yourself and others engaged in the work at hand. Every emotion from fear to determination can be used to your advantage to achieve the extraordinary at work.

Kate Adametz-Jenkins, Talent Management Consultant III for UW Credit Union shares her biggest take away from Steve’s keynote:

“I’m happy to hear concepts like love and energy being introduced to the corporate world. We’re all human with emotions and passions that make up who we are, and to finally recognize and acknowledge those concepts is a game changer for how we go about our work.”

Talent strategy sessions

A conference favorite, day one’s talent strategy track, featured insight on strategic HR practices from knowledge experts, including:

  • Steve Farber, renowned HR thought leader and our keynote speaker, expanding on the LEAP framework in this extreme leadership jam session.
  • Jose Tolovi Neto, Managing Partner, Great Places to Work Canada, sharing how to drive better business performance.
  • David Zinger, Founder of the Employee Engagement Network, author and blogger (and a TalentSpace contributor!), sharing how to apply the employee engagement pyramid to achieve results.

Here’s David Zinger talking about how to build and grow and sustain employee engagement with small but significant actions:

David Zinger

Customers share their talent management success stories

The success of our customers is what motivates us here at Halogen to do what we do. We always enjoy the opportunity to hear and share how our customers are building their world class workforces.

On day one we heard some awesome success stories from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, and World Vision Canada.

Our awesome customer speakers!

Bailey Borzecki, HR Generalist for Dogfish Head Craft Brewery:

Dogfish Head

Emily Bynum, HR Administrator for The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation:

Robert Noble Foundation

Jan Kincaid, Director, People & Culture/Organizational Development for World Vision Canada:

World Vision Canada

Hands-on learning in the TalentSpace Lab

The TalentSpace Lab was a hit last year, so we decided to bring it back for a second year! In the Lab, customers get the opportunity to get hands-on experience using the Halogen TalentSpace suite while Halogen experts walk customers through product features and answer questions.

Here’s a tweet from one of our customers about the value of the lab:

Talentspace Lab

A Zoo-tiful relationship

The day closed with Tim Mulligan, CHRO for the San Diego Zoo sharing his organizations’ ten-year relationship with Halogen:

Tim Mulligan

Tim talked about how his organization’s use of Halogen has evolved over the years and how the Zoo is building a great learning culture, creating development opportunities for employees.

There was so much more to the day – and I think this tweet sums it up nicely:

Day 1 Tweet

We’ll be sharing more about day two of the conference in our next post! To catch the conference highlights online, follow the #2015HSCC hashtag on Twitter and Instagram!

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