SHRM India Annual Conference and Expo off to a glittering start


Achal Khanna addressing the conference
New Delhi, India, October 11, 2018- The SHRM India Annual Conference & Exposition 2018, the biggest platform for the HR fraternity in the sub-continent, begins today at the Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi. The event seeks to ignite passions and engage HR professionals to ‘THRIVE’ for success against odds. During the two day event, eminent HR practitioners and top thought leaders from around the globe will share insights on what it takes to thrive in today’s disruptive workplace scenario. The event also provides an ideal platform for networking among industry peers and colleagues.

Achal Khanna, CEO, SHRM India and Coretha M. Rushing Board Chair, SHRM had the honor of inaugurating the conference and welcoming all the delegates and speakers to the two day conference. In her address to the gathering Ms. Achal Khanna delved on the importance of organizational culture that can provide solution to problems. For example the #Metoo campaign sought to address the issue of honourable and equitable work culture in the organisation. She further articulated that, HR as a practice is the custodian of organizational culture and the HR fraternity has a big role to play.

In the opening keynote address, “The 8 steps to high performance: how to thrive, Marc Effron, president, Talent Strategy group, shared scientific proof and practical guidance on being a high performer. In his interactive session that also includes a quick self-assessment and peer feedback session, Effron shared the 8 steps to high performance from his new Harvard book. From the mindset associated with high performers to the good and bad news about high performance, the Fixed 50 and Flexible 50 and how to create a personalized action plan are some of the key highlights of the keynote address.

A series of concurrent sessions were also held to delve deep into aspects of the theme such as,

·        AI In HR: Augmenting Performance and Productivity
·        Skilling To Learn: Adaptive. Entrepreneurial. Innovative Workforces
·        IoT for Workforce Effectiveness
·        Future Proof Your Organization In The Digital Age: What Skills And Tools Will Be Needed?
·        Neuroscience of Leadership

Mega session on – Thriving in a Disrupted Future, A Transformation Journey (The Tata Motors Case Study) and Breaking the barrier of unconscious bias has top HR leaders and thought leaders engage in discussions to throw light on how HR needs to play a key role in order for organizations to thrive in this disrupted future and most importantly on identifying the barriers to unconscious bias and find ways to overcome them across the employee life cycle.

The SHRM special session on – Unwoman is a 7 minute dramatic production by Urban Suburban productions that holds a mirror to the kind of woman who shuts her mind and heart to the pain of others because of her gender. The type who refuses to stand up for other women.

Talking about seventh edition of the conference, Ms. Achal Khanna CEO, SHRM said, “The conference is one of the biggest HR events in this part of the world. It provides an important platform for networking and more importantly for global thought leaders and top HR practitioners to collaborate on sharing key insights and learnings to equip participants with a competitive edge and help them gain the necessary knowledge and tools to thrive in any environment”.

In the closing session for the day, Ambassador Pavan Varma Former Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and Shoma Chaudhury Award-winning Indian Journalist, Editor, and Political Commentator offers incisive insights into Hinduism and the Great Indian Middle Class!

Day 1 concluded on a glamorous note with the HR Excellence Awards ceremony followed by a Gala Evening. The awards handed out in eight different categories which recognized organizations for their pioneering and innovative people management practices that impact not just organizations but also business, society and the profession as a whole.

Manish K Tyagi Stand-up Comic & TEDx was the host for the night with special performances by Singer & Musician - Lyka Grace Nathaniel Pereira & Joseph Rodrigues and Pianist - Ratik Puri.

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