Leadership Development Forum


(800) 283-7476, option 3 (U.S.)
+1 (703) 548-3440, option 3 (Int'l)
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. ET

The 2017 SHRM Leadership Development Forum will provide you with the tools to expand your influence and help you learn how to become a more effective leader. You must display strong leadership skills with a strategic mindset, regardless of your experience level or job function. As a business leader, you set the direction and vision for the HR function, influence stakeholders, and motivate and guide others to achieve organizational objectives.

Prepare yourself for success in your HR career. This conference will help you develop the skills you need to:

  • Build credibility as an HR leader in your organization.
  • Support the organizational culture, values, mission, and goals.
  • Build valuable relationships with staff and stakeholders.

Keynote Speakers

Bettina Deynes, SHRM-SCP, Interim Chief HR & Strategy Officer, SHRM
Kaplan Mobray, author, speaker, career consultant and founder, Kaplan Mobray Leadership Institute
Tuesday, October 3 9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. EST

Hear from SHRM's VP, Human Resources & Diversity, Bettina Deynes and from author, speaker, career consultant and founder of Kaplan Mobray Leadership Institute, Kaplan Mobray.

The 10 K's of Personal Branding: How to Make Yourself Memorable and Build a Brand That Elevates Your Career 

The 10 K's of Personal Branding is a thought-provoking presentation that will help you build your personal brand. This keynote will cover such topics as the six-second elevator speech, establishing recall, effective tips on how to connect with others, and leaving a lasting impression. You will be inspired to think about yourself in a totally new way and learn techniques on how leave a positive impression that builds career success and life focus. This presentation will explain the10Ks of personal branding:

  1. Know thyself.
  2. Know what you want to be known for.
  3. Know how to be consistent.
  4. Know how to accept failure as part of building your personal brand.
  5. Know how to communicate your personal brand attributes.
  6. Know how to create your own opportunities.
  7. Know and master the art of connection.
  8. Know that silence is not an option.
  9. Know your expectations, not your limitations.
  10. Know why you are doing what you are doing today and how it will shape where you are headed tomorrow.

These principles can change your life, give you focus, propel your career, and take you to a much greater place.

Polly LaBarre, business thought leader, author and founding member of Fast Company
Tuesday, October 3 12:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. EST

The End of Leadership as We Know It

This keynote will build on the key theme of the new era — leadership is no longer a function of your title or where you sit in the organization; it’s a function of your capacity to get things done with other people. You’re a leader today because you have followers—not the other way around. At some point or another then, everybody in the organization has a chance to exercise his or her leadership capability. LaBarre will offer practical ways to embed 21st century leadership capability across the organization by rethinking values, breaking down bureaucracy, increasing engagement, banning orthodoxy and welcoming mavericks, misfits and heretics.

Sarah Robb O'Hagan, business leader, activist and entrepreneur
Wednesday, October 4 10:45 A.M. – 12:15 P.M. EST

Get Out of Line: Step Up, Stand Out and Succeed

When Sarah Robb O’Hagan was starting out as a marketing associate with the Virgin Group, her CMO abruptly left, creating a vacuum in the department. After identifying a lack of leadership, O’Hagan drafted a 30-page marketing proposal, slipped it under the company President’s door, and immediately got promoted. Her career has taught her innumerable lessons about succeeding in life and business, but the most important is this: You don’t get promoted for just showing up and doing your job – you have to get out of line to deliver more for the team and stand out. This keynote will outline:

  • Why giving is receiving.
  • How problem solving is the single most important thing you can do to get ahead.
  • Why you need to take risks and “crash more”—and use failure to fuel your personal growth.
  • How to amplify your unique strengths to create growth runways. 
Topics Covered: 
  • Communication
  • Effective Leadership Styles
  • Building Valuable Relationships
  • Handling Conflict
  • Developing Executive Presence
  • Introvert Leadership