Leadership Development Forum

register now

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

Special thanks to our conference sponsors

You’re on the brink of taking charge. Are you in a position to succeed?

This is the turning point of your HR career. You’re no longer the rookie with “a lot to learn.” You have learned—a lot. You’ve proven yourself. And now, what you’ve looked forward to for years is in sight. The next step is leadership. Are you ready? Do you have the skills to lead?

The 2016 Leadership Development Forum is designed to give you the answers you want, based on the SHRM Competency Model. This Forum’s specific focus is on the three competencies most directly associated with turning technical and business knowledge into the profile of a leader—one with the interpersonal skills needed to succeed.

Your Road Map to Leadership

  • Leadership and Navigation—Be the “follow me” person, with the confidence, agility and tenacity to motivate people, and move them to buy into a vision. Surveys show that this competency is viewed as required for advancement to the senior executive ranks.
  • Relationship Management—A key skill that becomes even more important as you advance in your career. Learn such skills as how to build connections and trust…embrace conflict…and master the psychology behind making things happen. Be able to spot potential employee-relations problems—and avoid them.
  • Communication—An HR “doer” can get the job done. But a leader needs to do more. That leader needs to take those successes to a range of audiences, and present them in a direct, understandable, and relatable way. Learn how to engage, not just speak and hear. 

Why You Need to be in Seattle

1. You’ve shown that you’re technically proficient. But you need to do more. You need to demonstrate competence in working with people.

2. The 2016 Leadership Development Forum will zero in on the “softer” behavioral competencies—those that a leader needs to be trusted and respected. They’re the skills that attract others to come to you for advice, support, and help.

3. You’re a leader in waiting: That career turning point is facing you. For your sake, and your organization’s sake, it's time to act. 

Leaders are needed. Take that next step. Join us in Seattle.

Keynote Speakers

Henry (Hank) G. Jackson, CPA, president & CEO, SHRM
Jessica Herrin, CEO and Founder , Stella & Dot Family of Brands
Tuesday, September 27 9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. EDT

In the Opening General Session, SHRM's CEO Hank Jackson will welcome you to the Leadership Development Forum. Then, here from keynoter, Jessica Herrin as she speaks about the Six P's of an Entrepreneurial Spirit. 

The Six P’s of an Entrepreneurial Spirit

Jessica Herrin will discuss cultivating the entrepreneurial spirit—the spirit that allows you to embrace your individuality, to look not just at what is but at what could be, to believe in yourself beyond reason, and to create your own definition of success and happiness. All great leaders should possess this entrepreneurial spirit; it helps turn fledgling ideas into strategies, takes you from startup to company, and is a leadership platform that can lift an entire enterprise and build committed teams. Herrin will show you how to apply the lessons of this entrepreneurial spirit and mindset to your career and your job. You will learn how to use the six P’s (Passion,  Path, People, Positivity, Perseverance and  Productivity) to help you cultivate entrepreneurial spirit as part of your leadership style. 

Eric Boles, president, The Game Changers Inc.
Tuesday, September 27 12:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. EDT

Moving To Great

Eric Boles will deepen your understanding of the fundamentals of personal mastery and change enablement. You will learn proven techniques and skills for enhancing personal accountability and helping yourself and others overcome the natural human resistance to change. Boles will provide a scientifically sound set of tools that will enable you to increase your self-efficacy (the ability to cause and make happen), improve your self-esteem, and enhance your ability to set and accomplish bigger and better goals. This keynote will leave you with a renewed sense of commitment and a greater willingness to seek out and implement new approaches to tackling both personal and organizational challenges.

Shane Snow, chief creative officer , Contently
Wednesday, September 28 10:45 A.M. – 12:15 P.M. EDT

Those Who Tell the Stories Rule the World

Shane Snow says storytelling will be the key driver of 21st century business at both the macro and micro levels—and he has the research to prove it. Why do twice as many people trust author J.K. Rowling as a leader than the queen? How do some brands achieve and maintain massive market share in a few years, and how do even the most introverted employees manage to drive innovation and climb the ladder faster than others who’ve paid dues longer than them? The answer to these questions is the same: through the power of great stories. Blending dramatic narrative and rigorous science, Snow—who writes for Wired and Fast Company—will show you why stories work at a neurological level, how both businesses at large and individuals who work at them can—and must—harness the power of story to build relationships and make people care like never before.

Who Should Attend: 
  • HR managers who have been identified as high-potential in their organization.
  • HR professionals who already manage teams and processes and are ready to lead and set strategy.
  • HR professionals seeking to advance their career through comprehensive professional development and personal growth.

Special thanks to our conference sponsors