Finalizes Leadership Track for Annual Employers of Excellence Conference 2005

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Over 100 educational workshops will be available for attending senior HR professionals.™, the largest research and Web destination for Senior HR Professionals, today announced the lineup of over 100 educational workshops targeted to the senior HR professionals who will be attending the event, being held September 25-27 in Phoenix, Ariz.

Karen Elmhirst,’s senior analyst covering leadership, will be hosting a selection of 10 workshops in her "Leadership: HR’s Role in Developing Great Leaders" program.

Improved productivity, higher levels of engagement, reduced turnover … all of these objectives lead to bottom line success and begin with great leadership. How can you leverage your resources to improve your leadership development efforts? Come hear from seasoned HR executives about their experiences with what works and from “thought leaders” who will provide you with insights on the underlying influences that impact leader success.

Specific topics being addressed include:

-"Leadership Networking and Brainstorming Session" with Karen Elmhirst

-"Building a Coaching Culture" with Brenda Gumbs, VP of HR for Perfetti Van Melle

-"Life at the Frontier: Leadership Through Courageous Conversation," with keynote speaker, author and poet David Whyte

-"Panel Discussion on Women’s Leadership Initiatives and Challenges" with Monica McGrath, adjunct assistant professor at Wharton’s Management Department; Bettina Kelly, SVP Worldwide Learning and Development Manager, Chubb Corporation and a senior HR professional from Ernst & Young LLP

-"The Accelerated Development Program: A Jump Start in Developing Leadership at Xerox" with Patricia Shaffron, manager of executive development and learning at Xerox Corporation; Dr. Susan Palmer, program director executive education, Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina; and Michelle Malloy, custom solutions manager at the Center for Creative Leadership.

-"What it Takes to Create a High-Performing Organization" with Harvey Dubin, vice president at JMW Consultants Inc.

-"Changing the Game of Leadership Development" with Ken Driscoll, Director of HR Business Consulting and Education at the International Truck and Engine Corporation.

-"Leadership Excellence: An Innovative Model for Leadership Development" with Len Carter, vice president of HR at FHN

"The Core Group: The Hidden Politics of Organizational Influence" with Art Kleiner, author and Editor-in-Chief of "strategy+business"

"Measuring the ROI of Executive Coaching" with DBM and a client

Vendor sponsors who represent the leadership field will be meeting one-on-one with HR professionals looking to expand their knowledge on particular areas of interest. These vendors include: AON Consulting, Arizona State University, Denali Fiduciary Management, Devine Group, eePulse, JMS Consultants, Recruitmax, Tuck Executive Education, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and University of Michigan.

"We also have workshops covering staffing, performance management, compensation and benefits, HR outsourcing, and best practices on becoming an employer of excellence," says Terri Joosten,'s vice president of events and business development. "We have also partnered with Metrus Group and Knowledge Infusion to deliver a program entitled '2005 HR Strategy Summit: Develop, Align and Execute Your HR Strategy!'; Interaction Associates on 'Leadership Fast Track: Leaders in Action Working Smarter, Faster, Better - Together'; and, returning for a third year, PwC/Saratoga with their 'How HR Talks to Wall Street’ Program.”

The program also includes an exciting lineup of keynote speakers: Jim Collins, Best-selling author of "Good to Great" and "Built to Last"; Marcy McGinnis, Senior Vice President of CBS News Coverage; Dewitt Jones, author and professional photographer; Daniel Pink, author of "A Whole New Mind"; David Whyte, best-selling author and poet; Ann Rhoades, former executive vice president for JetBlue Airways and president, People Ink; and Coleman Peterson, retired executive vice president of HR for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

For complete details on all workshops as well as registration and sponsorship information, visit


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Terri Joosten, vice president, Events and Business Development

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