Plateau Announces Keynote Speakers and Agenda for Insights 2008, Extends Early Bird Pricing : Legendary Explorer and Oceanographer Dr. Robert Ballard, Heads Impressive List of Speakers and Presenters; Offers Personal Perspective on Managing, Developing and Rewarding Talent

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Plateau Systems, a leading provider of talent management software, content and services, today announced the agenda and speakers for its 13th annual Insights user conference, “Blazing the Talent Trail.” The conference, which runs from September 14-17, at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix, features an action-packed agenda and star-studded line-up of speakers and presenters including industry pioneers and visionaries, talent mavericks and mavens and innovative, trend-setting customers, as well as interactive educational tracks.

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This year, conference-goers are invited to attend Plateau's inaugural Buzz Panel, moderated by Plateau CEO, Paul Sparta. Plateau has lassoed in talent management experts Bill Kutik, Technology Columnist, Human Resource Executive Magazine; Josh Bersin, CEO & President, Bersin & Associates; David Smith, Managing Director, Talent & Organization Performance, Accenture and Nathan Swanson, Partner, Human Capital Management Research, ThinkPanmure to discuss current trends in talent management, software-as-a-service, and the economy's impact on talent management. During this session, panelists will also field real-time questions from the audience.

Featured Speakers and Presenters

Renowned oceanographer and explorer Dr. Robert Ballard, who made several amazing discoveries, including the wreck of the RMS Titanic in 1985, the battleship Bismarck in 1989, and the wreck of the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown in 1998, will discuss his philosophy on identifying and training high-performing individuals and building successful teams. During his presentation, Dr. Ballard will share his insight on the importance of developing and rewarding team members and how retaining strong performers is critical for sustaining successful business ventures. Mary Tilley, HR Leader at W.L. Gore, will discuss her organization's extensive and inclusive process for managing its employee talent. W.L. Gore utilizes an annual multi-rater assessment approach to ensure that all employees are ranked and commented on by their peers regarding their contribution to the organization. Through a series of meetings and feedback discussions, this input is reconciled and used in making compensation recommendations. Carol Rozwell, VP Distinguished Analyst at Gartner, will lead an interactive workshop on how Web 2.0 and social software are affecting organizations' traditional approaches to learning. Attendees will learn how embracing a social learning culture can benefit their organizations by enabling more informal, collaborative learning, how social learning platforms can help bridge learning styles across multi-generations, and how organizations can effectively govern social learning behavior and content. Connie Linardarkis, Chief Human Resources Officer at Zions Bancorporation will present real-world best practices for consolidating and centralizing HR systems and transactional operations in a post-acquisition environment. She will discuss how this streamlined approach has enabled Zions Bancorporation to maximize HR alignment with local business outcomes and continue its growth. Industry thought leaders and Plateau customers from leading global organizations including A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, Deltek, Endo Pharmaceuticals, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Qualcomm Inc., Yahoo, and Zions Bancorporation and government agencies including the U.S. Department of Labor and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), will present case studies and best practices that highlight Plateau's role in helping them create high performance workplaces. During the conference, Plateau's SVP Product Management, Joe Herman, will present Plateau's vision and product roadmap and Ed Cohen, CTO, will discuss the evolution of content and trend towards Content-as–a-Service (CaaS), content's corollary to the popular software-as a-service (SaaS) paradigm.

Throughout the conference, attendees will have an opportunity to participate in more than 45 additional customer and Plateau-led sessions focused on various aspects of Talent Management, including learning, performance, talent management, competencies and development, training, technology integration. Conference sessions are aligned across four tracks – Learning, Performance, and Products and Services and will feature real-world customer case studies presented by HR and learning practitioners and hands-on Learning Labs and Open Demos led by Plateau experts.

Sessions will include the following topics:

Performance Management Trends and Systems Global Expansion of a Learning Management System (LMS) Successful Implementations of Talent Management Systems Connecting with a Virtual Audience Best Practices for Leveraging Learning and Performance Talent Management in the Public Sector Spurred by corporate imperatives increasingly highlighting talent management as a strategic priority in today's market, more than 300 Plateau customers are expected to attend this year's conference. A record number of customers have already submitted Plateau Customer Excellence Awards entries, which will be announced at the Insights Gala.

Sponsors & Partners

Plateau consistently leverages its alliances with leading business partners to deliver best-in-class solutions to its customers. Throughout the conference, attendees will have access to the Insights Partner Expo, featuring the latest in learning and IT solutions from Plateau's alliance partners.

For complete event details or to register, please visit the Plateau Insights 2008 at

About Plateau

Plateau is a leading provider of talent management software, content and services designed to increase workforce productivity and drive business success. Plateau's award-winning software is powering talent management initiatives across some of the world's most successful organizations, including the American Red Cross, General Electric, the Internal Revenue Service, Capital One Services and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Industry analysts at Bersin & Associates, Forrester Research and other leading information and technology research and advisory firms continue to recognize Plateau's leadership in delivering best-in-class functionality, technology and customer satisfaction. Plateau is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia and has offices across the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information, please visit

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