OPENING DAY EVENTS
This paradigm-altering event empowers women within HR and HR technology to
grow personally and professionally by engaging with CHROs and tech leaders
who share similar aspirations and goals, cultivating a strong industry network, and
exploring the latest trends and issues.
8: 30 - 9: 25 a.m.
Global Leader, Multinational Client Group, Mercer
Three of the five highest-growth fields — management, computer science, mathematics, architecture and
engineering — face low female representation. And especially in the tech industry, women find challenges
ascending to higher ranks. Mercer’s global research report, When Women Thrive, Businesses Thrive: An
Imperative for the Tech Industry, finds that as career level rises, female representation severely declines.
Women represent only 18% of the average technology firm’s executives and only 34% of the industry
workforce — that’s over 10% less females than in the overall global workforce. Despite these significant
challenges confronting women, there are also many opportunities for women and businesses as they look
to provide vibrant colleague experiences where all employees and the business can thrive. Some are technology driven (such as flex or remote work); while others are driven by organizational structural changes
(such as neutralizing bias throughout talent processes). Pat Milligan will discuss this paradox of technology: how even in this current state of disruption, there is opportunity for sustainable improvement in female
representation at all levels of employment across any organization. You’ll learn more about what’s keeping
women from getting to the top and come away with new approaches and actionable insights.
9: 30 - 10: 20 a.m.
Gretchen Alarcon, Group VP, Product Strategy, Oracle
Cecile Alper-Leroux, VP, HCM Innovation, Ultimate Software
Kirsten Helvey, Chief Operating Officer, Cornerstone OnDemand
Trish McFarlane, VP Global HCM Strategy & Product Management, Infor
The HR technology industry sits at the crossroads of technology and human capital management, often
setting the standard for other industries on how to support women in technology roles. The HR technology
industry is fortunate in having a large number of incredibly successful women in leadership roles typically
held by men in technology organizations. This group of accomplished executives will share their stories of
rising to technology leadership roles, as well as discuss how successful organizations go about creating
an environment and culture for women in technology to thrive. You’ll be inspired by their stories and gain
ideas on how to manage your own career as well as support your colleagues, peers and employees.
Tuesday, Oct. 10
Included with a Premium Pass Registration | 8: 30 a.m. - 12 p.m.