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August 15-18, 2021
The Diplomat Beach Resort
Hollywood, FL, USA
#Ascend2021

Motivational Keynote

Sebastian Terry

100 Things

Sebastian Terry, Author, TV Host and Founder of the 100 Things Philanthropic Movement

Known worldwide for pursuing an incredible list of 100 Things that he wants to achieve before he dies, Sebastian Terry’s story is surprisingly not about a bucket list. It’s about something more far reaching; permission, choice, growth and connection.

Turned into a best-selling book, two international documentaries on Discovery Channel and ESPN, and a reality TV show, his journey has grown into a global philanthropic movement to help others set meaningful goals and achieve their biggest dreams, while helping others along the way.

Thought Leadership Keynote

Understanding Experience in the Now of Work

Jason Averbook, Leapgen
Jess Von Bank, Leapgen

Putting people at the center of workforce experience and technology strategies should be a strategic priority for every enterprise and the only imperative of HR in 2021. Whole person wellbeing addresses physical health, psychological safety, emotional and mental wellness, financial health and security, truly the entire person. In that way, our notion of Workforce Experience has changed, too. There is the kind of Employee Experience that is based on user interfaces, and there are Employee Experiences based on how the whole person feels about being employed by their employer. The true understanding of what is meant by Employee Experience will be key throughout 2021.

New approaches to understanding and designing workforce experience in the Now of Work requires a new respect and appreciation for the role of Human Resources. HR is not an administrative function, nor is it a cost center. Human Resources produces business velocity in the form of people, and their care and feeding is the best investment of resources you can make.

Jason Averbook and Jess Von Bank dicuss the critical importance of Human Resources — with engagement and buy-in from the entire leadership and management team — understanding experience and designing the Now of Work. Don’t miss this inspiring keynote from favorite friends to OHUG and OATUG.

Jason Averbook

Jason Averbook is a global keynote speaker, industry analyst, thought leader and consultant in the area of human resources and workforce experience. He is the Co-founder and CEO of Leapgen, a digital transformation company shaping the Now of Work. Author of The Ultimate Guide to a Digital Workforce Experience ~ Leap for a Purpose, Jason seeks to broaden executive mindset to rethink how to better design and deliver employee services that exceed the expectations of the workforce and the needs of the business.

Prior to founding Leapgen, Jason served as the CEO of The Marcus Buckingham Company (TMBC). In 2005, he co-founded Knowledge Infusion, LLC, and served as its CEO until 2012, when the company was sold to Appirio. Earlier in his career, he served as the Chief Business Innovation Officer at Appirio Inc., where he led the HCM business. He has also held senior leadership roles at PeopleSoft and Ceridian Corporation. Jason has more than 20 years of experience in the HR and technology industries and has collaborated with industry-leading companies in transforming their HR organizations into strategic partners.

Jess Von Bank

Jess Von Bank is an 18-year industry veteran and impassioned evangelist of the modern employee experience. As both a former recruiting practitioner and an expert in bringing HCM vendor solutions to market, Jess looks to broaden executive mindset to better design and deliver a workforce experience that exceeds the expectations of talent and the needs of the business.

Jess is the Head of Marketing for Leapgen, a digital transformation company shaping the Now of Work. She co-hosts the Now of Work podcast and runs the Now of Work global community along with Jason Averbook. Jess is an active community emcee and ambassador for women’s and girls’ organizations in Minneapolis, where she raises her 3 daughters.

Partner Keynote

Find Your Essential: How to Thrive in a Post-Pandemic Reality

Whether COVID-19 impacts subside from here or persist, 2020 served as a dramatic inflection point. Never before has the entire planet reconfigured its behavior simultaneously, participating in lockdowns, quarantines, and enforced social distancing. For businesses and governments, the implications have been extreme, with assumptions and plans radically altered. From Asia to the Americas, the status quo evaporated both within and across industries. The future is murkier than ever—yet presents both new opportunities and new risks.

Explore how impacts are driving fundamental shifts in organizations from industry and business domain functions to emerging technology.

In this keynote, attendees will:

  • Learn insights on the themes and challenges that leaders are grappling with right now
  • Understand the future of business and how key opportunities will help increase competitiveness in the aftermath of the pandemic
  • Discover which technology mix is driving post-pandemic revenue growth in your industry and business function
  • Identify next steps towards finding your essential
Partner Keynote Speakers

Speakers:

  • Chacko Thomas, Americas Oracle Leader, IBM
  • Lauren Baker, Global Oracle Marketing and Comms, IBM
  • Teresa Hanson, Americas Strategic Partner Leader, IBM
  • Angie Chatham, Partner, Global Strategic Partnerships, IBM