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Trish McFarlane

Trish McFarlane, Vice President of Infor

Trish McFarlane, author of the HR Ringleader blog, is the Vice President of Info. A former HR executive with over 15 years of experience in Big 4 public accounting, PR, healthcare and IT, her expertise in leadership, performance management, training & development, change management, social media and innovation enables her to capture readers and audiences with real-life examples of how leadership plays out in organizations. Trish graduated from Webster University with a MA in Human Resource Management. She also holds a BA in Sociology and Minor in Political Science from the University of Missouri. She’s a working mother of 11 year old twins who loves writing, doing anything artistic, and volunteering for organizations that help children.

Trish co-founded HRevolution (http://thehrevolution.org), a conference that highlights emerging trends and the future of HR, with the goal of providing an alternative networking and learning experience for business professionals who were tired of the traditional conference model. HRevolution is an event that inspires collaboration and innovative ideas in the human resource industry. She also co-founded the Women of HR blog (www.womenofhr.com) in order to give a voice to practitioners who are passionate about issues affecting women in the workplace.

The Data Catalysts: It’s Only Important If You Know What To Do With It


Data analysis has infiltrated almost every aspect of our lives.  In fact, regardless of our role in an organization, the ability to collect data and gain insights is becoming more important.  We are using data to impact the decisions we make around allocating employee’s time and attention, we are using it to manage the ways employees interact, and we’re using it to steer things like candidate and customer experience, to name a few.  This data disruption does not always come easy. With the ability to collect, dissect and measure, we are now able to provide insights that were not previously visible. 


With the desire to actively use data to produce better results on all fronts, the issue becomes being able to contextualize that data.  The ability to use technology solutions to prevent drowning in the sheer amount of data is critical.  We need to be able to do that by asking what companies are doing with the data, why it’s important now, and what is changing.


In this session, Trish McFarlane will explore global trends closely tied to data that are impacting organizations today.  Key messages will include: 

·  Optimal use of data to drive business results

·  Mobile solutions with consumer-grade interaction

·  A winning approach to a multi-generational workforce

·  Continued shift to gig economy

·  What it means to have a prescriptive mindset

Steve Boese, Co-Chair, HR Technology Conference, President, H3 HR Advisors

Steve brings more than twenty years of experience in the design and implementation of complex human resources technology solutions for global enterprises. Currently, Steve is the Inside HR Tech Columnist for Human Resource Executive® and HREonline.com. Steve is also a leading HR blogger and hosts the "HR Happy Hour Show," a popular radio program and podcast dedicated to opening the lines of communication among HR thought leaders, practitioners and service providers in the global human resource field.


Consumerism, Personalization, and the Evolution of HR and Workplace Technology


No employee has ever looked forward to receiving an email with the subject of “Mandatory training on the new HR system”. Why? Because traditionally HR and other workplace technologies were designed by programmers, sold to CIOs or IT leaders, and configured primarily for the needs of the power users in the Payroll and Accounting departments. But a series of tech-driven advances in our personal and consumer lives like E-commerce sites that learn our preferences and make personal product recommendations, smartphones and the emergence of App stores that let us design our own preferred toolsets, “intelligent”, crowd-sourced platforms that help us beat traffic jams, and ubiquitous and constant internet connection have combined to create heightened demands and expectations of workplace technologies that look, feel, and function like the best consumer technologies we have come to love.


In this session, HR Technology Conference Co-Chair Steve Boese will present an overview of why these trends are important for organizations, discuss how HR and business leaders should evaluate technology decisions via this lens of consumerism and personalization, and highlight some current examples of modern HR technologies that incorporate these new capabilities. You will leave this session better prepared to think about your workplace technology though a modern, personal point of view, and develop a plan and direction to make the “Mandatory HR system training” something that every employee can’t wait to attend.