HR Practitioners To Take Center Stage at HRO Today Forum

EDISON, New Jersey/April 4, 2012—The status quo of HR conferences featuring few HR professionals as speakers is about to be shattered. Peer-to-peer learning will literally take center stage at the sixth annual HRO Today Forum & Workforce Congressin Washington, D.C., April 30-May 2.

It makes perfect sense that those best equipped to advise HR practitioners are other experienced, boots-on-the-ground HR practitioners. Yet, at last year’s largest HR industry conference, for instance, HR professionals made up barely 10 percent of the speaker roster.

By contrast, the HRO Today Forum has an entire day and half’s worth of programming led by HR practitioners, for HR practitioners. The Forum begins with a half-day HR practitioners-only session and concludes with an invitation-only Workforce Congress—a set of roundtable discussions led by senior HR officers. In addition, HR professionals lead 73 percent of the breakout sessions—where the most hands-on learning takes place—and the rest feature research gathered fromHR pros.

In the Forum’s unique format, HR practitioners can share thought leadership and network with peers to create solutions that will help them make an immediate impact in their organization. HR pros participating in panel discussions and presentations include:

• Patty LaValle-Jones, Director of Supply Chain Indirect Procurement, Sara Lee

• Marian Wilson, Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Bank of America Merchant Services

• Tess Smith, Manager of HR, FedEx

• Susan L. Meehan, Human Resources Senior Manager, Allstate

• Janiene Madison, Indirect Strategic Sourcing Manager, Land O’Lakes

• Jenifer Kihm PhD, Director of US Talent Acquisition, Wolters Kluwer

• Margie Durham, Director of Global HR Services, Dell

• Sharon Taylor, Senior Vice President, Corporate Human Resources, Prudential

“HR doesn’t create jobs, but it can play a key role in workforce design and talent acquisition,” said Richard Crespin, president of SharedXpertise and chairman of the HRO Today Forum. “The Forum creates an environment where HR professionals can share knowledge and real-world strategies to help their organizations create exceptional workforces and, therefore, business success.”

Registration for the HRO Today Forum & Workforce Congress is available at

About the HRO Today Forum (
The HRO Today Forum, taking place April 30-May 2, 2012 in Washington DC at the Gaylord National, brings together the former HRO, MSP, and RPO Summits along with the HR DemoShow to attract HR Executives to engage with Providers, Government and NGOs to make an impact on the current workforce issues. Through a highly interactive setting, the Forum provides the big picture, dynamic dialog, and deep dives on the issues surrounding how HR Officers operate the Global Business of HR.

Sponsors for the HRO Today Forum 2012 include: (Premier) Adecco RPO, Guidant Group, FutureStep, AdvantagexPO; (Gold) Taleo, ADP, Kenexa, SourceRight, AllegisTalent2, AdeccoMSP, Staff Management, Aon Hewitt, Rayteheon Professional Services; (Silver) Alexander Mann Solutions, Pinstripe, ORACLE, SevenStep, TPI/ISG, NorthgateArinso; (Bronze) Hays, PeopleScout; (Supporting Sponsors) WilsonHCG, Kelly OCG, CareerBuilder, Accenture.

About SharedXpertise
SharedXpertise is the leader in providing media, summits and forums that develop professional practices in the areas of corporate responsibility, human resources and financial management. Its media offerings include print and online publications; its summits are conferences and its forums offer association membership programs. SharedXpertise serves strategy-level corporate executives in the human resources, finance, compliance and sustainability professions in North America, Europe and Asia.

Media contact:
Heath Davis Havlick
Fisher Vista for SharedExpertise