The Great Place to Work® Conference will Showcase Leaders from the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For®, Addressing How Their Companies Thrived in Spite of Downturns

San Francisco, CA, March 16, 2010 —The FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® have bounced back from the bottom that US companies hit in early 2009 and have succeeded in not only turning profits, but recovering their losses. These stunning track records for success can be attributed to several factors, but at the Great Place to Work® Conference April 14-15, in Los Angeles, CEOs will share how a focus on their people kept their organizations nimble, innovative, and slated for success.

Chief executives from several of the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work for® , including Jim Goodnight from SAS, Steve Howe from Ernst & Young, Stew Leonard from Stew Leonard’s, Ric Campo from Camden Property Trust, and Harold MacDowell from TDIndustries will address how making people a priority has contributed to business success, as well as earned their companies renown for being a great workplace. Keynotes and breakout sessions will explore how companies can leverage their most important asset — their employees — by building trust-based relationships with them and treating them with fairness and respect.

Jim Goodnight, CEO of SAS, will deliver his second keynote at a Great Place to Work® Conference, this time celebrating his company’s accomplishment of being named #1 on the FORTUNE 100 Best list. SAS has long been admired for a track-record of financial success, in addition to a long tenure as a FORTUNE 100 Best Company to Work for®, and Jim Goodnight, co-founder and CEO, has often been credited with that success. Goodnight’s keynote address will consider his simple, but effective philosophy: Treat employees like they make a difference and they will. Joined on stage by Jennifer Mann, Vice President of Human Resources, and Jim Davis, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, the keynote will shed light on how SAS nurtures continuous cycles of invention, creativity, and high performance from 3 unique perspectives.

Executives, HR leaders, corporate communications professionals, people managers and others are invited to attend the Great Place to Work® Conference. Visit for a full conference agenda, including interactive workshops hosted by Great Place to Work® experts, a roster of speakers, and a list of special events and networking opportunities.

About Great Place to Work® Institute
Great Place to Work® Institute has been listening to employees and evaluating employers since 1980 in order to understand what makes a workplace great. We know that the foundation of every great workplace is trust between employees and management. Our Best Companies to Work For lists, employee survey, culture assessment tools, and advisory services have made us leaders in helping organizations build high-trust workplaces. The Great Place to Work® Institute combines our expertise and proprietary tools to help you turn your workplace culture into a powerful source of competitive strength and business success.

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