Women in Technology at #HRTechConf 2016

We’re now past the halfway point of September, and summer officially comes to a close this week.  That can only mean that the HR Technology Conference is right around the corner!  This year’s event moves back to Chicago from its typical Las Vegas location, and will take place from October 4th – 7th at McCormick Place.

This show still holds strong as one of my favorite events in the world of HR conferences, which is why I continue to serve as an official blogger, and am even stepping up to speak this year (shameless plug!).  I believe it continues to be more important than ever with each passing year for great HR pros to have a good handle on what technology can do to make our lives easier and businesses more efficient and effective.  Not all of us will be “technologists,” but we must have a solid understanding if we’re going to be competitive.  I believe that with even more conviction after having led my first HR technology implementation over the past year (incidentally, that’s precisely what I’ll be talking about during the Ideas and Innovators in HR General Session on Friday morning).  But you can read more about my thoughts on the importance of HR tech as well as the common themes I expect to see again in posts from last year.  Everything I’ve said in the past still holds true.

But the one thing that’s new and particularly exciting to me this year is the added component of the “Women in HR Technology” event taking place prior to the official kick-off of HR Tech on Tuesday, October 4th from 10 AM – 2 PM.  Though technically a pre-conference event, registration is included with a full conference registration, and judging by the agenda it’s an event not to be missed.

It’s billed as a “first-of-its kind event” that “empowers women within HR and HR technology to grow personally and professionally by engaging with CHROs and technology leaders who share similar aspirations and goals, cultivating a strong industry network and exploring the latest trends and issues.”  The agenda itself includes four parts – one that focuses on women leaders in HR technology, one that focuses on women in technology from the CHRO perspective, one that features founders and CEOs in the technology space, and a closing address that will challenge attendees to “lead like a girl.”  All speakers and panelists are themselves successful women in HR tech companies and/or roles.

I’ll be honest, I’m not a fan of much of the “women’s leadership development” that’s out there.  Even as editor of the Women of HR blog, a lot (but not all!) of what I see advertised to me seems like a waste of time that focuses on the wrong things for women who are looking to advance their careers.  But this event seems spot on, especially for women looking to advance within the technology or HR technology realm.  Though I do believe there is room for improvement in developing and promoting women into leadership roles across most industries, there is particularly room for improvement in tech industries.  And this event is going to address how we can be better – coming directly from women who have been successful in such roles.  I plan to be there and soaking up as much advice and learning as I can!

Of course, that’s just Day 1 of what promises to be an outstanding event filled with everything we’ve come to expect at HR Tech.  This will just take it one step further.  If you’re looking for examples of how real companies have used real solutions to address business needs, or want to know what’s next on the HR technology landscape, or want to demo the latest and greatest from both established HR tech vendors as well as new and exciting start-ups, you’ll still get all of that.  And if you’re still not registered, it’s not too late; use registration promo code PAYNE16 and you’ll receive a $200.00 discount off your registration fee.  Register HERE.

See you in Chicago next month!

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