Lisa Rowan is Research Vice President for IDC responsible for global research on human capital and talent management software and services. Her research addresses developments in human capital and talent management applications, human resources consulting, and HR outsourcing services. Prior to joining IDC, Lisa held business development, product management and marketing positions in the human resource software and services markets. She holds an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University.
Here at the HR Technology Conference, the first half of the first day was dedicated to the Women in HR Technology conference. First of all, I greatly appreciate the fact that the role of women in technology was highlighted - not just from an end-user perspective, but from the leadership in creating and driving the innovation of the technology. I also appreciated seeing so many men attending sessions. Highlighting women doesn’t mean exclusion of men - it means raising everyone’s awareness, and it takes all of us to be more inclusive.
Contributed by Mollie Lombardi Co-Founder, Principal Analyst, Aptitude Research Partners
Opening Keynote: The Business Case for Diversity
The 2017 HR Technology Conference kicked off on Tuesday morning with the second annual Women in HR Technology summit. Back bigger and better than ever this year – in a much bigger conference space to alleviate the overflow issues from the unexpected popularity of the inaugural event last year – the goal of this summit is to address questions such as how do we attract more women into tech and HR tech roles? And how do we help those in the field overcome the challenges of working in a historically male dominated field to thrive and ultimately grow into leadership roles?
The 2017 edition of the HR Technology Conference – the 20th annual by the way – is now about two weeks away. This annual gathering, celebration, and showcase of all things HR technology related has quickly become one of my favorite HR events of the year, one I continually look forward to. I am admittedly a conference junkie and enjoy the opportunity to immerse myself and learn a few new things regardless of the topic, but the reason HR Tech has become one of my favorite, a definite on my priority list of must attend events each year, is that it really allows me to step outside my day to day and think differently; to think bigger.