Thursday, October 8, 2020

*Agenda is Subject to Change

7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. 

Registration & Networking Breakfast

7:45 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Publisher’s Opening Address

Fawn Lopez, Publisher and Vice President, Modern Healthcare

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Opening Keynote

Connecting Employees to your Organization’s Mission, Values and Philosophy

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Investing in the Mental Health of Employees

Jobs in healthcare are very rewarding, yet demanding. Dedicating a lot of time and energy, the workforce has realized the importance of self care and personal mental health as they continue to work hard and rise through the ranks. The question is, has your HR department become aware of this increasingly important aspect of a healthy work-life balance? Have you discussed topics such as the loneliness of remote workers, preventing burnout and creating flexible work schedules? In this session, learn how to invest in the mental health of your employees and create a program that will retain your employees and foster an environment of positivity and value.

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Networking Break with Exhibitors

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Taking A Stand on Social Issues

Now, more than ever, employees are demanding that employers take a stand to societal and social issues. In addition to growth and financial success, organizations have become accountable for their impact on society and the environment. Younger workers, especially, want to work for companies that are making a positive difference in the world. Companies that take a stand on social issues may be unpopular with some people, but if they want to attract the right talent, they have almost no choice. In this session, learn how to effectively take positions that will resonate with future employees and to avoid receiving negative feedback.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Non-Traditional Recruiting Strategies and Upskilling the Workforce

More and more organizations are piloting "skills based" hiring, or the practice of setting specific skills and competency requirements for a job rather than only looking at a candidate's credentials. As the job market becomes increasingly competitive, HR departments realize they need to tap into new power skills of the future, including a combination of soft skills, thinking skills, and digital skills. Taken together, these skills are the new expectation for employ-ability in 2020 and beyond.The talent pool is getting wider and wider and companies are less focused on age, gender and other factors and more concerned with whether the person can do the job and work well with others. In addition to sourcing non-traditional candidates outside of four year colleges, companies are expanding their recruiting channels to include boot camps, company sponsored apprenticeships and partnerships with community based organizations. In this session, learn what it means to recruit talent for their soft skills and how it can make a difference in the quality of your employees.

1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Networking Break with Exhibitors

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Fostering the Relationship Between Workers and Robots

One of the biggest trends of 2020 is the partnership between robots and humans. While the human element will never go away, HR will continue to manage how information technology (IT) teams manage the robots. Knowing how to orient, develop, engage, and work side by side with a bot will be the newest skill set for 2020. Human and robot teams will work together and, in many cases, outperform either humans or bots working on their own. In this session, you will learn how to orient, develop and engage your blended workforce in 2020 for a competitive advantage, as well as what it means to rely on a robot in your organization.

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

What Does it Take to be a Best Place To Work?

In this session, learn what criteria, programs and accomplishments it takes to become one of Modern Healthcare's Best Places To Work! This panel will feature winners representing hospitals, health systems and healthcare companies that promote diversity, employee engagement and professional growth. Learn the strategies and tactic to stand out among some of the best places to work.

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Closing Keynote

The Importance of Human Resources During Chaos and Crisis

This session offers insights and experiences on the role of HR during times of crisis, such as the Coronavirus pandemic. Human Resources plays a key role in proactively managing and mitigating operational and organizational risk in challenging times. This session will feature panelists who led through crisis and managed the Human Resources function with employees, customers and communities.

5:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Publisher's Adjournment

Fawn Lopez, Publisher and Vice President, Modern Healthcare






A Modern Healthcare Event

Radisson Blu Chicago

221 N Columbus Dr.

Chicago, IL 60601

Conference & Gala

Thursday, October 8, 2020


For more info, contact:

Jodi Sniegocki

Education and Events Director

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