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Agenda and Confirmed Speakers

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Agenda
 

Thursday, October 18
 
4:00—8:30 PM Registration
7:30—9:00 PM Welcome Reception
 
Friday, October 19
 
7:00—9:30 AM Registration
7:30—8:30 AM Continental Breakfast
8:30—8:45 AM Opening Session:
  • Sara P. Weiner, Chair, Principal and Consulting Director, Kenexa.
  • Stephan Dilchert, Science Co-Chair, Assistant Professor of Management at the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, City University of New York.
  • Deniz S. Ones, Science Co-Chair, Hellervik Professor of Industrial Psychology and a Distinguished McKnight Professor at the University of Minnesota.
  • Mark J. Schmit, Practice Chair, Vice President of Research, Society for Human Resource Management
8:45—10:00 AM Keynote: Creating Sustainable Effective Organizations: Management Reset Needed: Edward E. Lawler III, Distinguished Professor of Business at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business and founder and director of the University's Center for Effective Organizations.
10:00—10:30 AM Break
10:30—11:15 AM The State of HR Practice in Sustainability, Mark J. Schmit
11:15 AM—12:30 PM Employee Green Behaviors: Understanding a New Criterion Domain, Deniz Ones
12:30—2:00 PM Lunch and speaker
Sustainable Cultures: Creating Greener workplaces for all! — Marie Puybaraud, Director Global WorkPlace Innovation, Johnson Controls France
 
2:00—3:30 PM Company Insights Module: 
The presentations in this part of the program will describe practice insights into how industrial and organizational psychologists can play a role in shaping environmentally sustainable organizations. Practices for successfully embedding environmental sustainability throughout organizations will be discussed.
 
  • Global Sustainability, Global Responsibility: Trent Burner, Senior Director, Job Design/Analysis & Selection Strategy/Assessments, Global Organizational Effectiveness, Walmart Stores, Inc.
  • Leveraging HR practices to drive environmental sustainability efforts at PepsiCo: Christopher Rotolo, Senior Director of Organization Measurement & Assessment for PepsiCo.
3:30-4:00 PM Break
4:00-4:45 PM

Company Insights Module (cont.)

  • Sustaining our Future: Environmental Sustainability and Employee Engagement at 3M: Karen B. Paul, Global HR Measurement, 3M
4:45-5:00 PM Wrap-up with instructions for evening activity
 
5:30—7:00 PM Reception
 
7:00-10:00 pm Network Dinners with a Twist of Sustainability
 
Saturday, October 20
 
7:30—8:30 AM Registration/Help Desk
7:30—8:30 AM Continental Breakfast
8:30—8:45 AM Opening
8:45—9:45 AM

Creating and Growing a Culture of Sustainability: Erin Meezan, Vice President of Sustainability for Interface, Inc., USA

9:45—10:15 AM Break
10:15—10:45 AM Staffing for Environmental Sustainability: Stephan Dilchert, Assistant Professor of Management at the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, City University of New York
10:45—11:30 AM Greening of the World of Work: Are Things Really Changing? The O*NET Program’s View on Green Occupations: Jennifer Norton, research consultant affiliated with North Carolina State University and the National Center for O*NET Development
11:30 AM—12:30 PM Environmental Sustainability Consulting Session — Going after the Green: Why and How to Include Environmental Sustainability in I/O Practice, John Muros, Senior HR Consultant, AT&T; and Embedding Sustainability in Mainstream Companies, Anna Clark, President of EarthPeople, a sustainability communications firm
12:30—1:45 PM Lunch
All Speakers - Facilitated Discussion and Q&A
1:45—2:00 PM Wrap-up and Farewell

 



2012 LEC Confirmed Speakers List
 

Edward E. Lawler III, Ph.D. - Distinguished Professor of Business at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business and founder and director of the University's Center for Effective Organizations (CEO). He has worked with many of the Fortune 500 firms as well as a number of government and non-profit organizations and is the author of over 300 articles and 35 books. His articles have appeared in leading academic journals as well as Fortune, Harvard Business Review and leading newspapers....Read more

Presentation: Creating Sustainable Effective Organizations: Management Reset Needed

Abstract: Sustainable effective organizations perform well in terms of the environment, profit, and people. Most organizations that exist today were designed primarily to perform well financially in a slowly change environment. In order for them to perform well in a rapidly changing environment that demands satisfactory performance with respect to the environment, profit, and people, major design changes are required. It is not sufficient simply to have a series of initiatives that are intended to make an organization more environmentally and socially effective. Building a sustainable effectiveness capability requires change in every major feature of a complex organization.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how to design organizations that are sustainable effective.
  • Identify HR policies and systems that are needed in order for organizations to perform well socially and environmentally.
  • Explain what large corporations are doing to embed sustainability into the way they do business.

 

Trent Burner, MA, SPHR - Senior Director, Job Design/Analysis & Selection Strategy/Assessments, Global Organizational Effectiveness, Walmart Stores, Inc. He oversees the job analysis process as well as the assessment and staffing decisions of more than 5.5 million candidates per year in the US and is responsible for supporting Walmart's talent acquisition requirements throughout Europe, Asia, and Latin America....Read More

Presentation: Global Sustainability, Global Responsibility

Abstract: Walmart has been working since 2005 to build a more sustainable company. Sustainability continues to make us a better company by reducing waste, lowering costs, driving innovation, and helping us fulfill our mission to save people money so they can live better. We will discuss how Walmart measures sustainability, best practices in sustainability, and the implications for HR.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the various ways companies define sustainability.
  • Explain the benefits of sustainability from the business and HR perspectives.
  • Analyze best practices in sustainability from the business and HR perspective.
     

Anna Clark - Author of Green, American Style and the president of EarthPeople, a sustainability communications firm.  Since 2005, Anna has created and executed branding, corporate social responsibility, and public relations strategies for resource-conscious organizations including JCPenney, Inc., The Salvation Army, Gardere Law Firm, and the City of Austin....Read More

Presentation: Embedding Sustainability in Mainstream Companies

Abstract: Few companies are sustainability innovators. Most companies struggle with embedding sustainability into operations, facilities, product development, marketing, and employees.   Where sustainability is not a core value, cultural barriers can prevent successful integration of the most straightforward concepts and foundational programs. Projects are too often steeped in inertia or incrementalism because the teams are not capable of achieving more transformative objectives, and in some instances, do not even believe in the sustainability goals. To maximize our chances of setting and reaching realistic sustainability targets, consultants and managers need to ask Why? and Who? before we tell them What and How. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Utilize observations from a six-year field study on embedding sustainability into mainstream companies, i.e. organizations where sustainability is not a core value
  • Identify situations and personality traits that can cause barriers to embedding sustainability in mainstream organizations and small and mid-sized enterprises, including the hundreds of thousands of suppliers striving to conform to industry scorecards
  • Apply personality tools to select the ideal individuals for a sustainability “dream team” and offer ways to help organizations properly incentivize team members for their contributions
  • Select and apply six recognized programs that offer a concrete path and clear rewards for implementing energy management, conservation or other sustainability-related changes

Erin Meezan - Vice President of Sustainability for Interface, Inc., USA. As an attorney working as a lobbyist for environmental organizations, early in her career, Erin Meezan could not have imagined that she would ever work for a carpet company.  Working for the Georgia Energy Office, she focused on projects that would promote renewable energy, then she learned about Interface, and its notion of tapping a LaGrange, Ga., landfill as a source of energy, and she was intrigued. Today, Erin would argue that she does more good working in industry, where she and her team daily challenge the notion of business as usual....Read More

 Presentation: Creating and Growing a Culture of Sustainability

Abstract: Have you ever wondered how to take the passionate vision of one founder and infuse a global organization with it? Started in 2011, the I Am Mission Zero project set out to research, record and share examples of how modular carpet maker Interface is working to change the hearts of minds of their factory employees.  Interface is working to shift attitudes and behavior away from a resource intensive take-make-waste manufacturing model towards a new business model inspired by nature.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain how to assess challenges or barriers to organizational change in your business or organization
  • Design dialogues or programs that are meant to set a foundation for engaged and motivated employees
  • Apply the lessons learned to your organization or business
     

John P. Muros, Ph.D. - John is a Senior HR Research Consultant with AT&T. He advises internal clients on selection testing, structured interviewing, surveys, and other human resource-related research projects. Prior to joining AT&T, he worked in research and development with Pearson and external consulting with Accenture, PDRI, and Batrus Hollweg International....Read More

Presentation: Going after the Green: Why and How to Include Environmental Sustainability in I/O Practice

Abstract: There is a growing need for I-O consultants to contribute expertise to their clients' environmental sustainability initiatives. This session will address some of the key market factors driving this need, as well as illustrate the variety of I-O-specific consulting engagements made possible by this need.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe market factors that are opening up opportunities for I/O practitioners to win 'green' consulting engagements.
  • Identify ‘green' consulting projects along the spectrum of talent management practice.'
  • Create a personally relevant approach for pursuing 'green' I/O consulting engagements.

Jennifer Norton is a research consultant affiliated with North Carolina State University and the National Center for O*NET Development. She has worked on O*NET projects for more than 12 years and has researched areas including work task content, occupational taxonomy issues, high-growth industries, new and emerging technologies, occupational-special tools and technologies and cross-occupational work activities....Read More

Presentation: Greening of the World of Work: Are Things Really Changing? The O*NET Program’s View on Green Occupations

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe technological and substantial occupational changes in 12 key green economic sectors.
  • Describe competencies important to successful performance in green occupations. 

Karen B. Paul, Ph.D. - Dr. Paul currently leads Global HR Measurement for 3M.  Her focus in this role is to lead the Measurement Center of Expertise in support of global, regional and local business needs.  She is responsible for the creation and execution of global strategy for Executive Assessment & Coaching, Testing & Assessment, Engagement & Retention and Organizational Research....Read More
 

Presentation: Sustaining our Future: Environmental Sustainability and Employee Engagement at 3M

Abstract: 3M has long served as a leader in environmental management.  The key determinants for successfully building broad-based employee engagement for sustainability will be reviewed as well as how employee education, assessment, and recognition all contribute to the organization’s sustainability mission.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe & explain the role of Dr. Joseph Ling, the father of "Pollution Prevention" in the history of 3M and how his work shaped 3M’s award winning approach to environmental sustainability
  • Name the decade that 3M’s "3P" program was instituted and explain how the program today actively engages employees in fostering sustainable growth

Marie Puybaraud, PhD, BSc (Hons) is Director of Global WorkPlace Innovation for Johnson Controls Global WorkPlace Solutions since 2004. She is an expert in the field of Workplace Innovation. The leading Global WorkPlace Innovation Programme that she manages aims to make a fundamental contribution to understanding today’s and tomorrow's workplace challenges, monitoring trends and sourcing innovative ideas and concepts, as well as systems, to improve the way we work, how we collaborate within our workplaces....Read More

 

Presentation: Sustainable Cultures: Creating Greener workplaces for all!

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the sustainability cultures model, including the key distinctions between different types of sustainability cultures.
  • Define users expectations from a sustainable working environments, and share key results from the Sustainability culture survey
  • Present the sustainabiltiy employee engagement toolkit
     

Christopher Rotolo is the Senior Director of Organization Measurement & Assessment for PepsiCo, where his team is responsible for PepsiCo’s core survey research processes such as the Organization Health survey, On Boarding survey, and Exit Survey.  He is also responsible for PepsiCo’s enterprise-wide high potential assessment process and competency modeling....Read More

Presentation: Leveraging HR practices to drive environmental sustainability efforts at PepsiCo

Abstract: PepsiCo’s sustainability efforts can be traced as far back as the 1960s when the Pepsi-Cola Company and the Frito-Lay Company merged to form PepsiCo.  Today PepsiCo is focused on achieving it’s “Performance with Purpose” agenda, and is aggressively looking ahead to its role in how the earth will sustain an additional billion people by 2030.  This presentation will highlight PepsiCo’s sustainability achievements, and the role that HR Core processes can and do play in driving our agenda forward.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the important role HR core processes can play in achieving an organization’s environmental sustainability goals
  • Identify best practices and gap areas by comparing the practices of a large global corporation such as PepsiCo to your organization
  • Demonstrate how survey research can inform environmental sustainability strategy and communications


Stephan Dilchert is an Assistant Professor of Management at the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, City University of New York. He received his Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Minnesota....Read More

Presentation: Staffing for Environmental Sustainability

Abstract: To support the achievement of sustainability goals, organizations need to influence employee behaviors. Staffing approaches can be used in constituting green workforces for organizations. The role of recruitment, selection, and placement will be addressed. Individual differences characteristics related to pro-environmental behaviors will be highlighted. Relations with criteria such as job performance, especially eco-innovation, will be highlighted. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe components of staffing systems that can support organizations’ environmental sustainability
  • Identify employee characteristics that relate to environmental responsibility on the job
  • Characterize individuals suited for the role of eco-innovators
     


Deniz S. Ones is the Hellervik Professor of Industrial Psychology and a Distinguished McKnight Professor at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on individual differences in work settings (e.g., personality, cognitive ability, job performance, counterproductive work behaviors, environmental sustainability behaviors)....Read More

Presentation: Employee Green Behaviors: Understanding a New Criterion Domain

Abstract: As organizations face escalating pressures from stakeholders, resource scarcity, and increasing organizational transparency requirements, employees are emerging as vital contributors to environmental sustainability. This presentation will define and describe the criterion domain of employee green behaviors. Research findings will be used to illustrate strategies for increasing employee engagement for environmental sustainability. Links to job performance constructs (e.g., task performance, citizenship behaviors, counterproductive behaviors) will be discussed. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Distinguish between organizational environmental sustainability and employee green behaviors
  • Explain why employees are crucial for achieving organizational environmental sustainability
  • Describe major categories of employee green behaviors


Mark J. Schmit, Ph.D., is the Vice President of Research for the Society for Human Resource Management.  In this capacity he directs, oversees, and leads the association’s research activities. Prior to joining SHRM, Dr. Schmit served as an expert witness and consultant representing the field of Industrial and Organizational Psychology in employment discrimination litigation....Read More

Presentation: The State of HR Practice in Sustainability

Abstract: This session will provide survey data results from a representative group of practicing HR professionals who are members of SHRM. This is the second survey of a longitudinal series. The results include prevalence of sustainability practice in organizations, specific practices used, drivers of engagement and outcomes that will allow for benchmarking.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the state of current sustainability practices in organizations
  • Provide an overview of what organizations are using to drive engagement of employees in sustainability practices.
  • Provide benchmark data on outcomes organizations have achieved through sustainability programs.

 

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