Stay tuned – Laurie Ruettimann live from HR Tech 2015

Laurie Ruettimann is a writer, speaker, and HR expert with twenty years of experience working in leadership positions in the human resources industry. Over the next few weeks, we’re thrilled to have her join us here on the Castlight Health blog to bring you in-the-moment coverage of the best insights and ah-hah moments from the 18th Annual HR Technology Conference & Exposition, better known as HR Tech 2015.


Why I’m going, and what to expect:

HR technology plays a critical role in all aspects of the employment lifecycle, from acquiring exceptional talent, to onboarding workers with speed, to keeping them healthy and productive. And the HR Technology Conference is where industry leaders go to discover the latest issues, trends, and, yes, technologies, that are changing the way HR and benefits management is done.

Here’s a taste of what I’ll be up to – and keeping you updated on – during HR Tech 2015.

Kicking off the conference, I’ll be at the opening keynote from Marcus Buckingham, the best-selling author of StandOut 2.0: Assess Your Strengths, Find Your Edge, Win at Work. I promise to share his tips on how to elevate your organization’s leaders and build stronger teams.

Next up I’ll be listening in to find out just how Mondelēz International’s investment in a total health management platform has paid off. My first goal is to bring you practical advice from this panel. The second is to get some Cadbury Chocolate, one of the most famous brands in the Mondelēz portfolio. Fingers crossed.

And as a marathon runner, I’m eager to wrap up the first day with New Balance, learning how their company improved employee engagement with innovative benefit communications tools.

The second day of the conference is going to be just as busy as the first. Stay tuned for tips from some of Silicon Valley’s top employers (like Adobe) on how to use benefits to drive employee engagement, as well as insights from Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, the Chief Economist at Glassdoor, on the dollar value of having a healthy, engaged workforce.

Wednesday kicks off with a keynote speech from Jim Whitehurst, President and CEO of Red Hat (which happens to be based in my hometown of Raleigh). I look forward to passing along his perspective on configuring and leading an open organization with a great culture that empowers high-achieving employees. The ‘Ideas & Innovators’ session closes the conference out with a bang. Eleven leading industry thinkers will take the stage to share insights on the latest HR technologies and their application in the workplace. I am excited to learn something new from each and every one.

Oh, one more thing. In addition to covering the benefits technology sessions beat, I’ll be spending time hanging out at Castlight Health booth #2120 and listening in on the packed schedule of thought leaders and HR executives presenting in their booth. Be sure to check out the Ultimate Guide to HR Tech infographic for a taste of the standout activities they’ll have going on (think $1,000 vacation giveaways, x-rays, and a live DJ set by a certain well-known industry analyst…).

If you’ll be at HR Tech next week, join me on for drinks at Castlight booth #2120 (Monday the 19th from 2:30-5pm) – I’ll see you there! And if you won’t be able to make it to Vegas this year, I’ll still do my best to make you to feel like you’re part of the conference anyway. Follow me on Twitter or send an email with questions before or during the conference, and see you here on the blog!

— Laurie